FEB8T REFERENCE ONL
From The Agenda
Board Of Trustees
The Board voted to reject the
sole bid received .for sanitation
services and directed the Superin-tendent
of Public Works review
and rewrite the contract specifica-tions
for rebidding. Voted to
increase the water rates, effective
July 1, for the first time since 1980
following a public hearing. Held
and then adjourned a hearing on
the adoption of legislative changes
and changes of zoning in certain
Approved the issuance of special,
one-time only, permits to property
owners using a van or pickup truck
as a family vehicle who are other-wise
unable to use the Transfer
Station for trash disposal. Voted to
give facade improvement grant
assistance to owner of building on
the northwest corner of the Mall
and East Merrick. Approved par-ticipation
in newly formed mutual
fund insurance company which
may be able to provide excess
liability insurance at much lower
rate than a previously quoted
premium rejected by the Board.
Authorized a mandatory defensive
driving course for all employees
driving Village vehicles.
The Zoning Board
Granted: installation of plug-in
freezer at 219 Woodcleft (with
conditions); one-story masonry
building at 20 Guy Lombardo
(with conditions); front entry
atrium and widen garage at 43 Ann
Drive East (with conditions); one
story masonry warehouse at 8 1
Hanse (with conditions); rear addi-tion
and continued use of converted
garage as one family dwelling at
301 Miller (with conditions); con-struction
of two-story, one family
dwelling with built-in garage at 187
Park; continued use of a non-conforming
three family dwelling
and conversion of a two-story
garage to a non-conforming one
family dwelling and garage at 258
South Ocean (with conditions); to
construct rear dormer and interior
alterations to alter a non-conforming
two-family dwelling at
187-189 Gordon (with conditions);
to maintain a rear deck at 308
Bedell (with conditions); installa-tion
of tables and chairs and to
maintain a three foot fence in a
place of public assembly at I47A
Woodcleft; and use of premises for
wholesale business without vehicu-lar
access and parking at 10-12
Federal Funds Allocated
In line with Mayor Dorothy
Storm's declared war against drugs
in the Village, the Board of Trustees
has voted to allocate $20,000 in
1986-87 federal Community
Development funds to three local
organizations to be used in anti-drug
programs. The Freeport HOC
will receive $ 10,000 with $5,000
each going to Operation Pride and
the Freeport Family Community
Center. The organizations had
applied for $ 15,400 $ 13,000 and
$15,000 respectively. They will be
seeking additional funding from
other governmental agencies.
In total, the Village will receive
$365,000 in Community Develop-ment
funding, a one-third cut over
last year. Other allocations were
$100,000 for residential rehabilita-tion
loans and grants; $26,600 for
commercial rehabilitation loans
and grants (to be added to $94,909
unexpended last year); $95,400 for
urban redevelopment including
proposed Freeport Plaza Urban
Renewal project (to be added to
unexpended $97,000); $30,000 to
supplement Village's cost of the
Homefinders Service and Stabili-zation
Task Force; and $ 10,000 for
street tree planting to be continued
in eligible areas. A contingency
fund of $10,000 was established
and 20% of the total allocation, or
$73,000, was budgeted for admin-istration
of Community Develop-ment
Help Keep Freeporf Clean
The Freeport Early Childh
Center of the Freeport School
District is now accepting applica- .
tions for the Pre-Kindergarten
and . Kindergarten programs
starting in September.
These programs are free for
all residents within the Freeport
School district. For a child to be
eligible for the Pre-Kindergarten
program they must reach their
fourth birthday on or before
December 1, 1986. For the Kin-dergarten
must have reached their fifth
birthday on or before December
Please call 632-2100, ext. 241,
immediately for a registration
appointment. Proof of residency
is required and may be obtained
at the Building Department, Vil-lage
Safe Boating (from Page 2)
of an alcoholic beverage your
abilities are even more reduced.
So be aware of these dangers.
Reduce your speed, keep a sharp
lookout and don't raise the
cocktail flag until you are home.
Of all the accidents, fires and
explosions are probably the
easiest to prevent.v The main
cause is just plain carelessness.
After refueling check your boat
for fuel vapors before you start,
your engines. Maintain the fuel
systems- in. safe working order
and make certain that your boat
is properly ventilated. Remem-ber,
gasoline is a powerful ex-plosive
when its vapors are
trapped in a confined area,
- It is very easy to reduce your
chances of becoming a boating
accident statistic. Wear your
Personal Flotation Device, don't
overload your boat, smell for
fuel vapors before starting
engines, maintain your boat in
good operating condition, stay
alert...but above all...SLOW
DOWN. Then, show courtesy and
consideration to your fellow
boaters and boating will be. the
fun it's supposed to be for
to make sure you know what
you are doing out on the water...
take a Boating Course.
We in the Jones Beach Power
Squadron offer Boating Courses
in the Spring and Fall.
A Public Information Bulletin
of The Village. Of Freeport
.- . 46 North Ocean Avenue
Telephone FReeport 8-4000.
Dorothy Storm, Mayor
Meet With Mayor: 8:30am - 4:00 pm,1 Every Frl.
Public Meetings: 8:00pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month
Message From The Mayor
During the past month my office has received numerous calls from residents regarding alleged illegal
over-occupancy of one family homes in their neighborhood. These complaints have been turned over to the
Building Department for follow up by the inspectors. If the allegations seem to have basis in fact, the property
owners will be summoned into Village Court. There they may be fined up to the maximum of $250 on each
summons. Illegal over-occupancy cases usually result in multiple summonses',"i.e. lack of rental permit,
plumbing and/ or electrical work done without a permit and so forth. A burden is also placed on the tenants in
that these cases are only finally resolved by their removal, by the date set down by the Village Justice.
There may be a belief among Freeport property owners that the Village is no longer prosecuting illegal
over-occupancies because of court challenges in other areas. This is definitely not the case, and as President of
the Nassau County Village Officials Association, I can state it is also not the case in the 63 other villages
within our county. .
Illegal over-occupancies overburden municipal services and our schools without paying a fair share of
property taxes. They create neighborhood traffic and parking congestion. On the human side, they can place
families in unsuitable quarters without sufficient space and air, with overloaded and illegally installed electric
wiring, and inadequate emergency exits. Such tenants are afforded none of the protection provided by the
Village to tenants of authorized units. Illegal units do not fall under the Nassau County Rental Guidelines
Board which stabilizes the rent on the majority of multi-unit rental properties in the Village. Again, there is
the ever-present threat of discovery and eviction."
There is not a government official or large business manager on Long Island who does not recognize that
there is a woeful lack of affordable housing in our region. That is the reason we are losing our young talent.
However, the solution is not illegal units.
Here in Freeport, where it is almost impossible to purchase a house for under $100,000, apartments are
rented before they are vacated arid "empty nesters" are rattling around in our larger, older houses, there will
come a time to examine the question of allowing owner-occupied two family houses, given sufficient square
footage. When and if this should come about, I am certain it will be controlled as to taxes, congestion and
For the present, illegal units cannot be tolerated. Neighbors observing lumber, sheet rock and other
construction materials used for interior renovations, should do their civic duty and report such activity to
Village authorities. If records show that a permit has been issued for legitimate renovations, that willbe that.
If you prefer, write directly to my office informing me of the suspected bveroccupancy. Please be patient. It
may take quite a period of time to investigate and obtain evidence. Only then can a Notice of Violation
and/or summons be issued.
We must depend upon you, the residents, to help keep us informed.
Grass, Hedges Must Be Trim
Residents are reminded that,
by Village ordinances, grass and
weeds cannot exceed eight
inches in height. This includes
the area between the sidewalk
and the curb which is the re-sponsibility
of the property
Occupants of comer properties
are also -cautioned the hedges
must be- kept trimmed so they do
not exceed three feet. High
hedges prevent motorists from
seeing on-coming traffic.
Violations of Village ordinances
may result in a summons to Vil-lage
Court where maximum fines
Trustees: C. James Clark, Vincent DiCostanzo, Ralph Smith, Victor Cohen
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo; Counsel: William Glacken; Treasurer: Michael Haran
Arts Recognition For Village
The following is a news release
issued by the United States Con-ference
"WASHINGTON - Support for
the --arts -^has- brought national
recognition to Mayor Dorothy
Storm and the Village oLFreeport
in the Seventh Annual City Liva-b
i l i t y Awards program, co-sponsored
by the U.S. Conference
of Mayors and Philip Morris
"The awards, determined by an
independent panel of judges, honor
mayors who promote the economic
vitality and quality of life of their
cities through urban arts programs.
Innovative ideas in Freeport's City
L i v a b i l i t y Awards entry will be
included in the National Clearing-house
on the Arts, as models for
other cities to follow.
"The judges were impressed with
the way in which Freeport managed
to change its deteriorating image
during the 1970s. They noted that
the Village capitalized on its tradi-tional
role as the summer home'of
noted actors and entertainers and
established an Arts Council - with
Mayor Storm as a founding
member - in 1974. Since then, the
Freeport Arts Council has grown
to include membership from other
areas, with residents of more than
400 Long Island communities,
attending Council events.
"Thejudges praised the Village's
sponsorship, with the Arts Council,
of an annual Ethnic Festival, Crafts
Fair and Creative Arts Fair, They
also liked the fact that 10% of the
library budget supports the arts.
through book talks, films, art
lectures, poetry festivals, and art
exhibits. And 28 individual artists
'or groups performed for.students
in an Intercultural Arts Enrichment
program in the schools last'year.
The coordinated efforts of the
Village, the Library and the Free-port
School District were seen as
helping to create a well-integrated
community in which the arts flour-ish.
' "The National Clearinghouse on
the Arts was created in 1983 by a
grant from Philip Morris Inc.
' Located in Washington, D.C. at
the U.S. Conference of Mayors
headquarters, the Clearinghouse
gathers, valuates and disseminates
information on a variety of arts-related
According to the Conference, 79
cities submitted applications, the
largest number of applicants in the
seven-year history of the program.
The finalists were: Albany, Albu-jquerque,
"Columbus, Durham, Savanna, St.
Paul; Tampa, Tucson and
The Villagers award application
was compiled with the assistance of
Arts Council at Freeport Executive
Director Lila Diringer, Freeport
School District Intercultural Arts
Coordinator Dr. Marc Summers,
former Freeport Memorial Library
Director Gerald Nichols, Recrea-tion
Department Program Coor-dinator
Phyllis Pullman and Free-port
Community Chorale member
From The Jones Beach Power Squadron: Safe Boating
Boating is supposed to be fun,
and for most people, it; is. How-ever,
every year, hundreds -die
and are injured in boating acci-dents
in addition to the millions
of dollars in property loss and
damage. That is not fun. The
tragedy is that nearly all of these
accidents and casualties are
Coast Guard statistics show
that a sizeable percentage of
boating fatalities are caused by
capsizing and people falling
overboard. The resulting drown-ings
was • simply because the
victims were not wearing a
Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
or life jacket.. A Coast Guard
approved PFD can save your life,
2 but only if you wear it.
Statistics also show that many
of the injuries and much of the
property damage is caused by
collisions. The usual explanation
is that "I just didn't see the other
boat," or "I didn't see the other
boat until it was too late."
Such accidents usually happen on
a nice clear day with unlimited
visibility...mostly on a Saturday
or Sunday afternoon.
Contributing to many of these
accidents may be caused by
exposure to the sun, wind, glare,
motion and the noise of operating
a boat for several hours...it
could be very tiring. These
stresses can affect an operators
ability to observe and react.
If you also have had a few drinks
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Due to the collapse of. the
bleachers at an upstate perfor-mance
of the Toby Tyler. Circus
(which was in Freeport. "June 4-5)'"
and subsequent stories about the "'.
lack of insurance, Freeport Mayor .
Dorothy Storm issued the follow-ing
"It was not 'luck'that saved our
Village from being the scene of an
accident such as occurre'd upstate.
Rather, it was our very prudent,
professional and risk conscious
Village administration and staff. •
"From the very beginning, the
'Board of Trustees; on the advice of- <
the VillageClerk-Risk Manager, .
made it quite clear to the Toby"
Tyler Circusand the sponsoring .
Shriners that'no performances
would be allowed without proof of
acceptable liability insurance. The •
first submission was unacceptable
with the coverage provided by a.
newly formed insurance company
with little assets'and no recognition
by the State of New York. When
the Shriners were informed that
the circus would not be allowed to
perform, the organization pur-chased
insurance coverage through
Travellers Insurance Company.
"Members of the Building De--.
partment were present prior to and>
during the 'setting up of the
bleachers. Building inspectors saw
to it that the stands were properly
constructed and set up on level, dry
land. At their insistence, the stands
were reinforced and, unlike
upstate, nailed together. Only after
inspection by the Village's Super-intendent
of Public Works, a pro-fessional
engineer, were the
bleachers deemed to be safe.
The final go ahead was not given
until an hour before the first per-formance
and followed further
inspection.by-the Nassau-County -
Fire Marshal's office, State inspec-tors
and the Village's Risk Man-ager.
Village personnel remained
at all performances to judge the.
effect of weight on the stands and
to assure that the mandated fire
exits remained clear.
"I am sure that the Village was
judged to be difficult and stubborn
in face of the worthy cause to be
served — support for children's
hospitals. Nonetheless, safety will
always come first."
Free Bluegrass Concert
Arts Council at Freeport
will - present a free Bluegrass
Concert at 4 pm, Sunday, August:
10 (raindate August 24), at Cow
Meadow Park, foot of South Main
Street. It "is] recommended that
concert goers bring chairs and
Performers will include the
Jumbo String Band, Backroads
Bluegrass and-the Pat Cannon
' The event is partially funded by
. the Nassau Office of Cultural.
Development and is being held
with the assistance of (he-Nassau
County Department of Recreation
Watch Out For The Cons
The Freeport Police Department
points out that warm weather
brings put confidence schemes and
con games.- The.games, such as.
Three Card Monte and the Shell
Game, are usually the types of
tricks associated with a carnival.
Confidence schemes, on the other
hand, are the more-detailed, elabo-rate,
and at times, sophisticated
ploys used to defraud another.
Residents are urged to follow the
tips below and , as members of
Freeport's "40,000 Pairs of Eyes"
crime prevention program, to
report any approach by a con artist
to the police by calling 378-0700.
1) Don't trust anyone who pro-poses
a deal "too good to pass up."
It probably is too good to be true;
2) Don't stop and talk with anyone
who flashes a wad or roll of money.
This is bait that con artists use to
draw victims; Don't be too good a .
listener with strangers, and don't
fall for. any extravagant hard-luck
story, no matter how convincing it
may sound.-Some con men work
hard at gaining sympathy and
confidence; 4) Don't ever put up
any "good faith" money for any-thing
and never pay cash for any
promised service or.product; 5)
Don't invest money into any busi-ness
scheme or adventure without
first investigating the credentials
and legitimacy of the person or
company representing it.
1) Do take con games and confi-dence
schemes seriously. Con men
are career criminals who prey on
other people's willingness to help
and on their inherent nature to
. trust; 2) Do be aware of the ploys
con artists use. It can be something
as simple as, "You look like you
can be trusted" or "Do you want to
make some money?" It may be
-anything that could draw a person
into a conversation with them; 3)
Do trust instincts and insights. If
your ."inner" voice tells you that t
something is "fishy," listen to it, it
probably is!; 4) Do read and watch
news media reports on suspected
confidence schemes being operated
in the area. Familiarizing yourself
with con artist activities is the best
way to avoid being victimized; 5)
Do report a scam, or an attempted
scam, to the police. Your report of
the incident may lead to the subse- ,
quent arrest and conviction of the
con men and thus prevent others
from getting "stung."
The Arts Council at Freeport's
Teen Theater Troupe will perform
at. 2 pm and 8 pm at. the Freeport.
Memorial Library on August 2.
. There will. be^free^admission..for..
seniors and students at the
matinee and a suggested contri-bution
of-$2.50 for adults and
$1.50 for children at. the evening
The 11-year-old Teen Theatre,
under the direction .of Steve
Pagano, provides teens > from .
throughout Long . Island with
experience in drama, musicals
This summer the Troupe will
_ go on.tour with a jevue based on
Broadway musicals. ' Besides
Freeport, they 'will appear at
Nassau Beach Park .(East '
Terrace), July 26,-7:30 pm and at
Cantiague Park, Hicksville,
August 1, 7:30 pm. There is no
admission for" these perform-ances.
IT'S SMART TO
Freeport's Summer Festival
These two youngsters (with feathered friend) were among the some
100,000 people who visited Woodcleft Canal and other Village waterfront
areas during last month's two-day Summer Festival. Another 10,000 were in
the area for the Hudson Anglers Tournament where mako steaks were
given away after the weigh-in. July will bring the Chamber's Annual Canoe
Races (7/27, Waterfront Park) and August, the Arthur Smith Bluefish
Tournament (8/29-9/1), Guy Lombardo Marina). The latter' includes a
"Grand Ole Opry Spectacular" on Labor Day at the Marina beginning at 11
am. The concert, which is free to the public, will feature George Hamilton IV
with The Moody Brothers.
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