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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

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Joint Networking Event - September 10

Sept. 11 Anniversary - September 11

Downtown Music Festival - September 13


Columns

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