J, W* Dodd Middle School Celebrates Festival of the Arts
The month of May marked John W. Dodd
Middle School's annual Festival of the Arts. As
part of the special celebration, the middle
school music students provided a special per-
Fteeport residents young and old came out in support of The festival of the Arts.
formance_on May 9th .in the_Freepprt.High
School auditorium, while some of the work
created in the art classes was on display in the
lobby. The event provided an opportunity for
those students who have participated in art
and music classes throughout the school year
to showcase their talents.
The art curriculum at Dodd Middle
School is designed to incorporate English lan-guage
and writing skills. Art teacher, Peter
Parlagreco, taught his students just how vital
the role of artwork is in literature. By using
well-known children's book illustrator Eric
Carle as an inspiration, the students learned
to use art as a way to depict fables. "They saw
for themselves how important pictures are to
the story," Mr. Parlagreco explained, "and
were able to make statements about charac-ter,
plot and story development using art as
the means of expression. Ultimately they inte-gratedjheir
own. inspjrati^ns^and.jdeas mtq_
the fable, which taught them how to play an
active role in literature."
The event highlighted the talents of the
middle school's chorus, orchestra, band and
the various ensembles, with the students dis-playing
their abilities in singing, acting and Freeport Report
John W. Dodd art teachers proudty stand before the works of their students.
From left to right are Aimee Johnson, Peter Parlagreco and Carolyn
playing musical instruments. The art exhibit
and concert provided the students with an
opportunity to entertain all of Freeport.
July 20th-BOB CANTWEliL AND THE SATURD^NIGHTJSTOMPERS'
Dixieland Jazz-Nautical Mile Esplanade
July 27th • HOT GOLD, HOT JAZZ FEATURING LINDA CIOFALO
Jazz, blues, and irresistible standards from the Great American Songbook - Nautical Mile Esplanade
130'East Merrick Road, Freeport
Limited seating is available.
We recommend you bring your own chairs. For further information,
please call the Arts Council at (516) 223-2522.
Hie Nautical Mile Esplanade is located on Woodcletl Avenue in Freeport. Traveling south, the Esplanade is approximately one-quarter mile on the left side. It is across the street from a large parking lot.
The Village Hall Courtyard is located on N. Grove Street -.2 blocks north of Sunrise Highway.There is a large parking lot adjacent to the Courtyard.The Courtyard is behind Village Hall, located at 46 North Ocean
The Freeport Recreation Center is located at 130 E. Merrick Road - 4 traffic lights west of the Meadowbrook Parkway.
JUNE, 2006 www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Rain Fails to Dampen Freeporters Spirits at Events
OlS L I AN aivd
Agency (CDA) and the Community
Development Corporation of Long Island
(CDCLI) managed to complete its program
before the downpour.
The Nautical Festival recovered after the
Saturday afternoon rainstorm and was a big
some cases windows, doors, roofs and heating
systems were upgraded or replaced to keep
energy costs down. This work enabled the
homeowners to keep their major investment.
In praising the program, Mayor Bill
Glacken said, "We have seen tremendous suc-
The excellent weather on Sunday brought out the crowds to enjoy the rides
.-.and features at the -Nautical Mile Festival.
The village's annual Nautical Festival
began with the official ribbon-cutting cere-mony
at 12 noon at the north end of
Woofcleft Ave. on Saturday, June 3rd, despite
At Northeast Park the special block party
and information exchange program spon-sored
by Freeport's Community Development
Among the local officials who attended the official ribborvcutting ceremony for the Nautical Festival were Trustee Don Miller, former Chamber of
Commerce president Chris Creamer, Trustee Bill White, Jr., Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Mayor Bill Glacken, Hempstead Councilwoman Angle Cullin,
Nassau Legislator David Denenberg, Chamber of Commerce President Pete Vita, Chamber officers and directors Jerri Quibell, Barbara and llona Jagnow,
T School Superintendent Eric EveTsley, and Chamber Director Michael Danoa " "~
Standing in front of a house where several weotherization improvements were made
are: homeowners Roosevelt and Saly Simpson, Michete DiBenedeito and Suzanne
Raphael of Citibank. CEO Bffl Ktatsky of CDOJ, Mayor 81 Gtackea President and COO
Marianne Gavin of COCU and CDA Executive Director EBen Kelly.
success Saturday evening and all day Sunday,
with youngsters flocking to the carnival rides
while families enjoyed the special sidewalk
food service, dined in the waterfront restau-rants
and shopped at the gift stores and ven-dor
The event in the northeast section of the
village included a special NeighborWorks
Week volunteer effort with individuals
helping to revitalize a house and garden
on East Dean St.
The village's CDA, with the assistance
of the CDCLI and support from federal,
state, and local governments as well as
Citibank and the Ford Foundation, has
completed three years of a pilot project
designed to provide Weatherization,
Rehabilitation, and Asset Preservation
(WRAP) for homes which would other-wise
have fallen into disrepair.
To date, "more than 128 houses
owned by elderly or low-income families
have benefited from the program. In
cess in the northeast neighborhoods thanks to
this program. It has been a win-win for the vil-lage
by helping homeowners, improving
neighborhoods and preserving valuable hous-ing
stock for future generations."
C£0 BID Ktatsty of CDCU and Mayor 81 Glacken took part
in planting a tree dedicated to Mrs. Saly Simpson's late father.
A MESSAGE FROM [AYOR °t's Memorial Day Parade was Major Success / cr
The catastrophic destruction in the
Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina is esti-mated
by the federal government at
approximately $100 billion in property
damage, with more than 1,300 lives lost.
The devastation caused by that storm was
a horrifying wake-up call for every coastal
community in the United States.
Last month the National Hurricane
Center (NHC), a division of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
sponsored a Hurricane Preparedness Week
to emphasize the need for coastal commu-nities
to prepare for storms of major pro-portion.
The NHC predicts that the north-east
coastline could be hit by a category 3
hurricane within the next few years.
As a waterfront community, Freeport
knows firsthand the destruction caused by
serious storms. During the past nine years,
the Glacken Administration has taken
steps to protect residents and businesses
from the devastation of such events. The
village, with Superintendent of Buildings
Joe Madigan, and assistance from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency,
has raised more than 20 houses located in
low-lying areas. The structures were ele-vated
by as much as six feet above the
base flood elevation level. For the first
time in decades, these homeowners no
longer face major damage to their homes
with each heavy storm.
Freeport has established an Emergency
Management Team and has equipped its
office with the latest high-tech computers
required to measure pending storms.
Using highly sensitive devices, including a
tidal gauge, the team, led by Ex-Fire
Chiefs Richard Holdener and Don Rowan,
is better able to predict the amount of
flooding and the possible need to evacu-ate.
The EMT includes representatives
from the Police, Fire, Buildings and Pubic
Works Departments, as well as the Electric
and Water Utilities, ensuring full coopera-tion-
and-immediate-action in the event of
These pre-storm efforts will help miti-gate
destruction and loss of life in the
event of a major storm. The next step
requires the public to stay informed, be
prepared and follow the directions issued
by the EMT.
Through the emergency hotline, 516-
377-2400, the EMT will alert residents of
the threat of a dangerous hurricane.
Information concerning flooding, the
need to re-locate vehicles, or an evacua-tion
order, will be recorded on the hotline
for residents to call in and hear.
That information also will be relayed to
people in the affected area by the reverse
911-phone service. The system delivers a
recorded message to designated phone
numbers, and a message is left on the
answering machine if the occupants are
Siren blasts are another method of
alerting residents of an emergency. The
sirens are tested on the first Saturday of
the month at 12 noon. A blast at other
times indicates a serious problem and you
are advised to call the hotline number,
516-377-2400 for information and instruc-tions.
A siren blast every 15 minutes sig-nals
an evacuation in progress. Details of
the emergency will be broadcast on local
radio stations WGBB, WHLI, WKJY; the
cable television station News 12, and New
York City stations NBC 4, CBS 2, ABC 7, and
FOX 5. In addition, emergency instructions
will be posted on the village's website at
Everyone should have an emergency
plan that covers what to do if you are
ordered to evacuate. Keep critical supplies
readily available, including fresh batteries
for radios and flashlights, bottled water,
canned foods that can be eaten without
cooking, backup prescription medications,
a first aid kit and identification papers.
Always have some cash on hand and at
least a half tank of gasoline in your car.
If you are instructed to evacuate your
home and go to a shelter, you will need
blankets or sleeping bags, protective
clothing, rainwear, toiletries, and,--if-you-have
young children, items to occupy
them for several hours.
Individuals with special needs should
contact the Emergency Management
Office at 516-377-2188 to make arrange-ments
for assistance in evacuating or for
special access to utilities. Smoking, alco-holic
beverages, weapons and pets are not
allowed in public shelters. Contact your
veterinarian well in advance of the hurri-cane
season for recommendations on
where to bring your pets in an emergency.
If you have to evacuate, and no public
shelter is available, have a backup plan to
go to the home of a friend or relative, or a
motel located to the north of Freeport (in
the event of flooding). Make sure every-one
in the family knows the phone num-ber
of a person who will be able to take
messages and re|ay information to others
in the event of separation.
Preparation is the key to protection.
Freeport has received national awards in
recognition of its flood mitigation efforts.
Spend some time this summer putting
together a family emergency plan and
practice it well in advance of an emer-gency.
Remember, your property can
always be replaced, but nothing can
replace your life. Stay safe.
Great weather and hundreds of marchers
brought out large crowds of local residents
and visitors to view Freeport's annual
Memorial Day Parade. This year the parade
chairman was Stephen A. Nicolino, succeed-ing
the late Charles Jackson, who had served
as chairman of the event for 27 years.
Mayor Bill Glacken paid tribute to Mr.
Jackson, a past commander of the American
Legion William Clinton Story Post #342, prais-ing
him for his contributions to Freeport and
his devotion to his country. The Mayor also
thanked Mr. Nicolino, who also served as
Commander of the local American Legion
Post, for his work in putting together this
year's parade...,. .,_.,,„...-, ,_-.„„,,- , ,._..^MoYor,Trustee$,other.elect&d,oflitials,.veteram^
Mayor Glacken cited the beginnings of the
celebration of Memorial Day
dating back to the Civil War
and added, "today we
remember all the brave vet-erans,
men and women who
made the ultimate sacrifice
so that their fellow country-men
could live in a free soci-ety.
There is no greater sac-rifice
than that, and we will
never forget what they have
School board Trustee Ron Ellerbe, Freeport Village Trustee Don Miller, Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, done for us."
Trustees Don Mauersberger and.Bill White, Jr. march in Memorial Day Ftirade.
The 2006 Memorial Day Parade Grand
Marshal was Air Force Lt. Col. James A. Bessel,
a native Freeporter who traveled from
England to take part in the event. He thanked
the marchers for the tribute and ended by
asking everyone to select a name from the
memorial display in front of the Freeport
Veterans Memorial Library and to please
remember that individual in their prayers in
keeping with this year's parade theme, which
wasT'We Will Always Remember, We Shall
Trasttee Bom Miller loins Freeport JC
in Homorinw me Flag
Trustee Don Miller, US Marine Corps Reservist Sgt. Jeffrey Keating,
Elks Exalted Ruler Glen Cohen, and Elks Treasurer Kenneth Combs.
The Freeport Baldwin Elks Lodge 1253
held its annual Flag Day event at its head-quarters
in Freeport. Among the speakers
were Freeport Trustee Don Miller, who
thanked the veterans, many whom served
in conflicts from World War II, to the
Korean War to both Iraqi wars for their
devotion and sacrifice for their fellow
Americans. Trustee Miller
also praised the members
for their efforts to encour-age
respect for the
American flag. "This flag is a
symbol of everything we
hold dear to us as a nation,
including our constitution,
our freedom, and our hard-won-
Guest speaker U.S.
Marine Corps Reservist Sgt.
Jeffery Keating, who served a
tour of duty in the most
recent Iraqi action, described
the importance of the flag to
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the men and women in the field. "Every
American military post flies our flag," he
explained. "It is a symbol of hope and
comfort to us while we are fighting to
ensure that our fellow coun-trymen
are always safe to
enjoy the freedoms protected
by bur constitution."
Flag Day is officially cele-brated
on June 14th each year.
Freeport has special recycled
mailboxes in the lower level of
Village Hall, in the Recreation
Center and at the Freeport
Memorial Library for disposing
of worn or damaged flags.
Veterans organizations collect
the discarded flags and dis-pose
of them in a respectful
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