This year Santa traded in his sleigh for a bright, shiny, red biplane on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19 at Farmingdale’s American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. Children were bundled up and sipping hot chocolate while waiting their turn to take pictures with Santa Claus then take a taxi ride his red Waco biplane.
At the last public board meeting for the Farmingdale School District on Wednesday, Dec. 8 approximately 15 parents and residents were in attendance to hear a budget parameter explanation given by Superintendent John Lorentz and Assistant Superintendents Paul Defendini, Joan Ripley, and Barbara Horsley.
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.
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