Many of the fastest women runners from all over the New York Metropolitan area joined with lots of runners from Long Island of all ages and abilities for the 26th annual Arrow Exterminating Company Long Island Women’s 5 Kilometer Run, held on the roads of Farmingdale on Saturday, July 18.
It was especially great that this year’s winner was Long Island’s own Katie DiCamillo, a standout athlete at Holy Trinity High School and Providence College, who absolutely destroyed a stellar field with a great finish of 17:10, a full 45 seconds in front of runner-up Christina De Rosa. Katie’s performance also earned her the Paula Wunderlich Memorial Award as the first member of the Greater Long Island Running Club to cross the finish line.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited Farmingdale State College on July 8 as part of her tour of the 64-campus SUNY system, meeting with students and discussing the college’s progress and growth with administrators and faculty. The Chancellor was also hosted at a reception in the College’s renowned Horticultural Teaching Gardens where she was introduced to representatives of state legislators and from the offices of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as community and business leaders.
Dr. Zimpher was named SUNY Chancellor in February, after serving as president of the University of Cincinnati, where she received extensive praise during her six-year tenure for increasing enrollment, investing in research, and the launching of a $1 billion fund-raising campaign.
Shortly after Governor David Paterson signed the government consolidation bill into law, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a new interactive website to help residents learn about and use the new law.
The website, reformnygov.com, includes the method by which citizens can dissolve a government through a petition and referendum vote.
St. Kilian Players recently presented a musical preview of selections from their upcoming summer show, Beauty and the Beast. Show dates are July 25, July 31 and Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. as well as July 26 and Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at St. Kilian Rectory daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $12 each. A character tea will be held in the church basement on July 18 at 1 p.m. Children’s tea tickets are $20 which includes the tea party with the characters, a show ticket, picture, surprises and dessert. Up to two accompanying adults at the tea are free.
A new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plan that seeks to enhance runway safety at airports around the country would demolish the historic hangar that houses the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, prompting Congressman Steve Israel to introduce legislation that would compel the FAA to partially fund a replacement hangar and earning the support of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer to introduce the same language in the “upper house.”
Congressman Israel and Senator Schumer told a packed news conference that they have no intention of allowing the museum to become homeless and lose their mission of honoring the American veteran.
What better way to see Tiger Woods and other top professional golfers on one of the world’s most challenging courses at a U.S. Open for free than to volunteer for one of the local charities running a concession stand? That was the decision my daughter and I made when we signed up to volunteer for Friends of Farmingdale Athletics and help out at their concession stand on Friday, June 19.
As a part of Farmingdale’s effort to provide entertainment on the Village Green during the recent U.S. Open Golf Championship, on June 19 singers from St. Kilian’s and St. Luke’s Church put their talents together to sing ’50s and ’60s hits.
The Village Pops Concerts, directed and founded by former Farmingdale High School music teacher and alumnus Brad DeMilo, are set to begin on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.
In its 27th year, the Village Pops Concerts run for seven weeks throughout the summer in the gazebo on the Village Green.
Regular Pops Concerts will take place on July 1, 8, 22 and 29 and offer a variety of music including instrumental, Broadway and classical.
The rain may have dampened days for U.S. Open spectators, but it was a boon for some Farmingdale businesses as golf fans trickled in to stores and restaurants to keep dry.
Just a two-minute walk from train station shuttles ferrying golf fans back and forth to Bethpage State Park, downtown Farmingdale merchants were ready to cater to U.S. Open crowds.
“The rain has created a festive atmosphere on Main Street as golf fans from around the world descend on our downtown for a break from the action or to wait out the weather,” Legislator Dave Mejias said.
Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Podolski said restaurants had waiting lines for tables.
“Some businesses, because of their type of business, were busier in the mornings for bagels and coffee, others were busier in the evening,” she added. “ Mother Nature may have put a damper on the U.S. Open but the rain was great for local business. All in all, it was a successful event for locals.”
Farmingdale Village sent out an email on June 18 stating “spectators didn’t catch the train home today, as many took the walk in the rain to Main Street.”
Mayor Butch Starkie said the U.S. Open has been “nothing but superlative” for the village. According to village officials, Croxley Ales House and Library Café drew the biggest crowds.
“What a difference from 2002,” said General Manager Michael DiTroia of the Library Café, who recently hosted celebrities at his restaurant such as Justin Timberlake and Michael Jordan. “It was a ghost town last time. No one came down to the village. Now the restaurants are packed. It’s great.”
Jeff Piciullo of Croxley Ales added, “We are very happy with the turnout. We have seen a lot of new faces.”
Ubaldo’s owner Ubaldo Gennrini said his Italian restaurant saw “a little improvement, but not enough.”
Gennrini said both out-of-towners and regulars filled the tables of the 35-year village mainstay. Still he said he would have liked to have had more customers.
Specialty stores like The Chocolate Duck and Infinite Yarns did not see a boom in business, nor did they expect to.
Infinite Yarns owner Anne Schneck said she had a lone customer all weekend.
“He was a golf spectator who bought some yarn for his wife,” she added. “It didn’t harm me in any way and if people saw my shop, they might go home and check me out on the Web.”
Schneck said she did not take advantage of any advertising opportunities regarding the U.S. Open and “it’s a good thing because I would’ve lost out.”
The Chocolate Duck owner Harry Cohen agreed with Schneck, adding that business for him actually went down a little.
While the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black is just around the corner, preparations for Carlyle on the Green by owner Steven Carl and his staff have long since been under way.
The Carlyle on the Green overlooks 1,500 acres of lush parkland at Bethpage State Park. It houses the golf course’s pro shop, restaurant, ballroom, courtyard, cocktail rooms, bars and suites. The Grand Conservatory Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 for a formal wedding or party. According to the Carlyle’s website, “it boasts award-winning cuisine, white glove service and a picturesque landscape.” The award-winning Oak Room Restaurant was added in preparation for the 2002 U.S. Open. It is adorned with dark wood paneling, exposed wooden beams and muted earth tones to “create a feeling of intimacy,” the website states. The Oak Room is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Carlyle on the Green hosts over 400 events each year and is open seven days a week. It is also the exclusive caterer of all golf outings and company picnics at Bethpage State Park.
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