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.
Burdened as we on Long Island are by high energy costs and dirty air, we should applaud the recent passage by the House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES sets forth clean energy and efficiency goals for America to achieve - goals that have already been reached and surpassed by other countries around the world. The release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, petroleum products, and even “clean” natural gas) has started a process of rapid global climate change.
Rotary President, John Cuccia introduced Vice President Kathy Firetog who introduced the Aug. 5 meeting’s speakers, Rotary District 7250 membership chairman Rony Kessler. He is also president of the West Hempstead Rotary Club.
The speaker explained that the District was in danger of being merged with another if it didn’t get more members. He also explained that local Rotary Clubs under 20 members might be disbanded. Rather than have each Rotary member bring in one member, Mr. Kessler advocates having those club members who are good salesmen bring in many members. The non-salesman Rotarians can help provide leads to the salesmen Rotarians. Mr. Kessler gave the Farmingdale Rotarians many ideas for getting new members. For example, there are sections in the newspaper that show publicity aware business people. These people can be asked to join Rotary. Another idea is to have a business card exchange at a restaurant sponsored by Rotary. His Rotary Club adds any guests names to its mailing list. He has posters about joining Rotary at key spots in his town. He also publicly publicizes Rotary programs for the next six months to attract businessmen to the meetings. Len Constantinopoli responded for the Rotary. He thanked the speaker for his many fine ideas for increasing Rotary membership.
Farmingdale The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on May 29, 1953 by a small group of far-sighted individuals who cared about our community. According to the original incorporation papers, the Chamber was created to foster trade and commerce, promote and encourage industry, trade, business, financial and professional interests of Farmingdale; and to promote the civic, commercial, industrial, and organizations having an interest in Farmingdale.
This summer I sponsored and passed legislation in Nassau County that protects children on the Internet by banning all convicted sex offenders from social networking and Internet dating websites. Working closely with nationally renowned advocacy groups Parents For Megan’s Law & the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect we were able to pass this important legislation to provide a safer environment for our children to surf the Internet. While researching this legislation it became apparent how dangerous a place the Internet can be for unsupervised children. Sexual predators are using the Internet and websites like MySpace and Facebook to prey on children. They are also using online dating services like Match.com to identify single mothers to exploit their children.
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