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* . •'• -I. H* I ?HJJ , „y Editorial Battle Front - Library Budget Issue "SEE LIP; , W.T. Pg. Six FP R-16 OCT.(&> A Serving The Greater Farmingdale Area Since 1920 The Official Newspaper for The Village of Farmingdale VOL. XLVII NO„ 37 Second Class Postage Paid at Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735 Thursday, August 24,1967 Copyright 1967 by Island-Wide Publications, Inc. PRICE 10<?-$4 per year FACES IN THE NEWS Mrs. Patricio Annelli (Standing) and Mrs. Mary Gertonson are seen on Main Street recently, where they were obtaining names for a petition which will be sent to Washington, D.C., in behalf of the Americans For Victory in Vietnam Committee. 111 mum kW NOW TAKING SHAPE at the corner of Conklin Street and Franklin Place in Farmingdale is the new St. Kilian con* vent building being built at the cost of $350,000. The multi-level structure has been a long planned dream of Father Raphael. k A CANDIDATE'S COFFEE BREAK. . .North Hempstead Supervisor Sol Wachtler's campaign as the Republican candidate for County Executive brings him to Farmingdale to meet fellow Koffee Klatchers Councilman Frank Hynes, ( c ) , and George Meyerhoff, (r.). F'dale Votes On Library Budget This Tuesday between E. Howitt Junior high opportunity to approve the The two previous library votes were held on May 3rd and June 10. At the May 3rd election the^ library budget was defeated 2630* to 2192, a margin of 438 votes. In the June 10th election, the budget was defeated by a margin of 57 votes, 2753 to 2696. Because of the slim margin of defeat at the second vote and responding to considerable public pressure for a revote, this third public decision will probably draw the most votes and receive more attention than the two previous public votes. The $352,865 budget request carries a tax rate of .374 per hundred assessed valuation for Oyster Bay town residents and .61 for Babylon homeowners. In a statement to the POST, the library has announced that if the budget should be defeated the following measures would have to be taken: Hours would have to be curtailed because of insufficient funds to pay enough staff members to serve the patrons 72 hours a week. Programs would be discontinued because there would not be enough money to cover even the minimum costs that they would involve. And the meeting room of the library would be closed to such groups as the Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts, Little League umpires, Sportsmen's Club and others because there would not be enough funds to pay for the necessary maintenance. The budget calls for $352,865, the same amount submitted to the voters on May 3. This budget which is $29,740 more than the current operating appropriation will cover the cost of holding the special election as well as restoring services which have had to be curtailed. Delay Decision 0a Gorton Case Carl E. Gorton, a trustee of the Farmingdale Library has attempted many times to attain access to library records for use in evaluating library programs and expenditures of library funds. When the Board of Trustees passed a resolution limiting inspection of records during business hours, Gorton decided to submit a petition to the State Supreme Court in Mineola, asking that he not be restricted in his inspections. This past Monday (August 21) State Supreme Court Justice William R. Brennan, Jr., reserved judgement on Gorton's case of "no limit" inspection. Gorton told the POST that this particular issue is no longer of purely local interest but has become an event of state-wide Importance which could have strong Implications on future New York Library procedure* the hours of 12:00 noon and 10:00 P.M. at Weldon school Farmingdale voters will have their third 1967/68 Library budget. Friends Of Library Urge Budget Passage The Friends of the Farmingdale Library, an auxiliary branch of the Farmingdale Library, has issued a statement in regard to the upcoming library budget vote. The following is the group*s reasons why they believe that the budget should be passed next Tuesday. "During the past years there have been many instances of extreme st groups attacking libraries and schools. Their methods vary but their aims are unmistakable-to exchange their judgement for those of the people of the community in the selection of library material. Their approach may center on pornography, Communism or such basic economic issues as the budget. Their methods are the exploitation of half-truths, insinuation and if necessary, character assasination. The Friends of the Farmingdale Library would like to bring certain facts to the attention of the community. To dramatize his candidacy, Mr. Gorton stole a book from the Farmingdale library. Nassau County thought the action serious enough to indict him for petty theft. Mr. Gorton declared that a portion of a book at the library contained pornography which should not be allowed to fall into the hands of minors, yet Mr. Gorton distributed 5000 copies of the questionable material, and through his actions made it available to every teen-ager in Farmingdale. Mr. Gorton says an adult section should be established at the l i brary, yet the library has and has always had an adult section. When Mr. Gorton was asked to name one book which he would recommend placed in the adult section, he could not. The response to Gorton's charges by community leaders has been overwhelming. Six clergymen have participated in a public forum and stated that the article attacked by Gorton is not obscene. Every responsible community leader - including those associated with our schools, civic groups, the clergy, businessmen and political leaders - has come out in favor of the budget. Gorton's vilification programs, consisting of verbal, written and physical abuse, has not intimidated them. All we ask from you is your support with a positive vote on August 29th." A Summertime Picnic Party Mrs. Alexander Stoyan, at left, Assistant Director of The Farmingdale Public Library, offers a hot dog to hungry Monique Calabro, age 6%, while Michael Kowalchik, age 8, waits patiently for his turn. The picnic party sponsored by the Farmingdale Kiwanettes was given on the last day of the library's special reading program. John Rothman, the library's reading consultant and Mrs. David Eysmann, at right, President of the Farmingdale Kiwanettes, look on.
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