Smart Talk May 13, 2013

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May 13th – 17th, 2013


Herald Community Newspapers

Richner Communications Inc, publishers of the Herald Community Newspapers, has grown into a very substantial metro New York suburban newspaper group with 15 separate community editions. They distribute over 73,000 copies every week. This covers the entire southern Nassau area and is considerably more than any other weekly newspaper in the area.

The Heralds have something for everyone with over 90 bylined articles each week, including local community news, school news, entertainment and feature stories. Year after year, the Heralds are recognized for editorial excellence with awards from the New York Press Association.

“After seven months of rebuilding and National Grid’s help, this community has beaten Mother Nature. It’s the nucleus of the village, I mean everybody knows the Nautical Mile and I believe that the property sales, the businesses, everything revolves around the Nautical Mile.” – Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy speaking at the reopening of Freeport’s Nautical Mile

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Please join us for the 2013 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

The Huntington Hilton

Melville, NY

For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadershipin advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements,clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

Award recipients stand out in their ability to
demonstrate one or more of these basic principles:

– Mix land uses

– Take advantage of compact building design

– Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes

– Create walkable neighborhoods

– Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strongsense of place

– Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas

– Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development

– Provide a variety of transportation choices

– Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost


– Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions

– Utilize clean energy and green building development

Vision is proud to announce our newest Honoree!

Vision is pleased to announce our newest honoree for Regional Leadership Congressman Peter King for his successful work against the odds in delivering the Sandy Relief Act this year and the Federal Transportation bill last year. We will behonoring him and an excellent group of LI leaders and projects.

Regional Leadership

United States Representative Peter King

Regional Leadership

Superstorm Sandy Cleanup and Rebuilding Volunteers


Creating a Mix of Uses

LaunchPad Mineola

Andrew Hazen, Richard Foster

Peter Goldsmith, LISTnet

Smithtown Main Street

Lavena Sipes, Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation

Mark Mancini, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce

Revitalizing Communities

“Yes We Can” Community Center, New Cassel

Town of North Hempstead

Revitalizing Communities

Central Islip Revitalization

Hon. Steve Flotteron, Town of Islip

Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors

Smart Planning

Republic Station, East Farmingdale

Town of Babylon

Smart Planning

Connect Long Island

Suffolk County


Bolt Bus

Clean Energy

Clean Energy Programs


Housing Choices

Linden Knolls, Hempstead

D & F Development

Envrionmental & Historic Preservation

Joy Squires

Huntington Conservation Board


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Nassau County to seek federal aid to repair East Rockaway sewage plant

This week, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that he would be seeking a portion of the $30 billion superstorm Sandy federal relief package, roughly $500 million in order to build an outfall pipe to transport treated sewage from Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Atlantic Ocean.

The announcement was made at the East Rockaway sewage plant where local residents wore gas masks and hazardous material suits in order to stress the odors that have lingered in the area since the storm hit in October.

“We are in a fragile state,” Mangano said. “We want to move as quickly as possible to begin the reconstruction and mitigation phases.”

In order to improve the plant’s electrical power supply and distribution system, odor control, and other issues in the plant operations, the County will also need an estimated $740 million of the federal aid. However, neither the state or the federal government can give a firm commitment on whether or not they can provide the funding for the plant repairs, said Mangano.

Executive Director of the Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Adrienne Esposito, expressed her support for Mangano’s initiative to find funding for the plant repairs. On discussing the need for the services the plant provides, she said, “they are a basic human necessity, they are not a luxury item.”

The plant was shut down during the storm for a few days after the storm due to a large surge of saltwater which entered the facility, affecting over 500,000 residents in the area. A month after the storm, the plant was releasing about 65 million gallons of untreated sewage in the Reynolds Channel. The clean up took over 40 days to restore operations. Officials and environmental groups say the outflow pipe would prevent such a recurrences from happening.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

EmPower Solar Student Competition offers $1,000 scholarship and trip to U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, deadline May 24th

EmPower Solar is encouraging Long Island and New York City students to recognize the benefits of solar power through a multi-faceted competiton that encompasses a combination of STEM and creative components. Teams of 2-4 students will submit an original research-based essay and creative video project to EmPower Solar and compete for an all-expense paid trip to California and a $1,000 per person scholarship.

Deadline for participation: May 24th, 2013

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013

Trip Dates: October 10-13, 2013

For details about the competition click here.

To download the permission agreement form click here.

About the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon:

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a program that aims to help the visiting public learn about the benefits of applying sustainable, energy efficient, and cost-saving features to their own homes. Collegiate teams of university students compete in various contests, including architecture, engineering, energy balance, and market appeal.

The 2013 U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 will take place on October 3-13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Winners of the EmPower Solar Student Competition will attend the DEO decathlon from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13, 2013. This event will showcase 20 highly efficient, solar-powered houses in a specially constructed solar village at the Orange County Great Park.

The LICH is looking for nominations for its “Unsung Hero” Award, deadline July 1st

The Keys for the Homeless Planning Committee has announced its call for nominations for the “Unsung Hero” award, which name two awardees, one of which will be chosen by the community, who have a passion for helping people in need. The award will be presented at the Keys for the Homeless Conference on October 25, 2013 at Touro Law Center.

This award recognizes direct care and/or line staff individuals or volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. The person must show enthusiasm, dedication, and a history of working with and/or assisting persons in need.

The deadline for nomination submission is July 1, 2013 (postmarked, if mailed). You may send any completed nominations to the following address:

Unsung Hero Award

LI Coalition for the Homeless

38 Old Country Road

Second Floor

Garden City, NY 11530

Only complete nominations received by the deadline will be considered. Nominations may also be faxed to the number above or emailed to; however, due to potential issues with spam filters and similar, it is the sender’s responsibility to confirm receipt by LICH. If you fax or email a nomination and do not hear back that they have received it, please call to ensure delivery. Emailed or faxed submissions MUST BE SENT BEFORE July 1, 2013.

For more information, please feel free to email

Route 347 road project continues this month

Officials say that a reconstruction project in Port Jefferson Station, estimated at $25 million, will help improve safety at one of the busiest intersections in the Town of Brookhaven, routes 347 and 112.

The project is slated to start this month. It was announced on Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the project, put forth by the New York State Department of Transportation, is one of three reconstruction projects series along Route 347.

The project, scheduled to be finished in 2015, will include several improvements such as a jug handle for left turns to reduce travel delays, fuel use and vehicle emissions, a new park to make the area appealing and a travel lane. In an effort to provide safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, Route 347 will be transformed into a modified boulevard and suburban greenway for 15 miles through the towns of Smithtown, Islip, and Brookhaven.

“This is one of the most heavily traveled roads in Brookhaven. It’s been a congestion nightmare. Anything we can do to improve traffic flow and green space is good,” Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Sunday afternoon.

Improved drainage to aid roadway stormwater runoff, landscaping, tree plantings, new traffic and pedestrian signals and high-visibility pedestrian crosswalks are a few other feature that will be included in the project.

“Ensuring driver safety and improving this intersection will benefit both commuters; their communities,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The new New York is committed to prioritizing stronger and smarter infrastructure projects that create jobs.”

In a recent statement, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “this project is a win-win-win, which will improve traffic flow, create jobs and offer new amenities to the community.”

Vision Long Island worked to advance the long-stalled Greenway project, Executive Director Eric Alexander noted that, “We are glad to see the large number of jobs that this design creates as well as the amenities in the plan. The continued funding of this project and other improved roadways can transform the safety, aesthetics and the economics of our communities.”

For further reading, please visit Newsday or CBS Local.

Proposed redevelopment plans for Island Park

Posillico Development, LLC, a Farmingdale-based developer, has plans to construct a 172 unit condominium in Island Park, specifically on Harbor Isle. The proposed site for this development is an 11-acre brownfield that was once used for oil storage. It is part of the New York State Brownfield program, which was created to clean abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities and toxic waste sites.

Two weeks before Hurricane Sandy hit, causing severe damage to the area, Posillico and Virginia-based Avalon Bay signed a deal which allotted Avalon 140 rental apartment units and Posillico a portion of the property on the water to build 32 condos. Glenn J. Ingoglia, President of Island Park Chamber of Commerce, notes that this structure will be able to satisfy the abundance of higher-income families whose homes were wrecked by Hurricane Sandy.

“The influx of people in the area earning high incomes could not come at a better time in the aftermath of Storm Sandy, when Island Park has lost a significant number of residents, not to mention these residents will offer a much-needed boost to our business community,” Ingoglia said.

Janet McEntee, a local of the corresponding area believes that this housing development will benefit businesses in Island Park, with a greater number of high-income families moving in.

“Island Park is in trouble,” village resident Janet McEntee, 46, said at the meeting of about 150 people. “We have this wonderful opportunity…the stores are empty. There is no one here.”

There are a few concerns over the $90 million project. Some worry it will accommodate fewer tenants than it is designed for, that a large portion of money is being invested in something that will not work. Others simply do not want to live near such a large scale development, for fear it may increase traffic congestion and disrupt the life quality for current residents.

“This project is good news for a community that was devastated by the storm,” he added. We have to work swiftly and have confidence that we will be able to move ahead,” said Posillico.

For further reading, please visit Newsday or The Long Island Herald.

Freeport ribbon-cutting ceremony held to mark the reopening of the Nautical Mile

On Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Freeport in to celebrate the reopening of the Nautical Mile. National Grid, who hosted the event, presented a total of $1.3 million to local businesses at Freeport’s Nautical Mile, helping 45 business owners rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. National Grid was joined by Mayor Robert Kennedy, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, (behind Angie) President of the Chamber of Commerce Charles Hirschberg, Leg. Dave Denenberg, President of National Grid Ken Daly, Director of Community and Customer at National Grid Mike Ruiz, and Freeport business owners.

Superstorm Sandy left the Nautical Mile, a popular summer spot on Long Island, completely submerged, causing local businesses to close down for months in order to clean up and repair the damages. In response, National Grid has committed $1.3 million in grants to the business community of Freeport. Local officials were in attendance to accept the money which will go towards helping the 45 businesses on the mile rebuild and open for the summer season.

In a continuing effort to assist in the revitalization, National Grid to date has awarded $4.2 Million to New York businesses.

“After seven months of rebuilding and National Grid’s help, this community has beaten Mother Nature,” said Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy. “It’s the nucleus of the village, I mean everybody knows the Nautical Mile and I believe that the property sales, the businesses, everything revolves around the Nautical Mile.”

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander noted, “While it has taken some levels of government, insurance companies and not for profits months to distribute resources to hard hit communities it is impressive to see the grants benefit businesses directly with minimal delay.”

Nassau County legislator Dave Denenberg said, “there’s no better place to be in the world then on the south shore of Long Island in the summer and it starts right here on the Nautical Mile…the south shore is back and it’s back for summer 2013.”

There are still several restaurants and businesses in the community that have yet to open since the storm hit in October, local officials say that the it is possible that a portion of these businesses may not be able to reopen again due to severe storm damage. However, there is still hope that the businesses in the community will be open in time for Memorial Day.

For further reading, please visit Fios1 News or CBS Local.

Friends of Long Island meet with FEMA

Last month communities from all over Long Island representing some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy came together to form Friends of Long Island. Since then, Friends of Long Island have become a unified voice speaking on some of the on the ground challenges communities are facing. As a result, the group identified the need to get a better understanding of FEMA ‘s role in disaster recovery.

On May 9th, the Friends of Long Island meet with FEMA representatives from various divisions representing their communities. The community groups were able to direct their questions to FEMA representatives about some of these challenges and how to move forward. FEMA spoke to what their role has been since the storm and how it will continue going forward noting that their involvement is not just for now but for 10 years from now also. They discussed the disaster case management, voluntary agency liaisons, the FEMA sequence of delivery for assistance, and the need for long term recovery and resiliency planning.

Friends of Long Island also welcomed to the group Sandy Support, Massapequa Style, Adopt a House, Island Park Chamber of Commerce to the group.

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief

24 Woodbine Ave

Suite 2

Northport, NY 11768

Federal grants available from the Department of Transportation and National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a fifth round of the popular TIGER transportation grant program. DOT is seeking surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area.

The DOT is authorized to award $473.847 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013). This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the “TIGER” program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT will continue to refer to the program as ‘‘TIGER Discretionary Grants.’’ As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance at the Application Resources page.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2013

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), announces the posting of the U.S. Forest Service FY 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. This year, there are three grant categories:

  • Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change
  • Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis
  • Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality

The request for proposal, instructions, proposal template, and required application forms may be downloaded:

Applications are to be submitted to by 11:59 PM EST July 15, 2013. Interested public may also download a copy of the application and instructions from reference: CFDA 10.675.

For more information or assistance, contact: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff by phone 202-205-7829 or by email

Announcement of a new transportation enhancement program application round

The Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), administered by the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

In recognition that transportation systems are influenced and impacted by more than the condition of the traditional highway and bridge infrastructure, this program enables funding for transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more categories established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The categories are listed on the “What Types of Projects Are Eligible” link on this Web site. Additionally, the project must have a transportation relationship with the surface transportation system and must be available for public access and use.

This program enables many sponsors and applicants to participate. Applications for this program must be submitted by sponsors as described on the “Who Can Sponsor Enhancement Projects?” link on this Web site. The TEP requires the project sponsor or applicant to up-front the cost of the project and request reimbursement. Each project requires a minimum matching share of 20% of the total project cost. Innovative finance features are available to minimize the cash outlay for applicants and sponsors.

On May 2, 2013, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

Municipalities and not-for-profit groups are eligible to apply for funding. Applications submitted by not-for-profit organizations must be sponsored by a governmental entity.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more of five (5) federally established eligibility cateories. See “What Types of Projects Are Eligible” link on this website.

Thirty million dollars will be available for this application round.

Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.

This will be the last round of TEP, as the new surface transportation act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ended the Transportation Enhancement Program as a standalone program.

For further information on funding, rules & requirements, the Guidebook for application preparation, a fillable application form, a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators, and, when available, workshop schedules, please visit the website.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announdes funding for installation of end-use wind energy systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $100,000 per site/customer, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements. An on-site wind energy system is connected on the customer’s side of the electric meter and electricity generated by the system offsets the customer’s electricity purchases.

  • Eligibility: Installers must demonstrate that they have adequate training and experience installing wind energy systems, including wind turbines and towers, and must be authorized by the wind turbine manufacturer or distributor to be an installer of the Eligible Wind Turbine. Installers must be approved by NYSERDA before they may submit an application on behalf of a customer.
  • Funding: Approximately $13.8 million
  • Deadline: The program will continue through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.

Contact: NYSERDA PON 2439

17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399

Phone: 1-866-NYSERDA (697-3732)



New Grants for Nassau and Suffolk County First Time Homebuyers

Community Housing Innovations (CHI) Offers Assistance to Families Earning nearly $100,000

– Applicants Eligible Up to 90% of AMI –

April 12, 2013: In 16 years, Community Housing Innovations (CHI) has provided over $11 million in down payment assistance grants to over 450 first time homebuyers with incomes up to 80% of the Area Median Income. Today, however, thanks to an award of $640,000 from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the nonprofit agency is expanding its First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program on Long Island to households up to 90% of AMI, which is currently $96,320 for a family of four. The move to assist higher income households is part of an ongoing effort by the organization to increase work force housing options and to recognize an underserved market – namely, first-time homebuyers making too much money to be considered low-income, but who are still unable to afford the expensive housing market in Westchester.

The CHI Homebuyer Assistance Program offers grants of up to $25,000 each for households at or below 90% of AMI, with the actual amount based on the need of the applicant. Each grant will include a mortgage with a recapture obligation balance that will decline to zero after 10 years. To qualify, the property must be within Nassau or Suffolk County and may be a house, coop or condo. Reflecting the state’s commitment to improve existing housing, at least 51% of the value of the grant must be applied to renovation work to restore the home and implement energy efficiency initiatives.

In order to be eligible for the grants, prospective homebuyers must attend a first-time homebuyer orientation seminar and complete an application documenting that their overall gross household income does not exceed the maximum income guidelines. The 2012 maximum income for Westchester is $67,469 for an individual; $77,056 for a two-person family; $86,733 for three-person family; and $96,320 for a four-person family, etc. The homebuyer must be able to contribute at least 3% of the purchase price into the transaction. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Anyone interested in obtaining a grant must go to CHI’s website at and register for an orientation before applying.

“Nassau and Suffolk County have a critical need for affordable and workforce housing,” stated Alexander Roberts, Executive Director of Community Housing Innovations. “In addition to assisting low and moderate income families, which have been the cornerstone of our down payment assistance program, with a somewhat higher income limit, CHI can also help two income families who currently exceed most thresholds for assistance.”

For more information on Community Housing Innovation’s Homebuyer Assistance Program, call Julie Stern, Senior Manager, Homeownership, 914-595-0979 or

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Vision Long Island is organizing physical clean-up and rebuilding crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:


Saturday at 9am

For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128


Saturday at 9am

For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128


St. Andrew’s Church

250 Neighborhood Road

Mastic Beach, NY 11951

Saturday and Sunday at 10 am

Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.

For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273


Community Beautification projects such as landscape and design efforts and street clean

Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm

Register by emailing or visit Kennedy Plaza 9am to 12pm.


Help needed to pack up a home in preparation for renovations.

For more information, please contact Eric Alexander at 631-804-9128

Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief

24 Woodbine Ave

Suite 2

Northport, NY 11768


The Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization to host Geothermal Energy Conference on May 21st

On May 21st, 2013 from 8:00am to 1:00pm the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization (LI-GEO) will host a Geothermal Energy Conference at the Courtyard Marriott. The event will be an opportunity to meet industry professionals that are advancing Geothermal Energy on Long Island and the surrounding areas.

Geothermal Energy is an energy and cost efficient technology that creates local jobs in an emerging business sector. The event will feature panelists and experts in the field of geothermal energy and a tour of the Geothermal System at the Courtyard Marriott. The program’s objectives include explaining how geothermal systems work, clarifying the difference between geothermal heat exchangers & geothermal energy and create a baseline understanding of Design Issues, site Analysis & Strategy.

The Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization (LI-GEO) is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association with the specific goal to advance the use of geothermal ground source heat pumps as a solution to Long Island’s heating and cooling needs. Other terms used are “geothermal “or “geoexchange” heating and cooling. We will use the term “geothermal heating and cooling systems.”

Continental Breakfast & Lunch is included in the admission: $40.00 ($45.00 after May 15th). If you would like to attend please visit the LI-GEO website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we “wear many hats,” and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put “Vision Long Island Internship” in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What’s happening in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin




Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore



Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport

Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport’s history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City

Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove

The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove

Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove


Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck

The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

great neck

Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck



Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville

The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach

The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

long beach

Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach




Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset


Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay

The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater

232 Main Street, Port Washington:

Nellie McKay & Red Molly – Saturday, May 18th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre

The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300



Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn


Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff

The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090



Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford




Clearview’s Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:

10TH Annual Gala Celebrating the YMCA Boulton Center Honoring NYS Assemblyman Philip Ramos – Saturday, May 18th at 6:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor

The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater

158 Main Street, East Hampton:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton

The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip

The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount

370 New York Ave, Huntington:

Rusted Root – Friday, May 17th at 8:00pm

Rock 4 Revival featuring Saving Abel, Art of Dying, Blacklite District – Saturday, May 18th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington

Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250


AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington


cinema arts centre

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington


Islip Village


Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip



The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Streetfighter (Rolling Stones Tribute) – Friday, May 17th at 8:00pm
Vamp Hair Show Live on Stage! – Saturday, May 18th at 6:00pm
Comedy Night at the Emporium – Sunday, May 19th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center

20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772


Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:

From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust – Friday, May 17th at 9:00am

Spelling Bee – Saturday, May 18th at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 19th at 3:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society

115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson

The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Clearview Port Washington

116 Main Street, Port Washington



The Suffolk Theater

118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:

Pianoman Henry Haid – Friday, May 17th at 8:00pm

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” Wade Preston and Movin’ Out Band – Saturday, May 18th at 8:00pm

New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band: Special Brunch & Show – Sunday, May 19th at 12:00pm and 2:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:

Best Seat in the House with Corky Laing from the band Mountain – Saturday, May 18th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor

The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville

The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186


Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville



Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James

The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton

The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville

Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

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March 1st – Most dangerous roads report released; Long Island Business Council hears from County Executive Bellone on helping our economy grow post-Sandy; Increased state funding for Suffolk County transit in Governor Cuomo’s budget; Mangano and State officials hold meeting with local residents concerning Sandy Recovery Task Force; Senator Fuschillo announces new program to help homeowners seeking release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement money.