Join the Dollars for Scholars Walkathon
along the Nautical Mile
The Dollars for Scholars organization, a
local group that raises money for scholarships for
high school students from Freeport to help cover
the cost of college tuition, will sponsor a walk-athon
Saturday, September 27th. Participants
will begin the walk at Randall Park and go south
on Woodcleft Avenue to the Scenic Pier and back
to Randall Park.
Dollars for Scholars has provided money
for students to attend major colleges, universi-ties
and vocational schools such as the Culinary
Institute of America.
Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and
the walk will begin at 10 a.m. There will be free
refreshments and t-shirts for the participants.
Anyone interested in helping to raise
funds for this worthy cause is invited to take
part. Contact Rita Carter at 378-1841, or Jim and
Madeleine Parola at 623-1041, to obtain informa-tion
concerning either signing up or sponsoring
Harlem Book Fair\ Gom; es to Free.p£ ort
The African Atlantic Genealogical Society
and QBR the Black Book Review-present the
6th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island,
Saturday, Sept. 27,2008 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
at the Freeport Recreation Center.
Designed to bring authors, poets and per-formers
to the local community, the book fair
features lectures, panel discussions, ethnic
food, "open mike" performances, (which will
be emceed by Robert L. Johnson,) music, dance,
artwork and merchandise vendors. There is
also a Children's Pavilion with its own featured
authors, storytelling by "Mother..Goose", face
painting and balloon sculpting.
In addition, the Nassau Chess Club, which
promotes "chess for kids", will be on hand to
introduce young people to the game. Dominic
Carter; who is an author and a host of a NY
One television program, along with author
Bernard J. Marsh, will participate in the panel
discussions.The Freeport Recreation Center is
located at 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport N.Y.
For additional information, you may call (516)
977-6993, fax (516) 908-4077, or e-mail
hbfLonglsland@verizon.net. The Harlem Book
Fair on Long Island is made possible by grants
from the Freeport Community Development
Agency and the Moneta Sleet Foundation.
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AUGUST, 2008 www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Midshipmen Arrive to an Enthusiastic Crowd
The U.S. Naval
Woodcleft Canal in
August, marking the
10th Anniversary of
their first visit to
Freeport, as an
welcomed them at
the Esplanade. The
afternoon arrival of
the Annapolis Sail
kicked off the 4-day
visit that included a
trip to Shea Stadium,
rants, and time spent
Surrounded by the midsNpmen and the officers, local officials wished them good luck in their future career plans at a dinner held in their honor
at Bedell's at West Wind restaurant. Pictured in the photo are Trustees George Martinez and Don Miller, Mayor Bill Glacken, Trustee Bill White, Jr. In front of them are:
American Legion Past Commander Steve Nicolino, Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla,
Hempstead Councilwoman Angle Cullin and Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Jorge.
instructors docked the boats before having a
dinners at local restau- qujck |unch at thfi Rjver House Grj||e From plans. They also answered questions from
on the Nautical Mile. SaturdaV( August 9th( through Mondayi young people interested in applying to the
midshipmen and their August ^ thfi midshipmen gave tours of Naval Academy.
the sailboats to
and visitors. The
young men and
women, all stu-dents
in the Naval
visitors their living
quarters on board
the boats, and
individual areas of
study and their
Canoe Races Make a Splash at Waterfront Park
The Freeport Chamber of.
Commerce, along with the Police
Athletic League (PAL), sponsored
the annual Waterfront Park
Canoe Races, on Sunday, August
3rd. The event raises funds to
benefit PAL sports programs for
The competition got off to a
great start with the first three heats
taking place among individuals
from the adult program of the
Association for Children with
Downs Syndrome. The racers,
who ranged in age from 16 to
46-years-old, were coached by
volunteers from the Freeport Electric Dept.
and the community, who spent six weeks
helping the ACDS individuals learn the basics
of canoeing. Linda Sperber, the ACDS pro-
Pictured congratulating the winners in the parent or adult/child race are Mayor Bill Glacken, PAL Director Sue Lyons,
1 st Place winners Cory and Matthew Shaw, Chamber of Commerce 2nd, VP Dona Jognow, 2nd. Place winners Mr. Wilson
and Krisien Chamber VP Jerri QufoeH, 3rd Place winners Zack Corel and Mario Espinoza, Trustee Jorge Martinez,
Executive Secretary Lois Howes, Chamber Treasurer Ed Eriedman and PAL Director Tom Clemens. In front are: Cheyr
Martin and Dane Giordano.
gram's community director, and Marianne
Endo, the community recreation leader, with
the help of Freeport Electric's Les Endo, Jr.,
and Acting Superintendent Anthony Fiore,
organized the volunteer effort
and arranged for the practice
sessions. This is the fourth
year the ACDS individuals had
an opportunity to join their
friends and neighbors in the
annual canoe races. The spec-tators
at Waterfront Park,
including the volunteers,
friends, families and support-ers
of the racers, crowded the
railing to cheer them on to vic-tory.
The remaining competitions
included a parent or adult
with a child team, a male and
female team, and a series of heats pitting
local restaurants against each other, all in
the spirit of wholesome family fun.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Village Offering Free Curb Trees to Residents
Summer is nearly over, and once again
we have fond memories of the season's
events in the Village. Beginning with the
Nautical Festival, which officially kicks off
the summer for Freeporters, the Nautical
Mile has been a very busy place. The
Festival attracted more than 150,000 peo-ple
to Woodcleft Ave., which was closed to
traffic during the three-day event held
every year on the first full weekend in
June. The unusually warm weather
brought families, couples, seniors and
youngsters to the Nautical Mile to sample
the great food, visit the vendor booths,
thrill to the carnival's sky-high rides, or just
sit, relax and enjoy the waterfront.
In August, the U.S. Naval Academy Sail
Training Squadron was back in Freeport to
mark its tenth visit to the Village. The 50
midshipmen and the officers who accom-panied
them on the five 44-foot single-mast
sailing vessels were delightful guests.
Along with members of the Naval
Academy's Parents' Club, they dined at
local restaurants, visited Shea Stadium to
see the Mets play the Florida Marlins, and
made several trips to New York City. We
were proud to host these young men and
women who are embarking on a career
dedicated to protecting and defending
As part of the Village's on-going
efforts to make Freeport a port-of-call for
.a variety of .boaters traveling from Maine
to Florida, the slips located at the
Esplanade where the midshipmen were
docked are available for short stays. And
by this time next summer, the
Dockmaster's Quarters just west of the
Scenic Pier will be complete and ready to
service transient vessels in need of wifi,
water, electricity and facilities.
During July and August residents and
visitors were entertained by a variety of
free concerts, plays and musical perfor-mances
at the Esplanade on the Nautical
Mile or in the Courtyard behind Village
Hall every Thursday evening. Co-sponsored
by the Village and the Long Island Arts
Council at Freeport every summer, the con-certs
offer traditional productions in a
casual setting. The music included the
Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythm of Mambo
Loco, and the 50's and 60's doo wop
sounds of the Tribunes. Parents brought
their young children to see the beloved
classic, The Emperor's New Clothes, hear
traditional folktales, or enjoy the vibrant
With the reconstruction of South
Main Street moving along on schedule,
residents can now see the pleasant vista
provided by the "green space" in front of
the Roslyn Savings Bank. Where once
there was an unattractive island in the
center of an awkward traffic pattern, now
there are flower planters, antique-style
lights, trees and a clock.
ject is an integral part of the rehabilitation
of the Central Business District. The revital-ization
of our commercial downtown will
encourage entrepreneurs to invest in
Freeport the same way the reconstruction
of the Nautical Mile brought new life to
the waterfront. The common architectural
thread of bricks pavers, traditional lighting
fixtures and flower planters symbolically
ties the two economic areas together, just
as the reconstruction of Guy Lombardo
Ave. and Main Street provides a physical
Freeport is on the move.
Bishop Frank O.White, Senior Pastor, and his son, Dr.
Frank A. White, Co-Pastor, honored three local heroes at
the annual event held last August 2nd alongside Zion
Cathedral in Freeport. Reginald Stroughn, the Principal of
Hempstead High School, who was also awarded Principal
of the Year by the New York State Dept. of Education,
received the Bishop Frank 0. White Community Service
Award, and An/in Bethea and Michael Arcari received the
Winston A. Grant Humanitarian Award on behalf of the
organization, Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes. Freeport
Mayor Bill Glacken and Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson
presented citations to the honorees.
Beginning in the Fall,
the Village's Department of
Public Works will again be
planting curb trees free of
charge as part of the Glacken
plan to add more trees
throughout the Village.
Residents who are inter-ested
in having a curb tree
planted in front of their homes
may mail their name and
address to the Village of
Freeport, Engineering Dept, 46
North Ocean Aver; Freeport/NY"•
11520, and mark the outside of
the envelope "Tree". You may
also send a fax with the needed
information to 378-0482. If you
would prefer to send an e-mail,
please address-it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please specify whether you want a "flower-
One of the new curb trees on Westend Ave.
ing" or "non-flowering" tree. The Village
will attempt to accommodate individual
requests, but the final selection will
be decided by the Public Works
Department, with consideration
given to availability, location and
Watering the curb trees
during the coming months is crit-ical
to their health. Please contin-ue
to water lawns and the curb-side
trees following the schedule
established by the Dept. of Public
Works. Homes with even-num-bered
addresses should water
only during even-numbered days
on the calendar; homes with
water on odd-numbered days.
All watering should be done only
between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. of
the following day. If you have
any further questions, please
contact the Department of Public Works at
VILLAGE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
TThhee ddeeaaddlliinnee ffoorr nneeww aanndr lr eronnewo^a,l^ a,p~p~licia:-t-io*n;-s- - fo'r
real property tax exemptions for the 2009 tax year is
Wednesday, October 1, 2008. "Because many property
owners must put together various items of paper work"
said Mayor Bill Glacken, "we like to be sure that they
know well in advance of the deadline."
Residents who currently have property tax exemp-tions
that must be renewed annually must reapply to the
Village Assessor's office by Wednesday, October 1.
Renewal applications have been mailed to everyone who
received a renewable exemption on the 2008 tax roll. If
you believe you are entitled to an exemption, and have
not received an application, please call 377-2256.
The property owners who must reapply annually are
property owners having senior citizen, clergy, churches,
firemen, disability, and non-profit organization exemp-tions.
Residents who'are receiving veterans' real property
tax'exemptions, as well as recipients of capital improve-ment
and business exemptions, need not reapply annually.
Applications are available at the Assessor's office,
Room 105 in Village Hall, Monday through Friday, from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the following exemptions;
senior citizen, disability, non-profit, clergy, churches, veter-ans,
firemen, capital improvement, and business.
Additional information is available on Freeport's website,
www.freeportny.gov in the Village Assessor section.
Forms may be downloaded directly from
According to the Real Property Tax Law, applications
for property tax exemptions in the Village must be
received (not postmarked) by Wednesday, October 1, 2008
in the Village Assessor's office by 4:30 p.m.
"STAR" exemptions are a separate application and
must be acquired through and filed with the Nassau
County Assessment Department. For information on the
"STAR" exemption, please call 571-1500.
Pictured in the photo are Winston A. Grant, III, Charles Grant, Dr. Frank A. White,
Marvin Bethea, Michael Aral Bishop Frank 0. White, Judge Cornell Foskey, Mayor Bill Glacken,
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, Zion Cathedral's Phyllis Hickmon and
Barbara Jordaa along with Reginald Stroughn.
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