On Friday night, Jan. 6, a blues/ rock band known as Black Honey, comprised of students of Farmingdale High School, a HS alumnus and a vocalist from Kentucky, performed an astounding benefit concert in honor of Jimmy Ossenfort.
Farmingdale and North Massapequa residents and students, as well as guests from all over Long Island, gathered at Farmingdale High School to raise money to help the Ossenfort Family. Twenty-two-year-old Jimmy Ossenfort suffered multiple, critical injuries as a result of a November 2011 motor vehicle accident.
The band members from Black Honey, Ryan Costello (lead guitar), Matthew Ferrara (rhythm guitar) Mark Morales (drums), Zack Reyes (bass) and Dakota Clayton (vocals) wanted to show their support for the Ossenfort family and decided to use their talents for a benefit concert for Jimmy. Black Honey rocked the house for almost two hours. Jimmy and the Gooch opened the show for Black Honey and the Wantagh-based band awed the audience with their unique sound of vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, County Executive Edward Mangano announced the ‘soft launch’ of “Nassau Now,” the County’s newest mobile and web application for residents to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet to contact Nassau County directly. The government app features requests, events, information, news alerts, traffic advisories, and forms.
The system is up and operational; it is being monitored by system administrators to collect data about how the service is being used and tally the volume of inquiries being submitted through the new application. Mangano expects that there could be some ‘bugs’ to work out of the system within the initial 60 days, but is confident that this will streamline the process and eliminate a lot of liabilities resulting from nonemergency reports, such as a request for pothole repair. The county will assess the service in a couple of months and identify any issues with the software that need to be corrected.
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!”
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