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Accomplishments And The Road Ahead

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the very first “From the Mayor’s Desk,” a new column in The Farmingdale Observer. We have much to announce and share in the Village of Farmingdale, in the year ahead, so stay tuned for new and exciting topics. 

Let me begin the new year with some of the village’s accomplishments of the past year and where they stand. 

 

Economic Development:

 

• Construction of Jefferson Plaza, a $59 million dollar mixed-use development, began last November, and is estimated to be completed within 18 months. It is comprised of two locations, one on the West Side of Secatogue Ave and South Front Street that will be 115 rental apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail space, and another on the East side of Secatogue where a Hilton Hotel was planned for and later replaced by 39 rental apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space. 

 

• Staller Properties will develop on Main Street and Eastern Parkway. Both projects have received final approvals from the Village of Farmingdale and the groundbreaking is anticipated for late March 2014. The Main Street project will have 26 rental apartments with balconies overlooking Main Street and 3,000 square feet of retail space. The Eastern Parkway development will have 27 rental units and will adaptively reuse the existing historic brick building facing Eastern Parkway by converting this warehouse into 8 rental apartments, taking full advantage of its brick construction. It will be a very cool place to live.

 

• Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding rebuilding Main Street at minimal cost to the business owner.  This program pays for 80% of the cost of the new Lights, Signs and Awnings for local businesses.  We have completed approximately 20 store fronts with an additional 40 in cue. This is helping make Farmingdale’s Downtown “the place to be.” We can point to the increased occupancy of new stores on Main Street. Eighteen months ago there were over 20 empty storefronts on Main Street, today there are only three.

 

• County Funding of nearly $1 million dollars that was orchestrated by former County Legislator Joe Belesi to rebuild  Main Street in order to provide for traffic calming and enhanced pedestrian safety.  We want to thank Joe for all of his efforts on behalf of the residents of the Village of Farmingdale. This project will commence in the spring of 2014.  Thanks again Joe and all of our best wishes.

There is much more going on and I will keep you updated in future columns. In the meantime, we look forward to continued success with revitalization in Farmingdale village and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.  Hope to see you on Main Street.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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