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March 11th - 15th, 2013




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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:

  • 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.
To find out more about whether you qualify, call 855-NYS-SANDY.

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

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

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.

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 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.


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 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.

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.

For updates on the South Shore Blueway Trail project, please join their Facebook page.

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 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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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:
Natalie MacMaster - Saturday, March 16th at 8:00pm
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:
Robben Ford - Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm - SOLD OUT
Jonathan Edwards - Saturday, March 16th at 8:00pm
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:
Marshall Tucker Band - Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm
St. Patty’s Weekend Irish Comedy Showcase - Saturday, March 16th at 8:00pm
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Sunday, March 17th 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:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
That 70s Band & DJ Smooth City - Friday, March 15th at 7:00pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, March 16th at 9:00pm
Corned Beef & Chaos - Sunday, March 17th at 5:00pm
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 15th at 10:30pm
Back to Bacharach and David -  Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm and Saturday, March 16th at 8:00pm
Festival of One Act Plays -Friday, March 15th at 3:00pm and Sunday, March 17th 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:
The Women of Rock, Pop, and More! - Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm
Free! National Circus Project Workshops - Saturday, March 16th at 2:00pm and 4:00pm
National Circus Project Performance - Sunday, March 17th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

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 Top Hat - Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm
Erin Go Mardis Gras Party - Saturday, March 16th 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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