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The Dangerous Road

Community calls for changes in wake of crash

Neighbors report that the stretch of Conklin Street where a crash early Saturday morning killed five Farmingdale teenagers is a well-known trouble spot.

“I have been pushing for a red light on one of these two corners,” said Anthony Vitale, who lives near the scene and is a former member of the Farmingdale Board of Education. “You cannot make a turn here, either on Staples Street or Oakview Avenue because you can’t see anything coming from that side. We need a traffic light...usually when there is a light, cars tend to slow down.”

 

Daniel Romano, manager of Frankee’s East Side Gourmet Restaurant, joined many others in Farmingdale calling for changes in the area.

 

“There should be speed bumps on that street,” Romano said. “It is unfortunate that we have to learn after an incident like this. It should have been prevented years ago.” 

 

Conklin Street is the local name for State Route 24, which is also known as Fulton Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike in other parts of Nassau County. Over the past decade, an average of three pedestrians have died each year on this roadway, making it one of the most treacherous in the state. Statistics on vehicular accidents preceding Saturday morning’s crash were not immediately available. 

 

According to police, the 2001 Nissan was westbound on Conklin Street when it crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided with a GMC Suburban driven by a Maryland resident, who police identified only as a 53-year-old man. His passenger was identified only as a woman.

 

One teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, and two more died upon impact, said police. Another was pronounced dead at the hospital. Cody Talanian, 17, was taken to the hospital in serious condition and died Sunday evening. The occupants of the Suburban were hospitalized in serious condition, said authorities.

 

Restaurant manager Romano remembered the students. 

 

“They were just here four days ago,” he said. “These were not kids who got in trouble. These were ‘golden’ kids. They were never negative, always smiling, always happy.”

 

Romano said that the restaurant will hold a fundraiser to help the victims’ families. 

 

Local officials are determined to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

 

“What the mayor and deputy mayor and this board will do in the next week or so is write a letter to the traffic safety [division of the] DOT of New York State and ask them to please review the traffic patterns on Rt. 24, and especially on Rt. 109 where there have been more fatalities, and come up with some measures that can help abate traffic safety,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

News

This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale. 

 

“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.

Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.

 

“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


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.


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Over The Hill Gang - August 1

Mini Golf and Ices - August 2


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