Next time you’re sitting in your doctor’s waiting room, watch out for a white-haired man who suddenly jumps up from behind his walker and belts out a Broadway show tune. Even more head-scratching is that he suddenly stops and quietly walks into the examination room as the receptionist says, “Mr. Scafuri, the doctor will see you now.”
Punked? The old Candid Camera? No, it’s Frank Scafuri having a little musical fun.
Parishioners at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bethpage will recognize Scafuri as a regular substitute singer/organist. Those who have heard him sing, know that this 1971 Julliard graduate certainly has a powerful, well-trained voice.
After lying dormant for several years, the first meeting of the newly re-formed Concerned Citizens Civic Association of Farmingdale (CCAF) was held at Allen Park, and if the community turnout was any indication, it stands to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
The meeting drew a packed crowd of civic-minded local residents, and welcomed guest speakers including Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and several of his trustees, in addition to representatives of the Metro Transit Authority.
CCAF President James Battaglia, a Farmingdale resident, said that the evening’s meeting represented a resurrection of sorts for the group.
Indian tradition is kept alive in New York as Farmingdale resident Manasa Pisipati performs a three-hour solo classical dance performance. Pisipati, 16, graced the stage on Aug. 31 at the Flushing Hindu Temple Auditorium in Queens, performing eight intricate dance pieces in the South Indian dance style known as Bharatanatyam.
Bharatanatyam is the oldest of all the classical dance styles in India, originating over 2,000 years ago. While other Indian dance styles have been influenced by British colonialism or Muslim rule, Bharatanatyam has remained largely untouched. Bharatanatyam pays homage to Hindu deities through mimed story telling as well as statuesque poses and complex footwork. It is known for its grace, purity and tenderness.
Adventureland, one of Long Island’s longest running amusement parks is launching a special Halloween promotion of teens and adults. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Oct. 15, “Nightmare on the Midway,” makes it frightening debut from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The spooky spectacular was created and designed as a horror-filled Halloween experience for older children and adults. But fear not, the more than 50-year-old park will continue its tradition of presenting family friendly Halloween events during the day such as a pumpkin patch, live age-appropriate performers and face-painting.
The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce has announced Dr. Daniel J. Aldieri as their Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce 2013 Outstanding Small Businessperson of the Year. Each year, the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce encourages it members to select an honoree to receive this prestigious award.
Dr. Daniel Aldieri is a successful dentist and partner at Kahn, Ferrari, & Aldieri, DDS LLC. He is passionate about creating beautiful, healthy smiles and enhancing his patient’s quality of life and self-esteem through cosmetic and implant dentistry.
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.
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