I enjoy taking my autistic grandson, Thomas, to a small and relatively quiet park. Gerngras Park, in the Village of Farmingdale, is such a park. However, this park was in the need of significant, expensive renovation, which would have put a strain on the finances of the village government.
I urge you to vote for Arshad Majid.
Since Mr. Majid rang my doorbell one summer afternoon (in the middle of a barbecue with my family), I have spent much time finding out as much unbiased factual information as possible about him, and I am very impressed.
On Aug. 6, Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale was among three other Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. In the weeks following this tragedy, Farmingdale became closer in respect to James in how he died protecting our freedom.
This year, the Farmingdale Fire Department will host the Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair through Oct. 12. Each year we have a fundraising bin in honor of someone. Last year it was a Bethpage Volunteer Firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer. This year we will be raising money in memory of Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine. His family will then decide where to donate the money. We are asking all Farmingdale residents to come to the rear of the Farmingdale Fire Department at the refreshment tent and show your support. Thank you for your support.
Farmingdale Fire Department
Nothing happens in a vacuum.
What I mean by that is this: Most every event or development that unfolds in society is somehow, someway connected.
Take, for instance, the recent news about an initiative Suffolk County law enforcement officials launched to try to rein in the alarming increase in heroin use among Long Island youth. The anti-heroin initiative, part of the county’s Police Department’s PoliceSmart program, includes visits to Suffolk schools. Among other things, it features graphic images depicting the real lives of heroin users.
Haven’t we seen enough death and violence? Especially since Sept. 11! The media seems full of sad things. I ask that we give ourselves and our kids a needed break. Each year at Halloween, many seem to glorify death and violence, yet there is a very happy side - candy, cartoons, TV stars are among us, pumpkins, and good food. There are parties. All I am saying is there is a happy side to this day. Why not bring it out? We always, I am sad to say, have the violence and death in some way all year through.
It’s in the way you approach it! We need more “happy” now more than ever!
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale would like to say thank you to the Farmingdale community for their support with Art in the Park on Sunday Sept. 13.
Special thanks to Jaime Tomeo, editor of the Farmingdale Observer, who was instrumental with advertising not only in Farmingdale but also in the surrounding communities. Our gratitude is also extended to Mayor George “Butch” Starkie, Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, Trustee Cheryl Parisi and all the trustees who supported and participated in the project from the onset as well as the village staff. To Debbie Podolski, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Farmingdale library, who joined the project with support and enthusiasm, we express our thanks. To Jan DiGeronimo and the Sperry Credit Union who gave gifts plus the many merchants who donated gift certificates to be awarded to the artists included with their ribbons, we thank you for your generosity. To the Farmingdale Fire Department who graciously hung the Art in the Park banner across Main Street. To the musicians who enhanced the mood of the day, we thank you for your efforts.
Art in the Park proved to be an exciting and colorful event. The 47 artists and some of the visitors who had never been to Farmingdale were impressed with our lovely park and village. All enjoyed the experience. The good feelings brought to our community and the art that was shared that day made our efforts worthwhile.
Thank you for sharing the day and supporting Art in the Park. All proceeds will be donated to scholarship and community projects.
Women’s Club of Farmingdale
You may have read about a campaign waged by Long Island Checker Cab to disparage the board of trustees for not issuing a taxi company license to Checker Cab. I want to set the record straight with respect to this issue.
For 30 years the Village of Farmingdale has had Yellow Taxi Company as its only vendor licensed to operate taxi cabs in the village. The owner of Checker Cab requested a license to operate within the Village. The board of trustees decided that after 30 years it was a good time to solicit prices from any cab companies interested in a license. The hope was that we could get the pricing for cab rides more competitive for our residents.
A great big thank you deserves to be given to everyone involved with the transformation of Gerngras Park in Farmingdale. A grant was obtained by Legislator Dave Mejias and together with Mayor Starkie, a meeting was held to get input from area residents.
On Oct. 3, 2008 the Farmingdale Observer published a letter I wrote regarding the high school artificial turf field project. A brief summarization of my letter is as follows:
1. Wasting taxpayers money (via a special legislative grant from a legislator) by demolishing a perfectly good and functional natural grass field
On behalf of the Farmingdale Board of Education, administration, teachers and all of our staff, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to school. We hope that you have enjoyed the summer and that you are ready for an exciting school year!
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