Remember that Woodcleft Ave. will be closed to
traffic beginning Friday evening, June 1st, and all day June
2nd and 3rd for the annual Nautical Festival. Free parking
will be available at the Hempstead Town Marina located at
the south end of Guy Lombardo Ave. Shuttle buses will
provide transportation to the Nautical Mile and back
again throughout the festival. ~ "*"
Available parking from Merrick Road south during
the Festival is scarce and it is usually very difficult to drive
in that area once the event begins. The shuttle buses are
free, and service for the physically challenged is provided.
For additional information contact the.Recreation Center
at 516-377-2314 ext. 10.
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Memorial Day Parade -^ , . -'~^~~-UL_ .T •."_"„ -....I-.-.- -f __ _ __; W • ™-~- •,' ._. Monday, MajT 28T"
This year's Memorial Day Parade will honor the 42nd
Infantry Division Band for its service in Iraq. The Grand
Marshal and guest speaker for the event with be C. W. 0.
Mark Kimes, who is the Commander of the band. There will
be musical performances by the Freeport High School Band,
and the Caroline Atkinson 5th Grade Chorus. The parade will
begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Freeport High School, and
proceed south on Brookside Avenue, then east on Merrick
Road to the Freeport Memorial Library. In the event of rain,
the services will be held at the Freeport High School at 10:30
a.m. For more information, contact Stephen Nicolino at
MAY, 2007 www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Freeport Police Department Makes History
Mayor Bill Glacken declared it an impor-tant
day for Freeport as he presented the new
badges and heartily congratulated the police
officers who received promotions, including
former Lieutenant Debbie Zagaja, who is now
the first woman to be promoted to Freeport's
Deputy Police Chief, and P. 0. Andrew Rhan,
the first African-American to be elevated to
the rank of Sergeant on the Freeport force.
The Mayor explained that he was truly
pleased to be able to deliver on a promise he
made when he took office that the people
who serve the residents of Freeport will
reflect the diverse population of the village.
"This is a Village that prides itself on its open-ness,
its willingness to accept and respect indi-viduals
of all nationalities, races, and creeds.
We are a unique community, a community of
inclusion, and as Mayor, I have pledged that
the public servants in Village Hall will
represent the people they serve," added the
Police Chief Michael Woodward addressed
the newly promoted group of officers, which
included Assistant Chief Al Gros, Lt.
Christopher Barrella, Sergeant Michael Smith,
and Sergeant Kevin Edell, and charged them
to carry out their duties with the same
dedication and diligence that won them their
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Wee Chief Michael Woodward, Deputy Mayor Renare fern Deputy Chtef Debbie Zogaja
Assistant Chief Al Gfos, Sgi. Michael Smiih. U. Christopher Barrella Sgt. Andrew RrmSgt. Kevin Edel Wee B3 White, Jr, and Mayor BJlGlackea
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
morning or afternoon sessions from June
25th through August 17th for the pre-school
set. The Youth Camp program pro-vides
supervised activities for children
ages 6-10 years old in afternoon sessions
only. And for youngsters 11-13 years of
age, the Sports Summer Clinic program
encourages participation in an art work-shop,
karate classes, and tennis lessons in
either morning or afternoon sessions. For
the older teens, the Long Island Arts
Council at Freeport, with its offices locat-ed
at the Recreation Center, sponsors a
group has been meeting once a week for
over 20 years. The players pride them-selves
on their longevity, with the
youngest player just turning ninety years
old this month.
The Health Wing at the Recreation
Center opens weekdays at 6 a.m. and clos-es
at 10 p.m. The operating hours are
slightly later on weekends. The exercise
room boasts the latest in state-of-the-art
equipment adjacent to steam and sauna
facilities. Exercise classes are held in the
upstairs lounge, while the air-conditioned
Last month, as the warm. Spring
weather arrived, we featured Freeport's
five neighborhood parks in this column
and the unique opportunities they pro-vide
for relaxation and recreation to our
The Freeport Recreation Center,
which was closed for the month of May to
allow for the repairs and maintenance
work needed to ensure that the center is
ready for the busy summer season, will
reopen June 1st. This year the center is
continuing to offer programs designed to
provide safe, wholesome fun to young-sters
from tots to teens from late June to
The Kiddie Camp program for chil-dren
ages 3-5 years old offers either
The oudoor pool wfth youngsters practicing their diving techniques.
Regulars Louise Albah, Ann Gilvey, Louise Wade, and Kay Schroeder meet for ttieir weekly
game of bridge at the seniors' wing of the Recreation Center
teen drama program. All of the partici-pants
in the programs have access to the
Recreation Center's three pools, and all
the other play
Wing at the
R e c r e a t i o n
Center is a
for members of
the "over 60"
fact, there are
that have main-tained
over the years.
gym features recently refurbished basket-ball
and volleyball courts. For additional
information call 516-377-2314 ext. 10, or
visit " the village's website at
The Recreation Center serves as the
crossroads of the Village, bringing the
community together for sports events,
physical activities, civic and community
meetings, special events, and special
exhibits and shows on weekends.
Enjoy the summer, and remember to
spend some time with your neighbors and
friends at the Freeport Recreation Center.
Deliver $600,000 in Grant Funds to Freeport
Money for Police and Fire Departments
recorded either using high-level
police equipment, or systems typ-ically
used by the private sector.
The second grant, for
$591,000, will be used to secure
high-tech breathing assistance
equipment for Freeport firefight-ers.
The devices are known as
Apparatus or SCBA. The package
includes a special cascade system
first responders nationwide by ensuring that
emergency response professionals are pre-pared,
equipped and trained for any situa-tion,
and by bringing together information
and resources to prepare for and respond to
a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other
large-scale emergency situation.
Congresswoman McCarthy said she was
gratified that she was able to deliver these
funds to Freeport, one of the many commu-iOT
Carolyn McCarthy, Trustee Bili Whita Jr., Mayor Bill Glocken, Congressman
Peter King, Police Chief Michael Woodward, Trustees Don Miller and Jorge Martinez.
Congressman Peter King, and
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy visited
Freeport recently officially to present more
than $600,000 in grants to the Village's
Police and Fire Departments. The funding
has been allocated to Freeport through the
Homeland Security Department's First
The bi-partisan effort brought $33,100
in funding for a VideoDetective device for
the Police Department. A special Acadia
Vision Accelerator board within the device
helps enhance surveillance videos, thereby
improving the department's ability to identi-fy
and apprehend suspects pictured on the
videotape. The device will work with videos
nities located in close proximity to New York
used to fill the SCBA bqtt|es,jnd _City,_and which for that reason,_must remain
"ai veriicle^Tiountedlystern for use vigilant to the possibility of future terrorist
on fire trucks to capture the attacks,
exhaust and vent
the fumes outside the firehous-es.
The grant money is part of
the Federal 2006 Fire Act Grant.
Mayor Bill Glacken, the
Board of Trustees, Police Chief
Michael Woodward and Fire
Chief Joseph Stallone expressed
their gratitude to Congressional
Representatives King and
McCarthy for their efforts in
securing this important funding
for the Village.
Congressman King has stat-ed
that the Homeland Security
office is committed to helping
Second Assistant Chief Richard Layton, Mayor Bill Glacken, Freeport Fire Oept, Executive Secretary
Ray Maguire, Fire Chief Joseph Stallone, Trustee Don Miller, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy,
Trustee Bill White, Jr., Congressman Peter King, Trustee Jorge Martinez,
First Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Muldowney, and Ex-Chief John Wensley.
Welcoming a New Trustee To Village Hall
Trustee Jorge Martinez, a long-time
Freeport resident, won election to the Board
of Trustees March 20th to fill the seat of two-term
board member Trustee
Mauersberger who retired. Trustee
Martinez won election along with
Trustee Bill White, Jr., who was first
elected in 1999 and is now serving
his third four-year term.
"Jorge Martinez is a valuable
addition to the Village Board," said
Mayor Glacken. "He brings his con-siderable
knowledge of business, his
dedication to the Freeport commu-nity,
and his involvement in issues of
concern to the Hispanic community
to Village Hall, and we are pleased
to welcome him to the Board," said
Trustee Martinez, a graduate of Hofstra
University, is President of BCM Solutions, a
third party administrator dedicated to help-ing
organizations become more efficient
Mayor Bill Glacken presides at the official swearing-in ceremony of
Trustees Bill White, Jr., and Jorge Martinez.
and effective by outsourcing their business
procedures. As a 30-year Freeport resident,
he has worked tirelessly to enrich the com-munity.
He served as a.coach for Freeport's
PAL Sports League and Little
Trustee Martinez is also
the Immediate Past President of the
Long Island Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, and past Deputy
Chairman of the Village of Freeport
Zoning Board. He has garnered a
number of awards including the
Molloy College St. Martin de Porres
Award for Leadership, the Unispan
Award from Hofstra University, and
the Hispanic Heritage Award from
the Town of Hempstead.
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