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Turkey Vultures Making Comeback

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

After an absence from the local scene for many years, an unusual Long Island resident has slowly been making his presence felt recently- the turkey vulture, a large avian resembling an eagle or hawk.


Recently spotted in areas such as Farmingdale and Hicksville, the turkey vulture has some residents expressing concern; most of that concern simply springs from the fact that most people don’t actually know a great deal about these mysterious birds.


Hicksville resident Pat Monnia spotted a turkey vulture on her block recently, and was surprised to see the large, out-of-place bird in her neighborhood. She immediately contacted the Farmingdale Observer regarding her sighting.


Veterans Bill Signed Into Law

Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Measure enhances

veterans’ benefits access

Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined on Aug. 9 by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans’ legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was signed into law on Aug. 2 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans’ service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.

“New York State is committed to giving our veterans the best care possible after they return from serving our nation and defending the freedoms we cherish as Americans,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new law will enable local Veterans Service Agencies to better serve our heroes returning from overseas, and give our veterans and their families the ability to apply for vital federal benefits in their own communities. This is another step by New York State in our efforts to be the national model for how state government serves our veterans and their families.”


Art With Mid-East Flair

Written by Youseph Rasheed, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Myriad crisp curves and immaculately imperfect lines harmoniously meld together against a cool white background. The characters, which have been skillfully drawn on to the canvas, are undeniably fascinating. The cursive style scripts intertwine forming an exquisitely chaotic triangle. Different hues of red and orange softly blend at the bottom, forming a mystifying alphabet based foundation. An erudite spectator would be able to appreciate this dazzling Arabic calligraphy with lucidness, yet it still might remain curious to an undiscerning western eye. Whichever way you look at it, beauty and mystery are all part of this detailed version of Reem Hussein’s original artistic creation called Transliteration I.

Born in Bayonne, NJ in 1975, and raised in Merrick, Hussein was an artist from the very start. She said, “According to my parents, all I wanted to do was draw. Even at four years old, my teachers would say that I was more talented than any of the other children. I was very lucky because I grew up with a Muslim-Egyptian heritage. Despite the fact that in our culture it is common for parents to encourage their children to become doctors or lawyers, my parents were always very supportive of my artistic ambitions.”


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. 


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