News Of The Bicentennial
As the Village's celebration of the Nation's
Bicentennial progresses, "The Village News" will
bring to residents news of activities and events
occurring in Freeport.
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The Village's Bicentennial Committee, composed
of representatives of various civic, service
and religious groups appointed by Mayor William
White, has selected "Freeport: Spirit of '76"
as its official 'riameJJ with "Hea'rt of the" Sunrise
Trail" as a subtitle. General Chairman is Mayor
White and the Honorary Chairman is School Board
member Harold Levine. Robert Raynor serves as
Director until the Committee holds elections in
The Village's official Bicentennial Flag was
raised for the first time at the Freeport Fire
Department's Fourth of July Fireworks Display
and now flies continuously at Cannon Square.
Members of the Bicentennial Committee shown are
(left to right) Honorary Chairman Harold Levine,
Festival Chairwoman Rhoda Keller, General Chair-man
Mayor William White, Heritage Chairwoman
Doris Nickerson and Director Robert Raynor.
September at which time an Assistant Director
will also be chosen. Following the national
guidelines, the Committee is divided into three
areas, Heritage (the past), Festival (the pres-ent)
and Horizons (the future) with Doris Nicker-son,
Rhoda Keller and Mr. Raynor serving as
chairpersons respectively. Freeport Historical
Society President Lillian Glaser, Freeport He-norial
Library Director Wilfred Morin and Village
Historian Clinton Metz serve on a special com-mittee
charged with the restoration and preser-vation
of historical sites. The Committee's
headquarters is Village Hall where it is receiv-ing
clerical support and mailing and printing
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"Celebrating Two Hundred Years of American Evo-lution."
Does that phrase adequately' tell' the
reason why Freeport is" celebrating the Nation's
Bicentennial? If residents have any better sug-gestions,
they are urged to send them in to the
Committee, care of Village Hall. The Committee
is also looking for volunteers — from black-smiths
to seamstresses — so any one wishing
to help is urged to send in their name, address
and telephone number.
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The Bicentennial Committee. has announced plans
to sell Bicentennial decals suitable for use on
doors, windows, car bumpers, etc. on a door-to-door
basis at 51 each. In addition, the Committee
is selling American-Bicentennial Flag lapel pins,
at 51 each, at various community affairs. Monies
collected will be used to finance the workings of
the Committee and go towards the support of the
many local celebrations planned for the comming
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It is hoped that during the coming months every
Freeport business and home will fly the American
and/or Bicentennial flag on a daily basis. The
William Clinton Story Post of the American Legion
Is selling the Bennington Flag ('76 surrounded
by 13 stars) Kit for the low cost of 86. Each
kit contains a 3 x 5 flag, staff with federal
eagle and bracket. Flags may be ordered through
Commander Kenneth Combs, FR 9-6266 or Fred Hager,
A Worthy Cause
The Freeport Memorial Library staff is appealing
for donations for magazine subscriptions to be
distributed to patients at the South Shore Nurs-ing
Home during the weekly Library visit. The
funds previously given by interested Freeporters
have run out and Library funds nay not be used
for this purpose.
Any sura is welcome, no natter how snail.
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 WILLIAM H WHITE. MAYOR
Public Meetings On The 1st and 3rd Mondays Of The Month. At 9:00 PM.
New Public Works Position AUGUST, 1975
David R. Lovejoy has been appointed Deputy Super- Deputy Superintendent and the Superintendent.
intendent of Public Works, a new position. Re-porting
directly to Superintendent^ Public
Works Edwin Prefer, Mr. Lovejoy is responsible
for the operation of the sewage plant and pump-ing
station, the incinerator and garage. His
Mr. David Lovejoy who has assumed the new posi-tion
of Deputy Superintendent of Public Works.
appointment is the result of the reorganization
of the Public Works Department whereby Richard
Mitthauer, formerly foreman of the Highway De-partment,
has assumed the new position of Assis-tant
Superintendent responsible for sewer and
drainage maintenance, highways, parking meters,
sanitation, signs, parking fields and building
and grounds maintenance. He reports to the
Strictly an administrative change in the best
interest of the Village, the reorganization
does not involve any added expense as other
salary budget lines were not filled.
A professional engineer, Mr. Lovejoy has-held
posts with the Federal Highway Administration
in Washington, D.C., Salem, Ore. and Dover, Del.
He was head of the Civil Engineering Department
of the Delaware Technical and Community College
and engineering coordinator and later Chief of
Administration for the Delaware Department of
Highways and Transportation. Married with two
teenage children, Mr. Lovejoy recently purchased
a home on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The position was widely advertised and over 60
applications were received.
The Freeport Recreation Department has obtained
a specialvdiscount for the best seats at the Thurs-day,
September 11, matinee performance of "Lore-lei"
starring Carol Channing at the Westbury Music
Lunch at the popular Westbury Chef will proceed
the show with a choice of veal, chicken or fish,
salad, beverage and desse/t.
The fee of $11.50 includes theatre admission,
lunch and transportation. A bus will leave the
Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, at 11:
15am and return about 5:30pm.
Advance reservations may be phoned in to Mrs.
Trustees: Thomas J. Lovelidge, Ralph P. Franco, Dorothy Storm, Wayne Jordan
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo-Treasurer: James J. Lyons - Counsel: Oakley Gentry Jr.
Lecture Series Community Development Funds Received
tb« freeport School District-has announced plans
whereby Freeport will be the educational center
for-the Bicentennial in Nassau County. A IV- .
part series of Bicentennial Town Meetings on the
history of the American Revolution, held under
the auspices of Hofstra University in coopera-tion
with the District, will-begin Wednesday
evening, September 10, at freeport High School.
A program "of lectures and discussions"utilizing"""
the faculty of Hofstra's History Department, the
first evening's topic is "The Meaning and Signifi-cance,
of the American Revolution." Subsequent
programs, to run from September to June, 1976 on
an alternate week basis, .will deal with the Rev-olution's
historical, artistic, musical, literary
and social aspects with local'history touched on
where appropriate. There is no charge for the
I'M lectures which .are open to all residents of
According to the School District, more in-depth
lecturesjrill be offered in Freeport between the
public sessions for those wishing to enroll in
the special program offered by Hofstra leading
to three semester hours of college credit at a
reduced tutition cost. For further information,
please call the District at 625-2100.
Kiddie Club Registration
TRYING OUT THE BLADES BUDDING'ARTIST CREATIVE PLAY
Registration for the September Kiddie Club of
the Freeport Recreation Department will be held
August 25 to 29 at the Recreation Center, 130
East Merrick Road.
The monthly Kiddie Club, instituted last fall,
is designed to help children, ages three to
four and a half, develop in an atmosphere that
encourages creativity and growth. Under the
direction of Mary Hall, the program includes
movement and games, music and dance, arts and
crafts, creative drama, puppetry, story-telling
time and films. In addition special programs
and events are planned each month which in .the
past has included introductions to both swim-ming
and ice skating and a trip to McDonald's.
Children may be enrolled in one of four sessions.
Morning classes are held on Mondays and Wednes-days
and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15
to 11:30. Afternoon classes are held on Mon-
'"day's arid Wednesdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 1:15 to 3:30.
Cost for the month is $15 which is not refundable
and must be paid at the time of registration.
Classes are limited to 22 with registration for
the following month conducted the last week of
every month on a first come, first served basis.
A birth certificate and a physician's note indi-cating,
the child is in good health are required
at time of registration.
Congressman Norman Lent (left) presents Mayor William White with letter of credit entitling Freeport
to 51.3 million in first year funding under the Housing and Community Development Act as Planning
end Urban Renewal Director James Dunne looks on.
Mayor William White has received a letter of ap-proval
from the Department of Housing and Urban
Development for the Village's Community Develop-ment
Block Grant Application entitling the munici-pality
to 51,339,000 in first year funding. Free-port
has been allocated a total of 55.3 million
over three years under the Community Development
Plans for the first year include the rehabilita-tion
of 35 vacant homes, primarily in the Village's
northeast section, for owner occupants who will be
financially assisted; special inducements to pri-vate
developers for properties on Noth Main Street;
a beginning of the revitalization of the downtown
shopping area through the creation of a pedestrian
walkway and improvement and expansion of adjacent
•unicipal parking lots; a study of the waterfront
area to determine its development capabilities;
and Village-wide improvements through improved
street signs, plantings and other urban beautifi-cation
projects.as well as the reevaluation and
study of parking regulations, commuter parking
areas and zoning.
In addition to the housing rehabilitation project,
Treeport's first year planning includes the start
of construction of 100 senior citizen units and
housing assistance to five families through relo-cation.
Freeport's first year plans developed after two
public hearings attended by some 250 residents
whose input was then considered by a task force
of Village department heads appointed by Mayor
White and chaired by Planning and Urban Renewal
Director James Dunne, and in joint meetings with
the Citizens Committee composed of representatives
of various Village groups. When on the applica-tion
filing deadline HUD's Area Office required
a three, rather than one-year Housing Assistance
Program, the Freeport Board of Trustees unani-mously
voted to concur with.HUD's .proposals, and.. .
rehabilitate a total of 150 single family homes,
provide housing assistance to approximately 'tO
families through relocation and to land bank 90
family units of housing in the presently cleared
Bennington Park urban renewal area which would be
constructed, if necessary for relocation, through
the federal rent-subsidy program known as Section
8 of the Housing and Community Development Act.
First year plans will proceed as soon as the
environmental aspects of each project have been
assessed by the federal government.
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