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Voters Approve $156.4M Budget

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

Voters in the Farmingdale School District cast their ballots on May 20, to pass a $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, by a margin of 71 percent. 

 

According to unofficial tallies, 1,516 residents voted “yes” while 626 voted against the 2014-2015 budget. 

 

“When the Farmingdale community went to the polls on May 20, they spoke loud and clear,” Superintendent John Lorentz said. “They said that they understand the intrinsic value of the public school system, and are willing to take action to preserve it. We can’t thank them enough.”

 

Consistency Is His Middle Name

Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

Weingarten saves his best for when it counts

Every coach preaches that it takes all 25 guys to win, that it’s a team effort and not a single player will receive special treatment. But what is usually forgotten is that sometimes there is one player that can carry a team and that the team needs him to step up when it matters the most.

 

Although he is less than two years removed from being an All-County high school player, Alex Weingarten has proven to be that type of player for the Farmingdale Rams. The south shore native has been their most reliable arm for the past two seasons, he played a huge role in winning their seventh consecutive conference championship and he will need to do so in the regionals. He is used so frequently for one reason; the bigger the situation is, the better he pitches.

 

Benefit For Departed Dalers

Written by Rebekah Sherry Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

National media outlets reporting on the recent car wreck, which caused the deaths of five Farmingdale teenagers, have been cluttered with headlines using words like “tragic,” “horrifying,” “heartbreaking,” and “catastrophic.” While it is true, the accident was a horribly unfortunate tragedy that had a profound impact not only on the family and friends involved, but on the entire community. 

 

However, Farmingdale residents rallied together amid crisis to support the families of the five lost Dalers. In doing so, students in the district have added a few more words to the list: “hope,” “community,” “fellowship,” and “caring.” 

 

Farmingdale Artists Showcase Talent

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Farmingdale’s student artists are showcasing their creative talents as part of the district’s annual Art Show, open until May 29. Students in grades K-12 have proudly put drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures and more on display at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. 

 

The exhibit opened with a reception on May 13, when parents were given the opportunity to stop and admire their student’s hardwork. Fine Arts Director Rita Padden gave a brief presentation on the district’s art curriculum, and thanked parents and teachers of these art students from Northside, Albany Avenue, Woodward Parkway, Saltzman East Memorial Elementary schools, Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School.

 

State Responds To Crash

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

In response to the tragic car crash on May 20 that claimed the lives of five Farmingdale teens—Tristan Reichle, Jesse Romero, Carly Lonnborg, Noah Francis, and Cody Talanian—New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of safety measures that will be implemented on Conklin Street. 

 

“It is clear that more must be done to help ensure the safety of drivers and residents in the area around Conklin Street,” Cuomo writes in his letter to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “My administration will continue to take every available action we can through engineering, education, and enforcement to avoid tragic accidents like this in the future.”

 

Fundraising Car Wash – May 18

Written by Farmingdale Observer Editorial Staff Saturday, 17 May 2014 14:49

On Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a junior firefighter fundraising car wash for the South Farmingdale Fire Department at the Merrits Road Fire House. The kids are between 12 and 17 and are tomorrow's heroes and future leaders.

 

 

 

Fundraising Car Wash – May 18

Written by Farmingdale Observer Editorial Staff Saturday, 17 May 2014 14:49

On Sunday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a junior firefighter fundraising car wash for the South Farmingdale Fire Department at the Merrits Road Fire House. The kids are between 12 and 17 and are tomorrow's heroes and future leaders.

 

 

 

A Mother’s Love

Written by Paige McAtee Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

Once a year, we celebrate the one person who helped carry us into the world, the one woman who continues to put up with the nonsense time and time again—of course, I am talking about Mom.  

 

Mother’s Day is a time for children, no matter what age, to show their appreciation and give thanks to mom for all of her sacrafices and the love that she gives. 

 

On May 8, Farmingdale Public Library invited children of all ages to come learn how and why Mother’s Day is celebrated. 

 

The Dangerous Road

Written by Cynthia Paulis Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Community calls for changes in wake of crash

Neighbors report that the stretch of Conklin Street where a crash early Saturday morning killed five Farmingdale teenagers is a well-known trouble spot.

“I have been pushing for a red light on one of these two corners,” said Anthony Vitale, who lives near the scene and is a former member of the Farmingdale Board of Education. “You cannot make a turn here, either on Staples Street or Oakview Avenue because you can’t see anything coming from that side. We need a traffic light...usually when there is a light, cars tend to slow down.”

 

Daniel Romano, manager of Frankee’s East Side Gourmet Restaurant, joined many others in Farmingdale calling for changes in the area.

 

Farmingdale's Tragedy And Grief

Written by Cynthia Paulis Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Community unites to help ease the pain of 5 teenage deaths.

 

In the dark of Sunday night, hundreds of family members, friends and neighbors gathered on Conklin Street at a makeshift memorial of candles, flowers, teddy bears and photos of Tristan Reichle, Jesse J. Romero, Carly Lonnborg and Noah Francis. The next day, Cody Talanian was pronounced dead at the Nassau County Medical Center. 

 

Amid the tears, sobs, hugs and candles, broken glass and parts of a tail light glistened on the pavement next to the skid marks. All the while, traffic roared down Conklin Street.

 

Family members of 14-year-old Carly, her parents’ only child and the youngest of the children killed in the early Saturday morning crash, held a poster showing the beautiful young girl cuddling a dog. Two balloons rose above the poster, each emblazoned with the word “Love.”

 

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