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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

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com