Wednesday, July 17, 2019

TWF 294: Heat Warning for 7/18/2019 & Weekend

Hello, Freeporters!

Very quickly, Freeport Fire Department has posted a notice for a heat advisory at least through this weekend.

I just want to add, "DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS IN AN UN-AIRCONDITIONED CAR!!!!"  It's way too damn hot, they will literally die, and you will deserve the jail time.

Additionally, I've found WAY TOO FEW Freeport and Nassau-County related officials offering input on how to handle the heat, however, Anna Kaplan (NYS Senate, District 7) in this case deserves significant credit for putting out this release with a list of cooling centers.  They're not exactly Freeport-centric (except maybe for VOF's emergency management page), but, hey, since apparently Port isn't offering much besides words, if you need a safe place, here's Senator Kaplan's list:

For more tips, check the above link.  Stay cool, stay safe!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

TWF 293: Airport Ailments As Callouts Force Delays At LaGuardia, Others!

Hello, Freeport,

The Federal Government shut-down, which President Donald Trump proudly took credit for on December 11, 2018, has netted another nuisance for all Americans - but this one especially impacts Long Islanders.  As Think Progress and many other outlets report, staffing shortages for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs), who have been working without pay for about a month, much like Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, the FBI and many others.

We won't get into the specifics of the shut-down here, except to reiterate that the President has taken full credit for it, and - of course - to remind you that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has control over whether or not the Senate votes on any bills the House of Representatives passes; he has repeatedly blocked votes to re-open the government.  (By the way, Constitutionally, even if the Senate voted on and passed a bill, President Trump would have ten days to sign or Veto it; if he didn't sign it, it would still become law, thus the Senate has every reason to vote and send a bill to the President's desk - especially as the Senate voted strongly in favor of the same thing in the 2018 Congress.)

Here's some things to expect:

 - Flight delays and possibly cancellations.
 - Massive traffic jams as a result of these delays.
 - MASSIVE traffic jams as a result of these delays, since these delays often lead to secondary accidents.
 - Possible difficulties with shipping merchandise, if the ATCs have to delay, redirect, or flat-out ground UPS, FEDEX, or other planes.
 - The possibility that this will expand and get worse, rather than improving.

What do YOU think about the shut-down?
Leave a comment, here or at either our Facebook Page or our Group!

Jesse Pohlman is the Editor of The Weekly Freeporter, and can be found on Twitter @JPohlmanWriting; he's also a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer with an Amazon page you can check out, at this link!  Take care!
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

TWF 292: The Weekly Freeporter in 2019!

Greetings, friendly readers!

I hope you are all enjoying the new year, so far, and that the holiday season has rolled over into a great time for you all.  Allow me to take you back to 2010.  While that mission statement still holds (Although I've had the extraordinary pleasure of working with others on this effort!  If you'd like a shout-out to what you do, please feel free to let me know and it's done!), the truth remains that The Weekly Freeporter is not slated to return to full, weekly publication.

The main purpose of The Weekly Freeporter since its professional retirement as a regular publication in 2015 has been to, in a very limited way, provide the following efforts, when possible:

 - A signal-boost for people looking for help with solving crimes.
 - A signal boost for people looking for help with finding pets.
 - A signal boost for charities hosting benefits.
 - A signal boost for official government events.
 - A source of information in the event of weather emergencies.
 - An occasional source of critique for significant news developments and acts of gross, public dishonor.

In 2019, I intend to maintain very much the same distant, occasionally-commenting approach.  To be honest, this is mainly a business decision:  The Weekly Freeporter is patched into Google's Adsense program, but in all sincerity this publication has yet to pay for the hand-held tape recorder I bought for board meetings and interviews back in 2010.  Very simply, "I need to have a real job, and this alone is not viable."

However, maybe there's a way you can help!

I oftentimes get notifications that people are interested in posting events on either The Weekly Freeporter's  Facebook 'page' or 'group,' since both are different things.  Many of these things fit the above categories, but every so often someone will actually be trying to promote their businesses.  Perhaps they're having a sale?  Perhaps they're hosting an event?  At any rate, these are people with for-profit ventures who want to be successful, and I think that's great!

However, since my writing is my for-profit venture (Amazon Author Page), I would instead be open to a "Sponsorship" system.  If you are interested in sponsoring a The Weekly Freeporter article, I am personally available on Twitter, as well as through the two Facebook groups I listed in the previous paragraph.  I cite Editorial Freelance Association rates for research, so if you want to sponsor a relatively simple article that would be a bit different than sponsoring a larger project, and/or sponsoring multiple articles.  It goes without saying that I will consult you on the content of the article/project, but I retain all creative authority.

I can think of at least one project I would very strongly love to see sponsored, but cannot execute independently because of how in-depth it would be.  It's the kind of project that I think you would agree would help a lot of marginalized people, including in Freeport, and would follow up on some of my prior research done for this article (which actually followed up on this one) about school taxes.  Suffice to say, there are a lot of inequities on Long Island and I would love the chance to do research and get to the bottom of it, but I'd need sufficient backing.

And that's about it!  I wish you all a great new year, and hope you are all happy and successful in trying to make positive changes to the world!

Jesse Pohlman is an author from Long Island, New York.  He has a brand-new webpage you can check out at this link!.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

TWF 291: Lost Dog in Freeport! (Update: Found!)

UPDATE:  According to multiple online sources, the dog was found.  Awesome news!

Hello, friends,

I saw this yesterday and meant to get it to a wider release, but couldn't.  The holiday season is no time for a lost pet to be out in the cold.  If you see this lovely pupper, named Luna, call her parents.  DO NOT CHASE her, just report the location.  If you can, maybe keep eyes on her?

Best wishes for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TWF 290: Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 1, 2018, 5:00 PM at the Sunrise Highway Triangle!

Hello, Freeport!

This is the first of (probably) many short, but helpful articles telling you what Holiday events are going on.  Because a lot of my life is a combination of, "I'll post it when I find out about it," and, "Sometimes I have stuff going on that keeps me from getting posts done, sometimes - like today - these posts will come out with short notice.  On the upside, if you don't know what to do with your kids this weekend, have no fear!

Just like the above image says, the Village of Freeport is hosting a Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, on Sunrise Highway at the Triangle between Church and Main Street.  While these directions are...Vague, let's say?  I still think I was able to locate it on Google Maps.  I might have the wrong location, though, so don't be afraid to double-check me!

For more information, call the Recreation Center at 516-377-2314

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TWF 289: Polls Open Until 9:00 PM, Election Day 2018!

Hello Freeport, and the rest of the world!

This is your yearly reminder that, in fact, you have a say over your government!  In fact, it's a right!  YOUR right!  That you should USE!  (Yes, today I am abusing capslock, a bit)  I realize I'm getting this out a bit late (I was voter number 274 at my polling place, for what it's worth!), but busy days are busy.  And you're probably busy, too!

So, here's some helpful information to answer most of your likely questions!

Here's a guide to help you figure out how to vote!

 - "What if I'm not sure that I'm registered to vote, or where I'd even go to do it!"  Don't feel bad, you're not alone.  Nassau County's Board of Elections Website has you covered, just check in here to see your registration status and polling place!

Now, it is too late to register in New York State (we don't have what's called "Same Day Registration," and in fact have some pretty terrible registration laws...), but even if you haven't voted in an election or two, New York isn't too bad about keeping you registered, so don't be afraid to take a minute and check!

 - "What if I can't get there?!"  Especially with bad weather like we have today, it can seem really difficult to get to the polls, especially after a long day at work.  My suggestion is to look to Facebook first, and see if any of your friends are offering rides.  If that fails, look to apps like Uber and Lyft - if they are operating in your area, they may be giving free rides to polling places.  If all else fails, though, get on a waterproof coat and hoof it!

 - "I'm not sure who is running!"  As we've discussed previously in this publication, Freeport is something of a Gerrymandered community, so it's understandable that you might not be sure who is running in which part of town.  You might be planning to vote for a candidate that, it turns out, isn't on your ballot because you're in the wrong district for that position!  Nassau County's BOE maintains a list of candidates, but it's honestly quite confusing unless you're used to reading spreadsheets.

My advice in this situation is to - yes - take a minute to scroll through the spread sheet and match up the various districts you live within to the candidates thereof.  Also, while it's not always fair to match up the behaviors of a party-in-general with those of an individual candidate, for the big-name races you can probably expect that their lower-ticket party-members will probably support that candidate's agenda.  In Freeport, specifically, there are State Legislature races of significant interest given Earlene Hooper's defeat in the primaries, so don't think that there's nothing of local importance on the ballot.  This is just as much for your state-level government as it is your federal representation!  (Pst.  This also includes redistricting in 2020, so maybe we can un-Gerrymander things a bit)

 - "What if I'm afraid to get there late?"  The law, as I understand it from having seen many an election in my not-quite-youth-anymore, is that once you are on line to vote, you can NOT be denied the right to vote.  As long as you are in line by 9:00 PM, you can't be forced off of the line.  You have your right to vote, so don't be afraid if you get out of work at 8:30 and get at the polling place by 8:50.

 - "What if something goes wrong when I vote?"  The most common problem I've seen reported by Freeporters so far is that there have been some concerns with people not being on the voter rolls.  This is a potentially serious problem, but there are many other possibilities such as voter intimidation (either directly or through posters left deliberately-close to a polling place with hate speech, etc), or other ballot spoilage issues.

If this happens to you, BE CALM.  First of all, in case there's some kind of administrative problem, ask for an Affidavit/Provisional ballot.  That way, they can get your vote down with a sort of, 'we'll check into this problem and if it clears, count it' promise.  Contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, and listen to some advice the ACLU has providedDon't let this go, don't wait, make the call and get the process working in your favor.

 - "Am I just voting on candidates?" - That depends on your district, but ALWAYS, as a rule of future Election practice, check the back of your ballot for any ballot initiatives that might be relevant to your district, town, or county.  Many states, for example, have public referendums on whether or not Marijuana should be legal recreationally.  These are ballot initiatives, and they would be on the back.

Happy voting!!  Remember:  You're a citizen of a Representative Republic.  It's not necessarily ideal, but if you want to keep it, vote.  Otherwise, you may lose even that.

Jesse Pohlman is the writer/editor of The Weekly Freeporter, a non-partisan enterprise, and does not endorse any candidates as a rule.  If, however, you'd like to read his thoughts on the over-arching theme of and verdict for the 2018 election, you may do so at this link.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

TWF 288: Absentee Ballots In New York State! (How to vote if you can't be in town!)

Hello, Freeporters (and everyone else!)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, and if you're registered, you all need to vote  It's the most fundamental right we have as Americans, people have died for it, and you know all the reasons to do it.  After all, you read The Weekly Freeporter, and surely other things, and are therefore pretty well informed, right?

“But, Jesse, what if I can't? What if I have to be out of town?  What if I'm scheduled for surgery?"

Well, there's actually an answer to that, and – as I found out while researching for a friend – it's not at all too late (as of 10/30/2018!) to put a plan into place! See, while New York State has a myriad of problems, it's actually pretty good about absentee ballots, provided you are already a registered voter.

According to the New York State Absentee Voting website, the procedure for getting an Absentee Ballot (which you can send in to be counted if you aren't in town!) are as follows:

  • First, you must fill out an application. (You can get a printable .PDF format version at the above website which will detail all the specifics)
  • Second, assuming you live in Nassau County, you must take it to the Nassau County Board of Elections 240 Old Country Road, #5 Mineola NY, 11501. (If you live in Suffolk County, that information can be accessed at their website by clicking this link. ) If you don't have an application printed out, you can get an application at the Board.
  • Third, and this is key: You MUST bring the application in-person up until the day before the election. It is already too late to MAIL the application in. Bring as many forms of identification as you feel you may need (preferably 2).

Assuming all goes well, once your application is approved you will get an absentee ballot that you can fill out and mail in. At least, that seems to be the case; the websites in question are a little less clear about what to do with an absentee ballot, but that's where you, dear reader, demonstrate your intelligence by being very clear in asking questions. Remember, the people working for the county are here to help you exercise your right to vote. As long as your are polite to them, they'll be happy to help!

If you go this route, please leave a comment or write a message with how the procedure went!

Jesse Pohlman is the writer of the not-so-weekly-these-days The Weekly Freeporter. He also writes various novels, available on Amazon's Kindle.