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Farmingdale Schools Make AP Honor Roll

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale Union Free School District was recently selected as one of 477 school districts across the U.S. and Canada, named to the 4th annual AP District honor roll. This year, only 27 districts in the state were selected to receive the distinction. 

 

Honor Roll Districts are chosen by The College Board—a non-profit organization that strives for equity and excellence in education—based on a district’s ability to increase access to Advance Placement courses while simultaneously maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. 

 

Cops, Counselors Update Residents

Written by Chris Boyle Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

The Concerned Citizens Civic Association of Farmingdale—an organization that represents the interests of the citizens of Farmingdale—saw special visits from both law enforcement and a local community counseling center, with both groups offering advice and tips on how best to use their services.

 

CCAF Vice President Tina Diamond welcomed YES Community Counseling Center Executive Director Jamie Bogenshutz to the meeting. Diamond pointed out that YES serves a vital role in these tough times, getting people in duress for various reasons the assistance they need, when they need it.

 

Two Trees, Twice As Nice

Written by The Farmingdale Observer Staff Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00

Bringing in the spirit of the holidays, the Village of Farmingdale recently held two tree lighting events. 

 

On Dec. 3, Farmingdale residents amassed at the village green for the Tricentennial lighting of the Christmas Tree. 

 

Farmingdale Schools Fuss Over The Bus

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Atlantic Express Bus Company—the major bus contractor for the Farmingdale School District—will soon begin the task of liquidating its assets. 

 

According to Assistant Superintendent Barbara Horsley, the company is currently planning to sell its fleet through an open bidding process, as it prepares to go out of business at the end of the year. 

 

 “What we’re doing is making arrangements for students next semester,” Horsley said. “It hasn’t impacted us at all yet.”

 

Staller Back To The Drawing Board

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale. 

 

After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community. 

 

Water Board Sues Grumman Over Toxins

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview. 

 

According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.

 

Farmingdale Girls Bring Thanksgiving

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine. 

 

But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal. 

 

Stranger Danger At High School

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

Farmingdale School District officials are alerting parents to review safety concerns with their children, after last week, when a high school student reported that an unidentified male was following her while she walked home from school. 

 

The individual, who had followed the student down Lincoln Street, also attempted to have a dialogue with the student, who entered her home safely and without incident. 

 

The following day, both the parent and the student reported the incident to school administrators. In response, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian sent a letter to parents in the district, alerting them to the incident.

 

Farmingdale Chamber Kicks Off Holidays

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00

Over the weekend, people filled the streets of downtown Farmingdale, to bring in the merriest of holiday’s in fashion... with the annual holiday parade, presented by the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce. 

 

“Saturday was very well attended and the parade ended up competing with the FHS Championship game,” said Chamber President Beth Mignone. “The Chamber received a lot of emails asking to have the time of the parade changed because they wanted to be at both events... which shows you how close the town really is, and how involved our residents are.”

 

Streetscape Boosts Revitalization

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

 

A day after Farmingdale village officials marveled at the start of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone development project, they were eager to begin the next initiative: a board-generated proposal to boost the aesthetic appeal of Main Street, in

Farmingdale.

 

The nearly $1 million streetscape project, which is set to begin in upcoming months, looks to bolster the economy of Farmingdale, a village being heralded as a model for revitalization in growth in Nassau County and beyond. 

 

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