Amid ever-increasing financial burdens facing schools throughout New York, including the state-mandated tax cap, the Farmingdale school board presented the first draft of its budget for the 2013-14 school year, calling for a 1.87 percent tax increase over last year’s figure.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini held an in-depth presentation of the proposed budget at a public workshop at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, which he said was strenuously crafted this year to ensure the continued quality of education in the Farmingdale school district.
“It’s going to be a destination at the train station in Farmingdale.”
That’s how Anthony Bartone described the construction project called The Plaza at Farmingdale that Bartone Properties is building along South Front Street at the intersection of Secatogue Avenue.
Restore state high-tax to this year’s levels. That’s the most important message that the Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee tried to get across when members of the committee recently traveled to Albany to present the Farmingdale School District’s 2013-14 legislative proposals. According to Farmingdale School District officials, Governor’s Cuomo’s proposed budget would remove $1.4 million in high-tax aid to Farmingdale.
“That’s a big number considering we have a 2 percent tax cap,” said Assistant Superintendent for Administration Barbara J. Horsley. “We’re asking, just return the high-tax aid. Just make it what it was.”
For the first time, the Village of Farmingdale on Sunday, March 17, will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade in what is to become an annual event.
Organizers are hoping that the parade will give Farmingdale residents a chance to come together and share a special event, and are also hoping that the parade will bring customers to Main Street and help support the businesses located there.
The Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day (SPD) committee continues to promote the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events. We have come a long way in less than six weeks from the start of planning this event, it has been ‘organized chaos’ and there are more details to work out. With the cooperation from the weather man above and a bit of the ‘luck of the Irish’ we are hoping for an all round family-fun day… so let the planning continue with only 14 days to go for the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events.
Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto believes that the town is a great place to live and he emphatically said so at a recent board meeting.
He also forcefully defended the decision to incur debt, which he said protects the quality of life of the town’s residents.
“I made a decision a long time ago, that while I would never spend unreasonably, I would spend appropriately to advance legitimate town purposes,” he said. “And I don’t think there is any higher town purpose than to protect the quality of life that we enjoy in the Town of Oyster Bay– the suburban quality of life that we enjoy here in the Town of Oyster Bay.”
Farmingdale State College, the once quiet, tiny educational institution that specialized in animal husbandry programs, continued on an expansion spree, recently opening a 50,000-square-foot, $25 million Campus Center that boasts a cafeteria, bookstore and lecture hall.
The new building was unveiled Feb. 1.
Every year in Nassau County, more than 200 women – mothers, daughters, wives and friends – die from breast cancer. According to the New York Cancer Registry, an average of 1,265 cases of breast cancer are reported annually within Nassau County.
Farmingdale resident, Grace Verderosa’s bra creation, “Tougher Than Cancer,” is one way in which many local artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends and family members and others have used originality and creativity to transform bras into folk art.
“We have to wake up to the reality, that America’s first suburb, Levittown, has to be the new suburbia; when I think of the southeast part of Nassau county, It’s probably one of the only places left in the county that is consistent with the original suburban concept; it’s still working there,” said County Executive challenger, Thomas Suozzi, of Glen Cove. “It’s still the closest to our original suburban dream; it hasn’t been as ruined as other places.”
This, among myriad issues facing the county that Suozzi would work to fix if elected to the position of county executive, was forefront in the topics of a recent interview by the editors at Anton Community Newspapers.
When his own daughter went away to college, he began to wonder if she would ever come back to Long Island, not just because of the high cost of living, but whether there would be areas that would appeal to a young adult. “Suddenly, young people leaving the island became very real to me.”
A packed Farmingdale school board meeting Feb. 6 focused on the issue of security. Stemming from issues brought to light from the tragic Sandy Hook School shooting in December, the district has been re-evaluating school security procedures. “We have an RFP (Request For Proposals) in place which bids are due on soon and we are reviewing all procedures. We are having drills and bolstering what we can,” said superintendent John Lorentz.
One parent said that he realized that the room numbers are not visible on the outside of classrooms – something he said would help with security as well as something that is easy to do and the district would not have to wait for an outside company to approve. “I would love to see this district become a showcase for security; a lighthouse for other districts to look to,” he said.
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