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School Board member Sara Holly presents Mayor William White with his "I Am A Friend Of The Freeport
Arts Council" tee shirt which is given to all contributing #1-0 or more to the cultural group.
No Slump In Building
While the economy has brought construction virtu- Substantial alterations were done to the Lea-Ronal
ally to 3 standstill throughout the metropolitan building on Buffalo Avenue, to 90 Mill Road and
area, the Village of Freeport is the site of con- 3re planned for 311 North Main Street. New in-tinuing
building of homes, apartments, industrial dustrial buildings are on Hanse Avenue, Bennington
and commercial facilities and professional offices.Avenue and two are slated for Anchor Street.
On Garfield Street alone, five homes worth from
550,000 to $60,000 are under construction. New The Village's waterfront has also been the scene
one-family houses are also going up on Prince, of activity with two fish markets appearing on
Colonial, Miller, Lexington, North Bergen, Less- Woodcleft Canal, a 50 seat addition to the Yankee
ing, Harris and Branch. Planned for the west side Clipper Restaurant and the renovation of the Har-of
Miller Avenue are 10 new homes.
In apartment structures, (A units have been com-pleted
on West Merrick Road, a 50-unit building
on South Bayview Avenue has gone through a 3350,-
000 fate lifting and the future will see a 100-
unit senior citizen complex on North Main Street
and a 'tS-unit garden apartment structure on Ca-sino
bor View Restaurant. A marine-related structure
is scheduled for Hanse Avenue.
Underway or planned are a new gas.station on Sun-rise
Highway, a four-store complex on South Bay-view,
a real estate office on West Merrick Road,
a professional building on Atlantic Avenue and
the renovation of a diner on Sunrise Highway.'"
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 WILLIAM H WHITE. MAYOR
Public Meetings On The 1st and 3rd Mondays Of The Month, At 9:00 P.M.
.Holiday Fun NOVEMBER, 1975
Several events have been planned by the Freeport
Recreation Department to make the holiday season
joyful for all residents.
planned for Tuesday, December 16. The trip will
include a guided tour of Rockefeller Center, its
Observation Roof and backstage of the Radio City
Music Hall. After lunch at the Center's American
Cafeteria, tripgoers will attend the Music Hall
A gala Ice Show is scheduled at the ice rink of
the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick . . ,1T. _ „ .,,,,.
Road, for Saturday, November 29, beginning at 1pm. Showin9 of ''Ihe Suffine 8oys' Starrin9 rfalter
Professional skaters, including national champ- Matthau and Geor9e Burns> Plus the hollda* sta9e
ions, will present dance routines, figure skating
demonstrations, clown routines, and, in the spir-it
of the holiday season, Santa Claus is expected
to appear. Following the Ice Show, free lessons
be provided for all who hold a Freeport Ac-show.
The entire package, including transporta-tion,
is $10 per person. Reservations are re-quired
and may be obtained by calling 22>-8000,
extension 10. Those on the trip must hold an
Planned for children and teenagers during the.hol-for
rental. Raindate will be Sunday. In addition idaV sch°o1 recess are a triP to the Moscow Circus
to the Ice Show, a special event day will be held (December 29), a day's skiing at Silvermine (De-cember
30), and a day of roller skating (January
2). Flyers will be distributed through the
tivity Card. Skates, at 55«, will be available
at the rink during the school holiday recess.
For adults holding Freeport Activity Cards, a
trip to Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is
schools and will be available at the Recreation
A northeast neighborhood meeting has been held
between some 85 residents and the Community De-velopment
Task Force to set the .wheels in motion
thereby 3386,500 in federal funds allocated for
the first year programming under the Community
Development Act will be used to rehabilitate a
yet undetermined number of presently boarded-up
homes in the area for owner-occupants under the
Village's Homesteading .program.
Mayor William White has appointed an area com-mittee
to meet with the Task Force on an inten-sive
basis to develop guidelines for the program
which is scheduled to include neighborhood-wide
improvements and loans and grants to present
Homesteading To Begin
homeowners as well as Homesteaders. Such guide-lines
will then be presented to the Village-wide
Citizens Committee for its review and recommenda-tions.
Under the state's guidelines, public hearings on
the Homesteading program must be held by the Vil-lage's
Planning Soard as the next step towards
implementation. Since these hearincs may be
scheduled for late November or at a point in De-cember
wherein the "Village News" can not be used
to inform all residents, it is urged that Free-porters
check the local newspapers during the
coming weeks for further information.
Trustees: Thomas J. Lovelidge, Ralph P. Franco, Dorothy Storm, Wayne Jordan
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo-Treasurer: James J. Lyons.- Counsel: Oakley Gentry Jr.
Shop Freeport Downtown Mall Proposed
The Village of Freeport has many unique assets
and not the least among them is its own downtown
shopping area as well as other businesses located
throughout the Village. On the retail level, ap-proximately
300 outlets exist to serve Freeport-ers
and those of nearby communities. Their ex-istence
has long been an important element in the
stability of the Village, easing the tax burden
of the homeowner, increasing property values, gen-erating
auxiliary services, providng jobs and
serving as the environmental hub*
Freeport retailers offer a variety of up-to-date
goods comparable in price to those offered in the
major shopping center. They offer a great deal
else — convenience from your home, closeby park-ing,
and an awareness that the shopper is their
neighbor and must be treated as such.
As the holiday shopping season approaches, look
for your needs first in Freeport. You will de-velop
a year-round habit.
No trash should be put out on the curb for pick-up
on Wednesdays if a legal holiday has or will
occur during the week. When a holiday occurs,
the Wednesday of that week must be utilized for
garbage collections to make up for the day grant-ed
to Village employees.
Residents are asked to cooperate so that the Vil-lage
will be kept clean and free of trash during
holiday weeks. The next trash pickup will be on
the following Wednesday.
Garbage collection schedules also change on hol-iday
weeks, depending on which day of the week
the holiday falls. Residents are asked to call
the Sanitation office, FR 8-4000, extension 226
or 227, if they are in doubt about the schedule
for their neighborhoods.
Following is the list of holidays observed by the
Village. It is suggested that the list be saved
for future reference: New Year's Day, Lincoln's
Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day,
Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Elec-tion
Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and
Dog Owner Rules
Freeport'dog owners are reminded that by Village
law they are required to immediately remove all
feces deposited by their pet in a public street.
The law, similar to those adopted in other munici-palities,
was adopted by the Board of Trustees in
1972 in response to numerous complaints from res-idents.
In addition to requiring that the dog feces be
picked up immediately, the ordinance also pro-hibits
any person from allowing his dog to commit
a nuisance on any sidewalk, thoroughfare, play
area, park, or any place where people might con-gregate
The enforcement of the ordinance is by citizen
complaint rather than by direct police action.
Any resident who reports a violation'will be
asked to sign a complaint from which a summons
may be issued requiring the violator to appear
in Village Court.
All dogs must also be leashed and licensed.
Loose dogs should be reported to the Town Dog
Warden at SU 5-5220. Licenses, at $2.35 for
males and s'payed females and $5.35 for uns'payed
females, are available at Village Hall.
Applications for summer, 1976, positions with
the Village of Freeport nay be filed anytime
after November 2't. Freeport residents over the
age of 18 have until May 1 to file.
Openings to be filled include those of lifeguard,
recreation attendant and leader and seasonal
Those interested-may apply at the Office of the
Village Clerk, *t6 North Ocean Avenue, between
8:50aro and 4:30pm, or in writing. No telephone
inquiries will be accepted.
The first step towards the proposed Freeport Mall in the downtown area will be improvements at the
Church (shown) and Henry Streets parking lots with increased parking, a pedestrian walkthrough,
sitting areas and plantings. ... . . . . . . . . . . .
The plans for a "Freeport Mall" which could cone
to fruition by late 1977 or early 1978 in the
Village's downtown central business district,
have been unveiled before the Village Board of
Trustees, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce Board
of Directors, area retailers and property owners,
and the Community Development Citizens Committee.
The open mall concept concludes a two year study
by Walter Thabit, planning consultant, which was
totally funded under a state grant. The actual
design was prepared by architect Bernard Roth-jied.
The plans calls for the closing of South
Main Street between Sunrise Highway and Merrick
Road and Newton Boulevard and Little Pine Street,
to all but emergency traffic. Loading by stores
not having rear access would be limited to non-shopping
The theme of the mall would be nautical with
three sets of tall masts festooned with banners
and lighting which could be seen at great dis-tances
and act as a draw into the area. Also
serving as focal points would be two high cano-pies
underneath which performances, boat and car
shows, craft and art exhibits, bake sales, fes-tivals
and similar events could be held. Pre-liminary
plans indicate the mall would be paved
from storefront to storefront with attractive
combinations of materials. There would be sitting
and decorative areas, plantings, fountains and
information kiosks. Also planned are an attend-ed
comfort station on Newton Boulevard, a Teen-age
Area on Little Pine Street and an outdoor
cafe on the main Mall.
While.no major alterations are envisioned for
storefronts, merchants and property owners will
be encouraged to repaint under a universal color
scheme, have all signs at the same level, put up
awnings and adopt other decorative themes.
Total cost is estimated at $900,00 of which 802 •
could conceivably come from the Village's allo-cation
of $5.3 million in Community Development :
Act funds over the next five years. Presently
in its first year of funding with a grant of
$1.3 million, Freeport has allocated 20?, or
$275,000, to Central Business District improve-ments.
The improvements are: (l) the demolition
of two stores to allow for the creation of a
pedestrian walkway lined with show windows and
small shops from the Church Street municipal
parking lot to South Main Street; and (2) the
realignment of parking spaces in the Church
Street lot, and the squaring off of store rears
through .acquisition to allow, for. walkways.and -
sitting areas. The plan will increase parking
by 65 spaces.
Appraisals and engineering studies are currently
underway. Demolition and the construction of a
temporary walkway will be delayed until January
so as to not interfere with holiday shopping.
Further steps towards the development of the com-plete
mall concept will be weighed by the Commun-ity
Development Task Force and Citizens Committee
as they begin discussions of the Village's appli-cation
for second year funding. That application
will be the subject of two public hearings prior
to its approval by the Freeport Board of Trustees.
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