Members of the South Farmingdale Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners recently voted to hold a special referendum on June 3, making the volunteer fire department the first on Long Island to let voters decide whether the district can redefine its existing Length Of Service Award Program [LOSAP] benefits for volunteer firefighters.
According to South Farmingdale Fire Commissioner Thomas Mastakouris, the referendum looks to change the existing LOSAP program from a defined benefit to a defined contribution rate, while freezing LOSAP service credits for existing volunteers.
“This would save [district] taxpayers hundreds of thousands while not taking away from our volunteers,” Mastakouris said.
Over the past 12 years, members of the Farmingdale Community Summit Council have invited a variety of local civic organizations and retail storefronts to the annual Expo and Health Fair.
According to President Ken Ulric, the council first formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, to perform a memorial service for members in the community. The council also erected a permanent monument to memorialize the tragedy.
“Once we did that, we stayed together to improve the quality of life for residents here in town,” Ulric said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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