VILLAGE AFFAIRS 50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 20, 1905. Freeport Post Master advised the Village Board as to pro-cedure
to be followed in order to obtain free mail delivery,
and stated that in the year 1904 the "sale of stamps, envelopes, etc. amounted
to $11, 525. 67; that 3,459 money orders were sold and 1,534 registered letter s
Post Office reports 1953 business was ---Money Orders,
Domestic & Foreign 51,487 were sold. Stamps & other postage $526,899.82
Apr. 24,1905. A letter was received from Charles L. Wallace, owner of
the building on Railroad Avenue where the Village Office is
situated. On the margin of the letter it states that Freeport has a population
of 3,000 and enjoys 18 trains each way to the City. Yearly commutation is
$78.00, excursion tickets $1. 15.
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Jan. 23. 1905 A count was made of all traffic crossing the railroad tracks
at Grove Street, fr om 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. showed 838 pedestrians and 115 wag-ons
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1905, A petition signed by 45 c itizens of the village asked permis-sion
to us e Seaman Avenue, from Main St. to Bayview Ave.(or a half-tnile of any
street which the Board may designate) to be used "as a speedway for the pur-pose
of testing the speed of horses" but subject to the rights of the public in
vand to the use of the street. The petition was denied, Village Counsel having
advised that such use would be in violation of a village ordinance prohibiting
driving at a speed of more than 8 miles an hour and also a Section of the Penal
Law prohibiting the running of horses on highways.
May 9, 1906. Hiram R. Smith, Village President, transmits a certified
check in the sum of $605.07 to the Chairman of the Relief Committee of the
San Francisco, Cal. fire, .a fire which burned for four days. . the sum having
been received from voluntary contributions.
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June 6, 1906. New York & Long Island Telephone Co. agreed to install a
telephone in each of the five fire houses to be used in reporting fires and in-forming
the firemen where the fire was, at a cost of $50. 00 per year.
Sept. 7, 1907. Village Board directed that, beginning Sept. 9th, 1907, street
lights were to be kept burning ALL NIGHT.
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Mar. 25, 1907. An application for the position of Street Commissioner was
received by the Board, the applicant naming $100 per year as salary and stated
that he "would guarantee that all men and teams would work on the streets 9
hours a day, the same as they work on every other job in Freeport. " Report-ing
on work applicant had done in 1906, he stated "that there were two teams
of horses at $5. 00 per day each and two extra men at $1. 50 each."
Dec. 7, 1907. There were nine licensed plumbers in the Village. (Today
over 200 plumbers are licensed to do business in Freeport.)
Vol.3 No. 7 & 8 July 8t August, 1954
If you are a visitor.. . WE BID YOU WELCOME! If you are a resident..
As you travel in our state, we will try to provide you with fnaximumpro-tection
from the thoughtless, reckless drivers.
The Hundreds of drivers you may meet are entitled to the same protection
To safeguard the lives of everybody, this state must deal severely with any
driver afflictejl with the "IN AHURRY" COMPLEX.
Such an attitude is characterized by--
1. Excessive Speed
2. Speed too fast for conditions
3. Following too closely
4. Failing to yield right of way
5. Improper Passing
Observing traffic laws is the best way to cure the "in a hurry" complexand
to protect your life and the lives of others.
We want you on our highways. . . your journey safe and happy. We want you
to be with us. . . and with your loved ones. . . for many, many years to come.
So. . . abide by the watchwords - -
SLOW DOWN and LIVE!
PARK AND RECREATION NEWS
Mayor William Glackenofficially dedicated the Northwest Park July 5,1954
and the Water Front Park July 17, 1954. The Mayor pointed out thenecessity
for the development of adequate public recreation facilities and stressedthe
need for a year-round directed recreation program. The Freeport Park Com-mission
also launched the Summer Recreation Program which has been func-tioning
since June 28, 1954 on week-days at Randall Park, Northwest Park and
Northeast Park irom 9:00 A. M. to 5:00 P. M. and 7:00 to 10:00 P. M.
The Recreation D epartment is providing a variety of constructive activities
under the guidance of professional leadership at each of the parks. Some of the
features of the daily program include instructions in arts and.crafts, group
games, story telling, music, folk dancing, quiet games, Softball, basketball,
volleyball, badminton,.horseshoes, shuffleboard, handball, ping pong, kickball,
paddle tennis, newcomb, and numerous special events.
Tennis structions are being offered at. the new Northeast Park court, Wed-nesday
and Friday at 3:30 P. M. Professional golf instructions are given each
Wednesday at Randall Park at 7:30 P.M. for adults andFriday at 7:30 for-teen-age
groups. During July the Recreation Department, in cooperation with the
Police Boys Club, conducted baseball clinic at Randall Park.
AREAS LIGHTED FOR NIGHT USE
Each of the three parks has a lighted multiple use recreation area in which
many teen-age and adult activities are provided. Basketball instructions are
offered at each park Tuesday and Thursday evenings for boys ages 13 to 15 at
7:00 P. M. and boys 16 and up at 8:00 P. M.
An adult basketball league, composed of local players, has been organized
and games are scheduled each Monday and Thursday evening at the Northeast
SQUARE DANCING ATTRACTS FAMILY GROUP
The Recreation D epartment is providing a series of Friday evening Square
Dances which have been well attended by adults and children, "ihe public is in-vited
to attend the final three square dances of the season at Randall Park on
July 31, 1954, Northeast Park August 6, and Northwest Park August 13,1954,
from 8:30 to 10:30 P. M.
Full length feature movies will be shown at Randall Park August 9th and
23rd, 1954, Northwest Park August 10th and 24th, and Northeast Park August
llth and 25th, 1954.
Roller skating with music is being provided each Tuesday at Northeast Park,
each Wednesday at Northwest Park and each Friday at Randall Park from 8:00
to 9:30 P. M.
Many children have enjoyed such feature events as pet shows, doll shows,
treasure hunts, weiner roasts, picnics, bicycle rodeos, costume shows, talent
shows and others. Children are requested to consult the bulletin board at each
park for the coming events.
The summer program will continue to function until Wednesday noon, Sep-tember
Recreation at the Municipal Building
PARK COMMISSION ISSUES PERMITS FOR WATERFRONT PARK
Due to the popularity of Waterfront Park not only by Freeport residents
but visitors from surrounding communities it has become necessary to issue
permits for residents only. The Park Commission invites you to apply at the
Village Clerk's Office; present your car registration and receive sticker which
will entitle you to admittance to Waterfront Park. No charge is made for this
Request has been received by .the Village Board from Ralph L. Marshall,
acting Postmaster of Freeport, to notify homeowners that they can help facil-itate
mail deliveries by cooperation with the postal department. Many new
homes are being erected, some of them on streets or in sections which have
not had mail delivery in the past. To facilitate deliveries in sections that are
opening up, the house owners are requested to install numbers, clearly mark-_
ing the building. Correct numbers may be obtained by application to the Vil'-?
lage Clerk at the Municipal Building. Houses must have locked mail boxes of
an approved type or door slots installed for the receipt of mail. The post office
department will consider no application for opening up any new areas until 50%
of the territory has been developed and houses erected thereon. New residents
should get form 1-22 from the postoffice for proper listing of names of persons
to whom mail may properly be delivered at designated addresses. Other de-tails
of neighborhood development requirements prior to opening up new or ex-tended
roads may be obtained from the postoffice.
ZONING BOARD DECISIONS
1. Appeal and application filed by Alfonso Galasso, 459 South Grove Street
Freeport, New York, for variance from section 6D of Zoning Ordinance No. 10.1
to permit conversion of existing dwelling to two family dwelling on plot 9,920
square feet. Granted.
2. Appeal and application filed by Paul R. Bedell, 111 West End Ave. , Free-port,
New York, for variance from section 6-D to permit erection of two fam-ily
house on plot 9,875 square feet. Granted.
3. Appeal and application fi led by Lyndon Wright, 83 E. Merrick Road,
Freeport, New York, for variance from section 10G of Zoning Ordinance No.
10. 1 to permit erection of one story addition to gasoline service station with-out
compliance with regulations covering rear and side yards.
"If you have lost or had your bike stolen, come to Police Headquarter s and
look over these recovered bicycles."
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