Banter Board 2002/2003
the past few years we have had many people who have emailed us with
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PBA Project Children
Date: 28 Feb 2003 13:53:34 EST
The Freeport PBA is sponsoring The 2nd Annual Charity Auction for
Project Children, an organization that began over 25 years ago.
This organization places children from Northern Ireland with host
families in the United States for six weeks each summer. It gives
the children the opportunity to be just children, away from the
troubles that always arise in Northern Ireland during the summer
Michael Flood, The Freeport PBA President, will be hosting a child
for the fourth time this summer. All proceeds benefit Project
Children, a not-for-profit organization. The fundraising covers
the costs of the children's travel expenses as well as health
insurance during their stay with us.
This years event is being hosted by Kasey's American Grill,
located on Park Ave. in Rockville Centre on Sunday, April 27,
2003. It begins at 2 p.m. There will be Irish music, a free
buffet, a live auction, as well as door prizes. The suggested
donation is $10 for adults and children are free. Many bid items
begin as low as $1.00. Over 100 quality bid items including
Mets-Yankee tickets-restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets,
weekend trips, autographed sports items, much more. Fun For All
For further info contact (516) 867-0501 (Michael & Doreen Flood)
or (516) 536-5214 (Ken & Renee Haug)
CPA Recruitment Event in Woodbury
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002
From: "Lois Whitehead" <LWhitehead@nysscpa.org>
NEW YORK, NY, October 25, 2002 - The Cooperation with Educational
Institutions Committee of the Nassau Chapter of the New York State
Society of Certified Public Accountants is holding an evening of
recruitment at the Chateau Briand in Westbury on Wednesday,
November 13 at 4:45 pm to acquaint students from local colleges
with the CPA profession. Louis Grumet, the Society's Executive
Director, will be guest speaker. For further information about
this special dinner meeting, contact Robert Schaffer, CPA, Chapter
Vice President, 516-256-3500 or Gail Linder, CPA at 631-462-1213.
The New York State Society of CPAs is located at 530 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036. To learn more about the Society call
800-633-6320 or visit the Society's website at
Bring in the State
Date: Sunday, Sept 22, 2002
Outstanding report "Freeport Superintendent in the Ozone" dated
9/20/02. This report is amazing. I never knew the gang situation
in our schools was this bad, and growing too! With test scores at
an all county low, gangs and violence in our schools on a
dangerous rise, an overpaid Superintendent Eric Eversley
(approximately $175,000/year) and a Board of Education who
together clearly can't control what's going on in our schools with
an enrollment of some 8000 Freeport children, the only solution I
see is to bring in the state, just as was done in Roosevelt.
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002
From: "D.Ferrara / E.Van" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mayor Glacken's reliability to this community with the projects
underway - such as the development of the former hospital site on
South Ocean Avenue, the playground for the youngsters who attend
the Head Start program, the donation for DayWorker Shape up Site
seem tried and true.
there is a concern developing with the residents and businesses on
Atlantic Ave. I am referring to the trees planted by the Village!
If you take a walk along Atlantic
Avenue, you will see these trees are creating a hazardous
situation. The tree roots are damaging the sidewalks and front
lawns of all residents and/or businesses located on Atlantic
I was unable to obtain a renewal of
homeowners insurance, as the insurance company pointed out the
dangers of the lifted sidewalk, classifying it as a "severe
hazard". When I contacted the Village for assistance, I was
informed that it is the homeowner's responsibility to make these
repairs. The only assistance I received from Freeport was a list
of approved contractors. The repair cost me over $ 400.00!
The damage caused by these tree
roots does not end. Residents claim they are unable to obtain a
lawn service, as the roots are above ground and lawn service
companies refuse to provide service due to possible damage to
It is time this issue is addressed
by the Village and plans made to help its residents with this
hazard and the costly expense to remedy a situation caused by the
poor selection of trees planted by the Village, not the homeowner.
Freeport NY 11520
Old Lindenmere Civic Meeting Monday
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 21:13:16 EDT
Hello everyone we hope you enjoyed your summer. We are back in the
saddle again and starting the fall with our first meeting on
Monday, October 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Merrick Library meeting
room. Topics are to include but not limited to: illegal rental
apartments, our newly designated Assembly districts, roads, plans
for Babylon Tpk. and City Ave.,
and the continued busing issue. We are hoping to see Legislator
Denenberg and Senator Fuschillo attending. It is also possible to
meet our district running mates for the Assembly. As the meeting
time nears we will have a more complete agenda. Please see your
local newspapers. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at
the meeting! Stacy Grossman
Cow Town & Time Limits
From: (Name withheld by request-Ed)
Date: Tues, 10 Sept 2002
Great article about
76 year young man speaking up.
World Com execs going to jail. Enron execs going to jail.
Maybe it should be pointed out to all - that's all Freeport
officials - that when, and it's taking time, but when justice
finally comes to downtown Freeport, those people who denied due
process and took part in this bull poop time limit business as
well as other denials of rights will be held PERSONALLY
RESPONSIBLE and could suffer sever time and financial setbacks.
It’s just short of war crimes, meaning crime against all. Maybe,
just maybe, when it's pointed out enough times that people will be
held accountable, they will behave. Power does terrible things to
people. Just following orders will not just do it anymore, we are
too smart for that.
I still find it hard to digest how this cow town Freeport gets
away with this stuff. I wish, and a sick wish it is, but I would
like to see everybody’s face if the Rev Al Sharpton came and they
told him 3 minutes or refused to answer his questions.
Three Cheers for Alan Jay
From: "Bruce Lloyd" <Brucelloyd1@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Sept 2002
This is in regards to recent article/report posted 9/3/02 by Stew
Lilker titled Freeport School Update, Public Throttled. Three
Cheers for Alan Jay. We need more "Alan Jay's" here in town who
will attend Board of Education meetings, listen, speak up, and ask
good questions in spite of being harassed by Board members. Thank
you Mr. Jay.
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002
Please, do you have back issues of your local newspapers on
microfilm? I am seeking an obituary for RAYMOND S. BOLTON who died
in Freeport, Long Island, 29 August 1936. Could you please advise
me as to how this information could be obtained? Thank you so
Aberdeen, Idaho 83210
Deport Illegals -- Quit Pandering (FNYN -
Just Another Pandering Rag)
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 (Posted Aug 24)
From: Don Miller <email@example.com>
Your paper is just another
pandering to illegal aliens rag. It's time to deport illegal
aliens and stop catering to their every whim. I'm sick of the
Latino's whining about their status, when most of them are here
It's time to quit importing poverty, and pandering to illegals
that are costing this country billions.
All polls show that the citizens of this country are overwhelming
in favor of fixing illegal immigration and slowing or stopping
legal immigration, until the latest version of non-assimilating
immigrants can at least learn to speak English.
Beam me up Scotty, no intelligent life here.
Subject: Day Workers (Will You Help Me
Payoff My Co-op?)
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 (Posted Aug 24)
From: Michael Cousin <MeCousin@go.com>
I moved into Freeport Dec. of 2001. I have been a resident of the
area my entire life and had been looking for a "mixed" area to
live. I never really felt I belonged to any one group and now I
know I do not belong here. I have experienced prejudice from the
super of the building I mistakenly bought a co-op in and now I see
this community "wasting" money on a group that does not even
Many who earn here in the US are
doing so not to build a better life for them and their families in
the US but in their countries. The US is just a tool. Now we are
building shelters for day workers. Why do we not build safe house
for drug dealers and rapists. Are these "day workers" not breaking
First, the laws of Immigration.
Most are not legal to be in the US much less work in the US.
Should it not be the responsibility of local law enforcement to
ensure that the Federal Government is living up to their
obligations to the people in keeping the illegals from the streets
and the shelters. Should not the INS official be sitting in the
shelter assuring that the "day worker" is legal to work in the US.
Why are we wasting the taxpayer dollars on Immigration laws if all
of us are not going to abide by and enforce those laws?
Second, sitting next to the INS official will there be an IRS
official insuring that these "day workers" are paying their proper
share of taxes, Federal, local and Social Security? I am giving
close to 40% of my salary so that others can enjoy the better
quality of life. Why are we giving away the farm?
Why do I have to pay taxes when others don't? If I stop paying
taxes will you build a shelter for me? Will you help me pay off my
Day Workers (They Should Be Treated
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 16:19:27 EDT
Last night I attended my first board meeting at Freeport Village
Born and raised here since '57, I am almost reluctant to admit
What I witnessed last night from my fellow Freeporters made me
very sad. The hot topic was the opening of the Day Laborer site on
Bennington Avenue. Though I can certainty understand some of the
concerns raised by the opposers, I feel they neglect to see the
real issue, compassion toward fellow human beings.
While I sat listening to the speeches of many, I had some really
great things to say myself. Not knowing I had the opportunity to
speak at such a meeting, I too would have had a great speech
prepared. The little I did touch on was the fact that throughout
all of last night's arguments and objections, never once were the
men (day laborers) referred to as just that, men. Men that were
willing to do the work many Americans will not do. Men who work
from sun up to sun down for $80.00 per day. Men that are seeking a
better life. For many, their survival depends on being here. Their
families left behind in their mother countries desperately depend
on their aid.
These men were called tax evaders, sponges of our system and such.
I point out that most would give their right arm for the
opportunity to pay taxes and to be legal in America, but this
takes many American dollars, mostly to cover legal fees. Between
food, rent, a visit to the dentist when necessary, and sending
money back to their families, $80.00 per day just does not stretch
I can only hope this work site provides, besides shelter, the
opportunity to learn that even though they are undocumented, they
do have rights in this country.
There are contractors using these men and are not paying them.
This is grossly wrong. Many of the undocumented workers suck it up
believing they can do nothing about this illegal act. I do hope
advocates will help in educating these men as to accepting nothing
less than being treated fairly.
Toxic waste in Freeport
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002
From: Arthur Goldstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I thought it might interest you to know, if you don't already,
from NYPIRG just knocked at my door and told me there were two
toxic waste dumps in Freeport: one on Ray Street and one on Hanse
That's the kind of
thing that makes me want to move.
Golden West Magazine, Maverick
From: "Carla Tate" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002
As late as 1974 Maverick Publications, Inc. (then located at 122
S. Ocean Avenue in Freeport) was publishing Golden West magazine.
I am trying to find out if the magazine is still being published
or if Maverick Publications, Inc. still exists. I would like to
contact someone there that might help me locate the author of an
article published in 1970 in the magazine.
I wonder if you might be able to give
me any information as browser searches have proved fruitless.
Thank you very much.
The Traveling Lady!
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 01:47:28
I just think that's down right awful how that poor lady has to
travel along those unsafe Freeport sidewalks. I'm glad that
someone like you is out there doing what it takes to make the
world a better place. Those Glackenites should be ashamed of
Freeport School District Ahead Of Its Time
Date: 16 July 2002
For once, the Freeport School District is ahead of its time.
As you might have read, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
has ruled that the Pledge Of Allegiance is unconstitutional. As
more and more, the government chips away at our moral fiber, I
come to realize that Freeport is way ahead of the government.
What with limiting our ability, or denying altogether, the right
to express our position at school board meetings; questioning
the School Board about it's decisions; having public meetings in
secret (without the public present) and banishing free press and
the right for students to participate in and learn about
democracy, we are way ahead of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court.
In fact, we should publish a manual on how to subvert moral and
democratic methods and sell it to other school boards,
politicians and judges (at least those who are somewhat sober).
Imagine what a boon that would be to the Freeport School
District's slush fund. Just imagine class after class of
students graduating who are opposed to the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution. We would be first to have
graduated classes of young adults on the courts, in congress and
serving on School Boards! Imagine, no morality, no
conscience no patriotism to guide them along the road of life.
Yup, keep up the good work School board. We might just be the
most infamous School District in the country, that is, if we
have a country and not just an anarchy.
(If we printed Freeport Taxpayer's name, he fears the
Republican Club and the Mayor would relieve him of his duties.
Hopefully, one day Freeport will join America and you will know
who is the FreeportTaxpayer. -- Ed.)
Subject: Obituary question
Date: 30 Jun 2002
I am seeking an obituary for Henry Arnold Alderton, Sr. and Jr.
Henry Arnold Alderton Sr, 28 Dec 1863--30 Sep 1930, b. New York
City, died in California.
Henry Arnold Alderton Jr, 10 Jun 1896--6 Jun 1961, b. Freeport,
d. in California
Any Aldertons in your records would probably be related to this
family. Be happy to pay any search fee. Possibly you don't have
the old papers--and if so--should I contact the Freeport
Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.
Judy Rebbeck Watten
From: Joanne Kondor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002
Hi, I heard there was a fire on the vessel, Stephanie Len which
is docked in Freeport. Did you print an article about it?
Could you tell me the names of other newspapers in the area so
that I can ask them. The Stephanie Len once belonged to a
friend of mine.
Midnight Casino Gambler Boat
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002
I am doing research on Casino Boats. I read that the
Midnight Gambler Casino Boat that ran briefly in Provincetown
left there and came to Freeport, NY. Could you possibly
tell me if it is still there, or if not, where it went from
Lilker, You Are Dangerous
Date: Thurs, 13 June 2002
How gross of you to point out flaws in the Freeport School
District. Everyone knows that Newsday has a special department
and staff they secretly call "The Freeport Squad."
Otherwise, why would they print all that junk about Freeport
Schools? How can you state that the school district is
foundering? Worse of all, you point out things that our village
controlled newspaper, The Leader, wouldn't dare print.
troublemakers like yourself and your rag newspaper that bring up
things that parents should be aware of. How dare you put into
print information that hasn't been approved by the school board?
That is precisely why the High School paper was closed. Just
like you, they riled people up.
Also, Mr. Lilker, our students are
not failing! They're just advancing in the opposite direction of
education. Instead of publishing what you see, you should
publish what you're given by the school board. As to speaking at
school board meetings, you should be ashamed for asking
About making decisions behind
closed doors: That's a prerogative that the school board has to
keep the parents from getting all upset. That's about the least
they can do.
What in the world do you think that
the school board is supposed to do, actually listen to and
respond to the needs of the community? That's hogwash and you
Now, let me tell you of the school
board's secret plan. By forcing parents to send their children
to private schools, they will decrease the school population.
Then, by giving the remaining students, whose parents absolutely
can't afford private schools, a poor education they will be
eligible for more state and federal aid. That means more money
Mr. Lilker, you are just as
dangerous as that Martin Luther King Jr., who also riled up the
people. If the community revolts against the school board, it's
of your making. So, get in your place and publish what the
school board wants you to publish.
We're Mad as Hell and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore.
From: Bruce LLoyd
Date: Thurs, 16 May 2002 23:40 EDT
Excellent Opinion, Mr. Helfrich, And, yes, I didn't expect how
quickly Dr. Cattano would fold his tent and just exit the
debate. As you said, he doesn't get it. This is a board member
who can't admit -- " yes the board can do better and we'll
try -- with the help of the community. I'm trying to wake up the
community, so they say, "We're mad as hell, and we're not
going to take it anymore." It will be interesting to see
what happens in Tuesday's election.
If there was some real board
involvement and if the board was able to really listen, I'm sure
that with people like yourself, myself, Stephanie Cieslik and
others in town, I'm convinced we could rouse up some real
excitement and enthusiasm and get parents really involved in
their child's educational program.
If I continue to see this
apparent apathy and lack of enthusiasm to tackle this problem by
the board, I would like to join forces with some others and
let's say some 300-400 parents and march into a Board meeting
and tell the Board what we want done. We'll tell them we will
work with them, but it has to be a team effort. We must have
their cooperation, or we'll just wait for a new board, as we
generate a new one year by year at the ballot box. Our Board of
Education has a constitutional and legal requirement to put
forth their best efforts to teach ALL the children in Freeport.
This present Board is not doing that.
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 22:30:34 EDT
Thank you Mr. Lilker, for alerting us to the School Board
Candidates forum. I observed the following and may I speak in
Pish, Pish. According to Al Renken and Ron Ellerbe at the school
board forum, the Freeport School District is not sinking. It
always takes on water to its gunnels. We should be glad because
if we believe we are sinking, it is our fault and only a rumor.
That is why we closed down the High School Newspaper, Flashings,
so no one will see how low we are in the water.
Oh yeah? So how come Renken and Ellerbe are wearing their life
Board Candidate Debate
From: The Editor
Date: 14 May 2002
There will be a School Board candidate debate on Wednesday, May
15, 2002, at the Columbus Avenue School, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Enforcing the Freeport
Date: 05 May 2002
In 1977 we wrote the building department a letter pertaining to
the property at the end of Sportsmans Avenue. The property is
owned by Mr. Barry Richter, 225 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY.
complained that the property appeared abandoned and was strewn
with cars, trucks, boat trailers, debris, piles of dirt and
uncut grass and weeds. The bulkhead had collapsed and the land
near the bulkhead had eroded and was filling in the channel with
sand. The property was not fenced and old unusable boats were
littering the property and a construction shack appeared.
1997 some progress has been made. The boats, cars, trucks have
been removed. The shed was removed about one month ago.
bad. It only took five years, but nothing has been done about
the bulkhead. No repairs or new work was ever started. Permits
were issued by the Village and the DEC for 525 feet of new
bulkhead, but the erosion continues and to add to that, there
are now Four commercial fishing boats tied up to the dock. These
boats have been docked at the end of Sportsmans for several
months. They are engaged in commercial fishing and unload their
catch into trucks. Besides conducting an illegal operation, they
park their vehicles on the side walk. We inquired about this
matter to the Building Department, but never received an answer.
should it take 5 years or longer to enforce the ordinances of
the Village of Freeport?
The Merrick Library
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 14:36:36 EDT
I know several families in Merrick
who cannot afford a computer and depend solely on the library. I
also hear the families complain that they pay taxes in Merrick
and have to go to Freeport to use their library because what
they need they cannot find in the Merrick library. Also, the
library would be used more by younger children if the children's
room was larger and held more programs. Many mothers complain to
me and say that they would love to meet at the library, but
there simply is not enough room. Also if there were more room,
the library could offer more programs, specially for the little
ones. So for the people who cannot afford computers, and for the
mom's who need a comfortable place which offers programs like
all the other libraries I have to speak in favor of the new
building. Another fact is that if the building is new it would
be more ENERGY Efficient, which would LOWER the bills.
Everyone has a right to their own opinion and I believe
wholeheartedly that a new building is the only way to go, and
the time to do it is now. If we wait, interest rates will sky
rocket and we will be paying even more money down the road. I do
not want to get into a debate with anyone. This is what I
believe would be the best for my son for his future in Merrick. The
library can count on me for a yes vote on April 22nd.
High School Newspaper Vanishes
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 09:05:15 -0400
Good job to Joe Mabel with his letter to the Editor titled
"Freeport High School Newspaper Vanishes". Since our
current Board of Education and high school administration insist
on censorship as a condition to starting up the Flashings
newspaper again, maybe the students should go ahead and do it
themselves "off base", that is do it themselves off
school grounds. There is nothing illegal about that. They could
accept donations to cover printing costs (I'll contribute a
modest amount), and I'm sure there are people in town who would
volunteer to act as advisors/consultants, while at the same time
maintaining the First Amendment rights of all of us to report
and speak up, as long as no one is slandered or defamed. That is
easy to avoid. I urge all interested students and their families
to discuss this and talk it up.
Subject: Meeting on
Date: Thurs, 18 Apr 2002
Old Lindenmere Civic Association of Merrick Invites you to a
meeting on Monday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m., at the Merrick
Library. Spread the word and meet your neighbors!
Guests and topics will include:
• Walter Mintz to speak about the new library
• City Avenue plan update (Legislator Dave Denenberg
will try to attend)
• Freeport Power Plant #2 update
• The repaving of Dobson Avenue, Central Parkway, and
• Bob Young to speak about homeless people living in the
woods and garbage in the old reservoir lake north of Sunrise
Don't forget to vote yes for the new library on Wednesday, April
24th at the Merrick library.
To join Old Lindenmere Civic Association and receive a
subscription to the Merrick Herald, send a check made out to Old
Lindenmere Civic Association of Merrick, P.O. Box 298, Merrick,
Pravda Comes To Freeport
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002
I just went through the Freeport/Baldwin Leader. Is Mayor
Glacken for real? I was glancing through the new village board
appointments and it’s unbelievable the amount of appointments
he made on Monday night. It appears Glacken made as many or more
political appointments in Freeport than George W. Bush made in
What’s next? Will Glacken start putting toll
booths up at the approaches to Freeport and start his own
Freeport Toll Commission?
One more thing. How can any resident trust
anything that the Freeport village officials say? I read in the
Leader that they are the "official" newspaper of the
Village. I read in FreeportNYNews that the list of appointments wasn’t
available to "anybody." Having a reasonable grasp of
the English language, I figured "anybody" means
"anybody." In Freeport, they must use a different
dictionary. It looks like the "official" paper of
Freeport is like Pravda was to the Soviet Union and the truth
and the people be damned.
Balloons at fairs
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 15:05:27 -0400
From: "Marie Pendzich" <email@example.com>
Fairs and balloons are synonymous. Every
vendor likes to give them away with logo attached, to all the
kids. Problem is that many of them get away because they are
filled with helium. I have counted as many as 400 to 552
balloons escaping at various fairs in the county.
Does anyone ever stop to think of where they
go when they accidentally escape? Well, at best they litter our
streets, get caught in trees and bushes, but at worst, they fly
out to the ocean where they become lethal to marine life.
Every year thousands of marine mammals and
birds ingest or become ensnared in marine debris. In 15 species
of seabirds found on Midway Island in the Pacific, 100% of the
chicks had bits of latex balloons in their gut. Wind carries
balloons many hundreds of miles away from the point of origin
and since we live on L.I., the shore is not that far away from
any one of us. Other states like Maine, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut
and Virginia have realized the danger and taken the steps to ban
I would certainly hope that this year, with
some publicity, towns will get the message and take steps to
prevent this tragedy. One of the solutions, at least for now
would be to fill them with plain air rather than helium. That
way a child who accidentally lets go could retrieve a balloon
and at the end of the day, stray balloons could be retrieved and
disposed of properly.
Massapequa Park N.Y.
Subject: Diesel plant #2 finally going going gone!
5 Apr 2002 11:15:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeffrey Lanka <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hallelujah! That stinker is finally biting the
proverbial dust. It was so bad last summer I couldn't even step
outside of my house. Congratulations and thanks to Joe Kralovich
and company for all the hard work they put in fighting the
uphill battle. May our lungs and our health finally prosper.
Subject: Birth Announcements
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 23:08:56 EST
was wondering if this newspaper was in existence in 1956, and if
it would be possible to find a birth announcement. I am
Kevin Mahoney, but I was adopted, and I think my last name may
have been Fisher, but not sure, I have non identifying
information now, and know my Mother was 23 and Father 33, Mother
was Protestant and Father was Roman Catholic, but looking for
more. Adoptive Father has long since passed away and
Adoptive Mother not willing to give any information and someone
who was adopted in my family suggested I contact you, to see if
you could help in any way.
Thank you in advance.
Kevin Michael Mahoney
born July 15, 1956.
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002
I had gone to the web site looking for a link
to the high school, hoping to find information on my senior
class. I started reading some of your articles and was astounded
at what I read. You see I grew up in Freeport and went through
all the schools and I must tell you, I loved this town.
I have since grown up and moved to Florida and
now have family of my own, but I wanted to come and visit, now
I'm not so sure.
I always tell my daughter how wonderful
Freeport was growing up, and how the schools were ahead of their
time. I still believe that, but how could they fall apart in so
little time? I graduated in the class of 1984 and remained in
the Freeport and Merrick area through 1992. When I left things
still looked good on the outside I suppose, maybe I only saw
what I wanted to see.
I guess what I am trying to say is don't give
up on the town. People need to see what my parents saw in
Freeport when they moved my brother and I there as children,
place to raise a family.
Every town has it's political bull, but the
voice and the opinions of the residents must be upheld. I have
first hand experience in my own town. if the voices are loud
enough, the people (politicians) must listen!!!!!!!!!
I hope to visit Freeport soon and show my
daughter the wonderful place that I grew up. We had it all
A nostalgic friend in Florida
11 Mar 2002 20:30
From: Gordian Raacke <email@example.com>
Subject: Victory for Ratepayers: LIPA Puts Power Plant Purchase
LIPA today announced that it has decided not to purchase the
plants at the moment.
KeySpan and LIPA have negotiated a 2 1/2 year extension of the
"This is a victory for ratepayers", said Gordian
Raacke, executive director of the Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP),
a LIPA watchdog group and consultant to the Legislature.
"Common sense has prevailed and a hasty decision to spend
hundreds of millions of dollars on old and polluting fossil
plants was avoided. We now have an opportunity to work with LIPA
and KeySpan to amend the agreement to include issues such as
determination of purchase price before a decision is made, a
repowering of the existing facilities, and a comprehensive
master energy plan for the Island."
Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP)
Long Island's Energy Watchdog
CAP was established by order of the Federal Eastern District
Court to advise Long Island's public concerning ways to improve
electrical service, to mitigate rate increases, to control
energy costs and to assist LIPA ratepayers to conserve energy.
doing my PIG project and i would like 2 know if i can hav a list
of the school board meetings and village board meetings???
|Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002
From: SA Rollock-Payne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Public Forum 3/14/02
HOW ARE YOUR TAX DOLLARS BEING SPENT ???
Find out…STEARNS PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Is hosting a public forum Mayor Glacken will discuss:
"2002 2003 Fiscal Budget"
And other issues
pertinent to Freeporters
Thursday, March 14th - 7:30 pm
The Freeport Recreation Center, Merrick Road
I have not heard anything from Chris, or anyone else in
Schumer's office. I have sent him a whole bunch on the
plant with no response. I am going to forward to you some
stuff I got from people who are environmentalists with regard to
LM6000. What is your feeling are they going to run this
My community is facing the
same situation as your community did back in August 2001
regarding KFC wanting to build a drive-thru restaurant in a residential
area. I noticed your story regarding the Board's hearing
and wanted to know if there was a follow-up story or what the
outcome was of that situation. If you could provide a link
or put me in contact with some of the residents who were opposed
I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you. Eileen Pemrick
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 09:12:09 EST
Subject: Fundraising Event
The Freeport PBA is sponsoring The 2nd Annual Charity
Auction for Project Children, an organization that began
over 25 years ago. This organization places children from
Northern Ireland with host families in the United States for six
weeks each summer. It gives the children the opportunity to be
just children, away from the troubles that always arise in
Northern Ireland during the summer months.
Michael Flood, The Freeport PBA President, will be hosting a
child for the third time this summer. All proceeds benefit
Project Children, a not-for-profit organization. The fundraising
covers the costs of the children’s travel expenses as well as
health insurance during their stay with us.
This years event is being hosted by Kasey's American Grill,
located on Park Ave. in Rockville Centre on Sunday, April 7,
2002. It begins at 2 p.m. There will be live Irish music, a free
buffet, a live auction, as well as door prizes. The suggested
donation is $10 for adults and children are free.
For further info contact (516) 867-0501 (Michael & Doreen
Flood) or (516) 536-5214 (Ken & Renee Haug)
|Date: Thurs, 28 Feb 2002
From: Gordian Raacke <email@example.com>
Subject: HIGH PRIORITY: CALL GOV. PATAKI TODAY to stop LIPA from
buying old KeySpan plants Before March 12, 2002
STOP LIPA FROM BUYING THE OLD KEYSPAN POWER PLANTS
Please Call Governor Pataki
TODAY, at the Executive Chamber at 518-474-8390 to express your
concern on LIPA's plan to buy the KeySpan power plants: "I
am calling to express my concerns regarding the Long Island
Power Authority's plan to purchase old and dirty power plants
from KeySpan. As a ratepayer and public shareholder of LIPA, I
do not approve of any plan which would allow LIPA to sign a
blank check to KeySpan with my money for highly inefficient and
polluting power plants, when we should be investing in cleaner,
renewable energy sources or state-of-the-art technology. I urge
Governor Pataki to intervene on behalf of all Long Islanders and
STOP LIPA from going ahead with this ill-advised and
Also, please send an e-mail to
CAP confirming that you have made the call to the Governor's
office. Click: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
to send the confirmation to CAP.
If you want to write a letter you
can fax it to the Governor at 518-474-8099
Gordian Raacke, Executive Director
Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP)
Long Island's Energy Watchdog
|Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002
From: Marilyn Richardson <email@example.com>
Subject: school statistics
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is to request information on the statistics of
students in the Freeport School District. I need the statistics
of progress of students that went to preschool vs. the students
that did not go to preschool, as well as the statistics of
progress of students that attended an after school program vs.
those that did not attend an after school program. I need to
know the benefits, in any, of these programs. If there is a
certain book or source of refrence that I could go to to obtain
this information that you know of, your cooperation in this
matter would be greatly appreciated.
TO ALL SEA
/ CEP supporters:
Thank you all for you interest and continued concern about these
critical energy issues on Long Island. SEA continues to be
a influential and well-respected voice in the planning processes
taking place on the local AND state levels, many of which have
been prompted by our group's activities and demands for a
comprehensive plan for LI. We have much more to accomplish
-- hope to see you all there on Tuesday.
State Energy Plan Hearings & Next SEA Meeting Scheduled
Schedule for February 5th:
10 AM - State Energy Plan Hearing - LI Marriot Hotel,
Uniondale-Next to Nassau Coliseum
12 PM - Press Conference at the Marriot calling for a
better State Energy Plan
2 PM - Hearings for State Energy Plan Continue
5-7 PM - SEA Meeting at the Huntington Public Library -
Rte 25A Huntington Village
To All SEA Members:
Next Tuesday February 5th, Hearings will be held on Governor
Pataki's Draft Energy Plan for New York State. This will take
place at the Long Island Marriot Hotel next to Nassau Coliseum
at 10 AM and 2 PM.
In between the hearings, NYPIRG and other interested groups will
be holding a Press Conference at the Marriot calling this plan
one that continues to increase our dependence on fossil fuels,
limit public empowerment, and fail to help consumers. If you are
interested in speaking at this event, contact Todd Stebbins at
631-673-5536. All are invited to stand in however, speaking
spots are limited. WE NEED A LARGE TURNOUT.
On the evening of February 5th, there will be a SEA general body
meeting from 5-7 PM at the Huntington Public Library on Rte. 25a
in Huntington Village. SEA will meet in the downstairs
"Meeting Room". Come prepared to adhere to the agenda.
An agenda will be circulated by Kathleen Whitley. Any additions
or changes must be submitted by close of business Monday,
February 4th. The Executive Committee of SEA will meet at 4
If anyone needs information regarding the State Energy Plan,
Contact Todd Stebbins
Hope you all can make the Hearings, Press Conference and
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 07:37:05 EST
Subject: Legislature, Joseph Scannell 5th L.D.
Please come and join Nassau County Legislature Joseph
Scannell 5th L.D. at his District Office Open House, 1968 Grand
Avenue, Baldwin (Opposite Mr. Cookie).
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM; 7:00 PM to 9:00
PM; Wednesday, April 17, 2002 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 7:00 PM to 9:00
Please take out a few minutes out of your busy day to share
with us, your questions, suggestions, comments and concerns.
If Mr. Scannell can be of any assistance, please call his office
at (516) 571-6205 or (516) 867-7775.
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 22:34:35 EST
Subject: too much money
I wish I could give myself a $20,000 raise and still say I don't
make enough. I don't see what the mayor is doing about Freeport
Hospital which is right in front of his house maybe he can use
his $20,000 and clean it up instead of putting it on the tax
payers. Guy Lombado ave. needs new pavement from atlantic to
sunrise hwy. He wants to build new buildings along sunrise hwy,
why? So they can be empty like half of the stores on main st. I
think its a waste of money for the tax payer. With the raises
you give yourselves you're wasting my money.
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 22:54:15 EST
Subject: New Program for HS Students:
Back in the August of my 10th grade year (1999), there was an
excellent program called Learn and Serve. This program, which
was supervised by Anita Vogel, placed a number of volunteers who
were Freeport High School Students in different schools, centers
and offices of their career choice. This program focused on a
number of positive objectives and goals which not only benefited
the student but the community alike. Jessica and I were only 2
of the many students involved in this wonderful program. We were
in the mist of trying to select a career that was right for us.
Once hearing more about this program and the many opportunities
that it has to offer us, we signed right up. We both were placed
in Atkinson School for Elementary Summer School (K-6) and
enjoyed our time there. Everyone pulled in at least 75 hours of
our summer to be members of this program, it was worth it! At
the end of the program, we had singled out whether or not we
wanted to be teachers. I decided that teaching was a great
career for me while Jessica did not, even though she did have a
lovely time with the children. The advantage was, that we saved
ourselves both time and money. Going to college for a couple of
years could cost you tens of thousands, and this program was a
way to prevent the high costs of college and give back to the
community at the same time. Anita Vogel, our supervisor,
unfortunately left Freeport HS after that year but in our hearts
the program still lives on. Jessica and I would like to start up
this program again. We feel that it would benefit everyone --
the community, the students, the parents, and us as well. There
are many companies, hospitals, schools and offices that are
willing to take in volunteers. Jessica and I are willing and
able to provide supervision with weekly or biweekly meetings,
sign in sheets, check lists, and final reports. We are also
willing and able to reward volunteers with closing ceremonies
and certificates of appreciation along the way. With this
program, there is really no way to lose.
Please reply as to what you think. -Jennifer Elsmore
|Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002
19:46:45 -0800 (PST)
From: "S. Payne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Mr. Lilker,
I am a
resident of Freeport. I have visited your web site and am quite
concerned about what is happening to us in Freeport -- the tax
increase, the electric increase, the potential increase in our
water bills. What can we do you affect some of this. What is the
best way to get the Mayor's attention. This seems to be a run
understand there is a community input meeting at the library
Thursday, Jan 24th at 7:30 pm I hope you are able to attend. I
would, as I am sure many of our neighbors will, be interested in
hearing your comments and suggestions at this meeting.
there was a time when the residents need to unite and say
ENOUGH, I think even NOW seems to be somewhat late.
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 21:20:09 EDT
Subject: Noise Pollution and Juvenile Behavior in Our
I feel that there
needs to be laws not only passed but enforced regarding
teenagers hanging out in the streets, loitering and making
parents seem to not have any control of their children in the
North Ocean/Randall Avenue area. The children are causing
disturbing the peace, screaming obscenities at all hours of the
offensive behavior needs to stop. The parents should be fined
occurrences, and the children should be disciplined. What
happened to the
days when children watched their behavior, fearing that they
would be frowned
upon with disapproval from other neighborhood adults, and had a
that reports would get back home to their parents. It seems that
turning their heads to this behavior and not complaining,
perhaps in fear of
retaliation. This has to stop! Any type of intimidation should
allowed in this country. The standards and values must be
brought back up,
and it is the job of the community leaders and parents to see
happens. We must take action now, and not allow our streets to
Furthermore, there is also a serious problem with loud blasting
and horn honking. There should be signs posted and fines given
occurrences, just as they are in several sections of New York
City. If there
isn't an ordinance, then there needs to be one, and it need to
It's a disgrace that all of this happens right outside the doors
Police Station and Village Hall Building. When is enough,
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 09:00:33 EDT
hello. I am a
student from the high school and i just wanted to know why u
did no write a article about the activities that happen on June
14 near the
high school? where there were two boys stab by the gang ms13.
To: Stew Lilker <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 00:16:40 -0500
Subject: Thanks for your message.
Thank you for writing to Senator Schumer.
It is our office policy to respond to New Yorkers as quickly as
Please be assured that you will receive a letter through the
U.S. Postal Service within the next few weeks.
Again, appreciated hearing from you.
Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer
313 Hart Building
(Editor's note - Schumer never
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000
What a hoot!
I have just come across your website and, aside from some of the
grammar and spelling errors (which detracted from the overall
effect) I found it extremely entertaining and full of laughs.
It's not that I don't believe the
things you have put forth, such as the village being run by
vicious mobsters and its citizens indiscriminately peeing
wherever they feel like on the streets (I think you left out the
public defecation's, though, as a matter of delicacy). I believe
every bit of it but feel that you are probably holding back from
REALLY letting it all out.
It's a wonder to me that most
people don't just throw up their hands over just how "only
human" humans are; and your collection of accounts of
Freeport shenanigans, as a microcosm of the interactions and
behavior of House-Apes world-wide, is almost a psychedelic
re-rendering of Gulliver's Travels.
Was it David Lang (the well-known
psychiatric theorist) who noted that neurosis is the result of
living in a psychotic society? I think it was. In any case, I
just wanted to commend you-all for your service of reporting the
lewd goings-on in our little village and hope to see you keeping
up the good work.
Subject: WHY DONT YOU TALK BOUT NORTH FREEPORT
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 10:12:13 EDT
LIKE ONLY SOUTH FREEPORT HAS A SAY IN FREEPORT. WHAT PART OF THE
GAME IS THAT.
I THINK IF WE
DON'T ADDRESS THE ISSUES ON THE OVER SIDE OF THE TRACK YOU MIGHT
SAY WHAT HAPPEN IN ROOSEVELT DISTRICT WILL MOVE OVER TO FREEPORT
THINK ABOUT THATS ALL N THANK YOU
|Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000
From: Senator@schumer.senate.gov (Senator)
Subject: Rule:Re:Visit to Freeport High School
To: Stew Lilker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for your recent electronic mail message. Senator
Schumer appreciates your taking the time to get in touch with
his office. I am sorry that at this point we cannot give you an
individual response to your message. We are currently developing
a system that will allow us to do so in the months ahead.
If you would like to access information about Senator
Schumer's activities, please visit our website at <http://schumer.senate.gov/>.
Again, thank you for your message.
Robert Paxton Administrative Director
(Editor's note - Schumer never
Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 01:27:21 EDT
have a hard time dealing with Mr. Glacken. Is it frustration
that you're not getting answers to questions that are supposed
to be public knowledge? It's disturbing that you seem to be
treated so shabbily, and ignored. And the obvious nepotism!!
But, aside from that, is it some sort of obsession for being
excluded from that political team? Probably not. Well, hope you
can get to the bottom of all this secrecy and get us all some
peace of mind. Keep on fishin!
Sincerely, Pearl Burke
"Larry & Steph" <email@example.com>
Subject: A Town That Works!
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 23:50:31 -0400
In the summer of 1986, on a hot humid morning, as neighbors
waited at our driveway to say goodbye, we packed the last of our
belongings and left our home of sixteen years to move to a
While surfing the internet, 15 years later, we came upon your
website. Memories of Victor Moore's house on S. Long Beach Ave,
working in the body shop for Winmar J Ford on Sunrise Hwy with
my dad, and selling Guy Lombardo his last new Ford Granada, are
just some of the great memories we keep in our hearts. We went
fishing at waterfront park, while my children played on the
swings and see-saws, enjoyed the great Freeport Memorial Library
and always had the best fresh fish on the table from The
Nautical Mile. We fell asleep on Saturday nights to the sound of
the cars racing at Freeport Raceway. We woke up to the sounds of
boat engines starting up early in the morning and seagulls
cracking shells on our roof. Some mornings the seagulls would
leave a breakfast of snappers on our front walk. Neighbors were
friends, not just neighbors and were made up of all races and
creeds. And best of all..... everyone got along.
When you move out of a racially integrated town that really
works, to a suburb in Pennsylvania, culture shock is undeniable.
Tell your readers and residents of Freeport that the grass is
always looks greener on the other side, but you have gold grass
on your side.
Freeport truly is a town that works! And a great place to
raise children to get along and understand different cultures
and traditions and grow to be inclusive and tolerant human
beings. My children are grown now and truly remarkable people,
which I attribute to growing up in a great community, a truly
The Monaco Family
Larry, Stephanie, Jason, Danielle & Adam
|Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2000
From: lenezin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
JUST WONDERFUL, TERRIFIC I ENJOYED READING EVERY WORD.... IT IS
TIME THAT TRUTHFUL INFORMATION IS GIVEN TO THE
THE GOOD WORK.
SINCERELY, LEN NEZIN
We live in port jefferson. we are a bi-racial family,
thinking of relocating to freeport. we love the water.
I read some stuff that leads me to believe there is a corrupt
school board and nothing is getting done for the students.
My daughter is nine, and she is bi-racial. How are the
schools and their services? Do they have social workers and
groups for children of divorced familes?
Tell me all, please
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 21:29:59 EST
Bravo!!! An indispensable piece of electronic journalism! For
those of us whose hearts are still in Freeport and believe in
Democracy and NOT Tammany Hall political machinery, this forum
is a breath of fresh air and HOPE!
I still believe ordinary citizens CAN make a difference!
Knowledge of local events and goings on is the first step!
PLEASE keep up the good and feel free to call on me for any
assistance I can offer to further this endeavor!
is just a sample of some of the hundreds of communications we have received
over the years. If you have gotten this far, you can see how important
this can be. This section of www.FreeportNYNews.com
is yours. I hope you use it wisely and well. It's success or failure
depends on you.
Stewart S Lilker