Dedication of First Responders Plaque
On Monday, November 7, the members of the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (WCF) met at Five Corners Park in Farmingdale for the dedication of a plaque honoring first responders during the Covid pandemic. The project was spearheaded by WCF Past President and current Chair of the Community Impact Program Rosemary Trudden and Co-Chair Margaret Barrett. In attendance were: Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, WCF President Barbara Hoerner, Rosemary Trudden, Margaret Barrett and various club members.
The wording on plaque reads as follows: “This plaque is dedicated to all of our essential and front-line workers. These brave men and women continued to work and care for our community during the Covid-19 pandemic. When many of us were safe in our homes, these people saved lives and cared for our sick in the face of the unknown. They kept stores open so we could eat, buy cleaning supplies and retrieve our medicines. They kept our lights on and our water clean and flowing. They kept our streets clean from rubbish and disease. They always responded when we needed them, no matter the problem or the hour of day. They helped us lay our loved ones to rest. The Women’s Club of Farmingdale thanks them all.”
The current refurbishment of the Five Corners Park began in 2008 when the Inc. Village of Farmingdale received a $150,000 grant from Nassau County through the efforts of Trustee Cheryl Parisi. In addition to the memorial plaque, upgrades include a new gazebo, new lighting, new shrubs/plantings, stones, several benches, new signage and stockade fence along the rear perimeter of the park. The new signage includes a “Welcome” sign and a “Culinary Quarter” sign designed by Cheryl Parisi and her husband Nick.
Included in this current renovation is a beautiful piece of sculpture by Sven Brost, who was born in Sweden, moved to Farmingdale in 1961 and bought a little fish market called Captain Andy that later became Captain Andy’s Restaurant.