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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

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

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