If you live near the Farmingdale High School, you may have thought the military moved its physical fitness training to the athletic fields on Sunday mornings throughout this summer. Not so; while most people are still asleep Sunday morning at 7 a.m. dozens of area residents are gathering for an hour of basic calisthenics, and stretching under the guidance of local chiropractor Dr. Walter Priestley and retired NYPD lieutenant Manny Rodriguez. Rodriguez has also served as the former commanding officer at the New York City Police Academy. The men are donating their time and expertise to bringing a positive experience to the community.
The first couple of classes began with a small following of exercise enthusiasts meeting at the football field behind the high school. Each week, the classes grew in size, to now over 40 fitness-minded devotees.
The Girls U8 Tournament Team the Farmingdale Xtreme repeated as champions in the Rough Rider Independence Cup Tournament on June 25th. The girls finished with a 3-0 record in their bracket.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from MoveOn.org gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local MoveOn.org member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”
Two volunteers with rock CAN roll have been selected by Citizens Bank as the “Citizens Bank Citizen of the Week” for working to alleviate hunger in Nassau County through fundraising and awareness efforts.
Jane Walsh and Lauren Castellane, teachers from Farmingdale organized food drives and fundraising events with assistance from their students at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School.
Farmingdale High School graduate John Guzman, winner of the Arthur F. White Rotary Scholarship, was the guest speaker at the July 20 club meeting. Rotarian and granddaughter of Arthur F. White, Nancy White, was present to witness the student accepting her grandfather’s award.
On Friday, July 29 Nassau County held its first annual emergency services summit with over 500 police, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital officials to reduce wait time that occurs during emergencies.
Ellis Henican was the master of ceremonies, while Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Chair Dennis Dunne, along with County Executive Edward Mangano, and other local emergency officials and hospital staff authorities addressed the attendees and held panel discussions.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his Report on the County’s Financial Condition for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2011 at July 29 press conference in Mineola. The report projects that the county will end the year with at least a $42 million deficit if additional measures are not implemented by the Mangano administration and accepted by NIFA.
“The sluggish pace of sales tax revenue, Albany’s unwillingness to assist the county with new money generating opportunities, and a weak economy have created a financial hole that must be filled without raising taxes,” said Maragos.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
Board of Education President Shari Bardash-Eivers discussed the details of the new three-year contract proposal for the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers at Wednesday’s organization meeting in the Howitt Middle School Library Media Center.
“In this year’s budget, we had 2.5 percent allocated for step increases and no raise negotiated,” said Bardash-Eivers. “The first year of this contract is a 1.25 percent increase in the 2011-12 school year with a delay of step increases, which means that it’s the same 2.5 percent but it’s 1.25 percent as a negotiated raise and 1.25 percent in step, so it’s still the same money. In the second year, it’s a true zero increase or wage freeze for the school year 2012-13, with no increase in salary or step increase. In the third year, it’s similar to the first year, with a 1.25 negotiated increase in the 2013-14 school year and a delay of the step increase, so that’s again equal to 2.5 percent for the whole year.”
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