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A Time To Play

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

On Monday, June 10 join Farmingdale resident, Doreen L. Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC, at the book launch party for her new book, If I knew Then What I Know Now: Our Quest for Quality of Life.

Guma, who runs a non-profit called A Time To Play, focuses on providing resources for a better life. “We are everyday people helping people enjoy life by learning how to be happy, healthy, have money, have a work life balance and quality of life,” said Guma.

 

Farmingdale Honors War Dead

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

 

Airpower Museum Honors War Dead

Written by Christy Hinko, Farmingdale@AntonNews.com Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

The American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale played host to its annual Memorial Weekend events, in coordination with the Jones Beach Air Show. Hundreds of guests visited the museum for events and ceremonies honoring the war dead and paying tribute to those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice—their lives—in order to protect the freedoms of the United States.

 

Alice Lovejoy Remembered

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

This Memorial Day the American Airpower Museum (AAM) hosted a memorial tribute service to Women Air Service Pilot (WASP) Alice Lovejoy, one of 38 WASP who died in service to country during WWII. The seasoned pilot, originally from Westchester, was killed on Sept. 13, 1944 following in a mid-air collision over Texas. The American military establishment of that era was indifferent to the sacrifices of these women and WASP Lovejoy was not eligible for a military ceremony at her funeral nor was her family permitted to display the Gold Star when she was buried in Westchester County.

To finally pay tribute to this woman who died for our country the American Airpower Museum will unveil a bronze memorial tribute that will be placed on permanent display adjacent to its WASP exhibit during Memorial Day ceremonies. The person behind the effort is Julia Lauria Blum who came across Lovejoy’s tombstone when visiting the grave of her mother and responded with a personal campaign to pay honors to this woman and all WASPs.

 

Farmingdale Women’s Club Art Winners

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Farmingdale High School art students recently participated on both the local and state level in Cultural Arts Day sponsored by the Farmingdale Women’s Club and Junior League. While many local school districts participated, Farmingdale art students placed first, second and third in most categories.

On the New York State level Ashley Pabon and Kaitlyn Russo won First Place and Diana Wilson won Second Place! Farmingdale Art Teachers Mr. Buchholz, Mrs. Germaine, Ms. McEnery, Ms. Palermo and Ms. Nicholas were truly impressed with the overwhelmingly large number of Farmingdale students who were awarded ribbons in this contest.

 

Bonsai Takes Over East Meadow

Written by Emily J. Cappiello Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00

Memorial Day weekend is always filled with backyard barbecues, family gatherings, block parties and more, but if you are looking for something different to do during the long weekend, look no farther than the East Meadow Farm. 

 

District Holds Final Meeting Before Vote

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale School Board held its final public hearing last Tuesday, a week before the scheduled budget vote. The 2013-14 proposed budget was outlined by the schools’ business administrator, Paul Defendini.

 

“The 2013-14 proposed budget is $153,384,118, with a tax levy increase of 2.35 percent,” said Defendini. “This represents a dollar increase of $2,816,958 compared to the 2012-13 budget, which was a total of $150,567,160.”

 

Steeped In Rich Tradition

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Known throughout the ages for its strong emotional impact upon listeners, the bagpipe has had a prominent place throughout history; innumerable parades throughout America are replete with its unique and stirring sound, and it remains a popular instrument to this very day.

 

Among the oldest and most-respected players of the bagpipe on Long Island are members of the Amityville American Legion Post #1015 Highland Pipe Band. According to player Joe Heimbauer, the 30-member, all-volunteer bagpipe and drum band is steeped in rich history and time-honored tradition.

 

Rebuilding Together Long Island

Written by Pete Sheehan Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

After Massapequa resident Sol Goldstein and several friends helped finish building a house for a family 20 years ago for Habitat for Humanity, they had a question: “What do we do now?” They were all retired, had enjoyed working together and accomplishing something for a family in need, and wanted to do more. 

 

“I was looking for something [to do] hands-on,” said Joe Botkin, of Williston Park, a retired principal, who had worked with Goldstein in building the home.

 

Soon, Goldstein, a retired technician and technical manager for ABC television, learned of a national volunteer organization based in Washington, D.C., that offered free home repairs for low-income seniors, persons with physical handicaps, veterans, and families with small children. 

 

After sending $12 for a handbook, Goldstein and his friends began  “Rebuilding Together Long Island,” now one of the 189 affiliates of “Rebuilding Together” around the country.

 

“It exploded,” Botkin said, attracting both people who needed home repairs and volunteers eager to do the work — everything from fixing a faucet to installing wheelchair access ramps to undertaking major repairs on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

 

The group, based in Massapequa, is working on opening an office in Farmingdale. They will celebrate their 21st anniversary at their annual dinner, May 22, at Stuart Thomas Manor, Farmingdale. For information, call 516-541-7322.

 

“There has been a greater demand for our services since Superstorm Sandy,” noted Bob Ellis, director of Rebuilding Together Long Island, their only paid staff member. The organization has made major repairs on seven houses devastated by the hurricane, including three in Massapequa.

 

“We average about 100 homes a year,” Goldstein, president of Rebuilding Together Long Island, said. “We have about 300 volunteers” working on houses around Long Island, especially in Western Suffolk and Nassau.

 

“The experience of helping people is fantastic,” said Botkin. “We’ve all had good lives and we’re happy to give back. Besides, it beats sitting inside the house and watching the boob tube.”

 

“Our volunteers are mostly retired and they get a lot of joy in the good they do and in working with each other,” Ellis said. 

Rebuilding Together relies on financial donations as well as donations of materials, supplies, equipment, and time from contractors and craftsmen, and others.

 

“We wish we could do more,” Botkin said.

 

Organizations like The Long Island Board of Realtors and the Nassau County Bar Association work with Rebuilding Together, offering donations as well as recruiting volunteers to work alongside them.

 

Rebuilding Together receives referrals from social services agencies, churches and other houses of worship, and veterans’ organizations. 

Their projects vary. The organization does light carpentry, plumbing and some electrical work, but for any new electrical work, they hire an electrician. “We also do sheet rock and spackling. We paint only what we repair.”

 

Their biggest projects have been hurricane repairs. “That might take us two weeks,” Goldstein said.  “On one of those homes, we had to put in 50 sheets of sheet rock.”

 

Others have noted the organization’s accomplishments.

 

“We are engaged in a joint endeavor with them to help people who can’t afford home repairs,” said Elaine Leventhal, director of We Care, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. “Our members, especially our Young Lawyers Committee, receive a lot of satisfaction working with them.”

 

Rebuilding Together also receives appreciation from those they have helped.

 

Cindy Johnson noted that Rebuilding Together built a ramp for her 93-year-old mother’s Massapequa Park home. 

 

“It is a fantastic organization,” said Johnson.

 

Having the ramp has helped immensely for them to get their mother in and out of the house for medical treatment and even socially and recreationally.

 

“We took her outside for Mother’s Day and she said: ‘How wonderful it is to be in the sun,’” Johnson said.

“We also receive a lot of letters,” Goldstein said. “Many of them are heartwarming.”

 

“I’m very grateful for those wonderful people coming into my home and giving me the help that I needed very badly,” one Levittown woman wrote.

 

“Without your help, sometimes I think I would go under,” an Old Bethpage resident noted.

 

An 89-year-old Massapequa resident and her 92-year-old husband appreciated the work on their home, including a wheelchair ramp, which has helped her get safely in and out of their home for a doctor’s appointment, and also the installation of pull bars, which have helped him take showers without assistance. 

 

“They did a magnificent job,” she wrote. “I cannot say enough to express my gratitude.”

 

Rebuilding Together Long Island

Written by Pete Sheehan Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

After Massapequa resident Sol Goldstein and several friends helped finish building a house for a family 20 years ago for Habitat for Humanity, they had a question: “What do we do now?” They were all retired, had enjoyed working together and accomplishing something for a family in need, and wanted to do more. 

 

“I was looking for something [to do] hands-on,” said Joe Botkin, of Williston Park, a retired principal, who had worked with Goldstein in building the home.

 

Soon, Goldstein, a retired technician and technical manager for ABC television, learned of a national volunteer organization based in Washington, D.C., that offered free home repairs for low-income seniors, persons with physical handicaps, veterans, and families with small children. 

 

After sending $12 for a handbook, Goldstein and his friends began  “Rebuilding Together Long Island,” now one of the 189 affiliates of “Rebuilding Together” around the country.

 

“It exploded,” Botkin said, attracting both people who needed home repairs and volunteers eager to do the work — everything from fixing a faucet to installing wheelchair access ramps to undertaking major repairs on homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

 

The group, based in Massapequa, is working on opening an office in Farmingdale. They will celebrate their 21st anniversary at their annual dinner, May 22, at Stuart Thomas Manor, Farmingdale. For information, call 516-541-7322.

 

“There has been a greater demand for our services since Superstorm Sandy,” noted Bob Ellis, director of Rebuilding Together Long Island, their only paid staff member. The organization has made major repairs on seven houses devastated by the hurricane, including three in Massapequa.

 

“We average about 100 homes a year,” Goldstein, president of Rebuilding Together Long Island, said. “We have about 300 volunteers” working on houses around Long Island, especially in Western Suffolk and Nassau.

 

“The experience of helping people is fantastic,” said Botkin. “We’ve all had good lives and we’re happy to give back. Besides, it beats sitting inside the house and watching the boob tube.”

 

“Our volunteers are mostly retired and they get a lot of joy in the good they do and in working with each other,” Ellis said. 

Rebuilding Together relies on financial donations as well as donations of materials, supplies, equipment, and time from contractors and craftsmen, and others.

 

“We wish we could do more,” Botkin said.

 

Organizations like The Long Island Board of Realtors and the Nassau County Bar Association work with Rebuilding Together, offering donations as well as recruiting volunteers to work alongside them.

 

Rebuilding Together receives referrals from social services agencies, churches and other houses of worship, and veterans’ organizations. 

Their projects vary. The organization does light carpentry, plumbing and some electrical work, but for any new electrical work, they hire an electrician. “We also do sheet rock and spackling. We paint only what we repair.”

 

Their biggest projects have been hurricane repairs. “That might take us two weeks,” Goldstein said.  “On one of those homes, we had to put in 50 sheets of sheet rock.”

 

Others have noted the organization’s accomplishments.

 

“We are engaged in a joint endeavor with them to help people who can’t afford home repairs,” said Elaine Leventhal, director of We Care, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. “Our members, especially our Young Lawyers Committee, receive a lot of satisfaction working with them.”

 

Rebuilding Together also receives appreciation from those they have helped.

 

Cindy Johnson noted that Rebuilding Together built a ramp for her 93-year-old mother’s Massapequa Park home. 

 

“It is a fantastic organization,” said Johnson.

 

Having the ramp has helped immensely for them to get their mother in and out of the house for medical treatment and even socially and recreationally.

 

“We took her outside for Mother’s Day and she said: ‘How wonderful it is to be in the sun,’” Johnson said.

“We also receive a lot of letters,” Goldstein said. “Many of them are heartwarming.”

 

“I’m very grateful for those wonderful people coming into my home and giving me the help that I needed very badly,” one Levittown woman wrote.

 

“Without your help, sometimes I think I would go under,” an Old Bethpage resident noted.

 

An 89-year-old Massapequa resident and her 92-year-old husband appreciated the work on their home, including a wheelchair ramp, which has helped her get safely in and out of their home for a doctor’s appointment, and also the installation of pull bars, which have helped him take showers without assistance. 

 

“They did a magnificent job,” she wrote. “I cannot say enough to express my gratitude.”

 

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