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Farmingdale Village Board Approves Judgments For Scofflaws

The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law. 

“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.    

The board also announced a law to prevent massage therapists who are not registered and licensed by the Department of Education from practicing in the village. The fee for a license obtained from the village is $500. But after hearing from a massage therapist, the board decided to waive the fee.

Marie Freiss, a licensed massage therapist in Farmingdale, said it would be a hardship for her practice to provide the $500 fee for the license. She was glad that the village was penalizing unlicensed massage therapists, but felt the board was singling out professionals in her field. 

“I feel we are being set apart from the other healthcare industries. I feel as a massage therapist, I am being penalized because this industry is associated with unsavory things,” said Freiss. 

While the board agreed to waive the fee, it said code enforcement officers could demand massage therapists to produce their New York State license.

“We now can go in and our code enforcement can inspect them and they have to conform to the law. We can now go after them with some teeth,” said Mayor Ekstrand. 

The next board meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Village Hall on Monday Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

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. 


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.


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