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January 17th - 23, 2016

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Service Cuts Take Effect on 11 NICE Bus Routes

Over 2,000 Nassau County bus riders began their first week without service on eleven routes that were cut in order to reduce a $7.5 million budget gap. Three other routes had service reductions that began this week as well.

According to Legislator Curran, there is $3.8 million more in Governor Cuomo’s proposed annual budget which was released last week, which would be enough to balance NICE’s operating budget if the service cuts were included. The Legislator recently sent a letter to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano suggesting that $4 million in higher than anticipated sales tax receipts gets used to help fill the NICE budget gap which prompted the cuts. “The 11 routes . . . cost roughly $3.2 million a year to run. Why not use that money to save the routes?” Curran wrote. “Even if we just used $1 million of it, we could keep the buses running through the winter.” Other lawmakers have suggested other funding alternatives, such as fees for Uber operating in Nassau, selling ads on bus shelters, and collecting on certain licensing fees in the county.  However NICE Chief Executive Michael Setzer has said if the agency can find a way to fill the budget gap and have money left over, it would still be against restoring the reduced service, and would prefer to put the money toward its busiest routes.

Some bus riders just learned of the route closures on the first day of the cuts this Tuesday, stranding people who need to get to work, go to college, run errands and attend medical appointments. Some riders have found other routes to take, with others using bicycles and walking to their destinations in hopes that there will not be severe weather. One rider, Richard Clolery, was able to take his bike to work at the Hicksville Stop and Shop since the N73/N74 route was cut. He is unsure of how the alternative mode of transportation will work for him in the event of extreme cold, rain or snow and, like many, cannot afford costly taxi rides to and from his destinations. One former rider, Thomas Pieken, who used the NICE system to get to medical appointments will “have to walk to Bethpage, because I just don’t have the funds” for a taxi. “It’s going to take me and hour- in 15-degree weather.” One of the routes in Rockville Centre has been supplemented by private taxi service, costing riders $4 each way on the loop, compared to the new cash and Metro Card rate of $2.75. Other rides can cost considerably more if it is at all affordable for those on a fixed-income or making minimum wage.

You can read more about the proposed ways to restore the routes here. More information about how the cuts are affecting riders that are transit-dependent can be found here

Municipal Leaders Discuss Ongoing Sandy Recovery

Vision was out earlier this week to see Board member and Ruskin Moscou Faltishek's partner commandeer a panel on Sandy rebuilding.  The panel, hosted by Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island included Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy, Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman and Lindenhurst Village Mayor Thomas Brennan.

The group of about 200 real estate industry members heard of Freeport’s 3,500 flooded homes and $10 million in the Village’s Department of Public Works facilities, as well as Mayor Kennedy’s advocacy for resilience, including the funding of a feasibility study of creating storm-water gates to harden the south shore, protecting all of Nassau County. Hopes to relocate the village’s public works department out of the flood zone were also discussed, proposing to use a state armory that has not been used by the state in over 5 years. ”Freeporters are carrying the burden of increased insurance costs for the DPW due to its current location and mitigation of its current property is futile. During flood conditions, our emergency vehicles will not have access to the area and the fuel tanks will remain at risk,” said Kennedy. “Moving the DPW out of the 100 year flood zone is a win-win for residents and DPW staff.”

Schnirman spoke of a $175 dune restoration project that the US Army Corps of engineers will soon undertake to protect Long Beach on the ocean side. $40 million in bulkheads have been installed to protect the bay side; Long Beach was inundated during Sandy from both the ocean and the bay.

You can check out coverage from the panel from LIBN and FIOS1

Vision Long Island Director Honored at MLK Breakfast

Hollywood Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral proudly presented the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club this week. The momentous event gave “the opportunity to recognize persons whose work and commitment to the community reflect the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King,” wrote Chairperson Tonya Lewter Gordon.
This year’s theme was “The Beautiful Nine”, in memory of the nine individuals senselessly killed at the Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in June of 2015. Emanuel has one of the largest and oldest black congregations south of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a history of black leaders visiting the pulpit, including Booker T. Washington, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King.

The event, attended by over 400 people, honored 14 individuals. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote of the honorees, “I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and congratulations to this year’s honorees: Eric Alexander, Deacon James Boyd, Bishop Darcia Campbell, Dr. Miriam Deitsch, Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, William Michael Griffin (Rakim), Elder Exie Smith, Susana Ifill, Risco Mention-Lewis, Dr. Maria Lockhart, Elsie Reavis, Ricardo Reyes, Terry Collins Reyes, Professor Paul Robinson; I am thankful for people like you whose work so honorably reflects the ideals of Dr. King himself. Culture is what gives us roots and it is my hope that each of you will take this moment in time to ensure that we pass on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren both the symbols and gifts of liberty and creativity that make us who we are.”

Progress on Long-Awaited Mastic-Shirley Sewer Project

There’s progress with the long-awaited Mastic-Shirley sewer project, which will build a scalable sewage treatment system designed to clean up the heavily polluted Forge River and protect homes and businesses in Mastic from flooding.

The entire peninsula is unsewered, with antiquated cesspools leaking high levels of nitrogen into the groundwater, creating algae blooms that starve fish of oxygen and harm the wetlands which provide resiliency against flooding. The Forge River is Suffolk’s most algae-infested river, according to a report by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.  “Nitrogen levels to the Forge River will be dramatically reduced once we have sewers,” Legislator Kate Browning said, recalling fish die-offs in the river caused by excessive nitrates. “You actually could see the fish jumping up out of the water to try to get oxygen.”

The first phase of the proposed plan will create a new sewer district on the west side of the river, with the treatment plant being built on Brookhaven Town-owned land at Calabro Airport, serving up to 79 businesses and more than 2,000 homes. The cost of construction of the plant and first phase of connections is estimated to be $168 million; Governor Cuomo has pledged a large portion of the cost to be funded through storm recovery funds. The plant will be scalable, allowing for additional homes and businesses to connect as funding becomes available to expand the district.

The county plans to hold a referendum later this year or next year asking residents to approve the plan, said Gil Anderson, Suffolk Public Works Commissioner. Construction is expected to start in 2018 and should be completed in two to three years, he said.

The plan for sewers arose from the Montauk Highway project visioning sessions in 2002. Like many infrastructure projects on Long Island, this one has takennumerous years to advance.

A public meeting, part of the state environmental review process, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at William Paca Middle School in Mastic Beach. You can read more about the progress here

I would like to publicly thank Newsday for its December 21 article LI Village Payrolls: Where the Money Goes.  What was most enlightening was the analysis of villages’ top civilian earners. The reporter noted that 87 of Long Island’s 97 villages responded to Newsday’s request for information. While stating, “295 of the top 300 salaries (in 2014) went to retired and active police department employees”, the article also said, “Villages paid mayors and deputy mayors a total of $953,599.”

Let’s do the math: If you remove the salaries of the two full-time mayors with the highest populations – Hempstead and Freeport, two villages whose populations are greater than 46 cities in NY – the $953,599 drops to $693,985. Divided by the 87 villages reporting and you have an average annual salary of $7,976. I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would consider this exorbitant, given the amount of hours mayors and deputy mayors (and trustees) work for their residents, with most receiving little or no compensation.

So a big THANK YOU to Newsday for publicly documenting what we have been saying for years: Villages are our most effective and efficient form of local government. 

Barbara Donno, Mayor, Village of Plandome Manor and President, Nassau County Village Officials Association

2nd Annual Winter Bourbon Festival- Saturday

T.J. Finley’s Public House will hold their 2nd Annual Winter Bourbon Festival this Saturday, January 23rd from 4PM-7PM, with VIPs getting in at 3PM. The event is rain/snow or shine, with seating indoors and outdoors in heated tents.

More than 30 whiskies and more than 30 craft beers will be flowing in the bar and in the tented area behind the T.J. Finley’s Biergarten for you to enjoy. One BBQ sandwich is included with your ticket, with additional food items on hand for sale.

The event will help raise funds for Gavin’s Got Heart, a local 501c3 charity with a mission to educate people about congenital heart defect (CHD) while offering support to families with children affected by CHD.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Save the Date for the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on February 9th!

On Tuesday, February 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel. Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy will also be addressing the group. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at to RSVP or for more information.

Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.

This year’s honorees include Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, businesswoman and philanthropist Esther Fortunoff, Musicians and humanitarians Patricia Shih and Stephen Fricker, and Youth Activist Grant Recipient Matthew Berman.

For ticket information or journal advertising costs please email the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, or call (516) 741-7304. You can visit their website here

Help Wanted

Suffolk County Veterans Marathon Grant Accepting Applications

The Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon attracted more than 3,500 runners from 25 states and four countries.  The event was one of six races that was part of the Suffolk County Veterans Running Series that took place throughout the region in 2015.

The approximately $160,000 of net proceeds generated from the Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon will be disbursed to local not-for-profit organizations through  a grant application process directed by the Suffolk County Marathon Fund Disbursement Advisory Committee.   

The grant request should be a minimum of $2,500 and should not exceed 50% of total available funds ($80,000) . All 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations that offer services for veterans/active military and military families are eligible to apply.

Interested participants can download the application and instructions here. The application is due by January 29th 2016 at 4:30PM.

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations  to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.

To date,  Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here

Help Wanted

Project Manager Position Available

The Town of Babylon is seeking a Project Manager for the Office of Downtown Revitalization to guide the redevelopment of new and existing downtown areas.

The Project Manager will work on specific redevelopment projects within the Town, taking the process from initial community visioning and conceptualization through to implementation and build-out. The Project Manager will interface with the community, identify and pursue grants and other funding opportunities, manage redevelopment and project studies, provide project support to the rest of the Office of Downtown Revitalization, interface with other Town departments and staff, work closely with regional agencies such as Suffolk County, analyze development proposals, and assist with day-to-day office needs. The position requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree or higher in city/regional planning, urban design, economics, public administration, or a related field, or comparable and relevant work experience. The job location is Lindenhurst.

Interested candidates should request a full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Management Information Specialist

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Specialist to work with Long Island’s “Supportive Services for Veteran Families” (SSVF) grantee agencies.   This person will work directly with SSVF HMIS users on Long Island, including training, HelpDesk requests, trouble shooting issues, report development as needed and assisting the HMIS Support Supervisor to address inconsistencies in HMIS data submitted by providers. 

Must have a strong knowledge of Foothold AWARDS database or similar client database, understanding of HUD CoC programs and/or VA programs, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.  Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Amityville location.  Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions and requests for a full job description should be submitted via email only.

Town of Babylon Announces New RFP

Two Requests For Proposals have been announced by the Town of Babylon this week.

Sealed proposals will be received for Technical Assistance & Consultation Services for the site design and preparation of form based code for East Farmingdale. Bidders must comply with all requirements of the funding agencies, including MWBE requirements.

Sealed proposals will also be accepted for Consulting Services to assist the Town of Babylon with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQURA) process for the redevelopment of the East Farmingdale Downtown Center.

Bids for both requests are due by 10AM on Thursday, February 18th at Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst. Bidding and contract documents may be obtained at the Town Hall Purchasing Department between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, or downloaded here.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is searching for a candidate with 8 – 12 years of experience to lead some of their most dynamic urban planning projects as a senior member of a staff of more than 20 individuals.

Their work concentrates on repurposing infrastructure (redesign of highways into urban boulevards), designing communities around transit (TOD, station area designs, complete streets, bikeway design, corridor plans) and climate change adaptation strategies (resilient infrastructure strategies for coastal communities, district-scale infrastructure strategies).  Their work is unique and exciting in that they partner with their technical experts – engineers, economists, strategic consultants to solve the complex urban infrastructure problems facing modern society.

If you know of someone that you think would be interested in this type of work and who fits the capabilities that they are searching for, or to view requirements and qualifications, please encourage them to apply for this position by clicking here.

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.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie 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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

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

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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

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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.


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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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


Bow Tie 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


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

With the potential for severe weather this weekend, we would like to remind residents of the importance in being prepared ahead of disaster. Be sure to listen to official notifications regarding severe weather, and to respond accordingly.

To make sure that you and your family are prepared, be sure to make a plan, build a kit, and utilize official weather notifications.  You can also see other emergency preparedness tips from New York State here.

Once the snow has stopped and the roads have been cleared, take a look for “sneckdowns” in your neighborhood.  A sneckdown is a “snowy neckdown” or curb extension; any place where snow remains on paved streets for hours or days after a snow fall showing areas where cars don’t actually drive; coined by Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek.  Sneckdowns highlight wasted roadway space that could be put to better use for pedestrians, cyclists and other users.  Take a photo of any that you see and let us know what you think would be a better use of the space.  Share and tag your photo #sneckdown for others to see where our roads can be improved.

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Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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