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Gas Leak Halts Construction

A recent gas leak in downtown Farmingdale has village officials and utility service providers pointing fingers over who is at fault. 

 

On Feb. 6, firefighters and police were called in to evacuate residents and business owners in the area abutting the construction site of Jefferson Plaza, after reports of a gas leak at 154 South Front Street. 

 

According to officials, the leak was caused when excavation crews, working at the site, unexpectedly hit a gas service line. 

 

Wendy Ladd, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said utility workers were able to shut off service while they did the final repairs, and by 12:31 p.m., the area was made safe.

 

However, while National Grid was able to rectify the problem, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said that the utility did not properly mark off the gas line. 

 

“That [gas] line was not on the map,” Ekstrand said. 

 

According to Ekstrand, the village has since suspended all construction at the site until National Grid provides an updated map of its service lines. 

 

“There is no more construction, until that occurs,” he added. 

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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