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March 10-16, 2014


COMMUNITY UPDATES

Concern For Independent Living

Concern for Independent Living, Inc.'s mission is: to provide safe, affordable housing within the community to persons recovering from psychiatric and other disabilities and to low-income individuals and families; to offer supportive services and vocational opportunities; to foster independence, empowerment, and recovery; to assist individuals and families to develop and achieve their goals; and to advocate on both an individual and societal level to reduce the stigma of mental illness to allow persons with psychiatric and other disabilities to live with independence, support, and dignity.

“Regardless of where they live, more New Yorkers are feeling pinched by rising housing costs,” NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “When half your income goes to pay for a place to live, you are going to be stretched thin on other every day purchases. This unfortunate trend has troubling implications for our economic growth and for New Yorkers’ quality of life.”

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Assemblyman Wants $20 Million For Complete Streets Work

Spending $20 million could save pedestrian and bicyclist lives.

That was the message State Assemblyman Ed Hennessey preached in Patchogue on Saturday, joined by Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco, nonprofits and community groups.

Hennessey called on New York State to spend more on projects in Suffolk County to make streets safer for pedestrians and toughen penalties for hit-and-run drivers. He also asked the state Department of Transportation to use the state’s Complete Streets Policy in the planning and design of road projects.

“If we want to make our roads safer, more user-friendly for everyone, more integrated with our communities, then we need stiffer laws but also better, smarter infrastructure. This is where the necessary funding and the commitment of our NYS DOT to implement the funding become imperative to follow through on the Complete Streets Policy,” Hennessey said.

Complete Streets – strategies to build thoroughfares that safely accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, mass transit and motorists – is a hot topic for organizations like Vision Long Island and Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

"More people are walking, more people are biking," Vision Executive Director Eric Alexander said. "We need to design our roadways with just common sense solutions."

Back in 2012, more than 15 percent of traffic accidents leaving a bicyclist dead in the state and more than 13 percent of New York’s fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in Suffolk County, according to data from the assemblyman’s office.  Suffolk County also accounted for nearly 10 percent of all traffic accidents involving fatal and personal injury.

“Long Island has some of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians in the region,” Tri-State Transportation Campaign Associate Director Ryan Lynch said. “Yet New York State only plans to spend 2 percent of its total transportation budget on pedestrian and bicycle safety projects. Governor Cuomo and the leadership of the State Senate and Assembly must prioritize funding for these types of projects to improve safety, mobility and quality of life on Long Island and throughout New York State.”

Hennessey introduced legislation last year that would increase prison terms for drivers leaving the scene of an accident where someone is killed or seriously hurt. If approved, it would double the maximum sentence to 5-15 years.

For more coverage of this event, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Bus Forum Brakes For NICE Driver, Passenger Concerns

A bus driver shared her concerns about the threat of angry passengers attacking and passengers griped about their own qualms.

The Ethical Humanist Society played host to a public forum for the Long Island Bus Riders Union on Monday. Nassau County Legislators joined labor and community advocates in Garden City to hear concerns about Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) service.

Following an incident Feb. 24 where a female passenger assaulted a driver in Franklin Square, NICE officials confirmed they are investigating Plexiglas partitions and other measure to protect drivers. Another passenger recorded the woman and her child on his cell phone before the driver was taken to the hospital; no arrests have been made.

Veolia Transportation took over operation of busses in 2012, current driver said schedule and route changes have enraged passengers. The driver told the panel they’ve been worried angry customers will take out frustrations on them as the most visible part of the company.

Meanwhile, Legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) and Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Long Island Federation of Labor and Vision Long Island hear out passengers’ concerns.

Disabled riders like David O’Donnell complained the vehicles are not maintained to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

“The auditory and visual stop announcements do not work properly on the buses and can cause a visually or hearing impaired person to get off the bus at the wrong stop,” he said. “And, the wheel chair securement straps are not maintained and some do not work.”

Valley Stream resident Kimberly Saget addressed the issue of malfunctioning Metrocard machines giving her “read errors” and paying double fares.

“It is very frustrating because my Metrocard would have money on it but I would still have to fish for change to ride the bus,” she said. “I end up not only having to pay for my Metrocard, but I also have to pay again because the machine doesn’t take my card.”

These people rely on the buses to get to work, school, shopping and important meetings, Executive Director of Long Island Jobs with Justice said, and know very well what does not work.

“Nassau County leaders and Veolia need to listen to bus riders and make the necessary changes that will improve the riding conditions for all bus riders,” she said.

The forum also emphasized the impact of public transportation on local businesses and communities.

“Bus riders are employees that are critical to the economic health of the small business community. Their ability to efficiently travel to work stabilizes our communities,” Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

For more media coverage of the forum, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Developer’s Love Of Riverhead Behind Shared Office Space

A former lawyer and now the woman behind a Manhattan real estate firm, Georgia Malone quickly fell in love with downtown Riverhead.

Unique small businesses litter Main Street, she said, and the town’s government is very forward thinking. In fact, their pro-business mentality is part of the reason Malone is opening shared office space in Riverhead.

“It tries so hard to get business,” she said.

Malone and business partner Amir Korangy are still preparing 30 W. Main Street, although the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter. Up to 34 offices, plus counter space, could be available by July.

“It’s a novel idea but I think it’s something Riverhead could really benefit from,” she said.

Renovations to the tune of $1.7 million are underway. Malone and Korangy found much of the three-story brick building in a state of disrepair, with a new roof, brickwork, elevator, facade restoration and other repairs necessary. HVAC work was expected to begin next week, as glass for the walls separating offices should begin to appear.

Plans call for two 4,000-square foot floors of shared office space. The second floor offices will be smaller, Malone said, designed for younger entrepreneurs who can’t afford to lease larger spaces. About 22 offices will be available here. The third floor will consist of 12 larger offices more suitable for accountants, lawyers and other traditional businesses.

Counter space will also be available for a lower rate.

Malone said their venture is not a business incubator or think tank, which have experts guiding rookie entrepreneurs and taking a cut. Instead, 30 W. Main Street will simply house offices for rent.

“It’s a different concept for Long Island,” Malone said.

All three options will include access to lounge areas and a kitchen, as well as an allotment towards faxes and other services.

Not only will the offices house small businesses and their staff, but the project is also expected to create new jobs. At least 20 construction jobs are expected during renovations and a full-time office, bookkeeper and maintenance staff will work in the building.

The project has also received support from the Riverhead IDA. After a pitch from Malone and Korangy, the agency approved a series of tax abatements, including 10 years of property taxes. Malone was still gracious for the IDA’s support, and pledged to champion the rest of Main Street.

“It’s not about how to market my building. It’s about how to market Riverhead,” the developer said.

Anyone interested in renting an office should call GM & Co. at 212-838-6888. For more coverage of this story, check out Riverhead Local.

Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing, Bay Park Sewage Plant
Top Mangano’s 2014 State Of County Address

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is confident his administration is making progress against the brain drain.

Speaking to a large crowd at the Space at Westbury for his fifth annual State of the County Address on Tuesday, Mangano said jobs, entertainment and housing are all components of the solution. Nearly 20,000 jobs have been retained and created, he added.

“Jobs are coming back to Nassau County,” the county executive said.

And according to the state Department of Labor, Nassau County’s unemployment rate recently dropped to 5.1 percent. That’s lower than many across the state and country, Mangano said.

Housing, he continued, is a major concern. The county executive highlighted the lack of property tax increases during his tenure, but admitted the starter home for many in this generation is actually an affordable apartment. Mangano said Nassau County officials have created more than 1,000 transit-oriented housing opportunities in public-private partnerships, and expect more.

“Our program encourages developers to convert empty office buildings into apartments,” he said, adding they’ve earmarked federal money to study conversion in Baldwin, Lynbrook and Valley Stream.

Mangano also announced the Nassau 200 – a panel of 200 Millennials with the goal of ending the brain drain. These Nassau County residents born between 1979-1995 will consult with county officials determine potential neighborhoods and business development.

Meanwhile, the county executive has been challenged with debt since he took office in 2010. Mangano’s administration inherited a $378 million debt and a flawed tax assessment system. By freezing property taxes, eliminating 123 administrative positions within the county government and promoting economic development, he told the crowd they’ve reduced much of that debt.

Originating in 1948, Nassau County has an unusual arrangement where taxes collected are divided normally with school districts and other districts, but all tax refunds and errors must only be paid by the county. At the same time, residents are frequently challenging the region’s high taxes, building pressure on the county. Mangano said in his speech that system accounts for more than $1 billion in debt and can only be changed by the New York State Legislature.

“We will work together to craft legislation that will correct this billion dollar wasteful system and build the consensus necessary to get it passed because it places an unconscionable burden on every taxpayer,” the county executive said. “It needs to change.”

Reflecting how elected officials reached out across the political aisle after Superstorm Sandy struck in October 2012, Mangano mentioned the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. He highlighted the $830 million secured to rebuild and continued to push for an ocean outfall pipe. Treated wastewater is currently released into Reynolds Channel, although environmentalists believe that body of water is too stagnant while oceanic release would remain safe for the environment.

“I want to move this discharge two miles out into the ocean, thus protecting our environment and increasing recreational boating and fishing opportunities, as well as strengthening our economy,” he said.

For the entire address, visit the county online. For additional press coverage of the address, check out News 12 or Newsday (subscription required).

Survey: Still Hope For Long Island Business Market

The big picture isn’t promising, but there are signs of life for local businesses on the island.

A survey of 604 Long Island small businesses in the retail, services/finances and transportation/construction/manufacturing industries and revenues capped at $10 million released last week revealed owners were or expected to see some growth and had more faith in local leaders than Washington, D.C.

The study, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research, found just 12 percent of participating business owners were confident the federal government would improve business conditions in the next 12 months, down from 27 percent in the 2012 study and 21 percent in the 2011 study. Local government scored a little higher with 39 percent in the latest study, but Long Island businesses have the most faith in local business leaders. The votes of confidence have risen over the years, from 49 percent in 2011 to 62 percent in 2013.

Long Island businesses owners believed both the local and national economies are growing stronger in recent years, with Nassau and Suffolk getting the edge. Of the businesses surveyed, 36 percent rated the local economy as good, compared to 32 percent the year prior and 13 percent in 2011. On the other hand, 33 percent scored the national economy as very good in 2013, compared to 27 percent in 2012 and just 9 percent in 2011.

Back home, these business owners expected slightly greener pastures for the present and future. The number describing their financial health as good or higher rose to 68 percent from 2013 from 64 percent in 2012 and 52 percent in 2011. Just over half expected their business to be in the same shape within the first six months of 2014, although the number of executives expecting to see improvement early in the subsequent year rose by 3 points from 2012 to 35 percent in 2013.

The survey also revealed that many local companies expect to make more sales. Of executives projecting sales for the following year, 46 percent said they would see more in 2014. That’s slightly higher than 45 percent in 2012 and 29 percent in 2011.

Somewhat surprisingly, these same executives admitted slightly weaker predictions for their businesses. The number likely to expand within the next five years dropped back to the 2011-level of 51 percent after 56 percent in 2012. More local business owners also said they could downsize within five years – 22 percent in 2013 compared to 18 percent in 2012 and 25 percent in 2011 – or outright close up shop – 18 percent in 2013 compared to 17 percent in 2012 and 21 percent in 2011.

But when asked about staffing, very few suggested cutting employees. In fact, 71 percent of surveyed local business owners said last year that they expect to maintain the current number of employees in 2014 and 24 percent anticipated hiring more. In 2013, 16 percent said their staffing increased, compared to 14 percent the year before.

New staff was also a common denominator for expansions. Of all 165 business owners who expected to grow within five years, 73 percent anticipated hiring more employees. Almost every executive wanted to expand their client bases, but only 26 percent wanted to acquire another company and just 25 percent wanted to move to a larger location.

For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday online (subscription required).

Almost Half Of Long Island Living Beyond Means

More than 43 percent of Long Island homeowners are spending more on their homes than the federal government recommends, a significant rise since the turn of the millennium.

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report examining housing costs across the state and what taxpayers are paying to live here. The general message is simply the price of rental or owned housing is climbing as household incomes drop.

“Regardless of where they live, more New Yorkers are feeling pinched by rising housing costs,” DiNapoli said. “When half your income goes to pay for a place to live, you are going to be stretched thin on other every day purchases. This unfortunate trend has troubling implications for our economic growth and for New Yorkers’ quality of life.”

The report uses Census data between 2000 and 2012. Those figures are then considered under the federal guidelines that put housing affordability at less than 30 percent of household income, which includes rent, utilities, fuel, mortgages and taxes.

According to the study, 43.7 percent of all renters and homeowners in Suffolk County and 43.9 percent in Nassau County spent too much on housing in 2012. Those figures are part of an 18.6 percent rise in renters’ housing costs and 9.9 percent homeowners’ housing costs between 2000-2012. At the same time, homeowner’s median incomes slipped by 1.6 percent and renter’s median incomes fell by 7.1 percent.

Affordable housing and Smart Growth proponents cautioned that more expensive housing could undercut economic growth by eliminating discretionary spending and drive the area’s workforce away to cheaper regions.

“The Long Island Builders Institute strongly concurs with the assessment of affordability contained in the report prepared by State Comptroller DiNapoli’s office. The lack of affordable housing, especially on Long Island, reduces our ability to attract young people and families, which significantly impacts the ability of our employers to find the employees they need to grow their businesses in New York State,” CEO Mitchell Pally said. “In addition, the lack of affordable housing for our seniors deprives them of the ability to downsize when appropriate, leaving many of them in houses which are too large and too expensive for them to live in.”

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said the report is hard evidence of the challenges facing housing affordability at home.

“His insightful report provides backing to policies that will reduce the brain drain in on Long Island,” Alexander said.

The percentage of households with rents above the affordability level increased from 40.5 percent in 2000 to 50.6 percent in 2012, according to the study, while the percentage of homeowners above the affordability level rose from 26.4 in 2000 to 33.9 percent in 2012.

At the same time, 1.7 million rental New York households had gross rents at least 30 percent of their income in 2012, a 25.7 percent jump from 2000. Back in 2000, 43.1 percent of Suffolk County’s renters and just 39.2 percent of Nassau County’s renters were above the affordability threshold. Fast forward to 2012, and those numbers have grown to 54 percent in Suffolk and 53.2 percent in Nassau.

For more coverage of this story, check out CBS and Newsday (subscription required).

Half Measures On CO Don't Protect Enough From Exposure

In hopes of preventing future tragedies in the workplace, the towns of Brookhaven, Hempstead and Huntington are looking to amend their current building codes. If passed, carbon monoxide detectors would be required "in all new places of public assembly". Town hearings will be held March 25 for both Brookhaven and Hempstead, and April 8 for Huntington. 

However, officials at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College warn these steps are not adequate to protect the public from CO exposure. For instance, proposed laws in the Towns of Hempstead and Huntington don’t appear to require monitors in office buildings. Instead, they call on the State Legislature to address those facilities. There should be no distinctions made between existing structures and "new" buildings. Similarly, there is no rationale for making a distinction between structures such as office buildings where large numbers of people can be exposed to the poisonous gas and "restaurants and spaces of assembly." The town bills also fail to recognize the medical journal evidence that low-level exposure is dangerous, and that an inexpensive solution is available, by failing to require digital readout monitors in all offices, commercial spaces and residences.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the World Health Organization recommends exposure to no more than 9 PPM over extended periods of time to avoid psychological effects. Flu-like symptoms can develop in vulnerable populations after an hour in 30 PPM, while all human beings will develop flu symptoms after an hour in 35 PPM. Federal labor standards restrict exposing employees to more than 50 PPM CO over eight hours.

Based on outreach to home energy audit technicians, the Sustainability Institute estimates about 150,000 homes and other buildings are making Long Islanders sick.

For Long Islanders, the Sustainability Institute recommends not waiting for the laws to change and instead immediately take action by installing CO monitors with low level digital readouts in their homes and workplaces. Residents are also urged to get home energy efficiency audits, which will include carbon monoxide tests.

 

Now Playing On The Green Screen

Come for the dinner and stay for the show.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, in partnership with Natural Awakenings magazine, are hosting a dinner and movie series with a green flavor.

Scheduled for every Thursday between Feb. 13-April 17, the screening begins with a vegan soup supper provided by Sweet to Lick Bakery. The film is then shown, followed by a discussion with guest speakers.

The series began with a showing of 2009 documentary “No Impact Man,” followed by a conversation with Amy Peters from Sustainable Sea Cliff Co-op, Mary Callahan from Three Castle Farm and Annetta Vitale from Reed Channel Farm.

Vision Long Island will participate March 20. Executive Director Eric Alexander will follow a presentation of “Save Our Land, Save Our Towns,” a film about land use and sprawl in Pennsylvania. More details are available here.

All screenings are to be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. Admission is a $15 donation or $12 for students and seniors, although a multi-night discount available.

For more information, contact the society at 516-741-7304 or online.

Learn To Be Pesticide Free At March 22 Trade Show

Bugs, weeds and disease are hazards to plants, but warding them off doesn’t have to require chemicals.

Green is the name of the game at the 14th annual Long Island Organic Turf and Tree Show next month. Created by Neighborhood Network, the trade show is an opportunity for professionals to demonstrate organic techniques and network.

Scheduled for March 22 from 9:05 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Molloy College Suffolk Center in Farmingdale, the event is to feature four workshops. Public and private experts will chat about identifying pests, promoting high-quality turf and non-chemical practices.

Individual registration runs $60, although discounts are available for groups. Vendors are still being accepted at $250, which includes trade show registration.

Contact the Neighborhood Network at 631-963-5454 or online for more details.

Working But Poor Conference Coming March 28 At Touro

Space is still available for the fourth annual Working But Still Poor Conference.

Hosted by Long Island Jobs With Justice March 28 at Touro Law School in Central Islip, the event reflects the needs of the community and examining the systemic structures that keep people struggling.

The conference will begin with an opening plenary by attorney and community advocate Frederick Brewington. The day is filled with workshops touching on improving transportation, navigating welfare law, wage theft and everything in between. Congressman Tim Bishop will conclude the event with a closing plenary.

Registration is $30 and can be completed on-site or at Long Island Jobs With Justice website. The fee also includes breakfast and lunch.

Tourism Symposium At St. Joe’s College March 28

Spend a morning learning how Long Island can become more popular with tourists.

St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) has announced their Tourism and Downtown Revitalization Projects symposium for March 28. Scheduled for 8-10 a.m., the event will be held at the school’s Patchogue campus.

The symposium is slated to begin with a networking breakfast before the meat of event – a panel featuring Renaissance Downtowns CEO Don Monti, Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri – begins.

Following a Q&A session, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association Chairman John Tsunis will offer some closing remarks.

Visit HTM online for more information or call 631-687-1285 to register for free.

State Sets April 11 Deadline For Sandy Aid To Homeowners

No new applications from homeowners seeking financial assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will be accepted after April 11.

NY Rising announced the deadline for Long Island earlier this week.

According to a letter published online, their Housing Recovery Program has distributed more than $280 million in payments to 6,388 recipients for damages from Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Lee. That includes $201 million to 4,650 Nassau residents and $65 million to 1,350 Suffolk residents.

NY Rising officials claim every applicant who filed by Jan. 20 has received a check for home reconstruction.

The new deadline comes a year after the Housing Recovery Program began accepting applications in April 2013. Homeowners already in the program, in the process of receiving their award or seeking clarification of their award are not affected by the deadline.

But with concerns that many Long Island homeowners have yet to apply, the Friends of Long Island urging residents to seek assistance and begin filing. They can be contacted at jsiebert@friendsofli.org or 631-316-8430.

Open Door For Affordable Veterans Housing

Applications are now being accepted from Long Island’s veterans for affordable housing, but don’t wait.

Just 60 apartments are available in The Concern Liberty Apartments complex in Amityville. That includes 48 1-bedroom apartments and 12 2-bedroom units.

The housing will be available beginning April.

Applicants must have served in the armed forces and fall within the income limit. The annual cap for one person is $36,785, while the limit for a household of four is $52,550.

To apply, either visit Concern for Independent Living online or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Concern for Independent Living, PO Box 358, Medford, NY 11763.

EmPower Solar Contest Enlightening Young Minds

Solar energy is at the forefront of renewable energy movement, and one Long Island company wants area teenagers to join the charge.

EmPower Solar and the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College have kicked off the 2014 EmPower Solar Student Competition. Long Island and New York City high school students will vie for a trip to France and $6,000 scholarships by going green at home.

The contest emphasizes science, technology, engineering, math and creativity. Teams of two-four students must investigate adding solar power to an existing building in their community and make a presentation to be judged.

Once each team has picked a home or building, their job is to analyze its solar potential, write an essay and produce an original and creative YouTube video. Last year’s winner can be seen here.

Everyone is invited to attend the May award ceremony at the Town of Hempstead’s Energy Park, where the winners will be announced. The top three teams will win scholarships up to $2,000 a person and internships-for-a-day. The winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Solar Decathlon in Versailles, France.

The Decathlon was originally created by the Spanish and American governments in 2007 as a competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Spain hosted the first two in 2010 and 2012, with France hosting this year’s event.  

For more information or to register a team, visit EmPower Solar online. The deadline to register is March 14.

$50 Million Open For Alternative Transportation Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation are now accepting applications to financially assist alternative transportation projects.

Under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), projects that create other forms of transportation or enhance transportation infrastructure can vie for $50 million in federal funds.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that includes environmental enhancement; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds and level of community support.

Creating on-road and off-road trail facilities for non-motorized transportation would be eligible according to the state, as would community improvement activities and environmental mitigation activity.

Winners will receive up to 80 percent of total expenses in Federal Highway Administration money. They are responsible to secure the remainder.

The deadline for all applications is June 11. More information about TAP is available on the state’s website.

A series of webinars has been announced to train potential applicants. They’re expected to focus on information about this funding, and an explanation of requisites and requirements. Two TAP/Fed Aid 101 webinars will be held on March 18 at 12:30 p.m. and March 19 at 10 a.m. Registration for the first event can be found here in use with password TAP101. Registration for the second event can be found here with the password TAP10319.

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has made up to $50,000 available per site for increasing public awareness and understanding of Brownfield, Superfund and other contaminated sites that pose a significant threat to the public and/or environment. Not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the funds; no matching contribution is required.

Application information is available on the state's website.

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 info@visionlongisland.org. 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?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Bethpage

bellmore
Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
516-931-9296
Subculture - Friday, March 14 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available on Facebook

Freeport


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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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

great neck
Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


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
516-431-2400

Manhasset

manhasset
Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

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 shows 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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Laser Spectacular - Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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Amityville


Revolution

140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Morning View, Return of Saturn, The Matt Sharps and Soul To Squeeze - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Port City - Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Punk Rock Bash - Saturday, March 15 at 10 p.m.
Galeforce - Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Dan Bern & Grant Lee Phillips - Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Sharon Corr - Sunday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
The Met: Live in HD-Massenet's "Werther" - Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
The Security Project plays Peter Gabriel - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Rob Schneider - Saturday, March 15 at 9 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Seven Turns and Freebird - Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Grateful Girls, Soundswell and Dead on Live - Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
The Slackers, Noah's Arc and the Warden & Fame- Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
McAnally in Concert with Ed Travers & Tommy Maxwell - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
The Queens of Pure Country starring Josie Waverly - Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
2U: St. Patty's Celebration - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m.
Corned Beef & Chaos - Sunday, March 16 at noon.
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, March 14 at 10:30 p.m.
The Three Little Kittens - Friday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m.
Crossing Delancey - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Nick DiPaolo - Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Irish Rock Night - Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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


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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


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.

Beware Of Low-Level Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that's dangerous, if not lethal, to us. Municipalities across Long Island are taking action after the tragic death of a Legal Seafood general manager, but they may not be doing enough to consider the dozens sickened during the incident. Carbon monoxide will kill in moderate concentration, but can easily cause headaches, nausea and dizziness at significantly lower levels. And yet, most detectors found at home and the office will only sound if lethal levels are registered. With an estimated 150,000 homes and other buildings making Long Islanders sick, now is a good time to buy a new monitor with low-level digital readouts.

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