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Capital Improvements On The Ballot

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

When it comes time for Farmingdale residents to exercise their right to say 'yay' or 'nay' on the school district’s 2014-2015 budget come May 20, they may notice a little something extra on their ballots; namely, whether or not the district can extract the funds from their reserves to continue a series of capital improvement projects that they’ve been working on since 2011.

 

At the Farmingdale Board of Education budget workshop on March 26, special attention was given to the school district’s recently completed and current capital work, which consists of a five-year facility plan that was originally adopted by the Board of Education during the 2011-2012 school year; the plan contained $28 million of needed capital improvements, Defendini said.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Strikes Twice

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:00

Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish, but for the hundreds celebrating on Main Street in Farmingdale it was St. Patrick’s day yet again. 

 

On March 23, the Village of Farmingdale Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee turned downtown Farmingdale into a veritable “sea of green” for the second annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

 

Local Musicians Take Cover

Written by Steve Mosco Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

Taking a successful step in the music business requires plenty of talent, but also a measure of luck. And for a trio of local musicians, a recent one-off performance sparked a whirlwind of attention and video clicks.

 

Mikel James of Farmingdale, Carolyn Miller of Massapequa, and David Wong of Huntington Station were on separate musical paths before convening to record a cover of “Say Something,” a song originally released by A Great Big World and then re-released featuring Christina Aguilera.

 

After recording the song and a video clip, the trio’s effort was featured on the Huffington Post website, catapulting it to close to 30,000 YouTube views in a matter of days.

 

Fire Brigade Trains For Big Leagues

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Inside the Farmingdale Fire Department, in front of large silver pots and pans, stands volunteer firefighter Phil LoNigro, advisor of the Farmingdale Fire Department’s Junior Brigade.

 

“It is essentially an early recruitment program,” LoNigro explained, as he ladled out a meatball. 

 

According to LoNigro, the Fire Department’s junior brigade program focuses on teaching kids, ages 13 to 17, about firefighting, in the hopes that they will one day become a member of the department. 

 

2014 Village Election Results

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

The results of the Farmingdale Village elections are in, and local voters have reelected incumbent trustees Cheryl Parisi and Patricia Christensen to another four year term in office.

 

According to Village Administrator Brian Harty, the results show Christensen received 508 votes, to hold onto her seat on the board. 

 

“I very much appreciate the support from our residents of the work the Village Board is doing and am extremely grateful that I have been given the privilege to serve for the next four years,” Christensen said.

 

Adventures In Babysitting

Written by Paige McAtee Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00

New website offers new solution for an old problem

In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at a party recently held at

Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch. Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix.

 

“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” he said. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as

well.”

 

Waldbaums ‘Superfund’ Site

Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

Ask pretty much anyone in the Farmingdale community about the biggest eyesore in the area, and most likely, they will reply with a single, solitary word: Waldbaums. 

 

The spot those residents would be referring to, of course, is the former Waldbaums Shopping center located on Main Street. With its boarded-up windows and gutted storefronts, the strip mall—currently without an owner and completely vacant for some time, except for a Chinese take-out restaurant that is currently squatting—has many locals crying foul over its dilapidated appearance. However, the real issue lies, not in what people can see, but what they cannot. 

 

School Floats $156.4M Budget

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Members of the Farmingdale School District Board of Education are currently mulling a proposed $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which would increase spending by $3.1 million—or 2.03 percent—from last year, when voters approved a $153.3 million budget. 

 

“The Farmingdale School District carefully crafted a comprehensive budget in order to maintain the high-level resources that our students need to succeed in and out of the classroom,” said Farmingdale’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Paul Defendini. 

 

During the first of an ongoing series of budget workshops, on March 12, the board highlighted different aspects of the 2014-2015 budget including the gap elimination adjustment, state aid, teacher and state retirement costs, program changes and reductions, and the 2 percent tax levy cap. 

 

Stage Set For Senate Race

Written by Steve Mosco Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Two local elected officials from opposite ends of the political spectrum have announced their candidacy for a state Senate seat vacant since late December.

 

With Democrats and Republicans vying for a majority in the Senate, both parties announced their picks for the 8th district seat within days of each other; the Nassau County Republican Party tapped Massapequa Legislator Michael Venditto and the Democratic

Committee put their hopes behind Merrick Legislator Dave Denenberg.  

 

Both contenders announced their candidacy in their districts’ respective American Legion halls. At his rally, Denenberg said he will fight for working families in Nassau and Suffolk struggling to make ends meet.

 

2014 Village Voter Guide

Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

As part of our ongoing election coverage, The Farmingdale Observer will feature profiles of all three candidates vying for the position of Village Trustee in the 2014 local elections on March 18. 

 

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