FARMINGDALE, NY — Long Island is in the thick of summer, which means while outdoor activities are heating up, so is the temperature. Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand encouraged Dalers to try to enjoy the weather, outdoor activities, parks, sports, beaches and barbecues. He gave some tips on staying cool and safe in his latest news release:

  • Make sure the kids are getting exercise. Encourage children to STAY ACTIVE; walk, run, swim, play sports, jump rope, ride bikes, etc.

  • Eat healthy. Enjoy fresh vegetables & fruit: carrots, celery, or cucumbers, apples, watermelon, pears, or berries. You can find fresh fruit and more on Main Street at the Farmers Market on Sundays!

  • Enjoy a cool treat – yogurt, smoothie, ices, at Charlotte’s, Sobol, Le Petit Café, Frankie’s, Station Market & others.

  • Keep children and pets safe when cooking [or] near barbecues!

  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water.

  • Wear sunscreen of at least 50.

  • Make sure the younger kids are briefed on Safety, Crossing the Street, being safe near ice cream trucks, etc.

  • Enjoy [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] SAFE outdoor dining/open air dining, indoor dining walking throughout the Village, the Village Green, other parks throughout the Village, and Bethpage State Park.

  • Turn off the TV, games – shut the Computer and GET OUTSIDE!

Ekstrand also encouraged those struggling with the heat to head to a Nassau County cooling center, which are located at Cantiague Park Administration Office in Hicksville, Wantagh Administration Building in Wantagh, and Mitchel Field Administration Building in Uniondale. The cooling centers will be following the state’s guidelines to continue to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Anyone who arrives without a mask will be provided one, Ekstrand said.

The Village continues to communicate and work with County Executive Laura Curran, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, their staff and their public health advisors, according to Ekstrand.

The Village will continue to advise the public of information on the coronavirus pandemic through the the Village website, telephone and constant contact. The Village will immediately implement any additional orders and take any additional public health actions intended to preserve the well-being of residents and the public at large, Ekstrand said. He reminded people to maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings.

“Thanks to everyone for their cooperation with health and safety protocols, also for continuing to shop/dine local and support the local merchants, we are ‘in this together, Daler Strong’!!,” Ekstrand wrote. “On behalf of the Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees and myself, stay safe and healthy – brighter days are ahead!”

Ekstrand also thanked the Nassau County Police Department for keeping the Village safe, especially in the wake of an incident on Staples Street in mid-July in which three were arrested after bomb-making equipment and 22 ghost guns were found in a home, police said. Thousands of rounds of ammunition, a book titled “The Preparatory Manual of Explosives Fourth Edition, Volume 1,” 148 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine, and enough chemicals for six well-sized bombs were seized, police said.

“I was in contact with Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and thanked him, and the County police department on behalf of the residents of the Village of Farmingdale for keeping the residents of Farmingdale safe,” Ekstrand wrote. “The alertness of the investigators who discovered the weapons and bomb making materials, when called to the home, prevented what may have been a very bad outcome. There were no injuries to anyone.”

This article originally appeared on the Farmingdale Patch

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