The Sept. 8 Farmingdale Village Board meeting opened with a moment of silence for fallen Farmingdale Marine James Argentine and his family.
Mayor George “Butch” Starkie then presented an award to Village Historian Bill Johnston for 40 years of public service.
“Anyone who knows Bill knows how passionate he is about the history of the village,” Starkie said.
Upon accepting his plaque, Johnston said he and his wife have spent 48 years in Farmingdale and have “come to love this community.”
Despite the rain date change to Sept. 13, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale presented the community with a remarkable day of art appreciation on the Village Green.
Forty-seven artists presented their stories in a variety of media in the Art in the Park event chaired by Frances Rotondo and Dolores Cianciabella. Women’s Club members also sold homemade goods at a simultaneous bake sale, chaired by Loda Romanelli.
Armed with petitions containing over 50,000 signatures of Nassau County residents, the Republican caucus of the Nassau County Legislature, led by Minority Leader Peter Schmitt, plans on calling for the repeal of the Home Energy Tax, which is being imposed on consumers to help the county close a budget deficit, if Republicans are successful in reclaiming the Nassau County Legislature on Election Day this November.
On Aug. 21, 1862, Alfred and Cornelius Walters and 11 other young men from Farmingdale boarded a train at the Farmingdale Railroad Station and left Farmingdale to serve in the Union Army. They fought in many of the major battles of the American Civil War including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg as well as the battles during General Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. One hundred and forty seven years to the day, a program honoring the Walters brothers was the culminating event in the American Civil War Veterans Project.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes recently criticized a NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to extend the Wantagh Parkway Bike Path, also known as the Ellen Ferrant Bicycle Path, while unsafe conditions along the area remain unresolved.
The extension of the existing bicycle path would proceed north from Cedar Creek Park, along the Wantagh Parkway and continuing along Salisbury Park Drive in Westbury, eventually leading to Eisenhower Park. The plans for extending the project contemplates having bicyclists walk across Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road at their intersection with Wantagh Parkway.
With the safety of the students and community in mind, Farmingdale High School has implemented a new traffic pattern for the main parking lot, increasing student safety both inside and outside the school building. With the help of the Farmingdale Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini, Principal Glen Zakian and Administrative Intern Thomas DePaola, the high school will begin the school year on a safer note.
It’s only appropriate that the creator of an educational children’s product called My Cow Moo lives in FARMingdale.
Kimberly Arezzi said she created My Cow Moo a few years ago in an effort to “help teach children how to express their voices through media by focusing on imaginative play, make-believe and co-creation.”
“Something as simple as taking a photo shows the world your perspective of a moment,” Arezzi explained, in cow lingo. “By cowbining those photos, Moo hopes to inspire your child to become a silly story teller too.”
Through their website, www.mycowmoo.com, users will be also share their own moomeries and create their own stories with their cow pals.
According to Arezzi, My Cow Moo and its website “train the brain for cognitive thinking and storytelling, help develop language art skills and oral communications and teach children how to engage in imaginary play and disbelief.”
“Moo’s goal is to remind us all that it is fun to be silly and laugh … and that it is easy to be a good person,” she added.
Formed in 2007, Moo started to take life in early 2005. Arezzi was a journalist who accidentally fell into manufacturing and retail after 9/11. Eventually landing a job in the toy industry and “realized that there weren’t a lot of toys that represented my view of today’s child and the participatory world he/she lives in.”
“I just wanted to inspire a different type of play that didn’t focus solely on computers but more on imaginative play and cognitive thinking skills - some of the play that we have lost with the rapid evolution of media,” she added. “As time went on, Moo evolved into a character with character. Moo’s stories morphed into a brand, My Cow Moo.”
Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale was among three other Marines killed Aug. 6 by a roadside bomb in the Farah province of Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
His body was transported home by military and police escort on Aug. 12. Village officials closed down a portion of Main Street as over 300 people lined the sidewalks to pay tribute to Argentine. Residents waited for hours in the rain as the Farmingdale and South Farmingdale Fire Departments created an arch with the American flag. The Farmingdale Fire Department opened its doors for the Argentine family and military personnel to use as a meeting room.
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