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Farmingdale Village Board Approves Judgments For Scofflaws

The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law. 

“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.    

The board also announced a law to prevent massage therapists who are not registered and licensed by the Department of Education from practicing in the village. The fee for a license obtained from the village is $500. But after hearing from a massage therapist, the board decided to waive the fee.

Marie Freiss, a licensed massage therapist in Farmingdale, said it would be a hardship for her practice to provide the $500 fee for the license. She was glad that the village was penalizing unlicensed massage therapists, but felt the board was singling out professionals in her field. 

“I feel we are being set apart from the other healthcare industries. I feel as a massage therapist, I am being penalized because this industry is associated with unsavory things,” said Freiss. 

While the board agreed to waive the fee, it said code enforcement officers could demand massage therapists to produce their New York State license.

“We now can go in and our code enforcement can inspect them and they have to conform to the law. We can now go after them with some teeth,” said Mayor Ekstrand. 

The next board meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Village Hall on Monday Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

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Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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