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Village Prepares for Holiday Parade

Residential Container Law Hearing Scheduled

The Village’s holiday decorations will be going up on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 27 beginning at 9 a.m. at Village Hall in anticipation of the tri-centennial tree lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Volunteers are needed to hang wreaths, garland and put lights on trees. Refreshments will be served; participants are reminded to dress warmly. Send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will be presenting their annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 20. The parade begins at noon at Northside Elementary School and will feature the high school marching bands and kickline.

Come see the parade along Main Street and visit Santa at the Village Green. Santa will be greeting and handing out candy canes to all the boys and girls. This is an opportunity to take a holiday photo with Santa, so bring your camera!

The Chamber thanks Farmingdale Public Schools for their assistance, and Dr. Walter Priestley for his starring role. A special thank you to Angela Cowan, CPA for organizing this community event and donating the candy canes.

The 22nd annual tree lighting ceremony for the Village of Farmingdale will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Village Green. The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society and other community organizations gave the Colorado blue spruce tree to the Village following the Tri-centennial of Settlement commemoration in 1987.

Brad DeMillo, director of the Village Pops, and also a FBHS member, will serve as the emcee. The South Shore Brass Ensemble will provide seasonal music, just as they have for the past 21 years.

The fourth and fifth grade chorus of Saltzman East Memorial School will present choral selections at the event. The FBHS will serve refreshments in the lobby of Village Hall, following the program.

As a result of increased complaints, Mayor Starkie announced at the public board meeting in September, a proposal to the village laws that would prohibit extended use of storage containers on residential and commercial properties. “We have nothing in the books, or a regulation setting forth how much they [storage containers] are appropriate, where they should be situated.”

The board has noted that several property owners have opted for a mobile storage unit in lieu of a commercial storage facility to try to save rent fees. Starkie suggested that a law be set forth to regulate the problem.

“It’s unfortunate, but I think that there are situations where it has been an abused practice,” said Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen. “There are people overstepping a limit, beyond moving, or doing a house renovation.”

The public hearing on the proposed Residential Container law will resume on Monday, Dec. 6 at the 8 p.m. public board meeting.

The next public board meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in the courtroom of the Village Hall. For additional information, meeting minutes and upcoming agendas call (516) 249-0093 or visit