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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!
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.
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.
- 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!
UPDATE: According to multiple online sources, the dog was found. Awesome news!
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?
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
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!
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!
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 provided. Don'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.
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?
Jesse, what if I can't? What if I have to be out of town? What if I'm scheduled for surgery?"
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
provided you are already
a registered voter.
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:
you must fill out an application. (You can get a printable .PDF
format version at the above website which will detail all the specifics)
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
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!
Pohlman is the writer of the not-so-weekly-these-days The Weekly
Freeporter. He also writes various novels, available
on Amazon's Kindle.