Editorial Letters To The Editor
Although May is still five months away, two
members of the District 22 Board of Education
made an unusually early announcement this week
that they would seek reelection to the Board.
The reasoning behind their move was a good
one. In years past, it has not been uncommon
for some candidates to file at the last legal
minute. The candidate was sometimes little
known, and was unaware of what was going on
in the school district. It is comparatively easy
to set up an ' economy ticket* or whatever, and
scream ' the taxes are too high and run fbr the
The announced candidates of Trustee Bernard
Lang and Josephine Jones would appear to give
candidates who might be in this category, a
chance to bone up on what's going on in the school
district. Both feel confident and are also willing
to put their past performances on the line early.
We commend them for this action.
If all that is being charged is true, the Massa-pequa
Water District elections on Tuesday were
not conducted in the best interests of the taxpayers.
The charge of ' election irregularities'
by candidate Frank A. Lazio did not sound like
sour grapes. In fact, he is not contesting the
election results. He feels that he has been
soundly trounced by the incumbent, Wilbur Elling.
Lazio accused his opponent of being within the
shadow of the voting machine when shaking hands
with people as they came into vote. If the charge
is true, this should not be. The law specifically
states that anything resembling electioneering
can not be held within the proximity of the voting
The reporting of this to the State Attorney
General Louis Lefkowitz may or may not bear
fruit. Lazio claims that he is not setting aside
the election results but merely wants to preclude
any future electioneering by someone running
for a governmental office.
It will be interesting to see what ruling, or
opinion, if any, is forthcoming.
Why Not Right Here?
With less than three weeks of shopping before
Christmas, it is incumbent that we repeat what
we have said several times before. The idea of
shopping in your home town area should be carefully
considered before driving elsewhere during
the year's biggest spending spree.
Lack of support of your local merchant, with
its many advantages, could also have a direct
bearing on your tax rate. The more empty stores
you see in your immediate area, the greater the
chances that one day an assessment lowering in
that location could be made. The difference in the
loss of revenue has to be made up by none other
than you and me.
As the loved Christinas season
approaches, I am moved to
thinking of a Christian we have
in our town a man who constantly
writes letters to the press
in which he repeats " I am a
Christian," - * Your Christian
Recently, he was accused of
assault by a library employee,
and was acquitted. He at once
proclaimed that he would not
start a counter suit, because his
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pastor advised him that this would
not be Christian. He rather
spoiled the effect afterward, by
stating that he would endeavor to
have this young woman fired
from her job.
When, one asks, did this man
ever read any of the teachings
He has repeatedly vilified
and abused some of the best
loved, most respected residents
of the community.
Has he, them never even so
Christmas Party for
Farmingdale Committee for
Exceptional Children at East
1 pan. " Snow White and the
Three Stooges", comedy film
at Albany Ave. School - sponsored
by A many Avenue FT A.
9: 15 ajn. St. Kilian Boys CYO
Basketball game with St.
Mary's of Rostyn,
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
3 pan. Holiday Decoration Workshop
at Farmingdale Public
Library, Main Street.
2: 30 pan. St. Kilian Boys CYO
Basketball game at Conklin
3: 15 pan. St. Kilian Girls CYO
Basketball game, Bantam Division
against Holy Family
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11
8: 30 pan. St. Kilian's Holy Name
Society, " Toys For Tots"
Night, Conklin Street school
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
8 pan. Christmas program at
Farmingdale Methodist Church
sponsored by WCSS.
8: 30 pan. Farmingdale Youth
Council meeting at Village
The annual Christmas Party
for children of Knights of Columbus
and Columbiettes will be
held at the Council home located
on Morton St, Sunday, December
17. at 2: 30 pan.
Parents of the children are
asked to bring gifts costing not
more than $ 1.50. Each gift
should be marked with the child's
name for Santa to distribution
Entertainment and refreshments
will be provided.
Party For Students
h Special Classes
The Farmingdale Committee
for Exceptional Children will hold
a Christmas Party for the children
in Special Classes in the
Farmingdale Public Schools at
East Memorial School on Saturday,
December 9, from 1: 00
pan. to 4: 00 pan.
Entertainment wiU be provided
by a musical group called
" Fjrperiments With Sound."
much as read the Ten Commandments,
which every true child
of God, Jew and Christianalike,
tries to obcy° Does he not know
that one of these says " Thou
shalt not steal."
Perhaps the day has come
for this young man to read the
Commandments, and to follow
this with Matthew XXII, 34- 40,
or Luke VI 27- 38. - It is not
too late for him to become a
Helen W. Meyer
By Rep James Grover tjjnjn!
Selective Service Director
Hershey touched off a storm last
week with his recommendation
that local draft boards move to
induct protestors against the war
I am certainly not known as a
friend of the long- haired protestors
on campus but I think
that Gen. Hershey was wrong. It
has become a sad day in this nation's
history when the draft is
considered a punitive measure.
Efforts to amend the Draft
Act were presented to the Congress
early this year but the
amendments were totally unsatisfactory
to me and did little
to remove the inequities. As a
result, the draft is still being
administered in widely differing
fashion in different parts on this
nation and I am still asking that
Congress be offered draft regulations
which provide the same
basic objective in all parts of
the country and which we contain
universally accepted criteria
for the selection of men called
The draft still offers loopholes
which allow many able young men
to delay their inductionand, eventually,
avoid all service. This
may well be due to the hazy
thinking exhibited by Gen. Hershey.
If the director of our Selective
Service System feels that
fear of the draft will control the
protestors, he must also feel that
the draft is some sort of punishment.
What ever happened to the
idea that military service is an
honor or a privilege? When this
Congressman served during
World War II, the men with whom
he served did not feel that they
were being punished. On the contrary,
they took pride in doing
their duty. I believe that most
of our servicemen still feel that
they are doing something worthwhile
and in which they can take
Maybe Gen. Hershey ought to
take another look at the situation
or, maybe, as many Congressmen
have suggested, it's time for us
to take another look at Gen. Hershey.
Chora) Singers To Serenade
Women's Club Members
Christmas in Song by the
Choral Singers of The Women's
Club of Farmingdale, will be
presented at the Annual Club
Christmas Luncheon at St. Lukes
Meeting Room on Thursday, December
7 at 12: 30 p. m.
The program is under the
direction of Vera Powers Roesch.
Members of the Choral Singers
include: Louise Berlette, Jane
Monahan, . Terrie Merendino,
Rosemary PurceU, Ann Senyk,
Ada Titterton, Kay De Lalio,
Evebm Moorman, Vera Roesch
and Jane Willenbrock
Sara Howitt, lyric soprano, will
sing Pietro A Yens, " Gesu Bambino**.
Louise Berlette, wiU sing " No
Candle Was There And No Fire".
Ada Titterton mezzo soprano,
will present an original poem '* To
My Grandchildren" followed by
' Suzy Snowflake" by Poirot.
The Choral Singers will present:
" Angels We Have Heard on
High'*, " Silent Night", " Bring a
Torch, Jeanette, Isabella."
" What Child is This?" " Cantique
de Noel," " SilverBells", " White
Christmas" and " Winter Wonderland".
The program folios were designed
by Terrie Merendino.
The Luncheon will be prepared
and served by a committee,
headed by Mrs. George Pittara,
assisted by Kris Adams, Louise
Berlette, Hilda Carman, Eileen
Hynes, Mary Nodell, Helen McCarthy,
Marion Nostrand and
Future Teachers Visit N side
William Bechtold, 93, of 141
Plett Avenue, South Farmingdale
passed away last Wednesday.
The deceased retired as Battalion
Chief in the New YorkCity
Fire Department in 1935.
He is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Rose MH^ MteMm of Farmingdale,
two sons, William H.
of SL Petersburg, Florida and
Edward J. of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, as well as three grandchildren
and five great grandchildren.
His wife Sarah passed
on in 1963.
A Requiem Mass was offered
at. St. Kilian R. C. Church on
Saturday, followed by burial
services at SL Charles Cemetery.
The McCourt and Trudden Funeral
Home were in charge of funeral
35 members of the Farming-dale
Senior High School Chapter
of the Future Teachers of America
visited the Northside Elementary
School recently for a
morning of classroom visitations.
The students, all anticipating
a professional career in
education were greeted by Mrs.
Rosalie B. Samuels as Principal
of Northside School and Chairman
of the New York State Commission
on Teacher Education
and Professional Standards, a
parent organization of the Future
Teacher Association groups in
the state. The group visited
classrooms in the kindergarten,
primary, and intermediate
divisions, according totheir area
Ronald Dale, F. T. A. Chapter
President and Stanley Lieber-man,
sponsor of the Farmingdale
Senior Chapter, organized the
visit to Northside as part of
the groups continuing program
of school visitations with the objective
of providing members
with better insight into the role
and work of the classroom
Narcotics Trailer To Visit Here
The Nassau County Police Department's
trailer will be in Farmingdale
on Saturday, December 9 from
10 ajn. to 6 p. m. at the South-side
of Conklin, east of Main
The trailer is fitted with displays
and posters designed to
inform the public of the dangers
of drug abuse. Policemen staffing
the trailer will answer questions
and advise individuals seeking
additional information on drug
abuse and cure facilities.
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, December 7, 1967
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