Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 13 June 2014 00:00
The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees met on June 2 to consider several building permits put forth by several local businesses, namely the expansion of local tavern Croxley’s Ale House at 190 Main St. downtown.
During the meeting village board members voted unanimously to approve a special use permit to Croxley’s Ale House allowing the establishment to construct
an outdoor gathering area and expand the available parking for customers, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
“They have purchased the building behind them, the old Safeway Electric place, with the intention to knock down the existing structures to construct an outdoor Beer Garden,” Ekstrand said. “Croxley Ales is a great place that I frequent often myself... for the past five years they’ve always paid the Village on-time when they’ve owed us money, and I see no reason not to grant their request once again.”
Croxley’s owner, Chris Werle, 48, said the Farmingdale venue has been a staple in the community for many years and was glad to receive the board’s final approval to begin construction of the beer garden.
“We’re very excited to change that corner,” said Werle. “It’s not that appealing to walk past that eyesore [Safeway Electric].”
The planned Beer Garden is set to include an outdoor area with large wooden tables and an interior area that overlooks the new outdoor section. Additional parking spots will also be purchased by Croxley Ales, which will not be exclusive to the establishment, but usable to the general public as well.
With business booming in Farmingdale’s downtown, Croxley’s hopes to further improve the visual aesthetic look of Main Street.
“Any time you go down Main St. and see vacant storefronts, it’s a bad thing for business,” Werle added. “Now that these businesses are opening up its definitely better for Main St. and for the village.”
At the meeting, trustees also approved a Special Use Permit to Splish Splash Art Studio at 230 Main St. to offer art classes and art-themed parties to the sales of paintings and art supplies in its showroom. Current law decrees that only retail business can occupy storefronts on Main Street, the art studio needed permission for dual use of the property.
After some debate among the trustees regarding the hours the retail business would actually be open to the public, the board approved the permit by a 3-2 vote with the owner given carte blanche to establish retail hours. The owner had been willing to be open to the public for a pre-set minimum number of hours, but in the end was not required to.
However, it was not all good news for the businesses seeking permits. The board denied a request from the Donalds at 665 Fulton St. to keep drive-through facilities open for 24 hours on weekends. Ekstrand said that after listening to the negative comments of local residents concerning potential noise, litter, and public disturbance, the board would deny the application through a vote. However, he said, the door would be left open to further discussions in the future.
“Modifications can be made to the application, and it can be submitted again,” Ekstrand said. “But after hearing the public speak on the issues that they have with this proposal, plus the fact that the restaurant section will be closed and customer will have no access to the restroom, which may increase public urination... as it stands now, we have to deny the permit for extended hours for McDonalds.”
— Additional reporting by Daniel Offner
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library.
Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshops, which are held throughout the year in various communities, are a collaborative effort to bring the Nassau County Department of Assessments operations from Mineola to different communities, such as Farmingdale. He added that applications were on-hand in case any attendees were first-timers or pursuing a renewal of an existing exemption.
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:29
If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.
“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”
Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)
Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.
The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve.
The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.