Freeport will Host Fluke tournament to
benefit Junior Achievement school programs
The fishing contest, officially
titled, "It's a Freeport Fluke and
Bass Tournament," is scheduled
for September 14, 2002.
The proceeds will be donat-ed
to the Junior Achievement
organization, which sponsors
programs designed to help stu-dents
learn the value of the free
enterprise system by teaching
them how to run small, indepen-dent
businesses. The funds will
directly benefit Freeport's
schools and enhance the current
Junior Achievement projects
where students are responsible
for the complete operation of a
business. The Archer Street
School has several student-run
enterprises, and Junior
Achievement would like to spon-sor
more programs throughout
the district. Mike Danon, John McCormick, Margaret Murphy, Anthony Gillespie, and James Vallone
Sponsors of the fishing contest
include Mike Danon, owner of Capt.
Lou's F i s h i n g F l e e t , Rich
Rosencrantz, owner of the Woodcleft
Fishing Station, Barbara Jagnow,
owner of Otto's Sea Grill, as well as
several other local groups including
the Freeport Rotary, and Splash, the
environmental organization in-volved
in cleaning up local water-ways.
The idea to raise money to
expand the Junior Achievement pro-grams
in Freeport began with local
resident Margaret Murphy, who par-ticipated
in the program and operat-ed
a small business while in high
school. Through the fund-raiser, she
hopes to increase the organization's
participation in the Freeport school
district. For further information or
an application for the tournament,
please call 516-868-4222.
Register for PAL Sports programs June 6th and 7th
at Freeport Recreation Center
Freeport youngsters interested in taking
part in the sports programs offered by the
Police Athletic League this summer must
register at the Recreation Center either on
-Friday, June-7th,-from 4 p.m.-to 6 p.m. or-on-
Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The summer sports programs include
tennis, golf and combined instructions in
canoeing and kayaking. For youngsters
interested in the tennis program, there will
-be-two-separate three-week sessions-held at-
North East Park beginning July 8. The golf
program will teach youngsters the basics of
a golf swing, chipping, and putting. Age
requirements for each sport differ, and all
the programs are open to Freeport young-
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MAY, 2002 www.FreeportNY.com THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Freeport's Nautical Mile Festival Focuses on Family Fun
Freeport is expecting more than 100,000
people to visit the Nautical Festival sched-uled
for June 1st and 2nd, on the revitalized
Woodcleft Avenue. The full length of the
will be available at the Town of
Hempstead's Guy Lombardo Marina locat-ed
at the southern end of Guy Lombardo
Ave., with shuttle bus service to the Nautical
This year's Festival will run from noon to 8
p.m. on Saturday, June 1st and noon to 6
p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd. The carnival will
commerce Friday evening, May 31st, from 6
'Nautical Mile' will be closed to traffic to
encourage everyone to stroll along the
street, frequent the shops and restaurants
and visit the special arts and crafts exhibits.
This year the emphasis is again on family
fun, with entertainment specifically geared
for children, including carnival rides, ice
cream treats, craft vendors, music, games
and even cartoon characters ready to pose
with youngsters during the two-day event.
The carnival will be set up in the park-ing
lot of the Long Island Marine Education
Center, midway along the 'Nautical Mile,'
directly across from the Esplanade. The arts
and crafts exhibits, along with many of the
food concessions, will be located along the
middle of the closed roadway. Free parking
Mile. In addition, the village will provide a
special bus at the parking area to accommo-date
visitors who are physically challenged.
The improvements along the 'Nautical
Mile', which include brick sidewalks, as well
as antique-type lighting fixtures, planters,
and the elimination of all overhead utility
lines, provide residents and visitors the
opportunity to enjoy the view as they stroll
the length of the street, enjoy the attractions,
dine at the local restaurants and shop at the
many specialty stores during the festival.
Visitors may choose to sit, relax and enjoy
the water view on the park benches at the
halfway point at the Esplanade, or at the
southern end of the 'Nautical Mile' at the
p.m. to 11 p.m., continue on Saturday, June
1st from noon to 11 p.m., and finish on
Sunday, June 2nd, from noon to 10 p.m.
Freeport's revitalized 'Nautical Mile' is
again attracting tourists and residents all
year long as people enjoy its restaurants,
shops and special waterfront programs. The
Village is planning many more family-style
events over the summer, including a return
visit from the U.S. Naval Academy's sailing
squadron from August 9th to llth, and a
special educational program aboard the his-toric
vessel The Pioneer scheduled from
August 17th to 25th. Both programs will
take place at the Esplanade across from the
Long Island Marine Education Center.
Freeport has always been a village
. -that.prided.itself on its.ability to.be.home,.
to more than 64 distinct cultures, with
each person treated with respect and dig-nity.
We are a community that has
achieved harmony; neighbor helping
neighbor, families reaching out to assist
other families, local organizations ready
to help those in need, always finding a
way to assist one another when a problem
As the Mayor, I constantly meet indi-viduals
who are organizing assistance for
a needy family, or finding ways to help
those who are faced with overwhelming
problems. These Good Samaritans never
look for accolades. They do it because
they know Freeport is a family.
This principle defines the spirit of our
community, and it is what attracts new-comers
to Freeport. It is the reason
second,. third_and_ f purth.generations .stay
here, raising their children in the same
place they learned respect and tolerance
for individual differences.
We know this is true about our vil-lage.
But it is not always clear whether
other people who haven't lived here and
aren't familiar with the community are
able to recognize this fact. Recently, we
learned that others do see Freeport's
Rosa Wilken, the person who helped
arrange the benefit concert for the fami-lies
of the fallen firefighters from Freeport
and Merrick who lost their lives on
September llth, explained to us why she
Ms. Wilken described her early
impressions of New York City as a tourist.
She was impressed to see a thriving city
where residents displayed tolerance
toward so many different cultures. She
described people who possess an enlight-ened
attitude, who are open-minded and
progressive. Ms. Wilken said she met peo-ple
of all races who worked together as
well as ate, played, argued, and even fell
in love, doing all the things that people
do. She said that was the reason she came
to love New York City.
Ms. Wilken came back to New York
last January. Through friends in Germany,
she had heard of Freeport and decided to
visit the village. Her connections with the
Walldorf, Germany fire department led
her to Truck Company's Ex-Captain Allen
Grosser, and Ex-Chief and Village-Board
Trustee Don Mauersberger. They wel-comed
her and appreciated her desire to
help the firefighters' families. They took
her around the village and showed her a
community of individuals of varied and
distinctly different cultures living in har-mony
Ms. Wilken recognized that our vil-lage
is a microcosm of New York City. She
met volunteers who were ready to risk
everything to save the lives of fellow resi-dents,
without concern for race, religion
or ethnicity. In her brief visit last January
she realized the true spirit of Freeport.
She decided to do something to honor the
, village and assist-the families of-the brave
firefighters lost on September llth. From
that initial meeting Ms. Wilken did what
she does best: she organized a benefit
concert of historical music to assist the
families of the fallen heroes.
Hundreds of Freeporters attended
the concert or contributed to the
fundraiser, showing that we continue to
do what we do best: help our neighbor,
protect one another and take care of the
less fortunate because we are a family in
the true sense of the word.
Freeport Deputy Mayor Frierson Reads to
Giblyn's First Graders
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson reads in Spanish and English to dual-language first graders at Giblyn School.
During the week long "Dive into
Reading" program at the Leo F.
Giblyn School, Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson was invited to
read the book, The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister, to the first grade
dual-language class. The story is
about a beautiful fish who has
scales the color of the rainbow but
has trouble making friends with
the other, plain-looking fish. Ms.
Frierson read the book in both
English and Spanish to the chil-dren,
while their teacher, Ms.
Diane Frohman, and the teacher
assistant, Ms. Ana Zambrano, lis-tened.
Afterwards the youngsters
suggested ways the Rainbow Fish
could make more friends. Deputy
Mayor Frierson told the young-sters
the advice her family gave
her when she was growing up.
"Reading is the key, to what you
want to be", she said.
Medieval Musicians Performed in Freeport for Benefit of
Families of Local Firefighters
Lost in the World Trade Center Tragedy
The village of Walldorf, Germany,
experienced the loss of Freeport firefighters
from the September llth, World Trade
Center terrorist attacks just as if the lost
heroes were part of their own fire depart-ment.
That is because a casual friendship
that developed over 30 years ago had
turned into a close relationship between
. two fire departments, Freeport's Truck Co.
1, and Freiwillige Feuerwehr in Walldorf.
It all began when Freeport resident,
-.Allen .Grosser,,,was stationed in .Germany
during the late 60's and developed a close
relationship with a family and with the
. Walldorf fire department. A Freeport Ex-
Captain, Mr. Grosser and other members of
Freeport's Truck Co. No 1, including ex-
Chief and Freeport Trustee Don
Mauersberger, have been guests of the
German firefighters, and many of them
have been to Freeport. The German firemen
often went out on
calls, including mutual
from Merrick. When
five firefighters from
Freeport and two from
Merrick, who were
known to the Walldorf
volunteers, were killed
on September llth, the
German village felt as
if it had lost .members
of its own team.
The Walldorf fire-fighters,
along with a
German historical Freeport Trustees Don Miller and Bill White, Jr.; Wolldorf Deputy Chief Michael Schmidt, Rosa Wilken, Mayor Bill Glacken,
music promoter, Rosa Freeport Trustee end ex-Chief Don Mouersherger, ex-Captain Allen Grosser.
Wilken, arranged sev-
The Freiburger Spielleyt Medieval Musicians
eral fundraisers to benefit the families of the
lost heroes. Ms. Wilken organized corporate
sponsorship to pay for the visit by Freiburger
Spielleyt, the medieval
musicians who performed at
Our Holy Redeemer Church
on May 10th.
At a reception held at
Truck Company following
the concert, Mayor Bill
Glacken thanked the
Walldorf firefighters, the
m u s i c i a n s and Rosa
Wilken, and presented a
proclamation 'to the
Walldorf Deputy Chief Michael Schmidt.
"It is when you have been badly hurt by a
tragedy such as the September llth event
that you learn who your true friends are,"
said the Mayor. "Since the terrorists' attack
on that fateful day, Americans have learned
that we have friends all over the world. We
will always treasure the help and solace
that our friends from Walldorf brought to
us tonight and the hope and support they
have given to the families of the victims of
Freiburger Spielleyt is famous in
Europe for its authentic medieval repertoire
and its use of historical instruments.
Freeport Fire Department Celebrates the 110th Annual
Installation of New Fire Chiefs
Mayor Bill Glocken and the Trustees congratulated Freeport Rre Chief John Wensley along with the Assistant Fire
Chiefs. Left to right: Trustee Bill White, Jr., Third Assistant Chief Joseph Koestner, First Assistant Chief Jomes Butler,
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, Mayor Glacken, Chief Wensley, Second Assistant Chief John Maguire,
Trustee Don Miller along with Trustee and Ex-Chief Don Mauersberger.
This year the annual event was dedicated to the memory of
Freeport Firefighter Ex-Captain Richard T. Muldowney, Jr. of Engine
Company # 1. Captain Muldowney, along with Firefighter David M.
Weiss of Engine Co # 1, Firefighter Michael Kiefer, of Engine Co. #1,
Lt. Timothy Higgins, of Hose Co. #2, and Firefighter Andre Fletcher,
of Hose Co. #5, all lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Center on September llth.
Mayor Bill Glacken, in his tribute to all the members of the Fire
Department, thanked them for their dedication and service to
Freeport and for their efforts in the aftermath of the September llth
disaster. Freeport's Fire Department sent volunteers and equipment to
the site of the World Trade Center immediately following the attack to
aid in the search and rescue operation.
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