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No Cell Towers For Jewish Center

Four years after the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals denied a proposal to construct six T-Mobile transmitters on the roof of the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center along Woodbine Avenue, a federal district court decision, on July 22, dismissed the case.

 

“The court’s decision to dismiss this case signifies another crucial victory for Hempstead Town and Wantagh neighbors,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “The proposal never conformed to the character of this cherished suburban community, and we’re thrilled that our preservation efforts have been rewarded.”

 

In 2010, the town hired Richard Comi, a consultant with the Center for Municipal Solutions, to ensure that any of the company’s new wireless communications would be sited in a location with the least negative impact on the community.

 

After listening to the suggestions and comments of residents in both the Farmingdale and Wantagh communities, the Board of Appeals rejected the proposal. In response the telecommunications company challenged the town’s decision in court. 

 

Town officials would later join with neighbors to express concern over the potential impact cell towers would have on local property values and the suburban character of the community. 

 

“I’m proud to join with Wantagh neighbors in celebrating this important victory,” said Town Councilwoman Angie Cullin. 

 

Town officials also gave praise for having one of the nation’s toughest wireless communications laws permissible by the federal government and enabling residents to have a powerful voice when it comes to dealing with big corporations in their communities. 

 

“This culminates a long effort against the unwanted proposal of a telecommunications giant in this proud residential community,” Town Councilman Gary Hudes added. 

 

But while the town continues to laud the federal court’s dismissal as a victory, according to the federal court’s decision, it was ultimately the decision of T-Mobile to dismiss the case. In addition, the court ruled that each party shall bear its own costs and attorneys’ fees. 

 

“While this victory is sweet, we’ll continue to remain vigilant in the face of other potentially troublesome cell antenna applications in our communities, as well as other quality-of-life issues,” Murray said.

“I thank the neighbors of Wantagh for their hard work and tireless efforts in preserving the suburban nature of our communities, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to maintain our neighborhoods as great places in which to live, work and raise a family.”

News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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