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March 18th - 22nd, 2013


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REBUILDING LONG ISLAND

TWU Local 252

The Transport Workers Union of America was founded in 1934 as an industrial union dedicated to the promise that an organization built on trust and equality for all workers cannot be denied. Our motto is "United-Invincible."

TWU is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the worldwide International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). We are a trade union representing workers in Mass Transportation, Airline, Railroad, Utility, University, Municipalities, Service and allied industries.

Local 252 was chartered originally on August 1, 1946. At that time, the lines represented were Rockville Centre Bus, Long Beach Bus, Bee Bus and Utility Lines. Various other lines were organized through the years, many of which went out of business or were taken over by other entities.

“We had a very productive day where the current generation of leaders worked together with the future generation of leaders. The purpose of the Summit is to work with the brightest high school students to further their analytical and leadership abilities for the benefit of Long Island’s future.” - Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Director of the American Communities Institute, speaking on the 2013 Long Island Youth Summit

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Top high school students participate in the Long Island Youth Summit

Last Friday, March 15, 2013, over three hundred of Long Island’s best high school students convened in Oakdale, NY to take part in the 4th Annual Long Island Youth Summit.  The participants presented possible solutions to a variety of problems ranging from protection of water and open space to racial and economic inequality to teenage abuse of prescription drugs. Student finalists, who submitted original research projects in the form of essays, art, and video, attended the half-day Summit where they worked with top experts to explore solutions for Long Island.

The Summit is a public-private partnership between Dowling College, the North Shore LIJ Health System, the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Vision Long Island and participating high school districts on Long Island, with students from twenty-one school districts in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties submitting original research projects to the Summit Winner Selection Committee.

The winners received awards in every Summit topic category. In addition, students received awards for the best science research paper, the best original video, the best original art, the best original photo art, and an overall top prize for the Best Project of the 2013 Long Island Youth Summit.  

“We had a very productive day where the current generation of leaders worked together with the future generation of leaders. The purpose of the Summit is to work with the brightest high school students to further their analytical and leadership abilities for the benefit of Long Island’s future.  Our Summit partners, which include high school teachers from many public schools and organizations such as North Shore LIJ Health System, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Vision Long Island, and others, worked hard to make this program a success”, said Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Co-Chair of the Long Island Youth Summit Steering Committee and Director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College.

This year’s Summit started with a keynote address by Donald Monti, President and CEO of the Renaissance Downtowns.  Mr. Monti spoke to students about the importance of becoming leaders and being active in building the social and economic future for Long Island through investment in Smart Growth-type planning and building communities that will allow for economic growth and the preservation of environment. The event also featured nine topic workshops that covered environmental, socio-medical, and community issues.  

Socio-medical workshop topics included “Bullying, Cyber Bullying, and Social Networking,” “Poverty and Health,” and “Teens and the Abuse of Prescription Medication.”  The “Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Social Networking” workshop was moderated by Dr. Peter D’Amico, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore LIJ Health System, and Dr. Whitney Guerry, Psychology Fellow at the North Shore LIJ Health System.  The “Poverty and Health” workshop was moderated by Dr. Adam Aponte and Joanne Turnier, M.S., R.N., Director, Health Literacy and Patient Education, North Shore LIJ Health System.  The “Teens and the Abuse of Prescription Medication” workshop was moderated by Dr. Stephen Dewey from the North Shore LIJ Health System.

Environmental Workshops included “Protection of Water and Open Space” and “Renewable Energy”.  Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), Maureen Murphy Dolan, Program Director at CCE, Dennis Kelleher, Senior Vice-President at H2M, and Dr. John Tanacredi, Professor of Marine and Natural Sciences, and Director of the Center for Estuarine, Environmental and Coastal Oceans Monitoring (CEECOM) at Dowling College served as experts for the “Protection of Open Space and Water” workshop.  The “Renewable Energy” workshop was moderated by John Keating of LIPA/National Grid and Tara Bono of Empower-Solar.  

Community Issues Workshop topics included “Living on Long Island: Economic Development, Community, and Housing,”  “Race, Class, Education, and Economy,” and the “Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island Communities”.  Ron Roel, President of Roel Resources, LLC, Hon. Steven Flotteron, Councilman of the Town of Islip, and Peter G.Florey, Principal of the D&F Development Group served as experts in the “Living on Long Island Workshop”.  The “Race, Class, Education, and Economy” workshop featured Diana Coleman of the Nassau Economic Opportunity Commission, Louis Medina of the New York State office of Children and Family Services, George Siberon of the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association, and Dr. Nathalia Rogers of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College as experts.  The “Impact of Hurricane Sandy” workshop was led by Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island.  The workshop’s experts included Joseph Badala and Joseph Carne of the Town of Islip, John Siebert of the Jubilee Resource Center in Mastic Beach, NY, and John McNally of Long Beach.  The “Impact of Hurricane Sandy” workshop was added to the 2013 Summit to allow students to document the devastating impact of the hurricane on their communities and to discuss the strength and resilience that residents and local governments had shown in the wake of this natural disaster.

The event continued with a Joint Session where students from each topic workshop present their solutions to Summit’s topics, and concluded with the Awards Ceremony.

The following students won awards for their original projects submitted to the 2013 Long Island Youth Summit:

Best Overall Youth Summit Project (Overall Top Winner):
Jamie Linz, East Islip HS for his essay on the topic of Poverty and Health (Teacher: Maude Walsh)

Best Project in the Category of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying (two winners):  
Chasity Marcano, Bay Shore HS, for her essay on Bullying (Teacher: Maria Fagan)
Kristina Alduino, General Douglas MacArthur HS, for her essay on Bullying (Teacher: David Friedman)

Best Project in the Category of Social Networking:
Kevin Preller, Comsewogue HS, for his essay on Social Networking (Teacher: Elisabeth Casey)

Best Project in the Category of Prescription Drug Abuse:
Jorge Molina, Patchogue Medford HS, for his essay on the Prescription Drug Abuse (Teacher Mrs. J. Gatz)

Best Project in the Category of Preservation of Open Space:
Lauren Lupo,  Kings Park HS, for her essay and art work on Preservation of Open Space (Teacher: Robert Celeste)

Best Project in the Category of Protection of Water:
Renuka Diwan, Mavis Ho, and Hannah Lawrence,  Comsewogue HS, for their essay on Water Protection (Teacher: Elisabeth Casey)

Best Project in the Category of Renewable Energy:
Trevor Corrao, Chad Tomassetti, and Charlie Tomassetti, Farmingdale HS, for their original video on the topic of Renewable Energy (Teacher: Peter Macchia)

Best Project in the Category of Living on Long Island: Economy Community and Housing
Ryan Wolf, Eastport South Manor HS, for his essay on Political Structure of Long Island [Teacher: James Farrell]

Best Project in the Category of The Impact of Hurricane Sandy (two different projects won):
Eric Hu and Eric Zhang, Ward Melville HS, for their essay about the Impact of Hurricane Sandy (Teacher: Allison Kane)
Taylor Norton, East Islip HS, for her essay about the Impact of Hurricane Sandy (Teacher: Maude Walsh)

Best Project in the Category of Race, Class, Education, and Economy (two winners):
Negrillo, Cristina, West Islip HS, for her essay on Race, Class, Education and Economy (Teacher: Mrs. Macrelli)
Alexia Armetta, Kings Park HS, for her essay on Race, Class, Education, and Economy (teacher: Brett Clifford)

Best Project in the Category of the Science Research Paper:
Michael Waldman, Farmingdale HS, on his research paper about improvement of the quality of water in the Massapequa Creek [teacher: Peter Macchia]

Best Project in the Category of Original Art:
KerryAnne Meehan, Kings Park HS, for her mixed media painting and essay on Bullying [Teacher: Robert Celeste]

Best Project in the Category of Original Photo Art:
Bianca Rivera, Longwood HS, for her series of photographs portraying the impact of blizzard Nemo [Teacher: Melissa Bussewitz]

Best Project in the Category of Original Video:
Amanda Garveson and Alexa Lapalme, Kings Park HS, for their video about bullying “Emma’s Story” [Teacher: Brett Clifford]

Best Project in the Category of the Original Web/Photo Poster:
Skylar Clemens, Eilish Marquart, and Lauren Moscowitz, East Islip HS, for their original web poster about Prescription Drug Abuse [Teacher: Maude Walsh]

Annual listing of obligated projects available through NYMTC

The Annual Listing of Obligated Projects for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 is now available on www.NYMTC.org. The Annual Listing is required by federal regulations after the conclusion of a fiscal year to report on progress in implementing the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Transportation improvement projects are planned and executed on a regular and on-going basis in order to maintain and improve this massive transportation system. For the portion of the system in the City of New York and the surrounding suburban counties of Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester in the lower Hudson Valley and Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island, an enormous program of over 2,000 such projects is currently in place through Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015. During each fiscal year, a variety of these planned projects are advanced to implementation. The first step toward implementation involves the obligation of planned funding which effectively “locks in” the funding so that projects can be advanced and leads the way to implementation.

Once a project has been programmed on the TIP, funding for each of its phases must then be obligated. Obligation of funds can be thought of as a formal commitment of a specific amount of funds to a project, as opposed to the programming of funds on the TIP, which simply enable their eventual commitment. Obligation begins the flow of funds to a project.

Funding obligation is a critical milestone in the process which eventually implements
transportation improvement projects. Federal planning regulations require that NYMTC publish a listing of obligated projects at the conclusion of each FFY, which begin on October 1st and end the following September 30th.
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The listing is organized geographically by NYMTC’s three main subregions: the lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island. The listing is further subdivided by County.

This annual listing of obligated projects has also been mapped for ease of review.

Directions to spatially view the project listing in Google Earth and learn more on TIP visualization are available on the NYMTC website. To view the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects go to their website.

Maragos over 200 students from high school across Nassau County will compete in first-ever business development challenge

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos will announce that his office is hosting the first-ever “Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge” where over 200 business students from High Schools across the County will be competing for scholarship prizes from various sponsors.
“My office has created a competition where the leaders of tomorrow will be challenged today to come up with business ideas that they feel will thrive in Nassau County,” Comptroller Maragos said.

The scholarships and awards to be announced at the Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial High School Challenge Kick-Off Event in Massapequa High School on April 17th.

Students, teachers, sponsors, and the Comptroller will be on-hand to speak to the media about the event.

Participants in the Challenge include Division Ave High School (Levittown), MacArthur High School (Levittown), Oyster Bay High School, Long Island Lutheran High School (Brookville), Roslyn High School, Plainedge High School (N. Massapequa), New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Hicksville High School, Kellenberg High School, Massapequa High School, Sewanhaka High School (Elmont), Freeport High School, College Prep Academy for Business & Law (Hempstead).

Sponsors include Hofstra University, HealthPlex, The New Plum Tomatoes of Mineola, Sweet Karma Desserts, Mineola Trophy and Awards.

Vision Long Island will also be a sponsor at the event as well as a judge.

Follow the event on Twitter.com/nccompchallenge and on Facebook.com/nccompchallenge

Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos online at his website.

Port Jefferson Village Board Votes to Keep Late-Night Paid Parking

A motion to restore metered parking hours to between 10am and 10pm, six weeks after the Port Jefferson Village Board of Trustees voted to extend the hours to midnight, failed Monday night after more heated discussion on the issue.

The trustees had been revisiting the matter in recent weeks, between a public forum on March 4 at which local business owners spoke out against the extension and lively debate between the trustees at their March 11 workshop.

While in previous parking seasons people would have to pay to park in village lots between 10am and 10pm, the board voted to extend the hours of pay-for-parking from 10pm to midnight after a recommendation from the village parking committee.

Committee members cited various reasons for the group's recommendation at the public forum, including that the lots are still packed after 10pm and the village needs to force a turnover of spaces. They also said the additional revenue the extension will draw in will help fund renovations in the Traders Cove and Gap parking lots and pay for snow removal and litter cleanup.

Bar and restaurant owners were not happy with the decision. They argued turnover of spaces was not an issue at that hour and the extension would have a negative impact on businesses.

While the Business Improvement District and the chamber of commerce made suggestions for alternative solutions, such as increasing the rate per hour for parking and extending the metered parking season, most of the trustees argued that these solutions address revenue only, not the issue of space turnover.

Trustee Lee Rosner has been the board's lone dissenter, voting against the extension of the hours during the initial February vote and echoing the sentiments of the business owners as the board further discussed the issue.

Rosner said at the business meeting on March 18 that he does not think turnover of spaces is an issue after 10pm and disagreed that extending the pay-for-parking hours to midnight would solve such a problem in any case. He said the visitors who park at night and visit bars and restaurants are staying for a longer time than daytime visitors.

"It's a different type of customer after 6 pm," he said.

Mayor Margot Garant said in previous parking seasons — from March to November — between 9 pm and 10 pm, many people do not move their cars or feed the meter because they know the meters will be turning off soon. She said extending the meter hours to midnight solves this problem and creates more space turnover at that time.

Rosner disagreed the extension would impact people trying to find a space around 9 pm. He also argued that the village did not give the issue the public exposure it deserved before the initial Feb. 4 vote.

Rosner's motion to restore the metered parking hours to their original times failed, with Rosner the sole vote in favor. Garant and trustees Adrienne Kessel and Larry LaPointe voted against the motion. Trustee Bruce D'Abramo was absent.

Both Kessel and Garant told Rosner they would not have supported anything they thought would hurt the village.

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 reading, please visit the Port Jefferson Patch.

As youth driver licensing drops, experts rethink the future of transportation

In 2011, the percentage of 16-to-24 year olds with driver’s licenses dipped to another new low. Just over two-thirds of these young Americans (67 percent) were licensed to drive in 2011, based on the latest licensing data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and population estimates from the Census Bureau. That’s the lowest percentage since at least 1963.

There has been lots of speculation about why fewer young people are getting driver’s licenses (and why even those who do have them seem to be driving less), which begs the question: what is the driving factor behind this trend?

Some link it to the economy, which, as of lately, has been particularly brutal for young people. Others argue the rising cost of gas and tougher driver’s licensing laws that make it more expensive and difficult to get a license. Some even argue that the rising use of technology, smart phones and tablets, prevent young people from getting behind a wheel.

There are arguments to be made for any and all of these explanations, but why does it matter that young people aren’t driving cars anymore?

One important reason it matters is because today’s youth are tomorrow’s main users of our transportation systems. If the useful life of the transportation infrastructure we build today — the highways, light rail lines, bike lanes and sidewalks — is roughly 40 years, that neatly envelops the peak earning and daily travel years of people currently in their late teens and early twenties. If fewer Millennials are driving, that should influence our choices about how we invest in transportation.

The transportation behaviors of the Millennials are doubly important because there are so many of them. That youth driving should be on the decline now is remarkable since there are now more teenagers and young adults in America than there have been in years. Since 1992, America has gained more than 7.3 million 16-to-24 year olds — an increase of 22 percent — but has added only 1.2 million 16-to-24 year old drivers.

The key question for anyone thinking about the future of the transportation system is whether today’s young people will continue to drive less as they get older and move on to new stages of life. The answer to that question doesn’t just depend on external factors such as the economy or even the preferences of the Millennials themselves. It also depends on public policy, specifically, the degree to which we are able to transform our transportation policy infrastructure from an effective machine for the building of lots of new roads into an efficient provider of the mix of flexible transportation options that Americans of all generations, but especially young Americans, now crave.

Regardless of the reasons for the recent drop in youth driving, the fact that young people are driving less provides a golden opportunity to rethink our transportation and development policies. It’s time for decision-makers at all levels to take advantage of that opportunity.

For further reading or view the licensing data, please visit Streets Blog.

Joye Brown: why not 'right-size' county government?

In his recent State of the County, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano stated Mangano said he "right-sized" Nassau's workforce, cut patronage jobs and eliminated government waste and outlined a proposal to redevelop, renew, and downsize the Nassau Coliseum into a “Rockefeller Center” type destination.

Joy Browne, a writer and columnist for Newsday, wrote in a recent editorial that Mangano may be “onto something with his idea of right-sizing the Nassau Coliseum.”

“Why stop at an arena that, because of its age, condition and lack of upkeep, doesn’t work anymore?” Browne states. “Why not “right-size” county government in Nassau and Suffolk instead? Make it smaller. Strip it down to essentials.”

In her editorial, Browne details the history of County government on Long Island post-WWII, its ability the serve the public, successes and failures, and outlines possible suggestions for creating a leaner, more efficient government.

She also highlights some examples of regions in the nation, Connecticut being one of them, that have removed or have significantly reduced the county level of government.

“What about a concept called ‘localism,’ which would fit right in with Long Island’s traditional love of exercising local control. What is localism? It’s complicated, but the most recent and likely easiest to understand iteration is the movement to buy local foods and support local businesses under the theory that neighbors can best serve neighbors.”

To read the full article, please visit Newsday.

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.

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 http://www.nationalgridsandyrelief.com/. 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,

or

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.

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.

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:

FREEPORT:
At the corner of Cornelius Street and Arthur Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9 am
Volunteers will be meeting at the above location and then proceeding to separate locations.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

LINDENHURST:
For location please contact Eric Alexander at 631-804-9128

MASTIC BEACH:
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

The first ever Huntington Station Community Fest on March 23rd!

Come join the Huntington Station community in celebrating the revitalization efforts for downtown Huntington Station. There will children's games, arts and crafts vendors, community service information, food, music and plenty of fun!

The event is being hosted by Renaissance Downtowns and Source the Station. It all takes place on March 23 from 10am to 4pm at the train station commuter parking lot at the corner of New York Ave and Church Street. There will be a heated tent on the very municipal parking lot that will one day become a vibrant, bustling place where the community will gather.

More information is available at http://sourcethestation.com/events/2013/03/community-fest/

Impacts of Pesticides on Long Island Water Quality Hearing on April 2nd

Join the Citizens Campaign for the Environment on April 2 for a special NYS Assembly hearing aimed at protecting Long Island’s drinking water from harmful pesticides. The hearing will be held at Farmingdale State College, Little Theater - Roosevelt Hall, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY. It was called by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney to solicit expert testimony on the new Long Island pesticide policy proposed by the Department of Environmental. The CCE is encouraging the public to come out and help them in ‘…urging the DEC to dramatically improve this inadequate "Pollution Prevention Strategy" and craft a REAL plan that ensures protection of public health and our groundwater supplies!’

At the NYS Assembly Hearing on April 2 experts, including the CCE, will speak on the DEC’s new Long Island Pesticide Policy. The Public is welcome but only invited speakers will be allowed to speak.

On April 3 and 4 from 6pm-9pm the public is given an opportunity to speak at the NYS DEC Hearing. The April 3 Hearing takes place at Shinnecock 101 Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY. The April 4 Hearing will take place at Morrelly Homeland Security Center, 510 Grumman Road West, Main Conference Room, Bethpage, NY.

If you are unable to make any of the hearings, visit http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaigns/long-island-drinking-water.asp so that your voice can still be heard.

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 ithm@sjcny.edu. You can also visit their website.

2013 Complete Streets Summit on April 11th

Our city and town streets are essential components of our community. Streets are typically designed to only accommodate vehicle traffic. They should, however, be accessible to all of its members: the old, young, disabled, walkers, runners, bikers, and drivers. Complete Streets do just that. They are streets designed for everyone. With Complete Streets, it is ensured that roadways are designed to satisfy the needs of all users.

The event will be held at the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. The Summit begins at 8am. The key note will be given by Mike Lydon, principle of The Street Plans Collaborative. Elected officials, town officials, and special guests will be on hand to discuss the feasibility and implementation of Complete Streets.

The event is being organized by Wendel Companies, Vision Long Island and Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and is co-sponsored by AARP and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Space is limited so register now at http://blog.tstc.org/2013/03/07/save-the-date-long-island-completeeets-summit/. Additional information about the importance of complete streets can be found at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/completeeets.

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.

Free Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Fueling Station Symposia on April 25th and 26th

The Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, Long Island’s Climate Smart Communities Coordinators, Cameron Engineering, and the Sustainability Institute at Molloy will be hosting symposia on alternative fuel fleets and solutions for Long Island’s Future. The event will bring together municipal leaders, fleet managers, and vehicle and fueling station experts to explore new technologies and strategies to develop cleaner, more efficient fleets. State representatives will discuss financing and incentives as well as present fleet case studies. Additionally, cooperative fleet initiates, including shared charging/fueling stations and group purchasing plans, will be discussed.

The event will be held at two separate venues offering both Nassau and Suffolk county residents to partake. One event will take place on April 25 at the town of North Hempstead’s platinum LEED Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury NY. A second event will take place on April 26 at Suffolk County Community College, Culinary Arts Center in Riverhead NY. For both locations, morning sessions are from 10am to 12pm and cover electric vehicles and charging stations. The afternoon sessions are from 1pm to 3pm and cover compressed natural gas and propane vehicles and fueling stations. Vendors and Refreshments will be open to the public from 12pm to 1pm.

Space is limited so please reserve a seat at info@gliccc.org

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Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to info@visionlongisland.org. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Clearview Grand Avenue

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

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

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

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

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Glen Cove Theatres

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

Great Neck


Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

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

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

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

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater

232 Main Street, Port Washington:
New Riders of the Purple Sage with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix - Friday, March 22nd at 7:45 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300

Roslyn

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Clearview Roslyn Theatre

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

Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090

Seaford

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Seaford Cinemas

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

SUFFOLK

Babylon


Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
clearviewcinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Acoustic Alchemy - Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm
Y Act Out  Teen Theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) - Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00pm
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:
National Theatre Live: PEOPLE by Alan Bennett - Saturday, March 23rd 8:00 PM
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:
They Might Be Giants - Friday, March 22nd at 9:00pm
An Evening with Sully Erna - Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00pm
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson Electric Trio - Sunday, March 24th 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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

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

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Cinema Arts Centre

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

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:
Boeing Boeing - Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm,  Saturday, March 23rd at  3:00pm and 8:00pm and Saturday, March 24th at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Fourth Patchogue Folk Festival The Kingston Trio The Claudia Jacobs Band Gathering Time Free 2:00pm
Concert In Lobby: Folk Goddesses, Rough Folk, and more - Saturday, March 23rd at 8:00 PM
Tickets and more information available here


The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Big Shot & That 70s Band - Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00pm
ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience - Sunday, March 24th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


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

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, March 22nd at 10:30pm
Back to Bacharach and David -  Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm,  Saturday, March 23rd at 8:00pm, and Saturday, March 24th at 3:00pm
Festival of One Act Plays - Saturday, March 23rd at 3:00pm and Sunday, Sunday, March 24th at 7:00pm
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
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

Riverhead


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Broadway Live - Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm
Swing into Spring Big Band Dance : Black Tie Affair Orchestra - Saturday, March 23rd at 8:00pm
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 Stage Fright - Friday, March 22nd at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents To Catch A Thief - Saturday, March 23rd 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


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

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Sayville Theatre

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

Smithtown


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575

Southampton


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

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