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.
With the passing of Hurricane Sandy and the mid-week Nor’easter storm, many routines, traditions and normal day-to-day tasks have unintentionally been overlooked, canceled and even rescheduled. This weekend, Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans’ Day. Many organizations, schools and municipalities are maintaining their scheduled observances.
Hurricane Sandy has taken a toll on the lives of many in the areas that Anton Community Newspapers serves and well beyond. Our heartfelt wishes go out to all, hoping that life returns to normal, or somewhere close to that, for residents as soon as possible. Community spirit - neighbors helping neighbors - has been evident in so many situations. For those who need additional services, below is a list of contacts that we hope will be helpful.
- Angela Susan Anton
Anton Community Newspapers
On Sunday, Nov. 18 the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island (FBHSLI) will present “From Battleground to Empire State: New York and the Legacy of the War of 1812” in cooperation with the New York Council for the Humanities. Alfred Ronzoni of the Greater Astoria Historical Society will give the presentation.
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