LIFE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN
Among the legendary heroes of
the Wild West is the African-American
pioneer, Jim Beckwourth. While not as
well known as some of his contempo-raries,
such as Wild Bill Hickock,"Buffalo
Bill Cody, or Daniel Boone,
Beckwourth's achievements were every
bit as noteworthy, including saving the
life of a future president and discover-ing
a critical year-round route through
the Sierra Nevada mountains into
Award-winning actor Harrison Lee
will perform the one-man show, Jim
Beckwourth: An American Legend, at
the Freeport High School on Saturday,
March 27, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. in the audi-torium.
The African Atlantic-Gene-alogical
Society Inc., is producing the
play, which was written by Mark
Weston, based on a biography of
Beckwourth written by T.D Bonner.
Lee won the 1998 Audelco Award
for "Best Solo Performer of the Year."
Theatre critics describe his performance
as brilliant, and praise his story-telling
ability and energy. For
further information contact Julius
0. Pearse at 516-867-7480.
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Actor Harrison Lee as Jim Beckwourth
WELCOMES ROSEMARY RUDOLPH
"Ms. Rudolph is an experienced professional in
the field of gerontology," explained Mayor
William Glacken in announcing the recent
appointment of.Rosemary Rudolph as the
newest Commissioner on the Freeport Housing
Authority. "She brings a special sensitivity to the
concerns of senior citizens and I know she will
be a valuable asset to the Housing Authority."
Ms. Rudolph earned a BS from Adelphi
University and an MS in Gerontology from
Hofstra University. She is employed by the Town
of Hempstead as the Supervisor of the
Department of Information and Referral. Her
list of achievements includes participating in the
development of the Directory of Services for the
Department of Senior Enrichment. This project
was a culmination of her work in assisting
senior citizens in seeking housing, employment,
health care, recreation, nutrition, Medicare,
Social Security, food stamps, and individual and
group counseling services. Every year, Ms.
Rudolph takes part in a special gerontology
seminar held at Hofstra University, which is
open to the general public.
SCHOOL DISTRICT DONATES MACS TO MOXEYRIGBY
How many youngsters does it take to demon-strate
the recently installed computers at the
Moxey Rigby community room? At least a dozen or.
more on the day local officials visited the Freeport
housing complex. The computers .were donated by
the Freeport School District last year following discus-sions
among Mayor Bill Glacken, Freeport Housing
Authority Executive Director Ed Lancaster, Ed Monroe,
the previous Chairman of the Housing Authority's
Board of Directors and School District Superintendent,
Josephine Moffett. Along with the computers, the
School District provides an instructor, Caron Mason, to
train youngsters, teens and adults on the ten
Macintosh computers four days a week.
Pictured in the photo, sitting: Mayor Bill Glacken and School Board Trustee
Ron Ellerbe. Standing: computer instructor Caron Mason, Housing Authority
Executive Director Ed Lancaster, School Board Vice President Al Renken,
and School District Superintendent Josephine Moffett.
Pictured in front of the truck are:-Lt. Richard Laudman, Lt. Joe Koestner, Chief Paul Russer, Chief Arthur Burdette, Captain Brian Bonora,
Mayor Bill Glacken, Trustee Don Miller, Trustee Bill White, Jr., Ex-Chief Don Rowan, Ex-Chief Richard Holdener, Emergency Management Coordinator
Joe Madigan, Ex-Fire Chief Don Maiiersberger, Emergency Management coordinator Kevin Noll, and Ex-Fire Chief Ray Maguire.
"This high-water response truck and
detachable trailer would have cost the Fire
Department over $70,000 if we had to buy it
fully equipped," said Ex-Fire Chief Richard
Holdener in describing the refurbished vehi-cle.
Holdener, Director of the Freeport
Emergency Management Team, explained
that the members of Hose Company No. 1
were able to outfit the emergency response
vehicle and trailer for less than $35,000..
"We.were using.the Army surplus utility
truck to transport emergency workers and
supplies during flooding conditions/ said
Captain .Brian Bonora of Hose Company No.
1. "But we wanted to add fire fighting capa-bilities
and that meant, attach ing a water
pump and hoses. Fire Chief Arthur Burdette
and the Emergency Management Team
helped us acquire the trailer at a reasonable
price. We installed a small pump, a 250-gal-
Ion water tank and two 1-3/4 inch hand
on the trailer and created a perfect rygn-water
fire fighting, apparatus," Captain
Bonora explained. The trailer can be towed
to the scene of a fire during high tide, flood-ing,
or when help is needed along the beach
and the location is inaccessible to conven-tional
fire trucks. The unit will assist other
village fire companies and the scuba diving"'
and water rescue teams.
For the past 100 years,
Freeport has provided reliable,
low-cost electricity to our
residential and commercial
customers thanks to our ability
to purchase cheap hydroelectric
power from upstate New York.
While LIRA (formerly LILCO)
electric rates have skyrocketed
over the past decade;
Freeport's reliable, low-cost
energy remains the envy of
other Long Island communities.
This low-cost, hydroelectric
power from Niagara Falls is
delivered to the villages of
Freeport, Rockville Centre and
Greenport by a Con Edison
cable line or " t r a n s m i s s i o n
p a t h . "
Unfortunately, during October,
that cable line suffered a
mechanical failure. In order to
meet the energy needs of our
customers, it was necessary to
purchase electricity from LIRA
(the Long Island Power
Authority.) That resulted in the
recent higher than usual elec-tric
bills, as you have no doubt
This same Con Edison trans-mission
line will be out of ser-vice
once more for three weeks
beginning February 16, 1999.
Again, the Village will utilize
its contract with LIRA to keep
our lights on. Because of this
interruption of hydropower, we
will pay more temporarily for
our energy needs. I have direct-ed
the Electric Department to
spread these costs over the
months of March, April, May
and June in order to minimize
the impact of these additional
In addition, I have instruct-ed
our energy attorneys to
ascertain what legal recourse,
if any, the Village may have in
recovering these increased
costs from Con Edison. If we are*
successful in this effort, any
reimbursement will be passed
along to you, the ratepayer.
Please be assured that we
are committed to delivering
reliable, low cost electricity to
families and businesses in
Freeport well into the millenni-um.
If you have any questions,
please call our Electric
Department at 377-2220.
DAGNY PETERSEN CELEBRATES 103 YEARS
WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
She was born during the days
of the horse and buggy, oil lamps,
and outdoor plumbing, and has
lived to see the first man walk on
the moon broadcast live from
outer space on a color television
set. What does Mrs. Petersen think
df 'it all? "I'm just happy to be
surrounded by my family and
friends," said the 103-year old
After coming to the United
States from Norway, Mrs. Petersen
married and settled in Freeport.
She gave birth to one son Walter,
and worked for years in the kitchen
of the Bayview Ave. School. Her
three grandchildren and six.great-grandchildren,
along with plenty of
nieces and nephews, helped her cel-ebrate
at the South Shore
Hempstead Town Receiver of
Taxes, Angie Cullin, and Freeport
Trustee Bill White, Jr. were on hand
to wish Mrs. Petersen another year
of good health and happiness.
VILLAGE OFFICIALLY REOPENS
LAKEVIEWAVE. AND COMMERICAL ST.
"The repaving of Lakeview
Avenue and Commercial Street,
along with the addition of side-walks,
curbs and trees, is a major
improvement for the residents,"
said Mayor Bill Glacken in officially
reopening Lakeview Ave. "The
roads look great, they are safer to
drive on, and the newly installed
curbs, together with the newly
planted curb trees, will greatly
improve the value of the homes on
Mayor Glacken, personally
thanked New York State
Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper
Hill, who attended the event, for
her efforts in delivering the
$430,000 in funding used to partial-ly
cover the $580,000 cost to repair
both streets. "Assemblywoman Hill
made this happen," said the Mayor.
"Without her help in obtaining the funding,
we would not have been able to complete
the project this year."
Joining Mayor Glacken at the ribbon-cutting
ceremony was Deputy Mayor Renaire
Frierson-Davis, Trustees Don Miller and
Among those who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were: Trustee Bill White, Jr., Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson-Davis,
Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper Hill, Bishop Frank White, Mayor Bill Glacken and Trustee Don Miller.
Bill White, Jr., and Bishop Frank White of the
Church of God in Christ Little Zion, which is
located on Grand Ave. and Lakeview Ave.
The repaving and repair work on
Lakeview Avenue and Commercial Street are
part of the Glacken Administration's "Five
Worst Streets" program, which each year has
targeted the five streets most in need of
repair, and completed the work. "We look
forward to the day when every street in
Freeport is in good repair, and the 'Five
Worst Streets' program reaches a successful
conclusion," said Mayor Glacken.
DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS TO CELEBRATE
A DECADE OF GIVING
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Angie Cullin, Trustee Bill White, Jr.,
. presenting citations to Dagny Petersen.
More than $90,000 has been raised by the
Dollars for Scholars organization in the ten
years it has been donating money to cover the
educational expenses of worthy Freeport grad-uates.
These exceptional students have gone on
to earn degrees from the top universities, col-leges
and vocational institutions in the country
including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Penn
State, Hofstra, Potsdam, Queens College, the
Eastman School of Music, and the Culinary
Institute of America.
The group sponsors several fundraising
events each year including the recent Hockey
Tournament at the Freeport Recreation Center.
This year the annual dinner will honor Jack
Bierwirth, May 1, 1999, at the Hofstra
University Club. Mr. Bierwirth is the former
Superintendent of the Freeport School District
and the founder of the local chapter of Dollars
for Scholars. Dinner tickets are $5.0 per person;
for additional information, please contact Jim
or Madeleine Parola at 623-1041.
.Pictured on the ice dropping the puck during the recent tournament are: Jim Varrichio of the Arrows Hockey League,
Dollars for Scholars Treasurer Jim Parola, Trustee Don Miller, Mayor Bill Glacken, Justice V. Roy Cacciatore, and Trustee
Bill White, Jr., along with three youngsters from the Arrows Hockey League.
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