Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14.
“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.”
Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie
Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few.
Promising to be a spectacular event, the festival will feature more than 16 performances on two stages, including headliners, the Movin’ Out Band and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.
The two day music festival will also feature local blues musician Kerry Kearney, Electric Dudes, Dead Ahead, Stanton Anderson Band, and emerging artists Butchers Blind, Soundswell and Funkin’ A.
David Saul of the Electric Dudes said the band is pumped and ready to rock this September.
“We electric dudes are ready to bring smiles to everyone... from the youngest kids to those who remember the Rascals opening for the Beatles at Shea Stadium,” Saul said. “This is the first music fest of its kind in this area. People are very excited about that and Farmingdale Village has purposely made it free so everyone near and far can attend.”
A family friendly affair, the downtown music festival will also feature outdoor dining, a pedestrian walkway, street art, food, beverages and more. It will also feature an educational and fun KidZone for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and crafts to wrap up the fun weekend.
“The village looks forward to this great community event,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “our first music fest.”
Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bartone/TDI, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lessings (Library Café), the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Checker Cab, School of Rock, H2M architects and engineers and Phatt Productions, the downtown music festival is free and open to the public. The festival begins Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1-9:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:38
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.