letters To The Editor
Seems strange this week that a local builder gave
out some facts and figures about a proposal to build
a new library building in Farmingdale without first
submitting the idea to the library board of trustees.
These selected representatives of the people, who
make the policy decions, should have been given to
the courtesty of an idea of such magnitude.
Jumping the gun on such matters will probably
heighten the confusion in the community among the
not- so- well- informed, As of now, there seems to
be enough of that already. The recent court cases
involving the library as well as two library budget
defeats have already played havoc among the citizenry.
It seems to us that when a do- gooder has ideas,
whether it be land to give away for library purposes
or whatever, the proper place to present the case
is to our elected officials.
In January of 1957, prior to the purchase of the
library building on Main and Conklin Streets, the
same builder offered the library board a parcel of
land on Conklin near Clinton Street. The library
board considered the idea, but the builder, as we
understand it, never came back with all the facts
that the board needed to know.
Concerning the library branch in South Farmingdale,
whether you believe that that the taxpayers
should be paying rent or not, is not the point in
question here. Not to mention the fact that the
library has a lease.
We believe that following the proper channels
would be the proper thing to do in cases like this.
Trying to place the library board in an em-barassing
position, is not the way of doing business
- unless, of course, you intend to destroy the taxpayers
faith in that group.
The Kiwanis Club of Farmingdale is to be commended
for setting up a youngster's Raga- muffin
parade this coming weekend. We think that it is a
wonderful idea and could become considered as an
annual event during this time of the year. Among
other things, it gives the trick and treaters an opportunity
to show off their costumes for the benefit
of the whole community.
And talking about Trick and Treat, the Unicef
program in Farmingdale has made outstanding
financial contributions to needy children throughout
We can't understand the detractors of UNICEF
who claim that some of the monies wind up in Communist
countries and so find the whole idea completely
wrong. UNICEF officials claim that 2% of the
total amount has gone to children in Communist
countries, and in fact, three of the 30 members of
the executive board are from Communist countries.
Helping children anywhere, at any time, especially
in the case of need should not seem wrong, unless,
you are of an extreme political pursuation that if
other children don't agree with your children's
ideas, they deserve to starve. We do not agree.
We believe that the UNICEF program should be
Our teacher, Mrs. Harriett Se-ligson,
read us a beautiful story
called ' Jenny's Mandan Bowl'
which told the problems that Jenny
had being an Indian girl, in
America, today. We became very
interested in Indians and their
problems. Soon after, our teacher
read us an ad from the New York
Times. It was from save the
Children's Federation. They told
how poor most Indians are today
and how few are education. They
want people to send $ 150 to pay
for an Indian child's education
for one year. We decided that we
care enough to do something and
that we were going to try to raise
enough money to send an unfortunate
Indian Child to school.
We decided different ways of
earning the money we needed.
Some children earned money by
putting on shows, raking, doing
chores, shining shoes, selling
drinks, and so on. And they were
able to make enough money to
pay for the first month.
On Oct 27, we are going to have
a Cupcake and Cookie Sale in
school. On Halloween, we will
try to collect pennies. We are
writing a Jokebook which we will
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sell it for 15<!. It will be sold in
Parkway Oaks School in Massa-pequa
Park on Nov. 14, 15, and
16th. If we still need more money
we will hold a White Elephant
Sale at the end of November.
We are busy writing letters,
making announcements, making
posters, and trying to let people
know about this worthwhile project
so that it will be a success.
Will you please publish this
letter so that anyone who is interested
in helping another A-merican
to help himself, can do
so. Please send any contributions
Save The Children Federation
c/ o Mrs. Seligson
Third Grade Class
Recall the last presidential
election campaign and the cry
the Barry Goldwater was for the
elimination of Social Security
payments? Even though the Social
Security Administration may
claim that the taxes (. note that
these are taxes, not insurance
payments) go into special funds,
the only thing in the special
fund account is paper IOU's, the
taxes having been transferred
into a general fund. Only last
January, Treasury Secretary
Henry Fowler testified that unless
Congress raise the debt
limit, " the government can cover
only about half the Social Security
checks due to go out in
March 1967." The October issue
for 1967 of the Reader's Digest
has an article by Charles Stevenson
who made an in- depth study
to determine just how secure your
Social Security is and he concluded
that " The Social Security
Administration is bankrupt."
The younger voter around
age 25, would be better off if he
bought his own insurance from a
private source, accordingto Social
Security Commissioner Robert
Ball who said " benefits are
not equal to the contributions,
young employes do not get their
money's worth." This is a challenge
to the young voters who
should see that they do get their
money's worth by voting to
elect dedicated representatives
of honest government
rather than political " yes- men"
whose words belie their actions.
Francis A. Collins.
Date bo ok Morgan Lists Mailing Dates
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
3 p. m. Rag- A- MuffinDay Parade,
Kiwanis Club of Farmingdale,
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
11 a. m. Plainedge Senior Citizens
Community Room, Marjorie
Post Commjnity Park.
8: 30 p. m. Judo demonstration,
South Farmingdale Library.
SUNDAY. OCTOBER 29
8: 15 p. m. Knights of Columbus,
Farmingdale Council Family
Communion Breakfast St. Kil-ians
auditorium following 8: 15
a. m. Mass
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
8 p. m. Open House, American
Education Week, Farmingdale
Senior High School.
The Farmingdale Public Library
will offer a demonstration
in the art of self- defense by
Michael Tartamella. Health
Teacher at Farmingdale Senior
The program of interest to all
ages will be held at 8: 30 p. m. on
Friday, October 27th in the
Branch Library Auditorium.
Tartamella who has taught Judo
in the Adult Education program
for the past four years, was a
member of the United States
Olympic Judo Team in 1964 and
holds the second degree Black
Belt in Judo.
Kings Daughters Attend
Many members of the seven
local circles of The Kings Daughters
and Sons, Farmingdale, attended
the Long Island District
convention held on Saturday at
the Jackson Memorial A. M. E.
Zion church in Hempstead. The
Bethel Circle, of which the 1st
vice president of the district Mrs.
William White is the president,
were the hostesses.
The highlight of the circle reports
was the one given by the new
junior circle, a group of 7- 10
year olds, called the Silver Bells
Nearly 100 members and
guests attended the all day session.
Mrs. Arthur Roemer, who
is well known for her work with
the North American Indians was
the speaker. She came garbed in
the native dress of the Indian.
Mrs. Robert Lincoln of 15
Cedar Lane, Farmingdale, is
president of the district. At a
recent New York Branch convention
at the Hilton Inn in Tarry-town,
she was elected second
Vice president of the Branch in
charge of the Young Adult Department.
Postmaster Leo J. Morgan this
week issued a reminder list of
mailing dates for Christmas gifts
" If the public mails on or before
these suggested deadlines,"
Morgan explained, " there will
not be a last minute jam up in
the mail stream caused by a
massive influx of mail which will
be more than the already overburdened
postal system can
The Postmaster noted that
special attention will again be
placed on the delivery of mail to
servicemen in Vietnam and the
surrounding area, and encouraged
the use of APOandFPO
numbers on all overseas military
The deadlines for mail to all
members of the Armed Forces
abroad are: November 11 on
gifts weighing more than five
pounds sent by surface postage
rates; December 1 for gifts five
pounds or less, plus letters and
greeting cards sent at surface
rates ( these go by air on a space
available basis); and December 1
for Air mail gifts and greetings.
Deadlines for domestic military
and civilian mail are: December
4 for domestic surface
mail for gifts to distant states,,
December 10 for greeting
cards to distant states; December
13 for gifts and greeting cards to
near- by areas.
Domestic Air Mail will deliver
gifts and greeting cards mailed by
Deadlines for overseas civilian
mail by overseas surface mail,
October 25 for the Far East,
Overseas Air Mail for remote
areas off main air routes, December
1; and Areas on heavily
traveled air routes, December
Election Fever Hits
W. E. Howitt Students
It wasn't a race for County
Executive, but it could have been
with all the speech making, posters
and eagerness to hold student
office at Weldon E. Howitt
Junior High School, when Lary
Verasco, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Michael Verasco, 269 N. Wyoming
Ave., North Massapequa
Wis elected president of the student
Christine Morelli, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Morelli, 29
Hill Road, Farmingdale, was e-lected
vice president. Nancy
Hynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Hynes, 60 Bethpage Road,
will write the letters as corresponding
secretary while Linda
Weber, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Weber, 140 Bethpage
Road, Farmingdale, will take
minutes as recording secretary.
Pat Marrone, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Andrew Morrone, 47
Cedar Drive, Farmingdale, was
elected treasurer and Stephen
Norman, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Owen Norman, 5 Holly Drive,
The new student council president,
a ninth grader, is a member
of the Honor Society, plays
football and is on the track team.
" The educational goal of these
elections is to give the students
experience in the political process
so they will at least better
understand — and perhaps even
participate in — the democratic
process when they are over 21,"
declared Joseph Lubell, social
studies teacher and advisor to
the student council."
Builder Offers New Library Costs, Plans
The Farmingdale Public Library's
Board of Trustees had
not been contacted about plans
that Farmingdale builder, Joe
Gazza was offering to build a new
library for $ 225,000 on a parcel of
land that he claims would be large
enough for a bookmobile and a
" First of all, I would have preferred
that the matter had been
brought up before the Board
first," said Board President
Robert Callahan. Callahan also
explained that a library board
would have no authority to enter
into a contract with a particular
builder. As many as 35 contractors
made bids on specifications
for a new library by the
library board. There is also no
justification in terminating any
lease for the South Farmingdale
Branch library. Callahan also
explained that although the li-
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, October 26, 1967
brary now pays $ 25,000 for the
rent of the Sid Farber building in
the South Farmingdale Shopping
Center, nearly $ 5,000 is returned
to the district in tax monies.
The Board of Trustees at the
last board meeting approved
plans to build a mezzanine to the
branch library. The Farmingdale
Public Library owns a building
on Main and Conklin Street which
houses 40,000 volumes. For the
past six years, the library has
also been renting space in the
South Farmingdale Shopping C en -
ter on Merritt Road for a branch
library. In recent weeks, the
Board of Trustees has come
under some fire about a forthcoming
$ 38,000 improvement on
the South Farmingdale Branch library
building, which is being
rented at a price of $ 25,000 a
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