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Farmingdale’s Costumed Cats & Canines Compete

The competition was fierce among the contestants, vying for who would be crowned the first prize winner of the Village of Farmingdale’s first annual Pet Day event. Waiting to hear the final decision, Ruby the lobster, Dakota the patriot, Harry sporting a bow and a dress, Thor the blue-eyed husky with a lightning bolt on his fur, Brooklyn the ferret and Cathy the kitten watched intently as the judging took place.

 

Spearheading the inaugural Pet Fair, JoAnn Napoli with Century 21 Dallow Realty in Farmingdale said she came up with the idea for a charity pet day to help raise money for the North Shore Animal League. 

 

“Everyone has helped out to make this a success,” Napoli said. “This is the first one and we will definitely do it again next year.”

 

The event featured several participating businesses from the community, including Dominica 4 Restaurant, Cascarino’s and Muffins on Main Street, which donated food. The Town of Oyster Bay animal shelter even brought a kitten for adoption.

 

Chris Calvacca, owner of Canine Care Connection and volunteer dog trainer for Last Hope Animal Rescue in Syosset, brought his rescue dogs Rock Star and Toxin to the event to give some pointers on obedience training, behavior correction and how to better socialize your dogs.

 

“When dogs get adopted out I give them a free training session so that the family can adjust to their dog,” Calvacca said. “I want the dogs to be happy and the people to be happy with their dogs. That’s why people get dogs.”

 

The event also featured several raffles, face painting for kids, and of course... the pet fashion show. 

 

Competing for first prize, Meredith Dulberg dressed her Bijon named Ruby up as a lobster. 

 

“This is really her Halloween costume,” Dulberg said, “but she looked so cute in it we decided to use it again.”

 

Farmingdale resident Donna Huebner came dressed in red, white and blue, but had difficulty keeping Dakota, her golden doodle, dressed in its matching patriotic attire. 

 

“She is dressed as Uncle Sam, but I guess since she is a girl it’s more like Miss America,” Huebner said.

 

Grace Olenik was holding her 7-year-old rescue maltese named Harry, who was sporting a bow and a dress. She said, “I think he is just adorable,” which she stated was her reasoning to enter him in the competition. 

 

The village green became the runway, as contestants lined up at the Gazebo before strutting their stuff for the judges. After some deliberation, judges JoAnn Saul of Marketing Masters N.Y., and Jo Wider with the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, crowned a winner. 

 

This year’s blue ribbon award was presented to Grace Olenik and her maltese Harry, who also received a basket full of goodies and treats to take home. The judges explained that among the competitors,

Harry was the clear winner, because he was the only one “brave enough to wear a dress.” 

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



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