One hundred summers ago Farmingdale had a huge celebration and parade to welcome the inauguration of the Cross-Island Trolley Line. The date was Aug. 25, 1909, a truly exciting day for the residents of the village. In the morning our state assemblyman spoke at a civic ceremony; in the afternoon a baseball game was played between sandlotters from Farmingdale and Ridgewood, followed by a Vaudeville show in the auditorium of the old Nazareth Trade School. The day ended with a community ball held by the firemen.
The Cross-Island Trolley Line ran between Halesite and Amityville. It was largely a single-track operation, with a dozen or so sidings for passing. The line ran south on Broad Hollow Road from Huntington, west on Conklin Street to Main Street, then south on Main Street on its way to Amityville. It connected with three LIRR lines: Huntington on the Port Jefferson branch, Farmingdale on the Main Line, and Amityville on the Babylon/Montauk branch. The trolley helped to break the isolation of Farmingdale, then a small village surrounded by many farms.
Last month, I wrote about all the wonderful Farmers’ Markets in our area. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh local produce and other assorted items from craftspeople who are our neighbors and friends.
This month, it has come to my attention that there is a problem with some of our tomatoes. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension, there is something called late blight which is affecting tomato and potato plants. This is the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, so whether you have a small backyard garden like I do, or you are a major nursery, late blight is a disease to which we must all pay attention but be careful not to confuse with early blight, which is much less devastating. According to the experts, it is very destructive and very infectious. It presents with at least nickel-sized olive green to brown spots on leaves with slightly white fungal growth on the underside when conditions have been humid – early morning or after a rainfall. Sometimes the border of the spot is yellow or has a water-soaked appearance..Spots begin tiny, irregularly shaped, and brown. Firm, leather-like brown spots develop on tomato fruit.
In summertime, our libraries swell with children who are doing summer reading and participate in great programs offered to them there. Adults are often eager to find a summer blockbuster to take to the beach for leisure reading. Of course, this is all in addition to the fantastic array of daily activities the library has to offer its residents year round. Therefore, each summer too, legislators like to offer residents an opportunity to also pick up useful booklets from various State agencies and receive free essential information that may answer a question they have a concern about.
“Hosting Mobile Community Office hours each summer at the library allows area residents to personally share their thoughts and concerns without ever having to leave their own hometown,” Senator Hannon said. “We bring Driver Permit booklets, EPIC applications, Health Care Proxys, Long Island Guides and many other sought-after publications and have staff available to help answer your concerns,” Hannon continued.
As a business and restaurant owner in downtown Farmingdale Village I was extremely pleased with the turnout of people we had over the week of the U.S. Open. Beginning the few days before the Open and lasting through Monday we had people from all over the world coming through our doors. Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias and Mayor Butch Starkie stopped by every day to make sure things were going well.
Last week marked the first official week of the summer. It also marked the beginning of Lightning Safety Week, a week of education and awareness designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
I am proud to be part of the Farmingdale community. So many people pulled together to make the U.S. Open a success for Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce seized the opportunity provided by the U.S. Open to promote business in Farmingdale.
As a parent of a member of the Class of 2009, I have a unique perspective on this occasion. I wish for the entire graduating Class of 2009 all the same things I wish for my daughter: to realize your true potential and strive to achieve all your dreams and life’s ambitions.
Whatever goals you seek to attain, I hope you do it with intelligence and wisdom. There will be many times in your future when you will reflect on your past, and you will realize that all the years spent on studying and learning were not in vain.
The U.S. Open is coming to Bethpage. Great! Oh wait – more traffic, closed roads, a longer commute to work and more people on an already over populated Long Island. Uhhh.
Golf Digest is hosting a U.S. Open Challenge prior to the event. Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Ben Roethlisberger and a contest winner will be in Bethpage to play the Black Course and take part in the challenge. Again, more traffic and congestion. Wait – I can go? Great. Media credentials for myself and another Anton Newspapers editor – priceless.
The good news is that Long Island Republicans are coming back into control of the Senate and will have the ability to stop bad legislation, as well as having the leverage to force more State money (our fair share) to our schools, towns, and villages. We saw this when our school districts received record State school aid during the last five years. The MTA bailout legislation, which was passed this May, is a payroll tax that is unfair and devastating to Long Island businesses, taxpayers and consumers. This legislation never would have passed if the Republicans controlled the New York State Senate these past five months. This is an example of the checks and balances that a Republican-controlled Senate provides. The MTA bailout (which I voted against and which the Democrats forced upon us) makes it even more difficult and expensive for businesses, school districts, towns, villages, municipalities and even not-for-profits to operate. I am disappointed that the New York City Democrats, who control the Assembly and the Senate, knew that this would further increase already unsustainable property taxes and yet they still went ahead with it anyway. It is only one example of bad legislation, tax and fee increases, and other expensive measures that Long Island has been forced to endure. If you ever needed a reason to support a change in New York State to Republican leadership, this is it.
Upon learning that, for the duration of the U.S. Open, the Long Island Rail Road parking lot in Farmingdale was going to be closed to the people who pay to park there so as to allow the people from the U.S. Open to park, I wrote a letter complaining that the people traveling to Bethpage for the Open are more important to the Village of Farmingdale than the people who live in the area and pay for the “privilege” of parking near the train station. The response I received in no way addressed my concerns.
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