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Letter: Thanks For The Most Memorable Day

Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

I want to thank you [Angela Anton] and Anton Community Newspapers for selecting me as a finalist in the Military Heroes Essay Contest. The flight aboard the B-17 was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Those who served aboard that aircraft during World War II were truly remarkable and heroic young men.


Editorial: Patriot Day: Serve and Remember

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
Since the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the nation has begun to observe the anniversary as Patriot Day, and also as a day of service. In addition to flying the American Flag in celebration of freedom, it is important to observe a moment of silence to honor the thousands of lives lost on that day, right here on American soil.

Editorial: Proper Flag Disposal

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

I have been asked several times by residents recently about what to do with worn and tattered American flags. Naturally, when a flag is flown and used enough it will become torn, faded or worn. Flying an American flag in any of these conditions is unacceptable and disrespectful. Never put an American flag in the garbage; the only appropriate thing to do with it is a proper disposal.

Believe it or not, there is a whole protocol, an official U.S. Flag Code to abide by for flying, using, or discarding a flag. While the U.S. has a code for the flag, it is only a guide on how to handle and use the flag. Each state has its own flag laws.


Minute Of History: A Salute To Veterans - Stand Up And Be Proud

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, Aug. 8, Christy Hinko, Navy veteran and editor of the Farmingdale Observer, delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches that were delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Let me just start by saying that I am honored to have been asked to present the speech preceding this evening’s Salute to Veterans concert. A special thanks to Bill Johnston, grandfather of two active duty Army men, who gave me the privilege to speak tonight. I applaud Brad DeMilo and community for making these Village Pops concerts such a success, year after year.


Letter: Precautions Against Fracking

Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

New Yorkers are debating the many serious issues related to the extraction of natural gas from shale deposits that underlie parts of upstate New York. Recent news stories indicate that the state Department of Environmental Conservation may soon begin to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing in our state on a limited basis.

We need a program that will ensure New Yorkers are protected from harm and cleanup costs are covered if contamination from drilling happens. We simply cannot afford to cross our fingers and hope accidents won’t occur.


Letter: OTHG Thanks Community For Successful Fundraiser

Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

The Over the Hill Gang (OTHG) softball league would like to thank the Farmingdale community, dedicated volunteers and elected officials for making our annual fundraiser a huge success.

It was one of the largest turnouts the league has seen as thousands of dollars were raised for Jimmy Ossenfort and his family. Jimmy is recovering from an auto accident.  The night was a mixture of softball, music and neighborhood camaraderie.


Letter: Trump On The Ocean

Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Contrary to the Aug. 10 letter from Gotham G.R.&C., I don’t believe that this deal between Trump and New York State will “enhance the lives of all Long Islanders.” As a long-time Jones Beach lover now in his 70s, Jones Beach has always meant casual relaxation for low and middle-income families to picnic and swim and get away from the city for a few precious hours. A fancy restaurant with Trump’s name emblazoned on the front mocks the original purpose of the beach set forth by Robert Moses himself.  

Edward J. Thompson, Sr., Farmingdale

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “Trump On The Ocean Moves Forward At Jones Beach” from Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz of Gotham Government Relations and Communications that appeared in the Friday, Aug. 10th edition of the Farmingdale Observer. The original letter to the editor is also available on the Observer’s webpage at


Editorial: Fire Department-Hosted Car Show Continues

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Last week, the Farmingdale Fire Department held their inaugural car show on Main Street. The show, which featured vintage cars, racing cars, motorcycles and other specialty vehicles was a success. It will be continued through August.

The show closed Main Street from South Front Street to Prospect Street and made the downtown area completely walkable, something that may have a domino effect, bring some bustle to the downtown area and helping to churn some life into the businesses along one of the main business districts.


Letter: Trump On The Ocean Moves Forward At Jones Beach

Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Approximately nine months ago after years of legal obstacles, we went on a mission to revitalize Jones Beach and to go on a grass roots campaign to get Trump on the Ocean built. We are pleased to finally announce that a deal has been reached between the Trump Organization and the Parks Department to build what will be the “Jewel of Long Island.”


Minute of History: Farmingdale 1912

Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Sunday, July 15, Patricia A. Christiansen, deputy mayor of the Village of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Let’s go back for a few minutes to look at Farmingdale in 1912. This suggestion is inspired by a very favorable article on our village, which appeared in an issue of the old Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the late autumn of 1912. The headline reads, “Many New Factories in Farmingdale, Long Island.”


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