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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 

 

Past President

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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