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Gas Station Plan Held Back By Mess

At a recent hearing, Farmingdale residents publically voiced concern over a proposal to add more pumps to the Delta gas station along Rt. 109  near Fulton and Bernard streets. Neighbors argued that the expansion would make an already dangerous intersection even more hazardous. 

 

“There are a lot of accidents on that corner,” said Ronald Schwabe, a Bernard Street resident. 

 

According to Schwabe, drivers frequently turn onto the one-way street, heading the wrong way. Fellow Bernard Street residents chimed in, adding that in the past few weeks, there have already been two car accidents on the block. Despite previous discussions on improving traffic flow at the intersection, residents suggested the village change the narrow one-way street into a dead end, assuring nobody goes up the block in the wrong direction. 

 

However, none of the suggestions floated by residents at the meeting would suggest a compromise with the gas station’s plans to expand.  In addition to safety concerns, residents complained that the gas station was not well kept, full of pot-holes and low lights. 

 

Open since the 1930s, the Delta gas station at 511 Fulton Street  is a non-conforming property, which means the tenant needs a special use permit from the village in order to expand operations. 

 

“Everything is put on hold until [the tenant] cleans up,” said Village Administrator Brian Harty.  

 

According to Harty, the tenant needs to spruce up before the village will consider approving the permit.

 

“I think this is going to take up to six months before [the tenant] shows anything redeeming,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 

 

After numerous comments from the public, the Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to close the hearing, with the caveat that the tenant resubmit his permit application after the property is cleaned up. 

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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