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Banter Board 2002/2003

Over the past few years we have had many people who have emailed us with comments, suggestions, opinions and just about everything under the sun regarding Freeport, the surrounding communities and other things.

The Banter Board belongs to you. We trust that you will use this wisely. The ground rules are simple. Please, no profanity and be courteous. We reserve the right to edit.

We know FreeportNYNews is the favorite site of the Glackenites and many other politicians, so if you have a beef or a suggestion and don't want to worry about your grammar, send it to the BanterBoard@freeportnynews.com

Subject: PBA Project Children
From: RHaug7@aol.com
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 months.

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)
Subject: 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 www.nysscpa.org
Subject: Bring in the State
Date: Sunday, Sept 22, 2002
From: BruceLloyd1@aol.com

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.

Bruce Lloyd
Freeport NY
Subject: Village Trees
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002
From: "D.Ferrara / E.Van" <lantic71@optonline.net>

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.

But 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 Avenue.

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 their equipment.

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.

D. Ferrara
Freeport NY 11520

Subject: Old Lindenmere Civic Meeting Monday October 7th
From: Animlhous7@aol.com
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
Subject: 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.
Subject: 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.

Bruce Lloyd
Subject: Information
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002
From: N7ivu@aol.com

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 much.

Madge Little,
Aberdeen, Idaho 83210
Subject: Deport Illegals -- Quit Pandering (FNYN - Just Another Pandering Rag)
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 (Posted Aug 24)
From: Don Miller <finninam@yahoo.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 illegally.

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.

Don Miller
Newberg, OR

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 belong here.

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 many laws?

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 co-op?

Michael Cousin
Freeport NY

Subject: Day Workers (They Should Be Treated Fairly)
From: ItaliaPrincesss@aol.com
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 16:19:27 EDT

Last night I attended my first board meeting at Freeport Village Hall.
Born and raised here since '57, I am almost reluctant to admit this.

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 far enough.

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.

Mrs. Harwood
Freeport NY
Subject: Toxic waste in Freeport
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002
From: Arthur Goldstein <ag28@optonline.net>

I thought it might interest you to know, if you don't already, that someone
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 Street.

That's the kind of thing that makes me want to move.
Arthur Goldstein

Subject: Golden West Magazine, Maverick Publications, Inc.
From: "Carla Tate" <tategenie@hotmail.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.

Carla Tate

Subject: The Traveling Lady!
From: accimaglia@worldnet.att.net
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 themselves.

Freeport resident
Subject: Freeport School District Ahead Of Its Time
From: FreeportTaxpayer@aol.com
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
From: RayjudyW@aol.com
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 Library?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.

Judy Rebbeck Watten
Northern California

Subject: Stephanie Len
From: Joanne Kondor <joannemkondor@yahoo.com>
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.

Thank you!

Subject: Midnight Casino Gambler Boat
From: Sally52447@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002

Dear Editor,

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 Freeport?

Thank you.
Sally Williams

Subject: Mr. Lilker, You Are Dangerous
From: FreeportTaxpayer@aol.com
Date: Thurs, 13 June 2002

Mr. Lilker:

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.

It is 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 difficult questions.

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 know it.

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 to burn.

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.

Thank you.

Subject: 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.

Subject: School Board Candidates
From: FreeportTaxpayer@aol.com
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 nautical terms.

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 jackets?
Subject: School 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.

Subject: Enforcing the Freeport Building Code
From: <lenezin@hoflink.com>
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.

We 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.

Since 1997 some progress has been made. The boats, cars, trucks have been removed. The shed was removed about one month ago.

Not 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.

Why should it take 5 years or longer to enforce the ordinances of the Village of Freeport?

Len Nezin
Freeport NY

Subject: The Merrick Library
From: Animlhous7@aol.com
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.

Stacy Grossman

Subject: Freeport High School Newspaper Vanishes
From: <brucell@optonline.net>
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.

Bruce Lloyd

Subject: Meeting on Monday 4-22
From: Animlhous7@aol.com
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 Central Boulevard
 • 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, NY 11566-0298.

Subject: Pravda Comes To Freeport
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002
From: RZil848@aol.com

Mr. Lilker

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 Washington.

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.

Bob Zilinsky
Baldwin, NY

Subject: Balloons at fairs
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 15:05:27 -0400
From: "Marie Pendzich" <memepend@netzero.net>

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 balloon releases.

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.

Marie Pendzich
Massapequa Park N.Y.

Subject: Diesel plant #2 finally going going gone!
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 11:15:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Jeffrey Lanka <jefflanka@yahoo.com>

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.

Jeff Lanka
Merrick, NY

Subject: Birth Announcements
From: Treas4Him@aol.com
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 23:08:56 EST

I 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.
From: Kae003@aol.com
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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 there!!

A nostalgic friend in Florida

Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 20:30
From: Gordian Raacke <capli@optonline.net>
Subject: Victory for Ratepayers: LIPA Puts Power Plant Purchase on Hold

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 purchase option.

"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."

Gordian Raacke
Executive Director
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.
From: PIJ84@aol.com
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002
Subject: FHS Student
To: BanterBoard@freeportnynews.com

Hi, I'm 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 <sarp_825@yahoo.com>
Subject: Public Forum 3/14/02
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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
From: Animlhous7@aol.com
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002
Subject: Fwd: LM6000

Hi Stew,
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 summer?
Thanks Stacy

From: EPemrick@aol.com

Dear Sir:
      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
From: RHaug7@aol.com
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 09:12:09 EST
Subject: Fundraising Event
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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 11:17:35 -0500
From: Gordian Raacke <capli@optonline.net>
Subject: HIGH PRIORITY: CALL GOV. PATAKI TODAY to stop LIPA from buying old KeySpan plants Before March 12, 2002


      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 irresponsible proposal."
      Also, please send an e-mail to CAP confirming that you have made the call to the Governor's office. Click: <mailto:capli@optonline.net> 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 <marilyn.e.richardson@verizon.net>
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.

Thank You
Marilyn Richardson

From: Animlhous7@aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 20:24:10 EST
Subject: Fwd: TUESDAY - FEBRUARY 5th SEA meeting agenda

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
            (All are invited)
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 PM.

If anyone needs information regarding the State Energy Plan, Contact Todd Stebbins

Hope you all can make the Hearings, Press Conference and Meeting.

From: RZil848@aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 07:37:05 EST
Subject: Legislature, Joseph Scannell 5th L.D.
To: BanterBoard@freeportnynews.com

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 PM

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.
Robert Zilinsky
Staff Volunteer

From: Tinnnmannn28@aol.com
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 22:34:35 EST
Subject: too much money
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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.
From: Talkaholic22@aol.com
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 22:54:15 EST
To: editor@freeportnynews.com
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" <rollockpayne@yahoo.com>
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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 away train.
          I 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.
          If ever there was a time when the residents need to unite and say ENOUGH, I think even NOW seems to be somewhat late.
From: Bittziee@aol.com
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 21:20:09 EDT
Subject: Noise Pollution and Juvenile Behavior in Our Neighborhoods
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

I feel that there needs to be laws not only passed but enforced regarding
teenagers hanging out in the streets, loitering and making noise. The
parents seem to not have any control of their children in the North Freeport,
North Ocean/Randall Avenue area. The children are causing destruction and
disturbing the peace, screaming obscenities at all hours of the night. This
offensive behavior needs to stop. The parents should be fined for these
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 healthy fear
that reports would get back home to their parents. It seems that adults are
turning their heads to this behavior and not complaining, perhaps in fear of
retaliation. This has to stop! Any type of intimidation should not be
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 that this
happens. We must take action now, and not allow our streets to resemble a

Furthermore, there is also a serious problem with loud blasting car stereos
and horn honking. There should be signs posted and fines given for these
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 be strictly

It's a disgrace that all of this happens right outside the doors of our
Police Station and Village Hall Building. When is enough, enough?
From: LV2LL@aol.com
To: editor@freeportnynews.com
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 09:00:33 EDT
Subject: hello
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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.
From: senator@schumer.senate.gov
To: Stew Lilker <editor@freeportnynews.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 00:16:40 -0500
Subject: Thanks for your message.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Thank you for writing to Senator Schumer.
It is our office policy to respond to New Yorkers as quickly as possible.
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
Washington DC

(Editor's note - Schumer never responded)

From: "Al Handley" <ahandley@optonline.net>
To: <editor@freeportnynews.com>
Subject: Bravo!
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. Congratulations!
          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.

From: Djbless11@aol.com
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 10:12:13 EDT

To: editor@freeportnynews.com


Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 10:25:26 -0400
From: Senator@schumer.senate.gov (Senator)
Subject: Rule:Re:Visit to Freeport High School
To: Stew Lilker <editor@freeportnynews.com>

Dear Friend:

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 responded)

From: EBELZIE@aol.com
Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 01:27:21 EDT
Subject: Obsession?
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

Mr. Lilker,
         You obviously 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
From: "Larry & Steph" <dziki@worldspy.net>
To: <editor@freeportnynews.com>
Subject: A Town That Works!
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 23:50:31 -0400

Dear Editor,

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 different state.

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 free port.

The Monaco Family

Larry, Stephanie, Jason, Danielle & Adam

Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2000 18:29:30 -0800
From: lenezin <lenezin@hoflink.com>
To: editor@freeportnynews.com





To: editor@freeportnynews.com
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
regards, linda 

From: KramerD2@aol.com
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 21:29:59 EST
To: editor@freeportnynews.com

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!

The preceding 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

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