From the 800,000 military veterans now attending U.S. colleges, an estimated 88 percent of students drop out within the first year and only three percent graduate. At Farmingdale State College, Eric Farina, a 10-year Army veteran, took on the position as the Veterans Affair’s Program Director because he wanted to “stay in the fight” after serving in all components of the U.S. Army, Active, Reserve, National Guard, and the Active Guard-Reserve Program.
With his military career no longer compatible with the family lifestyle, Farina longed for a position that could fulfill his desire to serve his country. Like many other former military members, he took on the challenge of starting something that would take hard work and determination. He found this challenge at Farmingdale State College.
Siclari, Anthony R., 83, of South Farmingdale passed away on Aug. 25. Proud U.S. Navy veteran (1948-52), and retired NYPD. Beloved husband of Bella. Cherished father of Anthony (Lori Jean), Diane Bonica (Bob) and Domenic. Devoted grandfather of Angela, Taylor, Emma and Brianna. Dear brother of Ida, Mary and the late Marion. A funeral mass was held on Aug. 28, at St. Kilian RC Church, followed by interment with military honors at St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc.
Farmingdale’s Main Street has always offered an intriguing balance of youth and tradition. Popular hangouts like the Library Café (named after the library that occupied the space until 1998) comfortably co-exist with mainstays like the half-century-old meat market and ice cream parlor. A strong bond between town residents and business owners allow Farmingdale’s center of commerce to evolve without being stripped of its classic architecture and iconic storefronts.
A Taste of Long Island is part of the newer generation of Main Street occupants, and owners Courtney and Jim Thompson pride themselves on reinforcing strong relationships with the surrounding community. They assist over sixty local businesses in the production, sale, and management of all-natural products.
Pastor Gunshik Shim’s career has spanned more than 25 years; while he has only been the spiritual leader of Farmingdale United Methodist Church for little over a year now, in that short time he has already grown to love the community surrounding it very much.
“I’m very delighted to serve the Farmingdale congregation,” he said. “The people here are very warm and friendly and I’ve enjoyed being pastor here.”
Rafael Avila, manager of research and development at Natural Organics of Melville, has been tinkering to make new ideas into reality for most of his life.
Now the Farmingdale resident is looking to pass on his love of breathing life into his imaginings with the first of what he hopes will be a series of seminars on inventing.
On Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Farmingdale Public Library, Avila will host a seminar on inventing which he hopes will eventually grow into a series covering everything from concept and execution to fundraising and marketing. He hopes to establish a home-grown inventors’ movement.
The Farmingdale Village board granted a Special Use permit to Allstate Insurance after considerable debate on the part of the Board of Trustees regarding village codes.
The Allstate office, located at 223 Main Street for over 30 years, had submitted a Special Use application to move across the street to a larger facility at 222-224 Main Street in order to expand the scope of operations.
At Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, Farmingdale Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz addressed parents’ concerns over low student testing scores in recent New York State assessments. According to Lorentz, the results for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3-8 placed the district in the bottom quartile of Nassau County.
However, Lorentz was quick to point out that the lower scores were to be expected, and in fact were experienced by school districts across Long Island; this, he said, was brought about by new, stricter testing in alignment with the state-mandated adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards and not enough time to prepare adequately for them.
The Farmingdale Summit together with The South Farmingdale Fire Department invite all members of the community to “A Day of Remembrance” on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Summit’s annual Farmingdale Remembers ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the 9/11 Memorial at the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road.
Farmingdale Remembers is an annual observance commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. The Summit urges all residents of the community to participate in the brief ceremony to: honor and remember those who perished, pay tribute to those who served so unselfishly in the recovery operation and show our continued support for all those who were affected by the events of 9/11/01.
The Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School recently welcomed incoming students and parents to its Sixth Grade Orientation program. The annual event is designed to help new students get acclimated with their surroundings before the start of the new school year.
Students and parents were shown a slide-show presentation, participated in an informational question and answer session and toured the building for the first time. Howitt Middle School administrators, teachers, support staff and the PTA Membership Committee were in attendance to ensure that students and parents had an enjoyable experience.
Honor Flight Long Island is looking for men and women who have proudly served their country during WWII. The next scheduled flight for WWII veterans will take flight in just one more month.
Honor Flight Long Island is part of a national, non-profit organization called Honor Flight, which was established in 2004 and made to honor American veterans for their sacrifices. Our nation’s heroes will be paired up with a volunteer guardian, who will escort them on a flight to Baltimore and then on a bus to Washington, D.C.to visit the memorial that is built in their honor. The trip is free and is also a day to remember for the soldiers who fought bravely and helped keep our country safe and strong. “I can’t express what this generation has done for us,” said Honor Flight Long Island President Chris Cosich. “These guys were all together and had amazing stories to tell.” They also paid tribute to those who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
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