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Library Gets Crafty With Friends

This past weekend, the Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library’s annual Craft Fair saw a total of 82 vendors selling anything imaginable. 

 

It had everything from homemade chocolates and jewelry to pottery, said Ken Ulric, a member of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library.

 

“We’ve been doing this for 18 years, and it’s become a tradition,” said Ulric of the craft fair.

 

According to Ulric, the group responsible for making the library as beautiful and presentable as it is today are the Friends of the Farmingdale Library. 

 

“We support the library in as many ways as we possibly can,” said Jay Eskin, president of the Farmingdale Friends. “We provide financial support. Sometimes we sponsor shows.”

 

Apart from selling crafts, the library was also selling off several old books, DVDs and CDs. Outside the library, the craft fair even included a plant sale, run by the Farmingdale PTA, who was raising money for their High School Scholarship program.

 

Every year, the PTA gives out approximately 60 scholarships, according to PTA Council President Karen Bensen. 

 

“We have about 120 kids this year who are eligible for it, and we will probably give out a minimum of about 60 scholarships,” she said.

 

Plants for sale included petunias in hanging baskets, a mixture of annual flowers and some vegetables. 

 

The PTA was also selling cookies and brownies, and had a “Dollars for Scholars” donation basket, where people could donate money instead of buying flowers or baked goods.

 

This craft fair is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of the Farmingdale Library. With the proceeds made from this event, the club will purchase things for the library.

 

In the past, Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library have used fundraising money to buy the library’s grand piano. The group is currently saving up money to buy more beautification accessories to make Farmingdale Public Library as welcoming as possible. 

News

Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club. 

 

Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize. 

 

According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.

Following the tragedy that befell the Farmingdale community last May, when five teenagers died in a car wreck along Conklin Street, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to improve safety and slow traffic down along Rt. 24 and Conklin Street. 

 

“As the father of three young daughters who drive, I know firsthand the importance of keeping our roads safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “Implementing these safety precautions on Conklin Street will bring traffic speeds to safer levels and help reduce both the number and the severity of crashes in the area.”


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 13

Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)

 

Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)

The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.

 

The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled  to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.


Calendar

Monty Python - July 23

After Hours Networking - July 24

Music Under The Stars - July 25


Columns

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