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Village Votes On School Speed Limits

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

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. 


LIRR Parking Problems

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 


“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Rotary Honors Local Veterans

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary chose to mark the occasion by welcoming Lieutenant Colonel Gary Dolan, a heralded U.S. Army Ranger and Vietnam War veteran, to its ranks.


Vice President Dan Aldieri said that his fellow members feel he is “a worthy representative” and that he “posesses qualities that exemplify the true spirit of Rotary in public, business, social and private life.” 


Lt. Col. Dolan was inducted into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall of Fame for his heroism, acts of bravery and exemplary military service. His experiences were recounted in his book Of Their Own Accord. 


Hannon Re-Elected In A Landslide

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Representing the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Levittown, Island Trees, Garden City, East Meadow, Massapequa, Hicksville and Plainedge communities in Albany for the past 25 years, Republican state Sen. Kemp Hannon recently defeated his Democratic challenger Ethan Irwin, a Levittown attorney, for another term in office. 


“Exercising one’s right to vote is one of our most important fundamental freedoms, and I look forward to returning to Albany to continue doing the peoples’ work,” Hannon said.


Finishing College With A Bang

Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

After winning the Skyline Conference Player of the Year during her freshman year at Farmingdale, it would’ve been tough for Jessica Sickles to top that accomplishment. There was

no need to worry, however, she closed out her college career on the court with another Player of the Year during her senior year. 


Neither of those compare to her most memorable moment on the court, according to the senior from Massapequa. 


“My best moment was reaching the Nationals last year,” she said about the tournament hosted by Amherst College. “It was great being in the tournament even though we lost in the first round,” she added. The team was defeated by Endicott College 5-2. 


Halloween Home Invasion

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police are investigating a home invasion, which occurred this Halloween in Farmingdale. 


According to detectives, a 34-year-old mother was at home with her husband and two-year-old son when she opened the door, expecting “trick or treaters.”


Instead, three adult subjects, all wearing masks to cover their faces, waited on the doorstep. 


Homecoming Full Of Daler Pride

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

In keeping with tradition, the students of Farmingdale High School celebrated 2014 Homecoming with a week full of “Daler” pride, all leading up to the annual varsity football game against the Generals of MacArthur High.


Retail Vacancies Dwindle Downtown

Written by Michael Scro Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale recently met with village officials to discuss several ongoing and upcoming construction projects, including the development of Jefferson Plaza along Secatogue Avenue, the Staller project—also known as “the Loft”—at 231 Main St. and the streetscape improvement project. 


Among the topics discussed, the civic group focused its attention towards the shrinking number of vacant retail space along Main Street. 


Local Fundraiser Goes To The Dogs

Written by Cynthia Paulis Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

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. 


First FHS Graduates Celebrate 50 Years

Written by Emily Cappiello Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

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.  


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