The Aug. 3 Farmingdale Village Board meeting went until midnight, with a vote about taxi licenses taking up most of the time.
LI Checker Cab had applied for six taxi licenses with the Village of Farmingdale, however the Village Board voted unanimously, 4-0 against the application. Mayor Butch Starkie did not vote, as is standard practice in the village.
There aren’t many things that have gone down in price over the last few years. Unfortunately, one of them is the dangerously addictive drug heroin. In 2006, 10 glycine bags of heroin cost roughly $150. Today, that same amount of the opioid drug costs roughly $90. Heroin is cheap, easy to get and is now becoming more widely used in suburban counties such as Nassau.
In 2007, there were 151 arrests due to offenses in which heroin was involved in Nassau County. In 2008, that number jumped to 211 and this year, the number is already up to 243 as of July 24, including 100 arrests Nassau Police made in February after a month-long heroin crackdown during which 50,000 bags of the drug were collected. The vast majority of those arrested are between the ages of 20 and 29.
The Living Faith Christian Church, in the midst of completion along Hempstead Turnpike, plans to open its doors for worship in January 2010. The five-acre parcel of land will contain a 37,000 sq. ft. building for worship, Sunday school, and youth programs; a worship hall with seating for 550 congregants; and on-site parking with 250 paved spaces and 100 land-banked spots. Total cost, according to Dr. Ed Kirkland, Living Faith’s senior pastor, will be $12 million.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced recently that 42 people have been charged as the result of a five-week investigation into unlicensed contractors in Nassau County conducted by the DA’s Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs. Four face felony charges, including Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from homeowners for improvements that were either not finished or never even started.
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.
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