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Freeport PTA Awards Honorary Life Memberships at
Annual Founder's Day Celebration
Tracy Torain, Third V.P. of the PTA Council; Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson;
PTA Council President Jacci Harris, and Deborah Rowan, one of the recipients of the
PTA's 2002 Honorary Life Membership Award.
There were cheers and tears and
congratulations all around as the
Honorary Life Memberships were
awarded at the recent Parents Teachers
Among the presenters was Deputy
Mayor Renaire Frierson who told the
group she was pleased to see so many
of her Freeport school classmates and
friends being honored for their dedica-tion
to the PTA and recognized for the
work they are doing to make it the best
school district possible for the students.
Ms. Frierson presented the
Honorary Life Membership Award to
Deborah Rowan in recognition of Mrs.
Rowan's 10 years of association with
the Freeport PTA, her position as the
Co-President of the New Visions PTA,
and her role as the Second Vice
President of Freeport's PTA Council.
ArrowsfJEfp^feey Tournament -
Donates To Freeport Fire Department
Freeport Trustee Don Miller con-gratulated
the Arrows Team hockey
players during the annual Dollars for
Scholars Tournament held at the
Freeport Recreation Center recently.
This year the members of the Arrows
organization decided to make a dona-tion
to the Freeport Fire Department in
honor of the September llth tragedy.
The hockey players raised $750. by
selling American flags and presented a
check to the Freeport Department Fire
Chiefs at the opening of the
The Dollars for Scholars program
sponsored by the Arrows Hockey
organization has raised more than
$100,000 for educational expenses
since it began over a decade ago. The
funds have been awarded to worthy
Freeport graduates who have gone on
to earn degrees from top universities,
colleges and vocational institutions in
the country including Harvard, Yale,
Johns Hopkins, Perm State, Hofstra,
Potsdam, Queens College, the
Eastman School of Music, and the
Culinary Institute of America. Anyone
interested in donating to the Dollars
for Scholars fund may contact Jim
Parola at 623-1041 or send a contribu-tion
to the Dollars for Scholars Fund at
Freeport High School,50 South"
Brookside Ave., Freeport, NY 11520.
Accepting the check on behalf of the Freeport Fire Deportment are: First Assistant Chief John
-Wensley, Trustee Don Miller, Second Assistant Chief James Butler, and Freeport Fire Chief Paul Russer.
Presenting the check for the Arrows hockey players ore (back row) Matthew Gertler, Matthew Yee,
(in front) Freddy Bobb, James Bobb, and Michael Mascaro.
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Roslyn Savings Bank Opens a New Branch in Freeport
The new, highly visible, easily accessi-ble
Roslyn Bank branch, located at Bedell
and Smith Streets just south of Merrick
Road, provides a full range of banking ser-vices
to Freeport consumers and business-es.
"We are delighted to be in Freeport, a
location that enables us to serve individu-als
and businesses in a community with a
diverse population," said Joe Mancino, the
bank's Chairman and CEO.
Roslyn Savings Bank has continued
one of the largest retail banking expan-sions
in the New York metropolitan area
with the recent opening of a new branch in
Freeport. "Our branch expansion program
is a key strategy for the growth of the
bank's profitability, and we expect to open
several additional new branches on Long
Island this year," added Mancino. In addi-tion,
the new Roslyn branches "extend the
reach of our Community Based Business
Lending Program, as well as the ability to
penetrate the market for residential mort-
_gage_lending. We have the right products
Left to right: From the Roslyn Savings Bank, Vice President, Daniel Murphy; President and COO, John R. Bransfield, Jr.; Freeport Mayor Bill Slacken; Branch Manager
Leslie Hunter; Freeport Trustee Bill White, Jr.; Roslyn Bank Chairman and CEO, Joe Mancino; and Freeport Trustee Don Mauersberger.
and there is strong market demand in the
immediate area," explained Mancino.
Freeport Mayor Bill Glacken said,
"We're very pleased that Roslyn chose
Freeport's central business district as the
location of its newest branch in Nassau
County. Roslyn has a reputation as a highly
responsible corporate citizen in the commu-nities
it serves and we welcome the Bank to
Freeport Post Office joins Geriealogical Society in
Honoring author Langston Hughes
Qieryte Quids Isreol, Project Challenge Teacher, Bayview Ave. School; Hempstead Countitwoman Dorothy
Gtrasby; Bayview Ave. School Principal, Jelain Kubbord; Undo Baptiste, Supervisor, Customer Service,
Freeport Post Office; Freeport Postmaster Crisetlo Hatwood; Hempstead Coundrwomnn Angje Cuffin; Rev.
Eric Mailette, Pastor, Greater Second Baptist Church; Mayor Bill Glacken, and Julius 0. Peorse.
hi celebration of Black History
Month and to commemorate the offi-cial
unveiling of the U. S. stamp cre-ated
in honor of American poet, play-wright,
and novelist Langston
Hughes, the Freeport Post Office and
the African Atlantic Genealogical
Society recently sponsored a special
program of his collected works.
Youngsters from Freeport's
Bayview Ave. School and the Hi-
Hello Day Care Center read many of
Mr. Hughes well-known poems and
essays. Mayor Bill Glacken welcomed
the participants and praised the trib-ute
to Mr. Hughes. "Langston Hughes
was able to capture in poetry the
struggles and the joys of African-
Americans in the United States dur-ing
his lifetime. His work, written
during the 20's through 50's, is as rel-evant
today as it was then," said
Julius O. Pearse, President of the
Genealogical Society explained in his
presentation, "Langston Hughes is
one of the great African-American
writers and was a leading voice in the
Harlem Renaissance during the
1920s. His poetry had a universal
quality that portrayed the spirit of the
African-American in words that peo-ple
of all cultures understood and
recognized," concluded Mr. Pearse.
Finally, Spring. It was a difficult
and unusual Winter. Our nation, pre-viously
unfamiliar with foreign ter-rorist
attacks on its homeland, was
left in a state of shock and jendured a
season filled with sadness and
mourning. There were very few of us
who were not touched by the terrible
tragedy that struck families, friends
and neighbors on September llth.
But now it is Spring once again
and a time of renewal and rebirth.
And nowhere is that more_obv.ious_-
than in Freeport, which is deep into its
own revitalization and renewal.
Before the end of this Summer, we
expect to break ground on a unique
project, the Main Street Mews, which
will add to the ongoing rebuilding of
our downtown business district.
The revitalization of the central
business area began with the facade
improvement project of 17 storefronts
and will continue with the installation
oj^an additional six more this year.
We are also just completing the
renovation of the Fire Department's
Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company
No. 1 building on Church Street. By
the end of this year, we expect
to begin the major rehabilitation
and development of the former
Meadowbrook Bank building and the
Plaza West site.
All of these projects are bringing
new life to Freeport. Business owners,
professionals and artists are expected
to occupy the various residential,
office and live/work space at the
Plaza West developments.
A nine-member task force is
presently reviewing eight proposals
for residential development of the for-mer
Freeport Hospital. When the task
force makes its recommendation to
the Board of Trustees, we will make a
final selection and begin negotiations
with the successful developer to build
residential units at the site at South
Ocean Avenue and Archer Street.
Just as the crocuses brave the final
dark days of Winter and are followed
shortly by the bright clusters of daf-fodils
declaring Spring is truly here,
so too will we see the development of
Freeport's major projects take shape
heralding the rebirth and renewal of
Freeport has flourished for over a
century and will continue to be the
model of revitalization and renewal
for Long Island communities.
Freeport Fire Department Celebrates its
Heroes at the Annual Medal Day Event
Mayor Lunches with Weblos
Pictured enjoying lunch in the Mayor's office are: Betty Daniels, Mayor Bill Glacken, Den Master Danny Burgess, Russell
Johnson, Anthony Chipe, Adam Daniels, Kevin Burgess, Jordan Johnson and David O'Neill.
Mayor Bill Glacken invited
the members of the Weblos Pack
18, Den 5 to his office in Village
Hall recently to have lunch, tour
the building and to discuss the
responsibilities of being the
mayor of Freeport. The young-sters
will use the experience as
part of their requirements to
attain a civics merit badge.
The youngsters, along with
two of their parents and Den
Master Danny Burgess, had the
opportunity to visit the Village
Hall Main Conference Room,
and the Police Department's new
Communications Center. At the
end of the tour, each child
received a special Freeport patch
from Chief Michael Woodward.
It was a very special Medal Day for the
Freeport volunteer Fire Department, which
each year recognizes those individuals who
performed extraordinary acts of bravery. In
the aftermath of the tragedy of September
llth, the fire chiefs, volunteers, emergency
medical technicians and all the members of
the Freeport fire department spoke of the
ultimate sacrifice made by their fellow fire-fighters,
the brave men and women who
responded to the call for help at the World
Trade Center disaster following the terror-ist
Among those honored at the 2002
Medal Day ceremony was Ex-Captain
David Newbery, who received the Class "A"
Award for responding to an emergency
smoke detector call while working as head
nurse in a hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Ex-Captain Newbery rescued the
patient in the ICU and eventually was able
to extinguish the fire by manually shutting
off a separate oxygen feeder, which was
fueling the fire. He did so without endan-
On hand to congratulate Ex-Captain Newbery and the other firefighters honored this year were:
Freeport Fire Department Ex-Chief and Trustee Don Mauersberger; Trustee Bill White, Jr; New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough;
Ex-Captain David Newbery, of Truck Company No. 1; Trustee Don Miller; Mayor Bill Glacken, and Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg.
gering the health and safety of the 27 other
patients in the unit still needing the oxygen
from the main feeder line. Ex-Captain
Newbery and the female patient were treat-ed
for smoke inhalation and the woman was
returned to the unit.
Fire Department's Hose 2 Celebrates 108th Anniversary:
Honors Former Member
It was a bittersweet night for Joe Higgins,
who accepted a special presentation honor-ing
his brother Timmy Higgins. Timmy was
a former member of Hose 2 who was pro-moted
to Honorary Captain posthumously
'during the speciaTcelebrafion
of the fire company's 108th
"I'm honored to accept this
presentation on behalf of the
Higgins family, including
Timmy's wife and children,"
said Joe Higgins. "Timmy,
along with my other brothers
and sister, grew up in
Freeport and it will always be
home to us." Timmy was a
member of Hose 2. Joe
Higgins is a New York City
firefighter, as was his brother
Timmy, who died in the
World Trade Center tragedy
on September llth.
Freeport Fire Chief Paul Russer
explained that Timmy Higgins received the
recognition in respect for his service to the
Freeport Fire Department, where he served
for many years while living in the village.
"The members of Hose 2 chose to honor
Timmy for making the ultimate sacrifice on
September llth. Timmy Higgins died on
duty as a firefighter trying to save the lives
of others following the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center,"
explained Chief Russer.
Joe Higgins, along with
other members of the NYC
police and fire departments,
has been actively helping
the families of the victims of
September llth. Higgins
also traveled to Afghanistan
during the Christmas holi-day
to deliver donations of
food to an orphanage assist-ing
refugee children. In
Freeport, Joey Higgins is the
president of the Police
Athletic League, (PAL) and
serves as the coordinator of
First Assistant Fire Chief John Wensley, It. Tom McBride, Captain Brian Nicholson, New York City Firefighter Joe Higgins,
Lt. Eric Jimenez, Freeport Trustee Don Miller, and Third Assistant Fire Chief John Moguire.
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