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Letter: When Bethpage Teenagers Were Dalers Too

I was born and raised in Farmingdale, where I attended and  later graduated from the Weldon E. Howitt High School Class of 1954.

 

When I had moved on to high school my world opened up as I was introduced to students from surrounding communities that did not have a high school. Yes, even in the 1950’s some of the surrounding rural school districts, still held classes in a one room school house. 

 

The Bethpage School District provided an education for students from grades K-8.  Gary Hammond, in his forthcoming book acknowledges that on Feb. 24, 1921, the New York State Board of Regents approved the application of the Farmingdale Union School for advancement from middle to high school grade.  This gave Central Park—the name of the community before it changed to Bethpage in 1936—students the opportunity to attend Farmingdale High School.  

 

The students coming from Bethpage were a very tight-knit group of kids who have been together for the past nine years, and now they were taking the bus to another school that would be part of their life for the next four years.

 

Friendships began in homeroom and in no time at all we met the new arrivals, became friends, and shared our ideas and experiences. The district provided bus transportation to and from school, but if you stayed later it was your responsibility to get home. You made the sacrifice because you wanted to be a Daler.

 

Out of this commitment, lasting friendships were formed. Audrey Benkert Tallman, from Bethpage, graduated from FHS class of 1948, and continues to have lunch with her friends from school.  

 

Not only lasting friendships were set in place, but there were marriages too. After marrying my sweetheart, we moved to Bethpage, where our kids  graduated Bethpage High School. My son settled in Farmingdale, and now my grandchildren—Stephen and Meghan—graduated from FHS as proud Dalers too!  The last class from Bethpage to graduate from Farmingdale was the class of 1955.

 

— Ann Donhauser Albertson


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


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