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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

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


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