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Jessica MacKenzie Undergoes Stomach Removal

Written by Jenna Grasso and Christy Hinko Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Former Daler diagnosed with heredity disease

Jessica MacKenzie, 20, a 2010 graduate of Farmingdale High School, was recently diagnosed with CDH1, Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer, a genetic disorder that causes stomach cancer. After getting her whole stomach removed MacKenzie fights to help spread awareness for this extremely rare disease.

Earlier this year, MacKenzie tested positive for the CDH1 mutation, the same disorder that caused her aunt to develop stomach cancer and die from it in 2010 at the age of 43. MacKenzie’s father Robert, grandmother and another aunt each tested positive for the cancer and had their stomachs removed last year. MacKenzie said although her endoscopy did not test positive for the cancer, she “wanted to live a life free of stomach cancer.”


Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt recently joined local leaders and residents on Aug. 10 at the Farmingdale Public Library to honor Louise Cassano, Margaret Santer, Jessica Koenig, Laurie May, Tina Diamond, Deborah Canova, Millie Jones, Carol Muscarella, Laurie Rozakis, and Barbara Sherwin, residents of the 17th Assembly District at the annual “Women of Distinction” Awards. Each year, McKevitt recognizes women throughout his district that have demonstrated an exceptional impact on their communities and the lives of others through their commitment service.  


Local Athlete Part Of Soccer Elite

Written by Gregory Giaconelli, Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

They may be young, but these guys got something to prove. The Boys U-15 Dix Hills Elite of the Long Island Junior Soccer League placed second in the National Championship at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament on July 27 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The boys, led by captain and center back Joseph DeStefano and mid-fielder Michael Sclafani, finished second in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League and qualified to the championship as one of the top two teams in their division. Heading into this tournament, the boys had the task of competing in three must win games within their group in a span of six days. They went undefeated and set their eyes on the ultimate prize.


Residents Voice Concerns Over Mall Plan

Written by Gary Simeone, Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:21

On August 20, residents from all the communities in the Town of Oyster Bay will have a voice in the future of Syosset and Jericho.

A town-wide voter referendum will decide whether a 54-acre plot of town-owned land right by the Long Island Expressway can be sold to a consortium of three developers — Simon Property Group, Castagna Properties and the Albanese Organization — which has indicated it plans a mixed-use facility, including apartments and shops.

Another developer, Taubman Centers, currently owns a smaller, neighboring property and has been battling the town for 18 years to get a special permit to build a mall there. Taubman has indicated it wants to bid on the town-owned site, which would allow it to expand its plans, and sued to force this referendum.  


Scores Tumble On Standardized Test

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:38

Educators assure parents

“new baseline” will pay off

Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.

Following the results being released, John Lorentz, Farmingdale School District’s supertintendent, released the following statement:


An Evening With Helen Reddy

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:33

When Michelle Esposito heard singer Helen Reddy was performing in Farmingdale, she immediately called her friend Carol MacNamara.

“I called Carol and said, ‘Let’s go down there and make a memory for your mother,’” she said. “When Helen Reddy sang our song we all started crying.”

The song, “Delta Dawn,” is one that evokes special memories for MacNamara, her three sisters and two friends, who all grew up in North Massapequa. It is a song MacNamara and her sisters sang for their mother, Jessie Sherman, when she died after battling leukemia three and a half years ago.


Flying For A Cause

Written by Gregory Giaconelli, Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Talon Air and Patients AirLift Services teamed up to fly seven children who have experienced traumatic burns to The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp in Union, CT.

Located in Farmingdale, Talon Air Inc is the leader in private air travel from the tri-state area to everywhere around the world.  Along with state-of-the-art fleet and facilities, they are known for having safe, comfortable flights. 


Vets' Names Added To Walls Of Honor

Written by Christy Hinko, Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Dozens of residents, family and friends recently attended the formal dedication ceremony at Nassau County Veterans Memorial Plaza to view the unveiling of more than 200 names of veterans, past and present, which were added to the expanding Walls of Honor in Eisenhower Park.

The memorial already has hundreds of veterans’ names inscribed, with more added each year, since its unveiling a couple of years ago. It is an ongoing construction; veterans’ names are inscribed on the steel panels, which are mounted to the granite walls and dedicated each June by the Nassau County Veterans Monument Fund, Inc.

All veterans, war or peacetime, are eligible. County residency is not required. To reserve a spot on the Walls of Honor, call 516-804-5802 for a registration form and requirements.


In Memory Of A Weightlifter

Written by John Grillea, Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Charity bench-press contest

to honor Dom O’Neill

On June 16, at approximately 3:14 a.m., 25-year-old Dominick O’Neill’s life was tragically taken in a car accident.  O’Neill was traveling westbound on the Southern State Parkway when his vehicle veered off the road into a tree. His car caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

O’Neill, a local and beloved weightlifter who is better known as “Big Dom,” impacted many. To show their appreciation, friends and family will gather on August 4 at Gaglione Strength Gym in Farmingdale for the “Dom O’Neill American Girth Charity Bench Press.”


‘Shrek’, The Musical

Written by Rita Zirpolo Padden, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

St. Kilian’s Players are launching their summer production of Shrek, the Musical, the story of a grouchy ogre who wants to reclaim his swamp from the evil Lord Farqaad. Along the way Shrek meets a chatterbox donkey. The dialog will make everyone laugh as the two journey to complete the bargain made with Farqaad by rescuing Princess Fiona who isn’t exactly a princess.

One of the musical directors, Michelle Lisi, explained the overlying message, “Everyone is unique and special and it’s ok to be who you are. When the cast sings the lyrics, they embrace the message and the audience will believe it too.”


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