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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

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

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. 


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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