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The Dark Side Of The Park

Written by Steve Mosco, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Adventureland enters the spook market

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.


Hockey Goes Underground

Written by Christy Hinko, Wednesday, 09 October 2013 14:12

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.


Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company

Written by Lyn Dobrin Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

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.


Hooray For Hooters

Written by Rachael Funk Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Dry your eyes and pull up a giant barstool—Hooters is back in Farmingdale! The restaurant, known for its chicken wings and orange shorty shorts, reopened in July under new management. In the three months since then, Colin P. Parker, director of operations for Hooters of the New England and New York region has been working to restart business in Farmingdale and beyond.


“We knew the potential of the location, and are very pleased with how things are going,” Parker said. Between their aggressive beer pricing, famous wings, and even more famous Hooters Girls, he is confident Hooters will remain a steady presence in Farmingdale. 


From St. Paul’s To YouTube Stardom

Written by FarmingDale Observer Staff Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

Next time you’re sitting in your doctor’s waiting room, watch out for a white-haired man who suddenly jumps up from behind his walker and belts out a Broadway show tune.  Even more head-scratching is that he suddenly stops and quietly walks into the examination room as the receptionist says, “Mr. Scafuri, the doctor will see you now.”


Punked? The old Candid Camera? No, it’s Frank Scafuri having a little musical fun.


Parishioners at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bethpage will recognize Scafuri as a regular substitute singer/organist. Those who have heard him sing, know that this 1971 Julliard graduate certainly has a powerful, well-trained voice.


Concerned Citizens Civic Association Returns

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

After lying dormant for several years, the first meeting of the newly re-formed Concerned Citizens Civic Association of Farmingdale (CCAF) was held at Allen Park, and if the community turnout was any indication, it stands to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

The meeting drew a packed crowd of civic-minded local residents, and welcomed guest speakers including Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and several of his trustees, in addition to representatives of the Metro Transit Authority.

CCAF President James Battaglia, a Farmingdale resident, said that the evening’s meeting represented a resurrection of sorts for the group.


Daler's Dance Debut

Written by Anusha Kambhampaty, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:41

Indian tradition is kept alive in New York as Farmingdale resident Manasa Pisipati performs a three-hour solo classical dance performance. Pisipati, 16, graced the stage on Aug. 31 at the Flushing Hindu Temple Auditorium in Queens, performing eight intricate dance pieces in the South Indian dance style known as Bharatanatyam.

Bharatanatyam is the oldest of all the classical dance styles in India, originating over 2,000 years ago. While other Indian dance styles have been influenced by British colonialism or Muslim rule, Bharatanatyam has remained largely untouched. Bharatanatyam pays homage to Hindu deities through mimed story telling as well as statuesque poses and complex footwork. It is known for its grace, purity and tenderness.


Nightmare On The Midway

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff, Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00

Adventureland, one of Long Island’s longest running amusement parks is launching a special Halloween promotion of teens and adults. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Oct. 15, “Nightmare on the Midway,” makes it frightening debut from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The spooky spectacular was created and designed as a horror-filled Halloween experience for older children and adults. But fear not, the more than 50-year-old park will continue its tradition of presenting family friendly Halloween events during the day such as a pumpkin patch, live age-appropriate performers and face-painting.


Outstanding Businessperson Award

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce has announced Dr. Daniel J. Aldieri as their Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce 2013 Outstanding Small Businessperson of the Year. Each year, the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce encourages it members to select an honoree to receive this prestigious award. 


Dr. Daniel Aldieri is a successful dentist and partner at Kahn, Ferrari, & Aldieri, DDS LLC. He is passionate about creating beautiful, healthy smiles and enhancing his patient’s quality of life and self-esteem through cosmetic and implant dentistry. 


Veteran Affairs Taking Big Steps Forward

Written by Chris Henao Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

From the 800,000 military veterans now attending U.S. colleges, an estimated 88 percent of students drop out within the first year and only three percent graduate. At Farmingdale State College, Eric Farina, a 10-year Army veteran, took on the position as the Veterans Affair’s Program Director because he wanted to “stay in the fight” after serving in all components of the U.S. Army, Active, Reserve, National Guard, and the Active Guard-Reserve Program.  


With his military career no longer compatible with the family lifestyle, Farina longed for a position that could fulfill his desire to serve his country. Like many other former military members, he took on the challenge of starting something that would take hard work and determination. He found this challenge at Farmingdale State College.   


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