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Downtown Master Plan

Implementation Committee News

The Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day (SPD) committee continues to promote the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events. We have come a long way in less than six weeks from the start of planning this event, it has been ‘organized chaos’ and there are more details to work out. With the cooperation from the weather man above and a bit of the ‘luck of the Irish’ we are hoping for an all round family-fun day… so let the planning continue with only 14 days to go for the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events.

Here is a draft of the Parade line –up so far:

Parade assembles at 12:30 p.m. at Northside School, Sunday, March 17, rain or shine. Kick-off at 1 p.m. sharp.

Auxiliary Police escort leads the way, directing traffic along the parade route, Green & White balloon clusters & Shamrocks will be put up along the Main Street route.  First off will be the American Legion Color Guard & possible leading Bag Pipe, a first convertible driven by Beth Mignone with Irish music welcoming the Co-Grand Marshals Mayor Ralph Ekstrand & Skip Schumeyer/FFD decked out in Irish attire, the village board marches, the Chamber of Commerce marches with banner, members of SPD committee in Green Bowler hats & ties, the Bethpage Federal CU marches with banner (toss/handout beads), Step by Step Dance troupe led by Ms. Sharon with music (then they will perform at gazebo after 2:15 p.m.), Jim E’s antique 1929 Ford Roadster, Cub Scout Pack 601 and Girl Scouts, the East Farmingdale FD Band marching ahead of Firemen and trucks, Farmingdale, South Farmingdale, and East Farmingdale Fire Departments marching as one unit, and with one truck from each fire house, the Rotary Club marches with banner, PAL Kick line with music (then at end will perform in front of FFD while closing ceremony sets-up), merchants’ and a Lepre-con float TBD with other merchant staff toss/handout beads, other Main Street merchants, another convertible with Irish music, members of SPD committee and police escort ends parade.    

SPD Journals and posters are in many Main Street storefronts. The parade ends around 2 p.m. with a brief closing ceremony by 2:15 p.m. words by grand marshals, then it is onto the Village Green for Family-Kids events until about 4 p.m.; Deputy Mayor Pat and Trustee Cheryl have organized two games, FFD serves up their famous ‘ole Fire house Irish soup’ $$/cup as donations. The Step By Step Dance troupe performs in the gazebo, face painting table and fake tattoo tent for the kids and prepackaged goods for sale. Photo op, meet & greet with the grand marshals. 

After 3 p.m. the ‘first ever’ Lepre-con pub crawl starts at Nutty Irishman thru downtown Main Street, and after 5 p.m. dinner specials available along Main Street.  Thanks to the support of the Farmingdale Village Board and the efforts the SPD committee team; John/Nutty­Irishman, Skip/FFD, Rich, John and Chuck.  There are still a few parade spots left, so if any local youth club/group is still interested in marching please have the leader/director quickly contact Chuck at ckgosline@opton­line.net or John at johnc@thenu­tty­irishman.com 

This is the start of many new events being planned by the FV DMP IC (Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee) over the next year that will be happening as downtown Farmingdale revitalizes and celebrates a renewal.

News

More than 2,000 Long Islanders enjoyed the festivities at Captree State Park as Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted the ninth annual Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sept. 15.

Attendees learned about sustainable sources of energy as well as ways to protect the planet, especially the island’s marine environment. There were demonstrations in camping, boating, water safety, renewable energy, wildlife and environmental education, fly fishing, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, touch tanks, ballon animals and plenty of rock and roll.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Farmingdale.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.


Sports

Farmingdale squeaks by Massapequa

The rivalry between the Farmingdale Dalers and the Massapequa Chiefs is a big one. So big that the school districts and the Nassau County Police Department had to take extra precautions to maintain security. Not everyone who wanted to see this game at Masspequa High School were allowed access to the game. In the past, there was some unruly behavior. So, if you were from Farmingdale you parked on the right side of the school and from Massapequa you were on the left. The stands on both side were full and hundreds standing along the fence to watch this game.

The Chiefs would score first in the first quarter with a 9-yard run by Paul Dilena for a touchdown. The Dalers had some problems moving the ball down field until Daler Danny Mckeon intercepted a pass and ran it back into the Chiefs side of the field. This would set up a 6-yard run for a touchdown for Michael Outing who had 19 carries for 84 yards. With the score tied 7-7, Zach Kolodny kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Dalers up 10-7 shortly before  halftime and the heavy rain that followed.

Town sports shifts to hockey

It’s almost time to hit the ice again.

The Town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey Program will hold its registration on Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. on both nights. Registration takes place at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage.

“The Youth Ice Hockey Program provides youngsters, ages three to 13, with the opportunity to hone their skating and hockey skills under the guidance of ice hockey coaches,” Councilman Joe Pinto stated. “The highly regarded program has earned it recognition by the NHL, which has partnered with the Town to promote hockey programming and youth enrichment through its ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ initiative.”


Calendar

Junior Varsity Football At Baldwin High School

Saturday, September 27

Girls Varsity Tennis At Malverne High School

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Varsity Volleyball Versus Massapequa High School

Wednesday, October 1



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