Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay Board held its first meeting of 2013. Town Supervisor John Venditto wished everyone a Happy New Year before the board got down to rather mundane business. First was a public hearing to consider hydrant rental by the Oyster Bay Water District for 2013.
“Each year we go through the routine,” remarked Venditto.
No residents spoke at the public hearing, which ended quickly, and a resolution pertaining to the decision was approved later. In all, the board passed 40 resolutions. Among them:
Installation of pool liners at Bethpage Community Park
Town-wide senior trips throughout the first three months of 2013
Increased fees and new fees at the town’s animal shelter
Hiring a ventriloquist for a town event
Hiring a musician for a town event
Agreements pertaining to the community-development block grant program
Rhonda Samuels, executive director of the Integrated Medical Foundation, thanked the board for their efforts in rescheduling and relocating the 4th Annual Blue Ribbon 5K Run. The event, which raises money for the fight against prostate cancer, was slated for the Oyster Bay Golf Course in November. However, Superstorm Sandy left the golf course strewn with much debris. The run was moved to Syosset-Woodbury Park on Sunday, Dec. 9. Samuels said that many of the runners were happy with the switch as they felt that Syosset-Woodbury Park is a safer course and Samuels said she would seriously consider holding the event there in the future.
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.”
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.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.