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Town Mulls Cap Override

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

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 Gets Ready To Rock In Sept.

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

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. 

 

Greendogs Win Championship

Written by Greg Giaconelli Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

 

One of the most exciting games was the 12U championship between the Long Island Devils and hometown Farmingdale Greendogs. Farmingdale started off the tournament path by going 6-0 in group play as the Devils went 3-3. In the playoff portion of the tournament, the Greendogs shellacked the Ozone Howard Renegades 11-3, on Aug. 14, while the Devils staved off East Meadow from getting on the scoreboard, beating them 5-0.

 

No Cell Towers For Jewish Center

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 15 August 2014 00:00

Four years after the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals denied a proposal to construct six T-Mobile transmitters on the roof of the Farmingdale-Wantagh Jewish Center along Woodbine Avenue, a federal district court decision, on July 22, dismissed the case.

 

“The court’s decision to dismiss this case signifies another crucial victory for Hempstead Town and Wantagh neighbors,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “The proposal never conformed to the character of this cherished suburban community, and we’re thrilled that our preservation efforts have been rewarded.”

 

Peaceful Practice Comes To Library

Written by Marlo Jappen Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

If you’ve never heard of Falun Dafa, you’re not alone. Instructor Suzanne Eckler said it’s not widely practiced in Long Island, but she and her assistant William Jin are offering a series of six free classes at the Farmingdale Library on Thursday nights.  

 

“When something makes you happy, you want to share it,” Eckler said.

 

Falun Dafa is a meditation practice that originated in China in 1992.

 

Sam Glass Gets Green Light

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

Last week, Farmingdale village officials approved a special use permit to allow for mixed use development at 155 Main St., currently home to the nostalgic toy and hobby shop, The Land of Ooh’s and Oz.

 

According to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, the project will entail the demolition of an old dilapidated building behind the retail storefront, renovations to the 6,153 square-feet of retail space and construction of 14 studio apartments on the back lot. 

 

Going To Bat For Sal

Written by Matthew Levine Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

Much like any other Friday afternoon, on Aug. 1, the Over the Hill Gang held its weekly softball games at Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale. However, this was no ordinary occasion for the men’s 40 and over softball league, which was playing to help raise funds for nine-year-old Sal Pugliese Jr., who has been dealing with Perthes Disease—which affects the hipbone.

 

“It’s awesome. This is what makes things happen... the fundraisers,” said Pugliese Jr.’s grandfather Anthony Betro. “Not covered by insurance so we’re relying on donations and the support of the community. That’s what makes the country great. Everybody pitches in when there’s need and magic happens. That’s what’s happening now.” 

 

New Head At Conservation Group

Written by Edith Updike Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Corey Humphrey has taken over as director of the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, where he’s going to deploy his special brand of “unoffensive gall,” as he puts it, to “bring partners together to get things done.” He also wants to make the agency more open to the public, with active use of social media as well as traditional modes of communication. 

 

The Soil & Water District (NCSWCD) is a quasi-government agency that works to shore up environmental understanding among the public and encourage the use of horticultural techniques to mitigate damage, through collaborative efforts with local nonprofits such as Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as county, village, town and government agencies such as the Department of Public Works.

They also work to directly educated and aid the public, through seminars and presentations as well as individual advice, and hope to begin to make those sessions accessible via webinars and YouTube.

 

New Pudgie’s Restaurant Takes Flight

Written by Steve Mosco Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

A restaurant chain that got its start in Bethpage could soon return to nest.

 

The flagship location for the brand new Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. launched last week on Hicksville Road in Massapequa — in the Uncle Giuseppe’s shopping center — with plenty of fanfare and a line of close to 50 customers who showed up early for gift cards good for one free meal per week for a year, a promotion that had many first-time customers clucking excited.

 

Bowling For Fresh Air Fund

Written by Paige McAtee Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

For an entire week, low-income city children were able to spend a vacation with a host family from Nassau and Suffolk County through the Fresh Air Fund.

 

This not-for-profit agency provides free summer experiences for low-income city children, giving them some fresh air away from city-life for a week, where they get to do fun family-oriented activities each day.

 

All of the families took a trip out to Farmingdale Lanes to go bowling on Thursday, July 24. Over 100 people showed up and they all took up half of the bowling alley. 

 

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