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Less Than Zero

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

The Island Trees School District Board of Education has proposed a $60.2 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year which comes with no reductions in staff, while maintaining existing programs. 

The budget, if approved by voters, will increase the tax levy by zero percent. Since property taxes are based on assessed value, Island Trees residents that have not petitioned their taxes this year can expect to pay about the same amount as they did in 2013-2014. 


“This was a very easy budget process compared to last year,” said Island Trees School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. 


School Budget Road Show

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

Farmingdale school district administrators are taking the district’s proposed 2014-2015 budget on tour in an effort to inform voters about its $156.4 million spending plan, which would increase the district’s levy 1.74 percent from last year.

According to Farmingdale Schools Superintendent John Lorentz, this year’s budget looks to maintain the integrity of the district’s programs. However, he said, it comes with a reduction in teachers and support staff and a slight increase in class size. 


“Class sizes will get a little bit larger,” Lorentz said. “But the quality and integrity [of the classroom] will remain essentially intact.” 


Not everyone was so enthusiastic about the news. Farmingdale parent Camille Toma said she was concerned. “Class size is a big indicator of the quality of instruction,” Toma said. 


Library Gets Crafty With Friends

Written by Paige McAtee Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

This past weekend, the Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library’s annual Craft Fair saw a total of 82 vendors selling anything imaginable. 


It had everything from homemade chocolates and jewelry to pottery, said Ken Ulric, a member of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library.


“We’ve been doing this for 18 years, and it’s become a tradition,” said Ulric of the craft fair.


No Opposition For School Board

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00

As term limits set to expire for two positions on the Farmingdale School District Board of Education, one incumbent will not be seeking re-election this year, prompting two uncontested races for the board. 


On April 30, members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale met with the two candidates—incumbent John Capobianco and newcomer Ralph Morales—to discuss their plans for the district in the years ahead. 


First elected in 2008, Capobianco said he ran for school board after opening up his school tax bill. 


Farmingdale Native Goes Hollywood

Written by Youseph Rasheed Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00

Tim Kubart, 29, is no stranger to the bright lights of television stardom. He has built up an impressive resume appearing on shows like As The World Turns, and Law & Order, and playing guitar for the house band on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. These days he is utilizing his gifted singing and acting chops for the betterment of children.


Kubart was born on Long Island and raised in Farmingdale. He explained how he discovered the acting bug while still a teenager at Farmingdale High School. 


“I was in an acting group called The Playcrafters and that was the time when I really started finding myself,” he said. “I was the director of the Farmingdale Marching Band as well. Theater and music were a really big part of my life.” 


Fatal Harley Crash On Turnpike

Written by The Farmingdale Observer Staff Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

Just days following a fatal car-accident in nearby Levittown, Nassau County police report yet another deadly motor vehicle accident along the stretch of Hempstead Turnpike, in Farmingdale. 


According to police, at approximately 8:53 p.m. on Friday, April 25, a 52-year-old motorcyclist was headed westbound on Hempstead Tpke., when his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a 1998 GMC Yukon that was headed eastbound. 


The driver of the SUV, 48, was attempting to make a left turn into 4747 Hempstead Tpke. at the time of the accident, police said. 


Local Residents ‘Shed the Meds‘

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

If you were to randomly take a look in the ol’ bathroom medicine cabinet, you’d probably find that we’re all guilty of it to one degree or another: stockpiling old pills, capsules, and caplets from doctor’s prescriptions of days gone by. However, if your first urge is to simply throw these annoyances away like normal trash, you should stop yourself; you may be making a serious mistake, according to Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau).


Hannon said that unused meds can pose numerous risks to the community, and that he feels it’s important for each and every local resident to do their part in helping him ensure that they are gotten rid of in a safe, responsible manner. How, you may ask? At the

Senator’s “Shed the Meds” program held on Friday, April 25, at the Farmingdale Public Library. 


“Holding on to expired medication of any kind is dangerous for us and our loved ones, and improperly disposing of these expired pills is dangerous for our entire community,” he said. “That’s why I host these ‘Shed The Meds’ events, so residents can safely dispose

of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Safe disposal helps protect the environment and keeps medications out of the hands of young children or others who would use them improperly.”


Historical Society Reaches Milestone

Written by Paige McAtee Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

To commemorate 50 years in the community, members of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society celebrated its milestone anniversary with a special Founder’s Day dinner at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant in West Babylon.


According to Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society President Eric Goldschrafe, the organization has celebrated Founder’s Day every year since it began in 1964. 


As a member for the past 23 years, Goldschrafe was surprised at the number of members attending the 50th anniversary dinner, on April 22. 


Meet The Beetles

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

While the Asian longhorned beetle is most active in the summer months, Farmingdale residents are being advised to be on the lookout for these insidious insects. 


First discovered in Amityville in 1996, Asian longhorned beetles are destructive wood-boring pests that feed on hardwood. To prevent the infestation from spreading, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a federal order to quarantine the area, that originally extended from Massapequa into Amityville. 


Dinosaurs Roam The Farmingdale Library

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

The Farmingdale Public Library was recently the site of the rumbling feet and powerful roars of the mighty dinosaur, come to life in modern times... at least in the form of some dedicated actors playing the parts to the hilt for the sake of education and fun. 


The Wildlife Theater, a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s educational department, was on-hand at the library on April 17, bringing its unique form of lighthearted children’s entertainment containing vital information about the world in which kids live, and the fascinating creatures that share it with them.


The Wildlife Theater works out of the Central Park Zoo, traveling around the five boroughs of New York—as well as Long Island—to put on shows at venues such as elementary schools, libraries, and hospitals; they specialize in taking their conservation message along with them in the form of plays about animals and the environment, according to the Conservation Society’s Michael Birch.


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