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March 4th - 8th, 2013




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"This community is coming out of the starting gate in regards to obtaining sewer infrastructure. It has been talked about for decades but never made a reality. The stars are aligned in a way they haven't been for decades." - NYS Senator Lee Zeldin speaking on grants for Three Hamlets to improve sewer infrastructure.


“Creating a sewer district for the Montauk Highway corridor and homes within the Forge River watershed is crucial for economic development and environmental sustainability in the tri-hamlet community." - Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning previously speaking on the need for sewer infrastructure in the Tri-Hamlet area.

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Victory for Long Island Lobby Coalition: New revitalizing grants for Three Hamlets

Brookhaven lawmakers announced Saturday new state grants they say will be key to revitalizing the Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beach communities.

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who helped launch the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project last year with local lawmakers, said during a community forum at William Floyd High School that the three communities would get $2 million in new funding: $1.3 million toward the construction of a sewage treatment plant at Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, $500,000 for a Nitrex nitrogen removal system for the village of Mastic Beach, and $50,000 toward road attraction signs to be placed along Sunrise Highway and the Long Island Expressway, for example.

Three grants of $50,000 each will fund capital improvements for Legion Fields and Bayview Park, both in Mastic Beach, and Airport Field in Shirley.

Lawmakers said there is no sewage treatment plant in the tri-hamlet community, which has meant that many businesses operating with cesspools have been stifled by health codes and must seat fewer customers than preferred.

Vision Long Island has helped envision and plan revitalization for the Mastic-Shirley penisnula over the last decade and vvigorously supports investment in wastewater treatment . In addition, this is a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition.

"It's been hard for a lot of the businesses along main streets," Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.

The construction of a new sewage treatment plant is still a ways off. It requires more funding, said Zeldin, who called the $1.3 million an important first step.

"This community is coming out of the starting gate in regards to obtaining sewer infrastructure," Zeldin said. "It has been talked about for decades but never made a reality."

Zeldin said he hopes the sewage treatment plant, in the early design stage, will allow full connectivity for businesses and residents within its reach.

Bob Vecchio, board president of the William Floyd School District, said the plant will attract more commercial businesses, which is particularly important since area development is lacking. Last year, lawmakers issued a report detailing key improvements needed to change the area's reputation as "undesirable." A sewage treatment plant was among the recommendations.

Vecchio said the community "has been rebuilding slowly but surely" for several years.

But the new funding has the community poised for a comeback, officials said. "The stars are aligned in a way they haven't been for decades," Zeldin said.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

Huntington boutique hotel has planning board approval

The town planning board has granted conditional site-plan approval to convert the old Town Hall building on Main Street into a boutique hotel. It will have 55 guest bedrooms in a new four-story addition to be built behind the existing historic structure at Main and Stewart Avenue.

The two buildings will be connected by a glass atrium, with the existing building used for a lobby, reception area, office space, conference room and bar. The new building will be built above an existing parking lot on Stewart Avenue.

The planning board last month was receptive to most of the proposal, including a roof using an environmentally friendly vegetative material to help ease drainage issues on the property, he said.

The board did set some conditions, including requiring a performance bond for road improvements on Stewart Avenue and Gerard Street, that new sidewalks be installed on Stewart Avenue and Gerard Street, that brick pavers match the pattern and color of the downtown, and a $75,000 fee to be paid to the town to ease the impact on parking. A parking variance was needed because under town code, the proposed changes to the building would require 55 more parking spaces than now allotted.

"There is definitely a need for hotels in the northern part of town," town board member Mark Cuthbertson said. "This is terrific, and the fact that we are going to get a nice boutique hotel will add tremendously to our downtown."

Old Town Hall, built in 1910 and featuring a four-dial tower clock, ceased operation as town hall in 1979 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building sits in a historic overlay district, which gives owners of historic commercial properties and large residential estates more flexibility to explore additional uses.

Vision Long Island supportewd the approval of this downtown hotel and is looking forward to seeing construction move forward without delay.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

How our built environment is failing us; auto-orientation and lack of exercise

A poll conducted by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, recently uncovered that while virtually all parents believe it’s important for kids to exercise, about a third of them said that current infrastructure can make things difficult.

Take Yvonne Condes of Los Angeles. On a typical day, Condes picks up her two boys — Alec, 9, and Henry, 7 — from school then begins her daily trek to sports practices. Alec plays baseball and Henry plays basketball. And, because Condes lives in Los Angeles where traffic is a huge problem, shuttling her kids back and forth can take five minutes or 25. Some days Condes spends 45 minutes just to go a mile.

Condes is a runner and recognizes the importance of daily exercise. She and her boys walk to school two days a week, but she knows that's not nearly enough physical activity. As for just going outside to play in the neighborhood, well, that's not really an option, she says. Like many parents in our poll, Condes says it's just not safe.

"My younger son just started to ride his bike a lot. He doesn't have a huge area to ride in because we live between two major streets," she says.

Most days of the week, Condes finds herself in the car driving her boys to "club" sports. All the driving can be frustrating, she says, in large part because "there's so much time where we're not actually doing anything, just traveling from one place to the other."

Lots of parents across the country have similar hectic schedules, with many spending more time in their cars to ensure their kids get enough exercise. But some are trying a different approach.

A bike company based out of Portland, Oregon, Clever Cycles, makes bikes designed for everyday living. Some of them come with attached wheelbarrows or front loaders in order to carry groceries.

Many people want bike, walk or take public transportation everywhere.  Exercise is something that happens as we live their daily lives, not something people have to schedule.

For further reading, visit NPR.

After Schumer push, HUD will allow federal disaster-aid funding to be available to co-op and condo owners for repairs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will allow Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to help housing cooperative and condominium owners impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Co-op and condominium owners are not currently eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to cover the cost of repairs to common areas and infrastructure. The move comes after Schumer requested that HUD establish program guidelines to establish eligibility requirements to help co-op and condo homeowners repair damage incurred by Sandy.  The funds can be used to repair the common areas in the building, such as lobbies, boilers and elevators.    

“We have finally cleared a bureaucratic hurdle that prevented thousands of homeowners in New York City and Long Island from getting the help they needed,” said Schumer.  “We have always said that condos and co-ops should be eligible for the same assistance as single family homes, and now they are.”

According to FEMA, co-operative and condominium associations are not eligible for grants because, unlike single family homes, they carry a “master policy” for the complex that is paid through association fees and therefore, the occupant of an individual co-op or condo unit is responsible for damages. Common areas of housing cooperatives that suffered damage from Sandy may be eligible for Small Business Administration loans.

Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery Assistance is a block grant program administered by HUD to provide communities with resources to address community development needs after a presidentially declared disaster, like Superstorm Sandy.  Schumer worked tirelessly to ensure that Sandy disaster relief legislation included $16 billion in CDBG-DR funding.  Last month, HUD announced allocation levels for the first $5.4 billion of this funding.  Of the initial $5.4 billion tranche, New York State and New York City are eligible for approximately $3.5 billion in CDBG-DR funds.

However, it was not clear following the initial allocation whether co-op and condo owners would qualify for assistance. Last month, Schumer called on HUD to allow CDBG-DR aid to be used for co-ops and condos, to fill the gap left by FEMA’s existing policy against providing individual assistance for repairs to common areas, such as exterior damage or damage to building-wide electrical systems.

“This welcome decision to allow federal aid for storm-damaged condos and co-ops will provide much-needed relief to the thousands of families and seniors who live in these buildings. It will save these victimized homeowners from unfairly shouldering the massive capital expenditures to repair common areas and infrastructure. Co-op and condo owners deserved the same relief that private homeowners received, and this decision helps accomplish that basic fairness,” said Schumer.

Schumer today announced that HUD has agreed to assist CDBG-DR recipients in establishing programs to help impacted co-op and condo owners. Schumer also noted that New York has one of the largest concentrations of cooperative housing in the nation, but for several reasons many co-ops with damages from high winds and trees are not eligible for FEMA grants. As a result, the immense numbers of New York co-ops affected by the storm are in need of an alternate source of funding for repairs, such as the highly flexible CDBG-DR funding.

Vision Long Island and the Friends of Freeport were part of prelimenary meetings to raise this issue and kudos to Senator Schumer for including funding to these hard hit property owners.

For more check out Newsday's article.

FHWA $2 Billion for Emergency Relief Funds

The FTA today released a notice confirming the availability of $2 billion in emergency relief funding for areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.  The notice indicates that damaged diesel buses or vehicles could be replaced with CNG buses or vehicles but the funding cannot pay for a new CNG station.  Of course if a CNG station was damaged as a result of the storms it appears funding could be used to repair, replace equipment.  Using equipment for emergency transportation services also qualifies for compensation.

To view the full pdf, please click here.

National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems

National Grid is reaching out to natural gas customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on boilers, water heaters or furnaces, (meaning that the equipment is unsafe for relight and operation until repair or replacement is made) are eligible.

National Grid can offer assistance to residential gas heating customers based upon the income guidelines listed in the document linked here. They have also released a Value Plus plumber list, available here. To participate with the program, customers can choose their own licensed plumber or select a plumber from this list. National Grid has also partnered with an agency (HeartShare) helping with this program.

The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:

Tier 1 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon HEAP income guidelines. This is an outright grant from National Grid.

Tier 2 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon income guidelines above HEAP income guidelines with an upper income limit. Please note that the tier 2 income chart is available on the document linked in the second paragraph of this araticle. The grant from National Grid is determined partly by the household income and the cost of the equipment.

Important: Please note that they cannot accept customer phone calls to the residential program.

If you know of anyone that needs assistance from these programs, please have them call directly to the 800 numbers above.

Though the above programs are designed for residential customers there is also help for commercial customers:

Tier 3 
Contact # is 1-855-496-9359 
National Grid is offering commercial gas customers grants that include heating equipment, buildings and inventory. Assistance varies based upon needs. There is an agency (RAM) helping with this program to help determine the amount of assistance available.

For additional information, please visit the web site link of Please be sure to review all relevant documents to find out what aid you are available to receive.

LIHP offers Help with Heat & Hot Water

The Long Island Housing Partnership has just received a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to expand its grants of up to $5,000 to purchase new hot water heaters, heating systems, mold remediation, removal of replacement of sheetrock and paint and installation of heat tracers and pipe liners in homes damaged by Sandy. There are now two ways to qualify.  This program will problably run until late February. You may be eligible if either:

Your home is in  Island Park, East Rockaway, Long Beach, Bay Park, Inwood, Mastic, or Mastic Beach and your income is below 80% of median income in the area—under $86,000 for a family of 4, for example,


Your income is less than 50% of the median income in your area or you live in a designated low-to-moderate income area.

For further information or to receive an application, homeowners should Michelle Di Benedetto at the LIHP (631-435-4710) and request a Disaster Assistance Repair Application.

New Help from EmPowerNY

Low income households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program and were affected by Superstorm Sandy, may now receive additional help from NYSERDA’s Empower NY program with free energy efficiency measures. Income limits vary with family size, from $2,146 gross monthly income for a single person, for example, to $4,127 for a family of four.

Participants may receive free insulation, free air sealing, and/or other options to save on oil, gas or propane—and reduce the global climate change that makes storms more violent. For more info, call EmPower NY  at 1-800-263-0960. 

National Grid also has expanded its similar, complementary program.

New York State website provides information about residential and business grant programs

New York State created a website for homeowners and business owners to pre-register for Sandy Aid grants. The site provides information regarding the programs via Nassau County website.  

There are grants from up to $50,000 to $100,000 or more if justified, are available to residential homeowners or rental property owners (under four rental units. More than four units have a separate program) who suffered a structural loss. This money will be above and beyond what FEMA and Insurance coverage has allowed (if the claimed funds were not enough to cover the extent of damage). The homeowner must register for a pre-application. A case worker will be assigned to each homeowner, licensed contractors (or if necessary architects or engineers) will be bid by the homeowner and the successful contractor will be paid directly by Nassau County when the homeowner signs-off on the completed project. Homeowners that have spent their own funds to make up a shortfall difference from FEMA or their insurance coverage are also eligible to participate in the program. Contracts, receipts, cancelled checks and all applicable documents must be made available as proof of expended funds. A program is also available to purchase destroyed homes at fair market value.

There are also grants from up to $50,000 to $100,000 or more if justified, are available to business owners who suffered a loss. A 2% (or less) seven (7) year loan for up to $1,000,000 is also available. These funds are above and beyond FEMA, Insurance or SBA funds. The business owner must register for a pre-application. A case worker will be assigned to each business owner, licensed contractors (or if necessary architects or engineers) will be bid by the business owner and the successful contractor will be paid directly by Nassau County when the business owner signs-off on the completed project. There are also special grants available for Fishing Industry and Seasonal Business owners.

You can call 1-855-637-7263 with questions or concerns about the registration process or visit the New York State website.

The DEC Office of Environmental Justice is now accepting applications for the 2013 Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants and Green Gems Grants

The Department of Environmental Conservation will provide state assistance funding through the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants and the Green Gems Grants to community-based organizations for projects that address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks. Projects proposed for the Community Impact Grant funding must address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks, must be located within the community served by the applicant organization, and must include research that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community. The Green Gems Grant will provide funding for smaller scale projects with a research and educational component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community.

Eligible projects must involve education, stewardship, or monitoring activities related to parks, open space, community gardens or green infrastructure.Applicants for both grants must be a community-based organization or a partnership of multiple community-based organizations; have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; must focus on addressing the environmental and/or public health problems of the residents of the community that is impacted by the multiple environmental harms and risks that are the focus of the project; have a history of serving the residents of the affected community; have its primary office located in the affected community; have more than 50% of its members or the people served by the organization living in the affected community; and the applicant must declare that it has not caused or contributed to the environmental harms or risks that are to be the subject of the project.

Community Impact Grant awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and Green Gems Grant awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.The deadline is April 5, 2013. All proposals must include research that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community. The Community Impact Grants are a continuation of the EJ Grants awarded in previous years. Approximately 85% to 90% of the available funds will be awarded for Community Impact Grants.

For more information please contact the Office of Environmental Justice 625 Broadway, 14th Floor Albany, NY 12233-1500. You can call (518) 402-8556 or visit their website.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done.  I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

55 Nassau Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9 am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

922 North Niagra
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Saturday at 9 am
For more information please contact Eric Alexander at 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Jon Siebert 631-615-8430

Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up:  Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots.  We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.


Please help support essential Workforce Development funding

The Workforce Development Institute, which is a statewide, regional non-profit, has been an important partner to unions and businesses across the state on a variety of workforce development-related projects.  WDI works with unions and business to tailor programs aimed at the creation and retention of good jobs in NYS.  WDI looks for opportunities where strategically placed funding or expertise can boost a business’ ability to expand or retain staff,  transition groups of laid-off individuals back into employment, provide skills for individuals to move up a career ladder,  or pave the way for future job development through leverage of other funds.

The funding provided to WDI from the legislature is critical to both businesses and unions in that its’ flexibility allows for quick, effective responses to workforce-related problems.  While funds from other state agencies are often restricted to specific purposes, WDI is known for stepping in and providing gap funding for programming when that funding cannot be found elsewhere.

Please click here to send a letter to your State Legislators urging their support.

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University hosts Long Island After Sandy conference on from March 7th to March 9th

Long Island After Sandy, A Conference From the Outside In:Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs  from Thursday, March 7th to Saturday, March 9th, 2013.

This three-day conference is presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and the Hofstra Cultural Center in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University and The Center for the Sustainable Built Environment at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Join academics, practitioners, and community leaders for an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainability that bridges the environmental, economic, and social spheres within complex urban regions.

From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs will be focusing on the sustainable futures in global city-regions, taking the suburbs as its starting point and working its way inward to the city center. Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Bullard, William Fulton, and Dr. Burrell Montz.

The conference will feature several panelists, including Executive Director Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island. There will also be round-table discussions on topics such as sustainable planning in the region in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, improving flood map accuracy, and setbacks to sustainability in surburbia.

In addition to these keynote addresses, the conference will include presentations of cutting-edge research in the areas of public health, architecture, economics, education, and more.

For more information contact Carol Mallison, Conference Coordinator at 516-463-5670 or by email at Or to register, please click here.

Long Island’s Commercial Real Estate Expo to be held on March 12th, Post Sandy Panel featured at 10 am

This year’s Long Island Commercial Real Estate Expo gives you a unique one day chance to get the informational tools you will need for success and maybe even survival. No other forum provides you with the efficiency of a single day, single location to get this knowledge from such a broad spectrum of industry experts representing every aspect of Long Island commercial real estate development and management.

Whether you want to take advantage of CE classes; evaluate new technology and vendors, learn proven strategies for improving your cash flow, profitability, equity growth; or just meet and interact with Long Island’s leading commercial real estate professionals; attending will prove to be among the best decisions you will make this year.

Our seminars include CE classes and others that are designed to keep professionals apprised of the latest products and services. They include Storm Front, Bringing Your Building Into The 21st Century, After The Storm – Where Do Our Downtowns Stand?, Enabling Commercial Real Estate Transactions with Money, Long Island Commercial Network: Monthly Marketing Session, Creating Value Through Energy Efficiency, Ground Level Perspectives From Long Island Experts, and Social Media for Business: Facts & Tactics.

The After The Storm – Where Do Our Downtowns Stand? panel at 10:00am, moderated by Vision Long Island’s Executive Director, Eric Alexander. This panel will discuss the economic impact of Superstorm Sandy on Long Island’s downtown areas. What are the lingering effects and future considerations that have been brought to light by this event.

For more information about the expo, please click here.

"Pitching Long Island" panel to be held on March 12th

On Tuesday, March 12th, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, a nonprofit group in the region for professional communicators, will be hosting Pitching Long Island: Who, What, Where, When & Why.

The region of Long Island, surrounded by water with the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn to the west, is unique in its geography, culture, politics, economy, challenges and advantages. From economic development to recreation to education to business and the professions, the people who pitch Long Island are as unique as their surroundings.

Panelists include Vision Long Island’s Executive Director Eric Alexander, Account Director Audrey Cohen of Epoch 5 Public Relations, Vice President Melissa Connolly for University Relations at Hofstra University, Laurie Bloom, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rivkin Radler LLP, and Mindy F. Wolfle, President of Neptune Marketing LLC, as the moderator.

Hear what they have to say about their careers, the techniques they employ in their messaging, their roles as spokesperson, and how they manage the strengths and weaknesses of their organizations.

If you live or work on Long Island, this panel discussion will provide insight on what it takes to market our region.

Please visit the Public Relations Professional of Long Island website for registration and further details.

Community Conversations in the Modern-Day Public Square taking place on March 13, 2013

On March 13, 2013 a Community Conversation will invite the public to ask: ‘Who are we? What does our community look like? What is important now?”  Information will be presented that promises to challenge our assumptions and to spur lively conversation.

Kirk Kordeleski of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Jocelyn Wenk of The Long Island Index,  Edward A. T. Carr of Town of Huntington; andMichael White of AEC Law, EnCon Industries will be among the speakers and moderators on March 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM and the Harborfields Public Library, 31 Broadway in Greenlawn.

The eight libraries in the Town of Huntington and Leadership Huntington are spearheading this initiative to raise public awareness and to encourage community engagement. A first event, held in October 2012, drew over 90 community residents who came out on a rainy night to talk with regional and local experts about key family, work and life issues facing Long Island and the Town of Huntington. The questions focused on the loss of young adults to more affordable and transit-friendly regions, and how we can work together to improve our economic outlook. Answers centered on the need to encourage well-paying jobs, to reduce the cost of living, and to close the quality-gap in Long Island’s education system. Panelists stressed that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, except that we should look to the market, follow trends, and build trust with communities who, in the end, shape their own destinies.

A third event in the series is scheduled for May 14, 2013 at the Northport-East Northport Public Library. That event will focus on what our future may bring.

Said Helen Crosson, Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Library: “Our purpose is to draw people into the libraries and illustrate their great value in the 21st Century. We are a place where people can come to receive, share and better understand available knowledge resources, including each other.

Said Katheryn Laible, Acting Director of Leadership Huntington: “We are bombarded with an onslaught of ‘information’.  We seek to help people find the facts and think critically about issues that are important to their future. We are pleased to partner with libraries because they are uniquely positioned to be a modern day public square and well equipped to serve as bridges to knowledge and informed civil discourse.”

Presenting partners include Cold Spring Harbor Library, Commack Public Library, Elwood Public Library, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Harborfields Public Library, Huntington Public Library, Northport-East, Northport Public Library, South Huntington Public Library, and Leadership Huntington Foundation. Sponsors include Town of Huntington, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, and League of Women Voters of Huntington.

For more information, please visit the Leadership Huntington website or contact Trudy Fitzsimmons, Program Director at (516) 521-3206

The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “The Island President” on March 14th

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College has announced the next Sustainable Living Film Series screening on Thursday March 14, 2013. This time around they will be screening the award-winning documentary film, The Island President followed by a discussion.

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

The film captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

The Sustainable Living Film Series is a documentary series presented by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College that screens films with a focus on environmental protection and sustainability, and features a different organizational partner for each presentation. For this screening they are partnering with Citizens Climate Lobby Long Island, part of a national grassroots organization which call for a stable climate through empowering individuals to take meaningful actions.

Patti Whitaker and Rich League of 7 Angelica Farms will again be catering the screening. Vegan food, popcorn and socializing at 6:00. Film starts at 7:15. Discussion following the film. Running time: 101 minutes.

$5.00 per person suggested donation at the door. RSVP required.

Seating is limited. Please be sure to RSVPon their Facebook page, by calling 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or All are invited. Feel free to bring a friend or two, but please be sure to RSVP.

Visit for directions to Molloy College Suffolk Center.

First annual Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade to take place on March 17th

The Downtown Master Plan Committee of Farmingdale is hosting the first annual Farmingdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th starting at 1:00pm.

The parade starts at the Northside Elementary School on Powell Place ending at the Village Green on Main Street, featuring members of the Farmingdale Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.

There will be family events at the Villlage Green, a “Lepra-con’ Crawl” starting in Downtown Farmingdale at the Nutty Irishman, and dinner specials on Main Street.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, you can view the flyer here.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents the Nassau County Business Awards Breakfast taking place on March 20th

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 from 8:00am to 11:30am at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building at the Legislative Chambers, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the LaGuardia Business College Services will host the Nassau County Business Awards Breakfast.

It will be an opportunity to meet government and business representatives and nonprofit agencies that will provide resources and growth opportunities.

LaGuardia Community College has been a catalyst for development in Western Queens for over 35 years. Today, the College’s Centers for Business Services are leaders in creating business resource programs for entrepreneurs throughout the metropolitan region. Each of the Center’s entities specializes in crafting the integral pieces of a successful business.

The conference is cosponsored by the Nassau Office of Minority Affairs and the Nassau IDA, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vision Long Island, Long Island Business Council and the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.

If you would like more information about the event, please contact Herb Flores at or register here.

Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke on March 23rd

Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke, founder of reLI, as their 2012 Environmentalist of the Year.

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), established in 2003, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. reLI conducts effective outreach and education activities and provides consumer-friendly information resources such as its solar calculator and contractor locator, and publishes the Long Island GreenGuide in print and as an online edition with a green business directory.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Seatuck’s Scully Estate, 550 South Bay Avenue in Islip. This a buffet luncheon, suggested donation is $20.

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. Their mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

If you would like to RSVP please contact Ann Aurelio at or 631-567-1937 by March 10th, 2013.

New Millenium Development Services, Inc. to hold 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference on April 17

New Millenium Development Services, Inc. presents the 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference for small businesses, MWBE firms, nonprofit organizations, veterans and social/civic  groups. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Windwatch, 1717 Motor Parkway, in Hauppauge from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

It will be an opportunity to network with exhibitors including business to business, financial institutions, and government agencies, meet with federal & state agencies and local municipal procurement officers, MWBE’s meet with major corporations’ supplier diversity directors, learn about energy-efficient benefits and incentives and nonprofit organizations sustainability and economic paradigms.

New Millennium Development Services, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 Nonprofit Organization.  The company was established on December 11, 1997 to revitalize the physical, economic and cultural conditions of depressed communities.  Their mission is to create affordable housing opportunities, develop and integrate supportive programs focused on stabilizing families.

New Millennium Development Services, Inc. company objective is to increase the number of affordable and livable houses in the Long Island, New York Community.  They also enhance family stability and community empowerment.

Vision Long Island will be co-sponsoriong the event with Executive Director Eric Alexander speaking.

The first 100 attendees who pre-register are complimentary (includes registration, breakfast, and lunch). Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. To reserve your seat please click here. For further information call (516) 223-3855.

Help Wanted

Job opening at the Citizens Campaign for the Environment for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is now hiring for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator starting in March in Farmingdale.

The Program Coordinator position is responsible for conducting research, writing, and advocating to advance CCE’s priorities. The Program Coordinator will work with government officials, conduct lobbying activities, write campaign materials, interact with the media, provide community presentations and school presentations, work with other environmental organizations, represent CCE on coalitions and various committees, answer community inquiries, and provide general programmatic support for CCE field and telephone canvass operations. The program coordinator will directly report to CCE’s Executive Director, Executive Program Manager, and Program/Communications Director while maintaining strong communications with all CCE program staff and Canvass Directors.

To apply you can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (600-700 word opinion-blog on CCE campaign issue) to Brian Smith, Program & Communications Director, at  or to Maureen Murphy at  by February 28, 2013.

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services to manage CDC's Home Ownership services programs in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, including consumer lending (such as home improvement loans and second mortgages), foreclosure prevention and home buyer education.  Duties include department and program oversight, management of the financial activities of the department, fundraising & marketing, and staffing & staff development, to direct and monitor development of new programs, including financial support, marketing and outreach, and building relationships with external stakeholders, and to ensure annual plan milestones for this department are met in full, on time, and within budget.  The Vice President is a member of CDC's Executive Management Group.

The applicant should have subject area knowledge or certification in Homebuyer Education, Housing Counseling, Financial Education, and Consumer Lending.

He or she should also have a bachelors degree in a related discipline with a minimum of seven (7) years experience in non-profit program management.  Masters degree in related discipline preferred.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

The mission of Community Development Corporation (CDC) is to support the housing and economic aspirations of individuals, families and small businesses through exemplary stewardship of resources entrusted to us. CDC carries out its mission by providing direct services to clients, facilitating private sector investment, and guiding community investment. Our vision is that CDC is a significant force for meeting the needs of people and businesses in order to foster vibrant, equitable and sustainable communities.

You can fax your resume to (631)870-2460. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Human Resources Department at

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 in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview 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.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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:
Susan Werner and Patty Larkin - Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Sunday, March 10th at 2:00pm
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


Clearview 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



Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Booker T. Jones - Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm
Black 47 - Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm
SouthBound CD Release Party - Sunday, March 10th at 6:00pm
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:
No shows this weekend.
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:
Saw Doctors - Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm
Matchbox Twenty - Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm
Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! Featuring Peabo Bryson, Leela James, and James Jefferson Jr. - Sunday, March 10th at 8:00pm
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

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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:
Wait Until Dark - Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 9th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 10th at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
My Gal Patsy: The Life and Music of Patsy Cline - Saturday, March 8th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Gloria Gaynor in Concert - Friday, March 8th at 8:00 pm
DJ Riz in Concert - Saturday, March 9th at
9:00 pm
Queensryche in Concert - Sunday, March 10th at 6:00 pm

Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, March 8th at 10:30pm
Back to Bacharach and David -  Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 10th at 7:00 pm
Peter Rabbit - Friday, March 8th at 10:30am
Festival of One Act Plays - Saturday, March 9th at 3:00pm and Sunday, March 10th at 3:00pm
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

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Stephane Wrembel Jazz Quartet - Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm
Club Encore @ The Suffolk Theater a Unique 21 & up Dance Club - Saturday, March 9th at 9:00pm
Courting the Jester: A Musical Tribute to Danny Kaye - Sunday, March 10th at 2:00pm

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
No upcoming shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Picture Show presents The Producers - Friday, March 8th at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents Young Frankenstein - Saturday, March 9th at 8:00pm
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.

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