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!
(Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to the Farmingdale Board of Education and is being printed here at the author’s request.)
I am writing to you as an extremely disgruntled taxpayer in the Farmingdale school district.
I live on 11th Avenue, directly opposite the football field. While I think it was wonderful of Senator Hannon to provide the school district with the grant to redo the field, it was a waste of taxpayer dollars. My taxes are still paying for the field that was put in several years ago. It is simply not true that this grant did not cost the taxpayers anything. For example, who paid (and is still paying) the salaries for the school security guards who were/are stationed at the school overnight? I am quite sure that the contractor did not reimburse the school district for this money. And, considering the economy today, $1.4 million could have been used by the school district for far more important purposes.
To all of our friends and neighbors in Farmingdale:
We have been overwhelmed by the love, support, caring and concern shown by our community, its various members and organizations, as well as individuals, during this tragic period in our lives. We feel blessed to live here. As we now try to pick up the pieces of our lives and get back to the business of daily living in our community, we see continued instances of your kindnesses and generosity. We want you to know how grateful we are for all that has been done for us and the memory of our son, Lance Corporal James D. Argentine. We’d like to make special mention of the U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have provided unwavering, loyal and caring support to our family and continue to do so. We will forever hold in our minds the sight of our friends, neighbors and community members paying their final respects to our son as we brought him to his final resting place, right here in his home town, and how fitting it is for him to be among those who have shown him such honor, respect and love.
Thank you for all you have done for us.
Jan and Bob Argentine
Once again I am groping for words to express the awe that took place in Farmingdale last week. Beginning on Wednesday afternoon when James arrived home and hundreds of people stood in the rain for several hours awaiting his arrival at the funeral home through to Saturday morning when we laid our hero, James Argentine, to rest. For the thousands of people who lined Conklin Street, you know what I am talking about. Our community came together to wrap their arms around the Argentine family and share in their grief. Jan and Bob, James’ mother and father, his fiancée Crystal and the whole family felt your love and support.
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