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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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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