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.”
On Sunday, July 21, the Farmingdale Cheeburger Cheeburger held its Third Annual Car Show, partnering with the Knights of Columbus. The all-day show at Republic Plaza on Route 110, drew more than 400 classic cruisers, benefited the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook.
Over the span of three days last week, more than 40 Wounded Warriors completed a journey across Long Island in Soldier Ride, warmly hosted by Farmingdale, establishing “base camp” at the Farmingdale Marriott. Soldier Ride is a multi-day cycling event for Wounded Warriors to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. The ride helps warriors gain confidence.
The disabilities of the soldiers, not always physical, range from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brain injuries, and amputated limbs. Others have nerve damage, or other physical damage from previous injuries. One of the participants in the Babylon ride has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, which doctors believe is a result of his service in Iraq, in proximity to the toxic burn fields.
On Saturday, June 22 dozens of veterans and supporters of the Missing In America Project (MIAP) turned out at Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) to help give a proper burial for 43 unclaimed veterans and unclaimed spouses of veterans, some who have been unclaimed for more than 95 years.
Civil War and historical re-enactment members of Company K, 67th New York Volunteer Infantry, 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Garibaldi Guard, Winslow’s Battery 1st New York’s Light Artillery, and Major Robert Burns and Squad of the 11th Regular U.S. Volunteers were present for a significant tribute to two of the unclaimed veterans. Army soldiers Henry Eggers and Emanuel Lederer, both having served in the Civil War, were finally put to rest. Eggers remains have been on the shelf of a local funeral home since 1921; Lederer’s remains, the longest unclaimed ashes in this specific burial effort, have been on the shelf 1917.
In this age of electronic domination that is the bane of true musicianship, computers recreate the sound and feel of songs that still lack authenticity. Left only with the lingering memories of smoke-filled jazz clubs, as quaint as the dust laden LPs of the greats or survivors of Woodstock who pride themselves on having been there, the notion of music with heart and soul seems eerily antiquated. Passion without the flair, skill without show, a raw unrefined musical experience has become as rare as snow in July. We are left to revere the greats, with any real lover of music having to recall the past; the John Coltranes, Chet Bakers, and Jimi Hendrixes etched forever in music’s hall of fame.
Hundreds of residents from Farmingdale and other neighboring towns celebrated the Fourth of July as if the clock was turned back to 1863 at the Old Bethpage Restoration Independence Day celebration.
With actors dressed in 1800s attire and everyone getting into the historical spirit, activities included a demonstration of ‘old time baseball’ – a game played by the rules of 1864; a demonstration of military drills and firing rounds by the 119th Regiment NY Volunteers Co. H Historical Society, a parade through the restoration village leading up to the Noon Inn and various other activities taking place throughout their numerous historically preserved houses.
On Sunday, June 30, on an overcast afternoon, former Mets and Yankees outfielder Lee Mazzilli stopped by Cheeburger Cheeburger in Farmingdale to sign autographs for more than 50 fans of all ages.
Fans, most of them wearing sports themed apparel, came out to see Mazzilli. They were called for their meet and greet with Mazzilli, table-by-table. This allowed Mazzilli to be personable with all the people that showed up. He had conversations with some and posed for pictures with anyone who asked.
While there’s no shortage of places in Farmingdale to grab a bite to eat, The Main Event, a new restaurant located at 1815 Broad Hollow Road, is making a compelling argument for locals to try them out.
Family owned by Gerry Constantatos and his sons Alex and Mike, The Main Event, their second endeavor into the restaurant field after the successful opening of their original location 11 years ago, is proof that the food business clearly runs in their family’s blood.
The Cradle of Aviation recently hosted Eternal Con, a toy expo, military vehicle show, and costume contest for hundreds of comic book fans. Proceeds from an auction of original illustrations and signed comics were donated to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund. The fund also received the proceeds from the sale of a limited edition, hand-drawn Superman print, ahead of the newest movie release in theatres.
Attendees of the Eternal Con 2013 Expo were treated to two short films, Some Trouble Of A Serious Nature by Billy Tucci and G.I. Joe Operation Red Retrieval by Mark Cheng, in the Cradle of Aviation’s IMAX theatre. Entrance to the comic convention also included access to the museum’s air and space exhibits.
Nassau County firefighters engaged in some fiery competition last week at the Annual Firefighter Cook-Off. The fifth annual event brought the East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre Fire Departments out to Fairway Market in Westbury to fight for bragging rights and the title of best firehouse chef.
Each team was supplied with a $100 Fairway shopping card and the chefs turned their groceries into signature, grilling delicacies. Each team made ribs, and then could chose between making a chicken or burger dish. They presented their barbeque creations to a panel of judges, which consisted of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Firefighters Museum Board President Angelo Catalano, Westbury Fire Department Chief Doug Ingram, Anton Community Newspapers Publisher Angela Susan Anton, and Fairway Café Executive Chef Vincent Olivieri.
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