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.
Israelle Sylvain, 16, has recently been named the runner up in the American Legion Zone Finals Oratorical Competition, which was held Feb. 2 at Elmont Public Library. She is the senior class president at St. Pius V High School in Melville.
Sylvain speaks French and Creole and would like to eventually learn Italian, Korean, and Spanish. She would like to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology.
Stephen Vasques, a senior at St. Pius V High School, placed fourth in the zone finals of the American Legion Oratorical competition.
During the summer, he works for the Town of Smithtown, counseling children. Vasques is also a junior fire fighter. Vasques plans to take the upcoming FDNY test, and would alternatively like to pursue a career in civil engineering.
The master of indie animation, Bill Plympton, recently graced the campus of Farmingdale State College to host several lectures and film screenings for the public, as well as for the school’s graphic arts program students.
Plympton, who considers himself the “Johnny Appleseed of Animation,” told Anton Newspapers that this is a very exciting time for animators, “This explosion of animation right now is amazing; it’s now in its second golden age.”
Aside from cartooning, animators now have a wider variety of career opportunities, such as Internet, gaming, commercials, and movies. “There are lots of students who love to draw who have a wonderful opportunity to get work doing animation,” Plympton said.
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is set to receive a $25,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) to support the creation of a brand new Military Families in Training (M-FIT) Program designed to educate, support, and strengthen military families.
Addiction rates among active duty soldiers, returning veterans and the spouses of service men and women are several times higher than rates seen in the general population. LICADD Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds recently told Anton Community Newspapers, “We’ve been seeing more returning service men than women, coming back in significant number with drug and alcohol issues.”
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has unveiled plans for its Double Track Project, expanding rail capacity between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.
The plan is to add 12.6 miles of new track in two phases so that the LIRR can provide double track service over the 17.9-mile stretch. The route includes LIRR stations at Farmingdale, Pinelawn, Wyandanch, Deer Park, Brentwood, Central Islip and Ronkonkoma. It will also make a new Republic Station at Route 110 possible, able to serve the airport and major business corridor in East Farmingdale.
The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 includes the track work between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma, and will be the first part of the completed construction, for an anticipated completion date of September 2016. The first phase includes an environmental review and, after completion of that review, a design of the entire project and construction of a four-mile segment of the first phase. This phase is already completely funded.
Local officials recently join members of the East Farmingdale Fire Company for the 2013 Officers Installation Dinner. During the dinner, members were honored for their service to the department and acts of heroism during the past year. This year, Chief Dennis Scherback and President Frank Leeb will lead the department.
“The men and women who sacrifice their personal time and energy on our behalf deserve our utmost respect and praise,” said Lupinacci. “The valuable service performed by our volunteer firemen and emergency medical technicians shows an incredible sense of dedication to a greater good. It was an honor to join Chief Scherback and all the dedicated individuals who serve East Farmingdale and I would like to thank them for their commitment to excellence.”
It may only be January, but the upcoming November election already appears to be on the mind of Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. At a recent board meeting, the supervisor defended the decision to spend millions of dollars to upgrade town parks and facilities.
“Every level of government is suffering,” remarked Venditto about the fiscal woes faced by municipalities. “Having said that, in some municipalities the infrastructure has not been addressed. This [the renovations to town facilities] is going to protect our infrastructure and quality of life. Just remember that when fall comes around and people are shooting arrows at us.”
“This is what you look like in heaven,” said a brightly smiling woman, wearing an even brighter red jacket. Nina Pesce was holding an old photograph of a young couple on their wedding day. “Look how beautiful,” she said, referring to the aged photograph. The bride in the photograph was Pesce’s mother, Lena Murania, who recently passed away at the age of 96. Morania was a client of the Farmingdale Adult Day Care (FADC) in Farmingdale Village. Pesce was visiting that foggy Monday afternoon to make a donation of $100 to the Center. “Many people donate after their loved ones pass away,” said Brandi Fromm, the director of FADC.
FADC is a nonprofit, interfaith, organization that is supported by various local religious organizations and the tireless efforts of volunteers. It is also a place where everyone is “greeted with a hug and a kiss,” said Fromm
Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz told a larger-than-usual crowd at a board meeting earlier this month that security has become his top priority since the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT.
“We are reconsidering all of our security procedures with a very different mind then we’ve had in the past,” Lorentz said.
The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law.
“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
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