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From The Desk Of Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

While Long Island is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to share with you what is happening in our village. Power has been restored to all residents and, for the most part, debris has been removed. We continue to progress with leaf pick-up and are in the process of catching up with all that was neglected as we focused on the aftermath of the hurricane.

Part of our typical preparation for the holiday season is the installation of lights across Main Street and the hanging of lit candy canes along Conklin Street and Route 109. For the past several years, this work has been done by personnel from the Town of Oyster Bay and prior to that by outside electricians hired by the village. Because of the hurricane devastation, TOBAY personnel have had to concentrate their efforts restoring power to streetlights and municipal facilities in Massapequa and Bayville. Private electricians are also committed to working on restoration efforts. For this reason, these entities were not available to the village to put up the holiday lights – understandably so. The trustees and I felt that this was a small sacrifice considering all that others are experiencing.  

We are very grateful to the members of the Village Beautification Committee, under the direction of Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen, who gathered together on several Saturday mornings to prepare our village for the holiday season. They began with hanging lit garland at the gazebo, fresh green roping and bows along the fence and decorated the lampposts at Village Green all in time to celebrate the Bi-Centennial Tree lighting. 

For the next project, members of the committee hung roping and bows at the train station and placed fresh greenery at all the signs throughout the village.  Members could be seen standing on ladders placing festive decorations in the baskets located at the street signs on Main Street as well as hanging our wreaths on the lampposts. Gerngras Park is surrounded in lights and festive wreaths.  Northside Park is aglow with lit wreaths on the lampposts and lights on the evergreen trees. “Kissing Balls” look very festive at the entrance to the parking lot and the gazebo and sign located at the Melville Road triangle is decorated in the true holiday spirit welcoming all to Farmingdale Village. Candles can be seen in all the windows of Village Hall and the firehouse.  

At darkness looking at the three trees in the gazebo with their white lights truly captures the beauty of the season. All of this was made possible through the time and effort of people willing to give of their time and talent to our village.  

We are extremely grateful to the members of the Beautification Committee and the volunteers who joined them; members of the Farmingdale Women’s Club; junior firemen; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; our superintendent and members of the village’s department of public works; village trustees and Amityville Village for lending us their bucket truck to hang the lights on the Bi-Centennial Tree. 

Despite the turmoil resulting from the hurricane, the spirit of the season is very evident in the Village of Farmingdale! The trustees and I wish everyone a very joyous holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year.

News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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