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power switch and close main gas valve
if evacuation apears necessary. Do not
touch any electrical equipment unless it
is in a" dry area and you are standing
on a piece of dry wood while wearing
rubber gloves and rubber-soled boots or
Fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean
water in case regular supplies are
contaminated. You can sanitize these
items by first rinsing with bleach. Bring
all outdoor possessions inside the house
or tie them down securely.
Do not attempt to walk through
floodwaters that are more than knee
deep. If total evacuation is required,
police and fire personnel will
communicate by bull horn traveling the
streets and will carry people to the north,
if necessary. •
Registration for Recreation Depart-ment's
Kiddie Club will be held at the
Recreation Center, Monday, August 17,
9 to 11am. Registration is limited. A birth
certificate and a physician's statement
as to health, is required at registration.
The Club is for children age three to
four and a half (must be three by
December 1, 1992) and they must be
toilet trained. They may be registered for
the morning session, 9 to 11:30am, OR
the afternoon session, 1 to 3:00pm. The
Club runs from Tuesday to Friday and
a child may be registered to attend two,
three or four days a week. The fee had
not been set at this writing.
The Kiddie Club offers an informal
atmosphere, encouraging creativity and
learning. The program includes music,
games, creative drama, storytime,
dance, puppetry and arts and crafts.
Special programs and events are
planned utilizing the gymnasium, indoor
pool and ice rink at the Recreation
A Village ordinance requires that all
properties must clearly display an
address number. The Freeport Fire
Department has requested this reminder
as they have been experiencing difficulty
in responding to emergencies because
of the lack of house numbers.
In addition to emergencies, the lack
of a number makes it difficult for
deliveries and guests. It is also helpful
if the number is illuminated at night. This
ordinance pertains to commercial
properties as well as private homes.
Property owners are reminded that if
they experience trouble in a sewer or
water line, they should immediately
contact the Department of Water and
Sewers at 378-5020. (Call the Police
Desk, 378-0700, on weekends and at
night. They will contact a Department
In the past there have been instances
of basement/flooding because a property
owner, or a plumber, opened a sewage
house trap in the home before checking
the street sewer first. If there is any doubt
that the stoppage is not located in the
home, it is important that a Village
employee check the street line.
Fall registration for Freeport Adult
Continuing Community Education will
take place on-September 14 and 15, 7
to 9pm, at Freeport High School.
Courses will include Adult Basic
Education, General Education Diploma,
High School Equivalency and English as
a Second Language are offered at no fee.
Enrichment classes in areas of the Arts,
Business Skills, Computers, Driver
Education, Home Crafts and Skills,
Language Arts and Physical Fitness will
be offered for a fee. For further infor-mation,
^REFERENCE ONLY > ^
A. Public Information Bulletin
of The Village of Freeport
46 North Ocean Avenue
It Telephone: FReeport 8-4000
]rf'' Dorothy Storm, Mayor
Meet with Mayor:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Friday
Public Meetings: 8:00 p.m.,
1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month
- July 1992 -
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR009
S ummer in "The Boating and Fishing Capital of the East, "is always full of activity,
and this summer is..busier than usual with the 100th anniversary of our
incorporation as a Village.
The activities began with the Blessing of the Fleet which was a colorful spectacle
for both residents and visitors aboard the many participating commercial-boats, and
those who waved us on from shore. The Blessing, and outstanding Memorial Day
Parade the same weekend, marked the beginning of the summer season.
Once again some 100,000 people descended on the Nautical Mile for the two day
Annual Freeport Summer Festival. Residents and visitors alike crowded the Mile,
taking in the sights. The credit for another successful Festival goes again to Co-
Chairmen Barbara Jagnow and Frank Cositore (who also runs the Blessing as Chairman
of the Mayor's Waterfront Advisory Committee), their Committee members, and
the volunteers of the Nassau County and Freeport Police Auxiliaries. The event
is made possible by the cooperation of our Police and Public Works Departments,
and the Town of Hempstead which allowed shuttle buses to park at their Marina.
Summer in Freeport is highlighted by many fishing tournaments. The largest game
fish (shark) tournament in the world, sponsored by the Hudson Anglers, was held
for the 20th year last month at the Town Marina with over 300 boats participating.
The Hudson Anglers were the first to tag and release undersized shark, and to donate
much of the catch to programs serving meals_ to the needy.
As to our centennial celebration, The Freeport Athletics, a baseball team founded
in 1889 by Samuel Raynor Smith, has been recreated and played their first game,
in original uniforms and with 1880's equipment and rules, last month against the
Westburys at the Cleveland Avenue Field. The Athletics lost, 20 to 27, but both
players and fans-are-fooKihg ^forward to continued
Next on schedule is this month's three part series of free jazz concerts, poolsic
at the Recreation Center presented by the Arts Council At Freeport as a tribute*
to our centennial. The Center will be the site on August 23 of the Celebration
Committee's "Oldies But Goodies Fifties Family Festival."
WUn~atl~rhe acfivi(yr~3elicious dining at our superb~restatirantSj-t he—Recreation
Center, and the boating and fishing opportunities, Freeport is a great place to spend
the summer! ENJOY! _ Dorothy Storm
Trustees: Ralph Smith, Victor Cohen, Vincent P. Campion, Catherine Collins: Village Justice: Michael Solomon
Village Clerk: Karen A. Navin; Counsel: William Glacken; Treasurer: Michael Haran
Spurred on by the Village's incorporation in 1892, Freeport soon became an
extremely desirable community for bathing and boating, and gatherings and relaxation,
at one of numerous, impressive and sprawling hotels and boarding houses established
in a country-like waterfront atmosphere.
The Crystal Lake Hotel (Inn), located approximately where the Junard House
apartment complex now stands on Guy Lombardo and Southside Avenues, boasted
of accommodations for over 100 guests for more than a half-century.
Crystal Lake, the hotel's namesake, was located directly opposite and across Grove
Street (Guy Lombardo Avenue), between Archer street on the north, Southside Avenue
on the south, and East Avenue on the east.
Sportsman's Avenue, north of Atlantic Avenue, did not exist when the Crystal Lake
Hotel was constructed, but was just about the center of Crystal Lake. The Lake
was eliminated with fill from dredging to create Sportsman's Canal, and the Hotel
met its demise in.a.spectacular fire, ._.. 5V n .0
— Charles J. Zimmerman, Village Historian
This spring, the. Village's Property Improvement Committee involved the-students,
parents, and staff of the Giblyn School in a marigold planting project. With seeds-donated
by Atlantic Nursery, the project included germinating and then planting
the young flowers throughout the Village. One flower bed, at the intersection of
North Ocean and Brooklyn Avenues, includes the marigolds with other flowers, all
surrounding a linden tree donated by the Boy Scouts.
The Chairwoman of the recently, combined Stabilization/Property Improvement
Committee, Diane Greeri, urges individuals and organizations interested in getting
involved with future Community Pride projects, to call Village Hall, 378-4000, ext.
293. Volunteers should leave their name, address, phone number and best time to
be contacted. n
HlUuIrricane season lasts from June
through November with August and
September being the peak months for
hurricane activity. Hurricanes may be
accompanied by flooding. As a water-front
community, we are also aware that
flooding can occur during any season,
caused by storms and/or astronomic
Freeporters are fortunate in that
Superintendent of Public Works David
Lovejoy was one of four public officials
from throughout Nassau County invited
to attend a course at the National
Hurricane Center recently. As such,
Center Director Donald Devito said that
if a hurricane threatens, Lovejoy "will
serve as a valuable resource to county
and local decision-makers." Under the
Village's adopted Emergency Proce-dures
Plan, the Superintendent of Public
Works, with access to a private weather
service, begins the procedures by no-tifying
the Mayor of an impending
Property owners in the southern
section of the Village should be aware
that their homeowners' policy does not
cover damage from flooding so flood
insurance is valuable financial protec-tion.
Flood insurance is also available to
businesses. Because of work currently
be done by the Village's Building Depart-ment,
the Federal Emergency Manage-ment
Agency has reduced the cost of
flood insurance to Freeporters by 5%.
The insurance can be purchased from
any licensed property/casualty agent or
Tips For Hurricanes
During the hurricanes season, resi-dents
are urged to keep a portable radio,
flashlight, extra'batteries, first aid kit,
canned food, can opener and bottled
water on hand. Keep insurance policies
documents and valuables in a safe place,
such as a safe deposit box.
If a hurricane WATCH is issued, take
the following steps. Listen to radio and
TV for advice. (As in all emergencies, the
Village will communicate over WGBB,
WHLI and Cablevision's Channel 12.)
Prepare to board up your windows
should it becomes necessary. Bring
inside those objects that could fly around
or blow away, such as garbage cans,
bicycles, toys and lawn furniture. Moor
your boat securely. Fill your car's gas
If a hurricane WARNING is issued, you
may be ordered to evacuate immediately.
(NOTE: Freeporter's evacuation sites
may differ from those of the County i.e.
"go to your neighborhood school." Pay
attention only to the evacuation infor-mation
provided by the Village govern-ment.)
If you are going to a shelter, bring
with you essential medications; personal
items such as a toothbrush and eye-glasses;
your own blankets and pillows;
a change of clothing; and if you have
If you are not advised to evacuate, stay
inside and away from the windows.
Beware of the calm center of the hur-ricane,
the eye. It only lasts a short time.
The most intense and severe part of the
hurricane comes immediately before and
after the eye has passed.
Tips for Floods
When the hurricane is OVER, avoid
travel if possible. Traffic signals may not
be working Avoid downed power lines
and report their locations to the Village.
When a flood tide is predicted, move
vehicles to the north. If possible, remove
items from the lower levels of the house.
Persons who live in frequently flooded
areas should keep on hand material such
as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting,
and lumber which can be used to protect
property. The Public Works Department,
foot of Albany Avenue, has a supply of
sandbags which a.re sold at cost. Prop-erty
owners may use the Department's
sand supply to fill the bags. NOTE:
Sandbags should not be stacked directly
against the outer walls of a building
since, when wet, the bags may create
added pressure on the foundation.
When a flood occurs, keep a battery-powered
radio tuned to the radio (see
above) and follow all emergency instruc-tions.
Turn off all utilities at the main
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