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All District Concert - February 6

Traditional Dragon Line Dancing - February 9

History of the Van Cott Cemetery - February 9 

Thursday, February 6

February Luncheon Meeting

The next general meeting of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon on Feb. 6, at CaraCara Mexican Grille, located at 354 Main Street. During the luncheon, the chamber will have special-guest speaker Joe Millizio to talk about New York State’s same-sex marriage law and how it effects us all. 

 

Junior Women’s Club

The Junior Women’s Club of Farmingdale will meet on Feb. 6, from 7:30-10:00 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. 

 

All District Concert

Choral students in the Farmingdale Schools will perform in the All-District Chorus concert on Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., inside the high school auditorium. 

Friday, February 7

Young Man/Special Lady Dance

On Feb. 7, elementary school students are invited to participate in the Young Man/Special Lady Dance at 7 p.m., at the Saltzman East Memorial School, located at 25 Mill Lane. 

Sunday, February 9

Traditional Dragon Line Dancing

On Feb. 9, join the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary from 4-8:00 p.m. as they bring in the Chinese New Year at the Lotus Garden, located at 345 Conklin Street. Admission is $45 per person, and covers appetizers, entrees, tea, soda and dessert. A Chinese Auction will also be held to celebrate the year of the horse. For more information contact Tina Diamond at 516-655-9905

 

History of the Van Cott Cemetery

On Feb. 9, the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society will present a History of the Van Cott Cemetery at 2 p.m. at the Farmingdale Publi Library. The Van Cott ancestry dates back to 1662 and is documented a tthis small plot on the corner of Richard and Rose streets. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 516-420-7913. 

Monday, February 10

Village Work Session

The next public work session of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will be held on Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. 

Thursday, February 13

Zoning Board

The next meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Zoning Board of Appeals will be held on Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. 

Monday, February 17

President’s Day

Village offices will be closed on Feb. 17, in observance of President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 18

 

Tax Grievance Day 

Farmingdale village will hold Tax Grievance Day on Feb. 18, from 5-9 p.m. for any residents looking to file a grievance on their property taxes. 

Wednesday, February 19

After Hours Networking

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its next after-hours networking event on Feb. 19 at Cascarino’s, located at 302 Main St., from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Bring your business cards to be entered into a free raffle drawing. There is no cover charge to attend and non-members are welcome. 

Thursday, February 20

Women’s Club of Farmingdale

The next meeting of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale will be held on Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. 

Sunday, February 23

Fun Run

The Greater Long Island Running Club will be hosting a fun run on Feb. 23. The event will begin promptly at 9 a.m., behind the Runner’s Edge, located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale. 

Monday, February 24

PTA Council

The next meeting of the Farmingdale PTA Council will be held on Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, located at 70 Van Cott Ave. 

Tuesday, February 25

Planning Board

The next meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Planning Board will be held on Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. inside Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. 

Thursday, February 27

Winter Wonderland Expo

On Feb. 27, the Village of Farmingdale and the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will throw the first-ever Winter Wonderland Expo at Village Hall, located at 361 Main St. The event will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and will include a Taste of Farmingdale, a meet and greet, a community open house for neighbors, merchants, friends and family. 

Saturday, March 1

Farmingdale HS Fashion Show 

The annual school fashion show will take place on March 1, at 6 p.m. inside Farmingdale High School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. So come support this great event and watch our models (both students and faculty) strut their stuff on the runway.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

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Holiday Parade - November 22


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