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Four Candidates Vie for Two Trustee Seats

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

In the Tuesday, March 20 Village of Farmingdale elections there are four candidates running for two four-year term trustee seats. The Farmingdale 2035 Party candidates are: William Barrett, trustee incumbent and Thomas Ryan. The Village Independent Party candidates are: Michael Manchin and Susan Miles.

The Farmingdale Observer asked each candidate to submit a general statement about their candidacy and respond to the same set of questions. Their answers appear here.


Ekstrand and Sena Vie for Mayor Position

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

The Farmingdale Observer offered the following questions to each of the mayoral candidates who will run on the ballots in the Village of Farmingdale public elections on Tuesday, March 20. Both candidates were also offered a chance to make a general statement about their candidacy, or share something about themselves.


Farmingdale State College: Anniversary Exhibition

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

This year marks the centennial milestone of Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912. The school, undergoing some major transformations and renovations, is presently displaying Farmingdale State College Centennial Exhibition: Historical Perspectives through Friday, March 9 in its Memorial Gallery in Nathan Hale Hall.


No Vote on Precinct Closure Plan

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00

Negotiations continue between County Executive and PBA

No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.

The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward P. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).


Main Street Icon Closes its Doors

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Revitalization Plan Not Quick Enough to Help Save Bollinger’s

On the doors of Bollinger’s Family Restaurant in the weeks leading up to its closing on Sunday, Feb. 19 was a sign notice to customers that the owners had decided to close the doors for good. It said, “To our valued customers, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your years of support and patronage. It has meant a great deal to those of us who have had the pleasure and honor to meet and serve you. Unfortunately, due to these difficult economic times, we can no longer afford to remain open. As a result, it is with much sadness and regret that Bollinger’s Family Restaurant will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, Feb. 19.”

As one lifelong customer, Jill (Smith) Chow, a resident of Farmingdale, passed through the doors on Friday, just days before the closing, she could hardly believe the news, and the reality of what this meant.


Don Zirkel Publishes Memoir

Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Don Zirkel, of Farmingdale, has recently published, Couple Power: Conversations with Donny and Marie, a memoir of his life with his late-wife, Marie “Re,” weaving the affects of the changes in the Catholic Church over the past 60 years.

The book highlights the Zirkels’ family life in the area diocese, and parish ministries, including Hicksville and Farmingdale. Oral historian, Ed Thompson, of Farmingdale was the main contributor to the book.


Village Board Discontinues Conklin Street Zoning District Public Hearing

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

District will remain unchanged until further notice

The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees met Monday, Feb. 6 at Village Hall to continue public discussions on LLG-2011- the agenda item that would have added new allowed uses in the Conklin Street zoning district.

In December, Mayor George Starkie and the village board voted to eliminate “restaurant use” as a permitted option for the area in question- located after Hempstead Turnpike, before Main Street and essentially next to Fulton Street- after residents voiced concerns over the potential for increased pollution and food odors.

At the Feb. 6 meeting, Starkie discussed the background of the situation and provided reasons why he decided to discontinue the public hearing on it. “After hearing from the public and one person in particular, we were informed this might fall under the category of spot-zoning,” Starkie said. “Sometimes you need that ‘aha’ moment. So we continued the public hearing with the understanding that we’d definitely eliminate ‘restaurant use.’ Subsequently, that property has sold. Nobody is telling us to who; nobody has come in with any applications. At this point, I think it would be unfair to the public to continue the hearing.”


Farmingdale School Board Discusses SLO, Assessments

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Tax Certioraris Burden to Fall on School Districts 2013-14

At the Wednesday, Feb. 1, public board meeting of the Farmingdale School District 34 people were in attendance, including many student teachers from Molloy College in Rockville Center, observing as part of a classroom assignment.

Many of the student teachers in attendance were shocked to learn firsthand how the state-mandated learning objectives and student assessments will be evolving, as presented by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Joan Ripley.

Ripley gave an overview of the Student Learning Objectives (SLO) and Assessments. SLO and assessments for students are related to the legislation on annual professional performance (APPR) for teachers, instructors.


PBA Rallies to Oppose Changes in Nassau’s Precincts

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Carrying signs that read “Save Our Police Precincts,” “Precincts Save Lives” and “Keep Crime Out of Nassau,” dozens of police officers, firefighters and Nassau County residents converged on the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building on Monday, Feb. 6, to protest a committee vote on closing down four precinct houses and turning them into community policing centers.

Speakers warned of increases in both the workloads for detectives and response time for police officers on patrol if the proposed precinct closings are approved by the Nassau County Legislature. The precincts in question are the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Precincts.

Public Hearings Planned For February 13 and 27

The day ended with public comments made before the Public Safety Committee. Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt also announced that there would be public hearings on the matter on Monday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. in front of the Public Safety Committee and another hearing on Monday, Feb. 27 in front of the full legislature.


Schumer Pledges Support for Nassau Fire Departments

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Calls on FEMA to approve grant for emergency radio upgrades

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer was given a warm welcome when he visited the Village of Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 27. Schumer revealed to a small crowd that more than 70 Nassau County fire departments and seven volunteer ambulance corps are facing major budget hikes in order to meet the year-end deadlines to upgrade existing radio equipment due to federal mandates.

Schumer had only the highest of praise for the volunteer firefighters who came from cities across Nassau County, including Stewart Manor, Garden City, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Island Park, Valley Stream, East Williston, Port Washington, Bayville, Freeport, Wantagh, and Oceanside, Lakeview.

“As you know I care a lot about our firefighters; they are great people. Nassau County volunteer fire departments are among the best in the country,” Schumer said, adding, “They risk their lives, they don’t get paid to make us safe. It’s a great thing and everyone here in this county is blessed by the quality of the fire departments.”


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