The publicity director of the Farmingdale Hawks
football team told us that he will not give publicity
to any newspaper that edits his releases in any
another publication, prints
word, no matter how badly
publicity director he lias
the news from any media
if they don't see it his way.
This shameful attitude puts a blight on the whole
Hawks football operation. The editor gets paid
to rewrite handouts and it's his rightful prerogative
to rewrite the news release.
We hope that the rest of the Hawks organization
is not in this same category. If they are, it's
a sad, sad day for the community.
Those who support this kind of operation should
be apprised of the matter.
His claim is that
his releases word for
written. Also that as
the right to withhold
This past weekend, there were instances of
vandalism at some of the Town beaches. One
employee at Tobay Marina said that it was a
. growing problem. The Marina and the attached
" facilities are said to cost $ 2,000,000.
Shouldn't some security measures be taken
to protect the taxpayer's investment?
Evidence of drinking bouts at a Town beach
last Sunday evening resulted in the hospitalization
of two juveniles. Such incidents occur late at
night, long after regular employees have gone
It would appear that some measures of security
should be explored. The town facilities, beautiful
as they are, are an investment that should be
protected. The welfare of those enjoying the
facilities should also be protected, especially if
the vandals are let to roam at will during the late
hours of the night.
Town Councilman Philip B. Healey this week
received some disheartening news regarding the
immediate dredging of South Oyster Bay.
With the beginning of the construction site of
a sewerage disposal plant in Seaford due next month,
there is insufficient time for the dredging company
to dismantle the equipment, bring it into Massa-pequa
waters and begin some dredging to be used as
fill for the Seaford venture. That's too bad.
Councilman Philip B. Healey who was appointed
to his present post earlier this year is not the
one to blame for this missed opportunity so much
as some of the other veteran Town officeholders
who knew of the problem for several years and
have been making token efforts to the solution.
The dredging could have been done at a profit
by the sale of the fill, or, at least at no charge.
If no other alternatives^ are forthcoming, the taxpayer
stands to pay an estimated $ 3,000,000 to
get the job done.
What are the alternatives? Healey is trying
hard to come up with a solution. One would be to
sell the fill to the State for some of their nearby
projects. The railroad grade crossing elimination
will call for fill, as will the final construction
area of the Wantagh- Oyster Bay Expressway.
The alternatives, whatever they might be, will
never be the same as the missed opportunity.
The age- old power politics of a more powerful
Township, in this case Hempstead, over the lesser
Oyster Bay Town has again prevailed.
Vincent C. Noto Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. Vincent C. Noto of 8
Lee Drive, South Farmingdale,
has entered the United States
Air Force Academy Preparatory
During the year- long course,
he will receive concentrated
training and instruction in basic
academic subjects which will
qualify him for competition for
an appointment to the academy.
Cadet Candidate Noto was graduated
from St. Dominies High
School, Oyster Bay, where he
lettered in football and track.
Army Private First Class Walter
W. Johnson, 19, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Edward Johnson, 474
Fulton St., Farmingdale, was assigned
to the 9th Infantry Division
in Vietnam as a rifleman.
* * *
Private Paul M. Klem, 20,
son of v. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
J. Klem, 23 Barbara Drive,
b Farmingdale,, completed an airframe
repair cpurse at the Army
Transportation School, Ft. Eus-tis,
Kelm entered the Army in February
of this year and completed
basic training at Ft. Gordon,
He was graduated in 1967 frdm
Farmingdale High School and was
employed by Kapco, Inc.,
Flushing, before entering the
* * *
Sergeant George J. Belcher,
son of Mr. and Mrs. George
Belcher, 100 Jefferson Road,
Farmingdale, is on duty at Da
Nang AB, Vietnam.
Sergeant Belcher, a helicopter
mechanic, is a member of
the Military Airlift Command
in support of the Pacific Air
The sergeant is a 1965 graduate
of Farmingdale Senior High
His wife is the former Linda
* * *
Army Private Vincent T. Mar-cello,
22, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene Marcello, 16 Adams St.,
Farmingdale, completed eight
weeks of advanced infantry training
at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
He received specialized instruction
in small unit tactics
and in firing such weapons as the
M- 16 rifle, the M- 60 machine
gune and the 3.5- inch rocket launcher.
He entered the Army in April
1968 and completed basic training
at F t Jackson.
Thank you for publishing my
news release on strict gun control
legislation. The Honorable
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation
has proposed, in the strongest
possible language, the introduction
of strict gun control legislation
before Congress. To
reduce crime; to make our
community a safe place in which
to live; to help in the proper
enforcement of the law it is mandatory
that every gun be registered.
As we know a gun is the
most lethal of all weapons.
Joseph F. Maher
It is my pleasure to inform
you that our progrr n, " The
American Legal System," has
been enthusiastically received by
our administration and community
this summer. There is no
doubt in my mind that the excellent
publicity you afforded to
us contributed to and enhanced
In this day and age of social
unrest, it is quite plausible that
a program such as this, if extended
to all elementary schools
might help achieve a better society
through the efforts of " informed"
May I thank you for contribu-
Albany Open Line
by Alex Rankin
They are going through the process
of taking money out of one
pocket and putting it in another
in Albany again.
It's just three little items worth
over half a million dollars-
$ 665,000, to be exact.
The vehicle for the book-balancing
is the Governmental
Emergency Fund, which has contained
$ 3 million for the past
This year, when taxes were
hiked and Legislators could find
only $ 30 million to cut out of Gov.
Rockefeller's $ 5.6 billion budget,,
the Fund was increased to $ 4.5
The two fiscal committees of
the Legislature, in agreeing to
the $ 1.5 million hike, said it' was
needed'because of the " expansion
of the scope of governmental
This is an explanation, which,
for the taxpayers, raises more
questions than it answers.
The Fund is like a big cookie
jar in Rockefeller's office. He
can reach in and take what he
wants when the books dont balance.
The $ 665,000, for example.
The Federal government was
going to pay the state $ 48,000
for the " summer community
guides program" of the state
Office of Economic Opportunity,
but there was some budget cutting
at the federal level, so the
money wont be coming.
However, there is no appropriation
for $ 48,000 in the state
budget, so Rockefeller took it out
of the cookie jar.
This is one reason why taxes
never seem to go down, always
up. Cut them at the federal level
and they go up on the state level.
Originally, the program was
going to cost the taxpayers only
$ 12,000. Now it's going to cost
The rest of the $ 665,000 is for
the reorganization of the Commission
on Human Rights.
In his list of reasons for reaching
into the cookie jar for this
one, Rockefeller said the money
was not in the supplemental budget
because the budget bill was passed
before the reorganization bill.
In fact, both bills passed on the
same day, May 24 - the last day
of the 1968 s e s s i o n of the
Some are going to argue that
this $ 665,000 isnt going to cost
the taxpayer any more than he is
already paying now.
True, because the cookie jar -
filled with 1.5 million more
cookies this year - is already a
part of the present state budget.
But by cutting the budget, taxpayers
might just not have to pay
Which is, of course, unheard of
- fiscal irresponsibility.
By Repjames Grover
Second Congressional District
On September 17, 1787, the
Founding Fathers signed the
United States Constitution - the
charter of a government founded
upon the will of the governed,
and consecrated to the preservation
of freedom, equality, and
For 181 years, our constitutional
government has remained
strong and vigorous in the protection
and advancement of our
fundamental rights and privileges.
We have received a magnificent
heritage: a heritage of law and
freedom, of order and liberty. To
our generation, as to all others
in the nearly two centuries of the
American past, falls the task of
guarding that heritage for ourselves
and those who will follow
Our Constitution, as it had
developed through amendment
and interpretation over the 181
years, is a powerful star by whose
light we chart the course of order
It is the basis for all our law
and the keystone of our order.
There is no apology necessary
for any who insist on the maintenance
of law and order. Disagreement
and law and order are
Anyone can dissent and any dissent
can be done in a lawful and
orderly way. The Constitution
provides the means to accomplish
this and limits the abuse of this
September 17, 1968 is Constitution
Day, and I. urge all my
neighbors to commemorate that
day by reded icating themselves to
the meaning and the principles
of that document.
ting to what we considered to be
an invaluable educational experience.
Robert S. Henner
John, John, Johnnie
A " swinger of birches"
Swinging right, right, right
Swing the flag,... all your might!
A tree, just a tree
John, John, Johnnie.
A tree of birches,
Quite a sight to the right.
Watch out John Johnnie!
Here they come — all the birches!
They are swinging, to the right.
Can you stop them, John, Johnnie?
Who will stop them in the night?
You and me, and the flag.
Hurry up John, Johnnie,
Take the flag, wave it high.
Place it high above the center.
Stop it swinging to the right.
( Real name withheld by request) Yole
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