A day after the middle school shooting in Nevada, Nassau County announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.
“The schools in Nassau County are a safe place, and will remain a safe place,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. The county will be providing five Live Button 24 Freedom devices at no charge to any school that wishes to participate in the program. Districts will work with the police department to determine the best personnel to carry the wireless device, which is less than three inches long and can fit easily on a key chain or in a pocket. In case of an emergency situation, someone would just have to hold the SOS button on the device for four seconds, and would instantly be connected to the police department’s communications bureau, bypassing 911 dispatch as a priority call. Equipped with a microphone and speaker, the alarm also serves as a two-way communicator.
Two women are facing burglary charges after stealing a Kindle tablet and digital electronic scales from several classrooms at Farmingdale High School, on Oct. 8.
Stephanie Bristol, 21, of Farmingdale and Stephanie McGuire, 21, of Massapequa, were apprehended by police after school officials reported witnessing the pair walk onto the premises through an unlocked doorway.
Nearly a decade has passed since nine Hispanic residents first sued the Village of Farmingdale over allegations that the redevelopment of 150 Secatogue Avenue discriminated against the Latino population. Now, almost ten years later, the anti-discrimination case is heading to federal court for a trial in January 2014.
“With most civil litigation, it takes a long time,” said Stefan Krieger, a law professor at Hofstra University who took on the case on behalf of the nine former Farmingdale residents.
The Farmingdale High School had a pep rally and homecoming last Friday night at the high school. The gym was packed with students and parents to show their green and white colors, and Daler pride. Performances were by the cheerleaders, Dalerettes, stomping team, kick pom dance team and others. After the pep rally the football team took their work to the field under the lights at Don Snyder Stadium against Valley Stream Central. At 10:10 of the first quarter, the Dalers running back Curtis Jenkins broke tackles for a 64 yard touchdown run putting the Dalers up 7-0. Then Tom Kennedy had a 27 yard reception for a touchdown and Quarterback Vinny Quinn had a 2 yard run to give the Dalers a
19-0 lead going into the second quarter. By halftime the Dalers would be up 40-0. At halftime the Marching Band performed with the Dalerettes, and the Cheerleaders showed their cheering talent. But then the Homecoming Queen
Samantha Giordano and King Elijah Mas were crowned King and Queen of the 2014 Class. The Dalers would go on and win the game 47-0. It was their second shutout this year. They outscored their opponents 222-48 this year. The Dalers are now 6-0 with two games remaining. 10-26 at Uniondale 1:30pm and home on 11-1 against East Meadow 6:30pm.
—Submitted by Philip M. LoNigro
Hundreds filled Main Street in the Village of Farmingdale this weekend for its 25th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Firemen’s carnival. Running from Oct. 10 - Oct. 14, the five-day event included dozens of carnival rides and games for all ages, live music, a street fair, a Fire Department barbeque, a parade and a fireworks display.
“The fire department, village and community are commemorating a silver anniversary,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “Fire Chief Frank Romano and the Fire Department are working hard to make this year’s fair the best of the 25 years.”
Members of the Farmingdale Board of Trustees have approved a provision to its current health care policy that will impact any future hires in the village, restricting vested employees from lifetime health benefits until at least age 55.
At the meeting, on Oct. 7, trustees voted to change the local law, which previously did not limit employees with ten years of service from receiving lifetime benefits, whether or not they retire.
Deputy Village Clerk Barbara Kelly explained that under the previous law, an employee hired at age 20 who is terminated at age 30, was eligible to receive health care benefits for life.
The Dark Horse tavern, a popular bar in the Village of Rockville Centre, plans to open its second location at 273 Main Street in Farmingdale, but not everyone is in favor of location.
The property, which has been left vacant since February when Blimpie’s Sandwich franchise shuttered its doors in the village, lies in the heart of the downtown business district.
William Brennan, co-owner of the Dark Horse Tavern, said that he chose Farmingdale for its recent efforts to stimulate business in the community.
Most Long Islanders can recall more than a few fond memories from their youth at Adventureland in Farmingdale; long teenage nights spent riding the Hurricane roller coaster dozens of times, eating those incredible sugar-coated donuts and, of course, laughing at the hilariously goofy haunted house.
But recently, something happened at Adventureland – something horrifying.
If you are a hockey player who plays or resides on Long Island, then you have probably heard of Hockey Underground, located at 145 Milbar Blvd. in Farmingdale. The store opened at its Farmingdale location in 2012, but had been operating for many years in a warehouse in Freeport, just blocks away from the Freeport Ice Rink.
In order to accommodate their increasing customer base, store owner George Statler III said it was necessary to move. Farmingdale fit his store’s needs, “It’s a very central location, off a main highway, and very easy to get to,” said Statler.
The crumb topping on Hahn’s crumb cakes are so popular that they are sold by the bucketful, really. Clumps of sweet crumbs are packed in three-pound metal cans. And the buckets are refillable. For some, Hahn’s crumbs and crumb cake are essential, such as sisters Pat and Joan Kinnally of Old Bethpage who were in the wholesale bakery’s shop making sure they had a crumb cake for their brother visiting from Alabama.
Regina Hahn, who comes from a family of German bakers, got her recipe from her grandmother. In 1983, Regina was teaching in a private school and with two kids in college needed to increase her income. All her friends always requested her crumb cake whenever there was a gathering so she decided to adapt the recipe for large-scale baking. Her husband took the product to bagel stores and soon jobbers were coming to her. The big break came at a trade show in Atlantic
City when A&P approached her. She could no longer bake in such large quantities at home so she opened a bakery in Ronkonkoma. In 1994 Hahn’s moved to Farmingdale and ten years ago to the current location in Farmingdale.
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