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Village Gets Ready To Rock In Sept.

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.

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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