Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, Sister Mary Alicia Lanni’s long wait for Our Lord finally ended. Sister was 92 years of age and had dedicated 72 years to religious life as a Sister of St. Dominic.
Anna was born on November 11, 1920, daughter of Pasquale and Angelina Lanni. Anna answered the call of the Lord and entered the convent on February 2, 1941. It was a very important day for the Parish as well. Anna was the first religious to come from St. Kilian’s Parish, Farmingdale. On August 4, 1941 she received the habit and her religious name, Sister Mary Alicia. One year later, August 6, 1941, Sister pronounced her religious vows.
Sister ministered in both the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre. These ministries have included Catholic Education, membership in several Houses of Prayer, Pastoral Care and Religious Education. A detailed listing includes: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Lindenhurst, 1942-1952; St. Francis of Assisi School, Long Island City, 1952-1957; Our Lady of Solace School, Brooklyn, 1957-1965, Corpus Christi, Woodside, 1965-1969; Sacred Heart, Cambria Heights, 1969-1971. From 1971-1972 Sister was part of the House of Prayer in Beacon, New York, and then from 1972-1974 she resided in Emmaus House of Prayer in St. Josephs, New York. Sister acted as a nurse’s aide in the Infirmary of Queen of the Rosary Motherhouse for the year 1974-1975. She then moved to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst, 1975-1979. In OLPH Sister brought together the widows and widowers of the parish. They formed a group and called it the Alician Guild in honor of its founder Sr. Alicia. Sister also began a summer bible school for pre-school children. Her next prayer experience was at Magnificat House in Manhasset from 1979-1981. She acted as a Religious Education teacher from 1981-1983 at St. Martin Parish, Amityville. The next area of Sister’s ministry took place at Consolation Nursing Home from 1985-1990 as a member of the Pastoral Service Team. After several years of ministering to the sick and elderly, she had to retire due to poor health. She was engaged in secretarial duties in the Development Office at the Motherhouse in Amityville. No matter what was the form of her ministry. Alicia brought to the people around her a gracious smile and quiet words of wisdom. One of Sister’s greatest ministries was her weekly trips for fourteen years to the Dialysis Center. Her quiet endurance no doubt influenced the many people she met.
Sister Alicia is survived by her sister Mildred Corwin of Farmingdale, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, in St. Albert Chapel.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
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, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.