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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

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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