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Workshop Highlights Tax Breaks

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library.

 

Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshops, which are held throughout the year in various communities, are a collaborative effort to bring the Nassau County Department of Assessments operations from Mineola to different communities, such as Farmingdale. He added that applications were on-hand in case any attendees were first-timers or pursuing a renewal of an existing exemption. 

 

Artist Brings Unique Works To Farmingdale

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 11 July 2014 08:29

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 

 

Local Inventor Seeks Crowdfunding

Written by Anthony Dobrini Friday, 11 July 2014 08:28

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 

 

Farmingdale’s Costumed Cats & Canines Compete

Written by Cynthia Paulis Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00

The competition was fierce among the contestants, vying for who would be crowned the first prize winner of the Village of Farmingdale’s first annual Pet Day event. Waiting to hear the final decision, Ruby the lobster, Dakota the patriot, Harry sporting a bow and a dress, Thor the blue-eyed husky with a lightning bolt on his fur, Brooklyn the ferret and Cathy the kitten watched intently as the judging took place.

 

Spearheading the inaugural Pet Fair, JoAnn Napoli with Century 21 Dallow Realty in Farmingdale said she came up with the idea for a charity pet day to help raise money for the North Shore Animal League. 

 

Farmingdale HS Class Of 2014

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00

A high school diploma—for some it is a stepping stone to their collegiate futures, for others it embodies thirteen years of hard work. 

 

On June 24, 452 Farmingdale High School seniors in the graduating class of 2014 adorned their cap and gown for its commencement ceremony at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition

Complex. Friends, family, alumni and community members were in attendance to watch the newest graduates walk across the stage.

 

Teaching Speeders A Lesson

Written by Farmingdale observer Staff Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

School zone speedsters face an new round of surveillance in the state’s effort to thwart their reckless ways. 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently enjoyed a photo-op at nearby Bethpage High School, signing legislation that authorizes the addition of school speed zone cameras in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Proponents say the new law aims to enhance safety in school areas by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding. 

 

Staller To Benefit Village

Written by Gary Simeone Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

If you’ve walked down Main Street recently , you’ve probably noticed a huge demolition site where a series of shopping outlets used to be . The site which is located at 231 Main Street is part of the Staller

Associates Project which includes 26 luxury apartment units and 3,100 square feet of retail space. Just a few blocks way at 285 Eastern Parkway, 27 additional housing units are being built as part of the

Staller project.

 

The developments, along with the new Jefferson Plaza Apartments on Main Street, bring multi-family housing and small retail units to the Village. 

 

Book Explores Local Theme-Park

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

Growing up on Long Island, Christopher Mercaldo remembers how, as a child he spent countless hours with his family, marveling at the many different rides and attractions that Adventureland amusement park in Farmingdale had to offer. 

 

Like many kids growing up in the area, Mercaldo says he was smitten with the idea of having his own little slice of Disneyland-magic right here in his backyard. 

 

Adventureland first opened in 1962, at the height of a major suburban boom on Long Island. Over the last 52 years, several attractions have come and gone, but the park has continued providing the same family-friendly fun that it has for years.

 

Street Fair Sees Sucessful Second Year

Written by Marlo Jappen Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Customers shopped till they dropped, on June 8, as more than 200 vendors filled Main Street for the second annual Spring street fair, hosted by the Farmingdale Fire Department. Patrons from all across Long

Island enjoyed the warm weather by wandering through a maze of of hand-crafted jewlery, colorful dresses, handbags, sunglasses, workout gear, belts, phone cases, and baseball hats that were on display. 

 

“I like looking at all the stuff,” said 11-year-old Kim W. of Farmingdale. “My favorite is the posters.”

 

Third Times A Charm

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:00

Project Could Create New Community Center

For most village residents the Eastern-most quadrant of Farmingdale, across the Rt. 110 border, offers little more than just the Multiplex Cinema, Republic Airport, the Long Island National Cemetery, Dave &

Busters, and Adventureland. However, plans for a potential 10-15 year transit-oriented development project, centered around the former LIRR train station, could mean more business, housing and green space for the residents of East Farmingdale.

 

Located within the boundaries of the Town of Babylon, the East Farmingdale transit-oriented development project has historically received the support of Farmingdale village officials, including former Mayor

“Butch” Starkie who had been an advocate for the development along the East Farmingdale corridor.

 

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