Freeporters Collecting Toys for Tots
"We hope to provide every needy
youngster with a special gift this holiday sea-son,"
said Freeport firefighter Ed Friedman.
He explained that the Toys for Tots pro-gram
is collecting new, unwrapped toys
at various locations -throughout the vil-lage,
including Freeport's Fire Department
headquarters and the village fire houses.
Collection boxes are also located at
Village Hall, the Freeport Recreation
Center, the Chamber of Commerce office,
Atlantic Bayview Wines and Liquors, Otto's
Sea Grill, The Shops at Crow's Nest Cove,
HSBC Bank, Long Island Checker Cab,
Freeport Motor Inn, Atlantic Nursery, Hunter
Marine Sales, and Bedell's at West Wind, as
well as and several other locations in
Baldwin and Merrick.
The Toys for Tots program is sponsored
by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Freeport
Chamber of Commerce and the Freeport
Fire Department. For further information,
contact (516) 377-2190.
TRAIN SHOW &^
The Great South Bay Model RailRoad Club
FREEPORT RECREATION CENTER
130 E. Merrick Rd., Freeport, NY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2006 -10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Operating Model RR Layouts in all Major Scales
Admission: $5.00 - Children Under 12 FREE with Adult
Door Prizes - Raffles $l .00 each - 6 for $5.00
2 RAFFLE PRIZES
1. Lionel Train Set ' , 2. HO Starter Set
Donated by Nassau Hobby Center Donated by Trainville Hobby Depot
13 W.Merrick Rd., Freeport, NY 11520 535 S,. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Gets a New Look
y To reintroduce Freeport's rebuilt website, on the Internet
at www.freeportny.gov, the village is sponsoring a photo con-test
for residents beginning January 1, 2006. In order to be
considered, the photo must be taken of something or some-one
in Freeport by a resident of Freeport. This includes friends
and family, dogs and cats, waterfront scenes and landscapes.
Photos should be submitted either digitally by emailing
email@example.com or by sending a film photo to the
Village's Public Relations Office at 46 North Ocean Ave.,
Freeport, NY 11520. The winning photo will be prominently
displayed on the website each month, and the previous
month's winners will be on display for the entire year.
The village's recently revamped website offers an array of
services, including the ability to print certain forms, view the
schedule of village events, and check on weather updates and
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DECEMBER, 2005 www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Freeport Welcomes Santa to the Recreation Center
It was a cold, clear night December 10th,
as Santa Claus joined Mayor Bill Glacken and
members of the Freeport Chamber of
Commerce for the official lighting ceremony
of the Christmas tree, the Creche, a
Menorah, and a Kwanzaa display at the
Cannon Triangle on Sunrise Highway and
Santa then led the way to the
Recreation Center, where he officially
opened his workshop. While the children
waited to see Santa, they were entertained
by Freeport school students playing holiday
music. The recreation center has been turned
One little guy isn't quite ready to talk to Santa.
into a dazzling winter wonderland, with gin-gerbread
houses, model trains, toys and
dozens of decorated trees, all on display
until December 31st. Santa will be available
to hear the children's wish list from 3 to 5
p.m. weekdays and from 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 23rd.
As a special treat, the Freeport Ice
Skating Academy performed its ninth annual
Holiday Show on Ice. The program featured
a number of individual skaters along with
performances by the school's two synchro-
Mayor Bill Glacken and Hempstead Town Councihvoman Angle Culin, along with Santa Claus, pose in front of the gingerbread house
surrounded by youngsters.
nized skating teams. The senior team will
compete at the Empire State Games at Lake
Placid in January. In the past, skaters repre-senting
the Freeport Academy, the only
school on Long Island teaching this newly
established sport, have won medals and
recognition at the statewide competition.
The senior team is made up of girls
aged 12 to 17, while the junior team
consists of girls 7 to 11-years-old. If you
are interested in learning more about
synchronized skating or would like to make
a contribution to help offset the cost
of taking part in the Empire Games, you
may .contact Director Liz Eldredge, at
516-377-2314 ext. 14.
The Senior Synchronized Skating team performing in the HoSday Show on Ice.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser
In November, we honored our
American servicemen and women at the
annual Veterans Day ceremony held at the
Freeport Memorial Library. The event was
planned by Charles Jackson, a Navy veter-an
of World War II and the Korean War,
who served as past commander of
Freeport's American Legion Post. For close
to 30 years, we counted on him to orga-nize
the Veterans Day and Memorial Day
events. He also spearheaded the effort to
install the beautiful memorial on the
grounds of the village library to honor
Freeporters who died fighting for their
country in conflicts dating back to the Civil
Charles Jackson's efforts on behalf of
Freeport were just one of the many exam-ples
of the devoted, hard-working volun-teers
who make this village a better place
for us all by their commitment and sacri-fice.
Freeport firefighters and emergency
workers respond to fires and other disas-ters,
putting their own lives in jeopardy to
protect their neighbors. These brave men
and women rush out on bitter cold winter
nights, leaving their warm homes to save
someone else from tragedy.
The local Interfaith Nutrition Network
depends on its cadre of volunteers to serve
warm meals to those less fortunate.
Others collect toys for children who would
otherwise not have a happy holiday sea-son.
There are countless others at local
houses of worship and service organiza-tions
whose efforts ease the
suffering of the poor and the troubled at
this time of year.
While we can't thank each and every
one of these good people for their gen-erosity,
we can do our part by making a
contribution to our favorite charity or vol-unteer
organization. The Red Cross has
responded to the overwhelming demands
of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (www.red-cross.
org) by providing food and shelter to
more than 300,000 displaced victims of the
Gulf Coast disasters. The Salvation Army
(www.salvationarmyusa.org) set up 178
mobile feeding stations, and has served an
estimated 5 million meals to Gulf Coast
survivors and rescue workers. And of
course, there is the USO (www.uso.org), an
organization that has been providing sup-port
and comfort to servicemen and
women and their families for generations.
This year, when many Americans have
faced the loss of loved ones fighting over-seas
or the devastation of their homes and
communities along the Gulf Coast, we can
ease some of their pain by making a gen-erous
contribution to the charity of our
choice as a way of saying thanks for our
own good fortune.
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor Speak at Career Day
"What is it like to be the Mayor?" asked
,,pne Qf..theJpu_rjh.grader.sJnJrpxL Lechner's
class during the Bayview Ave. School's Career
Day event. "It's a very challenging job," said
Mayor Bill Glacken, "and it's the best job I've
ever had. I am very happy to be able to do
it every day." The Mayor told the youngsters
that he had served as village attorney for
several years before winning the 1997
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson describes her many roles to the children in
Ms, Utwack's fourth grade.
election for Mayor, and being re-elected in
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The children asked a number of
questions about elections and what it
takes to become the mayor of a village.
Mayor Glacken described his role in the
day-to-day operations of Freeport and the
responsibilities of the Board of Trustees,
which include passing the budget, adopting
laws, rebuilding the infrastructure, providing
water and electricity, maintaining the parks
and recreation facilities, providing sanita-tion,
snow removal, police and fire protec-tion,
and emergency management services.
While Mayor Glacken was speaking to
Ms. Lechner's students, Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson addressed Ms. Laura
Litwack's fourth graders. Ms. Frierson
described the various positions she holds,
including Executive Director of the Nassau
County Commission on Human Rights, the
Deputy Mayor of the Village of Freeport,
and instructor of legal writing at Nassau
Xpmmunity^College. She,added .that.she.,is
the first female African-American to hold
the first two positions, and explained to the
youngsters that she also attended Bayview
Avenue School. She told the children that
they could achieve similar successes if they
set goals, studied hard, learned to write well
and read frequently.
Members of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund met to plan the fundraiser held recently at
Jeremy's Ale House. Pictured in the photo are: Jane Dugan, Chamber of Commerce;
Catherine Torpey, South Nassau Unitarian Church; Patrick Buchland, Kiwanis Club; Bruce
Newbery, Freeport Fire Department; Rick Holdener, Freeport OEM; Campbell Lumbila,
Salvation Army; Danielle Rogers, Church of The Transfiguration; William Chimeri
We have heard a lot since Hurricane
Katrina struck concerning the devastation it
caused the city of New Orleans, but there
were a number of other Gulf Coast commu-nities
that suffered overwhelming destruc-tion
and damage as a result of that storm.
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, a waterfront com-munity
similar to Freeport, was nearly lev-eled
by high winds and floodwaters. Homes
were destroyed, jobs lost and families dis-placed.
In an effort to help the residents of that
city recover from their loss and return to a
normal life, several Freeport ser-vice,
civic and religious organiza-tions
have put together a plan to
donate a pre-fabricated building
that would be used for any one
of several purposes, including a
community center, an education-al
facility, or municipal offices.
With the support of the
Freeport Chamber of Commerce,
along with volunteers from
Freeport's Fire Department,
the Freeport PBA, the
Freeport School District and
PTA organizations, the
Salvation Army, Kiwanis
Club'/^'ah'd several "local '
churches and houses of
worship, as well as individual donors,
the Hurricane Relief Task Force has
raised over $10,000. A recent
fundraiser sponsored by Jeremy's Ale
House, along with direct contributions
from the Salvation Army, Kiwanis Club,
Chamber of Commerce, and Archer
Street School students, has provided
the relief fund with the incentive to
keep working toward the goal of
$90,000., which is the total cost for
materials and construction of the build-ing.
The next major fundraising effort is
planned for January 15, 2006, and will be a
Charity Auction at Odin's, 365 South Bayview
Ave., Freeport. To ensure that this event is a
financial success, the group is requesting
donations of items to be auctioned as well as
cash contributions. For further information
concerning the Hurricane Relief project,
please contact Danielle Rogers of Church of
the Transfiguration at 516-379-6226.
At the presentation of the check from the Salvation Army were Reverend Eddie
Jusino, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church; Robert Allyn, Chairman of Nassau
County Advisory Council of Salvation Army; Captains Amanda and Campbell
Lumbila; Patrick Buchland of the Kiwanis Club; John Nuzzi, Sr, Chairman, Salvation
Army Advisory Council presenting fhe check for $2,600.00 to Rick Holdener, OEM; with
Doreen and Mike Flood, PBA, and Gerald W. Johns, Director Sahration Army Nassau
County Service Extension.
Veterans Day Service Pays Tribute to Charles Jackson
Mayor Bill Glacken speaks to Ms. Lechner's fourth graders
at Giblyn School,
More than 100 people attended the
annual Veterans Day ceremony held at the
Freeport Memorial Library on November
11th, 2005 to honor the service men and
"w'o'meh" who"'fought 'tcVprbtect' Amenta's
freedom. This year's theme was "Thank a
Vet", which was
- Charles Jackson
"shortly before he
passed away on
Oct. 14th. Mr.
Jackson served as
chairman of the
event for the past
of the American
Clinton Story Post
#342, paid tribute
to Charles Jackson
and his service to
the organization. Jackson was a Navy veter- flicts dating back to the Civil War. Speaking
an of World War II and the Korean War. He at the Veterans Day ceremony, Mayor Bill
was instrumental in raising money for the Glacken publicly recognized Mr. Jackson's
War Memorial located on the grounds of service to his country and his contributions
the Freeport Library. The memorial"honors L toi'ttie* be'tteitnehf'of Freeport over many
local residents who lost their lives in con- decades.
The Freeport HS Junior
Naval ROTC opened the cer-emony
presentation of the colors,
and the Freeport High
School Select Chorale
performed the "Star
Spangled Banner." Retired
Army Air Corps Captain Jerry
Silverman, who served as a
navigator during WW II, was,
the featured speaker. He
described flying 26
missions in Europe and
spending six months as a
prisoner of war. Pam Jusino
sang "America the Beautiful"
to close the ceremony.
Pictured standing in front of the Freeport High School Select Chorale are Post 1342 Chaplain Duffy Berg with Treasurer Ed Martin, Nassau Legislator
David Denenberg, Post Commander Stephen Nicolino, retired Army Air Corps Captain Jerry Silverman, Mayor Bill Glacken, Trustees Bill White, Jr.,
and Don Mauersberger, Hempstead Coundlwoman Angle Cullin, and Freeport Police Chief Michael Woodward.
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