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Salt Supplied In Face Of Shortage

Salt used to melt ice and snow from the roadways has become a hot commodity in Farmingdale—as in most of Nassau County—even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be shipped to Long Island to combat future snow storms. This winter,

New York has used over 46,000 tons of salt in less than two months time, according to state officials. Whereas, on average, the state only uses 30,000 tons per year. 

 

Farmingdale village officials found themselves in a bind following the snowstorm on Feb. 14, when foremen with the Department of Public Works reported that the village had run out of salt.

 

“That Thursday night, we had used [our salt supply] all up,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 

 

Faced with yet another impending snow storm, the village swiftly telephoned state Sen. Kemp Hannon, who was able to help the village get the additional salt it needed. 

 

“When the mayor called me, he said they were down to their last scoop of salt,” Hannon said. 

 

Working with the senator, the village was able to secure an allocation of approximately 35 to 40 tons of salt from Gov. Cuomo, which local officials say will carry the village through the next three snow storms. 

 

“That was a godsend,” Ekstrand adds. “We are using our salt as prudently as we can, because we don’t know when we are going to get more.” 

 

According to Ekstrand, the village will go through an average of 20 tons of salt during a snow storm. He added that this is primarily due to hilly areas in their jurisdiction, such as Lenox Hill, which needs to be salted and then resalted to be sure the roads are safe.  

 

“[Superintendent Andy Fisch and the DPW] do their best,” said Ekstrand, “but it’s become a never ending battle to remove the snow off of Main Street.”

 

Ekstrand also acknowledged that because the salt is corrosive to the pavement, the amount of salt that has been needed to melt the ice and snow has also caused fair number of potholes along many of the village’s major thoroughfares. 

News

On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title. 

 

“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.

 

At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso. 

 

“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.” 

Farmingdale High School recently celebrated National Foreign Language Week, with food, fun, and festivities that made the week all the more special for everyone involved. 

 

Foreign Language Week is a time for schools across the country to not only acknowledge the various dialects in our nation, but to embrace the culture they accompany. In Farmingdale, students celebrate by specifically recognizing languages that are taught in the district, including: Spanish, French, Italian and American Sign Language.


Sports

John Galanoudis of Farmingdale, a junior student at Molloy College, batted .462 for the week with a .562 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging clip to help Molloy to a 3-1 series win over St. Thomas Aquinas. He scored four times, had six hits including two doubles, and drove in three runs. Galanoudis also stole a base and walked once.

 

— Submitted By ECC Sports

 

Erin Donovan of Farmingdale, a sophomore at Farmingdale State College, finished 6th in the High Jump at the St. Joseph’s Invitational competition. Her mark of 4 feet, 8.25 inches moves her to No. 7 on the All-Time list. 

 

— Submitted by the Farmingdale State College Athletics Department


Farmingdale High School’s Lady Dalers have staked an early lead in Nassau County Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Conference I, after winning each of their last three games this season. Starting the season on the road, the Lady Dalers would open with a non-league victory over Sacred Heart on March 20. The Lady Dalers would go on to win the exhibition match 10-8, thanks to Tara Wahl who scored six goals to put Farmingdale in the lead. On March 22, the Lady Dalers would compete in their first game of the regular season against

South Side High School. During the game Jill Alonso put up two goals and four assists, helping the team to secure its 13-4 road win. 


Calendar

School Board Budget Adoption - April 9

CSEA Training - April 11

Comedy Dinner - April 11


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