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Chief Reacts To Bethpage Brush Fire

Members of the Farmingdale Fire Department were the first to the scene, on Nov. 4, responding to reports of a brush fire at Bethpage State park, along the famed Black Course in Farmingdale. 

 

According to Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tortoso, the brush fire originated roughly 200 feet in the woods surrounding the golf course and stretched approximately 2.4 acres—bigger than the size of two football fields. 

 

“We had multiple brush trucks in the woods,” Tortoso said. “[The hose line] was so tough to get out there.” 

 

A call for mutual aid brought 16 different fire departments from Nassau and Suffolk counties rushing in to help extinguish the blaze in six hours. 

 

Bethpage State Park employees assisted in the operation with a bulldozer, making a firebreak that acted as a barrier between combustible vegetation. This helped crews gain access to the scene. Hours later, fire departments were still wetting down the area and hitting hot spots with fire hoses.

 

“We had to go back out on Tuesday and Wednesday to hit [a number of] hotspots,” Tortoso added. “It was an intense brush fire... our department did a great job to put it out.” 

 

Tortoso also thanked members of the other fire departments and state park employees for their assistance in fighting the brush fire. 

 

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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