Although hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall on Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 27, it left a path of downed trees and power lines as it crossed the Island headed toward New England. According to LIPA officials, approximately 500,000 customers in Nassau County lost power due to the storm.
The Farmingdale 10U Greendog softball team completed a great season last weekend, beating higher seeded teams from Massapequa and Plainedge to reach the finals of East Meadow’s Summer Sizzle tournament. Unfortunately the girls had to settle for the runner-up hardware, as their late rally in the championship game against undefeated Bellmore ended with the tying runs on base in the 7-5 defeat.
The coaches are extremely proud not only of the game day results, but also of the hard work this group of girls put in during their many practices. For most of Farmingdale’s girls this was the first taste of real competition. While many of the towns they competed against traditionally put out strong 8U tournament teams, roughly half the Greendogs had only faced coaches pitching in the past.
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.
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