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Waldbaums Remediation Efforts

New York State officials with the departments of Environmental Conservation and Health, came to Village Hall on March 11 for a public meeting on the Farmingdale Plaza Cleaners site. The site, located at 450 Main Street, is listed as a Class “2” site on the state’s list of

Superfund Sites. After lengthy inspections and investigations, state officials indicated that they do not feel there are any health concerns that threaten the public. The actual amount of contamination was far less than expected. Rest assured, the public water supply is 100 percent safe, and the state will continue to monitor and remedy the site and the wells are outside of the plume path.

 

The session was very informative and remediation is in process.

 

The Village of Farmingdale is as anxious as the public to move forward with any necessary remediation. Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, the Village environmental attorneys, will be speaking with the state DEC on the remediation and how and when the site can be occupied after proper restoration. In the meantime, I will be engaging a planning process to discuss what the public would like to see in this location.

 

The following is an excerpt from the NYSDEC Documents:

 

The Waldbaum Shopping Plaza was reportedly constructed in 1983, at which time the Farmingdale Plaza Cleaners began operation. Investigations conducted by the EPA at the adjacent Liberty Industrial Finishing site indicated that there was a significant upgradient source of tetrachloroethene (PCE). An additional investigation by the EPA around the shopping plaza, between 2000 and 2003, identified that the source was associated with the dry cleaner. As a result of data collected during the investigation, the site was listed as a Class “2” Superfund site. 

 

The state DEC invites public comment regarding the remedial alternatives and proposed remedy through March 24, 2014. The public can submit comments related to the site to Mr. Chek Beng Ng, P.E., NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

For more information on the site you can visit www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/haz/details.cfm?pageid=3&progno=130107.

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

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. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


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Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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