January 21st - January 25th, 2013
The Engel Burman Group
Several years ago, the partners that make up The Engel Burman Group came together under the most likely, but telling, of circumstances. They were competing for the same property and decided their needs were better served if they were sitting on the same side of the table. They teamed up successfully for that particular project, and for many more to come. It is this kind of aggressive and open-minded thinking that today typifies the creative energy at The Engel Burman Group.
In a business where you’re known by the company you keep their principals actively network, remaining in touch, in step and involved with the communities they help develop. While their management team is certainly comprised of seasoned real estate professionals, EB finds itself driven, every day, by the youth and energy of the next generation. The combined effect of their collective experience makes for a formidable formula.
The Engel Burman Group was first to build Next Generation housing on Long Island for qualified first-time homebuyers under 40, and they remain committed to providing exceptional yet affordable living solutions for active adults over 55. Perhaps most notably The Bristal family of assisted living communities, New York's platinum standard.
In honot of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day our Quote of the Week and Closing Words both include famous quotes by the storied civil rights leader:
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
First Baptist Church of Riverhead holds 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
On Monday, January 21st the First Baptist Church of Riverhead had their 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel ballroom in Hauppauge, which this year coincided with the second inaugural of President Barack Obama.
Huntington Township Housing Coalition holds annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday interfaith service
This past Monday, the Huntington Township Housing Coalition held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday interfaith service at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center. The service this year focused on hunger, homelessness, and the need for affordable housing.
Proposed mixed-use building in Farmingdale receives praise from planning board
A mixed-use building with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space may rise this year in central Farmingdale, and a planning board member predicted it would lure tenants.
East Hampton to waive parking fee in order to encourage private sector to create needed apartments
Affordable housing in East Hampton Village got a small but important boost on Friday when the village board considered and then quickly adopted a zoning code amendment that will eliminate a disincentive to establishing second-story rental apartments in the village’s commercial districts.
Governor Cuomo releases proposed 2013-2014 Executive Budget
On Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Suffolk moves closer to starting $48M sewer project
A Suffolk committee has recommended a final screening process for those seeking to tap nearly $48 million to begin building new sewers and repair failing ones.
GRACE Communications Foundation announces release of a new paper about food, water, energy nexus
Last Monday, GRACE Communications Foundation, a foundation which helps mobilize and collaborate like-minded non-profits and academic institutions, announced the release of a new paper which illustrates the consequences for public health, our economy and the environment when the food, water, and energy nexus becomes unbalanced.
Post-Sandy rebuilding continues for National Day of Service
A National Day of Service began Saturday around the nation and hundreds of volunteers traveled to help with repairs and cleanup in New Jersey. Organizations throughout the region say they’re using the National Day of Service to get more volunteers signed up for future projects.
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Call for Outside-the-Box Transportation Solutions in New Competition
The George Mason University School of Public Policy is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural Cameron Rian Hays Competition for "Outside-the-Box" Transportation, Business, and Policy Innovations. The competition challenges young people to think creatively and offer “outside of the box” solutions to complicated transportation policy challenges.
Ben & Jerry's Foundation providing grants for constituent-led organizations
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program supports non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals will only be considered if they are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Only organizations with operating budgets less than $500,000 may apply. In making funding decisions, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Although the Foundation appreciates the value of direct service programs in meeting individual and family needs, we do not fund such programs.
National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems
National Grid is reaching out to natural gas customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on boilers, water heaters or furnaces, (meaning that the equipment is unsafe for relight and operation until repair or replacement is made) are eligible.
National Grid can offer assistance to residential gas heating customers based upon the income guidelines listed in the document linked here. They have also released a Value Plus plumber list, available here. To participate with the program, customers can choose their own licensed plumber or select a plumber from this list. National Grid has also partnered with an agency (HeartShare) helping with this program.
The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:
Important: Please note that they cannot accept customer phone calls to the residential program.
If you know of anyone that needs assistance from these programs, please have them call directly to the 800 numbers above.
Though the above programs are designed for residential customers there is also help for commercial customers:
For additional information, please visit the web site link of http://www.nationalgridsandyrelief.com/. Please be sure to review all relevant documents to find out what aid you are available to receive.
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 would like to thank those of you who have helped in the past. Because of your efforts we have been able to help so many Long Island residents through our efforts but there is still work to do.
Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
This weekend we will be focusing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
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.
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless hosts “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13th
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is holding their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13, 2013 at 6:00pm at Farmingdale State College.
The Coalition encourages Long Islanders who want to help eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society. Refreshments will be served and there will also be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, performances by the Girl Scout Choir and other musical guests, and more.
The vigil will take place on the Great Lawn and Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Everyone attending is asked to wear red at the vigil.
They will also be accepting donations of unused baby items, diapers, formula, unopened cleaning supplies, unopened toiletries, non-perishable food items, new clothing and coats, etc. You can also help by sponsoring the event or having your group conduct collection drives.
If you would like to become a sponsor and have a table at the Vigil, find out how you can help out, or would like more information, please contact (516) 742-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless website
Long Island Bus Rider’s Union to host public forum on February 28th
The Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is hosting a hearing on fare increases/bus service that we're hosting on February 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City. The goal is to get the participation of bus riders and to bring the legislators to them.
4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet rescheduled to March 6th
In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University will be holding the 4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6th 2012 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum will come together, as well as the disabilities and LGBT communities.
Suffolk Theater to host “Back to the 30's” Grand Opening Gala on March 2nd
In celebration of its restoration and reopening, the Suffolk Theater is hosting a “Back to the 30s” Cocktail Party featuring Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks Orchestra, of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” fame, on Saturday, March 2nd.
"Pitching Long Island" panel to be held on March 12th
On Tuesday, March 12th, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, a nonprofit group in the region for professional communicators, will be hosting Pitching Long Island: Who, What, Where, When & Why.
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 email@example.com. Put Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
Check out what downtown theaters and performing arts centers are playing this weekend! Consider visiting a local bar or restaurant, or doing some shopping before or after the show.
Bay Street Theater
Guildhall, John Drew Theater
Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
The John W. Engeman Theater
Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:
The Garden City Historical Society
For information, visit their website.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418
East Hampton Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850
For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250
For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505
Islip Art Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402
Long Island Maritime Museum
For information, visit their website.
Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House
For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300
Oyster Bay Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032
Port Jefferson Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770
Sayville Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186
Sea Cliff Village Museum
For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090
Smithtown Township Arts Council
For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575
Southampton Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494
Freeport Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526
For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218
Long Beach Historical Museum
For information, visit their website.
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Clearview Port Washington
Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
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