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April 3rd - 9th, 2016

Regional Updates

St. Joseph's College


Since 1916, St. Joseph's College, New York, has had a rich history of providing a strong academic and value-oriented education led by faculty members who are leaders in their fields.

“We are glad NYSDOT is concentrating safety infrastructure and amenities for pedestrians in this stretch of the region’s notoriously deadly corridor. Sidewalks and pedestrian medians are indeed prerequisites for safe mobility, but it’s time to consider reducing speed limits and adding curb extensions to calm speeding on these arterials...The drop in pedestrian fatalities in Suffolk is a good sign, but more concentrated safety projects are needed throughout the county.”
-Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

“New Yorkers 65 and older are more than three times likelier to be victims of pedestrian fatalities than younger New Yorkers... Once again Tri-State’s report shows we still have traffic safety issues in our state. AARP believes one way to address these pedestrian safety issues is to make our communities more livable by investing in complete streets, which takes into account all users of the roads, not just motor vehicles. In an AARP-commissioned 2014 survey, large numbers of New York Voters age 50 and over cited traffic safety-related issues as problems in their communities. We must stop these trends.”

-Beth Finkel, AARP

“What needs to be made clear is that the numerous deaths along our roadways can be addressed through improved design and prioritizing DOT resources to make the streets safer. As Ryan Russo from NYC DOT stated clearly at last week’s Complete Streets Summit- "we can design fatalities out of the system". It is not a surprise that safety has improved in NYC streets while Long Island roadways creep up the list of the most dangerous”.
-Eric Alexander, Vison Long Island

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Long Island Still Among Most Dangerous Roadways

Route 25 in Suffolk and Route 24 in Nassau were tied this year for having the most pedestrian deaths in the Tri-State area according to the annual Most Dangerous Roads for Walking study released by Tri-State Transportation Campaign.  The report comes out only days before two pedestrians were struck and killed in Suffolk County, within an hour of each other; one on 5th Avenue in Bay Shore, the other on Nesconset Highway in Nesconset. 

With 413 pedestrian deaths in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York, 2014 was less deadly than 2013 (445 deaths) and 2012 (440 deaths).  Four of the top five most dangerous roads for walking in the tri-state area were on Long Island, with   Route 25 ranking the highest (24 deaths), 25A ranking 3rd (18 deaths), Route 27 ranking 4th (16 deaths), and Route 24 ranking 5th (14 deaths). Both Routes 25 and 27’s fatality count did include some that occurred in Queens. Without the amount of fatalities for Queens included, Rote 25A would have been tied for 6th place. Route 25 — also known as Jericho Turnpike, Middle Country Road and Main Street at various stretches — had been ranked first last year and the year before, and Route 24, also known as Hempstead Turnpike, had been ranked second last year.

All of Long Island’s highest ranking roads for pedestrian fatalities are state roads. The state DOT said in response to the report that it was “making more bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements across the state than ever before. Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. Both motorists and pedestrians need to use good judgment and make smart decisions to protect themselves and others,” the statement said.

There were 116 deaths in Suffolk during the most recent period, and 94 in Nassau. In the previous period, between 2011 and 2013, there were 130 deaths in Suffolk and 90 in Nassau, according to Tri-State Transportation. Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander said, “What needs to be made clear is that the numerous deaths along our roadways can be addressed through improved design and prioritizing DOT resources to make the streets safer. As Ryan Russo from NYC DOT stated clearly at last week’s Complete Streets Summit- "we can design fatalities out of the system". It is not a surprise that safety has improved in NYC streets while Long Island roadways creep up the list of the most dangerous”.

 “The drop in fatalities in Suffolk is a good sign, but more concentrated safety projects are needed throughout the county,” Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said in a statement. To curb the fatalities, which were up 6.8% for the downstate region over the last report, Tri-State Transportation made several recommendations that can help Long Island, including the dedication of a minimum of $100 million in state funds to pedestrian and bicycling projects over the next five years, giving localities the power to lower speed limits, and allowing localities greater flexibility in road design.

“New Yorkers 65 and older are more than three times likelier to be victims of pedestrian fatalities than younger New Yorkers,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. “Once again Tri-State’s report shows we still have traffic safety issues in our state. AARP believes one way to address these pedestrian safety issues is to make our communities more livable by investing in complete streets, which takes into account all users of the roads, not just motor vehicles. In an AARP-commissioned 2014 survey, large numbers of New York Voters age 50 and over cited traffic safety-related issues as problems in their communities. We must stop these trends.”

If these levels of fatalities occurred through some form of an allergy, food born illness, playground equipment or other social or environmental factor there would be widespread calls for action.  The good news is that over the last ten years there have been over 40 traffic calming projects across the Island.  Clearly more are needed. 

You can check out media coverage of the annual report in Fios1, Newsday and News 12, as well as view the report, factsheets and maps by county, state and region here

Two MicroTargets Opening This Year

While the trend has been for big box store to come into a community and bring challenges of parking and traffic amongst others, one company is trying something different. Two new Target stores are slated to open up in Freeport and Elmont later this year, but on a smaller scale than their usual sized stores.

The average full-size Target store usually range between 120,000 and 160,000 square feet. The two proposed Long Island stores will be significantly smaller, joining the 19 “flexible format” stores already in existence in urban and high-density suburban areas throughout the country.  The smaller stores will offer a pharmacy, apparel, health and beauty items, home goods and some sporting goods and toys. The smaller stores mirror the Walmart Neighborhood Market concept, which allows the retailer to operate in regions that lack the developable space for the larger stores.

The Elmont location, which will operate in the space that was used by OfficeMax alongside a Home Depot and Marshalls, will be the smaller of the two locations at 24,500 square feet. The location in Freeport will be almost twice as large, with grocery items being added to the inventory on the corner of Meadowbrook Parkway and Sunrise Highway. The location hosted a Stop and Shop grocery store that announced its closure in January, with the new Target store filling the void in the area. Retail real estate broker Jayson Siano of Sabre Real Estate Group in Garden City said the smaller Target may end up competing with drug stores like Walgreens and CVS.

“It will be interesting to see if the Long Island consumer will choose to go the smaller format stores out of convenience or continue to drive a little further to stock up,” Siano said. “From a real estate perspective, I am happy that Target will be an active tenant in this size range since there are not many currently and Long Island doesn’t need too many more fitness clubs.”

You can read more about the openings of the two new Target stores in Newsday and LI Business News

Glen Cove Planning Board Approves the Villas Project

The City of Glen Cove’s planning board voted 6-1 this week to approve a modified site plan for a proposed 160-unit condominium development, The Villa. Dan Livingston, owner of Livingston Development Corporation hopes to begin construction this summer, saying that “this has been a long process, but the journey is well worth it considering the destination.”

“It is replacing an economically disenfranchised facility and blighted area with a whole new gateway for Glen Cove that will provide a strong tax base and rejuvenate an entire area for further improvements,” said Livingston. The number of units to be built has been significantly decreased, from a 251-unit complex to 160-units, since the plan was first proposed nearly a decade ago. Other conditions will apply in order to make the project a reality, including downsizing the height of the proposed buildings to a maximum of four floors. City officials feel that the plan will increase tax revenue and generate more customers for nearby business.

Some residents feel that views will be obscured, that alternative affordable housing options are not available nearby for the 23 occupied apartments to be razed, as well as other concerns. Ten percent of the units, totaling 16, will be made “affordable” for buyers, as required by city codes. Under current guidelines, the income cap to be eligible for those units is $87,200 for a family of four and $61,050 for a single person. Apartment resident Bertha Adams said Livingston is “a good landlord,” but, she said, “there’s only so much he can do” to assist residents with lower incomes who have few affordable-housing options in pricey Nassau County. Livingston has pledged to help residents find new homes and pay some of their relocation expenses.The builder was willing to build more affordable units but the City wanted to have more market rate units in the development. 

Additionally, Livingston is to provide a shuttle for Villa residents to travel downtown, the Long Island Railroad station, and to a ferry terminal that has the hopes of opening up this year.

Vision Long Island has been in support of this project at numerous public hearings through the years. 

You can read more about the planning board’s recent decision here 

Long Beach Aims to Build Planned Disaster Center

Almost three and a half years after Superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island, the Long Beach City Council voted to hire a consulting firm based out of Manhattan to help work towards building a $1 million emergency services center at City Hall.

Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman has been working towards establishing resilience as Long beach rebuilds, saying that “one thing we learned as a community is we’ve got to prepare for these things. It’s far better to prepare before and not react later.” According to FEMA, the cost to repair after a disaster can be more than four times the cost of mitigating against future events. The Manhattan-based RedLand strategies was hired to take on the project, and will receive $4,000 per month from Long Beach for one year. The city has the option of renewing the contract thereafter for two years.

Funding for the project comes from the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, which some say has been slow to roll out projects for areas affected by Sandy. Long Island has 22 NYRCR Communities-13 in Nassau and 9 in Suffolk- each receiving between $3 million and $25 million in funding to prevent against future disaster, and to recover from the effects of Lee, Irene and Sandy. The Long Island Lobby Coalition recently expressed concern in Albany regarding the rollout of projects from the NYRCR program, asking for the projects to move ahead a lot faster than they have been.

You can read more about Long Beach’s newest step in preparing against future disaster here

Mastic Beach Village Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop

The Village of Mastic Beach invites the public to attend the first public meeting for the Village’s developing comprehensive plan for a visioning workshop.

The purpose of the public meeting will be to incorporate all community stakeholders’ input in terms of goals and aspirations for the Village’s future  land use, utility, redevelopment, housing, resilience, and tourism.

The public meeting will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at William Paca Jr. High School, 338 Blanco Drive Mastic Beach.  For more information, please call (631)241-0242, or feel free to email.

Help Wanted

2016 Preserve New York Grant Program

The Preservation League of New York State is seeking applications for the 2016 Preserve New York Grant Program. This program provides support to identify, document and preserve New York’s cultural and historic buildings, structures and landscapes. Specifically, this opportunity funds historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, building condition reports and cultural resource surveys. Preference will be shown to projects that advance the neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, continue the use of historic buildings for cultural, interpretive and artistic purposes, and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II. Projects must be discussed with League Preservation staff before receiving an application. Applications are not available online.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply. Groups may apply for site-specific reports only if they own the site or have at least a six-year lease by the application deadline.

Funding: Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Contact: Frances Gubler Phone: (518) 462-5658 ext. 10 Email: Website:

HUD Announces HOPE VI Main Street Grant

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up application opportunities for the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.

The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Main Street grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units. 

There is one award expected to be given for this grant opportunity, with a total amount of up to $500,000 available for eligible projects. To see all of the requirements and restrictions, and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is April 12th, 2016.

TIGER Grant Application Period Now Open

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. 

TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. 

To date, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects. The demand is of course high; during the first seven TIGER funding rounds, over 6,700 applications requesting $134 billion were submitted.

Applications are due by April 29th, 2016. For more information about the program and to view projects that have been awarded in the past, click here

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

A Message from Vision's Director.....

Really honored to receive the Social Justice Leadership Award from the Ethical Humanist Society of LI this week. The dinner over at the Nassau Bar Association also recognized the contributions of philanthropist Esther Fortunoff-Greene, musicians Patricia Shih & Stephen Fricker and youth activist Matthew Berman.

Special thanks to the group that came out in support including: Vision Board members- Trudy Fitzsimmons, Bob Fonti, Ron Stein, Christine & Jorge Martinez; government, business and activist friends and colleagues - Adrienne Esposito, Gina Cafone Coletti, Jon Kaiman and Brandon Ray; former YES group Advisor Tara Klein and of course my partner in life Elizabeth Alexander and daughter Rayne.

A film outlining the history of the Ethical Humanist Society showed their longstanding work that has served as a catalyst or supporter of activism and education in the public interest. 

This history is personified by members, friends and mentors in the audience such as Susan and Ken Feifer, Lyn and Arthur Dobrin, Alice and David Sprintzen, Joan Beder, Chris and Sharon Stanley, Sylvia Silberger, Deborah Strube and current EHS President Linda Napoli. These folks and others have provided support, guidance and leadership in social action and community work for many years. 

I am honored to be a part of this organization since I was a relatively confused teenager in the mid 80s and now a basically functioning adult. Thirty years of a connection to anything is memorable and worth noting ..... 30 years connected to this group of people went well beyond personal growth and experience - we really helped support change across LI - I am happy and honored to be a part !

In a society that drives narcissism the focus beyond ourselves and on our communities is all the more valuable. 

Thank you again!!

-Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island

Smart Talk

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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