The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, in association with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, held its first Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference on Dec. 2 at Hofstra University. Several educators from the county’s school districts and other community organizations attended the event which focused on addressing both bullying that happens in schools and online. Registration for the conference was so popular that it was eventually capped to 320, with a waitlist that exceeded 100.
The last regular public meeting of the year for the Village of Farmingdale on Monday, Dec. 6 began with a moment of silence for village resident Marine Lance Corporal James D. Argentine. He was only 22 years old when he lost his life in Afghanistan as a result of a roadside bomb in August 2009. Argentine was a St. Anthony High School graduate and the son of Bob and Janet Argentine of Farmingdale.
Commemorating Pearl Harbor Day, Farmingdale’s American Air Power Museum hosted a ceremony presenting proclamations from President Barack Obama to World War II veterans Seymour Blutt, Bernard Berner, Gerard Barbosa and William Halleran, as were Joyce Tupper and Betty Du Brul, widows of Pearl Harbor survivors.
The 22nd annual tree lighting ceremony for the Village of Farmingdale was held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the Village Green.
With the county’s fiscal woes dominating the headlines, it’s hard to be optimistic about Nassau’s future. However, the tone of the Nassau County Planning Commission Public Hearing on the draft of the 2010 Master Plan, which makes policy recommendations to attempt to guide the county towards economic growth and prosperity, was hopeful. In fact, most of the speakers at the Thursday, Nov. 18 hearing spoke in praise of the plan, with few, if any, caveats.
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Freeport Red Devils for the Nassau County Conference I Championship last Thursday at Hofstra University. Freeport had won the last two titles, and beat Farmingdale in last season’s championship game. Farmingdale beat Freeport, 42-39, during the regular season.
On Friday, Nov. 12 the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security held a commissioning ceremony for its Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage. It is the first and only privately owned homeland security center in the nation that serves emergency first responders (fire, police, transportation, etc.) and other security services. The building also supports companies on the leading edge of homeland security technology development and academia resources.
For a small, non-profit organization, the Long Island based, Semper4Soldiers is blazing new paths and setting new standards for serving the needs of returning veterans and their families.
Hundreds of spectators lined Main Street to watch the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 20. The parade began at Northside Elementary School and traveled down Main Street to the Village Green.
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