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January 28 - February 3, 2014


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Local 338

Founded with help from the Hebrew Trades Council in 1925, Local 338 gave a voice to the retail food worker who, prior to the establishment of the Union, worked in an unorganized industry with horrendous conditions and salaries. In 1926, under the leadership of Sam Wolchok, Sam Heller and Phil Rotheberg, Local 338 affiliated with the AFL. In trying to organize the unorganized, Local 338 became involved in a long and bitter battle with Local 104. Finally, in 1934, after years of fighting that sometimes resulted in police action, Local 338 and Local 104 merged.

In 1937, with Local 338 leading the way, the United Retail and Wholesale Employees of America (URWEA) was formed, and Sam Wolchok of Local 338 was elected its first president. Shortly afterward, the URWEA changed its name to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

Local 338 endeavors to provide a better way of life for their members, staff, and their families, which they strive to achieve through strong and vibrant leadership, robust representation of members, continuing efforts to grow the union in numbers and in strength, active participation in the political process, and through a commitment to better serve members and their families.

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Taubman Sells Cerro Wire Land, Smart Growth In Plans

Taubman Centers is no longer trying to build a luxury mall on the former site of an Oyster Bay factory against the wishes of the community.

The Michigan-based developer announced Friday they sold the 39-acre former Cerro Wire property to rival Simon Property Group. The site was part of a 19-year battle between the two developers to build a mall.

"Despite our best efforts and continuing enthusiasm for the opportunity, it became apparent that we were not going to be able to move forward anytime soon in Syosset with development of The Mall at Oyster Bay," Chief Executive Robert Taubman said. "Given the excellent progress we are making with a number of other properties in our development pipeline, we are pleased to be able to redirect our resources at this time."

Simon purchased the Oyster Bay land and its competitor’s interest in an Arizona mall for $60 million cash and 555,150 partnership units in Simon Property Limited Group Partnership. Taubman will also be relieved of its $84 million piece of a $167 million loan against the Arizona mall, the final piece of the $230 million transaction.

Taubman’s plans hit a major hitch last summer when Oyster Bay voters easily authorized the sale of town property to Simon for $32.5 million. The latter developer purchased the 53-acre parcel for mixed-use development, while the former had sought the former Department of Public Works property to connect with the neighboring Cerro Wire property for an 860,000 square foot mall housing 150 retailers.

Meanwhile, the Michigan developers sued, claiming negotiations were handled inappropriately. A court ruled against Taubman in October, and the company never appealed despite promises they would.

Along the way, the Cerro Wire Coalition – a group of 26 civic, business, educational and community groups – battled Taubman’s efforts to build a mall on the Cerro Wire property. When the developer forced this summer’s referendum in hopes of negating the sale of the 53 acres, the coalition continued to challenge them.

Chairman Todd Fabricant called the sale “a tremendous victory” that will become an asset to the community. He confirmed they support mixed-use development for both parcels.

“We look forward to partnering with them in Smart Growth for the community and to be great neighbors,” Fabricant said.

Cerro Wire once employed 600 employees at the site before abandoning the property in 1986. It’s lain dormant since.

For more coverage, check out Newsday(subscription required).

Caithness II Hearing Generates Large Turnout In Brookhaven

A proposed 750-megawatt power plant drew a full house to Brookhaven Town Hall Tuesday for an environmental study and special permit request.

Labor groups, residents and environmental advocates showed up at the meeting for the proposed Caithness II plant in Yaphank. If approved, owner Caithness said the plant could be running next to the 350-megawatt Caithness I by 2018.

Union representatives and others touted the merits of the plant, especially job creation. Caithness II would create 10-16 permanent jobs, as well as more than 500 temporary jobs during a 28-month construction period. Caithness would also pay more taxes to the Longwood School District, Yaphank Fire District and other local municipalities.

Neal Lewis, executive director of The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, spoke in favor of the project. He said it would lower carbon dioxide emissions by seven times more than all of LIPA's current efficiency programs combined. Lewis also said Long Island needs extra power sources even though “there are no guarantees.”

Port Jefferson Village officials spoke against the plant, in fear it would preclude the existing Port Jeff plant from being repowered. The existing facility is known to be aging and very inefficient.

Mayor Margot Garant complained that a new Yaphank plant would be built on open space but a new power plant in her village could be built on the current site.

However, Caithness President Ross Ain said his proposed power plant would be the cleanest burning on Long Island.

Existing steam power-plants on the island operate at 33 percent, while Caithness officials claim Caithness II will operate at a more efficient 50 percent. They also said it will produce substantially less mono-nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic chemicals, carbon dioxide and particulate matter.

Unlike older plants designed only to run at full capacity, Caithness II is designed to increase or decrease power output without any significant loss of efficiency. This means it can be paired with renewable energy sources like solar panels whose output varies with the weather.

“This one project has the potential to make a dramatic improvement to the efficiency of Long Island’s electricity production,” Vision Long Island Sustainablity Director Elissa Kyle said.

LIPA, now managed by PSEG LI, began searching for new energy sources a few years back. They chose the Caithness II project last year from 16 entries for 45 projects.

The town board will vote later on the draft environmental study and waivers for stack height, building height and buffers. However, LIPA will make the final decision whether to build Caithness II.

For more on the proposed power plant, check out Newsday (subscription required), Times Beacon Record and Vision's full testimony.

Long Beach Residents Rally To Reopen Hospital

Motionless bodies lay strewn in front of the ambulance entrance at the defunct Long Beach Medical Center. No doctors, ambulances or wheelchairs rushed to their aid.

Thankfully, the scene on Saturday was just a die-in – a stunt designed to raise awareness about the hospital. The protest came on the heels of news that South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) wants to reopen the facility with only emergency services.

The Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC) closed after Superstorm Sandy inundated the 162-bed hospital and caused $56 million in damage last October. All necessary construction to reopen was reportedly finished last summer, but LBMC has not received permission from the state Department of Health to reopen. Commissioner Nirav Shah has said he won’t approve reopening the hospital, which annually lost $2 million since 2007, without a sustainable health care business model.

SNCH has been in negotiations to acquire the facility. They received a $6.6 million federal grant last fall to open the shuttered hospital as an urgent care facility. That included ambulatory triage, radiology and a dozen exam rooms. 911 calls, however, would have been routed to other hospitals like Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, St. John’s Episcopal in East Rockaway and SNCH.

But Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) said the latest discussions have centered around opening just an emergency room.

“As we understand it now, if South Nassau enters into the agreement, I think that is the direction. I think they need the Department of Health’s permission,” Ford said, adding that discussions are between two private entities. “There’s a lot of negotiations going on.”

Instead, Ford joined Island Park resident Sue Hecht and more than 40 others outside the LBMC Saturday morning to protest the delay. They remained motionless on the ground for three minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m.

“We’re hoping more people support us for the next die-in. Thankfully it was a die-in and people weren’t dying,” Ford said.

More than a year after Sandy closed the hospital, Hecht said it is absurd Long Beach and Island Park don’t have their own medical facility. Other hospitals like Nassau University Medical Center is at least 20 minutes away.

“How long is it going to take?” she said. “Surfing accidents are pretty serious. Does it make sense if you have a trauma center, why fly them to Mineola or East Meadow? We should have those services right here.”
 
Hecht, a social worker who lost her job after Sandy, also wants mental health services for the barrier island. Public details of the negotiations do not include such services for a reopened LBMC.

Neighbors are facing significant stress, she said, in the wake of Sandy. Substance abuse and suicide are very real issues for Long Beach and Island Park. Hecht added that she’s knows several who attempted suicide and expects to see “a lot of fatalities” if something doesn’t change.

The Island Park resident has already contacted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano about creating a mental health clinic in Long Beach. He offered his support to the informal proposal and Hecht is now creating a formal business plan with help from the Farmingdale State College Business Center. She’s also investigating sources of funding..

For more coverage of this story, check out Herald Community Newspapers and News 12.

Bellone Initiates War On Nitrogen Pollution In LI’s Water

Water may be an ample resource on Long Island, but Suffolk County officials are raising the alarm about contamination.

Releasing the executive summary of Suffolk County’s Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan, the first update since 1987, County Executive Steve Bellone declared a war on surging nitrogen levels last week.

“Water is at the heart of everything on Long Island,” Bellone said. “It is critical to our health and our quality of life and it underpins our multi-billion dollar tourism industry. Today, we release a report that shows we have been polluting this precious resource in a way that has devastated our surface waters - our bays and river corridors - caused negative trends in the quality of our drinking water and left us more vulnerable to future storms, like Sandy.”

The county executive was joined by other elected officials, scientists, environmentalists and representatives from the construction and water supply industries.

“The need to ensure our water quality is protected as well as the need to ensure that everyone has a good place to live are clearly compatible under the plan announced today by County Executive Bellone,” said Mitchell Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute.  “LIBI looks forward to working with all concerned to make sure that both goals can be met quickly and safely.”

Bellone followed last week’s presser with a tele-conference on Monday evening. Nearly 10,000, many members of the public, dialed in.

“He’s making a strong public commitment to take action on his promise to protect drinking and coastal water. He talked about upgrading septics, expanding some existing sewer infrastructure and adding staff to the department of health,” said Adrienne Esposito, director of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment Executive Director and participant in last week’s event.

Protecting and improving the island’s surface water, Northport Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin said after the call, would support Long Island’s agriculture, a foundation of the area’s economy.

While Monday’s call began as a presentation, Espositio said it evolved into a conversation with residents asking “good questions” about pesticides, toxic chemicals and how they can repair the damage.

Nitrogen pollution was identified as public enemy No. 1. County officials said nitrogen has reached critically high levels, impacting both drinking water and surface water that serves as Long Island’s last line of defense against disasters like Superstorm Sandy.

According to the EPA, nitrogen is an essential nutrient for aquatic ecosystems. Excessive nitrogen feeds algae to grow faster than the ecosystems can handle, blocking sunlight that causes other plants to die and consume oxygen. Nitrogen pollution can also lead algal blooms that are toxic to humans.

Bellone referenced how the Great South Bay clam harvest dropped by 93 percent, devouring an industry that once provided 6,000 jobs.

Nearly 70 percent of Suffolk County lacks sewers, county officials said, which is a leading source of nitrogen. The county executive said he wants to identify which properties are doing the most damage to water quality. At last week’s press conference, officials said 209,000 homes that can be sewered or connected to upgraded treatment systems have been identified, with the list eventually cut to 100,000.

“I travel all over the world and there is nothing like coming back home to Long Island and knowing that I can drink the tap water, brush my teeth, shower without covering my nose and mouth. We need to ensure we will keep forever, what for most of the world is a luxury, but for us is still everyday life,” Tobin said.

A member of the Northport Harbor Water Quality Committee, he also urged Long Islanders not to dump prescription or over-the-counter drugs down the drain. Instead, Tobin said to find a drug drop-offs like the Northport Police Department or each Suffolk County Police precinct.

“They’ll be taken in by aquatic life where they can either be re-ingested when people eat fish or shellfish, they can stay in ground water and get into the water supply. Why should we take each other’s medicines? Some of them can also produce developmental or genetic changes in the sea life itself,” he said.

Another Yellow Signal For LIRR’s East Side Access Project

Don’t expect to ride from Long Island to Grand Central Terminal before another decade passes.

Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released updated projections for the MTA’s East Side Access project for the LIRR at an FTA meeting Tuesday.

The federal agency expects the plan to build a new 8-track LIRR terminal underneath Grand Central and 11 miles of new tunnel to finish in 2023 and cost $10.8 billion. MTA officials were slightly more optimistic, projecting $9.7 billion by the end of 2021.

When the East Side Access project began in 2001, MTA officials set a $4.3 billion budget and 2009 completion date. But those figures were quickly derailed, changed five times including the latest. The estimate in 2012 called for a 2019 completion date and $8.24 billion bill.

As of this week, seven miles of tunnel have been drilled and 1.5 million cubic yards of earth have been excavated from underneath Grand Central.

MTA hired outside consultant Rick Thorpe to help rein the project back on track. He’s since advocated to add more management by creating executive positions and a steering committee manned by top MTA, LIRR and Amtrak officials. MTA Chairman Chris Prendergast confirmed the group is being put together.

Once completed, the new terminal below Grand Central is expected to handle 162,000 passengers daily. The goal is to shorten commutes for many Long Island residents who ride into Penn Station and double-back to east side of Manhattan. Customers would save 40 minutes a day, according to MTA projections.

LIRR Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein remained disappointed with the constant delays.

"When it comes to the East Side Access project, the gap the MTA needs to worry about is the credibility gap," Epstein said. "We should all watch that gap."

All Aboard! LIRR Picks Up More Riders In 2013

News broke Monday that ridership was significantly up for the LIRR; then word came it won back the title of busiest commuter railroad in North America.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) confirmed Long Island trains had a banner year in 2013.

The LIRR carried 83,384,250 riders last year, 1.64 million, or 2 percent, more than in 2012. That marked the second consecutive year of increase after five down years. It’s also the highest since the railroad’s record 87.4 million passengers in 2008, and the seventh highest year in more than 60 years.

The Port Washington line saw the most improvement. It gained 351,000, about 3 percent, in ridership. LIRR officials speculated restoration of half-hour service in November played a major role. They also suggested that Long Beach, which saw the biggest drop, is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Thirty-five thousand fewer people, about 0.8 percent, rode the South Shore line last year.

The LIRR also gained an influx of commuters. The number of passengers going back and forth on weekdays increased 3 percent from their 2012 numbers.

“We, of course, welcome increased ridership. However, it must be met with increased track capacity and equipment to avoid aggravating the overcrowding issue riders already face on many lines,” LIRR Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein said.

Meanwhile, the MTA confirmed the LIRR beat out sister MTA railroad Metro-North for the most riders in 2013, winning the title of busiest commuter railroad in North America. The LIRR’s 83.4 million was just 5,745 more than the Westchester-Connecticut rail system. Long Island trains previously held the honor until Metro-North assumed the crown in 2011.

For more coverage, check out this Newsday story (subscription required).

LIBN Honors 40 Under 40 Professionals

An assistant director at Vision Long Island for nine years, Katheryn Laible was honored for her work training Huntington’s next generation of stewards.

Laible, president of Laible & Fitzsimmons Inc. and acting director of Leadership Huntington, received a Long Island Business News (LIBN) 40 Under 40 award Thursday. She joined professionals in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

“I am grateful to the LIBN for being such a strong voice for Long Island, both in terms of the business journalism they provide and the extra lengths they continually go to in advancing important discussions and recognizing individuals working to make this place the best it can be,” Laible said.

She described her time at Vision as an opportunity to pioneer the ideals of Smart Growth and mobilizing people to take action. The access to Long Island stakeholders and friendship with Vision staff were stepping stones to Leadership Huntington.

“That experience was the best proving ground anyone could ask for.”

Richard Foster partnered with Andrew Hazen to provide “co-working” space and business advisors for start-up companies. Launchpad LI opened in Mineola early last year. These days, Launch Director Foster said they’re filled to the brim with more on a waiting list. The company has been so successful that founders Foster, Hazen and LISTnet received a 2013 Smart Growth Award for Mix of Uses.

“These are no longer pure startup businesses. These are companies that are really building up here on Long Island,” Foster said, adding that the tenants also benefit the restaurants and small businesses in Mineola.

He was also honored by LIBN on Thursday.

“I’m honored to be receiving the award,” Foster said.

Labile and Foster were joined by National Grid Lead Media Representative Wendy Ladd and Suffolk County IDA CEO Anthony Manetta on stage.

Ladd works as a spokeswoman for the utility that oversees power plants and electric transmission systems across American and the United Kingdom. After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the northeast, Grid provided millions in grants for local businesses.

“We worked very diligently to get to the people who needed it as quickly as possible to rebuild their businesses so they could get back on their feet, which helps the economy overall,” she said.

Ladd also teaches journalism classes at Farmingdale State College.

Manetta’s IDA has been supportive of downtown development.

Corrine Hammons, executive vice president of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, teamed up with the Town of North Hempstead, NYSERDA, the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Vision Long Island last year to acquire funding for green projects across the island. She was also honored by the Long Island Business News.

“More than a personal honor, it speaks really highly of the organization I work for. It shows they nurture young professionals,” Hammons said.

President Obama Advocates Clean Energy, Small Businesses, Infrastructure At 2014 State Of The Union Address

The leader of the free world touched on a number of topics in his optimistic State of the Union address on Tuesday, including energy and economic development.

Homegrown energy, President Barack Obama said, is essential to creating more jobs in America. The country is closer to energy independence than ever in recent history, he claimed, crediting natural gas as a “bridge fuel” that lowers carbon pollution. He pledged to cut bureaucracy for factories using natural gas and called on Congress to authorize fueling stations for cars and trucks.

Obama also referenced alternative energy, citing that an American home or business installs solar panels every four minutes. The solar industry even added 23,000 jobs in 2013, he added, with nearly half working as installers earning $23 per hour. He recommended changing tax policy in the wake of giving fossil fuel companies $4 billion in tax subsidies on top of their $118 billion in profits back in 2012.

In addition to energy production, the president covered energy consumption. Boasting how the federal government has partnered with businesses, builders and local communities, he said the United States reduced its total carbon pollution more than any other country in the last eight years. In the future, he wants to set higher fuel efficiency standards for trucks to reduce carbon pollution by 270 metric tons and further limit carbon emissions from power plants, which already account for almost 40 percent of domestic carbon pollution.

“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact,” Obama said. “And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

The president was hopeful economic development indicators would produce more jobs in 2014. Instead of rewarding companies that send profits overseas and punish American investors with wasteful loopholes, he called on both Democrats and Republicans to close those loopholes and lower tax rates for American business that create jobs.

Rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, Obama said, is an opportunity to create jobs with money saved from those loopholes. That includes upgrading ports and rebuilding roads. He called on Congress to protect more than three million jobs by finishing transportation and waterway bills while he pledged to cut red tape to streamline the permit process for key projects.

He also emphasized the need to support small business owners and entrepreneurs, who create the most new jobs in the country. More loans were made to small business owners by Obama’s administration in the last five years than any other recipient. He added that 98 percent of American exporters are small businesses that benefit from new trade partnerships with Europe and Asia-pacific.

“We need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment, and open new markets to new goods stamped “Made in the USA.”  China and Europe aren’t standing on the sidelines.  Neither should we,” the president said.

For a full transcript of his prepared speech, check out CBS.

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos To Speak
At Feb. 6 Business Meeting

State Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) will join the Long Island Business Council at their meeting next month.

Slated for 8-10 a.m. on Feb. 6, Skelos will join the small business leaders at a worksession at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale.

Members of the Long Island Business Council may register at no cost. The event is open to the general public, although non-member will be charged $45. Breakfast will be available for everyone.

Register for the event by contacting ck@visionlongisland.org or by calling 1-877-811-7471.

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They visit elected officials in Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

Rally For Ocean Outflow Pipe At Bay Park Sewage Plant

Worried about the future of the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant? Join the Rally to Restore the Bay!

Citizens Campaign for the Environment is organizing a demonstration at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.

Their goal is to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal officials that nitrogen removal and an ocean outflow pipe are essential, arguing it’s the only way to save bays, ensure cleaner ocean beaches, protect public health and preserve our way of life.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is slated to speak at the rally.

The Bay Park plant serves half a million Nassau County residents and processes about 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Upgrades and repairs were a topic of conversation for years, but the plant was crippled by saltwater flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Temporary generators kept the plant running, at the expense of $1 million a month, and odors and noise in the neighborhood.

A series of county, state and federal money finally went towards Sandy repairs by the end of last year, but that never included an ocean outflow pipe. Senator Chuck Schumer announced earlier this month that he was trying to acquire federal money for the pipe.

An outflow pipe would dump effluent – treated sewage – into the Atlantic Ocean instead of Reynolds Channel. Not only do officials say it would have prevented 2.2 billion gallons of partially-treated wastewater from being dumped into the channel during Sandy, but environmentalists say high nitrogen levels in nearby waters have been caused by Bay Park over the years.

Vision Long Island is part of the coalition that endorses the outflow pipe for the sewage treatment plant.

Register for the rally on Facebook.

Have A Heart For LI Homeless At Candlelight Vigil Feb. 13

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College on Feb. 13 to support your homeless neighbors.

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is designed to show that Long Island wants to eradicate homelessness and hunger even in our affluent society.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. on the Great Lawn and multi-purpose room in Roosevelt Hall. Participants are asked to wear red; donations of new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the vigil.

In addition to making a stand on an important issue, entertainment is planned for families. Face painting, balloon animals, story time, the Girl Scout Choir and free hair cuts are planned for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 516-742-7770 or online.

Habitat Suffolk Swapping Hard Hats For Gowns At Gala

What started as a home for a single mother in Ronkonkoma, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has helped more than 165 families build affordable houses since 1987.

In celebration of the milestone, the nonprofit announced Habitat’s Suffolk 25th Anniversary Gala. The fundraiser and celebration is scheduled for March 13 from 6-11 p.m. at Oheka Castle in Huntington.

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk helps Long Island families purchase safe, affordable housing. Volunteers join the families in building the houses with donated materials. The local chapter builds more than dozen new houses every year.

The organization will also honor community leaders at the gala. LI Association President Kevin Law will receive the “Founders Award,” Island Outreach Foundation Chair will receive the “Philanthropist Award” and Astoria Federal Vice President Christine Patterson will receive the “Volunteer Award” for underwriting support.

Tickets are available online for $350 a piece. Sponsorships and advertising are also available.

The deadline to nominate a project or individual for
the 2014 Smart Growth Awards is Friday, Feb. 28!

Now we want to hear from you on who best exemplifies these principles!

In order to nominate, please submit the following information to us (please include relevant reports, images, plans, renderings, news articles and other supportive materials):

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Fair Media Council Accepting Submissions For Folio Awards

There will be no shortage of big wigs at Fair Media Council's Folio Awards in April, but applications arguing who best informed the public with news and social media are being accepted now.

The Folio Awards are divided between news and social media. Members of the media can submit stories covering Long Island for the former, while businesses and nonprofits are invited to show how they used social media to benefit the public.

Entries can include social media websites, blogs, websites or any other channel. All social media entries must provide some news or information to the public, and include a 200-word summary of why the strategy deserves and award.

Submissions for both will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

For more about the contest and applications, visit Fair Media Council online.

The New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Wants You!

Learn how to come to the rescue in your community the next time disaster strikes.

In a world with severe weather events and man-made disasters, New York State is launching the Citizen Preparedness Corps. The corps, created by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is designed to give residents the tools and resources to prepare, respond and recover to any disaster.

Training is set to begin next month, including a session at Farmingdale State College on Feb. 1 from 12-2 p.m. New York National Guard and experts from the Division of Homeland Security, Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Service’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control will lead the training with local emergency management personnel.

Participants will learn how to create a family emergency plan, prepare for disaster, get informed about impending dangers and stay connected with the community. They will also receive a response kit to help them survive 7-10 days without electricity, telephone or emergency services. The kit contains a flashlight, work gloves, duct tape, an emergency blanket, first aid kit and other emergency supplies; trainees will also learn what supplies they should add to their kit.

Register online, space is limited for the Feb. 1 training session.

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has made up to $50,000 available per site for increasing public awareness and understanding of Brownfield, Superfund and other contaminated sites that pose a significant threat to the public and/or environment. Not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the funds; no matching contribution is required.

Application information is avaialble on the state's website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Bethpage

bellmore
Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
516-931-9296
Subculture new wave dance club - Friday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available on Facebook

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Jason Isbell with special guest Holly Williams - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with special guest TAUK - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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Amityville


Revolution

140 Merrick Road, Amityville
The Soft Parade - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
An Evening with Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro & the Painkiller - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
An Evening with Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
The Fray - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Karmin: Pulses Tour with special guest Bryce Vine - Sunday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

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

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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Other Desert Cities - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.
Snow White - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
That 70's Band and Fivestone - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Emily Kinney with special guests Alice Lee and Christine Holt - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.
The Lawn Boys - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Ovations Dance Repertory Co. presents Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
45 RPM & Decadia - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 p.m.
Starting Here, Starting Now - Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2. at 3 p.m.
Cinderella - Friday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.
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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Buddy's Gift - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Session with Nancy Atlas with special guest blues singer Johnny Rosch - Friday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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