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Bartone Plaza: Q&A With Developer Anthony Bartone

Written by Christy Hinko: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Redevelopment plan wins 2012 Smart Growth Award

Vision Long Island has named Bartone Properties and BWC Realty Partners the 2012 Smart Growth “Revitalizing Communities” award recipients for the redevelopment plan for Farmingdale.

One aspect of the expansive project, to become Bartone Plaza, involves redeveloping the property around the village’s train station where a warehouse now sits. A mixed-use building with ground level retail space and with residential units above is planned.

 

School Board Adopts Budget For Voter Approval May 15

Written by Eric Holden: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

The Farmingdale school board adopted a budget of $150,567,160 for the 2012-13 school year at the public board of education meeting on April 3 at Howitt Middle School.

Salaries and employee benefits ate up a large chunk of the budget, with $78,345,917 going toward staff compensation and $37,439,051 slated to be used for healthcare costs and other benefits. The 2011-12 budget included $78,053,893 for salaries and $35,264,337 in benefits, so the increases were relatively minor.

 

MADD Holds Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Annually, the Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) holds a prestigious luncheon to honor Long Island law enforcement, including officers, attorneys and local citizens, who display an extraordinary commitment against the drunk driving plight. On March 22, for the fifth year, MADD gave several special awards, along with recognition of the outstanding dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution and education that the law enforcement professionals have shown.

Following a bagpipe presentation by Sergeant Todd Bennett of the Southampton Town Police Department, a brief invocation was given by Bishop Robert W. Harris and  generous welcomes from MADD Victim Advocate and event chairwoman Margaret Rebholz and Senior Development Officer Rori Fleshel.

 

Ralph Ekstrand Takes Village Helm As Mayor

Written by Christy Hinko: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Village holds annual reorganization meeting

The most recent public meeting on April 2 of the Village of Farmingdale Board was a bittersweet ending for many existing members of the village board, including outgoing Mayor George Starkie. Following a jam-packed work session, Mayor Starkie expressed his sadness about it being his final board meeting and the official end of his mayoral term. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime,” Starkie told community members, remarking how incredible it has been to work with the board and village staff over the past years.

Starkie addressed the residents, “Thank you for the privilege to serve the community that I love; it’s been a labor of love.” He gave advice to the board members to remember to use the ruler of “is it good for Farmingdale” to guide future village operations.

 

‘Sweeping’ Security Changes for SAT/ACT Testing

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: wkreitzman@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

NCDA Rice announces test-taking overhaul

High school students: Get ready for your close-up. The SATs and ACTs now want a photo of you.

The requirement that photos be uploaded at the testing site is just one of the new security measures that will now govern SAT and ACT test-takers. In the aftermath of the arrests of 20 local students late last year, all charged with either taking SAT or ACT exams for other students or having paid someone to take the test for them, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a “sweeping security overhaul” to prevent further cheating. DA Rice was joined by executives from the College Board and the ACT exams at a press conference on Monday, March 26, as she outlined the new rules.

 

Matt Sohmer Setting Unprecedented Weightlifting Records

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Sohmer prepares to compete for world team

When it has been proven that 99 percent of the population can barely lift their own bodyweight, one Farmingdale resident, Matthew Sohmer, 19, has recently set a new teen and American record of a 711-pound dead lift. Sohmer is presently a freshman at Becker College in Massachusetts, playing lineman in his first year.

Sohmer currently holds the records in squat teen record at 700 pounds; the bench record at 275 pounds; and the dead lift record for teen and American titles at 711 pounds.

 

Farmingdale Shares Concerns About State Budget Proposal

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Water Consolidation Plan seen favorable by state reps

(Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the article “Adams Gives Cuomo Budget Presentation to Farmingdale” that appeared in the Friday, March 16 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

On Friday, March 2, the Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and Mayor George Starkie hosted a presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget address, “New NY Transformation Plan...the Next Step,” given by State Cabinet Member Ken Adams, CEO of Empire State Development.

 

Adventureland Amusement Park Celebrates Milestone Year

Written by Christy Hinko: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Park delivers family-owned, operated service to generations

Childhood memories are the foundation of our lives, and an iconic Farmingdale venue has been providing those memories of warm summer nights, cotton candy, melting ice cream cones and thrill-a-minute rides for 50 years. 

On Saturday, March 24, over three generations of thrill seekers will have passed through the iron gates of one of the most recognizable mid-island attractions, Adventureland Amusement Park.

 

Starkie’s Final Public Meeting as Mayor

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

Farmingdale Village Elections March 20

Mayor George “Butch” Starkie presided over his final Farmingdale Village Board meeting on Monday, March 5. Starkie announced in January that he would not be seeking re-election. Eagle Scouts from Troop #261 were among those who attended the meeting.

On Tuesday, March 20, Farmingdale will hold its village elections. There are two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat: Ralph Ekstrand and Georgiana Sena. There are four candidates seeking two open trustee seats: William Barrett, Michael Manchin, Susan Miles, and Thomas Ryan. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents must have already registered to cast their vote in this election.

 

Adams Gives Cuomo Budget Presentation to Farmingdale

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00

On Friday, March 2, the Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and Mayor George Starkie hosted a presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget address, “New NY Transformation Plan...the Next Step,” given by State Cabinet Member Ken Adams, CEO of Empire State Development.

Cuomo and his cabinet members arranged a series of public sessions throughout the state to give residents a chance to get more information on the budget proposal. The State Commissioners have been meeting with community members and residents to share details from the governor, as well as gathering concerns from residents to report back to Albany. Cuomo announced the initial budget proposal Jan. 17. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 30.

 

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