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The Freeport Baldwin Leader. (Freeport, N.Y.) 1987-current, September 28, 1989, Image 1

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-5 Rosh Hashanah greetings Freeport • Baldwin 55ih Year, No. 39 Rtcpoft.N.Y. 11520 OfTicial newspaper o f the Village of Frccport*Freepon and Baldwin School Districts Thursday, September 2S. 1989 25c ^ ^ Freeport’s in Fall Flower! ^ ^ DEUQHTFUL tMPATIENTS In a braathtaking v«H«ty o f color docortto th« Branch Avamio eomar proporty o f Mr. arxl Mra. J . Wolf, who gamorad tacond placa in tha 1989 FaQ Rowaring Contact COLORFUL BORDER PLANT1NQS o f Impadants, marigolda araJ garaniums took third placa in tha Fail Flowaring Contact for Mr. Boica Martin o f Harrfeon Avanua. And tha winner i a ..... (caa page 6} phococ by Jew OtSebo Putnam Avenue group home welcomes friends and neighbors by Maurice Forge Residents, tbeir pirtou cM friends, neighbors, staff and directors from the Epilepsy Foundation took part in an \open house* reception at the group home last «eck where ibcy displayed their achie\-cnKnt in the bouse at 187 Putnam Avenue stne* they opened last March. Nine residentsand an around the clock staff already live in the four lo c i home and applicants for the two remaining spou are being considered to fdl tbe maximum of 11 set by the New York Sute OfT^e of M ental Retardation and Deselopmeota) Disabilities. When the purchase of this house was first proposed by the Stale last year. V illage officials and n d ^ b o r s in the area objected to . tbe group home, not out of lack of sympathy for its potential residents or indifferettce to tbe needs of persons needing mental health service, but primarily because of the belief that “Freeport has been singled out for locating such facilities in it.“ according to the opponenu. Mayor Dorothy Storm pointed out at the public hearing on January 26 that tbe Village already had 26 such fadh^ies and was “ovenatorated.' and called upon tbe Stale officials to use tbdr good offices to get other communities, in which there were no group homes “to emulate us.“ But last week, tbe home’s manager, Howard Goldberg, and the Epilepsy Foundation’s Nassau County Director of Residential Services. Donna Zaioo and her auUtant Della Charbonnet were obviously proud of tbe apparent succeu of tbe enterprise and the public display at the reception. They all stressed that tbe ndghbors have been “very friendly.\ Linda Williams, one of thedoren o r so visito rs from close ndghbortng houses, agreed that “the home occupants have been good ndghbors and out family ts glad Freeporters have been cooperative.\ \These people have special needs.” her daughter Carolyn added “and we are glad to be helpful especially since they have been such good ndghborv\ Mike Zismaii who has lived all hii life at 175 Putnam Avenue uid “this is a great neighborhood and they fit right in.\ Tlieodort and Lena LeCours. ortginailyfrotn Rumford, Maine and now back thereafter living in HicksviUe for many years, came all the way from the northeast to share in tbe reception with one of the residenu, Thomas Lemmo whom they know from their Long Islaitd days. The fadlity. operated by the Foundation, is funded by New York S u te as p a n of the provisions of Mental Hygiene Law Section 41. The residents, ranging in ages from 23 to S7 years all work at an AHRC workshopin Freeport where they cam for their personal expenses and do all the housekeeping work in their home under the supervision of the proftSMonil suff. They are given medication and most of them have already been m ined to administer the prescribed drugs to themselves. The social rooms, spaaous modem kitchen, recreation room and impeccably kept bedrooms with two beds each are all cared for by the residents who do the cooking and other kuchen chores, use the two washing and drying machines It seems that the staff at the Garden city headquarters of the Foundation, the local staff and the residents have had their work cut out for them, for in six months they transformed an old house into a modem home and maintained its charming exierxor WELCOME TO FREEPORT: HobfX Qoldborg. managar of tha group horn# oparatad by tha Epilapsy Foundation for tha Naw York Stata Offlca of Mantal Ratardation and Oavatopmantal Oitabifitiaa. cuts tha caka at tha Opan Houaa. PUTNAM AVENUE NEIGHBORS at tha Opan Houaa givan by tha group homa Saptambac 18. among tham Mika Zitman. Linda. Chris and Carofyn WiUama and othart

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