FRA was established in April of 2006 by a small group of residents hoping to improve the community of Farmingville. Our group is comprised of residents from all ethnicities and cultural communities working together for common goals.
Since our inception, our group organized several events in the community, including Beautification Clean-Up events from October of 2006 – present. These events are wonderful, and are a great opportunity for residents of our community to work together in a positive way to improve Farmingville. The community plants various plants, spreads fresh mulch, cleans the streets, and added 12 new planters to the downtown Farmingville area.
In November of 2006, Newsday featured our organization in an article entitled, “Looking To Heal Wounds”. Since then, our group participates with the Farmingville Fire Department in the December Holiday Parade. We collect canned food for families within our community.
In August of 2007, we organized the First Annual Farmingville Community Celebration Day. The event was a huge success, as was the Second Annual Community Celebration Day held in August of 2008. We held a “picnic in the park” event on August 2, 2009 for the Third Annual Community Day. On August 29th, 2010, we teamed up with the Farmingville Historical Society for Community Day at Farmingville Hills County Park. Several times a year, FRA holds community Flea Markets. These events have been a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate its rich cultural diversity with good food, fun, and entertainment. We continue these events each year. Additionally, FRA runs an annual Multicultural Day, celebrating the diversity of our hamlet. We established the Brookhaven Community Gardens for residents seeking a place to garden. In 2017, we teamed up with Hobbs Farm as our host location. The gardening plots are available for free to Brookhaven Town residents. In 2011, we established Coats N’ Cans, a food and clothing drive held in conjunction with our annual Tree Lighting. All proceeds benefit local food pantries. FRA and One More For Jesus Christian Center offer free Spanish and English classes from August through December each year.
Brookhaven Town has been very supportive of our efforts. We will continue our good working relationship with the town on issues affecting our community. It is our hope that all residents of Farmingville can unite and work side by side on a variety of issues.
Executive Director: Marisa Pizza
Directors: Michael Underhill, Jim Stratford, AnnMarie Horn, Jaime Aqueron, Kenny Maher