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The Dark Side Of The Park

Adventureland enters the spook market

Most Long Islanders can recall more than a few fond memories from their youth at Adventureland in Farmingdale; long teenage nights spent riding the Hurricane roller coaster dozens of times, eating those incredible sugar-coated donuts and, of course, laughing at the hilariously goofy haunted house.

But recently, something happened at Adventureland – something horrifying.

The amusement park, family run for more than 50 years, unveiled “Nightmare on the Midway” Oct. 5 with Halloween and horror attractions that raise the scary stakes to levels never before seen at the park. With help from the twisted minds at HauntedProps.com, Adventureland uses state-of-the-art audio animatronics, custom set pieces and dozens of live actors to give teens and adults a frightful night to remember.

Among the new, custom attractions are Slappy’s Sadistic Circusland, Zombie Asylum, 1313 Cemetery Way and the Evil Express, a truly traumatic train ride packed with chilling images, gross acts of carnage and surprise spooks that will elicit shrieks from even the most seasoned Halloween fans.

The actors are the demented soul of Adventureland’s new attractions; creepy clowns, zombies, chainsaw wielding maniacs and more all roaming around, ready to creep out visitors.

Admission includes unlimited access to these attractions in addition to all the other rides at the park.

But Adventureland did not forget about its easily scared younger guests or even highly sensitive adults. The park hosts family-friendly Halloween events by day, including a pumpkin patch, live performers and face-painting.

And all this scaring is for a good cause. In addition to providing a safe, local and trusted environment for Halloween fun, Adventureland’s “Nightmare on the Midway” also supports The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Helping Hands Foundation, which supports the community by increasing awareness about local issues and initiatives and provides educational resources for community residents.

Adventureland’s “Nightmare on the Midway” is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., through November 2, including Halloween night.

News

This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale. 

 

“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.

Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.

 

“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 13

Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)

 

Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.


Calendar

DJ Dancetime - July 31

Over The Hill Gang - August 1

Mini Golf and Ices - August 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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