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DEA OK's Drug Take-Back

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

 

Village Honors Local Hero

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 19 September 2014 08:38

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 

 

Reflecting On Tragedy

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Friday, 19 September 2014 08:28

Thirteen years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of residents flocked to Town Park Point Lookout, to witness a compelling new memorial tribute honoring all those who lost their lives that day.

 

At the center of the ceremony were two 18-foot-tall, sand-crafted tribute towers set against a 35-foot-long “Wall of Heroes” mural, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, and a reflecting pool at the base of the memorial display. 

 

Weekend With Warbirds

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

 

Energy Audit Uncovers 20-Year Mystery

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 

 

Charity Marks Decade With A Run

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Farmingdale’s Main Street was jam packed as more than 475 runners from all across Long Island competed in the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile race. Each year,

Companions in Courage, a non-profit charity created by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, invites runners of all ages to compete in a one mile sprint for the organization. 

 

Following a fun run for the kids, women of all ages lined up along Main Street for the one mile race. Meanwhile, the men limbered up as they awaited their turn to compete. 

 

LaFontaine, who ran wearing his same no. 16 bib, said that all of the funds raised from the event go towards charity.  

 

Navy Must Pay For Toxic Plume

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

Thousands of residents in South Farmingdale, Bethpage and Massapequa could face a rising water bill unless a group responsible for environmental pollution clean up its act.

 

On Sept. 2, Sen. Charles Schumer and the South Farmingdale Water District called on the U.S. Navy and the Department of Justice to prevent significant water bill increases for residents by chipping in for the construction a water treatment facility to filter and purify the ground water impacted by the Bethpage plume.

 

The water district has borrowed close to $5 million from the Town of Oyster Bay to construct the water treatment facility. Repaying the bond will cost consumers $1.5 million each year over the course of the loan, and Schumer said consumers should not be burdened by something they did not create, adding that the federal government must step up quickly in order to prevent these costs from being passed on to ratepayers, as is expected to occur in the near future.

 

Naturally Simple Quality: Joan Magri’s Divine Olive

Written by Nicholas Semelak, farmingdale@antonnews.com Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

 

‘Landscape-Altering’ Bug Creeping North

Written by Edith Updike, eupdike@antonnews.com Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

 

Water District Warns Against Imposters

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff, farmingdale@antonnews.com Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.

 

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