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Women's Club Of Farmingdale

Women Against Military Sexual Assault

Farmingdale women are backing up their sisters in the military, joining other women's groups in supporting a federal law to mitigate the appalling incidence of sexual assault in the military. 

 

According to a recently released U. S. Department of Defense annual report, approximately 26,000 sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact incidents were reported in 2012—a 37% increase from 2011.  At least 62 percent perceived some form of retaliation for pursuing charges.

 

The Women’s Club of Farmingdale (WCF), along with the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs (LIFWC) and approximately 25 women’s clubs from the Long Island/Metro area, have joined in support of

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) Military Justice Improvement Act (S.967) of 2013.  

 

WCF Resolutions Committee Chair and Co-Chair, Frances Rotondo and Anna Ievolo, respectively, drew up a petition advocating legislation that would provide a fairer system for handling sexual assault cases for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to defend the freedoms and way of life Americans hold dear. 

 

They presented the petition at the LIFWC Tri-County Conference held in May and collected 247 signatures.  It was then mailed to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to lend another voice to her coalition as she continues to pursue her legislation when the Armed Services Committee begins work on a defense policy bill.

 

WCF members have also “taken action” via the national website by sending email and printed letters to legislators soliciting their support.  This legislation would provide a change in the current system of prosecution, specifically in relation to sexual assault cases, by creating an independent, objective, and non-biased military justice system.

 

— Submitted by Maria Ortolani 

 

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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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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