On Saturday, June 16 more than 600 United States Marines and candidates from 14 regional recruiting stations filled Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. Candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp, called “poolees,” arrived from across the New York City region, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens for the Long Island-hosted competition. The competition has been held for more than 10 years, each station taking turns hosting.
Some of the boot camp-style events that the Marine candidates participated in included: pull-ups, the water jug relay, ammo can relay, stretcher relay, and tug-of-war.
Sergeant O’Toole was critically injured in the line of duty, with second and third degree burns to more than 50 percent of his body while volunteering with the Bladensburg Fire Department in February of this year. He was one of several injured during a house fire at a vacant home in Riverdale, MD, including the fellow firefighter, Lt. Ethan Sorrell, 21, who suffered respiratory burns, down his esophagus and into his lungs.
Brian Entwistle has been named valedictorian and Robert Brienza has been named salutatorian of the Farmingdale High School Class of 2012.
“We are extremely proud of Brian’s and Robert’s accomplishments here in the Farmingdale School District,” said John Lorentz, superintendent of schools. “Both of these gentlemen have achieved tremendous success and have learned the necessary skills to excel in their next level of higher education. Our entire community wishes Brian and Robert the best of luck in their future endeavors and believes both students will be successful in whatever careers they elect to pursue.”
The 126 pound jockey said it was an unbelievable race, even though the win didn’t come with spoiling history. I’ll Have Another was scratched one day before a chance to push Affirmed aside in the history books as the last to win all three jewels of the Triple Crown. The horse became the second since 1936 to win the first two legs, only to be unable to compete in the “Test of Champions.”
President and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Taylor said, “This is cutting edge, no body else that we know of has a system like this.” She said Bideawee’s goal by introducing this new program is to increase adoptable animals in their system by 10 percent and decrease operation costs and to decrease Bideawee’s medical costs by having all animals needing specialized care to be centrally located and being taken care of one specially trained team.
In 2011, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and Nassau County returned for the second year to help preserve and maintain the games.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships.”
Despite a passing rain shower, Blue Angels’ practice flights and commercial air traffic overhead, Senate transportation committee chairman, Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. was joined on Friday, May 24 at Conklin Street and Fairchild Loop in Farmingdale by Senator Owen Johnson, Senator Lee Zeldin, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams and many other local officials and union representatives to announce that work is about to begin on the LIRR’s second track project and redevelopment of the Republic train station.
Fuschillo said confidently, “Bringing jobs to Long Island will get our economy back,” creating more than 300 direct jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs in the region. He said the expansion and redevelopment would also promote economic development.
Representatives were on hand for a meet-and-greet from the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor team, the GEICO Skytypers, and perhaps one of the most fascinating and most inspiring teams, the United States Navy Blue Angels.
On Monday, May 28, the Village of Farmingdale held its annual Memorial Day parade down Main Street. Members of the local veterans’ organizations, fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local officials, and residents gathered dutifully for the somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.
The procession passed through nearly a dozen “arches of honor,” where American flags fly high between two fire engines with ladders extended, along Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, performed by many of the local fire departments.
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