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Vol. 5 No. 15 Second Class Postage has been paid at Farmingdale, N. Y. 11735 Thursday, November 30, 1967
LIBRARY BOARD REAFFIRMS
The majority Farmingdale Public Library Board reaffirmed
their ' freedom of the right to read* book policy at a Special
Meeting held Monday night despite Trustee Carl E. Gorton's
urging that certain books be put in an " adult only" section.
Library director Orrin B. Dow explained that the library maintains
a " closed shelf" of 12 books, described as sex manuals
behind the desk and the checkout counter. Gorton left the board
table to examine the shelf 15 feet away from where the Board
was in session.
Trustee Dr. Alfred Meyerstein said that if the library were to
put in a closed shelf all the books which had descriptive passages
about sex, 70% of the library books would have to
be kept off the open shelves.
In a report on how other libraries treated the matter,
Library Director Orrin B. Dow stated that in Nassau County
.16 libraries have closed shelf books and 21 do not have
them. These include rare and irreplaceable items, books
dealing with hypnotism, witchcraft and sex..
Library Board President Robert Callahan told Gorton
that the closed shelf principal was not the same and that
this board did not want to establish a committee to relegate
some books to closed shelves as Gorton had suggested. He
said that the pornographic magazines for sale was a different
matter and the library did not have such items as these.
Joseph Gazza, a resident of the district and a builder,
appeared before the Board to state the reasons why he was
impelled to draw up plans for a proposed library building.
Gazza said that he was motivated by being a taxpayer decrying
the fact that the Board was going to spend $ 38,000 for an
improvement of a library branch building they didn't own.
He said that the Board should urge the landlord to build
the mezzanine if the Board wanted the facility. He suggested
that the Board at least buy some land for a future
Gorton again asked that a resolution be passed to establish
a citizens committee for looking into future building plans.
The resolution did not receive a second. Board President
Callahan said that the Board should consider such matters
Vote For Fire, Water Posts This Tuesday
Contests in the Farmingdale Fire District and the South
Farmingdale Water District elections have generated interest
this year in the elections to be held on Tuesday, December
5 at the South Farmingdale Fire House at Main and Linden
Streets, South Farmingdale.
Running against incumbent Ellsworth ' Doc* Allen for the
three year term of South Farmingdale Water Commissioner
is Frank DeBenedetto. Allen has served for 17 years as Chairman
of the Board and has been instrumental in reducing the combined
water tax and water rate to one of the lowest in Nassau
and Suffolk Counties. DeBenedetto's platform has been for more
Federal government assistance.
Incumbent Commissioner, Robert J. Steiner of 3 Radcliffe
Lane, South Farmingdale is being opposed by Charles O'Neil of
18 Maynard Drive, for the one year term. Steiner, a resident of
South Farmingdale for the past 14 years has been a self-employed
businessman for 17 years. He was appointed by the
Board of Fire Commissioners to fill the vacancy left by the
death of Louis Karl. Steiner is presently Captain of the Rescue
Company of the South Farmingdale Fire Department.
Running as a team with Steiner is Commissioner Alfred J.
Gutheil, present Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners
who is seeking reelection to a five year term. Gutheil is a lifetime
resident of Farmingdale and lives at 33 Beverly Road,
P. O. Employees Urge Early Mailing
w+ Robert J. Steiner Chai ON,
During the holiday period, the
Farmingdale Post Office will deliver
about 60,000 pounds of mail
and process an even greater a-mount
for delivery in other locations.
Since a piece of non- ZIP Coded
mail may be handled as many as
ten or twelve times from deposit
in the corner mail box until
delivery and ZIP Coded mail is
handled about half that, the number
of individual actions required
by the postal service during
this season is astronomical,
Postmaster Morgan said.
Addressing the citizens of
Farmingdale the postal official
requested the continued " fine"
cooperation Uiat has been forthcoming
in the past.
Postmaster Morgan asked all
area residents to give postal
employees a helping hand by
shopping early, so they could
mail early arid to use ZIP Codes.
South Farmingdale. He has been an active fireman for 35
years, having served as Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department
from 1939 to 1940. He is presently an active member of the
Engine Company of the South Farmingdale Fire Department.
Steiner and Gutheil issued a joint statement this week
reaffirming their dedication to keeping the tax rate down, yet
providing essential apparatus and equipment.
O'Neil is a fire safety consultant and was a former Chief. He
says that he has been a ' fire buff all of his life.
S a l v a t i o n Army Drive Opens
George Cook, Chairman of The
Salvation A rmy's Farmingdale
Service Unit, announced this week
that the Christmas Appeal on behalf
of The Army has opened in
the Community with the sending
of an appeal letter to all former
Cook pointed out that helping
others has been the prime concern
of the men and women of
The Salvation Army for over 100
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