Veterans Day Services to
Honor Cooperative Efforts -
of the Armed Services
The Freeport Memorial Library will host the Veterans Day
service on November 12, at 10:45 a.m. This year the event will
honor the Amphibious Forces, which represent the coordinated
efforts of the United States Navy, Army and Air Force, to land
American troops on enemy shores. These operations are strate-gically
launched from the sea with the help of extensive air
cover and the coordination of ground forces.
The program will include a presentation by the
Coordinator of the Long Island Region Amphibious Forces, Rod
Whalen. Also.included in the program will be a special perfor-mance
by the Freeport High School Select Chorale, led by
Director Stephen Pagano. The event is open to the general
Freeport Fire Department
Sponsors Fire Expo at
The firefighters provided
various demonstrations for
both adults and youngsters this
year in a special program dedi-cated
to their fellow firefight-ers
and the many other volun-teers
who lost their lives in the
September 11, World Trade
The annual program
included special training on
selecting the right fire extin-guishers
and installing smoke
detectors. There were special
programs for the youngsters,
including the important Stop,
Drop and Roll practice that
teaches children how to respond
if their clothing catches fire.
The outdoor exhibits fea-tured
a demonstration on
putting out a car fire and extin-guishing
a blaze in a burning
Youngsters take part in putting out a fire on a facade of a house with the help of firefighter German Vosquez of Hose
—5. Looking on is Ex^Captoin Ed Friedmon, who, along with Ex:Captain Robert Mclaughlin, (Orthoiredthe.Fire EXPO.^
OCTOBER, 2001 www.FreeportNY.com THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Freeport Dedicates The Esplanade on the
Pictured standing with Freeport High School's Select Chorale is from left to right: Hempstead Town Councifwoman Angle Cullin, Michael Carroll, representing Congressman Peter King, Hempstead Town Supervisor Richard Guardino shaking hands with
Mayor Bill Glocken, State Assemblywoman Kate Murray, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Hempstead Councifwoman Dorothy Goosby, County Legislator David Denenberg, State Senator Charles Fuschillo, Freeport Trustees Bill White, Jr.,
and Don Mauersberger along with Freeport Select Chorale Director Stephen Pagano. Also present but not shown in the photo was Charles Puricelli, Coordinator of the Freeport High School Arts Department.
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Mayor Bill Glacken, with the assistance
of state, county, town'and other village offi-"
cials, recently dedicated the newly complet-ed
Esplanade on the Nautical Mile. The
scenic waterfront space is located across the
street from the Long Island Marine
Education Center, the "Seaport in Freeport",
at 202 Woodcleft Ave.
The celebration included a performance
by Freeport High School's award-winning
Select Chorale, led by Director Stephen
Pagano. The students sang the Star
Spangled Banner as the American Flag was
raised on the flagpole permanently installed
on the site in the center of a granite com-pass.
The north side of the waterfront park
features a historic display dedicated to bay-men
from Freeport and other south shore
communities, who helped rescue survivors of
ships which sank off the coast during the
1800 and 1900's. On the south side, there is a
water fountain with a three-tiered dolphin
sculpture dedicated to the environmental
organization, SPLASH, in honor of its
ten-year anniversary. The Nautical Mile
Association and the Village of Freeport pre-sented
the sculpture to SPLASH.
"The completion of the construction
work on the Esplanade marks a major mile-stone
in the renovation of the Nautical
Mile," explained Mayor Bill Glacken.
The Esplanade offers dock space for
visiting historic vessels and other waterfront
attractions in conjunction with educational
and tourist programs sponsored by the
Marine Education Center.
_D_ear Neighbor: _ _
The tragedy of September 11th has
affected each and every American in a very
real and personal way. We are all facing the
loss of family members, friends, co-workers,
and neighbors. In the face of this terrible
suffering, we look to each other for comfort
and support. Shortly after the terrorist
attack that left so many members of our
community in mourning, Freeport was
selected by the officials of a Canadian com-munity
to be the recipient of its support and
The Mayor of Langford, British
Columbia, Stewart Young, accompanied by
Fire Chief Bob Beckett, and a member of the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Staff
Sergeant Bruce Brown, traveled to Freeport
to presenWthe village with a $20,000.
donatioriSto assist the families of fallen
While there had been no previous
connection between the two communities,
Mayor Young and Chief Beckett explained
that Freeport was chosen to receive the
donation because of similarities between the
two municipalities. Langford is also a water-front
community, with an active volunteer
fire department and an aggressive emer-gency
planning division. Situated on
Vancouver Island, Langford is well-known as
a major attraction for tourism.
In the midst of the incredible destruc-tion
of the World Trade Center and the enor-mous
loss of life, the generosity of the good
people of Langford, in reaching out to help
our village, renewed our ability to regain
patience, courage and hope. As we attend
the services for the many people who were
lost and express our condolences to their
families and friends, we can draw strength
from these individuals who saw the enormi-ty
of the suffering that was caused by this
horrific act of terrorism and wanted to help
ease the pain.
Freeport has always prided itself on
being a community open to everyone, with
neighbors ready to reach out to help each
other. Now we have a Canadian "sister-com-munity"
whose residents opened their
hearts to comfort us in our time of need.
Their act of kindness has given us the help
we need to move forward and prevail after
such a devastating loss.
We will have the patience we need with
each other and ourselves, and understand
that it will take time to recover from a shock
of this magnitude. We will have the courage
to face this daunting loss of thousands of
people, and ultimately, we will be able to
rekindle the hope so important for us to
raise our families and continue to trust in
America's strength as a nation.
Freeport Fire Department Accepts WTC Disaster Relief
Donation from Canadian Officials
Langford Mayor Stewart Young, accom-panied
by Fire Chief Robert Beckett, and
Staff Sergeant-Bruce Brown1 of-the- Royal
Canadian Mounted Police, presented a check
to Freeport Mayor Bill Glacken for $20,000.
Mayor Bill Glacken accepting a presentation and check from Langford Mayor
Stewart Young. Back row: Freeport Rre Chief Paul Russer, Longford Fire Chief Robert
Beckett, and Staff Sergeant Bruce Brown of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW COLGAN
The money was collected from the people of
the District of Langford, Victoria, British
Columbia, to provide assistance-to the sur-viving
dependents of the lost firefighters
who were victims of the
World Trade Center tragedy.
"We chose Freeport as
the recipient of this dona-tion,"
Young, "because our munici-pality
is similar to Freeport in
several respects." Langford is
also a waterfront community,
which has an Emergency
Planning division, similar to
Management Team. The two
municipalities expect to
establish a "sister" communi-ty
relationship in order to
share information and experi-ences
concerning economic growth, water-front
development and emergency response
efforts in the future. ~" ~ ~
Third Assistant Fire Chief John Moguire, Second Assistant Fire Chief James Butler, First Assistant Fire
Chief John Wensley, Chief Paul Russer, Mayor Bill Glacken, Langford Fire Chief Robert Beckett, and Staff
Sergeant Bruce Brown.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW COLGAN
Freeport Volunteers Responded to
World Trade Center Tragedy
Freeport's volunteer firefighters and
members of its Emergency Management
Team were among the first on the scene to
assist in the rescue effort at the World Trade
Center following the terrorist attack that
caused the destruction of the Twin Towers,
and the devastating loss of life. The Freeport
Fire Department was contacted by the New
Freeport Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson
presided over a video-presentation spon-sored
by the U. S. Conference of Mayors out-lining
other possible terrorist attacks and
ways to protect the public from such events.
Officials recommend that residents who
receive any suspicious items in the mail,
including letters without return addresses,
tinue to provide assistance to the disaster
relief effort is the donation of blood. The
Long Island Blood Center is accepting dona-tions
at several local sites, including Rockville
Centre, Mineola, Lake Success and Melville.
To schedule an appointment, contact the
Blood Center at 800-933-2566 ext. 22. For
anyone who wishes to donate money, sever-al
established charities have arranged for
special funds for the survivors of the victims,
including the United Way at 631-940-3700,
and the American Red Cross at 516-747-3500.
Freeport Truck Company members ordered to standby shortly before the collapse of Number 7 World Trade Center, a building adjoining the Twin Towers. Photo
courtesy of Bill Bennett.
York City Fire Department at approximately
10:30 a.m. They requested a team of fire-fighters
with Collapse Rescue training to
report to the Special Operations Command
in Manhattan. Volunteers ,frpm % Truck
Company No. 1, responded directly to the
site on the morning of the tragedy and
assisted the New York City emergency teams.
Among the many Freeport volunteers who
took part in the response effort were Trustee
and Ex-Fire Chief Don Mauersberger, Ex-
Chief Don Rowan, Ex-Chief Paul Hashagen,
along with Fire Department Executive
Director and Ex-Chief Ray Maguire. Freeport
volunteers continued to return to the site of
the disaster, assisting in the difficult task of
searching for victims and removing debris.
Following the attack,,Freeport village
officials, members of the police and fire
departments, along with the Emergency
Management Team, have remained alert to
the possibility of other threatening activities.
or who are concerned about any unusual
activities, such as bags or packages
abandoned in public places, contact the
Freeport police at 378-0700 or dial 911.
. Among the ways Freeporters may con-
Assisting at the site of the rescue effort are left to right: Freeport firefighter John
Bruscino, Freeport Ex-Chief and New York City firefighter Paul Hashagen,
Freeport Ex-Fire Chief and Executive Director Ray Maguire, and Freeport Trustee
and Ex-Chief Don Mauersberger. Photo courtesy of Bill Bennett. ., ,
Department heads at the presentation by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on terrorism activities. Left to right, Police Chief Michael Woodward, Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson, Personnel Director Ray Straub, Superintendent of Buildings Joe Madigan, Electric Dept. representative Joe Malone, Computer Department
Manager Al Valenti, Recreation Center Manager John Jefferies, and Supervisor of Water Plant Operations, Ken Claus.
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