On May 13, Farmingdale’s Matthew Lowe attempted to make history by becoming the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Open.
The 13-year-old competed in a qualifying tournament held that day at Cherry Valley Club in Garden City. He was one of 144 pro and top amateur golfers who took to the field striving to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. Ultimately, he fell just short of that goal, but finished the day ranked 39th among his peers.
Several parties and events were approved at the beginning of the June 1 Farmingdale Village Board meeting. Block parties for Balcom Road, Lenox Court and Staples Street were given the OK, as was a food drive collection for the Eve Foundation at the Pops Concerts this summer and the Main Street Mile to be held on Sept. 5.
While most spectators flocked to Jones Beach to watch the New York Air Show over Memorial Day weekend, local residents lined New Highway and Route 109 in Farmingdale to catch a glimpse of the acrobatic aircraft.
This year the U.S. Air Force graced the skies in F-16s, performing a demonstration sequence that consisted of a series of formation aerobatics. This precision demonstration team treated local residents to fly bys and tricks the week before the actual Air Show, as they were based out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
A Farmingdale State College student was killed and another injured on the campus May 26 after a garbage truck backed into them near the rear of Lupton Hall.
According to Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives, the truck driver, Guillermo Vargas said when he began backing up his garbage truck at 11:39 a.m. he heard someone screaming. Vargas, 39, of Levittown, then told police he looked out his side view mirror and saw a man he hit, Aresh Saqib, on his hands and knees, screaming, and pointing underneath the truck. Police stated Vargas got out of the truck and saw Kaeli Sarah Kramer under the truck. A physician assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office pronounced Kramer, 19, of Huntington, dead at the scene. According to Kathy Coley, director of communications at Farmingdale State University, Kramer was enrolled in one summer course at the college and Tuesday was the first day of classes. Coley also confirmed that pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted near the area.
After receiving three separate grants from the state and public voter approval, the Farmingdale School District has begun to install a new artificial turf field at the high school stadium this week. The cost of the new $800,000 field will be completely covered by state grants obtained by State Senator Kemp Hannon and after completion in early August 2009 will be used by the school’s football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse and track and field teams, as well as the marching band, cheerleading and kickline groups.
The Farmingdale Village Board met on May 4 for their monthly meeting before a small and quiet crowd.
First important business addressed was a contribution for a Long Island Planning Study. Long Island Regional Planning Council is conducting a study of Long Island from Manhattan to Montauk to address issues such as transportation, special projects, etc. The $1.5 million project is being funded by both Nassau and Suffolk Industrial Development Agencies, however they are seeking contributions from local municipalities.
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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