Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay