(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, July 3, Serena Carter Brochu, a long time Farmingdale resident, and graduate of Farmingdale High School’s class of 1983 delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place from July 1st through July 3rd 1863. The battle, fought during some of the hottest days of the summer, engaged over 158,000 soldiers with estimated casualties of 51,000. Of all the participating states, New York State sent the most men into the battle, with nearly 28,000; one-fourth of whom were either killed, wounded, captured, or reported missing.
The Battle of Gettysburg took place in southern Pennsylvania just weeks after the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, Virginia. With the Confederate Army in high spirits, General Robert E. Lee took his army to replenish its supplies and to move the fighting to the North. Among Lee’s goals were to threaten Northern cities and to win a major battle on Northern soil. With its well-developed road system and plentiful farmland, Gettysburg attracted Lee’s attention.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, June 26, Maria Ortolani, president of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Before I begin, I’d like to thank Brad Demilo and the Village Pops band for presenting a beautiful musical concert. I’d also like to thank the Farmingdale/Bethpage Historical Society, and especially Mr. William Johnston, village historian, for inviting me to speak to you tonight about the history of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the donors who participated in the Blood Drive I sponsored on June 20th, in conjunction with the Farmingdale Public Library and Long Island Blood Services.
I am delighted to report that 52 pints of blood were collected from those who selflessly gave of their time to donate. This was far and above the projection heading into the day, and it just shows the great generosity of the community. These 52 pints will be able to help 156 individuals. In times of shortage, which we are unfortunately experiencing, this gift of blood gives life to those in need here on Long Island.
Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the June 4 announcement from District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office about prostitution arrests within Nassau County, which appeared in the June 7 and June 14 editions of Anton Community Newspapers.
The only thing wrong with Kathleen Rice’s public display of the 104 men arrested for illegally patronizing prostitutes in a police sting was the absence of “Client number 105,” former Governor Eliot Spitzer! When he committed a similar crime, he was not sent to jail or fined, even though people working for his house of prostitution were. That was patently unfair, especially since prostitution (the supply) would not exist if there were no (male) demand.
I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.
I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points.
When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking.
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
I agree with John Owens’ article, “School: Testing Mania Has Gone Too Far” [Anton Newspapers, June 21]. Continuous testing is turning off both students and teachers. Go back to basic goals: an informed citizenry with a moral compass and a skills oriented curriculum like BOCES offers. Then those who are truly academic will opt for college and those who aren’t will be our hairdressers, sales people, plumbers, electricians, etc.
Recently when we had torrential downpours a motorist was trapped in a flooded car on Merritts Road, a little bit south of Hempstead Turnpike. This problem recurs frequently at that same spot because of the big dip in the road.
Why not do something? The village should put up warning signs at that point saying, “Major flooding ahead in heavy rain. Your car may be trapped.”
Better still as a local resident suggested to me, the village could install a mechanism that would measure the water in that dip and flash a warning sign when it rises above two inches.
Editor’s note: The following is an open letter from the Mayor of the Village of Farmingdale to Chief Operating Officer John D. Mc Mahon of the Long Island Power Authority, dated June 10, 2013.
Dear Mr. McMahon,
It is a recent memory when Super Storm Sandy bore down on us and caused us so much havoc.
We met with former LIPA COO Michael Hervey after Tropical Storm Irene. That was encouraging as we offered our highway department resources to work at removing downed trees that were both entangled in LIPA wires and blocking roads. That worked marginally during Sandy as we were not able to get the needed LIPA personnel to tell us what was safe and what was not. However, I must commend LIPA during Sandy for their efforts to get our water district back ASAP. That worked like it was drawn up in a textbook with the coordination of LIPA and the Village Highway crews working together to get our residents water thereby averting a potential health emergency.
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