(Editor’s note: This is a letter addressed to the Farmingdale Soccer Club.)
I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the generous donation of food that you have provided to our church. Your gift will help us in our mission to help those in need receive at least one hot meal a week. Lisa and Lou Bell informed me that one of your board members Brian Mulcahy had called with an offer of food that was donated at the Turkey Soccer Bowl and indeed they brought boxes filled with food that following Sunday. We were able to help restock our church’s food cupboard and then some.
Your help comes at an important time of the year. We wish you and all the members of your board a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.
Soup Group coordinator at Farmingdale United Methodist Church
Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding local residents and businesses to take advantage of National Grid’s new Hurricane Sandy Emergency Economic and Community Redevelopment Program for their gas customers. The program will be providing eligible customers with assistance as they work to recover from the storm’s devastation.
“Residents and businesses across the community and across Long Island have been overwhelmingly supportive of those affected by the storm,” said McDonough. “As we work to restore a sense of normalcy, it is important that those affected take advantage of the full array of resources available to them. While aid is available through private organizations and insurance, residents are also encouraged to file an application with FEMA before the Dec. 31 deadline and other agencies such as National Grid.”
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding Long Island residents and businesses to be on guard against repair scams and those who may try to exploit unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage. Despite the outpouring of support from volunteers and charitable organizations, there are still those who may try to take advantage of affected parties.
“It is important that we protect ourselves against those trying to exploit this disaster for personal gains,” said McDonough. “There are many reputable organizations that are able to assist those affected by the storm.
The story of Christmas is not one in which a mighty emperor arrives on a mighty steed but rather one in which God identifies fully with ordinary people huddling in the dark: a young mother in labor, an anxious father, a baby born in a barn. Many of us recently huddled together in the dark when a storm took away the lights, phones, and warm homes we took for granted.
The eight-day Festival of Lights, the celebration of Hanukkah, begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 16 this year. May the candlelights of the holiday shepherd in a better world for all mankind.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, after all the votes were counted, I was gratified to learn that the people of the Tenth Assembly District placed their trust in me to succeed my friend and mentor, Assemblyman James D. Conte.
I am truly overwhelmed by the support I received and grateful for the opportunity to represent the district where I have lived my entire life. It was rewarding to learn that my positive message focusing on the most pressing issues resonated with the voters.
They say that tragic emergencies bring out the best in people and the worst. My focus is on the best. While I am aware that there are many examples of people pitching in selflessly to help, I wish to commend two of our businesses in the Farmingdale area.
The Farmingdale meat market, Wholesale Meats, emailed customers that we could box our meats, tape and mark them and they would store them until we got our power back. The offer was made to anyone without power, be they customer or not.
With many still picking up the pieces after the recent back-to-back hurricane and blizzard, it is likely that Farmingdale residents, like the thousands of others affected, gave plenty of thanks over this Thanksgiving holiday. And as a homeowner, although my home did face some minor damages, losing power and limited outside communication pales in comparison to what many are still trying to recovery from across Long Island. I consider myself on the safer side of the disasters and have not missed the opportunity to be thankful. Hope you are all able to give thanks and share some goodwill.
Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) has started their annual ‘Holiday for Kids’ Sake holiday gift collection to benefit families in need who could use some extra assistance during the holidays. Families are given gifts for each child in the household, a holiday meal with all of the trimmings, and a box of additional groceries. Last year, BBBS helped to provide for 106 families, and 230 children.
I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the hard work our Village officials and administrator have put in over the past two weeks. Our power is on for the first time in 11 days. My neighbors and I repeatedly called LIPA asking for updates and info on why so many people in Farmingdale had power but a small strip of us had no power. Needless to say, our questions went unanswered.
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