Keep Curb Trees Watered
Please remember to water
the curb trees during the
remaining Summer months
and into the Fall. These plants
are part of the Glacken
Administration's plan to bring
flowering trees and shade
to Freeport neighborhoods.
All watering, either of
curb trees, lawns or shrubbery,
should be done according to
the schedule established by
the Village, which is based on
your house number. Odd num-bered
houses may water on
the odd-dates on the calendar,
and even numbered houses on
the even numbered dates. All
watering of lawns, gardens
and curb trees must be done
between the early morning
hours of 4 a.m. and 10 a.m., or
in the evening between 4 p.m.
and 10 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Village of Freeport and Long Island Arts Council at Freeport
FREE CONCERTS • THURSDAYS 7:30PM
FREE PARKING - RAIN* OR SHINE
*Rain Location: Freeport Recreation Center 130 East Merrick Rd., Freeport
Limited seating is available. We recommend you bring your own chairs.
For further information, please call the Arts Council at (516) 223-2522.
August 2 - BOB CANTWELL & THE SATURDAY NIGHT STOMPERS
Dixieland Jazz (Nautical Mile Esplanade)
AUGUST 9 - FAMILY PROGRAM AGOSTINO ARTS
Transformation: The World of Stories - A unique combination of storytelling and facepalnting that brings a world of folktales
and cultural arts to life (Village Hall Courtyard)
AUGUST 16 - NAPOLEON REVELS-BEY RHYTHM KINGS ENSEMBLE
Afro-Cuban Jazz (Nautical Mile Esplanade)
AUGUST 23 • ROBERT POE
A Distinctive Blend of Blues, Jazz, and Country (Nautical Mile Esplanade)
AUGUST 30 - FOLKLORE URBANO
Colombian Jazz Trio (Nautical Mile Esplanade)
1 The Village Hall Courtyard is located on North Grove Street. Take Sunrise Highway to North Grove Street. Travel north.
Park in the large parking lot on the left side, which is adjacent to the Courtyard. The Courtyard is behind Village Hall, locat-ed
at 46 North Ocean Avenue^
2 The Nautical Mile Esplanade is located on Wooddeft Avenue in Freeport. Traveling south, the Esplanade is approxi-mately
one-quarter mile on the left side. It is across the street from a large parking tot.
3 The Freeport Recreation Center is located at 130 East Merrick Road - 4 traffic lights west of the Meadowbrook Parkway.
JULY, 2007 www.freeportny.gov THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS
Freeporters Honored at Eagle Scout Ceremony
Mayor Bill Glacken presented each Eagle Scout with a proclamation. He is pictured in the center
with Trustee Jorge Martinez, Eagle Scouts Steven Gianaca and Christopher Klimas to the left of
Mayor Glacken. Qj the right: Eagle Scout Thomas Rayna Hempstead Councilwoman Angie Cullin,
Freeport Fire Department Executive Director Ray Maguire, and Judge Richard Lawrence.
Three young men from Free-port
were inducted into the Eagle
Scout Court of Honor recently at
a ceremony at the Freeport Rec-reation
Center. Thomas Raynor,
Christopher Klimas, and Steveri
Gianaca, all members of Boy Scout
Troop 36, entered Cub Scouts to-gether
and were determined to
receive their Eagle Scout honors
together. Judge Richard Lawrence,
the chairman of the Eagle Scout
Board of the Theordore Roosevelt
Council of Boy Scouts, presided.
The three scouts helped one
another on their final projects.
Tom Raynor built a small shelter by
the side of the fishing pier at the
Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve.
Chris Klimas cleared an invasive
weed from the lake at Clark Bo-tanic
Gardens in Albertson, and
Steven Gianaca constructed five
educational stations at Waterfront
Park. All three scouts raised money,
recruited volunteers, and helped
one another when needed.
Freeport Celebrates Annapolis Visit
Midshipmen to Join Fire Dept. 2nd Battalion Parade
On August 11th, the Village
will welcome the annual visit
of the sail training squadron
from the U.S. Naval Academy
at Annapolis. Six sailboats will
dock at the Esplanade on Wood-cleft
Avenue, and the midship-men
will be available on Satur-day,
August 11th, and Sunday,
August 12th, from noon to 4
p.m., for tours aboard the sail-boats
or for information about
the Naval Academy's four-year
While the midshipmen are
here, Freeport's Fire Depart-ment
will be host-ing
to get underway
at 5 p.m. on Satur-day,
The parade, which
will include volun-teers
neighboring fire departments,
will begin at Long Beach Ave.
and Front Street and will end
at the viewing stand located
across from the Esplanade on
Woodcleft Avenue, (Nautical
Mile). More than 500 firefight-ers
Baldwin, Freeport, Island Park,
Long Beach and Point Lookout
are expected to march in the
parade along with the mid-shipmen
from the Naval Acad-emy.
A Naval Academy sailboat leaving Freeport.
I 'ON l!LUJ9d
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Deputy Mayor Frierson
Participates in Lutheran Group
The Men in Mission of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shephard presented their an-nual
awards to several individuals in recognition of their outstanding service to their com-munities.
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson, who was honored in 2006 by the organization
for her work as Executive Director of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights,
assisted in the presentation of this year's awards.
The honorees were Rev. Jerome Taylor, Pastor, the Lutheran Church of the Good
Shephard; Don Ryan, Trustee of the Village of Hempstead; Mary Adams, Retired Profes-
Posing for photos with Deputy ^orReraefriersoa ore Rev. JeiorneToykx Hempstead sor of Mathematics, Nassau County Community College; Nassau County Legislator Roger
VBtage Trustee Don Ryan Hempstead Town Cctindwoman Dorothy Goosty, Mary Adams, Corbin. and Perry Pettus, Trustee, Village of Hempstead.
County Legislator Roger Corbii and Hempstead ViDoge Trustee Perry Pettus.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
As I mentioned in last month's mes-sage,
commercial rehabilitation work is
continuing in the Village's downtown
business district. Several of the projects
underway are part of the Freeport
Community Development Agency's
Commercial Facade Rehabilitation
Program, while others are being funded
by the property owners themselves.
One example of this self-funding
effort is the building located at 125 South
Main Street, the new home of Brinco
Mechanical Systems. The HVAC service
company, previously located in Bellmore,
moved to Freeport several months ago in
search of larger quarters, a skilled work-force,
and low-cost utilities. Brinco, with
its staff of close to 60 employees, is a
nationally known firm owned by Renee
Prager, the company President, and her
husband, Ron Prager, serving as Vice
President. The Pragers said they have been
impressed by the improvements and reno-vations
that they have noticed in the
Village recently. The company purchased
the vacant building and paid for the reha-bilitation
of the structure privately with-out
financial assistance from the FCDA's
program. The company sought input from
the Village on the exterior design of the
Another commercial renovation in
the Central Business District, the Rainbow
Shop, located on the southwest corner of
Merrick Road and South Main Street, also
is undergoing a facade improvement, paid
for by the property owner. This new
storefront is in keeping with the Village's
The construction, improvements, and
repairs taking place in the business district
on commercial sites reflect similar projects
underway around the Village on residen-tial
properties. Nearly every street in
Freeport has at least one home where
some type of work, either an expansion,
replacement, new windows or roofing,
new landscaping, or some other type of
improvement, is in progress.
This type of private investment by
property owners, both commercial and
residential, shows the confidence people
have in Freeport's economic future. These
investors are stakeholders in the health
and well-being of the Village. They have
taken notice of the improvements that
have been accomplished in every section
of the Village during the past 10 years of
the Glacken Administration and have
joined the momentum.
These improvements include upgrad-ing
and rebuilding the streets and roads,
the upgrading of the infrastructure, the
ongoing renovations in the downtown
business district, the upgrades and addi-tions
to the water and electric utilities, as
well as the new equipment in the parks
and playgrounds, the work on the pools
and the recreation center, and the com-plete
rehabilitation of the Nautical Mile.
The commitment of both private and
public money to the rebuilding and recon-struction
of the Village has become a
model for other towns and villages. And
the proof of its success is in the actions of
the people who have made a financial
commitment to the community and are
proud to call themselves Freeporters.
Sierra Club representative Michael Cafaro, Trustee Don Millet SPLASH President Rob Weltner, and Trustee Jorge Martinez.
Sierra Club Donates Filters to
SPLASH to Protect Waterways it-ill ft M i-* f> ^r. In s»vy*r«i • r\?-«V ••"^•j** v-i|iipx 'Vw..-*t n it? W
Members of the Long Island office of the national environmental orga-nization,
the Sierra Club, recently presented Freeport's volunteer group,
SPLASH, with the funds to assist in purchasing an additional storm water
filter. The Village currently has 23 of the Storm Basin devices, which are
helpful in removing pollutants from storm water runoff.
The sponge-type filters have been installed on those storm drains in
Freeport which empty directly into the local canals. The filters are chemi-cally
treated so that they can kill harmful bacteria, while capturing sand,
trash, vegetation, oils and grease, as well as heavy metals such as lead, cop-per,
cadmium and chromium.
Freeport Village Trustees Don Miller and Jorge Martinez, along with
SPLASH President Rob Weltner, thanked the representatives of the Sierra
Club for their help in protecting Freeport's waterways and the adjacent
bays and canals. "These filters will go a long way in helping to improve the
overall condition of our local waterways," said Mr. Weltner. Trustee Miller
added, "We appreciate the dedicated volunteers of the Sierra Club and
our own SPLASH organization. Their efforts have made a noticeable
improvement in the quality of our waterways and are helping to preserve
and protect the pristine nature of our shoreline for the enjoyment of gen-erations
to come," he concluded.
Information on 2008
Village Property Tax
The deadline for new ana renewal applications for real
property tax exemptions for the 2008 tax year is Monday,
October 1, 2007.
Residents who currently have property tax exemptions that
must be renewed annually must reapply to the Village
Assessor's office by Monday, October 1. Renewal applications
have been mailed to everyone who received a renewable
exemption on the 2007 tax roll. If you believe you are entitled
to an exemption, 'and have not received an application, please
Residents who must reapply annually are those property own-ers
who have senior citizen, clergy, firemen, and non-profit
organization exemptions. Residents who are receiving veter-ans'
real propeTty faxlexemptionVaf wellTs recipients of "capital
improvement and business exemptions need not reapply annu-ally.
Applicants for the newly adopted disability exemption
need apply only once and will not need to renew unless they
move within Freeport.
Applications are available at the Assessor's office. Room
105 in Village Hall, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. for the following exemptions; senior citizen, disability
non-profit, clergy, churches, veterans, firemen, capital improve-ment,
and business. Additional information is available on
Freeport's website, www.freeportny.gov in the Village Assessor
section. Forms may be downloaded directly from
According to the Real Property Tax Law applications, for
property tax exemptions in the Village must be received (not
postmarked) by Monday, October 1, 2007 in the Village
Assessor's office by 4:30 p.m. "STAR" exemptions are a sepa-rate
application and may be obtained at the Nassau County
Assessment Department. For information on the "STAR"
exemption, please call 571-1500.
Freeport Welcomes New Police Officer to the Force
Another officer garners honors from his alma mater
• Before photo of 125 South Main Street After photo of 125 South Main Street, the new Brinco building
Freeport's newest officer,
Michael P. Levine, graduated from
the Nassau County Police Academy
on July 11th. Police Commissioner
Lawrence Mulvey, County Executive
Tom Suozzi, Freeport Assistant
Chief Al Gros, along with Officer
Levihe's father, Howard Lippman, a
20-year veteran of the Nassau
County Corrections Department,
offered their congratulations.
Another of Freeport's finest,
Donnie Ethier, a member of the
Village Police Dept. since 2000, was
recently chosen as the Alumnus of
Freeport Police Officer Michael Levine, (second right) accepts his diploma from County Executive Tom Suozzi
with his father, Howard Lippman, in the center, They are flanked by Freeport Assistant Chief Al Gros (right) and
Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, (right),
the Month, by Molloy College.
Officer Ethier is a 1999 graduate
of Molloy, where he majored in
Political Science and Criminal
Justice. He was elected as a trustee
of the Freeport Police Benevolent
Association and has been respon-sible
for organizing numerous
charitable events for the purpose
of giving back to the members of
the Freeport community. Officer
Ethier has been the recipient of
numerous meritorious awards and
commendations while serving on
the Freeport police force.
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