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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

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. 

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

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.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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