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Letter: Combating Lung Disease With Christmas Seals

As holiday cards begin arriving, many Northeast residents will notice envelopes decorated with the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals — a critical cornerstone in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air for more than 100 years. The Christmas Seals campaign was first introduced in 1907 as a way to stamp out tuberculosis. Today, the seal continues to be an important means of funding our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

While the Christmas Seal looks like a postage stamp, it has no monetary value; yet, the donations that stand behind each seal are invaluable. The seal helps fund our ongoing efforts to combat lung diseases like lung cancer, asthma, influenza and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Throughout the years, the Christmas Seal has supported our work to fund lung disease research, eliminate smoking on airplanes, strengthen the Clean Air Act and help generations quit smoking.

As we celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Lung Association wishes to say ‘thank you’ to all our supporters, both old and new, who have used the Christmas Seal as a way to join our fight against lung disease — the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Your continued support gives us hope that one day we will live in a world free of lung disease. To those who have not supported Christmas Seals in the past, we invite you to begin a new holiday tradition. Visit Christmasseals.org to learn more.

Jeff Seyler

President and CEO

American Lung Association of the Northeast

New York City

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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