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Editorial: Making The Grade

Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

We all remember springtime in high school and how it wasn’t always the rising temperatures that made us sweat. Finals time is stressful for students from all grades, but especially for those high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

 

Just the thought of the math Regents exam sends algebraic chills up our spines, culminating in a Pythagorean Theorem-sized anxiety attack. We remember those long nights of last-week cramming, with a steady diet of Mountain Dew and leftover Easter candy keeping our minds lubricated in wide-eyed hyper-sensitivity. 

 

Editorial: An Unfathomable Lesson

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Following Sunday night’s services at St. Kilian’s church, I overheard one Farmingdale parent tell her child: “You see why I always yell at you to buckle up.”

 

As I continued past, I could hear my mother telling me the exact same thing. 

 

Stay Daler Strong

Written by Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

All residents of the Village of Farmingdale are attempting to cope with the tragic and untimely death of five young people from our community.  We grieve with the families who have suffered this unspeakable loss and are attempting to support them in this most difficult time in any way possible.  We also pray for the recovery of the persons who suffered injuries in this accident.

 

What Can We Say Except ‘I’ll Pray For You’?

Written by GERRY LAYTIN Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:10

I hadn’t planned to be where I was Sunday night. In fact, I wasn’t supposed to be there. And yet, everything happens for a reason. And sometimes it takes a very long time for us to find out the reason. Sometimes we never do. And I was where I was for reasons different than for the man who you are going to read about now. And yet, I believe I was there for some reason other than the one I thought I had gone for. Confused? Life is confusing and disturbing. Especially so on Sunday night.

 

Under normal circumstances, striking up a conversation in a public men’s room in the basement of a building would be considered odd, perhaps even frightening. And this was anything but a normal circumstance. And this was no ordinary basement. And no ordinary building.

 

It was the basement of St. Kilian R.C. Church in Farmingdale, during the vigil for the four teens killed in the horrific car crash early Saturday morning on Conklin Street, near Staples Street. 

 

Letter: Billionaires vs. Our Kids

Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

I don’t mind reasonable incremental changes to our children’s education. What I see, however, when you follow the money with Common Core, is an opportunity for billionaires like Bill Gates to apply monetary influence over politicians in order to gain political favor. I see a public school system focused more on testing and memorization of useless trivia, than students truly learning and grasping concepts.

 

With Common Core, I see corporations eventually profiting from access to our children’s confidential information, and a further invasion into our privacy. Will any of us be surprised if somehow Bill Gates’ Microsoft eventually benefits from computerized testing and educational software in our public schools? 

 

I have a daughter in the third grade, who I think is far too young to be stressing over tests and to not genuinely enjoy going to school most days. I understand juniors and seniors getting tired of the school routines. Is it really necessary, though, to have children turned off to learning by the third grade?

 

Editorial: Surviving Youth

Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Each and every time a vehicular tragedy involving youngsters occurs on the roads of Long Island, I’m reminded of all the dangerous situations I put myself in as a new driver in my youth — during what is often referred to as the best days of our lives. The tragic accident involving students from Farmingdale High School on Conklin Street over the weekend was another one of those reflective moments.

 

Editorial: Are We Paying For Safety?

Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

A new law is set to put up hundreds of robots monitoring motorists in school zones. Speeders will be fined at the rate of $50 per violation, with tickets mailed to recipients, arriving long after the fact. Not a dime of the money will come to Farmingdale, it’s all for Nassau County. 

 

Some are for it, saying it’s all about safety for children. Pedestrian fatalities among children have fallen 41 percent since 2002, to just 230 nationwide in 2011—although each one is unquestionably heartbreaking.  

 

Editorial: What Does Living Next To High Voltage Mean For Our Children?

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

In a case study, residential exposure to electric power transmission lines was linked to risk of lymphoproliferative and myeloproliferative disorders published in the Internal Medical Journal done in September 2007 by RM Lowenthal, DM Tuck and JC Bray. 

 

Studies have shown an association between electromagnetic fields and childhood leukemia. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an increased risk of lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) or myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) associated with residence < or =300 m from high-voltage power lines. 

 

Bond Rating Up Two Points To AA

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Major Development Projects and Infrastructure Improvements Underway 

 

The Incorporated Village of Farmingdale recently announced that taxes are within the 2 percent tax cap limit and that the Standard and Poor’s Bond rating for the village is up two points to AA. 

 

In addition, transit-oriented development, redevelopment and infrastructure improvements will benefit residents and the public at no cost to the taxpayers. 

 

Two major development projects are underway; the first at the Farmingdale Train Station, while another redevelopment project on Main Street is about to begin. 

 

Letter: Sustainable Garden

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

When SUNY Farmingdale State College was founded as an agricultural institute, in 1912, sustainable gardening was common theme. Today, sustainabilty is enjoying new popularity as the methods are recognized for the important role they play in preserving the environment. 

 

This is why we, at Farmingdale College say, “Green Then. Green Now.” Horticulture was one of the first programs the college ever offered and has remained an integral part of our academic offerings, responding to new trends and development within the industry.

 

Recognizing that Long Island’s agricultural landscape has been replaced by suburban sprawl, the horticulture department has been working towards developing new methods of sustainability, addressing the scarcity of locally grown food, while meeting the challenges of beautifying a complex environment and improving the lives of the region’s residents.

 

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