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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com