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Kiwanis Fly Flags On “Field of Honor”

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Two-hundred American flags will continue flying on the lawn outside the Farmingdale Public Library, through Dec. 7, as part of the local Kiwanis club’s “Field of Honor” ceremony. 


Every year, Kiwanis members fill the field with red, white, and blue, in honor of all of our veterans—not only the ones who served, but also those currently serving overseas as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 


Chief Reacts To Bethpage Brush Fire

Written by The Farmingdale Observer staff Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

Members of the Farmingdale Fire Department were the first to the scene, on Nov. 4, responding to reports of a brush fire at Bethpage State park, along the famed Black Course in Farmingdale. 


According to Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tortoso, the brush fire originated roughly 200 feet in the woods surrounding the golf course and stretched approximately 2.4 acres—bigger than the size of two football fields. 


$59M Project ‘Imminent’ For Farmingdale

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Construction of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone property—a $59 million development project, located next to the Farmingdale train station, at 120 Secatogue Avenue—is imminent, according to village officials. 


“We plan to start within the next two weeks,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


Although Farmingdale officials say they have not yet received a final plan, as of press time, they anticipate the developer will have all the necessary permits to begin demolition of the existing property within the next 30 days.


Costume Parade Draws A Crowd

Written by DANIEL OFFNER Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

On Oct. 31, over 500 costumed seniors made the half-mile trek from Farmingdale High School to Woodward Parkway Elementary School for the district’s annual Halloween parade. A long-standing tradition in Farmingdale, students from both schools look forward to the celebration every year, for the opportunity to dress in differently themed costumes. 


During the event, parents and teachers circled the parade route to watch and wave as the seniors joined the 5th grade band and other costumed creatures from Woodward Elementary for their rendition of Michael Jackson’s hit-song “Thriller.”


After circling the school parking lot multiple times, senior students returned to the High School, while the students of Woodward Parkway Elementary stayed outside to hold their own costume parade.


Downtown Perks Up

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Recent efforts to revitalize commerce on Main Street in Farmingdale have been enticing new businesses to the village’s business district. Just this past year, ten new businesses have opened shop, and some existing businesses expanded. 


The newcomers range from eateries like The Rolling Spring Roll and The DiVine Olive to health and fitness outlets such as Satya Yoga Studio and Phoenix Eastern Medical Center to business services such as Parcel Management Auditing and Consulting.


“We are thrilled to welcome new businesses to Farmingdale Village,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “The caliber of shops and merchants continue to offer a dynamic variety of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.” 


Bethpage Blaze Probe Continues

Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Investigators with the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office are currently looking into the cause of a suspicious blaze, that emerged from a two-story home on Adams Avenue in Bethpage. 


On Oct. 25, members of the Bethpage Fire Department responded to the fire. Upon arrival, units found heavy smoke billowing out of the two-story home and stretched the first line to the front door. Hicksville’s Ladder 931 was the fast truck and First Assistant Chief Richard Resto was in command of the operation. 


Bethpage Water District Drills New Well

Written by Wendy Kaplan, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

In an effort to continue to provide Bethpage Water District customers with safe drinking water, the district is drilling a new well in the Bethpage State Park, outside of the Bethpage Plume.

The well, located at South Park Drive, in the planning since 2005 and under construction since July 2013, will be the District’s ninth well. It is expected to pump up to nearly three million gallons of water per day to the Bethpage Water District’s 33,000 customers. Established in 1923, the Bethpage Water District serves an area of five square miles, including portions of Plainview and Old Bethpage, north of Haypath Road and east of the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. It is anticipated that this will be completed and operational by the summer of 2014.


Local Schools To Get Panic Alarms

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

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.


Police Nab High School Thieves

Written by Daniel Offner, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:08

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.


Federal Case Looms Over Farmingdale

Written by DANIEL OFFNER Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

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.  


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