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Apr. 11-17, 2015

Regional Updates

Mill Creek Residential

Mill Creek Residential develops, acquires and operates high-quality apartment communities in desirable locations coast-to-coast. While we are a national company, we immerse ourselves in our chosen markets – living and working in the communities where we operate. We combine our deep understanding of each market with 30+ years of expertise and a fresh innovative approach to the apartment industry, to build relationships and places in which people thrive – creating real and enduring value for our residents, investors and associates.

“Main Street has been totally reactivated…Vacancy went from 23 stores to almost zero stores...
We will create construction jobs, construction spending in the village, and studio units will be affordable.”

Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties

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Shipping Passengers on Freight Rail and the Cross Sound Enhancement Plan Draw Concerns

At a time when plans to reduce truck traffic on Long Island, a regional planning wants to incorporate passenger service in possible freight rail improvements.

The Port Authority is considering 10 options to improve freight service between downstate New York and New Jersey.

Plans range from a $100 million proposal to transfer rail cars between Brooklyn and Jersey City by barge to $11 billion to dig and equip a new tunnel under New York Harbor.

The Port Authority held seven public hearings in the past two months and is expected to decide this summer which, if any, proposals should be recommended.

But before that deadline, the Regional Planning Association is urging the Port Authority to add passenger service using the freight rail system. They recommend adding service from Brooklyn into Queens and the East Bronx. Connections in Queens could be made with the Long Island Rail Road.

Freight currently moving onto Long Island uses one of three options: driven over a New York City bridge by truck, taking trains upstate and coming back down on the east side of the Hudson or loading rail cars onto barges between Brooklyn and Queens before using LIRR tracks to continue east.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said this idea, and a possible New York Metropolitan Transportation Council recommendationt to ferry trucks from Connecticut onto the North Fork, lack substantive input from the public.

“Folks who work on these varying regional plans should first talk to each other and ensure these numerous regional proposals do not conflict with each other. Then talk with impacted communities and recalibrate proposals before going live,” Alexander said.

Mr. Alexander is not alone in his remarks. Congressman Lee Zeldin has expressed his concerns with the Cross Sound Enhancement project, He was particularly concerned with trucks driving along Route 25, which is a two lane rural route with a designated bicycle route and the safety hazards for the pedestrians riding in the Towns of Southold and Riverhead, especially during the summer months. “The North Fork is not designated to support the diversion of I-95 corridor traffic and I will work hard to prevent this scheme from unfolding to the detriment of my constituents,” the Congressman stated in his letter.

Legislator Al Krupski and the Suffolk County Legislature have also submitted their response opposing Connecticut Plan which will divert heavy truck traffic to Long Island. The letter stated the “proposal offers no substantive benefits to the residents of Long Island, but only adds to the congestion of our roads and the pollution of our air.” The Cross Sound Enhancement Plan calls for the improvement of ferry service from New London, CT to Orient, NY to accommodate an additional 3,000 large freight vehicles per year which would be diverted from I-95 in Connecticut to Long Island roadways. 

County Executive Steve Bellone, who is Co-Chair of NYMTC, stated in a letter to the Orient Association that the Cross Sound Enhancement Plan “may have been used as the basis for poor planning and poor public policy” and that he will not vote for the updated Regional Freight Plan unless the Cross Sound Enhancement Project is removed.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required) or Patch.

Sandy Deals Likely Limited Help to Afflicted Homeowners

Negotiations are ongoing to settle lawsuits filed by Long Island’s victims of Superstorm Sandy, but those homeowners are almost guaranteed to remain in the red.

Talks are underway after fraud and corruption was exposed in connection to FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. About 2,000 lawsuits were filed by New York and New Jersey homeowners.

But even with a settlement likely to promise funds, Sandy victims are unlikely to ever fully recoup their losses. The flood insurance will not pay damages for pain and suffering, lost income, rent and other expenses many homeowners are incurring.

And whatever settlements do get hashed out are expected to be limited. Payouts expected to be capped at homeowner insurance policy level. That means it’s unlikely anyone will see more than $250,000 for damage to their house and $100,000 for ruined furniture.

Homeowners may also find themselves paying back other financial assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued loans, which now carry principal debt and interest. New York Rising grants, funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, must be returned if those expenses are now covered by insurance – which would happen when a settlement is agreed upon.

Discussions only happened after discrepancies were discovered with engineering reports. Engineers from three insurance companies filed their reports, only to have them allegedly altered by others within the company. Homeowners with obvious flood damage were being denied for ludicrous reasons.

This finally led to a criminal investigation by state officials and prompted FEMA to begins talks to resolve about 600 of the pending lawsuits.

Details of the proposed settlement are in short supply, although legal funds are still being considered. Federal HUD officials said they are reviewing exactly what New York Rising funds must be repaid as part of the agreement.

One part of the settlement that has been revealed is an attempt to keep homeowners from joining class action lawsuits. At least eight homeowners have filed class action lawsuits against the flood insurance program and the insurance companies that processed claims
If courts permit the cases to move forward, they could grant victims access to much larger sums. However, the current proposal requires anyone accepting a payout now to forfeit their right to join a suit.

Check out Newsday (subscription required) for more on this story.


Village OKs Studios At Farmingdale LIRR Station

Transit-oriented development is a major component of the Smart Growth-themed rebirth of Farmingdale Village, and one developer said a new project will “complete” the TOD connecting the LIRR station and downtown.

Bartone Properties received permission from the Village Board Monday to move ahead with their $10 million Cornerstone project. Managing Partner Anthony Bartone said it “provides an economical option for our youthful audience.”

Despite also going by the moniker Part III, the Cornerstone project is unrelated to neighboring Jefferson Plaza. Located on the south side of the railroad tracks, Phase I replaced a parking lot with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail that opened in December. Construction is underway across the street on a vacant warehouse for Phase II that will create115 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail by this summer.

The Cornerstone would be built on the north side of the tracks just to the west. Both projects can connect internally to the train station.

“It’s going to be a totally separate, distinct building,” Bartone said. The developer said plans for the Cornerstone call primarily for cheaper studios in the 42-unit project. “This is going to provide an option we were not able to in Phase I and II,” Bartone said.

Plans call for the Cornerstone to house amenities typical of luxury housing, including stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, granite countertops and a fitness center. However, Bartone confirmed the project also has a rooftop patio carefully designed to take in sunsets.

He also said plans call for Bartone Properties to improve a village-owned right-of-way at the company’s expense. The 10-foot-wide strip will be converted into lighted pedestrian path onto Main Street.

All of the TOD and Smart Growth taking hold in Farmingdale, Bartone said, has “reactivated” the village. Village Hall has publicly commented on the lack of downtown vacancies since the shift in culture.

Construction could begin this fall with occupancy beginning next summer. But in order to get there, the developer said he needs similar financial incentives from the Nassau Industrial Development Agency as the Jefferson Plaza project.

“Our hope with the IDA is that they will view this project the same way as Phase I and II and will offer the same PILOTs,” he said.

The project has a series of other steps, including an ongoing environmental review. Assuming everything moves ahead, Bartone Properties has an agreement to purchase a taxi business, diesel truck garage and a single-family house.

New Report Defines Green Dry Cleaning; Lists 26 LI Business Using Alternatives

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc. (HBCAC, Inc.) founded in1992, is not-for-profit grass roots organization dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and public awareness of environmental links to disease. Their Prevention Is The Cure (PITC) campaign focuses mainly on prevention methods by identifying the causes of cancer but through their Lend A Helping Hand Program, they help those who have been diagnosed.

PITC recently partnered  in the release of a new "Green Paper" authored by Beth Fiteni, the Founder of Green Inside and Out Consulting. The paper will help the average consumer understand the meaning behind the variety of "green" dry cleaning terms and will address other related dry cleaning issues, such as:

•             What is Perc and are there ways I can reduce exposure to it?
•             How can I reduce my dry cleaning plastic bag waste?
•             Where do I find "greener" dry cleaners on Long Island?

The pair are encouraging the public to read the complete paper to find out more on dry cleaners who use alternatives to the common dry cleaning chemical known as "Perc" (perchloroethylene) – the group believes a likely carcinogen. The paper also includes more information about the various alternatives, the status of regulations for the dry cleaning industry, and policy recommendations. 

To find out more or to donate, visit: Prevention Is The Cure, HBCAC, Green Inside and Out, HBCAC on Facebook, Green Inside & Out on Facebook. You can also read the complete paper. You can also view a video of the author in a related interview.

Driving Downtown Crazy: What’s The Goal?

The conversation about transportation infrastructure tends to elicit strong reactions across America, especially when change is involved.

Commuters just trying to get to work, kids going to school or people running errands may, and frequently do, interpret changes towards traffic calming as a threat.

But what exactly is the goal of traffic calming? Why even bother?

The problem for many possible projects comes from a lack of identification. Streets can never be everything at once; it’s a matter of link vs. place.

Link designs features roads as a movement conduit with the objective of saving time. They feature more lanes of traffic and limited public space between the street and buildings. Place designs are the opposite, with cars limited in favor of public places and wide sidewalks.

Only once the community selects on an option should transportation projects and enhancements begin. Trying to shoehorn both is not a possibility – one Florida city installed and subsequently removed bike lanes.

Similarly, many traffic engineers have a links mindset. When they examine a road for safety, they only see ways to minimize accidents without reducing the amount or speed of cars.

Streets designed as places should feature a very different design, especially when it comes to pedestrian safety. It’s well known people are more likely to survive collisions with cars at slower speeds. Only one of every 10 pedestrians are killed when the car is going 20 MPH, compared to five at 30 MPH.

Places need human interaction to be successful and human beings tend not to congregate where they don’t feel safe. Having motor vehicles cruising through the area at fast speeds reduces that confidence – why links and places cannot exist at the same time.

Check out Better Cities & Towns for more on this.

Nautical Mile Resturant Week is Back!

Freeport's bi-annual Nautical Mile Restaurant Week is back!  This Spring it is running Sunday, April 12th through Sunday, April 19th. The event will feature the local dishes from land and sea as well as the waterfont views of the award winning restaurants that line the streets of south Freeport.  The participating restaurants offer a 3 Course Prix Fixe dinner menu for $27.00.  Local businesses also offer sales and discounts during that week. 

For more information, visit:

Talking Renewable Energy For Long Island

Mark your calendar now to be at the Tilles Center at LIU Post on April 13.

Deepwater Wind’s Clint Plummer will join the University of Deleware’s Stephanie McClellan in “Solar & Offshore Wind: Can Renewable Energy Work For Long Island.”

The evening will include a series of presentations and panels with industry, policy and academic experts. Plummer is the vice president of development and part of the team behind the proposed Montauk wind farm. McClellan is the director of Special Initiative on Offshore Wind.

For the complete itinerary, including a full list of speakers, contact LIU Post at 516-299-2233.

Long Island Business Council's Next Meeting on April 16th!

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

On Thursday, April 16th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a fiscal update on both state and local issues by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.

Hon. Tom DiNapoli
New York State Comptroller

Hon. George Maragos
Nassau County Comptroller

Hon. John Kennedy
Suffolk County Comptroller

Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at to RSVP or for more information.


A Special #artntech event!


On Saturday Night, April 18th, join us at LaunchPad Huntington from 6-10 PM for our special #artntech event – “ART BYTES”. Featuring: Visual Art, Animation, Illustration, Videography, live painting, and musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious food courtesy of Massa's Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria, Tasty American Coo Coo, and Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill Drinks courtesy of Greenport Harbor Brewing co. and Hint Water.

Live Music by: Alexa Dexa, Archibelle, mike longo, Say "No!" to Architecture.

Featured Gallery Artists: Anu Annam, Monica Chulewicz, Margaret DeLima, Suzanne Desiderio, AJ Estrada, Nicholas Frizalone, Miss Futurist, Beth Giacummo, Carrie Anne Gonzalez, Scott Grimando, Jan Guarino, Taylor Hirsch, Michael Krasowitz, Cynthia Lau, Juan C. Lopez, Kasmira Mohanty, Meishan Pan, Victoria Pendzick, Lucienne Pereira, Jack Pierce, John Prudente, RATGRRRL, and Caitlyn Shea.

LIVP Featured Artists: Michael Clark, Paul Lipsky, Andy Randazzo, David Sanders, and Bob Stuhmer. Live Painters: Heather Buggee, Sarah Baecher, Diana Fogarty, Jeff Lipsky.

This event is a collaboration between SPARKBOOM, Launchpad Huntington, and Long Island Visual Professionals.


Sustainable Living Film Series - A Fierce Green Fire - April 23

You are cordially invited to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the documentary A Fierce Green Fire.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.

Vegan buffet, beverages,and popcorn!

Date:Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30pm
6:00 - 7:00  dinner
7:15 - program begins
Molloy College Suffolk Center, Farmingdale NY.
Click here for directions.


If your organization would like to partner on an upcoming screening, call 516.323.4510.

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management 

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association invite you to attend the:


Friday, April 24, 2015 • 8-10 a.m.
McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall
Long Island Campus
155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772


Ken Walles
East Coast Management Ltd.
Oceanside Beach Resort, Montauk

Don Monti
Renaissance Downtowns

Rob Salvatico
Jaral Properties

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci
Member of the NYS Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development

Mike Johnston
Principal, Concorde Hotel Group
President, Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association

Mike Johnston has more than 30 years of hotel and hospitality industry experience, including numerous positions in corporate management, operations and human resources. He has served as general manager at city, suburban and airport locations, and has been personally involved in numerous hotel openings, acquisitions and repositionings.

Johnston possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of the hospitality industry. As past president of the Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association and current chair of the board of directors for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnston is a recognized leader within the industry with a long track record of success. The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association recognized Johnston as Hotel Executive of the Year in 2009. Johnston is also a professor at Nassau Community College, teaching hospitality and tourism.

In addition to his wide range of industry experience, Johnston has spearheaded numerous charitable events in an effort to give back to the community and sits on numerous local and regional industry advisory boards.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information or to RSVP, contact 631.687.1285 or

Contractors: Build Your Understanding Of Accessible Housing For Free

Don’t wait to sign up for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s free training next month.

The Touro Law Center in Central Islip will host one of 26 training sessions across the country on April 24.

Participants will be trained in Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program. The event will
provide an overview of Fair Housing law and great information/resources will be made available geared toward government service providers, advocates, housing developers, architects, attorneys, contractors, grantees and sub-grantees.

The Central Islip session is sponsored by Long Island Housing Services and the Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board.

However, online registration is expected to close in early April.

Vision Board Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Hononed at Strong, Smart and Savory 2015 Awards

Girls Incorporated® of Long Island's mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We provide school and community based programming that serves the unique needs of girls, ages 5-18, living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Through community partnerships, they help girls to achieve their full potential making their future brighter.

Girls Incorporated® of Long Island is dedicated to the advocacy of gender equity for all girls in all areas of their lives. Through participation in their programs, girls learn the skills to become leaders in their communities, leading to exponential change.

Join Girls Inc of Long Island for an evening of wine and tastings from a variety of caterers, restaurants and bakeries,while we acknowledge the achievements and contributions of individuals committed to empowering girls and their communities on Long Island

Karen Tenenbaum, Trudy Fitzsimmons and Ellen Labita

Appliance World in Huntington, NY
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7-9pm
Get your tickets HERE!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ryan Attard at

Social Justice Leadership Awards Dinner

Honoring Journalist Robert Keeler, Legislator Michelle Schimel, & Activist David Sprintzen for their lifelong dedication to the betterment of humankind. Each has made significant contributions in the areas of justice, human rights, and humanitarian causes. Their work reflects the values that Ethical Humanists cherish, including the fervent desire for peace among nations, the recognition of the dignity and worth of each individual, and the obligation of each of us to work for societal change.

Contact or the Ethical Society office at 516-741-7304 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Celebrate LI’s Women At 10th Annual Latina Hat Luncheon

Join the ladies of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as they honor women making a difference on the island.

Scheduled for May 15 at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, the 10th annual Latina Hat Luncheon is an annual ceremony to commemorate exceptional business women, community advocates and inspirational role models.

The event also provides an opportunity for networking and business exposure.

Nassau County First Lady Linda Mangano will serve as mistress of ceremonies and PIX 11 News’ Lisa Mateo will provide the keynote speech.

For more information or to attend, visit their website or call 516-333-0105. Tickets must be purchased no later than May 1st.

First Annual Suffolk County Multi-Cultural and Business Expo

New York State Assembly Member Phil Ramos and the Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island cordially invite you to participate in their Multicultural Business Expo which is designed to promote entrepreneurship, economic development, diversity, networking, sharing of business practices and innovation across all businesses and professional fields. This event founded by Dr. Suiv Lee and Prafulba Vaghela, should be of particular interest to businesses that have an interest in reaching Long Islands diverse ethnic markets. You have been selected to receive this special invitation because of your expertise and the important work your organization/Business has been engaged in.

The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Upsky Long Island Hotel, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Brentwood/Hauppauge, New York 11717.Representatives from the Business interest sections of Embassies of several countries will be present to provide information as to how they can facilitate the acquisition and importation of Ethnic products.  Representatives of Suffolk Counties Foreign Trade zone, USAID and several other Government agencies will be at hand to create awareness of the services they offer to local and foreign businesses.

There will be a cultural component to the Expo which will include ethnic performances   and exposition of the work of local artist. 

We hope your organization/Business will consider joining us for the Multicultural Business Expo. We invite you to reserve a booth at the Multicultural Business Expo to highlight your organization’s outstanding contributions to the Long Island business community. We expect to have businesses and consumers from a variety of fields participate in the fair.

For more information or to RSVP and reserve a booth, please contact Suiv Lee, at, 516.301.8476, Sadri Altinok, at, 631.891.7511 and Prafulba Vaghela, at, 516.708.3928. Thank you very much for your consideration of this request.


Art Mart: Call for Artists

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is pleased to announce an open call for artists and artisan vendors for “Westbury Art Mart.” This first annual arts market will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Piazza Ernesto Strada (at Post Avenue and Maple Avenue) in beautiful downtown Westbury from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is an annual event which includes an arts market of local artists and artisans, live music and entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more. This is an open call to all artists and artisans to exhibit and sell their work.

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts invites professional artists to submit a registration form and photos of their work for consideration for Art Mart. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Arts council members may reserve a 10′ x 10′ space for $20 ($30 for non-members.) Display setup, which begins at 8:00 AM the day of the event, and removal of artwork (no earlier than 4:00 PM), will be the responsibility of the artists. Pop-up tents, tables and chairs, electricity will not be provided. All sales transactions are between the artist and purchaser and the artists are responsible for sales-tax collection and reporting. There are no commissions taken by the GWCA on sales of arts and crafts. Rain date is Sunday, May 17, 2015

Artists should apply using this form. For more information contact Maureen Baranov at

Apply Now For Realtor Placemaking Grants

The National Association of Realtors calls it placemaking, but creating parts of community that are safe, inviting and accessible is definitely Smart Growth. They consider Placemaking smaller, cheaper projects than traditional Smart Growth while still improving the community.

The association is accepting applications for their Placemaking Initiative. Every year they bestow two grants valued between $500-$2,500 to support such projects.

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis and require a current photo of the proposed place.

Visit their website or contact Holly Moskerintz for more information.

TIGER Grant Applications Due May 4th

The U.S. Department of Transportation  announced today that $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.

TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or metropolitan area. The grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for disconnected both urban and rural, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization.

The Pre-Application deadline is 11:59 E.D.T. on May 4, 2015.

The Final application deadline is 11:59 E.D.T. on June 5, 2015

Eligible applicants are invited to participate in the following webinars:

    • April 8: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
    • April 14: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
    • April 23: Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis
    • April 28: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

For more information, visit, which includes links to the Notice of Funding Availability, the 2015 Webinar Series, How to Apply, and more.

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$76M in YouthBuild Grants Available to Help Disadvantaged Youth 

WASHINGTON –Achieving education and career success is a goal that’s out of reach for too many of our nation’s youth. To make this goal more accessible to at-risk youth, the U.S. Department of Labor sponsors the YouthBuild program. YouthBuild helps young people who have left school early complete high school or General Educational Development programs, as well as learn critical job skills in construction, health care, information technology and other in-demand fields. Today, the department is announcing the availability of $76 million in funding to continue or expand YouthBuild programs across the country.

“Our economy works best when we’re fielding a full team and that means making sure everyone – and especially our young people – has a shot at getting an education and finding a good job,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Youthbuild is one of our most successful programs at providing opportunity for young people who’ve struggled in school and we’re making a real commitment with these grants today to make sure that opportunity is available to even more people.”

Grants awarded through this funding opportunity will range from $700,000 to $1.1 million each to approximately 76 organizations to provide education and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities.

The mission of YouthBuild aligns closely with the President Obama’s goals through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

This year’s funding availability is the first since the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed last July. Important changes to the program under WIOA include:

  • Expanding eligibility to include those who have previously dropped out of a YouthBuild program and then re-enrolled;
  • removing the sequential service strategy provision;
  • adding a fifth key purpose related to improving energy efficiency in buildings serving low-income and homeless individuals and families;
  • increasing the percentage of grant funds that can be used to build or renovate public spaces; and
  • reducing the allowable administrative costs rate

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instructionand occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations to at-risk youth and young adults ages 16-24. Participants learn valuable skills as they build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. Under the YouthBuild Construction Plus model, select programs may offer expanded occupational skills training in additional in-demand occupations.
For additional information on grant eligibility and how to apply for funds, visit

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


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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 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.

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

glen cove
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

great neck
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.

New exhibits include “Ancient Art Form: Contemporary Adaptations in Glass”

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:
No shows this weekend

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


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.

Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here




Fingers Metal Shop Live! Iron Priest
Sat April 11th- 9PM
Fired Up! Fest- Bad Mary, Lines Don't Cross, Fatal Outbreak & 6 more bands
Sun April 12th- 3PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Jonathan Edwards & John Ford Coley
Sat April 11th- 8PM

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.

Slow Art Day 2015
Sat April 11th- 11AM-5PM

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton

Current Exhibits: Arlene Slavin, “Intersections”, Students Arts Festival Part 2
Table Talk with Susan Kreiger: Holistic Health and Medicine for Allergies, Arthritis and Improved Sleep
Sun April 12th 11AM

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

Back to the 80's Show w/ Jessie's Girl
Fri April 10th- 8PM
Citizen Cope- Solo/Acoustic performance
Sat April 11th- 8PM

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 “Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara”, which examines one of America’s most popular tourist sites and Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Multiple events and showtimes this weekend


Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Multiple events and showtimes this weekend

Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue

3rd Anniversary Show w/Billboard Live & Ragdoll
Fri April 10th- 9PM
Warchild (Jethro Tull Tribute) & Inner Situation
Sat April 11th- 7:30PM
The Joseph Zimini Memorial Event
Sun April 12th 3PM
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue

Mickey B's Golden Oldies Winter Spectacular
Fri April 10th 7PM
Dominic Chianese: A Night of Beautiful Music
Sat April 11th- 7PM
Mickey B Presents “A Tribute to the Stars of Copa”
Sun April 12th 3PM

Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
TKA & Rubix Cube (80's Tribute band)
Fri April 10th 8PM
Saturday Night Dance Party! French Montana w/ Smooth City
Sat April 11th 10PM
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Multiple dates and showtimes this weekend

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off- comedy
Fri April 10th- 10:30PM
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Fri April 10th and Sat April 11th- 11am
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, I'm In Therapy!
Fri April 10th- 8PM, Sat April 11th- 2PM & 8PM, Sun April 12th- 3PM
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


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead

Joan Osborne Acoustic Duo w/ Keith Cotton
Fri April 10th- 8PM
Fabulous Thunderbirds
Sat April 11th- 8PM
Broadway 4-All: Annie to Grease- Musicals of the 70's
Sun April 12th- 2PM

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
A Night to Rock w/ Former SNL Band Leader GE Smith & David Broza
Fri April 10th- 8PM
All Star Comedy Show
Sat April 11th- 8PM
First Ever Minecraft Adventures

Sun April 12th- 2PM

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.

Opening Reception- David Slater: Something Old, Something New
Sat April 11th- 6PM


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 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.

375th Convocation Celebration
Sat March 7th 3PM
If These Walls Could Talk; Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion
Sat March 7th 4pm

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.

Leaning to the Experts

Over 100 local municipalities, small businesses, civics, engineers and safety advocates focusing at the third annual Complete Streets Summit. NYS Senator Jack Martins and Suffolk Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory helped kick off the event. The feature presentation from NYS DOT Regional Director Joe Brown was very well received. Great presentations from Legislators Laura Curran, Rob Calarco, GPI's Frank Pearson, VHB's John Canning and Kimberly Pettit from Bikelid. Municipal project updates covered North Hempstead's Michael Levine, Babylon's Jonathan Keyes, Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Eckstrand and RBA's Greg Del Rio.

Special thanks to our supporters and sponsors including Wendel's Ali Adelman, GPI, VHB, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, RBA, H2M, AARP and Sustainability Institute at Molloy.

For coverage from News 12. Stay tuned for a full update next week.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Mike Koehler, Communications Director, Director,
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative

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