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Military History Time Machine

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

Learning about war through the ages


You can experience military history through the ages in one afternoon at the Old Bethpage Restoration during Military Timeline Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Gergela To Be Honored

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

Joseph M. Gergela III, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, was honored by Farmingdale State College with its Ram’s Horn Award at the annual Fall Garden Party at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park on Sunday, Oct. 5.  


The Ram’s Horn Award is given to an individual or business that supports the Farmingdale College Foundation’s efforts to provide student scholarships, faculty development grants, and fund programs and projects of the college. It is the highest award given by the foundation.


LI Flower & Home Expo

Written by Anton News staff, Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:19

The Long Island Flower & Home Expo is coming to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The home and garden show will feature flowering indoor and outdoor gardens, fall landscaped vignettes, thousands of Chrysanthemums, home decor, cooking demonstrations, and home improvement contractors. Design specialists will be available all weekend, so bring your decor ideas. In addition to beautiful gardens, attendees will enjoy informative seminars, home improvement tips and tips from landscaping consultants.


Watchers Keep Homes Secure

Written by George Haber, Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

When Greg and Barbara leave their north shore home in November for their annual four-month visit to Florida, they close up their Long Island home with peace of mind.

That’s because once a week, for the weeks they’re away, Chuck Gottlieb, principal of House Doctor and a home inspector, visits their home and does an interior and exterior survey to make sure everything is in order.


Denenberg Drops Out

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff, Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00

Long Island Democrat David Denenberg has dropped out of the race for state Senate, after recent accusations that the Nassau County Legislator fraudulently billed his own law firm—Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron—more than $2 million for non-existent case work.

According to published reports, Denenberg stated, “My family, the electorate, the campaign and this position are way too important to subject myself to such outrageous allegations and negative attacks against me personally. Therefore I withdraw from the race.”


Strapping In For Safety

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:13

Venditto holds

car seat demonstration

Years ago the idea of child safety was to pile kids in the back of a station wagon with blankets or if they were old enough to sit shotgun in the front seat, the safety strap was mom’s arm coming across the seat as she stopped suddenly. This turned out not to be the best plan in reducing children’s deaths in an auto crash, so in 1978 the first mandated car safety seat law was enacted in Tennessee and soon other states would follow. New York State has enacted some of the toughest laws regarding child safety transport with car seats and although it has proven that these do save lives, the problem is 90 percent of these lifesaving devices are installed incorrectly.


Anchors Away At Captree State Park

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis, Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.


Savings Come To Farmingdale

Written by Jennifer Fauci, Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Give My Regards To Borrelli’s

Written by Danielle Ajodan, Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00

Tested in East Meadow, local play runs In NYC

Vincent Amelio, a playwright, teacher and Manhasset resident is the next to secure a seat on the town’s exceedingly successful roster.

Amelio’s latest play, How Alfo Learned to Love Women, tells the story of a young man in search of romance. Since 2004, the Off-Broadway production has traveled from evenings of dinner theatre at Borrelli’s Italian Restaurant in East Meadow to its new home in the National Opera-America Center in Manhattan. In the play, protagonist Alfo Idello is in early middle age and struggling to grow up—at least in his relationships to women. With the help of his smoking-hot lady psychiatrist, the 34-year-old commitment-phobe re-lives his teenage years growing up in 1970’s Brooklyn and working in the family’s Italian bakery. Alfo’s father, now in charge of the bakery, won’t pass the business along until his son is married.  Alfo’s dead grandfather, trapped in a purgatorial traffic jam on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, must return to earth and teach Alfo how to love a woman.


Common Core Tests: Parents' Choice

Written by Daniel Offner, Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:40

Local students opt alongside Nassau peers

As children all across Long Island head off to school, kids in grades three through eight brace themselves for a new round of the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics exams. But at least in Farmingdale, a number of children are opting out of both of these tests. According to he NYS Allies for Public Education, the Garden City School District saw 632 students opted out of the ELA portion and 800 pupils declined to take the mathematics portion.

In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8,  U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.  


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