For many, getting into the holiday spirit simply means waiting in long lines for a last minute sale, putting up lavish decorations in and around the house, watching a marathon of holiday classics, singing carols around the fireplace, or just enjoying a tall glass of eggnog that you managed to sneak away with, without your Great Aunt noticing.
But, Christmas is really a season of giving… and perhaps nobody knows how to get into the giving spirit better than Karen Feinberg of Bethpage.
Local hardware store owner Thomas Schuman, 45, has pled guilty to falsifying records, after attempting to pilfer tens of thousands of dollars through a rebate program provided by the Long Island Power Authority.
According to officials with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, Schuman—the owner of the Four Star True Value Variety Store on Main Street in downtown Farmingdale—participated in LIPA’s compact fluorescent light (CFL) coupon rebate program, from 2009 to 2011. The program would allow stores to provide discounts on CFLs ranging from 50 cents to $3 per bulb. Buyers would fill out a rebate coupon for the store to submit to LIPA, and LIPA would then reimburse the store.
The end-of-year holiday is the season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze
on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
Perhaps no one symbol of the generous spirit of the season is more iconic than the bell ringers of the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” brigades. These hardy fundraisers brave winter’s chill outside grocery stores and shops, a reminder to holiday shoppers that charity may begin at home, but it doesn’t end there.
Each year, around Christmas time, members of the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary Club, Lunch Club, Boyscouts Troop No. 261, and the Interact Club—a high school organization sponsored by the local Rotary—help raise money for the Salvation Army by signing up, in one hour intervals, to ring the bell outside the Stop and Shop on Motor Parkway.
This holiday season, Farmingdale residents will be able to warm up with a hot cup of coffee, or cool off with some ice cream and frozen yogurt, once Charlotte’s yogurt shop opens its doors at 294 Main Street.
The brainchild of brothers Nick and John DeVito, Charlotte’s looks to bring a homey environment to downtown Farmingdale that sets it apart from the bright neon and plastic motif of most other fro-yo chains.
“We wanted something a little bit different,” said Nick DeVito, 51. “We wanted to do our own thing, in our own style.”
Local veterans gathered at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, in remembrance of the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—a day that will forever live in infamy.
Each year, the Long Island Air Force Association commemorates the attack—which launched the U.S. involvement in World War II—by gathering with veterans, elected officials and residents in the community for the “Dropping of the Roses” ceremony.
The Farmingdale Union Free School District was recently selected as one of 477 school districts across the U.S. and Canada, named to the 4th annual AP District honor roll. This year, only 27 districts in the state were selected to receive the distinction.
Honor Roll Districts are chosen by The College Board—a non-profit organization that strives for equity and excellence in education—based on a district’s ability to increase access to Advance Placement courses while simultaneously maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
The Concerned Citizens Civic Association of Farmingdale—an organization that represents the interests of the citizens of Farmingdale—saw special visits from both law enforcement and a local community counseling center, with both groups offering advice and tips on how best to use their services.
CCAF Vice President Tina Diamond welcomed YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz to the meeting. Diamond pointed out that YES serves a vital role in these tough times, getting people in duress for various reasons the assistance they need, when they need it.
Bringing in the spirit of the holidays, the Village of Farmingdale recently held two tree lighting events.
On Dec. 3, Farmingdale residents amassed at the village green for the Tricentennial lighting of the Christmas Tree.
After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Atlantic Express Bus Company—the major bus contractor for the Farmingdale School District—will soon begin the task of liquidating its assets.
According to Assistant Superintendent Barbara Horsley, the company is currently planning to sell its fleet through an open bidding process, as it prepares to go out of business at the end of the year.
“What we’re doing is making arrangements for students next semester,” Horsley said. “It hasn’t impacted us at all yet.”
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