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Letter: A Word From The President

Once again the Chamber’s annual holiday parade and visit with Santa was a great success. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dr. Walter Priestley, Farmingdale’s official Santa, and the Chamber members who came out to march in the parade. Argyro and Michael Razis with Precious Times Day Care; Dan Kornfeld with the Farmingdale Baseball League; Rosemary and Bill Trudden with McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home; Jo Wider with the Farmingdale Chamber; Tina Diamond with the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary; Rose Larsen with Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Debbie Podolski with the Farmingdale Public Library; Joseph and Bianca Minieri with Metlife; Harmonie Saltzman with Network USA; Joe Tafuro, CPA; Phil Strehl with the American Legion Post 449; Chris Wider with Priestley Chiropractic and Angela J. Cowan, CPA. Thanks also to Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Michael Venditto for joining us down the parade route.


Special thanks to Angela Cowan, CPA who coordinates the parade with the Village, the school district, and the Hardscrabble Girl Scouts.


The election of officers and directors was held in November during a delicious luncheon buffet at Cascarino’s. The following were elected as officers:


President - Beth Mignone


Executive Vice President – Dr. Chris

  Wider (Priestley Chiropractic) 


Vice President – Victor Lambert III

  (Morgan Stanley)


Secretary – Harmonie Saltzman

  (Network USA)


Treasurer – Margaret Bertolotti


  (Farmingdale Federation of



The directors elected at this meeting are John Court (The Nutty Irishman); Ralph Ekstrand (Moby Drugs); Joseph Minieri (MetLife); Joseph P. Tafuro, CPA and Mark Wenzel (YES Community Counseling Center). Debbie Podolski (Farmingdale Public Library) will continue on as Immediate Past President.


Thank you to Sidney Rusaw of Chili’s Bar & Grill for hosting our after-hours networking event on Nov. 20. Everyone raved about the never ending appetizers you served throughout the evening. Thanks also for the $75 gift card that was raffled off to all in attendance along with the gift baskets gen-erously donated by Sherri Gillespie, MRG Marketing Corp. and Scott L. Wiss, Esq. of Levine and Wiss.


I hope you plan to join us at our Annual Holiday Party at Carlyle on the Green this Thursday, Dec., 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. In addition to installing our Board of Directors, we will honor fourteen members that have supported the Chamber’s mission to preserve the quality, character and vitality of Farmingdale for the past 25 years. 


Arthur F. White Funeral Home


Carman, Callahan, & Ingham, LLP


Century 21 Dallow Realty


Eric Chimon, DDS


Farmingdale Federation of 



Farmingdale Lanes


Farmingdale Public Library


Farmingdale Public Schools


McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home


Moby Drugs


Paramount Tool & Equipment


Daleview Care Center


Sullivan, Shugrue & Lucie Agency


Priestley Chiropractic


On behalf of the Board, have a Happy Holiday.


Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce President Beth Mignone


Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.


The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 


“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.


On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 


— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  


On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 


The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


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