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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

Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Sports

Nassau County ASA President Keith O’Donnell and Chief Umpire Vincent Donnelly recently presented a $2400 check to Over the Hill Gang President Jim Reilly. The donation will be added to the funds the men’s softball league raised on behalf of Sal Pugliese Jr. as the young boy battles a rare hip disorder. The OTHG would like to thank the ASA for its generous contribution to a fantastic local cause.

—Submitted by the Over the Hill Gang


Farmingdale runners Theresa Gannon, Chris Bartlett, Patty Baker and Jenine Cottone each came home with an award from the Blue Ribbon 10 kilometer and 5 kilometer runs for Prostate Cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. 


Calendar

Thanksgiving Eve - November 26

Altheas Boutique Opening - November 29

Tri-Centennial Tree Lighting - December 2


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