Annual Fire Expo Teaches Fire Safety To Youngsters
And Health Awareness To Adults
Children dressed in clown costumes, a life-size
Dalmatian mascot and lots of balloons greeted visi-tors
to the! Fire Department's annual Expo on
Sunday, Oct. 2nd. The event offered a variety of
demonstrations and fire safety information for
youngsters, including instructions on what to do if a
fire breaks out in their homes. Adults took part in
free blood pressure screening and received advice
for maintaining good health.
Freeport's fire department volunteers described
some of their duties, including responding to calls
for medical assistance, water rescues, auto accidents
and other types of emergencies, as well as fighting
fires. Mayor Bill Glacken thanked the co-chairmen of
the Expo, Ex-Captains-Robert Mclaughlin and-
Edward Friedman, for their work in organizing the
Among those who posed for a photo were: Third Assistant Chief Kevin Muldowney, Second Assistant Chief Joseph Stallone, First Assistant Chief
Allen Grosser and Chief of the Department Joseph Koestner, Joyce Rommel (as the Dalmatian) Ex-Captains Robert Mclaughlin and Edward
Friedman, along wtfh Mayor Bill Glacken and Trustee Don Miller.
A Reminder About
As we come to the middle of another Fall season, we would like to remind residents not to rake leaves into the street or burn them.
This is prohibited by the Freeport Village Code. Bag all leaves, and place the bags at the curb for collection. If you need bags, they are for
sale in Village Hall.
The Sanitation Department collects yard waste on Wednesdays throughout the year except during holiday weeks. Yard waste includes
leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, as well as twigs or branches with a diameter of less than 6 inches. During the Fall, the village will pro-vide
weekly leaf collection service each Wednesday except on December 28th. You may put out a maximum of 20 bags per week. Discarded
holiday trees will be collected on Wednesdays with yard waste beginning January 4th. Place undecorated holiday trees at the curb between
6:00 p.m. Tuesday and 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.
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www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Village, County Break Ground for Reconstruction of
Guy Lombardo Ave.
Unique inter-governmental partnership moves project forward
"Beginning this much-needed and long-awaited
reconstruction of the Guy Lombardo
Ave. roadway is an example of what can be
accomplished when municipal governments
work together for the greater good,"
explained Mayor Bill Glacken at the October
28th, 2005 official
with Trustees Bill
White, Jr., and Don
Tom Suozzi and
with other elected
officials, to the cer-emony
Lombardo Ave. The
event marked the
start of the $6.2
which will rebuild
the major north-south
Sunrise Highway to
Under the terms of the agreement, the vil-lage
provided the engineering work required
to complete the design of the project, and
will act as the project manager, handling con-tract
administration and inspection services.
When the roadwork is completed, the county
PLEASE EXCUSE.OUR APPCARANCE
WHILE WE CONTINUE 10 IMPROVE
THE VILLAGE Or FREEPORr
The project is being
funded by Nassau
County and managed by Freeport's
Department of Public Works. The reconstruc-tion
of Guy Lombardo Ave. has been in the
planning stages since 1999, but only reached
this point after this innovative partnership
was forged between the village and the coun-ty
by Mayor Glacken, County Executive Suozzi
and Legislator Denenberg.
Taking part in the official ground breaking ceremony on Guy Lombado Ave. are: Legislator Kevan Abrahams, Trustee BS White, Jr.,
County Executive Tom Suozzi, Maya Bl Glacken, Legislator DavkJ Denenberg, State Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, Trustee Don Mauersberger,
State Senator Charles Fuschlo, and State Assemblyman David McDonougJx
collectors will be installed and the county's
traffic control signal system will be upgraded.
The area between Sunrise Highway and
Merrick Road will be restored, with the instal-lation
of brick sidewalks, antique lighting,
benches, bus shelters and curbside trees.
the work with
will install new gas
mains, and the
Utility, which will
move the over-head
and Merrick Road.
The village is also
working with the
Verizon to arrange
the installation of
cables and con-duits
will turn over ownership of the street and
responsibility for all future maintenance to
The reconstruction work on Guy Lombardo
Ave. will include replacement of all curbs,
sidewalks, driveway aprons, and the road
pavement. In addition, the storm water
drainage system will be improved, sediment
The village and
county will keep local businesses and resi-dents
along Guy Lombardo Ave., as well as
the Freeport School District, concerning the
Dodd Middle School, which is located on that
street, informed on the progress of the pro-ject
to ensure that there will be as few dis-ruptions
during the reconstruction period as
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
In an idea! world, Freeport
would always have perfect roads
and streets that never needed repair
or required reconstruction.
Unfortunately, that isn't reality.
Roadways need regular repaving,
and sidewalks must be rebuilt peri-odically.
Keeping Freeport's roads
and streets in good condition is all
part of our ongoing capital improve-ment
program, one of the many ser-vices
that enhances the quality of
life in the village, and provides us
witlra sense of well-being about our
One of the worst roadways in
the village is that stretch of Guy
Lombardo Ave. between Sunrise
Highway and Atlantic Ave., which
has been in a state of disrepair for
decades. Because it is a Nassau
County road, the village has been
stymied in its efforts to get it rebuilt.
Finally, as a result of persistent lob-bying
by this administration, we
were able to work out an agreement
with the County Executive and the
County Legislature to enter into a
unique partnership that enabled
Freeport to assume the role of
design consultant and project man-ager
for the reconstruction of the
road, while the county pays the $6.2
The reconstruction work on Guy
Lombardo Ave. will also serve as a
catalyst for the revitalization of our
Central Business District. The section
of the roadway from Sunrise
Highway to Merrick Road will con-tinue
the "Main Street" theme of
brick sidewalks, antique lighting,
curb trees, bus shelters and benches
established with the facade renova-tions
and storefront improvements
on Church Street and Merrick Road.
In addition, the overhead utility
lines through that section will be
buried underground, reducing the
incidents of power outages as a
result of storms and high winds.
This inter-governmental partner-ship
is a win-win situation for the
village and the county. Once
the roadwork is completed, the
village will take over ownership and
assume responsibility for all future
maintenance. The preliminary con-struction
work began in October,
and if the weather cooperates, the
project will be completed by next
Meanwhile, there are several
other roadways in the village which
are also currently under construc-tion.
Work on Albany Ave. began in
September and is due to be com-pleted
by December. So far, many of
the drainage structures have been
replaced and the sidewalks and curb
work have been completed on the
west side of the road, with the east
side scheduled to be finished before
the end of November. Following
that, the existing road pavement on
Albany Ave. from Merrick Road to
Buffalo Ave. will be replaced. Last
paved in 1963, the roadway had
been deteriorating in recent years,
and its condition worsened when it
was ripped up in order to install the
gas main, electric duct bank and the
water main required by the new
generators at Power Plant 2.
In addition, work in the Colony
Park area in the southeastern sec-tion
of the village began recently.
The streets included in this project
are Ann Drive in its entirety, along
with Laurette Lane, Gladys Lane,
and Jeffrey Court. The reconstruc-tion
work includes installing new
curbs, driveway aprons, and replac-ing
the asphalt pavement on the
roads. Sidewalks will be replaced
where needed. These streets have
not been repaved since the develop-ment
was built in the late 1950's.
The project is expected to be com-pleted
by the end of this year.
Next on the list of streets due for
roadwork are Willowbrook Lane,
Tanglewood Lane, Moore Circle,
Delaware Ave. from Brookside Ave.
to Seaman Ave. and Delaware Circle,
all in the northwest section of the
village, and all long overdue for
repair. The Board of Trustees autho-rized
this project to be put out to
bid at its October 31st meeting, and
construction is scheduled to get
underway by early Spring 2006.
Ensuring that Freeport's roads
and streets are in excellent condition
is among one of the many priorities
we set when we took office in 1997.
We are serious in our pledge to
rebuild the village from the ground
up, and we are working hard to
keep that promise.
to Help Pay for Van
The Freeport Police Athletic League (PAL) recently
received a $15,000 New York State grant thanks to the
efforts of Senator Charles Fuschillo and Assemblyman David
McDonough. The funds were used to help pay for the 12-
passenger van which will transport some of the girls and
boys who participate in the youth travel teams in soccer, bas-ketball
and lacrosse to contests throughout the region.
Mayor Bill Glacken praised Senator Fuschillo and
Assemblyman McDonough for securing the grant for the
organization. "We recognize the significant contributions
organizations like PAL are making in teaching young people
the principles of teamwork, cooperation, and fair play, and
we appreciate the fact that our elected state officials sup-port
. Senator Chafes Fuschilo hands the keys to the van to Mayor Bill Glacken as PAL Executive Director Mike Pomerico, Assemblyman
David McDonough and Councilwoman Angle Cullin look on.
Mayor Congratulates New Police Officers
Pictured congratulating Officer Donnetta Cumberbatch are County Executive
Tom Suozzi, Mayor Bill Glacken, Chief Michael Woodward and Police
Commissioner James Lawrence.
The October graduating class of the
Nassau County Police Academy included two
new Freeport police officers. Mayor Bill
Glacken and Police Chief Michael
Woodward attended the recent ceremony
held in Westbury and congratulated the
new officers, Donnetta Cumberbatch and
Chief Woodward reports that the crime
rate has been steadily decreasing since
1997, with the most recent figures available
in the just released 2004 annual police
department report showing a 40% reduc-tion
in major crimes. He attributes this
progress to a number of factors including
the many initiatives and programs spon-sored
by the police department, which con-tinue
to build alliances with the various
organizations in the community, including
the Freeport School District, and to the
Officer Sandy Lora accepts congratulations from County Executive Tom
Suozzi, Mayor Bill Glacken, Police Chief Michael Woodward and Police
Commissioner James Lawrence.
department's ongoing efforts to improve
the quality of life for all residents.
Greater Second Baptist Church Celebrates Diamond Jubilee
For the past 75 years, members of the congregation now known as the
Greater Second Baptist Church have gathered to worship together in Freeport.
The Church was founded in 1930 as a mission by the late Rev. William Jones.
Rev. Jones and a small group of followers incorporated in 1933 as the Second
Baptist Church, and settled into their present location at 129 East Merrick Road.
In 1956, the Rev. Dr. E. Mitchell Mallette became the fourth pastor. In 1998,
following his passing, he was succeeded by his son, Rev. Dr. Eric Charles
Mallette. "The Mallette family has been a pillar of The Greater Second Baptist
Church for nearly half a century," said Mayor Bill Glacken. At a recent service
commemorating the Church's seventy-fifth anniversary, he and Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson presented a citation to Rev. Mallette congratulating him,
along with the congregation, on the many accomplishments of the Greater
Second Baptist Church, and its contributions over the years to the betterment
of the community.
Pictured in the photo is Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, who serves as a Deaconess
of the Greater Second Baptist Church, Rev. Eric Mallette, and Mayor Bill Glacken presenting
a citation commemorating the church's Diamond Jubilee.
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