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"I'm still beating my head against the wall. They are trying to tell us that managed parking until midnight is necessary, yet the BID and chamber and restaurant owners don't feel it is ... they say they want to help us turnover spots, but we all agree we don't need the help. Port Jefferson, at 10:00 p.m., already has the latest metered parking on Long Island. To extend to midnight would possibly make us the latest in New York State. I don't know if we want to lay claim to that." - Tom Schafer, owner of Tommy's Place in Port Jefferson, speaking on proposed changes to Port Jefferson's parking meter hours.
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Mangano’s State of the County, scaled-down Nassau arena could attract more shows
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano tackled issues of employment, property taxes and hurricane recovery in his State of the County address Wednesday night.
Speaking at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, Mangano boasted about the changes his administration made after inheriting a "broken Nassau County."
"Nassau's former plan was clear: Take more money from taxpayers to feed the out of control spending habits of government," he said, citing past practices of property tax increases. "Accordingly, I chose the path that made sense. No property tax increases for three consecutive budgets."
Mangano praised local politicians on both sides of the aisle as he turned toward the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. He thanked first responders, recovery workers, and politicians who advocated for suffering victims, saying together the county would "strengthen homes, mitigate mold, and provide community planning programs to engage local residents in shaping a rebuilt Nassau."
"…We now live in a post-Hurricane Sandy world. This post-Hurricane Sandy world still contains thousands of homeowners who face the financial struggle of rebuilding their lives and homes."
As expected, Mangano defended a plan for a smaller Nassau Coliseum.
The Hub, which Mangano called a "victim of the Long Island No," would be a privately funded, smaller arena with more parking to make the destination more accessible. The arena would also feature twin ice skating rinks "at no cost to taxpayers" that would provide for national and international sporting events.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano says a scaled-down Nassau Coliseum could attract more shows and minor league sports.
Mangano on Tuesday released a plan for a “right-sized” arena in a request for proposals to redevelop the 40-year-old sports arena. He’s set to formally unveil the plan in his State of the County address Wednesday night.
The announcement of the plan follows a study by Forest City Ratner, the firm that designed the business model for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which will be the new home of the New York Islanders in 2015.
“What the Ratner findings have documented is that a ‘right-sized’ arena offering appropriate amenities would be a successful family oriented sports and entertainment venue that creates significant revenue for the county and its taxpayers,” Mangano said. “Its ability to compliment the surrounding development being planned by Renaissance
Downtown would ensure that, together, the economic sum would be greater than its combined parts. We have the means of creating a win-win for every county resident, each of whom has a direct stake in the future of the Hub.”
Mangano said a smaller arena with 8,000 to 12,000 seats would attract family shows, concerts and minor league sports. The current arena has more than 16,000 seats.
Mangano called it a “practical plan” compared to “the grandiose ones over the years that have not gained approval.”
The county executive said he is now seeking requests for proposals from throughout the real estate community to meet the new, desired arena parameters. The RFP will have a set deadline of 30 days for companies to respond, and the winning bidder will need to work closely with Renaissance Downtown, the firm chosen as the master developer of the Hub.
Responses to requests for proposals are due in April, he said.
As the county braces for the challenges ahead, Mangano said he believes that working together will make prosperity and recovery possible.
"While Nassau still faces fiscal hurdles and post-Hurricane Sandy challenges, most of which can be overcome through bipartisan cooperation and hard work, I am confident that we will meet these challenges head on."
For further reading, please visit Long Island Business News.
Port Jefferson reviews parking meter hours
Starting today, drivers who feed Port Jefferson parking meters will have to put the quarters in their meteres until midnight, after the village board voted last month to extend the hours for meter season.
But the board also promised to reconsider the action after some village business owners attended last week's board meeting to register their opposition.
Tom Schafer, owner of Schafer's Restaurant and president of the local Business Improvement District, said the hours are well beyond any other municipality's that he could recall. "No one has ever said we're against paid parking," he said. "But just because we're open later doesn't mean we should be penalized."
The village's meters, which cost 25 cents per half-hour, previously ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the meter season of March 15 to Nov. 25. The two extra hours will net the village another $20,000, officials say, while noting that establishing new time limits was not intended to make money but to manage traffic in the congested downtown.
Schafer has noted that the new midnight deadline makes Port Jefferson the latest paid parking municipality in the state, has pointed to instances in Rockville Centre – where metered parking past 6 p.m. was rolled back in 2011 – and Greenport – which voted down purchasing meters last year – as examples that limiting paid parking is sometimes in the best interest of villages as well.
Schafer and Barbara Ransome, director of operations of the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, both agreed that no compromise came out of Wednesday night's Parking Committee meeting.
Business leaders reportedly presented a few different alternatives to the new midnight deadline. One called for increasing parking rates, from 50 cents to one dollar an hour, with a two-hour minimum. Another suggested keeeping meters on for an extended period of time throughout the year – all year beside the holiday season. And keeping the meters on during busy holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day was also floated.
However, members of the Parking Committee have maintained that the issue of parking space turnover remains an integral point, while revenue from that turnover is just a side effect.
Parking Committee member Dom Famularo said that while any conversation among members of the community is a positive sign, the issue ultimately remains in the hands of the Village Board, which is expected to meet on Monday night to discuss next year's budget, and could take up the issue then.
Mayor Margot Garant did not return requests for comment on the matter of paid parking. Meanwhile Schafer is still hoping to roll back the new policy, saying he plans to contact local cab companies who could shuttle village business employees to off-site parking as one potential solution.
Vision Long Island provided testimony against the proposed changes noting that local municipal governments should be working to support small businesses and night life.
For further reading, please visit Newsday, or any one of these local Patch stories.
Plan for downtown Smithtown housing, stores gains momentum
Plans to build stores, offices and apartments at the site of a long-vacant lumber yard on Main Street in downtown Smithtown appear to be picking up speed.
The East Hampton-based owner of the site is asking town officials to modify zoning restrictions and approve variances that would allow him to build on the 3-acre property. Town officials have signaled they support the development.
A town board public hearing on the zoning petition is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 21 at the town senior center, 420 Middle Country Rd.
The town board of zoning appeals will consider the variance requests, but a date for a public hearing has not been set, said Smithtown attorney Vincent Trimarco, who represents developer Salvatore DiCarlo.
The property, formerly Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp., has left a gaping hole in Smithtown's downtown business district since the company closed more than four years ago.
The site, across the street from Smithtown Town Hall, consists of an empty parking lot and decaying buildings.
The parcel was the focus of a Suffolk grand jury probe that ended last year with no charges filed. The panel investigated whether unnamed town officials had induced DiCarlo to raze structures on the site for $4,000 in tax savings in 2009.
Town officials say DiCarlo has stepped up efforts to develop the site since the grand jury probe ended. Moreover, they applaud his proposal to construct three- and four-story buildings with space for stores and about 56 apartments.
"It certainly appears there's a need for that," said Councilman Edward Wehrheim, saying the project would bring tax revenue and affordable housing. "It's vital to the survival of the downtown business district."
The plans call for first-floor stores and about 20 second-story apartments along Main Street, and separate buildings with about 36 apartments in the rear section of the property.
The design is a "step in the right direction," said Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce president Mark Mancini. He said the site, within walking distance of the Smithtown Long Island Rail Road station, is an ideal location for apartments.
"That's what a downtown is about. A downtown is about stores on the bottom . . . and apartments on the upstairs," Mancini said. "That's what we're lacking."
Vision Long Island supports housing in walkable proximity to downtown business districts and hopes the project moves forward.
For further reading, please visit Newsday and the local Patch.
More than 20 residents displaced by Port Washington blaze
A fire raged for hours Thursday at a commercial and apartment building in Port Washington, displacing upward of 30 residents and several workers.
The blaze, reported at 1:20 p.m., burned through the day and despite the efforts of more than 100 firefighters from six departments, reignited at night, authorities said.
Investigators from the county fire marshal said the blaze started in the rear and appeared to be extinguished by 8:30 p.m., when they entered the residential portion of the building.
Thick smoke from the fire at the corner of Main Street and Herbert Avenue darkened the area in the afternoon. As children went home from school, they covered their faces with scarves. Crossing guards and police wore filtered face masks.
Dozens of residents and workers watched their homes and livelihoods burn in the three-story building, from families with young children to a barbershop owner.
Port Washington Firefighters continued to fight a stubborn inferno through the night that consumed the historic Fuller building, a commercial and residential property on Main Street across from the Long Island Rail Road Station.
They reported no injury to civilians or fire department personnel. However, there are number of families and individuals who are now homeless due to the fire. The Nassau County Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter for the displaced. There are reports that there may have been workers on the roof who may have caused the incident. The Nassau County Fire Marshall's office is investigating.
In addition, the top staff of the TONH Building Department was also present. Further, businesses such as Fusion Wireless, Yamaguchi, Port Washington Florist, Dunkin Donuts, Rosa's Pizza and the bodega have all been affected by the smoke and water damage. The fire department anticipates the area will be an active fire scene until sometime tomorrow morning.
The Fuller building was built in 1926. It is a mixed-use structure. It is located within the new PW Business Overlay District so the owners will be able to rebuild to the three story height that the building is presently. In the meantime, the Town's building department working with the County Fire Marshall will not be able to determine the extent of the overall structure damage until the fire is completely out. Only then will they be able know if the present building can be rebuilt or if it has to be torn down.
According to NorthShoreAlert, the mass communication system for the peninsula, Main St from Port Washington Blvd. to Mackey Ave. is closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Emergency equipment is staged on many other local streets.
While the Long Island Rail Road is running normally, the only access to the train is from Vanderventer on the east side (Port Washington Blvd. side) of the train. If you are picking someone up or being picked up from the train, you may wish to schedule an alternate location. Police and Fire Dept strongly urge residents to avoid the area.
Many homes, families, and businesses were affected by the fire. It is an unfortunate disaster that will take awhile for the community to come back from.
For further information, please visit the Port Washington Patch.
New group to implement blueprint for downtown development in Farmingdale
A 130-plus page blueprint could be the key to reviving Farmingdale’s flagging downtown. It also has has the pieces to jump-start the process including a central location, a railroad station and a proposed mixed-use development.
According to a group of residents, business owners and officials volunteering to take on the task, what the village needs now is implementation,
The group’s members were sworn in at Monday’s village board meeting by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who took a playful dig at their cumbersome name. Their goals however are straightforward.
The 13 committee members will advise village officials on future growth, pore over the master plan and otherwise do research to find and recruit developers and merchants they believe will round out the downtown.
The group is also planning events to promote downtown businesses, beginning with the village's first St. Patrick's Day Parade, a family-friendly affair set for March 17.
The committee represents the next chapter in Farmingdale's quest for a smart-growth, transit-oriented downtown, an ambitious vision that has garnered it regional accolades.
The task at hand is to put the plan in motion, the implementation committee said.
He said a potential Farmingdale Restaurant Week could be successful. But the village needs a diverse array of businesses to fill the empty storefronts that spot the downtown.
Ekstrand said he appreciates the time and energy that residents and merchants in his village are willing to invest to secure its future.
"There are so many things for the village board to do, and we can't do everything," he said. "It's important to have concerned citizens and concerned merchants involved, and they may look at something differently than myself."
Vision Long Island completed a visioning and revitalization plan for the downtown area and looks forward to the local committee's progress.
For further reading, please visit Newsday.
Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too
Neighborhoods with a mix of residences, offices and retail outlets are now conventionally thought to have a host of benefits, a departure in thinking from the years of urban planning when cities sought to segregate uses of land, with the houses in one corner of town and the shopping district in another.
Mixed-use neighborhoods enable people to walk more, with downstream health benefits. They help cut down on traffic congestion, and therefore pollution. For many people, they create livelier communities and a higher quality of life.
The list of evidence in support of these places is constantly expanding, and proponents can now add one more empirical argument: Mixed-use zoning also appears to cut down on crime.
A neighborhood with lunch counters, offices, condos and bars is likely to have more “eyes on the street” at more times of day. And this collective surveillance ostensibly deters criminals.
But for the first time, a new study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review put actual data behind this notion. They examined eight high-crime neighborhoods in Los Angeles, in residential-only and commercial-only areas, as well as in neighborhoods with a mix of the uses or a change in land use over time.
The commercial-only areas had the highest crime rates, about 45 percent higher, when compared to similar blocks that included residences. The researchers also found that neighborhoods experiencing a change in zoning, typically to add residences to a commercial area, saw a 7 percent drop in crime thanks mostly to a decline in automobile theft and break-ins.
The authors can’t definitely account for why these trends occur, although it makes sense that people would feel a greater sense of ownership and care for neighborhoods where they live, relative to those neighborhoods where they simply shop or go to work. Put residences in an otherwise commercial area, and that sense of ownership increases alongside the eyes on the street.
The findings suggests that we should start thinking about zoning laws as one largely overlooked tool in crime prevention.
More often when police do think about “environmental design” for crime prevention, they focus on interventions like sidewalk cameras, street lighting or new cul-de-sacs. This study, though, suggests they should also think at the level of land use, alongside urban planners.
“We thought if we can see some relationship between zoning – and also the change in zoning – and crime, then we might be a little bit closer to understanding the link between the actual physical environment and crime,” MacDonald says.
Of course, the reverse is true, too: Planners should be conscious of the fact that decisions as fundamental as how to zone a neighborhood could have implications for crime, too.
For further reading, please visit Atlantic Cities.
FEMA’S temporary shelter program has been extended until March 24th and other new Hurricane Sandy assistance updates
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the checkout date for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which pays for displaced residents to stay in hotels, until March 24.
The New York Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund Gov. Cuomo has announced that homeowners who have already qualified for FEMA housing assistance may be eligible for grants of up to an additional $10,000. To receive these grants from the Governor’s Disaster Homeownership Repair and Rebuilding Fund you must:
To find out more about whether you qualify, call 855-NYS-SANDY.
- Life in Suffolk, Nassau, New York City, Westchester, or Rockland.
- Have to rebuild or substantially repair your primary residence due to Sandy.
- Have already qualified for a FEMA housing assistance grant (capped at $31,900).
- Have damage that will not be covered by your FEMA grant, according to FEMA’s appraisal, and not receive other assistance from private insurance or government agencies that would duplicate a grant from the governor’s fund.
There is also help for uninsured Nassau Residents ineligible for FEMA aid the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund is accepting applications from Nassau residents who are not eligible for reimbursement from FEMA, do not have homeowners or flood insurance coverage, and
are not receiving assistance from another government relief program.
Applications and further information can be found at apps.nassaucountyny.gov/recoveryfund
There is also new aid from the EmpowerNY program. 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.
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
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.
Job Access Reverse Commute and New Freedom funding available
NYMTC invites not-for-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, public authorities, public and private operators of public transportation services and federally-recognized tribal governments to apply for Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom funding administered by the Federal Transit Administration.
The goals of the 5316 JARC program are to improve access to transportation services to employment sites and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals, and to transport residents of urbanized areas and non-urbanized areas to employment opportunities. Such services may include, but are not limited to, mobility management and expansion of current transportation services.
The 5317 New Freedom program seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand the transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Eligible projects may include expanded service beyond current ADA requirements, projects that fund transit station improvements beyond current ADA requirements, and mobility management programs to improve access to transportation for people with disabilities.
Two webinars will be offered to provide guidance and respond to questions. Click here to register for the webinar on March 19th at 10 am. Click here to register for the webinar on March 20th at 3 pm.
Both the JARC and New Freedom programs require that proposed projects be derived from a regional Coordinated Human Service and Public Transportation Plan; the Plan developed by NYMTC is available by clicking here.
Applications must be received electronically by Carl.King@dot.ny.gov by 4 pm on Friday, May 3, 2013. Applications from eligible applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by NYMTC’s member agencies.
Applications and guidance are available on their 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:
Parking Lot at corner of Norton St and Guy Lombardo Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9 am
Volunteers will be meeting at the above location and then proceeding to three seperate locations.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128
For location 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 Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273
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.
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Legendary singer Melba Moore performing to raise money for children of Huntington Station
Music & theater icon, Tony Award winner and four-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore will be coming to Huntington High School on March 16 to perform a benefit concert for the Children of Huntington Station.
Singer Melba Moore will perform from 7:00-9:00pm. on Saturday, March 16, at Huntington High School auditorium, 188 Oakwood Road, to support efforts for funding projects that benefit children in Huntington Station. This event is hosted by the United Methodist Men, Township of Huntington, and the NAACP.
A stand-up comedian and others will be joining Moore at the fundraiser, while anonymous donors also are honoring longtime community workers Dee Thompson, Al White, and Betty Miller for their outstanding support of projects for children.
To further involve the community and perhaps spark the beginnings of a Huntington Children's Chorus, more than 100 children have been training to take the stage to sing the closing song with Melba Moore.
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Admission for students w/ID is $5. The concert is free children ages 12 and under.
Donations in support of children's projects may be sent to UMC Children's Fund, 180 West Neck Road, Huntington, N.Y. 11743.
For more information call 631-427-0326
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 email@example.com 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 SunshineIsFree.org 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 SmileyAnn21@Verizon.net or 631-567-1937 by March 10th, 2013.
South Shore Blueway Trail meeting of local stakeholders to take place on April 4th
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the Village of Freeport, Towns of Hempstead and South Oyster Bay, and the NYS Department of State invite you to a meeting of local stakeholders for the South Shore Blueway Trail Project on Monday, April 4th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Freeport Rec Center, 130 E. Merrick Road in the upstairs meeting room.
The South Shore Blueway Trail is a project to plan and develop a new network of water access in the western portion of the South Shore Estuary, identifying put-in sites on the Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay and routes best suited for human-powered boating.
Discuss locations for launch sites between Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay, ways to improve access to the water, and strategies for improving water safety.
Please RSVP here. For more information on the South Shore Blueway Trail project, please visit their website.
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Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management at St. Joseph’s College hosts Speaker Series
The mission of the Institute for Tourism and Hospitality Management at St. Joseph’s College is to provide a leading voice in the discussion of responsible tourism and hospitality. As the College prepares students for professional service, we seek to make a positive impact, not only on our local region, but on the global community.
The relationship between the Institute and the tourism and hospitality industry is a reciprocal one: the College provides relevant training and research that enhances the industry. In turn, the industry provides students with valuable opportunities to link classroom learning with professional experience.
The goal is to provide an education, rooted strongly in the liberal arts, that carefully integrates academic rigor with a career-related field placement.
The Institute for Tourism and Hospitality Management at St. Joseph’s College Speakers Series, Common Issues, Unique Solutions: Rebuilding and Protecting Long Island’s Natural Assets and Communities, will focus on the impact of social, demographic, economic, and educational trends on Long Island and the importance of improving land use, planning and management after natural disasters.
The second session will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 at the McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall. Natural disasters are revealing: they expose past prejudices, societal divisions, what we value and what we don’t. There will be a discussion about the lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy to talk about what we can watch for in the relief to come. The discussion will feature Daniel Wolff, author and writer of The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back. A viewing of Wolff’s documentary film, I’m Carolyn Parker will precede at 3:00pm.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Carrie Graf-Behlen at (631) 687-2650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website.
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.
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