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Freepcrt Teafier It's Stakes time Page 18 eatery with mission Gala held for the schools Page 6 Maureen Lennon/Herald Leader JORDAN LAMAR, 9, had a blast petting the bearded dragon at the annual Nautical Mile Festival in Freeport on Saturday. Nautical Mile Fest opens summer season By NADYA NATALY nnataly@liherald.com When outlining 5-year-old Dakota Whaley's face in paint at Freeport's annual Nautical Festival on Saturday, Abigail Aguilar, of Freeport, paid close attention to how her brush layered the colors. When Dakota's transforma- . tion was complete, the Island Parfcresident jumped up from her chair to see herself in the mirror with a butterfly across her face. Children could be seen up and down the Nautical Mile, a.k.a. Woodcleft Avenue, with their faces painted as butter- flies or tigers, while their par- ents perused local vendors or lined up for fried Oreos. This year's festivities start- ed with a ribbon-cutting cere- mony led by Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy. The much- anticipated event is Free- port's unofficial start to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 Freeporters struggle to get around after NICE bus cuts By NADYA NATALY nnataly@liheiald.com Adjusting her pursue strap and glancing at her watch, Alicia Degames was growing impatient standing at the stop for the N43 bus off North Main Street and Randall Avenue in Freeport last Thursday She had been there for 20 minutes already Leaning on the stop's post, the 31-year Freeport resident suddenly smiled when she spotted a friend approaching. \Hey how are you doing today?\ she said in her native Spanish as she hugged Graciela Alesio, a 24-year Freeport resident. \How long have you been wait- ing?\ asked Alesio in Spanish. Too long. Many Freeporters like Degames depend on Nassau Inter-County Express buses to get around Nas- sau County Wait times for buses have, however, grown increasingly longer, and bus riders' nerves more and more frayed, since service cuts took effect on April 9 because of NICE budget woes. \These buses run so late now,\ Degames said. \Bus 43 runs so late, and I use that route frequently. Before they changed the services, LAW OFFCE1S O RDITO & \RDITO UP JOSEPH ARDITO. ESQ • JOHN A. ARDITO, ESQ. www.ArditoLaw.com ALL ACCIDENT CASES PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION PERSONAL INJURY • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS • PROBATE • WILLS • TRUSTS \ \ 659 Franklin Ave. Franklin Square. NY >:xW 516.825.0500 Nadya Nataly/Herald FREEPORTERS ALICIA DEGAMES and Graciela Alesio waited for the N43 bus off North Main Street and Randall Avenue. the buses ran, at most, maybe 15 minutes late. Now I'm out here wait- ing 40 minutes for a single bus.\ \I can't ride a bike. I'd never get there and I don't drive. I use these buses for everything,\ Alesio added. In February, NICE CEO Mike Setzer wrote a to letter riders high- lighting the reasons for the cuts, saying Nassau County's ongoing fiscal crisis was to blame for a $6.8 million reduction in funding for public buses. As of press time, a NICE repre- sentative had not returned the Herald's phone calls. On its web- CONTINUEDONPAGE25 HOME & HOSPITAL VISITS AVAILABLE FREE CONSULTATION ON ALL ACCIDENT CASES

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