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Editorial: Surviving Youth

Each and every time a vehicular tragedy involving youngsters occurs on the roads of Long Island, I’m reminded of all the dangerous situations I put myself in as a new driver in my youth — during what is often referred to as the best days of our lives. The tragic accident involving students from Farmingdale High School on Conklin Street over the weekend was another one of those reflective moments.

 

Without knowing what exactly caused the accident, as the investigation is ongoing, it is pointless to speculate about a distracted or imparied driver, mechanical failure or any other force that pushed a car packed with teens into oncoming traffic. The best a community can do is rally around family and friends, just as Farmingdale has done in the wake of the accident.

 

There are all sorts of factors that contribute to a car accident.

My own personal close-calls were mostly a result of hubris and the youth-born delusion of invincibility, factors that endanger teenagers today just as when I was in high school. The loss of five teen lives serves as a reminder of the fragility of every single person, and how lucky every adult should feel about surviving the best days of their lives.

News

Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Sports

Nassau County ASA President Keith O’Donnell and Chief Umpire Vincent Donnelly recently presented a $2400 check to Over the Hill Gang President Jim Reilly. The donation will be added to the funds the men’s softball league raised on behalf of Sal Pugliese Jr. as the young boy battles a rare hip disorder. The OTHG would like to thank the ASA for its generous contribution to a fantastic local cause.

—Submitted by the Over the Hill Gang


Farmingdale runners Theresa Gannon, Chris Bartlett, Patty Baker and Jenine Cottone each came home with an award from the Blue Ribbon 10 kilometer and 5 kilometer runs for Prostate Cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. 


Calendar

Thanksgiving Eve - November 26

Altheas Boutique Opening - November 29

Tri-Centennial Tree Lighting - December 2


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