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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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