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Feb. 7-14, 2015

Regional Updates

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“I worked hard last Congress to secure over $300 million in Sandy-relief funding to get the Mastic-Shirley sewer project off the ground, and this money needs to be spent ASAP in order to get this three year project moving, which will improve quality of life for residents, mitigate flood risk and reduce nitrogen levels in the ground and surface waters.” US Senator Charles Schumer

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Senator fast track for New Wastewater Treatment Plant at Brookhaven Calabro Airport

Another push went underway Monday at Brookhaven Calabro Airport to bring 5,300 homes and a business corridor in Suffolk closer to the reality of having a local wastewater treatment plant break ground in an environmentally and economically challenged area.

US Senator Charles Schumer urged the FAA to approve the Town’s application to build a new waterwater treatment facility at the regional airport. Since the Town receives funding from the FAA, it requires FAA approval by this summer to transfer land to the County so they can break ground on the $196 million phases of the project on schedule.

The project, estimated to cost between $300 and $350 million dollars in total, will be the largest sewage infrastructure undertaking in Suffolk County in the last 35 years. $300 million in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Sandy Relief bill are allocated for 4 sewer projects in Suffolk’s most vulnerable areas  in order to ensure that the areas are built back resiliently.  An additional $83 million in low-interest loans for the projects were announced in October by Governor Cuomo.

“I worked hard last Congress to secure over $300 million in Sandy-relief funding to get the Mastic-Shirley sewer project off the ground, and this money needs to be spent ASAP in order to get this three year project moving, which will improve quality of life for residents, mitigate flood risk and reduce nitrogen levels in the ground and surface waters. I am urging the FAA to quickly approve Town of Brookhaven’s application to take control of this parcel of land so that the treatment plant needed for this sewer project can be built as soon as possible,” said Schumer.

County Executive Steve Bellone echoed the needs of proper sewage for the area. "I have made it my administration’s top priority to protect the quality of Suffolk County's drinking, surface and ground water as I have worked vigorously with our leaders, including Senator Schumer, to invest in wastewater infrastructure and technology in order to protect our region’s future from nitrogen pollution and potential future storm damage,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  “The full implementation of the Mastic-Shirley sewer project is vital in restoring our coastal vegetation along the south shore which is essential to protecting these communities against future storms like Superstorm Sandy. We are grateful for the Senator’s efforts to expedite the transfer process in order for us to break ground on this much-needed wastewater treatment plant.”

“Vision Long Island applauds Senator Schumer for his leadership in fast tracking this sewer infrastructure project for economic development and environmental protection for a peninsula of 45,000 residents. This project has been in the works for over a decade originating from a community vision and thankfully now, due to federal support, coming to fruition,” said Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island.

Low lying areas in Suffolk County that do not have sewer systems had storm surges that exceeded the FEMA 100-year floodplain during Superstorm Sandy.  According to Suffolk County, Sandy highlighted a long-neglected environmental problem in low-lying South Shore communities: rising nitrogen pollution fed from failing septic systems and cesspools.  As nitrogen has poured into Suffolk’s aquifer, bays and rivers, it has caused not only a water quality crisis, but eroded protective coastal wetlands to the point of failure during a storm. 

Read more about this project from Senator Schumer’s press release, CBS News.

Bellone Asks State for Additional Aid for Suffolk Bus

Suffolk County is working hard to ensure that it is not forgotten in New York State’s upcoming budget, asking for $26.5 Million in state aid to help offset a loss of up to $40 Million in sales tax revenue and marking the smallest request to the State in his three years as County Executive.

In a trip to Albany Monday, Country Executive Steve Bellone met with Suffolk’s Assembly Caucus, Senate Republicans, new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the Governor’s office in separate sessions  displaying what was seen as a concise proposal for the County’s needs. "Folks used to come from Suffolk County with a 120-page novel, with a lot of ideas big and small," said Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider. "Steve Bellone's approach is to come in with a focused and more targeted set of asks that are fair and achievable."

Although the requests were smaller in comparison to other years, Bellone would also like to see renewals in other taxes that generate revenue for the county of 1.5 million residents. 1% of Suffolk’s sales tax, which generates $293 million annually is set to expire in November. The 3 percent hotel/motel tax, which brings in $9.3 million a year and helps pay for tourism promotion, parks and cultural events is one that requires renewal.

Assemblyman Steve Englebright said that there talks about what other municipalities such as Albany (6%) and New York City (5.85%) charge for this tax.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is pushing for $10 million in state aid for bus rapid transit system that would include Suffolk Bus service. Currently Suffolk County receives far less aid than neighboring Nassau County and other areas. Suffolk currently pays $30.3 million, or 46 percent, of busing costs, while the state picks up $23 million, or 35 percent. Nassau pays $4.1 million, or 3 percent, of busing costs, while the state picks up $62.3 million, or 53 percent. Westchester spends $17.3 million and gets $51.3 million in state bus funding.

This additional aid has been a priority for the LI Lobby Coalition for the last two years and is needed for Sunday service and expanded routes for workers and students.

Suffolk's largest request is for a change in the state's Safety Net program, which provides welfare for single adults and several other groups. This would net the county $15 million if  the state and county to return previous 2010 50-50 share as opposed to the 71 percent share the county now pays.

He also requested a change in funding formulas for remedial services for preschoolers which would increase the state funding share from 59.5 percent to 61 percent to save the county $1.5 million annually.

For more on this story, visit Newsday.

Snowy Sidewalks Causing Havoc while North Hempstead Tries to Address the Excess Snow

It has been over two weeks since a storm that dumped over two feet of snow on parts of Long Island, some residents are still facing hazardous conditions on sidewalks and parking lots in their downtowns, residential and commercial areas.  At least one pedestrian fatality is being attributed to poor walking conditions.

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.

75 year old Sebaptiste Augustin was killed last Wednesday due to ice and snow covered streets not being cleared when he was struck by a vehicle while walking down West John Street in Hicksville on his way to work. His son said that the sidewalks on the way to work were covered with snow, so his father walked in the street.

Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander says that it is the responsibility of businesses and homeowners to clear their front sidewalks. Other areas are the responsibility of towns and villages. Some towns fine homeowners and businesses that neglect their sidewalks. Alexander encourages municipalities to be as vigilant for their own sidewalks and streets.

With excess snowfall being piled up along shoulders and sidewalks, North Hempstead Township recognized the need for steps to be taken to deplete the accumulation within its boundaries. A $60,000 lease was made on a snow melting machine the size of a bus that will melt an astonishing 100 tons of snow per hour. It is now up and running at a LIRR parking lot in Port Washington where mounds of snow from the lot and adjacent areas remain over two weeks later.

"It piles up in the corners, it piles up in between cars. We had a lot of snow already -- there's nowhere really to put it," Highway Superintendent Thomas Tiernan said. Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said that with the frequency of recent storms, the town should be more concerned about what happens after the snow is plowed and wants to stay ahead of it. " Parking is an issue in Port Washington. We want to optimize the number of spaces available so they are not taken up by mountains of snow." Piles of snow can also be removed from intersections, where the large accumulations can block driver and pedestrian lines of sight and increase the potential for accident or injury.

North Hempstead is one of the only towns that uses snow melting technology to deplete massive snow piles. They feel that using this technology can also help use less man hours for snow removal, which can rack up a lot of overtime in large snowstorms.

More can be seen about this incident and the unsafe accumulations that were still lingering over a week later on News 12.

You can read more about North Hempstead's snow machine here.

Rice Aims to Prevent FEMA from Requesting Reimbursement from Sandy Families

Last Friday, the Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness act of 2015 was introduced to Congress by Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. This bill, cosponsored by first- term Congresswoman Kathleen Rice who represents NY’s 4th Congressional District, aims to prevent FEMA from requesting reimbursement of funds allocated in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“It’s appropriate and important that FEMA do all it can to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, but that’s not what we’re talking about here,” Rice, whose district was significantly affected by Sandy in October of 2012, said in a statement. “We’re talking about people who had their homes destroyed and their lives turned upside down by Sandy. People who needed help. They may have made an honest mistake during the overwhelming and confusing application process, or else received an overpayment through no fault of their own. Either way, they can’t afford to be forced into debt after they’ve already used these funds to rebuild their homes, and this legislation will ensure that they don’t have to.”

Recently, FEMA launched a new Disaster Assistance Recoupment Offensive to attempt to recoup overpayments and allocations given due to administrative errors post-Sandy, many on Long Island. Roughly half of the households of the 4,500 that were scrutinized in September 2014 have a annual gross income of $30,000 or less.

In 2011, FEMA had attempted to recover $385 million from almost 90,000 residents affected by Katrina. Congress authorized the agency to waive a majority of the money that it sought to recover in that instance.  In contrast, FEMA is attempting to recoup $5.8 million from approximately 850 residents who received assistance from Sandy.  Post-Katrina, the agency claimed to get better at making sure payments only go to the proper people and in proper amounts. According to FEMA, many of the payments were used inappropriately, such as reconstruction listed as a primary residence when it was a vacation home, or for repairs that were later covered by insurance.

"I've gone into panic mode now because I don't have $4,000 to give back to FEMA," said Karen Westerlind of Lindenhurst in a recent interview with News 12. Ms. Westerland just moved back home July of this past year, and says that she is not sure why FEMA wants to recoup the funds.

For more on this story, check out Congresswoman Rice's press release, News 12, and Newsday (subscription required)

Patchogue Mayor Keeps Revitalization Momentum Going in 2015

Mayor Paul Pontieri continues to move forward with the revitalization of the Village of Patchogue.  Over the past decade, the village has developed a new but familiar look.  Many longtime residents praise the turnaround saying it has the feel of the old vibrant Patchogue with a something for today’s young people. 

The revitalization of the village has brought in new apartments including apartments for artist and the new Four Corners, complete streets components to increase walking, and a vibrant main street with nearly any vacancies.  Main St. is now home to a variety of small businesses restaurants, entertainment, and retails shops contributing to the growth of the local chamber and drawing in crowds from neighboring communities. Pontieri, known for his strong desire to make the village a family oriented destination said, "We're the land of $300,000 homes. You have to bring in young families. You want to be a walkable community".

As part of an approximately $6 million plan, Mayor Pontieri plans to focus on street repairs and drainage.  A major portion will be the $2.5 million set aside to remove asphalt and install drainage structures, underground chambers and sewer lines to 55 homes on River Avenue in south Patchogue. The project has already received approval from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and is scheduled to go out to bid this month.

According to the superintendent of Patchogue's Public Works Department, the village recently received $18 million in federal and state grants to add sewer lines to 650 homes in south Patchogue. "We're going to do what's financially and fiscally responsible to do," said Mayor Pontieri, giving some assurance to the residents concerned about the cost.

Repairing 35 miles of small streets throughout the village and adding new seats to the Patchogue Theater also are part of the plans for 2015 as well as replacing streetlights with more energy-efficient lights to brighten neighborhoods.

“Pontieri's plan is a logical next step after focusing on the downtown area”, said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "He needed to bring more development to improve his tax base, then he brought in more businesses to grow the retail base.  “After redeveloping a downtown, residents want amenities and attractions such as walkable streets and neighborhood parks.”

Making Patchogue a family-orientated destination starts with creating a master plan to improve village parks by refurbishing playground equipment, and adding new ballfields and tennis courts, Pontieri said. This would include five parks which have only seen a few upgrades since installation in the 1950’s.

That project was going to be funded by a $1 million bond utility, but the village received a private $5 million donation from an unidentified foundation a couple of weeks ago, Pontieri said.

The village owned the theater will recieve $1 for from every sold ticket at the theater to be placed into a capital reserve account for repairs and upgrades.

The village, which owns the theater, is to receive $1 for from every sold ticket at the theater, with the money put into a capital reserve account for repairs and upgrades.

Fo more on this story, visit Newsday.

Copiague Could See Zoning Changes that Would Revitalize Downtown

Babylon Town Board could set in motions some zoning changes near the Copiague Train Station this spring.  The 35 acre area being considered is currently home to some industrial sites, retail buildings, and parking lots, all within walking distance of the train station. 

This process will begin with a public hearing on a study of possible environmental impacts. of development. Available on the Town’s website is a draft of the study which anticipates increase in traffic and demand for municipal services such as fire and schools, would also bring more growth and economic development to an otherwise desolate area.

"There's a trend of seeing young people preferring to live in downtown areas," said Jonathan Keyes, director of the town's Office of Downtown Revitalization. "We're cognizant of that trend and want to be a part of it."

The 2009 Copiague Vision Plan, with input from the community, suggested a  $144 million buid out plan requiring construction in the area over the next decade.

This scenario suggested an increase in residential units nearly fourfold to 420 units and in retail spacing up 245,064 square feet, housed in buildings of up to four stories. More than 96,000 square feet of industrial space would be converted to other uses, and park space -- including Veterans' Memorial Park -- would be greatly expanded.

Buildings with five or more residential units would contain 20 percent designated as affordable housing. The pedestrian experience on thoroughfares such as Great Neck Road would include buildings constructed closer to the street and parking pushed to the rear.

"The market's there," said Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island, a Northport-based smart-growth planning organization that is not affiliated with the Copiague effort. However, he noted that several key components would need to be in place for a full revitalization of the area. "Safety and security, parks, the right mix of small businesses, a sense of community spirit . . . It's not just about putting housing close to transit," he said.

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

Downtown Lynbrook Theatre Renovation Moves Foward

The Village of Lynbrook is excited! The proposed rehabilitation of the Lynbrook Theater on Merrick Road, which has been years in the workings, looks like it will be moving ahead. The 100 year old building requires upgrades in order to be a part of the area's downtown redevelopment.

At present, the theater can accommodate 1,800 people. The plans for the future will include rocker seats, 4k projection and accommodations for those who are visually and hearing impaired.  Capacity is slated to grow to 3,000 seats, which draws concerns from area residents over parking and concerns of congestion. However, various changes will be made to the surrounding area of the building to make traffic conditions safer for pedestrians, including improvements to stop light timing and crosswalks and the creation of a theatergoer drop-off area along Hempstead Avenue near Patrick Henry Park.

The energy around this project was best explained by Mayor Hendrick  . “I am very pleased that Regal Cinemas is going to rehabilitate the movie house that has a long history in the Village of Lynbrook. The modernization of the physical layout of the building as well as the restructuring of the seating will make the Lynbrook movie theater one of the most beautiful and modern on Long Island. We are confident that this will attract new business to our Lynbrook USA”.

More can be read about the progress from the Patch  and the LI Herald.

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.

Farmingdale Winter Wonderland Expo

Farmingdale, N.Y. (February 9, 2015) – The Village of Farmingdale is set for the Second Annual Farmingdale Village Winter Wonder land Expo “Taste of Farmingdale” Open House, to be held at Village Hall at 361 Main Street on Thursday evening February 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. “We are preparing for a great event at Village Hall on February 26th and hereby inviting residents, the local community & Village merchants to join together and enjoy a casual evening with tastings and samples from Farmingdale Village.

“A Taste of Farmingdale” will feature Village restaurants with tastings, mini massages along with a great variety of merchants - something for EVERYONE! Some participating restaurants include: Caracara Mexican Grill, Nutty Irishman, Hush Bistro, Frankie’s East Side, Croxley’s, Three Brothers Pizza, Library Café, Cascarino’s, Stuff-a-Bagel and Village Kitchen. Additionally, some participating businesses include The Chocolate Duck, A Taste of Long Island, The Divine Olive, Paint and Main, Farmingdale Music Center, Althea’s Boutique, Le Che Salon, Priestley Chiropractic, Farmingdale Wellness and more”, said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

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Vision Long Island Partner, Suburban Millennial Instititue to Host First Annual Conference on jobs

In partnership with the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University, the Suburban Millennial Institute is convening leaders in government, business, and advocacy on Friday, March 13th to discuss how Long Island can retain its Millennial population. Three moderated panels entitled “Work” “Live” and “Play” will discuss innovative and bold ideas for building a strong future with long-term economic growth on Long Island. The “Work” panel focuses on public sector jobs, “Live,” on private sector jobs, and “Play,” a panel of Long Island Millennial generation entrepreneurs.

The Suburban Millennial Institute is proud to announce Lee Zeldin, United States Congressman (NY-1) and Joan Kuhl, Why Millennials Matter as the keynote speakers.

Panelists include the following*:
“WORK” panel: Moderator, Jack Schnirman, Long Beach City Manager
Errol Cockfield, Former Newsday real estate and development reporter; Snr VP Edelman Public Relations
William Lindsay III, Suffolk County Legislator (D-Holbrook)
George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller
Onika Shepherd, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Ryan Stanton, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

“LIVE” panel: Moderator, Tawaun Weber, Vision Long Island
Silvana Diaz, NoticiaLI Newspaper
Steven Kreiger, Engel Burman Group
Jason Lee, Urban League of Young Professionals
Dr. Brad Sherman, Glen Cove Hospital, North Shore LIJ

“PLAY” panel: Moderator David Calone, Jove Equity Partners
Brendan Barrett, Sayville Running Company
Samantha Bifulco, TerraNut
Artie Perri, AWP Business Development Group
Alex Torpey, Mayor of South Orange New JerseyVeracity Media

The conference kicks off at 8:00am and will run through 12:30pm, with refreshments served throughout the morning. Register for the conference at, and follow us on twitter @SuburbanMillenn.

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.

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.

Listnet LISA Awards to be held on May 6th

The objective of LISTnet (Long Island Software & Technology Network) is to promote Long Island as one of the national centers of excellence for Software and Technology solutions. This is achieved by facilitating collaborations between companies, establishing forums and events for the exchange of information, improving the quantity of the labor force and partnering with companies that provide the High technology Centers necessary for the growth of L.I. software and technology companies.

Each year Listnet honors partners in that growth at their annual LISA (Long Island Software Award). This year Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander is among the 13 honorees.

The awards will be held 6-9pm at the Garden City Hotel on May 6th 2015 for the "NEW" LISA LITE AWARD at the Garden City Hotel. For more information please visit our website at or contact Peter Goldsmith at or (631) 224-4400.

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:
No events 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


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
Digitour- Sam Pottorff, Rickey Thompson and more Sat Feb 14th 4PM
Tickets and more information available here




Jason’s Rock-n-Roll Valentine’s Massacre Dead Superstar, Breakage Rising, SOMA and more Fri the 13th  (Feb) 7PM
This Is All Now (Special Valentine’s Day Show Here’s to Your, Count to Ten and more Sat Feb 14th  2:30PM
 Fingers Metal Shop Live!  Judas Priestess (Judas Priest Tribute) and Thunderbox Saturday Feb 14th  9PM
The Black Hearts Ball  Shellshock, Crono, Xtract and more  Sunday Feb 15th 8:30PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
A Night of Love Songs  feat. O El Amor Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Spyro Gyra Sat. Feb 14th 8PM
Throwing Copper Unplugged w/ Ed Kowalczyk of Live Sun Feb 15th 7PM

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
Screening: Victoria Bond’s Opratif Lecture Sat Feb 14th 2:30PM
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
Misfits Valentine’s Day Massacre w/ Two Man Advantage and Haunted Hacienda Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Comedy Series with Jim Breuer Sat Feb 14th 7:30pm &10:30PM
The Fab 4- Beatles Tribute Sun Feb 15th 7:30PM
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 Fri Feb 13th 8PM & Sat Feb 14th 3pm
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue

Tickets and more information available here.

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

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Rubix Cube: The 80’s Strikes Back Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Day Party w/ Lil Wayne Sat Feb 14th 3PM
Saturday Night Dance Party- Screw Cupid Sat Feb 14th 10PM
Mardi Gras w/ So Dope (under 18) Sun Feb 15th 8PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Documentary) Sat Feb 14th 10:30AM
2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animated) Sat Feb 15th 12PM

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust Fri Feb 13th 8:20am
Friday Night Faceoff (Comedy) Fri Feb 13th 10:30PM
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
Valentine’s Burlesque Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Elaine Boosler- Valentine’s Day Laugh, Dine, Dance Sat Feb 14th 8PM
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.

American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon supports heart healthy lifestyles...

Vision Board and staff were in attendence at the "Go Red for Women" luncheon for the American Heart Association. Certilman Balin partner and Vision Board member Howard Stein was honored and over 1000 folks were in attendance. Great organization that focuses on healthy living and improved walking and biking conditions are a natural connection to their agenda.

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Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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