Boy Scouts Attend Village Board Meeting
As part of the requirements for earning a
citizenship merit badge, six scouts from Troop
18 attended a recent Freeport Village Board
meeting. The scouts watched the Trustees
vote on the items on the regular agenda, and
then stayed for a Public Hearing to consider a
special use permit for a location on South
The youngsters had an opportunity to
meet Mayor Bill Glacken, Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson, Trustees Bill White, Jr., Don
Miller and Don Mauersberger. The scouts said
they enjoyed the meeting and learned some
important facts about local government pro-cedures.
Pictured in the back, Patrick Cooke, Michael Ponnone, Kevin Shea, Steven Wisnowski, Antony Pannone, Cory Roosevelt, and Trustee Don Mauersberger.
In the front, Trustee Gill White, Jr., Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, Scout Joe Vona, Mayor Bill Glacken and Trustee Don Miller.
Pictured surrounding Mayor Bill Glacken are Troop Leaders Dorothy Drew and Tyra Banks
along with the seven Brownies.
Brownies visit Village Hall
The girls from Brownie
Troop 2288 toured Village
Hall recently, stopping to
visit with Mayor Bill
Glacken and to view the
Police Department's new
communications center. The
Mayor told the girls about
his trips to Washington, DC
and Albany, N.Y., and his
efforts to obtain additional
grants and funding for
Freeport. The girls had lots
of questions for the Mayor,
who explained to them all
the different departments
and individuals involved in
providing services in the vil-lage.
The Mayor had some
questions for the girls,
including what projects
they had completed, what
was their favorite book to
read and what they wanted
to become when they grow
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FEBRUARY, 2003 www.FreeportNY.com THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorated at
Freeport Memorial Library
The Freeport Village Human Relations
Commission sponsored the annual celebration
in honor of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., at the Freeport Memorial
Library. Youngsters from the Freeport School
District, the organization Operation Pride,
and singers from the Greater Second Baptist
Church entertained with inspiring songs and
recitations commemorating Dr. King's work.
Mayor Bill Glacken praised the perform-ers
and reminded everyone of Dr. King's
efforts to reach the minds and hearts of
Americans on the issue of civil rights. "Dr.
King held up a mirror to us as citizens and
forced us to see the inequities of segregation.
He became the conscience of our country,
explaining by his words and his actions that
we must live what we preach." The Mayor
added, "Dr. King's dream remains alive today
and serves as our guide to living our lives in
harmony with each other." Picture at the event are Ruth Breidenbach, the New Visions School music instructor, surrounded by some of the youngsters who performed; Michael Kirwan,
Director of the Human Relations Commission; Mayor Bill Glacken, and singers Kate Weber and Samantha Geroci-Yee.
Freeport Library honors Black Women of Achievement
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson and Uhrory Director David Opatow pictured holding the display describing the achievements of Sadie IM. Alexander
and other African-American women.
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson recently con-gratulated
Freeport Memorial Library Director
David Opatow on the exhibit featuring the various
achievements of African-American women. The dis-play,
in honor of Black History month, describes the
endeavors of black-women in a wide range of pro-fessions,
including medicine, art, journalism, the
law, literature, government, religion, civil rights,
sports and the military.
Ms. Frierson, who is also the Executive Director
of the Nassau County Commission on Human
Rights, noted the display featured several attor-neys,
including Sadie T. M. Alexander, who was
quoted as saying, "Only by achieving equality for
those individuals at the lowest level of society, do
we secure the rights of all people." Ms. Alexander's
career included serving as the chairperson of the
Pennsylvania Commission on Human Relations. The
exhibit will be on display through February 28th.
February is Black History month,
and it is being celebrated throughout
our village in words and deeds. The
Freeport Memorial Library has a spe-cial
display honoring the achieve-ments
of black women in a variety of
fields of endeavor. At the Freeport
Post Office, the founders of
the African-American Genealogical
Society, Joysetta and Julius Pearse, will
hold a special ceremony to unveil a
stamp honoring the first African-
American to be appointed Justice of
the Supreme Court, Thurgood
Marshall. Last month, I participated in
a celebration honoring Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., at the Freeport
The achievements of these great
Americans are as important to us
today as they were when they
occurred. These brave men and
women overcame enormous obstacles
and challenges in order to realize their
goals. Dr. King taught patience and
persistence; Thurgood Marshall
championed the legal rights of every
citizen. The women honored in the
Library exhibit were able to overcome
establish themselves in their chosen
These are important principles
that we practice in our community.
Freeport is a place where openness
and tolerance are paramount. We
believe in Dr. King's admonition to
judge people not by the color of their
skin but by their character and their
actions. Our children learn these
truths in their schools, their churches,
their sports organizations and at com-munity
events. At any function at the
Freeport Recreation Center, you will
see many of the 64 distinct cultures
represented among the youngsters,
with each individual valued for the
contributions he or she brings to the
group. Freeport is a global village, a
community that believes in inclusion.
We are open to people who are ready
to live in harmony with their neigh-bors,
and that is the precious lesson
that Dr. King taught us: equal oppor-tunity
is for everyone.
These principles were well defined
by President Abraham Lincoln, whose
birthday we celebrated this month,
when he reminded all Americans in his
Gettysburg Address that "our fathers
-brought forth onthis continerit,"a'nev\f
nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedi-cated
to the proposition that all men
are created equal." Lincoln under-stood
that, in order for anyone to
enjoy freedom, we all must be free.
These are the principles we live by in
Valentine's Day Dinner jU - . — — — , -- — — ----- ---- • — •—- -- — — - -• — ' — ~tr— ~ — •— — • — - • " - " if
Mayor Bill Glacken along with Village
Broad Trustees Bill White, Jr. and Don
Mauersberger, had a chance to greet the
organizers of the "Love and Friendship"
Dinner held at the First Presbyterian
Church in celebration of Valentine's Day.
The event brought members of the
congregation together for a special 'pas-tarama'
menu. Reverend Eddie Jusino, the
pastor of First Presbyterian Church,
thanked the officials for coming and sup-porting
the efforts of the organization.
Pictured in the photo are: in back, Trustee Don Mauersberger, Pom Jusino,
Mayor Bill Glacken, Karhy Vliel, Joan Ewen, former Mayor Dorothy Storm,
Jane Jersic, Isabelle Drach, Helen and Joe Gerhauser. In front, Rev. Eddie
Jusino, Marion Knoeller, Trustee Bill White, Jr.
Arrows Hockey Tournament Raises Money
for Dollars for Scholars
Mayor Bill Glacken and Trustees
Don Mauersberger and Bill White, Jr.,
congratulated the Arrows Team hock-ey
players during the annual tourna-ment
held at the Freeport Recreation
Center. The event raises funds for the
Dollars For Scholars program, which.
covers the educational expenses of
worthy Freeport students. The recipi-ents
have earned degrees from top-universities,
colleges and vocational
institutions, including Harvard, Yale,
Johns Hopkins, Penn 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 or
Madeleine Parola at 623-1041, or send
a contribution to the Dollars for
Scholars Fund at Freeport High School,
50 South Brookside Ave., Freeport, NY
Mayor Bill Glacken and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray dropped the puck to signal the official opening of the hockey tournament. Trustees Don Mauersberger and
Bill White, Jr., along with Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Donald Clovin, wished Arrows President Glen Yee and the hockey teams good luck in the tournament.
Dollars for Scholars Treasurer Jim Parola represented the organization.
Freeport PTA Council Celebrates 80 Years of Success
Mayor Bill Glacken congratulated the
members of the Parent Teachers Association
who received Honorary Life Memberships in
recognition of their achievements and their
dedication on behalf of the students of the
Freeport School District. The honor is
bestowed on any member of the faculty,
the administration staff or a parent
who has provided outstanding service.
This year marked the 80th Anniversary of
the Freeport PTA.
Pictured with Mayor Glacken and this year's honorees ore District Superintendent Dr. Eric Eversley, School Board President Sunday Coward, PTA President Jacci Harris, and Third VP Tracy Torain.
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