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Street Fair Sees Sucessful Second Year

Customers shopped till they dropped, on June 8, as more than 200 vendors filled Main Street for the second annual Spring street fair, hosted by the Farmingdale Fire Department. Patrons from all across Long

Island enjoyed the warm weather by wandering through a maze of of hand-crafted jewlery, colorful dresses, handbags, sunglasses, workout gear, belts, phone cases, and baseball hats that were on display. 

 

“I like looking at all the stuff,” said 11-year-old Kim W. of Farmingdale. “My favorite is the posters.”

 

Several local businesses also showcased their products, including Wild Lizzy’s Gourmet Saltine Cookies, BrainCore Therapy, Planet Fitness, Power Home Remodeling of Melville and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, to name a few. 

 

“The street fair is convenient because all the shops are close to each other,” said Kim’s older brother Josh, 15. “I came here to get new ear buds.”  

 

Throughout the fair the sweet aroma of fried dough filled the air, as shoppers went about perusing the unique merchandise. During the event, attendees indulged in fresh lemonade, gelato, Italian sausages, zeppoles, and pickles. 

 

“I like the food,” said Betty McDonald, 66. “The grilled cheese is delicious.”

 

There were also plenty of attractions for children, including bouncy castles, sand art, and pony rides. Throughout the fair, musicians played for the crowd, as vendors sold flowers outside of the Farmingdale Fire House.

 

For David McDonald, 76, the fair provides a fun way to mingle with members of the community. 

 

“It gets everybody out of the house,” he said. “I like meeting new faces. Also, it benefits local businesses.”  

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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