January 28th - February 1st, 2013
The Spector Group
For over Forty Years, Spector Group's global expertise in architecture, interiors and master planning has impacted the world with sustainable environments that exude energy and a sense of presence. The work is based on both a physical and spiritual contextual sensitivity, supported by evocative and economic design solutions - - the result, spaces and moments that maximize the pleasures of life, scintillating the senses, establishing aesthetic wonder through functionality. Spector distorts and challenges the expected - creating dynamic architecture and interiors that please the eye while challenging the mind.
"For decades, taxpayers from New York have sent their money when disasters occurred, with fires on the West Coast or floods in the Missouri and Mississippi valleys or hurricanes in Louisiana and Florida. We've sent our tax dollars, billions of them -- and now, all of a sudden, some are suggesting we should change the rules when we are hit by the first major disaster to hit the New York City region in a very long time. That's not fair. That's not right." - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer speaking on the need for unconditional disaster aid for our country
Schumer holds rally in Island Park for the passage of Sandy aid bill
On Monday, Schumer led a rally of dozens of Long Islanders that have been affected by Superstorm Sandy, calling for the final passage of Sandy aid bill.
Town of Brookhaven hearings focus on zoning, housing plan
Vision testified at a Town of Brookhaven hearing earlier this week in support of the proposed Next Generation housing ordinance. This code will serve as one tool to produce a range of housing options such as townhomes, apartments over stores, and artist lofts that are needed beyond single family homes.
Senate passes $50B Sandy aid package
The Senate approved more than $50 billion in aid to states battered by Superstorm Sandy on Monday, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury from Northeastern lawmakers.
Smart Growth America report calls for an examination of federal involvement in real estate
A new report by Smart Growth America, Federal Involvement in Real Estate: A Call for Examination, released last week, surveys the federal government’s $450 billion in annual real estate spending. Through a combination of direct expenditures and commitments, this funding supports loans and loan guarantees, grants, and tax credits.
Volunteers spend day tackling Sandy damage
Long Beach officials and volunteers took steps on Saturday to help bolster the city's coastline, while other local communities tackled cleanup and damage from Superstorm Sandy.
Boating Times Long Island raffles “Boatload of Books”
More than 30 authors have contributed their books to aid Long Island’s rebuilding after Sandy. Boating Times Long Island, a lifestyle magazine about Long Island for boaters, is raffling them all together for Sandy relief.
National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems
National Grid is reaching out to natural gas customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on boilers, water heaters or furnaces, (meaning that the equipment is unsafe for relight and operation until repair or replacement is made) are eligible.
National Grid can offer assistance to residential gas heating customers based upon the income guidelines listed in the document linked here. They have also released a Value Plus plumber list, available here. To participate with the program, customers can choose their own licensed plumber or select a plumber from this list. National Grid has also partnered with an agency (HeartShare) helping with this program.
The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:
Important: Please note that they cannot accept customer phone calls to the residential program.
If you know of anyone that needs assistance from these programs, please have them call directly to the 800 numbers above.
Though the above programs are designed for residential customers there is also help for commercial customers:
For additional information, please visit the web site link of http://www.nationalgridsandyrelief.com/. Please be sure to review all relevant documents to find out what aid you are available to receive.
LIHP offers Help with Heat & Hot Water
The Long Island Housing Partnership has just received a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to expand its grants of up to $5,000 to purchase new hot water heaters, heating systems, mold remediation, removal of replacement of sheetrock and paint and installation of heat tracers and pipe liners in homes damaged by Sandy. There are now two ways to qualify. This program will problably run until late February. You may be eligible if either:
Your home is in Island Park, East Rockaway, Long Beach, Bay Park, Inwood, Mastic, or Mastic Beach and your income is below 80% of median income in the area—under $86,000 for a family of 4, for example,
Your income is less than 50% of the median income in your area or you live in a designated low-to-moderate income area.
For further information or to receive an application, homeowners should Michelle Di Benedetto at the LIHP (631-435-4710) and request a Disaster Assistance Repair Application.
Deadline for FEMA & SBA Applications extended to February 27th
FEMA and the Small Business Administration have extended the deadline for applying for Sandy-recovery assistance to Feb. 27. See details below on how to apply—and why you should consider applying to the SBA as well as FEMA.
New Help from EmPowerNY
Low income households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program and were affected by Superstorm Sandy, may now receive additional help from NYSERDA’s Empower NY program with free energy efficiency measures. Income limits vary with family size, from $2,146 gross monthly income for a single person, for example, to $4,127 for a family of four.
Participants may receive free insulation, free air sealing, and/or other options to save on oil, gas or propane—and reduce the global climate change that makes storms more violent. For more info, call EmPower NY at 1-800-263-0960.
National Grid also has expanded its similar, complementary program.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday sea-son, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.
This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless hosts “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13th
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is holding their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13, 2013 at 6:00pm at Farmingdale State College.
The Coalition encourages Long Islanders who want to help eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society. Refreshments will be served and there will also be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, performances by the Girl Scout Choir and other musical guests, and more.
The vigil will take place on the Great Lawn and Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Everyone attending is asked to wear red at the vigil.
They will also be accepting donations of unused baby items, diapers, formula, unopened cleaning supplies, unopened toiletries, non-perishable food items, new clothing and coats, etc. You can also help by sponsoring the event or having your group conduct collection drives.
If you would like to become a sponsor and have a table at the Vigil, find out how you can help out, or would like more information, please contact (516) 742-7770 or email@example.com or visit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless website
Long Island Bus Rider’s Union to host public forum on February 28th
The Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is hosting a hearing on fare increases/bus service that we're hosting on February 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City. The goal is to get the participation of bus riders and to bring the legislators to them.
4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet rescheduled to March 6th
In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University will be holding the 4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6th 2012 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum will come together, as well as the disabilities and LGBT communities.
Suffolk Theater to host “Back to the 30's” Grand Opening Gala on March 2nd
In celebration of its restoration and reopening, the Suffolk Theater is hosting a “Back to the 30s” Cocktail Party featuring Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks Orchestra, of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” fame, on Saturday, March 2nd.
"Pitching Long Island" panel to be held on March 12th
On Tuesday, March 12th, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, a nonprofit group in the region for professional communicators, will be hosting Pitching Long Island: Who, What, Where, When & Why.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
Check out what downtown theaters and performing arts centers are playing this weekend! Consider visiting a local bar or restaurant, or doing some shopping before or after the show.
Bay Street Theater
Guildhall, John Drew Theater
Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
The John W. Engeman Theater
Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:
The Garden City Historical Society
For information, visit their website.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418
East Hampton Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850
For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250
For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505
Islip Art Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402
Long Island Maritime Museum
For information, visit their website.
Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House
For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300
Oyster Bay Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032
Port Jefferson Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770
Sayville Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186
Sea Cliff Village Museum
For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090
Smithtown Township Arts Council
For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575
Southampton Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494
Freeport Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526
For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218
Long Beach Historical Museum
For information, visit their website.
Clearview Grand Avenue
Clearview Port Washington
Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
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