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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.


Spotlight On Local Grad

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

The world is an open book for Sarina Turbendian, a Farmingdale State College Class of 2014 graduate and village resident. 


During the commencement ceremony at Hofstra University last May — when over 1,000 Farmingdale State College students received a diploma — Turbendian said that as she waited with anticipation to hear her name read over the sound system, she was more focused on making sure she did not fall down or shake anybody’s hand the wrong way. She said that it wasn’t until she had gotten home that the realization started to sink in. 


“Then it hit me… I graduated,” Turbendian said. “Four years went by so quickly.” 


Green Light For Croxley’s Beer Garden

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00

The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees met on June 2 to consider several building permits put forth by several local businesses, namely the expansion of local tavern Croxley’s Ale House at 190 Main St. downtown. 


During the meeting village board members voted unanimously to approve a special use permit to Croxley’s Ale House allowing the establishment to construct 

an outdoor gathering area and expand the available parking for customers, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


“They have purchased the building behind them, the old Safeway Electric place, with the intention to knock down the existing structures to construct an outdoor Beer Garden,” Ekstrand said. “Croxley Ales is a great place that I frequent often myself... for the past five years they’ve always paid the Village on-time when they’ve owed us money, and I see no reason not to grant their request once again.”


St. Luke’s Kicks Off 3-Year Fundrasier

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

The congregation of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Farmingdale recently held a down-home country-style barbecue to kick off a new three-year fundraising effort. 


The goal is to raise $1.4 million to help with the acquisition of a new building to expand both the parish and outreach to the community. 


There were burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, salads, and a DJ spinning country tunes for the massive turnout.


Benefits Change Approved

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00

On June 3, residents in the South Farmingdale Fire District voted 52-0 to change the department’s existing Length of Service Award Program [LOSAP] for eligible volunteer firefighters. 


As the first fire district on Long Island to have the switch approved by voter referendum, South Farmingdale will freeze LOSAP service credits for eligible volunteers, effective Jan. 1, 2015, and transition from its current defined benefit program to a defined contribution system.


Making The Most Of Duct Tape

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

A bunch of young ladies were recently instructed on the crafty caveats of creativity with the most unlikely of materials: duct tape, which according to Farmingdale Young Adult Librarian Natalie Korsavidis, is a surprisingly big hit among the students in her art classes.

“Duct tape is very, very popular,” said Korsavidis, who runs all of the programs for kids in grades 3-12. “If something is popular with my teens, third to fifth graders usually tend to like it as well. I’ve done duct tape before with older kids, so I thought I’d try it with the youngsters this time.”


Beautiful Day For A Parade

Written by Gary Simeone, Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00

In the rich tradition of commemorating all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces—dedicating their lives to fight for home and country overseas—veterans in the Village of Farmingdale lined up bright and early on May 26 for the annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade assembled at Yoakum Street and Thomas Powell Blvd. before making its way south down Main Street towards the grandstand assembled in front of Village Hall.


Science Whiz Kids Strut Their Stuff

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:26

Everyone knows that the Dalers can deliver the goods when it comes to nearly any sport, but word has spread that there is yet another field where the students of Farmingdale High School are delivering hard-hitting results: the field of science.

Science Research Advisor Laurie Sheinwald said the school’s Science Research Club was started in response to Farmingdale’s public reputation solely as a school for athletics. She said that they wanted to show that they have an impressive scientific community of students as well.


Village To Limit Cell Towers

Written by Daniel Offner, Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Elected officials in the Village of Farmingdale are looking to pass legislation that will restrict cellphone providers such as AT&T and Verizon from putting any antenna, beacon or tower on private property.

“The village relies on the cellphone tower revenue,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “These rich cellphone providers can easily pay the fees.”  


Voters Approve $156.4M Budget

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

Voters in the Farmingdale School District cast their ballots on May 20, to pass a $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, by a margin of 71 percent. 


According to unofficial tallies, 1,516 residents voted “yes” while 626 voted against the 2014-2015 budget. 


“When the Farmingdale community went to the polls on May 20, they spoke loud and clear,” Superintendent John Lorentz said. “They said that they understand the intrinsic value of the public school system, and are willing to take action to preserve it. We can’t thank them enough.”


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