Long Island Memories
Editorial Letters To The Editor
Father Raphael of St. Kilian's Roman Catholic
Church recently offered the use of the new parochial
school auditorium facilities to the Farmingdale
Jewish Center for their use during the Jewish
High Holy Days this week and next.
The new Jewish Center building now under
construction has been held up because of the
steel fabricating strike and the Congregation had
been casting around for the use of facilities and
were deeply grateful for the unsolicited offer
from Father Raphael.
In the meantime philanthropist Max Marcus
offered some space on Eastern Parkway which the
Congregation gratefully accepted. We understand
that the- Marcus facilities were all spruced up
for the occasion of Rosh Hashanna and Yom
At the same time, the Methodist Church of
Farmingdale on Main Street has highlighted the
occasion by spelling out on their church lawn
marquee, " Happy New Year To Our Jewish
And speaking of Farmingdale churches, congratulations
to the congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran
Church and the Reverend Bernhardt Bohrer and
building committee chairman Gilbert Pabst for
bringing to fruition the commencement of building
for a new Fellowship Hall. Ground breaking ceremonies
will be held on Sunday, October 8 at 3: 30
p. m. for the new $ 260,000 facility. It is expected
that clergy of other churches in the community, village
officials and the Dean of Nassau- Suffolk District
of the Metropolitan Lutheran Synod will attend.
The line of march will include the robed
The building will consist of a 50* by 100' hall
serving also as a gymnasium with a 42' by 92*
basketball court, a large stage, two dressing
rooms approaching the stage, a library room,
coat rooms, men and women toilet facilities, a
fully equipped kitchen, a c o n f e r e n c e r o o m , a P a s t o r ' s
office, a s e c r e t a r i e s office, a supply and an office
machine room, a projection booth. The hall will be
able to seat about seven hundred and fifty people.
There will be storage rooms underneath the office
complex, also shower rooms for boys and girls.
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Mayor Joseph Zureck issued a proclamation
this week calling for Farmingdale residents to
take heed and comply with the Nassau County
Civil Service request to answer a questionnaire
containing pertinent information about fallout protection.
The Home Fallout Protection Survey evaluates the
degree of protection in each one, two and three
family dwellings with basements by mailing confidential
information directly to each householder.
You say you don't have a basement? Then fill in
the questionnaire anyway, and you'll receive a Civil
Defense booklet containing other helpful information
about fallout protection for you and your family.
They are being mailed by the County.
Fire prevention week is being celebrated this
coming week by all of the fire departments serving
this area. Practically all the fire departments
are holding open house celebrations.
We salute the many volunteer men who give
unselfishly of their time all year round not only
to answer the call to put out a fire but also to
lend a helping hand with the rescue unit.
In Farmingdale, the Fire House at 361 Main
Street will hold an open house on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, October 12, 13 and 14. On
Wednesday, October 11 the Rescue Squad will give
Preparing for the Town of Babylon's Fire Prevention
Cleanup Week in East Farmingdale will be
trucks who will make street pick- ups of combustible
In North Massapequa, the Fire Department
and Commissioners are holding a ceremony on
Sunday to dedicate new equipment.
Appropriate ceremonies are being held by other
fire departments covering the area.
The " take it or leave it" presentation
of the proposed New
York State Constitution is a horror
for those whose expectations
included a desire to have an opportunity
to vote on various i s sues.
For Nassau residents, the
passage of the Constitution would
cause a substantial increase in
state taxes for services primarily
beneficial to other areas. The
state is to take over the costs of
the welfare program and the
courts. We are better off paying
our own comparatively low local
costs than having to contribute
substantially to the costs of the
operations in New York City.
We would lose our right to a
referendum on bond issues. Higher
education costs would stagger
beyond our ability to pay and severely
jeopardize our state university
building program. Our local
government, which has effectively
served us by planning for
the future, could undergo drastic
surgery costing over $ 1,000,000
in die first year. State aid will
increase for New York City at die
expense of aid to the suburban
The Democrats have blackjacked
the electorate by forcing
them to take a lot of bad for a
minimum of good. Those like
myself, who favor die repeal of the
Blaine- Amendment, must decide
if this issue and a few others
are wordi tile price that we must
pay by voting for the entire Constitution.
To get a little bit of
aid, you must pay in return 10
times as much.
Fortunately, if the proposed
Constitution is defeated, the better
aspects of it can be salvaged
by amending our existing Constitution.
However, the Democrats
have spent $ 10,000,000 on
the Constitutional Convention, and
they had no right to gamble so
recklessly with the taxpayers'
money. They lacked regard or
consideration for the voters and
undermined their ability to make
a proper and educated determination
on controversial issues.
- C. Raymond Radigan,
Oyster Bay Republican Clubs
On Saturday; October 21, The
National Mobilization Committee*
to end the War in Viet Nam intends
to directly confront U. S.
Authorities with a situation designed
to provoke violence by
shutting down vital defense operations
by ringing the Pentagon
with a human blockade of 100,000
or more peace activists. These
communistic tactics of provocation
will continue until the LBJ
Administration is compelled,
either, to put down by force those
who seek to destroy, or, allow a
gradual piecemeal takeover by
mob rule, the last step before
complete communistic control.
While the answer will be given on
October 21, the effectiveness of
the answer concern each and
everyone within our entire
How far have we traveled down
the road to serfdom?
Francis A. Collins
Library Story Featured In National Magazine
The jury trial of Farmingdale
Public Library Trustee Carl E„
Gorton in the District Court in
Mineola on the charge of petty
larceny in connection with the r e moval
from the library of a magazine
which he deemed obscene
was postponed from Tuesday to
Thursday and now to Friday. The
reason for the postponement
given was that the District Attorney
was not ready to prosecute.
District Court Judge Alexander
Vitale who was presiding
on Tuesday asked that pre- trial
publicity be kept to the minimum,
according to Mason L.
Hampton, Gorton's attorney.
This week, a feature article
will appear in the " Library'
Journal" a magazine which is
circulated nationally. On the
cover is a photograph taken by
Jackson Pokress which appeared
in The Farmingdale Observer.
The article relates how on April
5 Gorton discovered an alleged
obscenity in the Paris Review
and seized the magazine from
the shelf of the South Farming-
SATURDAY OCTOBER 7
7. a. m. Regents Literacy Test
for New Voters, Farmingdale
Senior High School to 10 p. m.
also v on Monday, October 9,
10 a. m. to 10 p. m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
3: 30 p. m. Ground breaking ceremony
for Fellowship Hall, St.
Luke's Lutheran Church,
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
8: 30 p. m. District 22 Board of
Education Curriculum Meeting
at W. E. Howitt
8: 30 p. m. St. Kilian's Holy Name
Society meeting. Program topic
' The Importance of a
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
7: 30 p. m. Publicity Workshop at
Farmingdale Methodist Church
8: 30 p. m. Farmingdale Youth
Council meeting at Village
8: 30 p. m. Farmingdale Library
Board of Trustees meeting,
South Farmingdale branch
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
8: 00 p. m. Committee For Exceptional
Parkway Oaks School
8: 15 p. m. Northside PTA meeting,
Northside School Edwin J.
Fehrenbaeh speaker on Constitutional
Convention and Education.
8: 00 p. m. Meeting of Chess Club,
South Farmingdale Library
Farmingdale Fire House, 361
Main St. Fire Prevention Week
Open House. 7 pm to 10 pm,
Rescue Squad demonstration,
Old Time Hand Pumper demonstration,
available for inspection by the
public. Open House to all.
dale branch of the library. The
Paris Review became one of
Gorton's many anti- budget weapons.
In a further effort to block
the library budget, Gorton tried
to discredit a new reading program
conducted at the South
Farmingdale branch. On August
11 he interrupted a children's
program by attempting a taped
interview with reading consultant
John Rothman. Mrs. Stoyan,
the children's librarian, asked
Gorton to turn off the tape recorder;
when he refused, she
tried to switch it off - at
which point, Mrs. Stoyan said,
Gorton twisted her wrist and
shoved her against a nearby
The situation in Farmingdale,
a highly typical American community,
has significance beyond
local concerns. As Library
Journal states, " The two elements
that make this plight possible
could be duplicated anywhere:
a substantial, but not
really very large group of lower
middle- class voters susceptible
to anti- intellectual appeals, and
one determined agitator who is
apparently immune to both embarrassment
At stake in the Gorton case
are not only the issues of censorship
and the boundary lines
of librarian - trustee relationships,
but also the question
of a library trustee's right to examine
library records. Earlier
Army Specialist Four Anthony
Chernis, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John M. Chernis, 131 Yoakum
Ave. S, Farmingdale, was assigned
to the 199th Infantry Brigade
near Long Binh, Vietnam.
Seaman Recruit JohnT. Buono,
USN, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Rudolph O. Buono of 19 Hampton
Rd., North Massapequa*, has been
graduated from nine weeks of
Navy basic training at the Naval
Training Center at Great Lakes,
in the year Gorton petitioned
the New York Supreme Court
to seek direct access to library
records " at all hours of the
day." The petition was dismissed;
however, L i b r a ry
Journal Editor Eric Moon observes
in his October 1 editorial,
" the ruling still leaves open the
question of what kinds of records
must be made available to library
trustees." As a case in
point, Moon points out, " In a
library with a computerized circulation
system it is perfectly
possible to construct a complete
profile of the reading or
borrowing done by any or all
of the library's patrons. To whom
should this kind of information
be available? In the hands of the
wrong person ( and Gorton seems
an eminently wrong person) such
information could be used ( or
misused) to crucify publicly a l i brary
patron on the grounds of
what he read."
In conclusion, Moon asks,
" Where does ALT A ( the American
Library Trustees Association
) stand on such matters?
It has issued no statement on
the outrageous behavior of
Gorton. . • . ALT A seems not to
have exhibited much interest in
the problem of trustee ethics."
Library Journal is published
bi- monthly ( monthly in July and
August) by the RJl. Bowker Company,
1180 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, N. Y. 10036.
Constitutional Convention Delegate
Edwin J. Fehrenbaeh will
discuss " All Educational Aspects
of the Proposed Constitution" at
the Northside PTA meeting to be
held on Wednesday, October l i,
at 8: 15 p. m. at Northside School.
Fehrenbach's discussion will
be followed by a reaction panel of
Board of Education Trustees
Bernard Lang, Mrs. John Gould-ing,
and school administrators,
Jack Abramowitz, Charles Manso
and Otto Taylor.
The moderator will be assistant
school principal William
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