The Freeport Recreation Department will sponsor
an ADULT TRIP on Wednesday, February 11, to
the Fox Hollow Inn, Woodbury, for lunch and a
professional matinee performance of the Broadway
musical, "I Do, I Do." The fee of $12.50 covers
transportation, show and a three course lunch
with a choice of broiled filet of sole or beef
bourguignon as an entree. The bus will leave
the Recreation Center at ll:30am and return a-bout
5pm. Advance reservations may be called
into 225-8000, ext. 10 with the monies due no
later than January 28. There will be no refunds
unless the trip is cancelled and all participants
must have a Freeport Recreation Activity Card.
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Programs for the HANDICAPPED have now been insti-tuted
at the Recreation Center and are designed
for residents with any disability. A course in
art is offered for adults each Tuesday from 10am
to noon for which students must supply their
materials. Children, ages 6 to 13, may enter
the arts and crafts program held each Thursday
from 5:30 to 6:30pra. Both children and adults
may participate in dance therapy on Wednesdays,
3:30 to 't^pm. Beginners and more advanced are
invited to attend the adult sculpture lessons
on Wednesdays, 1 to 2:/t5pm. Again, students
must'supply materials. Qualified Recreation
personnel will teach each class which will be
very limited in size. There is no charge but
participants must have a Freeport Recreation Ac-tivity
Card. For further information, call 223-
8000, ext. 33.
A special VALENTINE'S DAY event is planned for •
the ice skating rink at the Recreation Center on
Saturday, February IV. "Flyers giving the details"
will be available at the Center and the informa-tion
also printed in the local newspapers.
An ADULT SKI TRIP is planned for Saturday, Febru-ary
21, to the Great Gorge-Vernon Valley ski
area in New Jersey. The fee, due by February 13,
is $1^ and covers transportation and lift ticket.
A free, one hour lesson will be given to beginners
only. A limited amount of equipment is available
for rental at 83. Lunch may be brought or pur-chased
at the ski area. The bus will leave the
Recreation Center at 6:30am and return about
8:30pm. Advance reservations nay be phoned into
223-8000, ext. 10. The price of the February 8-
13 Ski Week for teenagers announced in last
month's Village News has been changed from $110
to $115. * * *
Remember that registration for the Center's month-ly
KIDDIE CLUB is held the last week of the pre-ceding
month. Charge for the program, which is<
for three to four'and'a half year olds,' is $15" "
per month and there are no refunds. The program
includes movement and games, music and dance, arts
and crafts, creative drama, puppetry, story-tell-ing
time, films and special events. Juice and
cookie snacks are provided. Four separate ses-sions
are offered: Monday and Wednesday OR Tues-day
and Thursday, 9:15 to ll:30am; Monday and
Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 1:15 to 3:30pm.
Drivers On Watch
First National City Bank branch manager Robert
Halverson (left) and Deputy Mayor Ralph Franco
are pleased bystanders as Cannon Taxi Company
President Martin Goldfeder and Freeport Police
Captain Arthur Rousseau point to the emblem
which signifies a new crime prevention program
which has now been instituted in the Village.
Under the "Civilian Radio Taxi Patrol," develop-ed
by First National City, cab drivers are re-porting
any suspicious activity to police via
their car radios.
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. "
In celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the
"Village News" throughout 1976 will carry a new
masthead featuring a sketch of Village Hall, a
replica of Independence Hall. The drawing is the
work of Mary Lindenfelser, staff artist of the
We've Got A Hew Look... JANUARY, 1976
Freeport Memorial Library, who donated her ser-vices
to the "Freeport: Spirit of ' 76"
tennial Committee for its official stationery^
The Village's own letterhead will carry a similar
Bicentennial theme during the year.
...Because We're Celebrating!
Freeport1s Bicentennial Committee, directed by
Robert Raynor with Mayor William White as General
Chairman and Harold Levine as Honorary Chairman,
is busily at work planning suitable, community-wide
activities as well as researching, for pub-lication,
the history of the Village and surround-ing
will provide a sampling of turkey, fish cakes,
ham and traditional side dishes. No liquor will
be sold, but along with apple cider, traditional
punches will be available as will be coffee and
a wide variety of desserts.
Kicking off the festivities will be a PRESIDEN-TIAL
BIRTHDAY PARTY, honoring Washington and
Lincoln, to be held Saturday night, February 21,
at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Mer-rick
Road. It will be a low-cost ($5 per person)
evening of dancing, entertainment, good food and
drink, suitable games, and the companionship of
your Freeport neighbors and friends.
The Freeport Community Chorale will present a pro-gram
.of Americana music.with the School Districts,
bandsvand choruses also invited to participate.
Hale Smith, noted composer and Chairman of the
Freeport Arts Council, will introduce the piece
he has composed specifically for the Village's
celebration of the Bicentennial. Dance music
will be provided by a live band. Witches and
others will have to\be wary as stocks and dunking
stools will be ready^for use. A "Sadie Hawkins
Auction" will see Freeport men on the block as
1976 is also a Leap Year.\ A late evenina buffet
Committee members will be attired in Colonial
costume and partygoers are encouraged to come
similarly dressed. For those who don't care to
be costumed, attire should be causal.
According to Ticket Chairman Carl Gould, the 85
per person tickets will be available shortly at
the Bicentennial Boutique at Fulton Savings
Bank, Merrick Road and South Long Beach Avenue;
the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, 70 West Sun-rise
Highway; "The Leader," 2*» South Grove Street;
"The Kernel," 32 South Grove Street; and will be
distributed to various civic and service organi-zations
for sale to their members.
Volunteers are needed to bring all these programs
into being. Residents wishing to contribute
their services may correspond with Mr. Raynor at
Village Hall. Funds are also needed with the
sale of the $1 Freeport bumper stickers, lapel
pins and decals and other items available at the
Boutique, necessary for the support of the
Trustees: Thomas J. Lovelidge, Ralph P. Franco, Dorothy Storm, Wayne Jordan
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo-Treasurer: James J. Lyons - Counsel: Oakley Gentry .Ir.
Federal Monies Received For Housing
Freeport's Official Bicentennial Boutique offers residents a large assortment of gift and household
items as well as an opportunity to aid the Village's "Spirit of '76" Bicentennial Committee. The
Boutique, located in the Fulton Savings Bank, Merrick Road and Long Beach Avenue, is non-profit and
manned by volunteers Monday to Friday, noon to 3pm, and on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. It will continue
to operate throughout 1976. (Left to right) Committee Fundraising Chairwoman Adelaide Aims, volun-teer
Leah Lieberman, customer Margaret Dunn and bank manager Catherine Watson.
Mayor William White has reestablished the Commit-tee
on Landlord-Tenant Relations which will medi-ate
disputes between apartment dwellers and their
landlords. The original Committee, set up in
19b9 and disbanded in 1973-when the problems be-came
resolved, was very successful.
Landlords appointed to the new Committee are Con-stantine
Cassis, Jonathan Raddock and Irving An-ton.
Tenant representatives are Ira Schildkraut,
100 South Ocean Avenue; Stanley Lewis, 110 Brook-lyn
Avenue; and Mrs. Bertha Rosenthal, V? North
Ocean Avenue. The Village's Human Relations Di-rector,
Michael Kirwan, serves as Coordinator
•and can be reached at Village Hall, FR MOOO,
during business hours.
Residents are reminded that a Village ordi-nance
governs the height of fences and other
enclosures within the Village's residential
and apartment areas. Chain link and other
open type fences can be no higher than four
feet while stockade and other solid enclo-sures
are limited to three feet. The re-strictions
apply to front yards (front prop-erty
line to front building line) only.
Those wishing to build an enclosure of stone,
concrete or masonry in a residential or apart-ment
area must apply for a permit.
Fencing of all types is limited to six feet in
height in other areas of the Village.
Village has received in excess of S't.Z rail-in
federal funds to provide housing for res-idents
from young marrieds to senior citizens.
Construction is slated to begin in the spring on
a lOOnjnit, four story, senior citizens housing
development on the east side of North Main Street
between Grand and Randall Avenues. Expected to
be completed within 18 months, the complex will
be built by KLS Developers and managed by the
Freeport Housing Authority. Funding for the pro-ject,
conceived almost two years ago, was re-ceived
from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development. The total grant is for $3,-
Upon completion, Freeport_will have 250 units of
senior citizen housing, more than any other munic-ipality
of its size in the State. To be eligible
for an apartment, persons must be residents of
the Village and be at least 62 years old. An in-dividual
can have an income of up to 55,700 a
year and a couple up to $6,600. Social Security
and pension payments are considered income. Pros-pective
tenants may have assets worth no more
than one and a half times their annual incomes.
Rental rates are on a sliding scale.
Freeport will be able to rehabilitate 21 addition-al
boarded-up homes in the northeast as the result
of an additonal HUD grant. The monies, $250,000
in the form of HUD-held homes, and $100,000 in
federally guaranteed loans, will be used for a
demonstration program. That program brings Free-port
into the national spotlight as the only Vil-lage,
one of just 22 municipalities in the coun-try
and one of only three in the state, which will
show that the honesteading of the 1800's can be
used today to revitalize urban-suburban" neighbor-hoods
while providing homes for those who can
not purchase one through conventional financing.
When, in October, HUD announced that only New
York City and the Town of Islip in the entire
state had been selected for funding, Mayor White
directed Planning and Urban Renewal Director
Janes Dunne to contact HUD as to why the Village's
application had been denied. With the aid of
Congressman Norman Lent, the Mayor, Dunne and
Village Counsel Oakley Gentry were able to clear
up all legal impediments which now allows Free-port
to join the other communities selected.
According to HUD Secretary Carla Hills, "The
awards were made to those (municipalities)
which submitted the most comprehensive and co-ordinated
plans...the creativity and versatility
of the concepts were critical factors in deter-ming
the winners...along with the degree of lo-cal
initiative in mobilizing public and private
Freeport will now be engaged in two Homesteading
programs — one under the HUD demonstration pro-gram's
guidelines, and a separate one funded
by Community Development Act funds which allows
the Village to set its own restrictions on the
turnover of a yet undetermined number of struc-tures
to potential owner-occupants. The latter
program is presently being studied by Mayor
White's Northeast Residents Committee, the Vil-lage-
wide CDA Citizens Committee and the CDA
Homes included in the demonstration program re-quire
that the homesteader remain in the house
for a minimum of five years. The Village stipu-lated
in its application that occupancy would
not be allowed until the structure is brought
up to Village building code standards, an admin-istrative
task which will be taken on by the Vil-age
while the costs will be included in the be-low-
market purchase price of each house.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN YOUR OWN HOME?
If you presently feel that you would not be in a
position to purchase a home through usual finan-cing
arrangements, consider Freeport's innovative
Homesteading programs. You could well be eligible
for a completely refurbished, remodeled one-family
house which will be brought-up-to the highest
building code standards, and made available to you
on easy terms.
Be part of a "new" neighborhood to be revitalizied
through the rehabilitation of homes, roads and
streets. Join the other young marrieds, families
and older couples who have the stability and de-sire
to own their own home.
Send for your preliminary application today and
get complete information. You may enclose your
request with your electric payment or direct it to
the Freeport Community Development Agency, 50 Lib-erty
Avenue. Remember, priority will be given to
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