When new Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman toured the African American Museum of Nassau County on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, he was greeted by Freeporter Julius Pearse, 87, who was Freeport’s first Black police officer in 1961 and is a lifelong civil rights advocate.
Since Jan. 3, the Herald has received the names of eight Freeport students who were honored recently for excellence in their college work. One student, Dezarae Hall, responded to a request to speak about herself and why she made the Dean’s List at the College of Saint Rose in Albany for the Fall 2021 semester. We offer brief profiles of the others below her.
For the Freeport-Merrick Rotary Club, 2022 is shaping up to be another year of giving on multiple levels.
When 98-year-old Bernard Rader died on Dec. 23, he left behind a legacy of World War II heroism, active community involvement and uncompromising love for his family.
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy and Freeport Chamber of Commerce President Ben Jackson were joined by Nassau County Legislators Steve Rhoads and Debra Mulé to officially reopen and welcome back a local business that was destroyed when a vehicle collided with the storefront on March 5, 2021.
Jan. 14, 2022: Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced the indictment of four individuals for the September 2021 shooting death and robbery of a man who had just received a settlement check of $55,000.
The Freeport High School Select Chorale, under the direction of Monique Campbell-Retzlaff, ended their fall/winter tour by performing at two outstanding venues in New York City: the Empire State Building and Skylight on Vesey, an event venue on Vesey Street that is currently featuring and exhibit titled “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.”
On Wednesday, Jan. 12, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman joined Chief Fire Marshal Michael Uttaro, Assistant Chief James Hickman, President of Fire Commission Frank DeBobes, Nassau Fire Education Center Chief Instructor John Murray, and the Nassau County Police Department Arson and Bomb Squad to host a demonstration for residents at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage to show what happens if space heaters are not used correctly.
There is still time to register for the series of art classes that will take place at the Freeport Recreation Center this winter, brought by the Long Arts Council at Freeport.
Freeport Schools Sports
After graduating everyone from an abridged season, the Freeport boys’ basketball team has faced a rebuild this winter that head coach Larry Steimer hopes lays the foundation for a winning future.
I really needed to get on the Smart HQ website to get my new G.E. Café Series kitchen appliances online. Oh, you didn’t know? You must have internet-friendly ovens and cooktops these days.
When U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi announced his Democratic primary run against Gov. Kathy Hochul, it may have seemed like a D’Amato moment.
I have been blessed to raise my hand and pledge to serve my community as an elected official many times over the past 16 years. However, last Monday was the first — and hopefully, last — time that I will take the oath of office in my living room.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder convened a news conference on Jan. 13 to make a point: The state’s bail reform law, enacted in January 2020, needs further reform . . .