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Jan. 24-30, 2015

Regional Updates

Molloy College

Founded in 1955, Molloy College is a private Long Island college with a main campus in Rockville Centre. Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual. Faculty is accomplished, yet approachable, leading small classes where students are encouraged to think critically and explore creatively.

With approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students, Molloy is large enough to offer students an academically-challenging, high-quality educational experience. At the same time, the school is small enough to provide the personal attention that enhances every student's intellectual, ethical, spiritual and social development.

“I'm glad we are going to have the opportunity to discuss the type of development we want here in Baldwin with Town of Hempstead representatives, and possible ways we can get that done. I'm hopeful that these talks will start us on a path to finally revitalize the corner of Merrick Road and Grand Avenue, and do it in a smart way." Baldwin Civic Association President Karen Montalbano

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Cuomo Personally Presents State Of State Address To LI

First he shared his plan for 2015 with Albany legislators. Then, he shared it with Long Islanders.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discussed his State of the State address with 200 people in FarmingdaleThursday morning.

Using an abbreviated version of the address from two weeks ago and focusing on Long Island, the governor quickly discussed economic opportunity, education, public safety and ethics reform in his proposed $1.14.6 billion budget.

He announced plans for $1.7 billion in property tax relief for homeowners and renters. Of the 2.3 million households earning less than $250,000, Long Island’s 341,000 would receive more than the projected $1,000 annual average. He also proposed cutting taxes on small businesses from 6.5 percent to 2.5 percent, the lowest rate in 100 years.

Long Islanders may also see a boost in wages. The governor proposed increasing minimum wage from $8.75 an hour to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in the city.

Specifically for Long Island, the governor confirmed he wants to make Republic Airport a STARTUP-NY tax-free zone. Companies that move to the airport would pay no state taxes for 10 years. He also alluded to using Republic to directly connect Long Islanders rather than having them fly into New York City and drive home.

Another $150 million may go towards “vertical parking facilities” – parking garages on Long Island. One of those sites includes the 77-acre Nassau Hub with the soon-to-be redeveloped Nassau Coliseum as its centerpiece.

Other items in the address include an increase in the minimum wage, heavy NYS oversight of school districts NYS regulations on sexual consent on public and private campuses, NYS storm response training, ethics reform and property tax benefits. Infrastructure projects included last years announcements with Federal money for Bay Park and Suffolk sewers including money for the Mastic Shirley sewer district.

NYS Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine and NYS Senator Michael Venditto provided the introduction for the Governor.

Vision Board, staff, community & small business partners were in attendance to hear the governor's presentation and its implications for LI.

Find our original story on Cuomo’s address from our Jan. 23 issue here.

OTB Hears Public Outcry On Fortunoff Casino Plans

It was a celebratory atmosphere this past week for businesses and residents in Central Nassau County thanks to the abandonment of plans to approve a small Casino adjacent to downtown Westbury.

“There’s a collective sigh of relief in the Carle Place-Westbury-New Cassel community today,” North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said on Saturday. “I am pleased that OTB [Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation] listened to the voice of the people and did the right thing.”

A gambling facility at the defunct Fortunoff in the Source Mall will not happen after all. The OTB formally announced the news over the weekend.

“It is clear that the level of opposition from the surrounding neighbors and their elected representatives no longer made the Fortunoff property a viable option," OTB said in a statement.

The plan drew massive criticism as soon as it was announced in December. One thousand slot machines and tables games would have been the focus of the video lottery terminal (VLT). OTB officials previously defended the gaming parlor, saying it would also include a large number of high-end restaurants, create 200 jobs and generate $150 million in revenue.

Over 3,000 residents attended a pair of community meetings in January with concerns about traffic, crime and effects on property value in the neighboring community.

Bosworth, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and a contingent of Democratic Nassau County legislators separately requested the OTB change their plan to a different location. County Legislator Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) wrote Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) seeking GOP support, which happened on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bosworth, Murray, Russell and Cavallaro joined elected officials from the Village of Old Westbury, Garden City, Village of Mineola, school board officials, civic leaders and State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in organizing the formal resistance. That included the community meetings at St. Brigid school in Westbury and Carle Place and Carle Place High School.

“As a resident of Westbury and an elected official representing both Carle Place and Westbury, I am so proud of the communities I represent. It was a pleasure to stand with the residents and my colleagues in government in this fight. We stood shoulder to shoulder, united as a community and we won a great victory for us all,” Russell said.

OTB officials refused to consider relocating the proposed gaming facility for more than a month. They began soliciting business owners interested in selling back in April; 19 property owners responded. The OTB announced in December the Fortunoff site was the top choice. As per state law, OTBs are also exempt from local zoning and site selection requires just approval of the State Gaming Commission. This left little to stop the formal sale and construction – the latter anticipated to be completed by the summer.

But in the wake of public opposition, OTB officials said on Saturday they will seek an alternative site.

"I am pleased to announce to our residents that OTB has issued a statement today that cancels its plans to establish a 1000 VLT gaming parlor/casino at the old Fortunoff site," said Mayor Cavallaro in a release on January 31st, "I am proud that our community, as it always does when challenged, came together as one and spoke as one. I am proud of the bi-partisan coalition of elected officials who came together to defend our community. Many of them worked from the beginning behind the scenes (as well as out front) to make sure our community was protected. They all deserve your thanks and credit for this result.."

"This case example is a lesson in failed regional planning by attempting to take away local zoning control from communities," according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, "Trust cannot be built in this scenario and a robust conversation on benefits and impacts never materializes let alone moves forward.

Kudos to Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who led the campaign, and North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, NYS Senator Jack Martins, NYS Assemblymembers Charles Lavine, Micheal Montesano, Edward Ro, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Legislators Siela Bynoe, Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and the entire Nassau Legislature, North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink, Councilwoman Viviana Johnson Russell, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, the Carle Place, Westbury, and Meadowbrook Point Civic Associations, Chamber of Commerce's and many others.

For more on this story, check out Long Island Press, The Island Now and Newsday (subscription required).

No Fifth CVS For Baldwin, Back To Drawing Board

A plan to build another corporate pharmacy in Baldwin is dead in the water.

The Town of Hempstead terminated an arrangement with Breslin Realty Development Corporation last month to develop the corner of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road.

This marks another chapter in ongoing revitalization efforts. After years of neglect, in 2006 it was designated as blighted by the town and opened to eminent domain. Three separate RFPs were issued and no developer was able to make something of the 5-acre property.

Breslin was the only applicant for the last RFP in 2012 and sought to build a drive-through CVS pharmacy on one acre. The proposal sparked a protest of 100 residents, business owners and elected officials last winter. Opponents disliked the idea of opening another corporate store; it also would have been the fifth CVS in Baldwin.

Baldwin Civic Association President Karen Montalbano was thrilled to hear the CVS plans were no more.

“I'm glad we are going to have the opportunity to discuss the type of development we want here in Baldwin with Town of Hempstead representatives, and possible ways we can get that done. I'm hopeful that these talks will start us on a path to finally revitalize the corner of Merrick Road and Grand Avenue, and do it in a smart way,” Montalbano said.

Currently, the area near Grand Avenue and Merrick Road consists of ground-level retail with 52 second-story apartments. A fire destroyed two buildings, which remain boarded up. The Town of Hempstead’s blight designation in 2006 prompted landlords to stop maintaining buildings and chased away others.

Baldwin Civic Association members have requested Smart Growth redevelopment like that in downtown Patchogue and Rockville Centre. They believe building a mix of new housing and eclectic small businesses could help recover the Main Street feel.

A town spokesman did not return requests for comment, although a source familiar with the situation said Supervisor Kate Murray and other officials were frustrated with Breslin’s lack of progress on the Baldwin project.

Montalbano said on Wednesday she was waiting to meet with the town. Vision Long Island is working with the Baldwin Civic Association to advance revitalization plans with the community.

For more on this story, check out this article in Herald Community Newspapers.

Farmingdale Board Backs Main Street Business Expansion

The Village of Farmingdale has already attracted island-wide attention for their success with Smart Growth. Now, Main Street could get even stronger.

The Village Board approved a pair of applications for two stores on Monday evening.

Trustees voted in favor of issuing Paint & Main a special use permit to offer wine with painting classes. Owner Reem Hussein-Iacovelli opened the gallery and studio last summer. An art teacher by trade, Hussein-Iacovelli hosts classes for families, birthdays, team-building and more.

Last month the board denied her request with a 2-2 tie. This week she secured the essential third vote to win the majority. Hussein-Iacovelli is sending an application to the New York State Liquor Authority once her amended special permit arrives.

"I'm very excited about moving forward and just enhancing our business with this additional service…" she said. “We're excited that we could bring something to Farmingdale."

Across the street, the father-daughter team behind Taste of Long Island also expanded their business. After almost three years in business as a specialty food store and incubator kitchen, Jim Thompson and Courtney Citko launched a microbrewery in their Main Street location.

Issued a state license to brew craft beers and hard ciders, they’ve already offered brews like the Useful Idiot IPA and Farmingdale Honey Harvest Blonde Ale. Taste provided beer for a launch party at the Nutty Irishman on Jan. 17.

State officials also granted the store more benefits after Thompson and Citko committed to using state-grown ingredients. They’re authorized to host licensed, tenant brewers; currently three other brewers are using Taste of Long Island. The father-daughter team is also allowed offer tastings, sell growlers and even sell beer for consumption in the store.

“Farmingdale Village is now on the map of Long Island and New York State craft microbreweries. By adding a microbrewery to A Taste of Long Island, it anchors its position as a destination merchant and increases foot traffic in our downtown,” Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said.

Vision Liong Island was at the hearing and praised the village for their ongoing support to expand the Main Street business district.

You can read Newsday's article on this subject here.

North Hempstead's Supervisor presents "State of the Town"

It wouldn’t actually happen for another 24 hours, but stopping the proposed gambling facility at the Source Mall was a sticking point during the Town of North Hempstead’s State of the Town address.

Standing in front of more than 200 elected officials and residents at the Clubhouse At Harbor Links on Friday, Supervisor Judi Bosworth wasted little time digging in.

“Contrary to what OTB [Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation] officials say, all the studies in the world can’t turn a bad idea into a good idea and this is a colossally bad idea,” Bosworth said.

OTB officials announced plans to build a gaming facility in the defunct Fortunoff building in the troubled Westbury mall. They sought 1,000 slot machines and table games open 20 hours a day, with a grand opening some time in 2015. In the face of many county, town, village and school officials protesting the plan, OTB officials seemingly refused to accept calls for them to change sites – OTBs are exempt from local zoning and other restrictions. Bosworth participated in two community meetings attracting almost 2,000 residents and filed an article 78 lawsuit along with other towns, villages, businesses and citizens.

With no end to the pressure in sight, the OTB announced Saturday they will look for a different location.

Giving the address after her first full year as supervisor, Bosworth touched on a variety of topics impacting her 226,000 residents.

The demand for senior housing remains very high and the town is studying two possible projects to boost supply. The town razed the former Grand Street School property in New Cassel last summer. The three-acre parcel will likely be used for affordable townhouses in a 55+ community. Meanwhile, the Olive Hill at Manhasset project will provide 72 apartments for seniors.

North Hempstead officials were also part of a December lottery for 15 affordable homes in New Cassel. The rights to purchase a trio of new, two-story, three-bedroom single-family homes, 11 new, two-story, three-bedroom townhouses and a renovated, existing home were raffled off to qualified participants. Town officials confirmed 39 eligible applications were submitted.
“I had the opportunity to attend the lottery and meet with the prospective homeowners, which was really thrilling. North Hempstead remains committed to creating more opportunities for affordable housing, to make the dream of home ownership a reality for as many families as possible,” Bosworth said.

Making mention of the $125 million annual budget passed in October and strong bond ratings, the supervisor said they created a five-year capital plan that includes expanding Alvan Petrus Park. When it’s finished, the land acquired from the North Hempstead Housing Authority last year will go from a basketball court to “a town park and recreational area for all residents to enjoy.” She called on the public to offer suggestions during the ongoing design stage.

Delving into finances, the supervisor highlighted several grants supporting town events and projects. The Town of North Hempstead received $625,000 from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council in November. North Hempstead will coordinate with seven other towns and Suffolk County as the project manager for an electric-car charging corridor along the Long Island Expressway. The town also pulled in $75,000 through the Market NY Program last year for the Gold Coast International Film Festival in Great Neck. The event is going on its fifth year.

Other highlights included downtown initiatives in Port Washington, arts music and tourism programs and investment in water, parks and infrastructure. Vision Long Island is heartened by the Town's approach and their ability to listen and work closely with local communities, Villages and other levels of government in partnerships and projects.

For more on Supervisor Bosworth’s address, check out The Island Now, Patch and Newsday (subscription required) or find the full transcript on the town’s website.

Obama Pushing Transportation In $3.99 Trillion Budget

Transportation projects could see a boost in funding from the federal level.

President Barack Obama unveiled his proposed $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 on Monday. Within that document is a six-year, $478 billion infrastructure plan.

The program would allocate $317 billion on roads and bridges, almost 29 percent more than current levels. It would also include $143 billion on federal transit projects, $18 billion on freight improvements and $1 billion annually for nationally or regionally significant transportation projects through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.

Obama’s proposed budget would keep the Highway Trust Fund in the black for six years without charging drivers more at the pump. Currently set to run dry in May, the fund was created to fund federal highways and mass transit with a tax on gas. The 18.4 cents per gallon rate has not changed since 1993 and Congress opted to permit controversial pension smoothing in lieu of a hike last summer.

It would also add an additional $1.25 billion into the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. TIGER grants pump federal money into projects that have a significant impact on the country, region or metropolitan area. The first six rounds, through 2014, have provided $4.1 billion in aid and another $500 million was authorized back in December for 2015.

However, the catch for making all of this transportation process a reality are some sources of revenue many view as fantasy. The president’s proposal, which also raises domestic and military spending by 7 percent, calls for more revenue from big business and wealthy individuals. That includes reforming trust funds, and raising the capital gains and dividend rates to 28 percent over the existing 23.8 percent. It would also raise $238 billion by requiring corporations to bring overseas earnings back to America at a 14 percent tax rate compared to the existing 35 percent rate whenever corporations choose to return revenue.

"Although the President’s plan is not expected to go far, the momentum does finally appear to be gathering, on both sides of the aisle, for a serious discussion about transportation funding," Tri-State Transportation Campaign New York & Federal Policy Coordinator Nadine Lemmon said.

The $3.99 trillion financial plan would also set the national deficit at $474 billion deficit, slightly higher than the $467 billion forecast for 2016, but measuring at 2.5 percent of the projected GDP. White House officials believe it will stabilize the deficit over 10 years.

For more about transportation in the president’s proposed budget, check out the New York Times, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Report: America's Freight Railroads Investing More In 2015

The first month of 2015 is in the books, and it looks promising for America’s freight railroads.

Expect a $29 billion infrastructure investment, according to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) 2015 Outlook. That marks a $2 billion increase over 2014 funding.

AAR officials said projects include construction and restoration of tracks, purchasing new locomotives and freight cars, raising tunnel clearances and implementing new technology to ensure they can keep up with increasing demand as the economy improves.

"By providing affordable, efficient and reliable transportation of goods, from lumber to oil to auto parts and grain, freight railroads continue to play a vital role in the positive economic trends rippling through the U.S. economy - including rising gross domestic product, improving employment statistics and plummeting gasoline and heating prices,” CEO Edward R. Hamberger said.

Unlike most transportation networks, freight railroads rely on private funds to build and maintain their tracks. Since 1980, American companies invested $575 billion in network maintenance and upgrades.

The trade group said they play an important role in powering economic development and job creation.

"The rail industry's ability to move more of what our economy needs rests on its ability to earn the capital necessary to continue record private investments, while supporting jobs across the country," Hamberger said.

The AAR report also announced the country’s freight railroad companies are expected to hire another 15,000 people this year. About 20 percent will likely be veterans, although the trade group expects all of the new hires to earn an average of $109,700.

Check out the full report for more on this development.

Go Red For Women And Fight Heart Disease

Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon next month.

Part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement to wipe out heart disease, this event is slated for Feb. 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Three heart-healthy workshops are scheduled before lunch. The first will examine genetics and heart disease, the second will look into nutrition and the last will touch on tools for managing stress.

During the main event, the American Heart Association will honor Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman Senior Partner and Vision Long Island board member Howard Stein, as well as DK USA CEO Deborah Richman and Premiere Cardiology.

Raffle tickets are also being sold prior to the event for prizes like trips to Mexico, a jewelry gift certificate or chance to drive a Maserati for a weekend.

Reservations are required by Feb. 6 – National Wear Red Day – and tickets can be purchased on the event’s website.

Learn How To Save Money, Energy And Stay Comfortable

Join New York State’s Climate Smart Communities and learn how to save money and energy without sacrificing comfort.

An afternoon of discussion about Building Management Systems (BMS) is slated for Feb. 24 at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale.

This seminar will explore options for retrofitting existing buildings or equipping new buildings with automated controls for temperature, lighting, safety, and security systems. Speakers have confirmed from Siemens Industry, Johnson Controls, Automatic Logic – United Technologies, and ThinkEco. Live demonstrations will be included.

Although building/facilities managers, sustainability staff, municipal representatives and engineering consultants will find the seminar useful, it is open to the public at no charge. RSVP via email with the Sustainability Institute.

Get Up To Speed At 15th Annual Main Street Forum

Sign up now for a one-day symposium about the New York Main Street Alliance.

Downtown revitalization experts will gather for the 15th annual one-day Main Street Forum at the Manhattan campus of NYIT on March 5.

Experts like Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander will discuss urban design, architecture and downtown revitalization.

Registration is $45 for the general public and required via email or calling 845-423-7114. Admission is free for NYIT students, faculty and alumni.

Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.

The annual “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. in the 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.

Face painting, balloon animals, story time, live music and entertainment, and free haircuts are planned again for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 631-464-4314 or online.

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 Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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 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.

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:
Black Violin - Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
On Your Radar with WFUV's John Platt - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Paper Bag Players in HOT FEET - Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
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


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
Hannibal Buress - Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 and 10:45 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Borgo Pass, John Wilkes Booth, .49 Grain, VonHell and The Hard Way - Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Fingers Metal Shop Live! featuring Livewire and Motley 2 - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m.
The Best of Long Island - Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Robin Zander Band - Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
The Yannis Pappas Show featuring Mr. Panos and Maurica - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 and 10 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
Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall present a Winter Classic Screening: The Searchers hosted by Alec Baldwin - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
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
Black Veil Brides - Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7:15 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

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


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Snow Queen - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
The Ken Kresge Jazz Trio - Sunday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Bryan Gallo, Butchers Blind, Quarter Horse and Chris Connelly - Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Live After Death and Exciter - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot - Friday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m.
Don't Dress For Dinner - Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.
Little Bo-Peep - Saturday, Feb. 7 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


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Winterfest Live on the Vine - Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
Edgar Winter - Saturday, Feb. 7 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
The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones - Saturday, Feb. 7 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 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

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 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.

Un-cleared sidewalks create poor walking conditions

As folks who are traversing Main Streets and other destinations know that roads may be clear from snow and ice but sidewalks, crosswalks and curbs are not. Vision was out with News 12's Drew Scott today in downtown Bay Shore to see the walking conditions. Seniors, disabled folks, families and all citizens walking need safe passage through the winter. It is the job of local businesses, municipalities and in the absence of that support volunteers to safely clear the areas for walkers. Check out the story preview and watch for the full clip at 5.

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