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February 14th - 20th, 2016

Regional Updates

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“Our failures are that we over-consume and that we do not share the gifts of creation. This has dire consequences for the poor and the planet. And so it is urgent that we change our sense of [human] progress, our management of the economy, and our style of life... Caring for our common home requires, as Pope Francis says, not just an economic and technological revolution, but also a cultural and spiritual revolution — a profoundly different way of living the relationship between people and the environment, a new way of ordering the global economy.”

- Cardinal Peter Turkson

“With the 550 seat theatre filled to capacity, this event: Catholics, Capitalism and Climate, demonstrated the fact that Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudado Si,’ On Care For Our Common Home, has had a transformative impact generating increased awareness of the climate change issue in America. Molloy College brought together respected Catholic thought leaders from across the political spectrum not to debate whether human-induced global warming is happening, but instead to debate what we should be doing as a society to address this critical issue. As became clear during the panel discussion, the Pope’s encyclical has also served to broaden the discourse about global warming beyond environmental concerns to address the moral implications of global warming’s impact on the poor; what it means for a good person to pursue a business career; and to what degree a pure profit motive needs to be tempered with care for the environment and social good.” 

- Neal Lewis, Executive Director of Sustainability at Molloy College

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Cardinal Peter Turkson Addresses Molloy College on Environmental and Social Justice

"Caring for our common home requires, as Pope Francis says, not just an economic and technological revolution, but also a cultural and spiritual revolution - a profoundly different way of living the relationship between people and the environment, a new way of ordering the global economy."

Those were the words of advice from Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Ghana-born head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as he addressed a standing-room only crowd at the Rockville campus for Molloy College.  Cardinal Turkson, who was mentioned as papal candidate back in 2013 during Pope Francis’ election, is one of the Pope’s key advisors and on the forefront of the Vatican’s sweeping efforts to combat environmental degradation and climate change. 

The efforts have included deriding an economic system that allows the rich to continue enriching themselves at the expense of the poor and the environment, turning the Earth into an “immense pile of filth.”  While this portrayal has won favor from some who believe that the church has not been proactive enough on such issues, it has also drawn the ire of pro-capitalism voices.  Turkson sought to address the issue by stating that “the Holy Father is not anti-business. Business is a noble vocation. What he decries, rather, is an obsession with profits and a deification of the market.”

“With the 550 seat theatre filled to capacity," noted Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Vision Board member, "this event: Catholics, Capitalism and Climate, demonstrated the fact that Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudado Si,’ On Care For Our Common Home, has had a transformative impact generating increased awareness of the climate change issue in America. Molloy College brought together respected Catholic thought leaders from across the political spectrum not to debate whether human-induced global warming is happening, but instead to debate what we should be doing as a society to address this critical issue. As became clear during the panel discussion, the Pope’s encyclical has also served to broaden the discourse about global warming beyond environmental concerns to address the moral implications of global warming’s impact on the poor; what it means for a good person to pursue a business career; and to what degree a pure profit motive needs to be tempered with care for the environment and social good.” 

Turkson’s talk was followed by a panel discussion of Catholic commentators who ran the gambit of ideologies within the church.  Some stated that the idea of environmental degradation was overblown and pointed to improvements both local and international in lowering pollution levels and raising life expectancy.  Other speakers noted a disconnect between Catholic morality and allowing mass extinctions and reduction of biodiversity on Earth.

For more information check out Newsday’s article here.

Water Quality Initiatives Move Forward

State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel are leading the way to provide $3 million in the state budget to study Nassau County’s groundwater and where saltwater intrusion is playing a significant role in the quality of groundwater.

“We have a responsibility to know what’s happening below the ground,” Martins said. “Unfortunately we haven’t had the benefit of that for perhaps decades.” The funding would provide a study of Nassau’s aquifer, allow the U.S. Geological Survey to set up new monitoring wells, and ensure that saltwater intrusion and flow in the aquifers is not out of control. “I know it’s kind of crazy, but with the millions of people that rely on the sole-source aquifer system, there is no federal program to do research or to monitor the groundwater quality or quantity or even where the saltwater is located,” said Frederick Stumm of the USGS, cowriter of the proposal.
Since Long Island’s sole source of drinking water comes from the aquifers below, monitoring the rate of saltwater intrusion is very important. In areas like Long Island where the groundwater levels are depleted faster than they can recharge, saltwater can seep in; sea level rise and surface runoff that recharges the aquifers doesn’t help either. This can lower the water table, making it harder to tap fresh groundwater, and contaminate fresh water with saltwater which will require additional treatment to be drinkable.

In Suffolk, eyes are on the former LIRR illegal dump in Yaphank which is about 1,000 feet from Carmen’s river. The area was originally slated to be capped, but Brookhaven Town opposed that idea, saying that contaminates such as copper, lead, and arsenic could seep into groundwater. Last week the DEC was ordered to evaluate the site further. A report by Suffolk County in January also recommended looking further into 6 composing sites to make sure that metals are not leaching into groundwater.

As part of a package of state reforms aimed at improving water quality, Governor Cuomo has released a set of proposals to tackle the issue statewide.  Long Island in particular has been slated for a $6 million groundwater study that will determine levels of saltwater intrusion into the aquifer, surface water impact, contaminant transport, and sustainable yield.  The goal is to produce a groundwater flow model to help effectively manage local groundwater resources.

Additionally, as part of this initiative, Department of Environmental Conservation officials have begun collecting the first samples of what will ultimately be six monitoring wells in the Northrop Grumman plume.  These samples will be provided to a forensic lab for analysis in order to determine the amount of toxic 1,4-Dioxane contamination in the plume.  This should allow the state to locate the source of contamination and perform necessary remediation.  Results will be shared with the Massapequa Water District as well as others as soon as they are available.

You can check out more about Nassau’s request for monitoring of saltwater intrusion here. For more on the Governor's study and the Bethpage plume efforts, visit here.

HUD Awards $4.6 Million for Long Island Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $1.8 billion to public housing authorities throughout the 50 states and territories last week, which will allow agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. A total of 10 Long Island communities were awarded funding through the initiative, collectively receiving $4.6 million.

For more than 75 years, the federal government has been working and investing billions of dollars in developing and maintaining public and multifamily housing – including providing critical support through the Capital Fund grants. These housing authorities use the funding to do large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

The grants on Long Island are going to the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead, Islip, Huntington and Oyster Bay housing authorities. Grants were also awarded to Freeport, Glen Cove, Rockville Centre, Great Neck and Hempstead Village. The Town of Hempstead led Long Island in funding with $1.3 million for its public housing facilities. The Town of Oyster Bay is getting $897,317, followed by the Long Beach Housing Authority, with $499,861. The grants to the Hempstead Village and Freeport housing authorities are $412,714 each.

“Hempstead Town oversees a large network of affordable senior and broad market apartments, providing over 1,250 rental homes to eligible residents,” town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino said. “The funding that HUD provides to our township helps to maintain the infrastructure of these facilities, ensuring that our residents enjoy comfortable, safe and attractive living accommodations.” New York State received the largest allocation of over $356 million towards large-scale improvements, including over $308 million for New York City, and close to $7.8 million for Buffalo Municipal Hosing Authority.

You can read more about the grants given in Newsday, and view a breakdown of the allocations here

Long Island Communities May See Microgrids

The first phase of a study that was funded by the state’s NY Prize competition has been completed in East Hampton. The $100,000 study was one of the first awarded in the state, aimed at determining whether or not a microgrid would be a suitable option for the area.

A total of 83 New York communities were awarded funding for feasibility studies for a microgrid, with 14 communities in five zones receiving awards. Some of the areas were significantly affected by Superstorm Sandy, with other areas that are vulnerable or isolated. A microgrid is not a fit for every area; some critical infrastructure is spaced too far apart, or would end up costing too much compared to the benefit, as well as other potential restrictions. “A microgrid has the potential to improve our renewable energy resources and it’s important to our resiliency in case of power outages,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said.

Many of the feasibility studies are either complete or near completion, which will set the stage for the next stage in the competition. The next part of the competition (Stage 2) will be started soon, with the Request For Proposals to be released by the State. Stage 2 will allow about 10 detailed designs to be funded with up to $1 million of grants per area selected. Projects did not have to be awarded during the first stage to be considered for the upcoming stage. 

You can see the latest on the first-in-the-nation program here, and learn about how microgrids work here.

Great Neck Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening of Downtown Supermarket Grand Opening

Village of Great Neck Plaza residents celebrated the Grand Opening of Best Market last week, filling a void left by the November closing of Walbaum’s on Great Neck Road. The Bethpage-based family-owned Best Market was approved to by former A&P supermarkets in several Long Island locations.The locations was purchased for $1.5 million.

“It’s been the village’s desire to have a full-service, high-quality supermarket operating in the Gardens of Great Neck space as soon as possible, since that space has been an active supermarket for more than 20 years,” Mayor Jean Celender said regarding the business opening. “We believe it’s going to be a good supermarket to service the community and we are looking forward to welcoming Best Market to the Plaza.” The supermarket, located at 40 Great Neck Road, fills the area’s desire to have a supermarket within walking distance to homes and businesses. Best Market also made a promise to employ at least 25% of former Waldbaum’s employees.

Before the acquisitions from A&P, which included Waldbaum’s and Pathmark stores, Best Market operated 20 stores in the tristate area, with 16 of the stores on Long Island. They have purchased 9 of the former A&P properties. A&P operated at total of 51 stores on Long Island. The bankruptcy of the 157 year old Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., which operated 296 stores in the United States and Canada left residents and employees in a state of concern; wondering if there would be availability of grocery stores in their area, and if there would be job opportunities for the 28,500 employed by the company.

You can see Best Market’s locations here, and see the status of the former A&P supermarkets here.

Latest Big Projects Need Full Input from Public

While folks have been recovering from the holidays and grappling with snow, proposals have come forward for a plethora of needed infrastructure projects and predictions for housing growth.

Manhattan based regional planners presented ideas for more housing development on Long Island. Their projected need over the next 15 years range from 115,000 to 158,000 new residential units. They believe that 64,000 units (roughly half of them single family homes) are already in the pipeline. None of the estimates account for the existing or future illegal housing stock which is near impossible to quantify. It will be interesting to see if the local market follows these predictions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his priorities for some of the $550 million in economic development and infrastructure funds secured in last year’s budget cycle

The best news was the support for the Bay Park outfall pipe which is a priority of the LI Lobby Coalition and needs to happen for the environmental and economic benefit of Nassau’s South Shore.

Good news also on the reopening of the East Farmingdale station, expansion of Macarthur Airport, expanded parking at the Ronkonkoma HUB and study for a Cross Sound Tunnel.

One of the most challenging was the resuscitation of the needed MTA third track proposal which was defeated 8 years ago due to poor planning, presentation and massive community opposition all along the rail line.

Lastly, unknown to everyone out here, the Federal Rail Administration has proposed a high speed rail through Long Island.

Community reaction has been mixed as some proposals like Bay Park outfall pipes and locally guided transit oriented development are moving forward with wide support.

Plans like the Federal Rail Administration’s high speed rail proposal conducted without the input of local municipalities, residents, business owners — the true decision makers in our region — are a waste of money. Worse is that they decrease the public trust in other legitimate efforts advancing innovative projects.

What is a surprise to no one is that a movement to support local projects has created changes across Long Island. Currently there are over 11,000 units of approved Transit Oriented Development with roughly 20,000 units in the planning process. Strategic thinking is needed when you release these sorts of regional plans and predictions.

In nearly 20 years of working with communities on difficult projects here are some successful themes we have learned:

1. The project need should include the economic and environmental benefits for the region and the local communities impacted by the proposal.

2. Provide clear and tangible public benefits to the host communities who have to bear the burden

3. Outreach to municipalities, local businesses, residents and property owners needs to commence in a transparent fashion

4. For public infrastructure the economics of the lead agency needs to be more transparent so folks see the project moves efficiently without the wasted dollars and delays that may have plagued past efforts

5. Don’t try to take power away from local communities. It was good to see that there are no new attempts at weakening municipal home rule.

In essence we need to move from a “not in my backyard” reaction but instead to a “how does this project help my back yard, our community and the region?”

What will aide some of these proposals moving forward is the hard work over the past decade from local officials, business owners and civic organizations that have embraced many projects in downtowns across Long Island.  For the needed regional initiatives that are in the public interest we hope and trust that these true decision makers are partners in advancing them. There may not be much to talk about if they are not.

- Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander

Long Island Loses a Major Leader in Philanthropy

Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman, 69, a Roman Catholic priest who gained fame as half of an interfaith "God Squad" duo on television and in a syndicated column, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Uniondale, N.Y. after a battle with Parkinson's disease. "I'm used to asking God to help others, but now I need to ask God to help me to quiet the anxiety, to direct me to good doctors, to find peace," he told readers in one of his columns.

Father Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman teamed up as "The God Squad" on TV and radio and in print for 25 years. They started the program in 1987 on Cablevision before moving it to Telecare, the Diocesan television station Gellman praised his longtime partner in a eulogy he wrote this week. "Knowing Tommy was like watching a diamond turn in the light," the rabbi said. "Each of us was privileged to see one or another facet of his holy life reflected into the world to bedazzle us with its love and kindness, its compassion and generosity, its sacrifice and its secrets."

He raised $21 million for research into Parkinson’s, giving some of the money to The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson’s Research at Stony Brook University, which opened in 2013, Mohrman said. After his brother Gerard died of AIDS in 1995, Hartman raised $6 million for AIDS research. Father Hartman was also Chairman Emeritus of Island Harvest.  His philanthropy and impact on Long Island will be remembered by many.

Remembering New Hyde Park Chamber's Angela Powers

Angela Powers, a longtime New Hyde Park community leader and the first female president of the Chamber of Commerce there, passed away recently. Powers was “an institution in New Hyde Park” who always pursued her passions “vigorously,” New Hyde Park Deputy Mayor Lawrence Montreuil said. “I absolutely had a lot of admiration for her, and for the values that she pursued there,” he said. “It’s a shame to see her leave us, and she’ll be greatly missed.”

A resident of New Hyde Park since 1966, Powers joined the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce in 1973, serving as the “Welcome Wagon Hostess.” She was elected president in the 1990s. Ms. Powers was also active in New Hyde Park’s Holy Spirit Church, the Order Sons of Italy’s Cellini Lodge and the Stewart Manor-New Hyde Park Republican Committee, a group she led for 18 years.

Ms. Powers was also a singer who would sing the National Anthem for many organizations and events, including Vision’s Smart Growth Summit and Smart Growth Awards. We will miss her voice and her local leadership.

Vision, Tri State Interviewed for Long  Island Business Report

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

You can watch the show online here, with airing dates/times below:

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

Folks from the Smart Growth movement who have been interviewed on past programs include Don Monti from Renaissance Downtowns, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Listnet/Launchpad LI's Peter Goldsmith. Links to those interviews can be found here.

Truth UTC Performs in Brentwood Beginning in February

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

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

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

2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards. "As a national environmental leader, New York is home to many organizations and businesses that are pioneering new and exciting programs to reduce energy consumption, use natural resources sustainably and help combat climate change," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Through our annual Environmental Excellence Awards, DEC is able to honor and showcase those who are setting the example for others across New York and beyond."

Eligible applicants include businesses (i.e., small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality, sports, etc.); not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities; individuals, and local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies.

DEC has scheduled a webinar on Wednesday February 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide details about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application. Participants will also hear from previous award recipients about the benefits of receiving statewide recognition. Those interested in learning more about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application must register online.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8th 2016. Application materials, a “Tips for Applicants” guide and more details about the award program and previous winners, are posted on DEC's website. You can also contact DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9167 or email

Village of Farmingdale Present 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Expo

The Village of Farmingdale will be hosting the Third Annual Farmingdale Village Winter Wonderland Expo “Taste of Farmingdale” Open House, to be held at Village Hall at 361 Main Street on Thursday evening February 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

“A Taste of Farmingdale” will feature Village restaurants with tastings along with a great variety of merchants - something for EVERYONE! Some participating restaurants include: Caracara Mexican Grill, Nutty Irishman, Croxley’s, Library Café, Gino’s Pizza, Subway, and Stuff-a-Bagel. Additionally, some participating businesses include The Chocolate Duck, The Divine Olive, Farmingdale Music Center, Priestley Chiropractic, Farmingdale Wellness, Treasure Box and more”, said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce will have a shared table for Chamber members with samples and giveaways, joined by the Farmingdale Community Summit Council and Farmingdale Women’s Club. Macaroni Kid of Farmingdale-Massapequa and Treasure Box will have kid’s activities; the NEW 103.1 MAX FM radio station will have a prize wheel and play music.

Parking and admission are free, and free tastings will be available. Non-perishable food donations for local food pantries will also be collected. For more information, you can visit the Village’s website, or call 516-249-0093

Friends of Long Island Co-host Disaster Resilience Training Program for Suffolk

Friends of Long Island will be co-hosting, a free *new* half-day workshop: the Disaster Worker Resiliency Training Program along with World Trade Center Health Program and Stony Brook University. This program is part of a research study that looks at ways to help emergency responders and disaster workers (paid and volunteer) prepare mentally for their work and the stress that goes along with it.

Workshops are conducted by clinical psychologists affiliated with Stony Brook University and the World Trade Center Health Program. Some organizations that they have conducted workshops with include United Way in New Jersey, the WTC responder community, St. John¹s Episcopal Hospital, Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps.

Program details:
-          One 4 hour (half-day) workshop
-          You will learn skills to help yourself, your coworkers and community better manage stress
-          You will be compensated up to $60 for your time

The only workshop for Suffolk County will occur on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 9AM-1PM in Lindhenhurst, NY at the Lindenhurst Community Center, 293 Buffalo Avenue

Please call Vincenza or Matthew at (631)-632-8317 by Monday, February 22nd to see if this program is right for you and to learn more. You can also email them at at

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors- Feed the Children

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors will be partnering with The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon to present Feed the Children.

Boxes of school supplies, personal hygiene products and non-perishable goods to families in need in the community will be distributed. If you are or know of a family in need and would like to register to receive these products for FREE, or would like to volunteer, please email the organizer.

Volunteers will be needed the day of and the day prior to the event, which will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 10-4 at First Presbyterian Church- 79 E Main St, Babylon.

Save the Date for the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on March 9th!

On Wednesday, March 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at to RSVP or for more information.

St. Joseph's College Hosts Hospitality Symposium

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will be holding a Symposium-Trends in Hospitality: Present and Future.

The Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) at St. Joseph’s College provides a leading voice in the discussion of responsible tourism and hospitality. Tourism brings an estimated $5 billion dollars a year to the Long Island economy. Key industry professionals from GAM Hospitality Management, the NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will discuss timely and relevant issues.

The symposiums are open and free to the public.  The next symposium will be held on Friday, March 11th from 8am-10am at the McGann Conference Center at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. For more information, click here. To RSVP, please call (631) 687-1285 or email

Van Bourgondien Park Public Review Workshop

The Van Bourgondien Park Steering Committee in West Babylon will be holding a public meeting to preview the most recent design plans and improvements for the area, and gain public input towards the project. The Van Bourgondien Park located on Albin Ave.

The steering committee is built of 16 community organizations and governmental entities, including Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and Babylon Deputy Mayor Tony Martinez, and has been meeting to gather ideas and begin the planning process. No community park should be undertaken without public input by stakeholders, including area residents of all ages and organizations that currently use the property or have an interest in using it in the future. The area, owned by Suffolk County and operated and maintained by the Town of Babylon, currently has a playground, concession stand, tennis courts, multiple soccer fields and a historic home on the property.

The Review Workshop will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the West Babylon Junior High School- 200 Old Farmingdale Rd, West Babylon, NY 11704 .For more information, please contact: Neighbors Supporting Neighbors- (631) 885-1655 or by email.

The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st

This Complete Streets Coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available! Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or

Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.

This year’s honorees include Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, businesswoman and philanthropist Esther Fortunoff, Musicians and humanitarians Patricia Shih and Stephen Fricker, and Youth Activist Grant Recipient Matthew Berman.

For ticket information or journal advertising costs please email the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, or call (516) 741-7304. You can register for the event here.

Help Wanted

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations  to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.

To date,  Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here

Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grants

Gina Coletti and Bob Fonti of Suffolk Alliance of Chambers would like to remind those interested that the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant Applications for Round 14 have been sent out. Suffolk County has recently held the 1st of three training sessions at the Dennison Building in the media room. Please consider attending to further educate your organization on the application process.

Eligible applicants must be local business or community groups partnering with a local municipality (town or village). The application incorporates the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizen Advisory Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns and business districts. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on May 25, 2016.

The final two training sessions will be held on February 22 at 2:30pm and 6:00pm in the Media Room at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge. To RSVP, please email To learn more about the opportunity and to view the application and guidelines, click here

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.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Wishing LI Federation of Labor's Executive Director Roger Clayman a Speedy and Healthy Director

Vision Long Island was elated to hear that after having emergency open heart surgery, Long Island Federation of Labor's Executive Director Roger Clayman is expected to make a full recovery. Our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes go out to him and his family at this time. You can read a statement released LI Fed President John Durso below:

Yesterday, we reported to many of you that Roger Clayman, our friend and Executive Director, had emergency open heart surgery. We are pleased to report that after a nine hour procedure he made it through successfully. In speaking with the doctor last night, his wife Lillian has learned that he can expect a full recovery and enjoy a productive life. While he faces a tough road ahead, he is fortunate to have his wife Lillian by his side to help him recover.

At this time, we are very thankful for the doctors and nurses at Stony Brook University hospital for the great care and compassion that they showed to both Roger and to Lillian. Roger will be in the hospital for at least two weeks.

We will keep you updated on his condition. We ask that you please keep Roger, Lillian and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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