Salt used to melt ice and snow from the roadways has become a hot commodity in Farmingdale—as in most of Nassau County—even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be shipped to Long Island to combat future snow storms. This winter,
New York has used over 46,000 tons of salt in less than two months time, according to state officials. Whereas, on average, the state only uses 30,000 tons per year.
Farmingdale village officials found themselves in a bind following the snowstorm on Feb. 14, when foremen with the Department of Public Works reported that the village had run out of salt.
Sometimes having a passionate fan base can affect the home team. The Farmingdale Dalers admitted the volume and intensity of the crowd at the game against Calhoun “forced them to rush their shots” in the first quarter, according to Dan McKeon.
Fortunately for the home crowd, the Dalers were able to relax and overcome an 11-point deficit against their opponent to advance to the Nassau County quarterfinals with a 47-38 victory.
While the Dalers would strike first to put up an early 2-0 lead, the squad’s scoring chances were quickly stifled by the Colts’ defense—scoring only one more basket in the first quarter of the game.
After calling a stop work order on all construction in the village, Farmingdale officials met with the developers and representatives from National Grid and LIPA to discuss a recent gas leak caused by the ongoing development of 120 Secatogue Avenue.
“The findings at that meeting were most distrubing,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
According to Ekstrand, National Grid representatives said it is at their sole discretion whether to cut off gas service at the property line or at the gas main in the street.
Nassau County Police detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 14, in downtown Farmingdale.
According to homicide squad detectives, the incident occurred as police were searching for a stolen vehicle, which had just occured from the parking lot of the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant at 345 Conklin Street. A nearby officer—parked at the Spartan Diner located at 1580 Broad Hollow Road—spotted the vehicle.
This St. Valentine’s Day, more than 600 Farmingdale High School students celebrated the holiday in a non-traditional manner to spread awareness to the growing concern of suicide and depression amongst teens and adults.
On Feb. 14, students and faculty dressed in all-purple attire in recognition of the “P.S. I Love You” initiative—a campaign created by West Islip High School senior Brook DiPalma, after her father committed suicide. From the tragedy, DiPalma said she was able to take away something positive, and has since been an advocate for suicide prevention on Long Island.
Curtis Jenkins, two-sport star for Farmingdale, scored the go-ahead, fade away jump shot with 3:00 remaining in overtime to put the Dalers up by two over Freeport. Farmingdale ultimately won the see-saw battle by a score of 57-52—and thereby won a spot in the playoffs.
Jenkins led the scoring with 21 points on Senior Night.
“Jenkins is probably the best athlete on Long Island,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier. “He’s one of the best basketball players around here right now. We need him to do what he did tonight, and we expect that out of him.”
Vietnam War author Phil Keith stopped by Farmingdale Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 16 for a book signing event organized by American Legion Post 449.
“As amazing as some of these events sound, they are not made up,” said Keith. “They actually happened.”
Keith has written two novels, Blackhorse Riders and Fire Base Illingworth.
In 1662, Claes Cornelissen Van Cats sailed from his home in Schoonhoven, Holland to settle in what is now, Bushwick, New York. Van Cats, a firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty, was a knickerbocker, who fought against the autocratic rule of Governor Stuyvesant. Van Cats died in 1692, but he lived on through his family, some of whom now rest in the Van Cott Cemetery of Farmingdale.
Vicki Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, came to the Farmingdale Public Library on Feb. 9, for a discussion on the history of the Van Cott Cemetery as part of the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historic Society’s “winter program series” at the Farmingdale Public Library. Gruber has been studying the Van Cott Cemetery in order to preserve the rich history behind the plot of land, and is proposing a marker be erected to bring attention to its purpose and denote the history of the site.
A recent gas leak in downtown Farmingdale has village officials and utility service providers pointing fingers over who is at fault.
On Feb. 6, firefighters and police were called in to evacuate residents and business owners in the area abutting the construction site of Jefferson Plaza, after reports of a gas leak at 154 South Front Street.
Farmingdale’s Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed the Year Of The Horse to town with a celebration at The Lotus Garden Restaurant on Sunday, Feb. 9, which the club holds annually to raise money for its endeavors through the year.
“The Chinese put a lot of emphasis on the new year,” said Ying Xing, reference librarian of the Farmingdale Public Library, who was on-hand to explain the meaning and customs of Chinese New Year. “It is important and everyone is expected on Chinese New Year to come home.”
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