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“It’s easy to separate yourself from these tragedies and think it won’t happen to your family.” Lavena Sipes, mother of Courtney Sipes.

 

 

“Imagine if more people rode their bikes not just for pleasure but what they were originally intended for - transportation. Imagine less traffic, a healthier population, friendlier communities, more revenue for businesses. The possibilities are absolutely endless." West Islip resident Sandy Cutrone

 

 

“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution." Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

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Buying Into Housing Development In Lieu Of Vacant Stores

A pair of boarded-up commercial buildings in Valley Stream are slated to be redeveloped into a transit-oriented apartment complex.

Once completed, the $15 million project will replace 10 vacant stores with 39 units of housing in a three-story building. Parking will occupy the first floor and the building will be connected to the Gibson Boulevard LIRR station.

D&F Development Group Principal Peter Florey said the Hewlett Harbor Point will be priced as workforce housing. The annual income limit for the 20 one-bedroom units is $45,000 and the limit for the 19 two-bedroom units is $85,000.  However, village residents and first responders will be given priority.

“It wouldn’t surprise me [to see others apply]. I’d expect the majority to be coming from the area. We want to make sure the Valley Stream folks get the first shot at getting in,” Florey said.

After getting Village approval last year, the project is expected to enter the construction phase this fall. Occupancy is expected for early 2016, with the application process beginning in the third quarter of 2015.

“Really good work happening in Valley Stream,” Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said. “Kudos to the local Village and organizations like Envision Valley Stream that are making changes in their downtown.”

Valley Stream is embracing housing diversity these days. The 72 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail of Sun Valley Towers were recently completed, while the 90 units of housing in Hawthorne Court will be available for lease soon. Valley Stream officials also confirmed a major Long Island developer is negotiating to build 250 residences near the Valley Stream LIRR station.

“[These projects are] a major shot in the arm for economic development in the area,” Florey said.

For more coverage of Valley Stream housing, check out Long Island Business News (subscription require.)

Volunteers Warn About Looming NY Rising Deadline

As the deadline for Long Islanders to seek financial restitution for Superstorm Sandy damage looms, a team of volunteers hit the message home on Saturday.

Friends of Long Island – a collection of grassroots community organizations supported by Vision Long Island – rallied to emphasize the April 11 deadline for NY Rising applications.

Volunteers in Mastic Shirley, Babylon, Lindenhurst, Long Beach, Oceanside, Freeport, Island Park and East Rockaway were out and about last weekend, reminding people about the deadline. Homeowners seeking help to rebuild, repair or elevate house must begin the application process before the deadline for any hope of getting a check.

Friends of Long Island groups are known for ripping out and rebuilding homes on the weekends.

Meanwhile, Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and William Lindsay III are hosting an informational meeting for Sandy questions at Briarcliffe College in Patchogue on the evening of April 7. Representatives from NY Rising, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Greater Patchogue COAD and Touro Law Center will also be on hand at that event.

In the Town of Babylon, volunteers will be at Town Hall today from 2-7 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with laptops to help residents with their applications. NY Rising staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

Residents looking for help getting started can call Friends of Long Island's Jon Siebert at 631-316-8430. Anyone who wants to try signing up themselves can visit NY Rising online or call 1-855-NYS-Sandy.

There's been minimal regional support in getting the message out, Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said, but local organizations and rebuilding groups have done a great job in canvassing their neighbors.

For more coverage, check out News 12 (subscription required).

More Calls For Safer Roads At Complete Streets Summit

“Here we have to rustle up energy to these common sense activities.”

Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island and emcee for the 2014 Complete Streets Summit, let a little passion slip through at the beginning of Thursday’s conference. He complained how people are still getting hurt and killed on Long Island roads, while other parts of the world have made the necessary changes to protect them.

The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles.

For Sandy Cutrone, the Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance. The West Islip resident was an avid bicyclist since her days growing up in North Babylon; she was riding along Montauk Highway in Babylon Village last September when a van turned into her. Cutrone developed neck pain, vision problems and post-concussion symptoms that continue to keep her from working. Her story crossed the world in February after Suffolk County Legislator Tom Barraga criticized her for bicycling in Suffolk County.

Complete Streets, she added, could help prevent similar accidents in the future. That includes designated bike lanes and signage, better pedestrian crossings and traffic lights that display a red left turn arrow when the light turns green for oncoming traffic.

Downtowns would also benefit from more pedestrian and bicyclist traffic, Cutrone said.

“We won’t simply drive through. We will stop [and shop],” she said.

Complete Streets policy could also be a lifesaver, a change too late for Lavena Sipes. The Smithtown resident watched a driver high on heroin smash into her 11-year-old daughter, Courtney, back in 2009. Mother and daughter were crossing Main Street for a music lesson Courtney was looking forward to when an SUV sent her flying under another car and killing the girl.

The family moved from Texas to Smithtown in 2008. With shops along Main Street and people walking in the community, Sipes believed they were alright leaving their car behind.

Since her daughter’s death, the family founded the Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation. The nonprofit advocates for pedestrian safety and supports youth interest in music and arts.

“It seemed safe. We had our blinders on,” Sipes said. “It’s easy to separate yourself from these tragedies and think it won’t happen to your family.”



Cutrone and Sipes joined Alexander in unveiling the Long Island Compete Streets Coalition at Thursday’s event. The coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic.

The group will look to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

The keynote speaker at Thursday’s Complete Streets Summit was Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. Referring to Barraga’s comments, the county leader admitted Suffolk was designed auto-centric as Robert Moses developed America’s earliest suburbs. But if Long Island wants to stimulate the economy, create a sense of place and reverse the Brain Drain, he said it’s time to embrace the common sense-solutions of Complete Streets.

“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution,” Bellone said.

Such policies would also play a part in his “Connect Long Island” initiative. The county executive wants to link the existing east-west railways with new north-south options like Bus Rapid Transit to connect universities, jobs and affordable housing. Complete Streets, he said, would help connect destinations without needing a car.



Bellone was flanked by Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) and Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin). He said the effort has to be less about changing culture and more about reminding residents why they moved to the suburbs in the first place, while she said transit-oriented development creates jobs, reduces traffic, keeps young professionals on Long Island, improves sales tax revenues and solves many of the region’s problems.



Under guidance of Tri-State Transportation Campaign Associate Director Ryan Lynch, the Implementation: Challenges and Policies panel began discussing issues facing Complete Streets solutions. Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said their village of 6,700 already embraces these policies. Passing Complete Streets legislation in 2012, the village has slowed speed limits, increased access to all modes of transit and added bus shelters and benches.

Celender was optimistic she could return next year with a success story for Welwyn Road and Shoreward Drive. The area currently has one lane of traffic in each direction with heavy congestion, deteriorating pavement, cracked concrete sidewalks and no pedestrian facilities. The village received a $5.1 million grant for enhancements, including brick walkways and raised crosswalks.

In Nassau County, Traffic Safety Coordinator Christopher Mistron focused on the three E’s of planning – education, engineering and enforcement. Instead of having EMS as a fourth E, Mistron said he wanted it to be encouragement. In education, the county official said having conversations about Complete Streets is effective. What starts as a dinner table conversation turns into pedestrian awareness about safety. In enforcement, Mistron said red light cameras have reduced crashes by as much as 40 percent. He also said police officers crossed crosswalks and chased after drivers who didn’t yield. In engineering, he said the county makes changes to their own roads but is limited by local governments.



A late minute addition to the panel, Suffolk Bus Riders Association President Robert DeVito emphasized both education for drivers and bicyclists. They go into schools teaching how to properly ride, but also stress that most bicyclists also own cars. DeVito said spending money on bridging the disconnect between bicyclists and other drivers would go further than infrastructure projects.

In the Town of Brookhaven, Councilwoman Connie Kepert said Complete Streets policies have been a success since the board passed it in 2010. Kepert said she’s finding some opposition to proposed transit-oriented development in North Bellport from neighbors to the south. They were able to install sidewalks and bike lanes on some roads, but the councilwoman said they’re still facing some opposition about Complete Streets.

“It’s not creating Queens in Brookhaven. It’s making the roads safe,” she said.

Led by VHB Director of Transportation Matthew Carmody, the second panel focused on the design and regulation to guide Complete Streets projects.

Babylon’s Director of Downtown Revitalization Jonathan Keyes said they don’t get many opportunities to rebuild communities in Babylon with 99 percent of the town built up. Wyandanch Rising may be “an engineer’s headache” with narrow roads and underground utilities, but wider roads would increase traffic speeds as well as making the work easier, violating the tenets of Complete Streets.

Rich Zapolski is still relatively new to the Town of Islip as their commissioner of Planning and Development, but he’s actively learning about Complete Streets and works with a small, but talented staff.  The Town approved a Complete Streets policy in 2010. Complete Streets is part of the planned Heartland Town Square, currently undergoing an environmental impact study, Zapolski said. He added they’re trying to incorporate the concepts in projects throughout the town’s other hamlets.

Southampton Transportation Director Tom Neely admitted his region may be less dense, although it’s geographically large. With lots of roads to worry about, Neely introduced a discussion of the expenses behind accidents. With the average accident in America costing $16,000, the director said his town sees about 2,000 accidents every year.

He urged conference participants and guests to vote for elected officials who want change. Many towns have an elected highway superintendent who operates independently of the town board. Southampton officials took an inventory of sidewalks to go along with their map of bike roads, which their highway superintendent used while plowing snow.



The Town of North Hempstead passed Complete Streets legislation in 2011. Town Planner Wes Sternberg said they used the policies when they put Prospect Avenue on “a diet.” What once was a four-lane road with limited but high speed traffic was turned into a slower, two-lane road. They’re also investigating solutions for Marion Street on the border of Greenvale and Oyster Bay. The neighborhood is fine by itself, but Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard traffic speed through as a shortcut. A car drives through ever 53 seconds on weekdays and every 38 seconds on Saturday.

“That’s a lot of traffic that shouldn’t be there,” Sternberg said.

To slow traffic down, he said, the town is considering a few options. That could include a lane choker to restrict to one lane of alternating traffic or using islands to constrict the roads. Other municipalities, he added, could try these solutions out temporarily using traffic cones.

Stepping away from Long Island, Wendel Companies Sr. Landscape Architect Dean Gowen examined Complete Streets through a project in upstate Buffalo. When they considered the $11.3 million-plan, Gowen said they needed to identify specific values, like improving traffic flow, opening up Brownfields properties and serving as a catalyst for revitalization.

Complete Streets, he added, incorporates three basic concepts. Projects must involve multiple forms of transportation, environmentally-sound decisions and include both education and smart technology.

The final speaker of the second panel was a newcomer to engineering firm Greenman Pedersen, inc. Transportation Safety Director Frank Pearsen reflected on his three decades with the New York State Department of Transportation to emphasize the importance of Complete Streets.

He worked on a project along Newbridge Road as a rookie engineer. Back then, he was proud of the four-lane road he created. Responding to elected officials’ complaints 20 years later, Pearsen realized the smarter decision to make it safer for everyone was actually to remove a lane and add traffic signals. He also responded to Main Street in Smithtown after Courtney Sipes was killed, tasked with finding a cheap solution quickly. After getting community input, the DOT used a west-bound lane to create a turning lane, added traffic signal and installed wider sidewalks.

Pearsen cautioned major projects like the NY Route 347 Safety, Mobility and Environmental Improvements project renovating 15 miles of highway are not often feasible solutions. Instead, he urged government officials to seek more practical low-cost solutions.

“The big projects are splashy, but few and far between,” he added.



For more information on how to join the Long Island Complete Streets Coalition, contact Vision Long Island.

State Passes $137.9 Billion Budget With Some Changes

With just 45 minutes to spare and an emergency order from the governor, New York State passed its fourth on-time budget Monday night.

Legislators approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $137.9 billion state budget before the midnight deadline. The budget has made news for delaying Common Core standards in New York schools and adding $1.1 billion in education aid.

But the final budget is also larger than the $137.2 billion offering Cuomo originally proposed back in January.

The approved budget does maintain the governor’s provisional tax relief, which was opposed from the Suffolk County Village Officials Association. The 2-percent tax cap for all municipalities will stay on the books. Local governments who do will make their homeowners eligible for property tax rebates in 2014. Come 2015, residents will have to not only live in a community under the cap, but those municipalities must also enact a plan to consolidate services and/or administration. If the local government fails to meet those conditions, their constituents receive nothing.

This spending plan also includes additional funds for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. Originally, open space, parks, solid waste programs and water quality would have seen extra money. The budget passed Monday adds $9 million to bump the annual spending to $162 million.

Originally, Cuomo proposed giving the MTA an extra $85 million to boost their annual allocation to $4.3 billion. Of that bump, $40 million would have been used to pay off debt incurred by the state on behalf of the MTA. The final budget limits the amount for debt payoff to $30 million.

Plans, however, to encourage spending were trimmed in the budget process. The governor’s January proposal continued the 10 regional economic development councils. With more than $2.2 billion awarded since creation in 2011, he wanted $500 million for a fourth round of competition. What lawmakers passed Monday includes just $150 million in funding plus $70 million in state tax credits for that fourth round.

The final budget also completely cut funding for the state Superfund program – cleaning up contaminated sites – and Brownfields program – reusing polluted sites. Cuomo originally proposed extending the state Superfund program for a year and continuing the Brownfields program for 10 years. The proposal would have limited Brownfields remediation tax credits only to the actual cleanup, while redevelopment credits would be available only to sites that have been vacant for more than a decade, worth less than the cleanup credits or are priority economic development projects. During budget negotiations, legislators tied the overhaul of the Brownfields program to refinancing the Superfund program; neither were included in the final budget. Brownfields planning and cleanup programs have provided limited benefits to Long Island.

Suffolk requests for additional funding for busses were not included in the budget. Targeted speed camera funding for pedestrian safety projects were also left out. Vision Long Island and the Long Island Lobby Coalition will continue to fight for these resources.

For more coverage of the budget, check out Long Island Business News, Newsday (subscription required) and this Cuomo press release.

Survey: Lack Of Jobs A Major Concern In Brain Drain

A new survey reveals how Long Island’s young professionals feel about the brain drain affecting their generation.

Suburban Millenial Institute released a report last week. Of the 752 Millenial-aged residents polled, 30 percent said their future plans involve leaving Long Island. This comes on the heels of the Long Island Index reporting the region losing 15 percent of 20-34 year-olds from the last census period compared to a 5 percent increase across the country.

“This poll clearly indicates that the ‘brian drain’ issue is real, and it’s not going away,” Suburban Millennial Institute Founder Jeff Guillot said.  “We need to find public policy solutions to attract jobs and make Long Island affordable before it’s too late.”

Of those surveyed, 30 percent planned to leave the island and 64.12 percent planned on staying. Meanwhile, 83.78 percent of participants currently living on Long Island and 76.20 percent went to high school on Long Island.

Of those looking to stay, participants most frequently cited two reasons. Family and friends are located on Long Island for 78.71 percent, and 77.72 percent see the island as a good place to raise children. More than half of those polled also said Long Island offers and exciting lifestyle, has a population size that matches well with their lifestyle and provides many opportunities for education. Less than 30 percent said the cost of living is reasonable for the region.

The most common argument for leaving Long Island among those looking to leave is a lack of employment opportunities, according to 62.43 percent. More than half also said the area lacks an exciting lifestyle and has an unreasonable cost of living. Less than 25 percent said the population size doesn’t match their lifestyle.

“If you couple the job issue with the exciting lifestyle issue, and you can only get one of them here or both of them in New York City or North Carolina, the choice of clear,” Guillot said.

At the end of the study, participants were given the definition of brain drain, asked if they believe it, whether it’s a detriment to Long Island and if it requires action. Almost 21 percent reported they don’t believe the brain drain exists. Nearly 70 percent believe it has a negative effect on the island, but 17.69 percent believe it has a positive effect and almost 21 percent said it has neutral or no effect. Of those surveyed, less than 18 percent believe it’s not a problem requiring no action. However, 51.54 percent said it’s a severe problem require action and 28.57 percent believe it’s a pretty serious problem but does not require action.

Guillot was surprised the phrase brain drain wasn’t known as well as expected, but said respondents’ reactions changed once they understood the definition.

“People started to realize this is real,” the founder said.

“The eye-opening poll from the Suburban Millennial Institute spotlights a desire among some of our younger folks to stay on Long Island but underscores the need for substantive improvements to make that prospect a reality. Job opportunities, more dynamic lifestyle amenities and improved affordability are the chief barriers to keeping the majority of our millennials on Long Island. There are a plethora of policy, redevelopment and social actions that can be taken but understanding the challenge is the first step. Kudos to the team at SMI for gathering this data and starting to shape the changes to come,” Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

For additional media coverage of the survey, check out the Long Island Business News (subscription required).

Turbines Proposed Off Montauk Coast For LIPA RFP

Long Island may finally harvest wind power after all.

A Rhode Island companies is submitting plans for a 35-turbine wind farm off the coast of Montauk in response to LIPA requests for renewable energy last year.

Deepwater Wind’s Deepwater ONE project calls for turbines on platforms in 100-120 feet of water 30 miles off Long Island. The 6-megawatt turbines would generate more than 200 megawatts of power by 2018 and hook up to the LIPA electrical system on the East End.

LIPA released a request for proposals last year to generate 280 megawatts of renewable energy. The state-controlled entity is working with Con Edison and the New York Power Authority on a proposed wind farm off the South Shore. LIPA also canceled a wind project off the coast of Jones Beach in 2007 over cost.

Energy produced by the wind farm would be sold both to Long Island and coastal New England states, according to the company. They claim it will produce enough electricity to power about 350,000 homes and displace over 1.7 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off of the road.

Deepwater ONE would not be visible from Montauk’s shore, company officials said.

The project has also won support from 19 environmentalist and nonprofit groups, like Vision Long Island. They released a public letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, PSEG-LI and LIPA last week, praising Deepwater ONE and calling the ocean a “world-class” energy resource. Advocates said offshore wind power has provided clean energy to coastal Europe for more than 20 years in Europe without harming marine resources.

“We strongly urge New York to embrace and incorporate the potential of offshore wind power and utilize its close proximity to our increasingly demanding energy markets. For the sake of coastal resiliency, local jobs, increased investments in economic development and manufacturing, wildlife, and future generations of New Yorkers, we thank you for inviting proposals for large-scale renewable energy and look forward to working with you to advance offshore wind for New York,” the letter said.
LIPA is expected to announce a decision by December.

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

New GPI Traffic Safety Expert Supports Complete Streets

Frank Pearsen called his decision to join engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. “act II” of his career.

After spending almost 33 years with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Pearson joined the firm in February as their director of transportation safety for the Babylon office.

“I’m too young to stay retired. I’m only 55. I felt I had something to contribute to the profession,” he said.

Pearsen spent his entire career with the NYSDOT working hands on with traffic issues. Before he retired this past November, he was the acting regional director for the Long Island Region 10 area. His background includes traffic safety and/or calming projects along Hempstead Turnpike, Wantagh Parkway and Jericho Turnpike.

Greenman-Pedersen, he said, has the largest traffic-engineering group on Long Island and handled a lot of traffic safety work. Coming on board as the transportation safety boss for the Babylon office, Pearsen is responsible for quality control on active projects and expanding the firm’s role in traffic safety.

Looking into the private sector, New York City was a major pull. Pearsen said he was interested with the safety improvements made for bicyclists and pedestrians over the years, as well as the progress on Long Island.

“We’ve made progress over the last 10 years, but certainly we’re not where we have to be yet. There’s a lot more opportunities for improvement,” he said, referring to Complete Streets. “While I was with the DOT, we did some of that in Hempstead Turnpike and downtown Smithtown.”

Alternative transportation is also an important key to successful downtowns, which Pearsen supports. The Village of Patchogue, he added, has sparked emulation by other municipalities.

“Pedestrians are a mode of transportation, as are transit. I think you have to have a balanced approach,” Pearsen said. “Downtown areas shouldn’t really have much through traffic; it should be for local traffic.”

Bellone, LI Team Presenting At Major Planning Conference

A team from Long Island will present at the country’s premiere planning event this summer.

CNU 22: The Resilient Community is the latest conference hosted in Buffalo by pro-Smart Growth organization Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).

These conferences, this year’s scheduled for June 4-7, offer CNU members a chance to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent work and advance new initiatives to transform communities.

The event is targeted towards architects, planners, developers, nonprofits, environmentalists, citizen activists and public officials. Noted urban planner Andres Duany will lead seminars, along with dozens of Smart Growth, transit-oriented development and sustainable development practitioners and advocates.

From Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Renaissance Downtowns CEO Don Monti, Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander and Bill Tuyn will speak about transit-oriented development.

For more information about CNU 22, check out their website.

Questions Answered At Sandy Open House April 7

South Shore residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy more than a year later. Mold is lingering in old structures, damaged homes need to be rebuilt and buildings in flood plains need to be raised.

Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and Bill Lindsay III have announced a Superstorm Sandy Information Open House for April 7 at 7 p.m. at Briarcliffe College in Patchogue to help answer some of these questions.

In addition to county officials, representatives from NY Rising, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Greater Patchogue COAD and Touro Law Center.

For more information, contact Calarco’s office at 631-854-1400 or via email.

Hear Out Long Island’s Next Generation On April 23

When the future of Long Island offers their insight and opinions, who will be listening?

Community Conversations is a series of discussions on various topics hosted by Town of Huntington libraries and Leadership Huntington with the goal of promoting both libraries and public participation.

The next Community Conversations event “Our next generations speaks up: Are we listening?” is slated for April 23 at the Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center, where representatives of the Long Island Youth Summit will speak. Dowling College’s Dr. Nathalia Rogers will guide a discussion with young adults about economy, environment and education.

For more information, visit Leadership Huntington’s website or the Community Conversations’ Facebook page.

Pops Band To Support West Hempstead Sept. 11 Memorial

A West Hempstead civic group has announced a benefit concert later this month to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The West Hempstead Community Support Association (WHCSA) will present the North Shore Pops Concert Band on April 27. Scheduled to start at 6 p.m., the concert will be held in the West Hempstead High School Auditorium on Nassau Boulevard.

Proceeds from show will benefit the West Hempstead 9/11 Memorial, a granite monument holding a piece of steel from the towers that will honor the 12 residents who died in the attack.

Tickets are available for $10 to the general population and $8 for seniors or students. To buy a ticket or for more information, contact WHCSA at 516-733-0879.

Celebrate Spring At 14th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival

Winter is still clinging to the end of March, but rainbows of tulips in Huntington village should signal spring is in full force.

The 14th annual Huntington Tulip Festival is slated for May 4 at Heckscher Park.

Obviously the festival includes countless, colorful tulips growing in the park. It’ll also include activity booths for children, refreshments, local vendors, tours of the Heckscher Art Museum and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage.

For more information about this free event, check out Huntington Arts Council’s website or call 631-271-8423.

Small Business Conference At Stony Brook University June 17

Join 1,000 other small business owners at the Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference this summer.

Presented by New Millennium Development Services and SUNY, the conference is Long Island’s premiere procurement event for small businesses with a focus on both women- and minority-owned employers and veteran companies.

Plenary sessions and workshops are on the slate, along with networking opportunities with contract decision-makers from governmental agencies, major corporations, and educational institutions. Breakfast and lunch are included.

This conference is scheduled for June 17 at Stony Brook University’s Charles Wang Center.

For more information, call 516-223-3855 or visit them online.

State Sets April 11 Deadline For Sandy Aid To Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

With concerns that many Long Island homeowners have yet to apply, the Friends of Long Island are calling out for volunteers to assist in canvassing and urging residents to seek assistance and begin filing. They can be contacted at jsiebert@friendsofli.org or 631-316-8430.

Open Door For Affordable Veterans Housing

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

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

The housing will be available beginning April.

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

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

Grants Available To Find Veterans And Families Homes

Know a veteran who could use a hand finding a permanent home?

Nonprofit Services for the Underserved is rallying the troops with news of grants for veterans and their families.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been authorized to offer these grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Funds are provided to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives who will help very-low income veteran families find permanent housing.

SSVF provides veterans with outreach, case management, advocacy and assistance in obtaining benefits. The program can also provide limited payments to landlords, child care providers, utilities and others to keep veteran families in permanent homes.

For more information or assistance, contact Roger Leathers at 631-227-0777.

$50 Million Open For Alternative Transportation Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

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

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

Application information is available on the state's website.

Help Wanted

Governor Cuomo Wants You For NY Storm Recovery Jobs

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery is looking for an Implementation Coordinator for Nassau County. This person will play a critical role in developing and implementing community-driven projects and programs emerging from Phase I of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction program, particularly from the 13 planning committees in Nassau County. They will also work closely with Office of Storm Recovery and Department of State senior staff, planning and implementation consultants, and local and state officials. Qualified applicants will need a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in community development, government, public policy, urban planning or other fields.

The Office of Storm Recovery is also looking for a community planner. This person will play a critical role in developing and implementing the community-driven projects and programs emerging from several planning committees. They will work closely with both Office of Storm Recovery and Department of State senior staff, planning and implementation consultants, and local and state officials. Candidates for the Community Planner position must have a bachelor’s degree and six years of experience, or a master’s degree and four years of experience.

Candidates for both positions are asked to submit a resume, letter of interest and three references to New York State. Make sure to include the name of the position in the subject line. Community Planner applicants should also include the region of interest.

Soil, Water Expert Wanted In Nassau Conservation District

Have an environmental background and want to make Long Island greener? The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to meet you.

The district has an opening for a part-time conservation technician. This individual will be responsible for planning, promoting, carrying out and evaluating assigned matters, including soil erosion management and prevention, stormwater management, green infrastructure practices, water conservation, surface water quality, special groundwater protection, tidal wetlands, coastal marine waters, vegetation and woodlands preservation, public policy, applications for government grants and dissemination of educational materials to the public.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science and be cognizant of the principles and practices of Natural Resource Conservation.

The right candidate may be considered for full-time employment after working 29 hours a week through the summer.

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter, or call 516-364-5861. Applications must be received by April 25.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

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

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Bethpage

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Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
516-931-9296
Subculture - Friday, April 4 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available on Facebook

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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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
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

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

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
On Your Radar with WFUV's John Platt with Brother Sun, Amy Speace and Martyn Joseph - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and other storybooks - Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m..
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

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

Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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

Seaford

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Seaford Cinemas

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

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Art Garfunkel - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Jay Mohr - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

SUFFOLK

Amityville


Revolution

140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel featuring Black Water Rising - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Badfish - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Protest the Hero - Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon - Beatles and the solo years featuring the Nutopians - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
The Bo-Keys and John Nemeth - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
The Met: Live in HD - Puccini's La Boheme - Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.
Student Film Competition: Award Ceremony and Screeening - Sunday, April 6 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
The Spring Fling Comedy Showcase starring Marla Schultz, Teddy Smith, Moody McCarthy and Steven Scott - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Cher Lloyd - Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

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

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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

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

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Cinema Arts Centre

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

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Music Man - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Flat Stanley - Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Mullet and No Excuses - Friday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.
The Electrix, Leah Kay and Easy Chief - Saturday, April 5 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Atlantic Wind Symphony and PTPA present - Pops in Patchogue - Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike Delguidice and Big Shot - Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Rock Out Autism - Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, April 5 at 10 p.m.
St. Patty's Day After Party - Sunday, April 6 at noon
Tickets and more information available here


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

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, April 4 at 10:30 p.m.
The 2014 Comedy Gala Fundraiser - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

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

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Mavis Staples R&B, Soul, Gospel icon - Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Jorma Kaukonen acoustic - Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

 


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

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
"Way Out East... A Journey In Song" with Nancy Atlas, Inda Eaton and Caroline Doctorow - Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
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.

Listen To The Voices Of The Future

The 2014 Long Island Youth Summit at Dowling Collge this morning happened too late to hit deadline. More than 350 students from over 20 high schools participated in workshops on bullying, abuse of prescription drugs, mental health and self esteem, water, renewable energy, Sandy recovery, economic development and housing, race, class and leadership. Sponsors for the 5th annual Summit include North Shore LIJ, Southwest Airlines, Estée Lauder, Posillico, PS&S, H2M, RWDSU/UFCW Local 338, Harras Bloom & Archer, D&F Development, LI Business Council, Joy Squires, CCE and Vision Long Island. Check back next week for in-depth coverage.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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