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Letter: Thanks To Village Officials For LIPA Assistance

I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the hard work our Village officials and administrator have put in over the past two weeks. Our power is on for the first time in 11 days. My neighbors and I repeatedly called LIPA asking for updates and info on why so many people in Farmingdale had power but a small strip of us had no power. Needless to say, our questions went unanswered. 

Finally, one of our neighbors wrote a letter, signed by those of us with no power to our mayor and village trustees explaining our problem. That same afternoon, we had a LIPA truck outside. They fixed a loose wire in 15 minutes and informed us that it was the village that had finally gotten through to them.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank our village officials, especially our mayor, Ralph Ekstrand for responding to Farmingdale residents concerns and getting LIPA to come out ASAP. Thank you Mr. Mayor and all of our trustees and village administration.

Brendan Mahoney

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.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com