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January 24th - 30th, 2016

Regional Updates


For three generations, Posillico has combined an ironclad commitment to quality performance with an unequaled family work ethic, making the company a leader in public works projects. Incorporated in 1946 under the presidency of Joseph D. Posillico, Sr. as a small trucking contractor, the company has grown to become one of the top engineering contracting firms in New York. They employ as many as four hundred people and serve the entire Tri-State area.

Posillico is dedicated to setting the standard for excellence in the construction industry relative to: infrastructure, quality of life and making a difference through innovation and solid relationships at all levels. They know how to solve complex construction problems, completing all projects safely, on time, on target, and on budget.

“The start of the environmental review process is another step in the right direction as we progress with the creation of a sewer district for the Forge River Watershed. Advanced wastewater treatment technology is critical to the remediation of the river and Great South Bay, and seeing the project  moving forward is extremely exciting. We will continue to work with the public to ensure that their input drives this process.”

- Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning speaking on the Forge River Sewering process.

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Public Weighs in on Forge River Sewer Project

Vision joined over 100 residents, community and civic leaders, environmental advocates and electeds for a Public Scoping meeting for the proposed Forge River Watershed Sewer project. The public meeting is a required step for the NEPA and SEQRA environmental review for the project.

The plan’s initial phase, which is estimated to cost $168 million according to Suffolk County Public Works Commissioner Gil Anderson, and will have the Montauk Highway corridor as well as over 2,000 homes in Mastic and Shirley connected to the treatment facility. The proposed treatment facility would be located on property at Brookhaven Calabro Airport, which would treat the sewage and discharge the denitrificated effluent locally. Currently the Mastic-Shirley peninsula only has cesspools available for residential and commercial use, less a few local sewer treatment facilities such as Fairfield in Mastic Beach. The lack of sewering contributes to excessive nitrogen loading into the groundwater, as well as runoffs into the Forge River and Narrows Bay. This nitrogen loading severely reduces resiliency of the wetlands, which increases flooding in low lying areas such as Mastic Beach.

Over half of the 20 plus persons who submitted public comment were supportive of expanding the project towards Mastic Beach Village’s downtown district, where the Village can connect to the plant to not only reduce nitrogen load into Pattersquash Creek and the bay, but give opportunities towards economic development and smart growth in their efforts to revitalize the area that was devastated during Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Maura Spery of Mastic Beach Village is supportive of the project including her Village, saying after she gave testimony, “While it is important to ensure that the Tri Hamlet area in whole has access to proper sanitation, it would be foolish to not spend NY Rising money that is earmarked for resiliency to help Mastic Beach Village move ahead with their sewage projects. We could connect to the proposed plant, with developers who want to come into the area having connectivity to develop smart growth initiatives while providing significant resiliency for the Village.” The Village is currently working on preparing a shovel-ready plan that would enable them to connect to the proposed plant, which is scalable in order to accommodate additional residences and businesses.

“The start of the environmental review process is another step in the right direction as we progress with the creation of a sewer district for the Forge River Watershed,” stated Legislator Browning. “Advanced wastewater treatment technology is critical to the remediation of the river and Great South Bay, and seeing the project  moving forward is extremely exciting. We will continue to work with the public to ensure that their input drives this process.” Additional public meetings will take place as the project moves ahead. Legislator Browning’s office noted that there will be tours available sometime in the Spring of this year of the Miller Place treatment facility so that residents can see similar treatment plants that currently are in operation.

The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the plan before on or before February . The Draft Scope can be viewed/download here, and comments can be submitted here. To learn more, you can read an article provided by Newsday before the meeting.

Vision Long Island Welcomes Three New Board Members

Long Island’s Smart Growth organization Vision Long Island is pleased to unveil three new members to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors provides guidance and oversight for an organization tasked with supporting Smart Growth, downtown revitalization and infrastructure investment in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In 2016, Vision welcomes Eric C. Rubenstein of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, Glen R. Cherveny of GRCH Architecture, and Scott Schoen of Long Island Business News.

Mr.. Rubenstein is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a member of the Environmental Practice Group. He has successfully manages a diverse real estate transactional practice with specific emphasis on sophisticated mortgage financing, commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, personally closing hundreds of millions of dollars in large transactions, including Jericho Plaza and EAB Plaza. Mr. Rubenstein was elected Secretary of the Long Island Real Estate Group in 2008 and continues to serve on that capacity and as Board Member. He has been active in numerous non-profit organizations, serving on the Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation and its Waterfront Advisory Commission, and committees for the Community Development Corporation and Friends of the Arts, among others.  For three years, Mr. Rubenstein served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Landmark on Main Street, Inc., a community non-profit organization which converted an elementary school in Port Washington, where Mr. Rubenstein resides, into subsidized senior housing, day care and after-school facilities and a theater.

Glen R. Cherveny is Principal of GRCH Architecture and leads a highly successful team of industry professionals with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, design, planning, engineering and more recently LEED-sustainable architecture. GRCH has successfully designed millions of square feet for thousands of commercial and residential projects in hundreds of communities where many of our designs have received awards for excellence and smart growth on behalf of our clients and developers. Outside of his service to Vision’s Board, Mr. Cherveny is affiliated with Long Island Builders Institute, Long Island Housing Services, American Institute of Architects.

Scott Schoen is Vice President and Publisher of Long Island Business News, and is a seasoned veteran of newspaper sales and marketing. Mr. Schoen has been audience development manager for The Dolan Company since 2011, directing, developing and coaching management teams at seven of company’s newspapers. That includes LIBN, where he was based and served as director of circulation marketing from 2007 to 2011.

Prior to that, Schoen held various positions at Newsday, the only daily newspaper focused on Long Island. From 2003 to 2007, he became Newsday’s circulation marketing director after serving as advertising account manager from 2000 to 2003. He also had a stint at as a sales account executive at The New York Daily News.

By adding these three to the Board, Vision gains decades more experience in the realms of business, community and transit-planning, and media expertise.

Renaissance Men Receive Davis Awards

Long Island Federation of Labor President and Vision Board member John Durso was recently awarded at the 15th Annual David Awards, presented by Networking Magazine.

For each of the past fifteen years, every January Networking magazine has honored eight exceptional men — ”Renaissance Men” who have performed generous and unselfish acts for the benefit of all. The David Awards are named for David, the giant slayer, who represents the Renaissance Ideal Man memorialized by Michelangelo’s famous 16th century statue of David. Each of the honorees has been a true Renaissance man having excelled in business or academics and also accomplished outstanding heroic and humanitarian acts.

Also awarded this year were Dr. Collin E.M. Brathwaite, Gerry Cooney, John v.H. Halsey, Hon. Robert G.M. Keating, Andrew Malekoff, Michael Mascari and Dr. Bruce W. Stillman. Each year, partial proceeds from the award event are donated towards charitable causes;  this year, the Morgan Center for Preschool Age Children will be the recipient of a donation from the event, which has raised over $130,000 for charity over the past 15 years.

Congratulations to all those awarded!

Long Island Weathers Significant Winter Storm

Nor’easter Jonas dumped about two feet of snow on Long Island this past weekend, bringing with it heavy winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding on both the south and north shores. Friends of Long Island groups were monitoring the storm and prepared to assist residents in need.

States of Emergency were declared prior to the storm, with officials urging people to stay off of roads unless absolutely necessary. Virginia State police recorded over 1,000 car accidents due to snowfall from the same storm, with many drivers stranded. With between two and three inches of snow falling hourly, publics works employees and contractors worked around the clock to try and keep roads clear and maintained. Suffolk County closed Saturday bus service prior to the storm’s arrival, with NICE ending service in the afternoon once riders began their days.  By the afternoon, Governor Cuomo had banned driving on the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway, making 2:30PM the time that the restriction would begin, allowing drivers to leave work and begin to go home. The Governor also halted LIRR service, announcing that the last trains available would be at 4PM, and mobilized resources to the downstate region to assist. There were about 50 reported motor vehicle accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the storm’s duration, with the low number reflecting the restriction on travel.

All of Long Island’s coastal areas were under a flood watch or warning with high winds and a full moon raising tidal levels to three feet or more above normal high tide levels. While there weren’t a high number of significant property damage to homes or businesses reported to municipalities, water from the bays and sound did flood streets and lawns, and gave residents who have or are still recovering from Sandy an unwelcome reminder of the devastation that can hit Long Island.

The region in whole did well with snow removal, considering the amount, however many areas are still struggling with piles of snow blocking crosswalks, corners, bus stops and sidewalks. Luckily, Mother Nature decided to assist with snow removal the days after Jonas having temperatures above freezing. “We understand that renting or purchasing large Snow Melting equipment may be prohibitively expensive, “ said Vision’s Director Eric Alexander. “ Places that have not tackled effective snow removal at least need to put snowblowers in their capital budget or dedicated time, staff and other equipment towards sidewalk and bus shelter clearing.” There were also significant LIRR delays during Monday’s commute.

You can read more about the effects of Jonas here, and see coverage of the challenges of clearing the way for pedestrian safety here

Mineola Board Approves 192-Unit Complex

A $68 million development by Mill Creek Residential received unanimous thumbs up this week, with a 192-unit development given the green light to move ahead. This is the fourth transit-oriented apartment complex to be approved in the Village. The original plan was for 197 apartments.

The plan calls for the construction of two four-story apartment buildings at the 2-acre site of the former Corpus Christi Elementary School located less than a mile from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station. Mill Creek is partnering in the plan with Corpus Christi Parish, which sold the property and needs to develop it to pay off a $400,000 debt to the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre according to Monsigneur Robert Batule. The new Searing area apartments, which are scheduled to begin to be built in the summer, will make a total of 1048  apartments approved by the Village Board as part of its master plan to revitalize the downtown. The first of the four projects, Modera Mineola, has leased about two-thirds of its units so far.

While some residents were concerned about traffic and parking at a past meeting regarding approval of the fourth project, a traffic study by VHB Engineering said that the new project would create about 40 percent less traffic than they would elsewhere in the Village. One parking spot will be available per apartment for the project on Searing Avenue. “This approval is a win-win-win for not just Mill Creek, Corpus Christi Church and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, but also for the residents of the Village of Mineola,” attorney Chris Coschignano, a partner of Sahn Ward Coschignano, who represented Mill Creek, said in the statement. “The project represents a redevelopment of an unutilized property that will help to attract people to the village who will have easy access to the LIRR. It is a smart-growth project that is helping communities like Mineola transform and revitalize their downtowns.”

Vision Long Island has testified in support of this project at public hearings and is happy to see it move forward.

The Village will now see how the developments work for the area before aggressively seeking other developments in the area. “We’ll entertain conversation (from developers), we’ll see what they have planned, but we are ready to take a slight breather,” said Mayor Scott Strauss. You can read more about the newest development to revitalize Mineola here.

Solar Plant Proposed in Shoreham

Vision was out at the Brookhaven Planning Board meeting this week in support of the Shoreham Solar Commons plan which would produce enough clean energy to power over 3,500 homes with the proposed plan.

When Chicago­ based Invenergy searched for the best places for commercial solar power, it thought it found a kindred spirit in the Town of Brookhaven. The town’s plan specifically called for commercial solar or clustered housing along Route 25A. The proposed area that has been zoned for such a project is adjacent to the smaller solar project at the DeLalio sod farm which will supply power to about 1,000 homes. “The town zoning calls for it,” Brad Pnazek, Invenergy’s business development manager, said of the Shoreham Solar Commons project. “It says it’s an applicable use for that land. The zoning code and the plans the town issued allow that use.”

The plan would not remove trees from the property to install the panels and would comply with code, allowing for less than 47 percent the land to be used for open space- this plan uses less than that under zoning, at 38.1 percent of lot usage. It would also reduce groundwater usage for irrigation, with no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer being used on the facility, further reducing the land’s environmental impact to the groundwater. The area could also house up to 120 single-family homes, which could further strain the water supply, as well as add congestion to roads, in increase in needs to emergency and municipal services, and an increase services needed at the school. The proposed plan would increase tax revenue approximately 10 times over the amount that is currently being paid by the golf course.

Vision’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber spoke at the hearing. “We feel that this proposal one of the most fitting for what the community has asked for. Looking for renewable energies is one of the goals of NY State and this would help Brookhaven reach that goal. We look how it works from a community-based standing, and while there may be some that are not in favor of the project, the fact that they went and did a community-based survey, favored 2 to 1 by the community, we think that it is significant”.

Although 29 residents sent in letters of support and others in the area spoke in favor of the proposed project for various reasons including construction and long-term jobs, preservation of land and the environment, and decreased stresses to the school district and roads, others were speaking in opposition. Some cited environmental concerns if the panels are damaged and leak chemicals, safety concerns for the local children and squirrels if they jump over fences, as well as views of panels while arborvitae barriers mature to full age. Experts countered concerns, saying that the operator would be alerted in the event of panel disruption and a barrier of three fences compared to the current one fence for security concerns. Concerns for decreases in property values were also addressed, citing a study in Massachusetts revealing no decrease in property value with the building of solar plants.

The Town Planning Board will wait for 10 days before making a decision on the project. You can read more about the proposed project here

Lindenhurst Creates Architectural Review Board

Lindenhurst Village Mayor Thomas Brennan announced the creation of an Architectural Review Board last week. The Village currently has a planning board and zoning board of appeals.

The intention of the board is to have a more uniform look in the village as far as architecture and aesthetics such as awnings. The Village has been working on revitalizing their downtown, with a right rate of vacancies in their commercial district. “We’ve been thinking about it for quite some time,” Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said. “It’s part of the overall process of revitalizing the downtown.” Mr. Cullinane’s recently formed Economic Development committee is in the process of reviewing a survey to take a look at public perception of the strengths and opportunities for the area.

Recently, the Village approved funding an environmental study with the aim of acquiring a parcel of land to improve parking options for the downtown. You can read more about the Village’s recent step in their revitalization efforts here

Nautical Mile Meets the Big Easy this Spring

The Nawlins Seafood Co. will be opening its doors on Freeport’s Nautical Mile this spring, replacing Bonito Hibachi and Sushi, giving residents and visitors a taste of the Big Easy.

The two-story restaurant right next to Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Nawlins will resemble Bourbon Street’s side-by-side voodoo vendors and bars from the street, complete with Spanish-era landmark tiling. On the canal side, an enormous riverboat wheel will hail boaters who can dock and simply walk up to the restaurant’s rear entrance. The owners of Rachel’s, which has been voted the Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island for four years, will be some of the partners in the venture. The second story of the new restaurant will be reserved for private parties complete with a balcony view. The first floor will have an indoor/outdoor bar, as well as indoor and waterfront dining to accompany New Orleans inspired music. “You won’t find Jimmy Buffet here,” Sayles said. “We’ll have live zydeco, jazz and blues bands.”

Tastings for the new restaurant are being featured at Rachel’s Waterside Grill from now until the opening in April. You can read more about the upcoming Freeport feature here, and visit Nawlins’ website here to check out their menu as the opening date approaches.

Vision, Tri State Long Island Business Report

Vision Diector Eric Alexander was interviewed by Jim Paymar from the Long Island Business Report on WLIW21 a couple of weeks ago tackling Transportation on Long Island from LIRR Parking, third track, walkable streets, bus service and overall infrastructure spending. Our transportation partners the Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined us on the show as well.

Airing dates/times are below:

Long Island Business Report #401- Transportation on Long Island 
Wednesday, February 3rd- 7:30pm
Friday, February 5th- 5:30pm
Sunday, February 7th- 9:30am
Wednesday, February 17th- 7:30pm 
Friday, February 19th- 5:30pm
Sunday, February 21st 9:30am

If you are unfamiliar with this show, folks from the Smart Growth movement who have been interviewed on past programs include Don Monti from Renaissance Downtowns, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Listnet/Launchpad LI's Peter Goldsmith. Links to those interviews can be found 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.

Truth UTC Performs in Brentwood Beginning in February

The Truth UTG will be hosting a series of performances at the Sonderling High School in Brentwood beginning in February.

The mission of the organization is to inspire change and instill a positive influence in the lives of youth and adults through the art of theater and spoken word, so that they may achieve their highest potential in all aspects of life. The traveling performances produced by The Truth give audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds an intimate, visual look at life’s grim realities and divine beauty.  ​"They are shinning a light on new concerns and topics that are sure to change the scope of the politics and policy of the future, while giving young Americans a new creative way of understanding current events," says Congressman Steve Israel about the organization.

Viva Africa, described as a “modern-day West Side Story meets The Lion King” will have several showings at the Brentwood High School-Sonderling Building. Show dates are February 11, 12, 24, 25, and 26; and March 3,4, and 10. Doors open at 6PM for all showings. Tickets are $10, with group rates available. You can learn more about The Truth UTG here

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

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.

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

cinema arts centre
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.

Winter Storms and the Importance of Clearing

Long Island was hit pretty hard by the recent Winter Storm that dumped over 20 inches of cnow on most of the island. While people managed to dig out and make it back to their routines with relative ease after the event. however, for some that routine includes walking on sidewalks that are still completely covered in snow, making for dangerous situations or forcing people to walk in the street. It's important to remember that you must clear all of any sidewalk on your property to allow people to pass without walking on what can be slippery and dangerous roads. You can check out this video from Verizon FiOS on the situation on Long Island, and please remember to clear your own paths!

Smart Talk

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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