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Village Chatter Increases About Barclays Coming to Bethpage Black

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
Earlier this year, Farmingdale received some very prestigious news; the Barclays will be coming to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course from August 23 to 26 in 2012, and again in 2016. The Barclays, part of the PGA Golf Tour, is the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup.

Trustee Ralph Ekstrand gave a brief introduction and reported that the organization is in conversation with the Village for the planning and preparations for bringing their world-class event to Farmingdale.

 

Tom Gubitosi Plays Santa To More Than 200 Long Island Children

Written by Christy Hinko and Maria Colello Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Over twelve years of giving from Farmingdale resident

With the closing of the holiday season, also considered the season of giving, some can honestly say they have volunteered a significant amount of time and energy to those less fortunate then themselves.  One local Farmingdale resident and philanthropist, Thomas Gubitosi, can describe himself as a giver; his compassion is laudable.

Gubitosi, a semi-retired stockbroker with a knack for charity, founded the Marie Gubitosi Foundation more than 12 years ago, after the death of his mother.

 

Now Taking Off at American Airpower Museum

Written by Kate Robertson Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

Renovations, Pearl Harbor ceremonies, and new additions are among some of the recent activities at Farmingdale’s own American Airpower Museum. Located at Republic Airport, the Airpower Museum is home to war aircraft and vehicles dating back to World War II.

Gary Lewi of the Airpower Museum shared some of the exciting things coming up for the museum. “We are particularly proud of the exhibits,” said Lewi. There are several aircraft already on display at the museum, ranging from bombers from WWII to fighter jets dating back to 1967. The Airpower Museum is continuing to strengthen their collection of operation armor to add to their aircraft and compliment the collections on display.

 

Timing Is Right to Give the Gift of Clean Water

Written by Pat Grace Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

Comment period extended to Jan. 11, 2012 to request that Cuomo protect water supply and ban fracking

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to open New York to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has come under fire for failing to protect the state’s residents from a method of gas drilling that pollutes the environment, explained a host of speakers at a rally to ban fracking held Dec. 15 at Mary Jane Davis Green in Manhasset.

In this challenging economy the buzzword is job creation and Cuomo has also been criticized for claiming fracking will create jobs, but, as speaker Patti Katz, Reach Out America (ROA), said, “You can’t drink money.” The complaint period against fracking has been extended to Jan. 11, 2012 and rally speakers encouraged everyone to visit amillionfrackingletters.com and to send Governor Cuomo one of their own letters.

 

Pomata Talks About Farmingdale First Program at FSC

Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

A poster of one word—imagine—hangs on the wall in the office of Farmingdale First.  Imagine is what Frank Pomata, Director of Student Support Services, does every day while painting a friendly face on student campus life. There’s even a candy dish and family photos in his office.

Farmingdale First is a selective TRIO-SSS program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Eligible students who are ready and willing to participate in Farmingdale First include: non-traditional students, first generation students, lower income students or learning disabled individuals.

 

Jersey Shore Fans Get Devoted With ‘The Situation’

Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00

MTV star signs vodka bottles at Stew’s Wines

On Saturday, Dec. 17 MTV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino made a special guest appearance at Stew’s Wines of Farmingdale. “The Situation” of the famed reality series, Jersey Shore, soon to be in its fifth season, was on hand to sign bottles of Devotion Vodka for fans.

“Hosting Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Devotion Vodka this past weekend was really exciting for all of us here at Stew’s Wines,” said Stew’s Wines of Farmingdale Store Manager Stephen Vaughan. “The Saturday before Christmas is generally a very busy one for us, so to have a celebrity bottle signing going on while we had so many shoppers in the store already, it was the icing on the cake!”

 

FHS Musicians Perform at Rockefeller Center’s Tuba Christmas

Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00
A large group of Farmingdale High School student-musicians visited New York City on Sunday, Dec. 10 to take part in Rockefeller Center’s Tuba Christmas performance. Over 500 tuba and baritone players gathered to play Christmas carols under the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for the event, attracting a huge crowd of onlookers who found themselves swept up in the holiday spirit.
 

Farmingdale Library Hosts Artwork By A.V. Panetta

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

On Saturday, Dec. 10 the Farmingdale Public Library held an opening reception to honor the fine oil painting collection “Oils in Nature’s Brush” by A.V. “Ed” Panetta. Panetta was joined by dozens of friends and family members as he proudly presented some of his most beloved paintings from throughout the years.

Panetta, 94, said he has been in love with drawing since he was a young boy. He remembers drawing a lot of planes, encouraged by many of his elementary teachers, like Mrs. Riordan and Mrs. Johnson. He would draw from his imagination, creating new flying inventions like a plane with a submarine periscope attached. Panetta said that as a young student he was often given special privileges during art class to have an independent study, permission to create freely, despite the assignment given to the rest of the class. 

 

Fancy FREE Holds Grand Re-Opening on Main Street

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

Local artisans showcase handcrafted gifts

On Monday, Dec. 5 the Village of Farmingdale and other local and state officials gathered at Fancy FREE Gift Shop and Artisan Center at 248 Main Street in Farmingdale to help celebrate its grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a showcase of the local crafts and talent that will be available and the gift shop.

The Fancy FREE Gift Shop is organized and operated by Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a nonprofit agency that supports over 3,000 individuals with autism and other special needs.

 

Village Beautification Completes Decorating, With Help from Lowe’s

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

Board continues rezoning hearing, examines existing businesses

According to Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, the festive holiday arrangements currently on display on Main Street were the result of many hours of hard work put in by several groups and individuals within the Farmingdale community.

“The Beautification Committee worked together with resident and nonresident volunteers, junior firemen, firemen, Relay For Life committee members, Girl Scouts, the mayor and trustees,” Christiansen said. “They gathered on three separate occasions and worked very hard to put up all these holiday decorations. We also have to give special thanks to DPW personnel and Public Works Superintendent Andrew Fisch for their efforts in decorating the Tricentennial tree and solving numerous lighting issues. Also thanks to Amityville DPW for the loan of a truck, and to Lowe’s [Home Improvement] in Farmingdale.”

 

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