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Feb. 22-28, 2015

Regional Updates

Concern for Independent Living

Concern for Independent Living, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to helping individuals and families to live in the community with dignity and enhanced opportunities through the provision of housing and support services. We are one of the largest housing agencies of this kind in New York State, currently serving approximately 850 individuals and families in over 220 locations. Concern offers a variety of housing options with individualized support services designed to support personal growth and independence.

“The future of Nassau County depends on attracting first-class businesses and creating high paying job opportunities.”

- Hon. Denise Ford, Nassau County Legislator

"The Economic Development forum was the start of a serious dialogue towards building the future Nassau County needs. I am more confident than ever that we can get this done based on the excellent presentations from representatives at various universities, hospitals and think-tank groups such as Vision Long Island. The next step is for continued collaboration, discussion and action."

- Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller

“There needs to be a concerto movement between federal state and local governments in order to adequately fund and bring to fruition our millennial retention strategy”

- Jeff Guillot, Suburban Millennial Institute

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Wincoram Commons Now Accepting Applications

In hopes to create a sense of place for their neighborhood, the Coram Civic Association and residents worked with Vision Long Island to develop a plan for their future.  There has been quite a bit of progress with the latest being the redevelopment of a 16 acre site is moving ahead. The once a blighted and vacant movie theater will be turned into a multi-use community that is organized around the concepts of walkability, and improved vehicular and pedestrian connectivity. Applications are now being accepted for a lottery being held on March 19th.

The project, which broke ground in May of 2014, will include 176 one, two and three bedroom units of workforce housing and over 13,000 square feet of commercial space, is expected to inject $56 million in to the local economy as well as create 30 permanent jobs. Significant infrastructure upgrades were required to make this project a success, including connection to a nearby sewer treatment plant, an added connector road to ease traffic congestion and a sidewalk to connect the site to the existing Avalon Bay at Charles Pond luxury apartment complex.

“I am extremely pleased to see the transformation of this long-blighted site into a vibrant, mixed- use development coming to fruition,” stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert. “This project is truly the cornerstone in a community- wide effort to revitalize the hamlet of Coram and will provide much needed investment, jobs, and housing options to the local community. The redevelopment of this parcel will also create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly downtown neighborhood that will ensure a bright future for Coram.”

This unique complex that will feature approximately 7,300 square feet of commercial space on below some of the residential units, energy star kitchens and a playground on-site is expected to have occupancy begin late spring to early fall of this year as buildings are completed. Once completed a 6,000 square foot commercial building will also be constructed on Route 112 and serve as a gateway to the community.

The project, which was received support from both state and local entities including the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Empire State Development, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Capital One Bank, Conifer Reality, Coram Civic, Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town highlight how a public/private partnership can revitalize an underutilized property to better the community while incorporating Smart Growth principles. The project received the 2014 Smart Growth Housing Choices award  from Vision Long Island.

To download an application for the March 19th lottery or to find out more information click here. You can also see more on this story at the LIBN video.

Baldwin Community Participates in Grand Ave. Complete Street Traffic Study

Tuesday night in Baldwin over 80 people showed up to give their input for the complete streets makeover for Grand Avenue.  Nassau County has hired the LiRo Group to redesign Grand avenue to better serve all users.  Karen Montalbano, President of the Baldwin Civic Association, kicked off the evening with a explination of how improvements to Grand Ave can help with Baldwin revitalization. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran and Sean Sallie and Aryeh Lemberger of Nassau County DPW explained the planning efforts that Baldwin has undergone so far and how this redesign will be the next step in the process.  

The study area runs from Merrick Road at the southern end, to Stanton at the northern end.  It is based on the 1/2 mile radius from the train station that was studied in the TOD infill study and extended north to include the high school and the many students that walk to and from each weekday.

Abid Ansari of the LiRo Group presented the data that they collected and analyzed to understand what sort of existing conditions they are dealing with.  They presented traffic counts which showed that the volumes increased the further north you travel along the corridor.  The speed data showed that on average 65% of drivers were travelling above the 30 mph speed limit, but most were less than 7mph over.  Accident data showed that most accidents caused only property damage with only 25% causing injury and one death over the four year period.  Three percent of accidents involved cyclists or pedestrians with an average of 8 per year.  Though cyclists and pedestrians were also counted at the time of the traffic counts, it is unclear how the number of accidents relates to the overall number of cyclists and pedestrians.

The community had several questions as to where funding for the study was coming from as well as how long before construction would begin.  Over 60 comment cards were collected at the end of the meeting and the design team is currently reviewing them to provide insight and input into the design. Additional stakeholder meetings will be held in order to ensure that the proposed design meets the needs of all of the users of the road.

Nassau County is moving the study forward as a follow up to the Transit Oriented Deveopment plan worked on by the community and VIsion Long Island with results that will drive physical safety and walkability improvements. NYS DOT has also been a art pf the coordination of design recommendations on Sunrise Highway.

Comptroller Maragos and Legislator Denise Ford Host Economic Development Hearing

Over 50 people gathered on Thursday at the Nassau Legislative Building for the Economic Development hearing hosted by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Nassau Legislator Denise Ford. The hearing was called to discuss the recommendations from the Comptroller's report for a health care cluster of industries with supportive downtown housing options. Legislators at the hearing included Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Richard Nicollelo, Carrié Solages -Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Don Mackenzie and Ellen Birnbaum.

Speakers included Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, Nassau County IDA's Joe Carney, Nick Terzulli, NUMC's Vick Perlotti, South Nassau Hospital's Joe Calderone, Hofstra's Rich Guardino, LISTnet's Peter Goldsmith, Suburban Millennial Institute's Jeff Guillot, Jean Marie Smith, David Kapell and others.

Most of the speakers offered up solutions to locally support economic growth, job development and downtown projects to keep young and older folks here on the island.

Nassau Comptroller George Maragos spoke about the current state of Nassau County’s economic development based on his recently released report. He discussed some of the changing demographics in the county that will significantly affect the local economy.  In his report, there are several solutions that the county can do to advert these results.  Many will reverse the brain-drain facing the county, create economic vitality and create high paying jobs.  The focus of the conference was mainly on investment in the healthcare industry, program development of our higher education institutions, and retention of the millennials.

"The Economic Development forum was the start of a serious dialogue towards building the future Nassau County needs. I am more confident than ever that we can get this done based on the excellent presentations from representatives at various universities, hospitals and think-tank groups such as Vision Long Island. The next step is for continued collaboration, discussion and action", said the Nassau Comptroller.

Nick Terzulli, Director of Business Development for the Nassau Ida, discussed many of the initiatives the county is already taking in that direction.  In his update he mentioned the 1200 new apartment going up all over Nassau County downtowns.  He briefly touched on the new incubator possibility with NYIT.  He also explained the many benefactors the county has received with the new Bethpage studio where movies like The Amazing Spiderman and Salt were filmed among others.  Having these movies filmed there not only benefitted the county but the local businesses as well.  He gave the example of a local bagel store who saw an average of $16000 in weekly revenue during the production of The Amazing Spiderman. 

He also spoke to some of the long term sustainable businesses like a company that is relocating to Nassau County and the Dealer Trap which will be locating their global headquarters in Lake Success.  This company with over 300 employees averaging an annual income of $96,000 will be creating another 300 jobs with similar income base. 

Many of the colleges, universities, and health care facility presented their various programs that would focus on health care and technology.  Nassau Community is looking to expand their program through Nassau Community college, while Hofstra University highlighted their bio-medical engineering programs among others. 

Peter Goldsmith of Launchpad talked about the many site they have opening up throughout the county.  He explained the great success they are having with young entrepreneurs coming in from around the island to Launchpad and are heavily focused on technology.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander gave an update to the many projects in Nassau County that are headed in the right direction. He also spoke regarding some of the communities that are now coming on board and would like to see change such as Hicksville and Baldwin.  “Over the last 8 years, units of transit oriented development have been approved.  Nearly 30 communities in Nassau are either approved, planning, or actively trying to envision and get this type of investments in their downtown” said Alexander.

Mr. Alexander also mentioned previous studies which have shown more so in Nassau a desire for downtown living from all generations. More and more, people want to be near activities like bar, restaurants, shops, and train stations with access to NYC.  Mr. Alexander said, “Folks want to be on main street… This isn’t just any one demographic that wants this.”

There is also an office market desire in downtowns.  Vacancy rates are lower in main streets. “Folks don’t want their grandfather’s office park” said Mr. Alexander.

Jeff Guillot, Suburban Millennial Institute spoke on behalf of the millennial generation citing some of the desires of the generation such as affordable housing, high-paying jobs, vibrant downtowns and reliable transportation.  He gave the example of his own downtown of Babylon where things like good restaurants, entertainment, transportation, affordable housing, and a main street/downtown area were part of their biggest draw. 
For more on the hearing visit, the Office of the Comptroller.

New Poll Shows More Trust in Local Government

In a recent poll conducted by Siena College, 43 percent of residents expressed trust in their local government, while only 28 percent of New York registered voters expressed the same trust in their state or federal government.

The poll, conducted between the 9th and 12th of February, highlighted the fact that the public rates New York’s Local governments significantly higher than their State Government on a variety of criteria. According to Don Levy, Director of the Siena Research Institute, “When comparing local government and state government on three components of governing – understanding and responding to citizen needs, getting important things done and effectively managing tax dollars – voters across New York, especially upstate and in the downstate suburbs, say local government is better”.

An overwhelming 7 to 2 margin agreed that local government is better at responding to and understanding local needs, showing in comparison to the levels of government above. Between 87 and 96 percent of those polled were satisfied with Fire Department and Ambulance services, which on Long Island is a true testament to the quality and reliability that the mainly volunteer responders provide. About half did approve of an increase of spending on schools and public works, however do not support higher taxes, which creates a deficit with wants versus the availability of funds.

“With half of New Yorkers calling for increased spending on public works and many hesitant to support increased taxes, it may not be surprising that when asked how they would like the Governor and Legislature to allocate the one-time $5 billion surplus the state received from bank settlements, 27 percent call for funding for local infrastructure and 15 percent advocate for state infrastructure,” Levy said.

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For more information on the poll and its findings, click here. For more on this story, Newsday (subscription required) and about the positive environmental impact that this project can make here.

More Wells to Monitor Gruman Plume Spread

Additional precautionary measures are being taken regarding contaminated water plume emanating from the Northrop-Grumman site in Bethpage which has already closed two drinking water wells in Levittown. Prompted by this, the Navy proposes the installation of 31 new monitoring wells as far south as South Farmingdale and Massapequa.

It has been decades since contaminates were first noticed at and around the site. Chromium was first found 68 years ago. Then in the early 1970’s, Grumman employees noticed an unusual taste and odor emanating from water faucets on the site, which had a self-contained water supply prompting testing by County and State health departments. After tests came revealing a high level of the carcinogenic chemical trichloroethene (TCE), the site’s drinking water was connected to Bethpage water district.

Through the years, the contaminates have moved deeper and further than just the original 600+ acre site, prompting officials to treat drinking water wells as far as 4 miles away from the property. On December 29th of last year, Governor Cuomo signed A.9492, also referred to as the “Grumman Plume” legislation into law, directing the State DEC to take actions including reporting costs, scope and timetables of cleanup, focusing on remediation before using treatment at the drinking well head. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Saladino, takes a serious approach at containing the plume and remedying it in a timely manner.

“The issue right now is getting the DEC to change their course and support hydraulic containment and complete remediation of the plume rather than continue to treat the drinking well heads,” the Assemblyman stated. “For the DEC to allow the spread of the plume to continue is contrary to their purpose. Rosie the Riveter was there during World War 2- she built the apparatus and equipment to protect America. It is America's turn to make sure that Rosie the Riveter's children and grandchildren are protected by properly containing the spread of this plume without further delay” he  said.

Although the drinking water in homes and businesses is safe due to the treating at the drinking wells, further spread of the plume may require additional treatment at additional drinking water wells with the cost being passed to the consumers.

For more on this story, visit Newsday (subscription required) and on Bethpage Water District’s website.

Bellone Looks to Turn Sludge into Industrial Fuel

Suffolk County has agreed to a unique pilot project aimed at turning over 55,000 tons of sludge a year from the Southwest sewer district into a cost savings and profit for the County rather than ship the waste to landfills upstate and in Connecticut.

The pilot project, which was slated to begin this Tuesday for a two month trial period, would a reduce majority of the shipping costs of what was waste to the tune of $5.2 million a year while creating revenue on the sale of “product”- RDX Technologies refines this sludge into environmentally friendly industrial fuel that is less expensive than conventional fuel. The Arizona-based company would treat the sludge at a newly constructed one-story building at the Bergan Point sewage treatment plant, and ship it to a company plant in Missouri where it would be further processed to make No. 6 fuel. 

Although the county does not have estimates of revenue that may be generated or total cost savings from shipment of waste if the pilot program would go full-scale, they are optimistic that it would be a step in the right direction. “The idea that the county could turn a multi-million dollar annual expense into an annual revenue stream is certainly an exciting possibility,” Bellone said. “It affords us a tremendous opportunity to be on the cutting edge of a really exciting technological concept without spending taxpayer dollars.”

RDX, who has recently installed a water treatment and mining system in Suffolk, did have issues in the past when odors escaped from old petroleum tanks being used at the firm’s Santa Fe Springs complex in California, however Suffolk is not concerned about this potential issue moving forward as the work would be done inside of a building with equipment specifically designed to handle sewage.


Saving Veterans’ Lives After They Come Home

Twenty-two American veterans kill themselves everyday.

28-year-old Clay Hunt served in the Marine Corps. Deployed in Iraq as an infantryman, he earned a Purple Heart after being struck by an enemy sniper’s bullet in 2007. It didn’t stop him. Cpl. Hunt recovered, graduated sniper school and deployed again in 2008. He was discharged in 2009 and dove into humanitarian work and veterans’ advocacy.

But PTSD plagued the young veteran. And with his marriage struggling, stable employment elusive and limited financial support from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Hunt took his own life in 2011.

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Victims was signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this month. And on Monday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined Congressmen Peter King (R-Seaford) and Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) at North Shore-LIJ’s Unified Behavioral Health Center in Bay Shore to celebrate the legislation.

“This bill will improve critical suicide prevention suicide services by reviewing and strengthening the VA’s current mental health programs. It provides better resources for veterans transitioning from deployment, and addresses the shortage of mental health professional by creating new incentives that attract them to the VA,” Gillibrand said.

The law requires annual third-party evaluations of the VA’s mental health care and suicide prevention programs; create a centralized website with information about available services; and requires collaboration on suicide prevention between the VA and nonprofit mental health groups.

It’s designed to support VA efforts to provide mental health resources and hire professionals as armed forces come home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s crucial that our veterans, who have been willing to sacrifice everything to protect our constitution, liberties and freedoms are given access to the highest quality of care once they return home,” Zeldin said.

Gillibrand was an original cosponsor of the bill when it was unanimously approved in both houses earlier this month. Obama signed it into law Feb. 12.

Meanwhile, the senator referenced the Bay Shore facility as a model for treating veterans during upstate appearances.

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

Southwest Picking Up Tab For $3.2 Million In Flights

Both North Shore University Hospital and Farmingdale-based Patient AirLift Services are part of one airline’s plan to help patients and caregivers.

Southwest Airlines recently announced they will expand their 2015 Medical Transportation Grant Program to $3.2 million this year. The Dallas-based carrier offers free transportation 101 medical facilities connected to 75 nonprofits and medical organizations.

“We are proud to help fill the gap between where patients live and where the doctors they need practice so patients can receive the treatment that best supports them,” Vice President of Communication and Outreach Linda Rutherford said.

That $3.2 million is a 14 percent bump from Southwest’s contributions in 2014.

The Medical Transportation Grant Program took off eight years ago. Since then, more than 41,000 individuals in 26 states have benefited from more than $16.4 million in transportation savings.

Massachusetts resident Andy Furhmann needed their help back in 2013. Now 25, Fuhrmann was skiing in Vermont on two feet of new snow and under blue skies at the time. He hit a bump the wrong way and fell. But when Fuhrmann tried to get up, he couldn’t. Ski patrol took him down the mountain and physicians at a hospital hours away diagnosed the young man with a cervical spinal cord injury that required rehab, but no surgery to overcome the paralysis.

After a week hospitalized in Vermont, the family traveled across the country to Atlanta, Ga. for treatment at the Shepherd Center – a hospital, research facility and rehabilitation center specifically for people with spinal cord or brain injuries. Using Southwest’s grant program, Fuhrmann’s father was able to visit his son in Atlanta and continue working at home. Fuhrmann later said having his father’s around during treatment was just as important as the physical therapy and medical treatment itself.

"As one can imagine, when you have a catastrophic injury, finances become tight," Anna Elmers, a physiatrist at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, said. "Southwest Airlines' Medical Transportation Grant Program has been a wonderful way of allowing family members to see their loved ones who are undergoing rehabilitation at Shepherd Center. Having loved ones near provides the patient with important emotional support during their recovery.”

Now almost two years after the accident, Furhmann said he will never fully recover but was surprised at the “miraculous and extensive” recovery he made with help from the Shepherd Center and Southwest Airlines.

Families interested in participating are asked to contact their hospital's social work, travel/concierge or patient assistance offices, according to Southwest.

Find the full list of participating hospitals and medical organizations on the carrier’s website.

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 13 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 honorees.

The awards will be held 6-9pm at the Garden City Hotel on May 6 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
No shows scheduled this weekend
Tickets and more information available here



Alphamale(Album Release Party)
WLP, Cide, Status, The Season and more
Fri Feb 27th 10PM
Nonstop Keg Party
Nonstop to Cairo- OOgee Wawa, The Offshore Regulars, TK the Architect and more
Fri Feb 27th 7PM
A Cancer Benefit Show
Society’s Downfall, Thirsty!, No Face and more
Sat Feb 28th 3PM
Fingers Metal Shop Live! Rock N’ Recovery 4
Hindenberg (Led Zeppelin Tribute), KC All Stars, Jacie Rose
Sat Feb 28th 8PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore
Fri Feb 27th 8PM
Tab Benoit
Sat Feb 28th 8PM

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
Bluebirds: A new comedy by Joe Brando
Fri Feb 27th & Sat Feb 28th 8pm
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
Rockin’ Fights 17- Live on ESPN Ft Cletus Seldin
Fri Feb 27th 7pm
Thomas Rhett
Sat Feb 28th 7PM
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 27th 8PM & Sat Feb 28th 3pm
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, PatchogueWinderous Stories/Decadia
Fri Feb 27th 8pm
Ozzmosis (Ozzy Tribute), Damage Inc (Metallica Tribute)
Sat Feb 28th 7:30PM
Full Throttle Icebreaker Bash
Sun Mar 1st 1PM
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
Amish Outlaws
Fri Feb 27th 8PM
Saturday Night Dance Party- DJ Decoy
Sat Feb 28th 10 PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

No shows scheduled

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust
Fri Feb 27th 8:20AM
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Sat Feb 28th 8PM
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
Ring of Fire The Johnny Cash Musical
Fri Feb 27th & Sat Feb 28th 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
Harborfrost All Star Comedy Show
Sat Feb 28th 8PM
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.

Freeport Makes "Top 20 Coolest Town to Live In"

Freeport was named #7 in the top 20 “coolest towns to live” in the United States this week by Matador Network, highlighting its resiliency after Hurricane Sandy, positive population growth, diversity, and of course, The Nautical Mile. It was the highest rated town in the Northeast, and edged-out popular tourist towns such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Towns large and small were rated on cultural diversity, natural features being located close by and a large portion of their local economy, having an economic “local heart” and walkability, and local movements around local food and drink to table. Anyone who has visited the Nautical Mile during the summer, taken a ride on one of the many cruise or party boats, or have eaten there understands why Freeport shines brightly on all of the above categories.

With just under 45,000 residents, Freeport’s 350+ year old written history has been seeded with oysters, renamed during Colonial times (ship captains were not charged customs duties to land their cargo) and filled with residents that understand that they are the heartbeat of their community.

Incoming Freeport Chamber of Commerce President Lois Howes was appreciative of the accolade. “It's really nice to see the recognition.  You know that if so many families have stayed in a community for so long, there is something special there. We have so much history from the Rum runners to the theater community that lived here in the summers, the fishermen and restaurants, the diversity of our citizens. truly is unique and wonderful.” The Freeport Chamber of Commerce boasts over 120 members and growing, and is a testament toward local businesses thriving in an ever-changing climate.

Congratulations to Freeport on their well-deserved recognition! You can see all of the Top 20 Coolest Towns to live in hereor visit the Freeport Chamber of Commerce website.

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