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Sam Glass Gets Green Light

Last week, Farmingdale village officials approved a special use permit to allow for mixed use development at 155 Main St., currently home to the nostalgic toy and hobby shop, The Land of Ooh’s and Oz.

 

According to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, the project will entail the demolition of an old dilapidated building behind the retail storefront, renovations to the 6,153 square-feet of retail space and construction of 14 studio apartments on the back lot. 

 

But, in order to erect a new residential building, the village requires that sufficient parking be provided for its tenants. At the meeting on Aug. 4, property owner Samuel Glass, agreed to provide 17 parking spaces for residents on the ground level, using the top two floors for the one-bedroom apartments. Once construction is complete, Glass plans to lease the one bedroom studios at current market value.

 

“He will not be changing the size of the building,” Ekstrand said, stressing that the construction will look very similar to the offices at 399 Conklin St., which he referred to as a building on stilts. 

 

While Glass would agree to provide parking for potential tenants, he would opt to waive 14 of the 15 required commercial parking spaces, paying the village $5,000 for one parking spot. 

 

Traditionally, village officials will waive commercial parking requirements due to the number of municipal parking spaces available. 

 

However, while Glass has said he plans to renovate the interior and exterior facade of the retail building, it remains unclear if he has any other plans for the Land of Ooh’s and Oz, as of press time. 

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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