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Village Diner: One Step Closer To Reality

Farmingdale’s Main Street is one step closer to aquiring a new eatery, after village trustees voted to approve permits for the upcoming Village Diner, scheduled to open next month on the site of the former Bollinger’s Family Restaurant, at 282 Main St.

 

The Village Diner will be a welcome addition to the business landscape of Farmingdale, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

“Originally, it was going to be called ‘The Town Diner,’ but because we wanted that village feel, we asked if they could change the name,” he said. “We like that home town feeling, and we’re looking forward to sitting down and eating some burgers and milkshakes there.”

 

At the first meeting of 2014, Village Diner owner Teddy Tsakos presented the board with an overall site plan, which included a permit request for additional seating for restaurant patrons. After receiving the board’s approval, Tsakos said he aims to open around Feb. 15, provided construction goes as planned. 

 

“We are doing the whole inside...colors, everything are going to change, including the booths and seating arrangements,” he said. “Structurally, nothing is going to change...I don’t want to open up a can or worms there, but we’re going to move the booths and the counter around and overall, it’s going to be more homey. It’s going to feel like a whole new place.”

 

Tsakos affirmed that he has a long history in the food game, having been involved in the industry since he was just 14-years-old. Getting his start in Manhattan, Tsakos pursued a career in the restaurant business that ultimately led him to open his own place in Astoria, Queens.  

 

“Mr. Tsakos has been in the restaurant field for many years,” said Village Administrator Brian Harty. “He has a great deal of experience and the village is looking forward to his diner opening.” 

 

Before coming to Farmingdale, Tsakos had owned a place in Port Washington for 12 years and just recently left another place in Great Neck after staying open the past four years. 

 

“I just sold that,” Tsakos said. “Now, I came here to Farmingdale, and I can’t wait to open.”

 

Mayor Ekstrand also made mention of The Dark Horse Tavern—a bar and grill establishment that has garnered popularity in Rockville Centre—which plans to take over the former Blimpies sandwich shop at 273 Main Street, directly across from The Library Café. 

 

“Besides having a restaurant and a bar inside, they are going to have a 600 square foot beer garden in the outside,” he said. “They are submitting design plans for outside fencing and traffic patterns, and we’ll be discussing that in-depth at our February meeting.”

 

The Mayor also heralded the success of recent revitalization efforts in the village’s retail hub. As of March, Ekstrand said, there will only be three vacant storefronts left.

 

Plans were also unveiled that will add a long-needed left-turn lane at the intersection of Conklin and Main Street. Ekstrand said that parking will be altered to accommodate this vital feature, which he hopes will alleviate traffic congestion issues in the busy area. 

 

“We are going to eliminate 16-to-20 parking spaces on the four corners, which will create a four-to-five car left-turn lane going each way,” he said. However, the precise date and time of the construction was not available as of press time. 

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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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