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Going To Bat For Sal

Written by Matthew Levine Saturday, 09 August 2014 00:00

Much like any other Friday afternoon, on Aug. 1, the Over the Hill Gang held its weekly softball games at Ellsworth Allen Park in Farmingdale. However, this was no ordinary occasion for the men’s 40 and over softball league, which was playing to help raise funds for nine-year-old Sal Pugliese Jr., who has been dealing with Perthes Disease—which affects the hipbone.


“It’s awesome. This is what makes things happen... the fundraisers,” said Pugliese Jr.’s grandfather Anthony Betro. “Not covered by insurance so we’re relying on donations and the support of the community. That’s what makes the country great. Everybody pitches in when there’s need and magic happens. That’s what’s happening now.” 


New Head At Conservation Group

Written by Edith Updike Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Corey Humphrey has taken over as director of the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, where he’s going to deploy his special brand of “unoffensive gall,” as he puts it, to “bring partners together to get things done.” He also wants to make the agency more open to the public, with active use of social media as well as traditional modes of communication. 


The Soil & Water District (NCSWCD) is a quasi-government agency that works to shore up environmental understanding among the public and encourage the use of horticultural techniques to mitigate damage, through collaborative efforts with local nonprofits such as Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as county, village, town and government agencies such as the Department of Public Works.

They also work to directly educated and aid the public, through seminars and presentations as well as individual advice, and hope to begin to make those sessions accessible via webinars and YouTube.


New Pudgie’s Restaurant Takes Flight

Written by Steve Mosco Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00

A restaurant chain that got its start in Bethpage could soon return to nest.


The flagship location for the brand new Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. launched last week on Hicksville Road in Massapequa — in the Uncle Giuseppe’s shopping center — with plenty of fanfare and a line of close to 50 customers who showed up early for gift cards good for one free meal per week for a year, a promotion that had many first-time customers clucking excited.


Bowling For Fresh Air Fund

Written by Paige McAtee Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

For an entire week, low-income city children were able to spend a vacation with a host family from Nassau and Suffolk County through the Fresh Air Fund.


This not-for-profit agency provides free summer experiences for low-income city children, giving them some fresh air away from city-life for a week, where they get to do fun family-oriented activities each day.


All of the families took a trip out to Farmingdale Lanes to go bowling on Thursday, July 24. Over 100 people showed up and they all took up half of the bowling alley. 


Local ‘Lawyer’ Wasn't One, Police Allege

Written by Daniel Offner Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Nassau County Police recently arrested Meredith Dulberg, 36, of Farmingdale, on allegations she falsely claimed to be a lawyer. 


According to detectives, Dulberg appeared in Nassau County Small Claims Court as an attorney at-law representing the Tempelton Group, located at 1025 Old Country Rd. in Westbury, and filed forms containing false information. 


Farmingdale Gives PGA Funds To Families In Need

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale. 


“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.


Village Redefines Driveways

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

This August, the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will hear public comment on a proposed law to place new restrictions on driveway use. 


According to Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, village code does not currently mandate size or shape of residential driveways. He said that presently, village residents could make it so their driveway takes up the entire front lawn. 


Utilities Dig Closes Secatogue, Jams Traffic

Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.


“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 


St. Kilian Players Present Wizard Of Oz

Written by Farmingdale Observer Staff Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

Starting July 26, the St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Farmingdale will feature a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz. 


Based on a classic tale—first penned as a children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900 and later transformed into a major motion picture by Metro-Goldwyn Meyer in 1939— The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a girl named Dorothy Gale, played by Zoe Neyer, and her dog Toto, who after being thrown into a twister end up in the Land of Oz. 


Trying to find her way home, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North, played by Angela Roedig, who instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road.”


Farmingdale Women Race For Charity

Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Farmingdale females were out in force on July 12, to represent their hometown at the 31st annual Long Island Women’s 5 kilometer run sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


Bob Cook, who owns the Runner’s Edge shoe and sports apparel store on Main Street, said that attendance at this year’s race was the highest in the race’s history, with more than 500 women competing for the grand prize. 


According to Cook, over the years, the race has attracted the likes of world-class runners and Olympians from all over the state, racing for the $500 grand prize.


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