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Letter: Leaders Making Leaders

All of us are very familiar with the Village of Farmingdale and what a great place it is to live.

 

Among all the events and activities there are special people that make these things possible. This past scouting season Troop 601 from Farmingdale had the honor of introducing eight of their own Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to the following Scouts: William Montenero, Zachary Montenero, Matthew Flaster, Michael Goldberg, Ian Lafferty, Brendan Hopkins, John Miller and Dominick Baranello Jr.

 

Although it takes the help of troop committees to keep things running, I would like to point out three very key people that have been dedicated to not just Troop 601, but to the entire scouting community. What makes these people unique is that their sons have long since aged out of the troop, all being Eagles I might add.

 

Scoutmaster William Love and assistant Scoutmasters John Sharp and Carl Schneider are not only the present leadership of Troop 601, but collectively have over ninety years of Boy Scout leadership to their credit. Their dedication has been instrumental in the long life of this troop.

 

I am one of the fathers involved with the troop and would like to personally thank these men for their many years of service, time and efforts. Role models like these men give positive reinforcement, encouragement and support to the boys. Their positive attitudes drive the scouts to go on to achieve great things in their scouting careers and beyond. The example of freely giving back to the community is what makes scouting big and a small town huge.

 

After my first Eagle ceremony, I remember Mr. Schneider coming over to me and saying “pretty neat isn’t it? This is why we stay.” I didn’t fully understand that thought until I had the privilege of sitting in on an Eagle Board of Review. It was then that I realized that this feeling of pride Mr. Schneider shared with me that day is a feeling that never gets old.

 

These men are more than deserving of recognition and our appreciation. Gentlemen, you are making a huge difference in the lives of these boys, and for that I am truly grateful.

 

I humble myself before you gentlemen and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have made my family proud of not just one, but of all your many scouts.

Yours in Scouting,

 

— Dominick Baranello Sr.


News

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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