The Women’s Club of Farmingdale has reached the significant milestone of its 100th anniversary. A splendid gala was held at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park to celebrate the occasion.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and Village Trustees Pat Christiansen, William Barrett, Cheryl Parisi and Tom Ryan attended the celebration. Also in attendance was Beth Mignone, president of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, as well as chamber members Bill Trudden and Debbie Podolski, who is also the director of the Farmingdale Public Library. In addition, Farmingdale School Board member Tina Diamond, and Margaret Bollon, president of the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs also attended. Mayor Ralph Ekstrand presented a proclamation to Maria Ortolani, president of the Women’s Club and attendees danced the night away to the music of the “Risky Business” Band.
At a recent board meeting, the Farmingdale Village Board voted to amend a law, which would allow the village to exceed the New York State Property Tax Cap. However, fear not taxpayers of Farmingdale, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said that action is a precautionary measure.
“We voted to go over the cap just in case,” Ekstrand told the Farmingdale Observer.
If the Farmingdale Public Library budget proposal is approved by voters next week, it will mean an annual tax increase of about $200 for homeowners, according to library director Debbie Podolski.
“It’s the best bang for their buck,” Podolski said. The budget calls for a 2.74 increase, which Podolski emphasizes is below the maximum allowable increase under New York State’s Property Tax Cap. “When you think about everything the community can get for $200, it’s really a value,” she said. “Just one magazine costs $7 on a newsstand.”
Farmingdale will get significantly more school aid than had been proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to State Sen. Kemp Hannon, the district will receive an increase of 3.4 percent.
“Education has always been, and continues to be, one of my highest priorities as a legislator, and this year is no exception,” said Hannon. “I was successful in securing $58 million in operating aid for Long Island schools above what the governor proposed in January.”
In the back of a South Farmingdale ambulance, a woman was in labor about to give birth. The ambulance was racing to get to the hospital, but the baby wasn’t going to wait that long. The emergency medical technician called on his training to help deliver the baby and keep both the newborn and mom safe. It sounds like a scene from a movie or television show, but for four members of the South Farmingdale Fire Department, the drama was all too real.
The program for the Women’s Club meeting held on February 7 at Allen Park was in keeping with the100th anniversary “Women’s Club Through The Ages.” Past presidents shared memorable moments. Past presidents attending were Nancy Gilles 1968-70, Loda Romanelli 1984-86, Joan Vallarella 1986-88, Nancy Giminaro 1988-90, Rosemary Trudden 1994-96, Elena Guercio 1996-98, Florence Kaufold 1998-2000, Ellen Acinapuro & Carla Piepert 2000-02, Fran Rotondo 2004-06, and Dolores Cianciabella 2006-08.
Walter, 88, and Marion Priestley, 84, of Farmingdale, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Walter is a World War II veteran and was also a member of the New York Police Department for 40 years. Marion worked for many years in local hospitals in the nursing field. The couple has five children and ten grandchildren.
Frank Archipolo was driving on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway on what appeared to be routine evening. However that would soon change for the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department employee when he saw smoke coming from a home in Plainview.
The Farmingdale school district will be going green, in the tradition of the uniforms of its teams, the Dalers.
At the latest school board meeting, specific details were given about the Energy Performance Contract that the district is working on with Johnson Controls to make the school district much more energy efficient.
“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”
That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.
Weitzman blames his defeat on a rare illness he contracted in 2009, which he says prevented him from running a full campaign. He says that despite his limited campaigning he was still only defeated by a narrow margin – 800 votes.
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