Friday, 18 October 2013 08:21
As former mayor of Farmingdale, and lifelong resident, Willis B. Carman, Jr., felt a deep calling to public service.
Carman served on the Farmingdale Village board for 22 years as Trustee, and an additional 8 years as Mayor. While in office, Carman accomplished the construction of the Hardscrabble Senior Citizens Complex, automating the village’s operations, and budgeting so there were three years of no tax increases.
His pride in the community led to establishment of a Beautification Committee responsible for planting trees and developing gardens throughout the village.
After 30 years of public service, Carman retired from office in 1992.
He was a Korean War veteran and graduate of Farmingdale High School, Hamilton college and Fordham Law School. He later took over his father’s law practice, which is today known as Carman, Callahan and Ingham, at 280 Main Street, where he worked each day alongside his son Bill, who is also an attorney.
A longtime member of the Farmingdale Rotary Club, he hosted many international students and businessmen over the years, and had even recruited new members as recently as a few months ago. He felt strongly about the values and the mission of Rotary and could be seen ringing the Rotary bell outside grocery stores each Christmas.
Carman was a Cub Scout leader, a member of the SUNY Farmingdale Board of Trustees, the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society, the VFW and the Farmingdale Fire Department. He also enjoyed tennis, sailing, and playing the banjo.
Carman died on Oct. 2, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Hilda, his brother Judge Gregory W. Carman, his children, Dr. Laura L. Carman, Christina C. Black, Willis B. Carman and 8 grandchildren.
The family has asked that anyone wishing to send a memorial, donate to the Farmingdale Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 575, Farmingdale, NY, 11735.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine.
But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Sachem North Flaming Arrows last Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Conference I Championship in front of 7,200 fans. This was the Dalers second trip to the finals since losing to Floyd last year. The Dalers went into the game looking to finish a perfect season.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.