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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

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

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.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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