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Farmingdale Schools Fuss Over The Bus

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Atlantic Express Bus Company—the major bus contractor for the Farmingdale School District—will soon begin the task of liquidating its assets. 


According to Assistant Superintendent Barbara Horsley, the company is currently planning to sell its fleet through an open bidding process, as it prepares to go out of business at the end of the year. 


 “What we’re doing is making arrangements for students next semester,” Horsley said. “It hasn’t impacted us at all yet.”


Staller Back To The Drawing Board

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale. 


After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community. 


Water Board Sues Grumman Over Toxins

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview. 


According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.


Farmingdale Girls Bring Thanksgiving

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine. 


But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal. 


Stranger Danger At High School

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

Farmingdale School District officials are alerting parents to review safety concerns with their children, after last week, when a high school student reported that an unidentified male was following her while she walked home from school. 


The individual, who had followed the student down Lincoln Street, also attempted to have a dialogue with the student, who entered her home safely and without incident. 


The following day, both the parent and the student reported the incident to school administrators. In response, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian sent a letter to parents in the district, alerting them to the incident.


Farmingdale Chamber Kicks Off Holidays

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00

Over the weekend, people filled the streets of downtown Farmingdale, to bring in the merriest of holiday’s in fashion... with the annual holiday parade, presented by the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce. 


“Saturday was very well attended and the parade ended up competing with the FHS Championship game,” said Chamber President Beth Mignone. “The Chamber received a lot of emails asking to have the time of the parade changed because they wanted to be at both events... which shows you how close the town really is, and how involved our residents are.”


Streetscape Boosts Revitalization

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00


A day after Farmingdale village officials marveled at the start of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone development project, they were eager to begin the next initiative: a board-generated proposal to boost the aesthetic appeal of Main Street, in



The nearly $1 million streetscape project, which is set to begin in upcoming months, looks to bolster the economy of Farmingdale, a village being heralded as a model for revitalization in growth in Nassau County and beyond. 


The Issues: Town Of Oyster Bay

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Friday, 18 October 2013 00:00
Cerro Wire Property

For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.


The site was once listed by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a hazardous waste zone. It was removed from the list of Superfund sites in 1994 after a clean-up effort.


Carpenters Protest Construction

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

As village and county officials touted the launch of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone property development, workers with Carpenters Local Union 290 rallied along the Long Island Railroad platform, in protest of the project. 


According to union officials, the laborers picketed the worksite over the developer’s refusal to pay area standards—a schedule of prevailing union wages or benefits. 


“It’s not a union/non-union issue,” said council representative Anthony Macagnone. “They’re getting tax incentives, but [the developers] feel they can pay less than the standard.”


Farmingdale Breaks New Ground

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

Work is officially underway on the construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project at 120 Secatogue Avenue, next to the Long Island Railroad Station in Farmingdale—after six years of planning and preparation. 


“We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this,” said Anthony Bartone, the project developer. 


Before any construction begins, crews will first demolish the existing property, which abuts the Fairfield Courtyard residences next door. Bartone said the crews plan to handle the demolition “surgically” to minimize debris.  


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