Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
This holiday season, Farmingdale residents will be able to warm up with a hot cup of coffee, or cool off with some ice cream and frozen yogurt, once Charlotte’s yogurt shop opens its doors at 294 Main Street.
The brainchild of brothers Nick and John DeVito, Charlotte’s looks to bring a homey environment to downtown Farmingdale that sets it apart from the bright neon and plastic motif of most other fro-yo chains.
“We wanted something a little bit different,” said Nick DeVito, 51. “We wanted to do our own thing, in our own style.”
Built atop a former prohibition-era speakeasy—which still includes the old tin walls and ceiling used by bootleggers in the basement—DeVito was inspired to make Charlotte’s provide an old fashioned ambiance that is reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Designs include granite table-tops, rocking chairs and seating by the front window, which the architects have said are akin to a Southern-style establishment. There is also a back room for parties and a yard for people to sit and enjoy their frozen treats outside on a hot summer day.
“There is room to grow in different directions.”
For Nick DeVito, the inspiration behind opening a frozen yogurt shop was deeply seated in his past. As a youth, Nick worked summers as a cashier for a local ice cream shop.
“It was probably the best job I ever had,” he said.
With several prominent bars and eateries open along Main Street, the DeVito brothers noticed there were not a lot of options when it came to dessert. The DeVitos set their sights on serving frozen yogurt in downtown Farmingdale, and named the shop after their mother, Charlotte.
Like most fro-yo establishments, Charlotte’s is self-serve and features 12 different flavors of frozen yogurt, plus twirl, and 24 different types of toppings, including hot fudge. At the request of several members of the community, the DeVito’s later expanded beyond just frozen yogurt, adding ice cream and coffee into the mix.
Working over the past year to turn their vision into a reality, the DeVitos say they are 90 percent complete with the construction and anticipate opening in time for Christmas.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay