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State Responds To Crash

In response to the tragic car crash on May 20 that claimed the lives of five Farmingdale teens—Tristan Reichle, Jesse Romero, Carly Lonnborg, Noah Francis, and Cody Talanian—New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of safety measures that will be implemented on Conklin Street. 

 

“It is clear that more must be done to help ensure the safety of drivers and residents in the area around Conklin Street,” Cuomo writes in his letter to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “My administration will continue to take every available action we can through engineering, education, and enforcement to avoid tragic accidents like this in the future.”

 

In the letter, Cuomo said that this week the state has installed two speed controller trailers to inform motorists of their speed and encourage them to obey posted speed limits.

 

“As students come home from college and high schools wind down their academic years with proms and other celebrations, it is important to remind our young people of the responsibility of driving and the dangers of speeding, drag racing, distracted driving and drinking,” Cuomo continued. 

 

Additionally, Cuomo goes on to say that in an effort to prevent future accidents, the state plans on installing new radar technology that is intended to utilize traffic signals to control a motorist’s speed. 

 

According to Cuomo, the state will install the first of these devices at the corner of Conklin and Walnut streets, near the site of the accident. The radar is intended to identify speeding vehicles, which will trigger the connected traffic signal to switch to red, forcing the driver to come to a stop.  

 

He added that the state will also conduct a traffic study and review the possibility of modifying the lanes on Conklin Street to add additional traffic calming measures, which include reducing lane widths or eliminating excess lanes, increasing median widths, creating turn lanes and adding traffic signals. 

 

“Keeping New York’s young drivers safe is critically important,” Cuomo concludes. “My administration will continue to take every available action we can through engineering, education and enforcement to avoid tragic accidents like this in the future.” 

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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