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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. 

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.


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