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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

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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