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A word of praise for the Farmingdale Public
On Tuesday night we attended the first in a
two- part series of forums designed to prepare
a family for a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.
This first program was aimed primarily at adults
on the theme of ' Why Williamsburg Has Been
Restored'. The second past of the forum next
week will be offered for both adults and children
on preparing them more thoroughly to enjoy
what they are going to see. The forum on Tuesday
night consisted of 15 minutes of helpful remarks
by Library Director Orrin B. Dow on the Restoration?
a showing of one of the best documentary
films we've ever seen depicting the search for
historic accuracy in restoring Williamsburg; and
remarks and questions and answers on such
necessary details as the best roads to travel
and how to find accomodations. A list of books
for added research to make the trip to Williamsburg
more meaningful was also offered.
We learned that Colonial Williamsburg is chiefly
the result of the dream of two men, Dr. W. A. R.
Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. One of the
purposes of the restoration was to recreate accurately
the environment of the men and women
of eighteenth century Williamsburg. This purpose
of authenticity was graphically portrayed in the
film. It showed what Williamsburg was like prior-to
the restoration. The details of the restoration
of the buildings were like a fascinating detective
search for the authentic clues.
The second big aim of the project, may be
summarized by the word ' interpretation'. Not
only should visitors to Williamsburg see the
homes, gardens, taverns, public buildings, college
and church of these early Americans, but also
understand their political aspirations, how they
made a living, their educational, religious, and
social customs, and insofar as possible their
very thoughts. Colonial Williamsburg exists so
' That the Future May Learn from the Past'.
One of the musts is to go to see " The Story
of a Patriot", a documentary film offered at
the Information Center. As Dow said, " See it
at the beginning of your^ visit', and we agree,
from our own experience, see it after your tour".
It will have even more meaning then.
This two- part forum is one of the outstanding
services of the many fine services being offered
by the Farmingdale Public Library.
The other libraries in the area, the Massapequa
Public Library and the Plainedge Public Library
are also offering excellent programs. We urge
our readers to look into them. These programs
open up new interests in reading, research and
exploring. Why not go to one of the fine library
programs scheduled this week at your library.
We find them very worthwhile indeed.
Drugan Replaces Wagner ( Continued from page l)
will hold an election next year*
for the Police Justice post now
held by Judge John E. Gillies.
The police justice term will be
for four years and then expire in
Registration Day will be Saturday
March 4th from 12 noon to
9 p. m. in the Village Hall. All
residents who are not registered
under the permanent system of
voter registration must register.
Election day is Tuesday, March
21. Voting hours are from 12
noon to 9 p. m.
Published every Thursday b< f
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Frank j . K l e s h — Caroline B. '< lesh.
Editor and Publisher
Vol. 4 No. 29
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the view of The Observer.
To The Editor
Dear Caroline and Frank:
Congratulations to you both
and to your staff for winning
first place in the New York
Press Association competition
for the best single advertising
idea for 1966.
Once again your weekly publication
has proven itself to be
informative, imaginative and
My sincere best wishes for the
continued success of both Observer
Michael N. Petito
.. Supervisor, Town of Oyster Bay
It was with great pleasure
that I read of your winning the
first place award for" BestSing-le
Advertising Idea of 1966"
at the annua) meeting of the New
York Press Association.
The Observer is noted for its
high journalistic standards and
well deserves this award.
Congratulations and thank you
for your continued service to
" Doc" Allen
Dear Caroline and Frank:
Congratulations for receiving
the first place award in the
category of ' Best Single Advertising
Idea' at the New York
Press Association's annual A-wards
Your accomplishments reflect
great credit on your newspapers
and the profession as a whole.
Ralph J. Marino
Over and over again your newspaper
continues to serve with integrity.
The people of our community
are indeed fortunate in
having the " Independent Voice
of Farmingdale" bring to light
problems of vital concern to
Our most powerful asset in the
battle against organizations
which see fit to violate our laws
with impunity and those officials
of government who seek to avoid
enforcement and allow these violations
to go unchallenged, is an
aroused, informed and insistent
In reporting fearlessly on the
long years of illegal operation
of the Morris Karp Fertilizer
Plant and on the responsibility
of Village officials to enforce
our laws and ordinances against
all violators regardless of their
status in our community, you have
shown all of us that you are
carrying on in the very best-tradition
of a free press, namely,
" Your typewriter is a public
With elections just around the
corner, it is a pity that the people
of our community have no choice
in the election of Village Officials,
under the one party system
of the Village of Farming-dale.
Your readers may be interested
in learning whether anyone,
other than Mayor Joseph
Zureck, in Village government
including appointees, has ever
taken a public stand on this
issue. Perhaps the incumbents
coming up for reelection will
at least tell us how they regard
their " pledge of the oath of
Once again, thank you for your
dedication to the task of serving
the people of our community
in the very best tradition of a
free press in a free society.
John C. Raffaele
26 Sullivan Road
• The Inter- service clubs of
Farmingdale are to be commended
for the excellent brotherhood
program which they sponsored
Sunday at the Weldon E.
Howitt Junior High School. The
efforts of all the participants
were most appreciated by those
Most shocking to us was the
lack of support on the part of
the residents of the Farming-dale
area. Surely we can all
benefit from an afternoon of
family entertainment in the interests
of brotherhood. It is our
^ 0 * 0 * 0 ^ 0 * B y Caroline Bunting K l e s h * * * * * * ^ **
It's now Dr. Joseph Goergen. The popular principal at Weldon
E. Howitt Jr. High School received his Doctor of Philosophy last
week from St. John's University. . .
The awarding of bids for the addition to the Farmingdale
Senior High School will take place in June, with construction
scheduled to begin i& VJuly.
* * *
Stuart Gordon looks like the next Democratic leader in North
Massapequa. Gordon ran successfully for Assemblyman post
against Frank McCloskey in the 9 A. D. last November.
* * *
Judy Ann Pfoh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pfoh, was chosen
one Senior Students to be given a New York State Regents
Scholarship for 1967 from the Farmingdale Senior High School.
Judy was picked as a Student of the Month of January and was invited
to the Farmingdale Womens Club where she was presented
with a Certificate of Achievement. Judy, whose mother is executive
secretary to GOP Leader Frank Hynes, is also interested
in politics. She hopes to major in Political Science and History
in college with the idea of eventually working with the government,
possibly in the diplomatic circles.
* * *
A grant in aid to school districts having an exceedingly high tax
rate is the subject of a bill introduced by State Senator Edward
J. Speno. The legislation, which would take effect on July 1, 1967,
would allocate the sum of $ 3,000,000, to be used by the Commissioner
of Education, for the purpose of granting such assistance
as those districts with the high tax rate shall need. Such moneys
would be payable on the audit and warrant of the comptroller on
vouchers certified or approved as provided by law.
Many districts on Long Island with exceedingly high school taxes
would be affected by this legislation and available to the funds
appropriated by it.
* * *
A bill designed to update state laws over 50 years old, was
introduced by Senator Edward J. Speno in the Senate. The legislation
requires the Law Revision Committee to catalogue and summarize
each law and statute more than a half century old, and report
to the Legislature by February 1st of each year.
By means of this bill, Speno, the East Meadow legislator,
is seeking to eliminate laws that no longer have the meaning
they had when enacted. " We want to modernize and streamline
our statutes making every law a current and meaningful one in
order to eliminate obsolescence and anachronistic laws", said
*• * *
The Long Island Trust Company at 1080 Broadhollow Road on
Route 110 was held up on Monday and $ 10,250 was stolen. This
is the/ third time in the past year that the bank was hit.
* * *
* Registration for village residents will take place this Saturday
from 12 noon to 9 p. m. at Village hall. Those not registered under
the permanent system of voter registration must register. If
in doubt call village hall. Votingforthe mayoralty and two trustees
posts will take place on Tuesday, March 21 from noon to 9 p. m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
8: 30 p. m. F. H. S. Seniors -
Farmingdale School faculty basketball
game, Farmingdale Senior
High School gym.
8: 30 p. m. Island Singers present
' I Hear America Singing*
at Mill Lane J. H. S.
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
2 p. m. Exhibition basketball
game. Harlem Wizards vs. New
York Jets at Massapequa High
School. Sponsored by the Mas-profound
hope that such an important
event will not lack for
attendance and support in future
Mr. and Mrs. JacobR. Hostetter
Your article and the letter
written to you by John C. Raffaele
( Thursday, February 16)
in reference to the legal action
against the Morris Karp Fertilizing
Plant were very interesting
and thought provoking. Per- •
haps, through the medium of
your free press, some of the
questions evoked in my mind
might be answered.
Last April, Mayor Zureck ordered
a halt to the illegal plant
operations. Yet today the plant
is still in operation.
Throughout the proceedings the
village government has been quiet
and has not issued a statement
to the people of Farmingdale.
Why the silence?
It should be clarified that there
are at least two violations of
1. Violation of ordinance prohibiting
manufacture of fertilizer
in the Village of Farming-dale.
2. Violation of the use of the
certificate of occupancy for
Some, if not all of the officials
sapequa Rotary Club.
MONjDAY, MARCH 6
8: 30 p. m. Meet Your School
Board Night - Farmingdale Board
of Education at Weldon E. Howitt
Jr. High School.
8: 30 p. m. Wig Fashions by
Columbiettes of Farmingdale at
regular monthly meeting,
TUESDAY. MARCH 7
8: 30 p. m.- Joseph F. Maher,
Sheriff of Nassau County, guest
speaker Farmingdale Jewish
were fully aware of the flagrant
violation of the certificate of
occupancy, yet nothing was done
about it. Why the delay? Are
the village officials really united
in their efforts to enforce the
law against these violations?
If a homeowner or small businessman
were found to be violating
a village ordinance, he
would be fined without delay.
If there is truth in the rumor
that a chemical company " is
dickering for the purchase of the
MorrisKarp Plant", does not the
village government owe it to the
people of Farmingdale to inform
the chemical company that the
Morris Karp Plant has been operating
in violation of the zoning
As for Mayor Zureck there
is no doubt that he is a community
leader who stands for
honest and efficient government
and in fulfilling his oath of office.
It would be tragic for such
a man to pay the " supreme price"
of losing his office for the courageous
stand he has taken on
this issue. Is it possible or probable
that here in Farmingdale
some persons, officials or otherwise,
would be responsible for
such obvious below the belt politics?
Thursday, March 2 , 1967
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