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Village Green For Sunday

For the first time, the Village of Farmingdale on Sunday, March 17, will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade in what is to become an annual event.

Organizers are hoping that the parade will give Farmingdale residents a chance to come together and share a special event, and are also hoping that the parade will bring customers to Main Street and help support the businesses located there.

“The biggest thing about it is getting the community together,” said Farmingdale Fire Commissioner Skip Schumeyer, who will also be one of the parade’s grand marshals along with Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “The mayor asked me about it and if it gets the community together and gets the residents downtown, I’m all for it.”

    Parade marchers will assemble at North Side Elementary School on at 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., the parade will kick off, heading south on Main Street towards Village Hall. A closing ceremony will be held at 2:15 p.m. at the Farmingdale Fire Department and family events will follow at Village Green at 2:30 p.m. 

    Representative Peter King, State Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Legis.  Joe Belesi, have said they will be attending, according to parade organizers, and other elected officials are expected.

    Beginning at 3 p.m., an activity called Lepra-con Crawl will be held on downtown Main Street, beginning at The Nutty Irishman. It continues through the Library Cafe, Croxley Ales, The Republic Pub, the Wild West Saloon, CaraCara Mexican Grill, Paradox Cafe, and the Last Call. After 5 p.m., there will be dinner specials along the Main Street. Chuck Gosline, who is co-chairman of Farmingdale’s Downtown Master Plan Committee, said that in speaking about summer activities, ideas for other seasons of the year were brought up and the idea of a St. Patrick’s Day was suggested. He further added that merchants have contributed funds and that businesspeople are working together to make this a success for both the community and Farmingdale’s downtown businesses.

“We want to all just work together,” commented Gosline,

“We want to bring people to Farmingdale,” added Schumeyer.

     Ekstrand, also a Farmingdale businessman, is excited about the parade, and not just because he is one of the grand marshals. Ekstrand is also excited about the possibility of bringing business to Farmingdale as has been done by other St. Patrick’s Day parades on Long Island.

    “Look at what the St. Patrick’s Day parade has done for Bay Shore and Bethpage,” said the mayor. “It helps generate consumer spending to the downtown merchants. We want to increase consumer spending and parades tend to do that.”

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


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