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.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
Marc Anthony Bynum was able to make a prize-winning dish out of the ingredients in the “mystery basket”—matzah, salty peanuts, dried strawberries, and cocoa nibs—to win the Food Network's TV show Chopped in June 2010. Two months later, he returned to the show for a second time, where he excelled through the appetizer round with a combination of dandelion greens, Greek yogurt, liverwurst and catfish, which allowed him to move forward through the entrée and dessert rounds to win. But it was the combination of geoduck, Buddha’s hand, black radishes and waffle cones that did him in when he appeared in the grand finale of the Chopped Tournament in September that year.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale Devils U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament.
— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.
On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7.
The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach.