As part of the Memorial Day weekend air show slated for Jones Beach, Republic Airport, Farmingdale, will be hosting the United States Air Force precision demonstration team, the Thunderbirds and their Canadian counterparts, the Snowbirds. Their aircraft will begin to touch down at Republic the morning of Tuesday, May 19 and then operate throughout the rest of the week. Their activities are expected to produce an unusual amount of jet noise as their military aircraft apply full power for takeoff.
Budget Vote, Trustee Election Set for May 19
There are three incumbents and one challenger running for three available trustee positions on the Farmingdale Board of Education. The incumbents, current President Shari Bardash-Eivers and Trustees Kathy Lively and Rick Morrison are vying against John Rennhack.
The positions are for a three-year term and are at large. The budget election and trustee vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Howitt Middle School in the east gymnasium.
All candidates were asked a series of questions. Their answers appear in alphabetical order.
Preparations have long since been under way for the U.S. Open’s return to Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale this June.
At a May 4 Media Day press conference, United States Golf Association officials and local politicians praised U.S. Open organizers and offered information about the upcoming event.
USGA President Jim Vernon said the organization took an historic step in 1996 when it awarded the 2002 U.S. Open to the Bethpage Black Course.
“It turned into a stunning success,” he added. “The energy of fans from New York make any sporting event unique and special. It was then referred to as the ‘People’s Open’ and it truly was.”
Although the April 23 meeting of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale was sparsely attended, those present were able to intently question the Farmingdale School Superintendent John Lorentz for more than 30 minutes about the proposed 2009/10 school budget. The 2009/10 proposed Farmingdale Board of Education budget will have one of the lowest increases in over 30 years, says the district’s school board. The new budget, announced to voters at a series of local meetings, will have a tax levy increase of 1.33 percent.
On Tuesday, April 21, the Farmingdale Board of Education met to adopt the proposed budget for the 2009/10 school year. At $143,969,743, the proposed budget maintains all current academic programs and services while limiting expenditures to an increase of 3.88 percent. Highlights of the proposed budget include continuation of a variety of class offerings at the high school level as well as small class size at the elementary level, which has been proven to maximize learning opportunities for each student within the district.
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