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Budget Vote, Trustee Election

Written by Christy Hinko and Gary Simeone Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00

Farmingdale School District 

The Farmingdale School District budget vote and trustee election will be held on Tuesday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Howitt East gymnasium at 74 Van Cott Avenue in Farmingdale. Voter parking will be available in the Van Cott Avenue parking lot. All voters should enter through the Howitt building main entrance near the flagpole. 


Cinco De Mayo Benefits Water Witch

Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

It was a great day for fun and prizes at Croxley Ales Bar on Sunday, May 5 as the Water Witch Engine & Hose Company #1 held their annual ‘Cinco De Mayo’ event. “This is our fifth annual Spring Fling and it is something we really love doing,” said Fire Chief Tom Lynch.


The community fundraiser was a success, with many local officials, including Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen, in attendance. 


 “Members of our fire department, village staff and the community enjoy coming to celebrate during Cinco de Mayo,” Lynch added. 


Board Focuses On Report Cards, Budget

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

The annual school report cards and upcoming budget vote were the main topics at the Farmingdale School Board regular meeting on Wednesday, May 1. 

Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Joan Ripley said that overall the school district was in good standing with regard to the 2011-12 State report card scores. She said that special education students saw the most improvement in testing scores, as compared to past years.


“We saw significant gains in our students with disabilities on the High School Regents Exams,” said Dr. Ripley. “This section of students scored much higher on the Comprehensive English Regents Exam and U.S History and Government Exam than in previous years.”


Multinational Cultural Festival

Written by Christy Hinko and Gary Simeone Wednesday, 08 May 2013 07:59

Farmingdale State College recently hosted the annual showcasing of heritage and traditions of Japan, Italy, Korea, Guyana, India, Taiwan, Guyana, Thailand, Haiti, the Philippines, China, Turkey and many of the Spanish-speaking countries. 


Infinite Yarns Thrives In New Location

Written by Gary Simeone Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

It has been over a year since Infinite Yarns moved from Main Street to its new location on Hempstead Turnpike. The small boutique store which specializes in everything yarn has done quite well in its transition.


“We were on Main Street for eight years before our move,” said storeowner, Anne Schneck. “But our customers seem to like our new location because of accessibility and the availability of parking spots.”


Schnek who also heads up the website, and has a Facebook and Ravelry page, said a lot of her business is conducted online.


On A Mission

Written by Pete Sheehan Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Bethpage-based St. Vincent De Paul Society puts a face on help

You’ve probably seen the St. Vincent de Paul Society trucks in your neighborhood but you might not know who they are and what they do, Who they are is one of the largest voluntary charitable associations in the world, having worked since its founding in 1833 Paris, to serve the needy.  They became established in the U.S. in 1845 and on Long Island in the late 1940s.


“We offer emergency assistance in any way we can – food, furniture, utility bills, or help with rent or mortgage,” said Marion Holmgaard, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society conference at St. Kilian’s Church, Farmingdale. Hers is  one of  about 50 parish conferences on Long Island.


Author Pens Pirate Adventure

Written by Gary Simone Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:29

Farmingdale resident, JoAnn Vergona Krapp, has an absolute passion for writing. The former school teacher and Northside Elementary Library Media Specialist has already written four children’s books with a fifth one due in June. 

“I absolutely love the world of children’s literature,” said Vergona-Krapp in a recent interview. “With kids you can make up a total make believe world and let your imagination run wild.”


Vergona-Krapp let her imagination run wild in her most recent publication, Missing Treasure Means Trouble, which is a chapter book, best for ages 7 to 10-year olds. The wonderfully illustrated book is set in the Fire Island Lighthouse as it was undergoing major renovations in the 1980s. In the lighthouse’s, lantern room, three young adventurers meet up with a charismatic homeless man who enthralls them with stories of pirates, treasures and shipwrecks.


Business As Usual

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

School district talks budget

It is nothing but positive news in this year’s budget plan in the Farmingdale School District. Farmingdale, School Superintendent, John Lorentz said that the district tax levy came in at 2.35% which is below the district limit of 2.96%.

“We worked with the community and were able to come in slightly below the cap,” said Lorentz. “This is good news as we will be able to continue the programs in the district and not make any staff or teacher reductions.”


The district is also using its Proposition 2 Ballot, which does not affect the tax levy, to use capital reserves for a district wide window project. The project calls for the replacement and renovation of windows in all of the districts major schools. It is a three phase project.


Your Impatiens Are Doomed

Written by Betsy Abraham and Christy Hinko Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

A bad season is ahead for the local favorite. But there are alternatives.

When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing—impatiens.

Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener. 


Cancer Screening

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. in conjunction with the Integrated Medical Foundation and Bostwick Laboratories, recently sponsored a free prostate cancer screening program at the Massapequa Library. 

Men who participated in the program received a free prostate cancer screening and a PSA blood test, regardless of whether or not they had insurance. The screenings were performed by Dr. Michael Dourmashkin, MD of Advanced Urology of New York.


Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer among men, after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. 

For more information about getting a free prostate cancer screening,  call the Integrated Medical Foundation at 631-247-0100.


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