FARMINGDALE, NY — Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, in his latest roundup, discussed business updates, upcoming fundraisers, and more.
Certain community events in the Village are still on pause due to coronavirus-related safety concerns, including the fire department’s annual Columbus Day weekend fair, according to Ekstrand. Details will come on the fire department’s holiday raffle/fundraiser involving local merchants.
The Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center remains closed due to New York state protocols, according to Ekstrand. The Adult Day Care Center is a non-profit interfaith service that provides the community with a unique program for people ages 60 and above with physical and/or memory impairment. Activities include arts, crafts, live entertainment, group exercise, pet therapy, assistance with everyday activities and support groups for caregivers. The organization was founded in 1995 and is a cooperative of Farmingdale United Methodist Church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, St. Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.
Farmingdale Adult Day Care has a fundraiser scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at Knights of Columbus, located at 1 Morton St. They’re seeking donations to support them in their time of need: monetary, gift cards, and items for auction towards keeping the program afloat.
“Please consider helping them if you can, or attend the fundraiser,” Ekstrand said.
Social distancing will be enforced, and those interested can check their website to learn more.
Weichert Realtors – Performance Homes relocated within Farmingdale Village from Fulton Street and Route 109 to downtown Main Street. Their new storefront is located at 281 Main St. in the heart of the Village.
“Congratulations to the Garcia family on 25 years and on your new location, we wish you the best!!,” Ekstrand wrote.
The Farmingdale Public Library re-opened while still providing curbside services and virtual programs, Ekstrand said. Farmingdale Lanes reopened along with other Long Island bowling alleys in August.
Merchants continue to struggle due to the economic uncertainty brought upon by the pandemic.
“So many are affected by COVID-19, and I would like to remind everyone to shop and dine local, support the local merchants,” Ekstrand wrote.
Many restaurants are open for breakfast through dessert, and offer socially-distanced indoor, outdoor and patio seating, the mayor said. Many merchants do curbside pick-up, takeout, and delivery.
Ekstrand also touched upon the glowing safety rating of Nassau County, as Nassau was named the safest community in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. The report looked at data on crime, injuries and public safety capacity, as well as the violent crime rate, car crash fatalities, the number of public safety professionals in the population and the per capita spending on healthcare and emergency services.