Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., with the help of dozens of local schools and organizations helped put smiles on the faces of Winthrop Hospital’s pediatric patients by delivering carloads of toys collected through the annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.
Representatives from the Nassau County Sheriff Officer’s Association, Laborers Local 66, and Local 1298, all of whom participated in the program, joined Senator Fuschillo in delivering the toys to the hospital.
“Our members look forward to this event every year because it’s a way to give back to the community, to give back to the kids, and to the less fortunate,” said President of the Nassau County Sheriff Officers Association (NCSHOA) John Jaronczyk. The officers, more than 1,000 members of NCSHOA, run their individual toy drive throughout the month of December. They have been participating in cooperation with Senator Fuschillo’s drive for more than five year.
In a scene that has become all-too-familiar to Massapequa area residents, another hero law enforcement agent was laid to rest last week.
On Friday, Jan. 6, a funeral was held for John F. Capano, a Massapequa resident and federal agent who died while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect at an incident in Seaford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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