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April 5-11, 2014


Cameron Engineering

Cameron Engineering is a full service multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm founded in 1985.

Cameron has a professional staff of approximately 70 employees including 23 Professional Engineers licensed in New York State, two (2) Registered Landscape Architect and three (3) Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Their staff also includes many employees with graduate degrees in the fields of engineering and/or science. The staff works in a multi-disciplined environment and is familiar with overall project requirements, in addition to their specific area of expertise. This enables superior project coordination of disciplines, scheduling, planning for constructability, and implementation of a well-planned and conceived project.

Cameron Engineering has 26 professionals in various disciplines who have achieved the United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation. They strive to implement high-performance buildings incorporating energy efficiency design, and sustainable sites through effective and efficient design and construction concepts. Their designs balance environmental responsibility, achieve resource efficiency, and provide occupant comfort and well-being.

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FoLI Leaders Cantwell, Castiglia Recognized For Their Service

They spend their weeks working regular jobs. But when the weekend comes, the work is just beginning for the Friends of Long Island.

Two veteran members of the Superstorm Sandy recovery coalition were honored this week for their service since the storm hit in October 2012.

Town of Hempstead awarded Friends of Freeport President Rich Cantwell the Make A Difference award. The honor is given every year to someone who makes a difference in their community.

“We did that and we continue to do that week after week since Sandy. We won’t stop. The work, compassion and dedication is unlike any other volunteer group I have ever had the privilege of being part of. YOU are the reason that so many families are home. Together, we have made a difference for Freeport, for families on Long Island, and for each other. I am proud and honored to be a small part of the we,” Cantwell said.

Meanwhile, Lindy Manpower founder Amy Castiglia was the focus of a FiOS news feature story about “Heroes on Long Island.” Taping in Lindenhurst on Tuesday, Castiglia received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Long Island Volunteer Center. The event is part of National Volunteer Week from April 6-13.

Friends of Long Island is an umbrella organization of grassroots, community-based groups focused on recovering and rebuilding after Sandy. They are supported by Vision Long Island.

Sandy Nonprofit Wins $10k Prize For Kids’ Bedroom Furniture

Their families were forced to evacuate. Their parents lost thousands, and often tens and hundreds of thousands, of property. But the child victims of Superstorm Sandy lost their sense of security.

But with the help of Ikea, grassroots nonprofit Adopt A House wants to shine a little sunlight on these kids.

The Lindenhurst-based group won $10,000 from Ikea’s Life Improvement Challenge. Vice President Michele Insinga confirmed the winnings will be used to purchase bedroom furniture for youth ages 16 and under.

“It is really important. These kids lost a lot and they’re children. They’re just starting to get back home now. We want to give them something to be really happy about,” Insinga said. “We just want to see them happy and smile.”

The contest pitted Adopt A House against other projects from across America, including two from Long Island. Ikea collected votes from March 17-28. And in the end, the winners pulled in 68 percent of the vote.

“We’re pretty good at social media,” Insinga said.

No decision has been made yet on how many families will benefit or how much each youth will receive. The vice president said they’re hashing out the details with Ikea and expect to have answers by the end of the month.

Whoever does get a cut of the funds will participate in an event in early May. Families will enjoy lunch before working with designers provided by the company to choose their furniture.

The concept for furniture was a result of Adopt A House’s surveys. Regularly in touch with 2,000 members, parents surprised Insinga with their most requested items.

“Most of them said that even though they lost their living rooms, dining rooms, they were more interested in their children losing their bedroom sets,” she said.

Adopt A House is a member of Friends of Long Island – an umbrella of grassroots Sandy-recovery organizations supported by Vision Long Island. Created three days after Sandy, the nonprofit began delivering food and supplies, and ripping out houses. These days, they focus more on fundraising and informational workshops on topics like mold, banking and insurance. Including the latest Ikea funds, Adopt A House has distributed $130,000.

Islip’s Ronkonkoma Enhancement Project To Continue

The next phase of a project designed to define Ronkonkoma’s character is slated to begin very soon.

Islip Principal Planner Gene Murphy confirmed Phase II of the Ronkonkoma Streetscape Plan should start this spring or summer.

“This helps enhance the community identity of Ronkonkoma,” he said.

The project began last year after Ronkonkoma Civic Association board member Larry Farrell presented a proposal to Islip Supervisor Tom Croci about improving the hamlet’s identity in January 2013. The town board responded by allocating $200,000 for the streetscape improvement plan.

“This is the proper location in the Town of Islip to do this. For a relatively moderate investment, it really improves the hamlet,” Murphy added.

The project considers seven streetscape elements to beautify the neighborhood: curb and sidewalks improvements, brick pavers, decorative lampposts, landscaping, signs, crosswalks and enforcement of existing codes.

It also identifies 20 different projects along half a mile of Johnson Avenue and Ocean Avenue north to the LIRR station. The entire project calls for more than 350 feet of curbs, 200 feet of sidewalks and 1,300 feet of brick pavers, and at least eight decorative lampposts. Close to a dozen trees will also be planted.

Phase I took place last fall, highlighted by a new red and black sign at the corner of Johnson and Ocean Avenues. The town also tended to landscaping on the southeast side of Johnson Avenue, while the owner of Johnson Avenue stopping center repaved his own lot and installed curbs out of his own pocket.

“That initiative got him going that he had to fix up his property,” Murphy said.

Phase II, he added, focuses on modest improvements at the 20 sites. However, the Long Island Rail Road’s plans to install more tracks as part of their Double Track project have placed several of the sites in stasis. Instead, the Town of Islip is looking to move ahead with nine locations.

The most common element of these projects will be stamped decorative concrete between curbs and sidewalks, Murphy said. They’ll also install street lights, replace dirt with pavers and repair crumbling sidewalks.

Plans originally called for work to begin this month. Some road blocks, however, may delay the project. Murphy confirmed four of the nine sites are owned by Suffolk County and require their permission. The town is also coming to the end of their lighting contract at the end of April and bids are not due to return, let alone be evaluated, until the end of the month.

But if the project doesn’t continue this spring, Murphy is confident it’ll pick up again in the summer.

Nassau Chambers Support Sandy Recovery Effort

Most days the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce focuses on small merchants across western Long Island.

But on Thursday morning, the 48 chamber members put business aside to support the unpaid volunteers with Friends of Long Island. More than half of the individual chambers donated more than $2,000 to the coalition of grassroots Superstorm Sandy recovery groups. All of the proceeds will go towards building materials.

“The Nassau Council of Chambers is proud to have awarded this check due to the generosity of our members. We will continue to fundraise on their behalf. It is the least we can do as an organization,” President Julie Marchesella said.

Friends of Long Island is an umbrella for various community groups working throughout the South Shore. Vision Long Island provides support for their efforts, and spoke at Thursday’s meeting. The nonprofit shared recent activities of the Smart Growth movement around the island.

“Kudos to the small business community that really is the backbone of Long Island,” Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

The Nassau Council of Chamber of Commerce awarded a check to Friends of Long Island at their Presidents' Roundtable which took place on Thursday, April 10.  The Nassau Council raised these funds through the generosity of their members in recognition of the volunteer efforts accomplished by restoring the regions residents/businesses back into their homes.

Annual Homeless Vigil Helps Hundreds With Free Supplies

With pallets of food, free haircuts and no shortage of information available Tuesday evening, Farmingdale State College’s Roosevelt Hall was a one-stop shop for Long Island’s homeless community.

And that’s what Greta Guarton wants.

The executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless said their annual “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is so much more than just the vigil it began as 15 years ago.

“We expanded it to be not only where we’re raising awareness, but distributing items to folks in need,” Guarton said.

Crowds of homeless and volunteers flowed through the student union. Food, pet food, clothing, coats, baby items, cleaning supplies, housewares, toys and other supplies lined the walls of the room. The event even attracted a dozen cosmetologists from Nevica Salon performing free haircuts, as well as former professional wrestler William “Brimstone” Kucmierowski greeting fans.

The event, Guarton said, focuses on two types of people: those living in shelters and those on the verge of homelessness. In the case of the latter, money not spent on food or haircuts can be used for rent or mortgages, keeping them out of the shelters.

But sometimes being homeless is unavoidable, said Thomasina Dawson. Domestic violence and molestation can cause it, she added, as can eviction and illness.

Now a proud resident of Bellport for the past seven years, Dawson was homeless three times. The last time occurred after a brain aneurism laid her unconscious in the street before waking up some time later. With the support of her daughters and son, she recovered her mental faculties in a shelter, abiding by their rules with the only goal of living on her own again.

“How bad do you want it and what will you do for it?”

For more infomation on the event or how to make a difference, visit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless online.

Design Team Makes Pitch For $4 Billion In Federal Sandy Funds

Daniel D’Oca doesn’t expect Long Island will win the full $800 million needed to prepare for the next Superstorm Sandy, but he is optimistic the area can get a cut of the $4 billion prize.

D’Oca is a principal with Interboro Partners – the lead firm of the Interboro Team – in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design challenge. Interboro partnered with engineering, planning, developers and others to solve the flooding problem on Long Island.

They joined nine other teams looking at flooding in other parts of the northeast in front of a HUD jury on Friday with their “Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore” proposal. Results aren’t expected for another month, at which point they’ll identify which projects will see funding and just how much.

When the Interboro Team began meeting with Long Islanders and investigating the problem, it quickly became apparent there were multiple issues at play, each requiring a solution. Sandy sent large waves onto land, but impervious surfaces like asphalt kept the ground from absorbing stormwater. Water quality and environmental issues are critical for a region that lives on its source of water, while thousands of houses were damaged and destroyed by the storm.

Their solution was a five-prong plan with each component supporting another.

“These aren’t just five separate strategies. Each one makes the other better. If we could capture more stormwater runoff and keep more runoff from entering Mill River, it would improve the quality of water in the river and bay, and help us with the project to grow marshland,” D’Oca said. “We would like to see HUD fund a bit of everything. Having said that, there would still be a positive gain from HUD picking one or two of these things.”

The first piece covers the ocean shoreline. A large deposit of sand called a sand engine in Jones Inlet would harness tides and erosion to naturally build up beaches and shoreline. Additional sediment from dredging would support the beaches.

The second piece reflects the need for barrier islands to protect the mainland from damaging storm surge. Interboro’s plan calls for a dike landscape and a water retention park near Long Beach to protect existing critical infrastructure. Not only did Long Beach sustain some of the highest concentrations of Sandy damage, but it’s among the most residentially dense in Nassau County.

Marshes are also useful for buffering the mainland from storm surge and erosion, but they also support local ecology. This phase of the proposed plan would include a marsh island and ring levees – water-facing roads elevated by 5 feet equipped with stormwater-detention systems – around the Freeport shoreline.

Along the lower-lying developed areas, flooding can actually prevent mitigating flooding further inland. North-south rivers drain stormwater runoff, but outflow pipes can back up the pipes are inundated. Green infrastructure could not only reduce that flooding, according to the Interboro plan, but also pollution. Their solution calls for a sluice gate in the Mill River watershed to better manage stormwater, convert a nearby undeveloped parcel of land into a riverfront park that could filter stormwater and add stormwater swales to nearby streets.

Finally, their plan calls for smarter developing inland. Building along Sunrise Highway puts people outside of category 2 storm surges while remaining reasonably close to the water. It also supports the Freeport Plaza West mixed-use project and adds bike lanes.

All of these projects, D’Oca said, could be applied in other parts of the island.

Their plan also includes a series of “Phase I” components that are cheaper and require navigating less red tape. While their entire proposal and required studies would cost $800 million, Interboro presented their plan to HUD as a menu with different choices and prices.

“We don’t expect HUD to fund $800 million,” D’Oca said. “We would like to see HUD fund a bit of everything. Having said that, there would still be a positive gain from HUD picking one or two of these things.”

This design and planning effort is one of many regional plans for Long Island that are being sorted out at numerous levels. Vision Long Island is hopeful that federal and state infrastructure dollars will be allocated to address resiliency across Long Island's South Shore. Check out the Rebuild By Design website for Interboro's final proposal.

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. Vision Long Island and CNU New York are supporting the conference with scholarships for the registration of public officials. For more information on the scholarships, contact Eric Alexander via email or 631-04-9128.

Revisiting The 2014 Complete Streets Summit

Last week's More Calls For Safer Roads At Complete Streets Summit story contained a few errors. For the corrected version, check out Vision's website.

2014 Youth Summit Coverage Coming Next Week

Stay tuned next week for full coverage of the 5th annual Youth Summit at Dowling College.

Nautical Mile Restaurant Week April 6-13 Nets Fishy Feast

Hooked on seafood? Freeport’s Nautical Mile Restaurant Week is underway.

From April 6-13, nearly a dozen restaurants on the water are serving three-course dinners for $27. That includes a fire-roasted salmon at River house grille, braised pork osso bucco at Rachel’s Waterside Grill and a lobster caesar salad at the Nautilus Café.

For menus and more details about restaurant week, check them out on Facebook. Reservations are encouraged.

Easter Festivities In Downtown Farmingdale On April 12

Easter Sunday may fall on April 20, but don’t forget to bring the family to the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce’s Easter celebration a week earlier.

The annual festivities are to be held April 12 on the Village Green. Lineup for the Easter Egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m., while the hunt will commence at noon. This year’s eggs were donated by BrainCore of Farmingdale.

The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to meet young fans. Parents are asked to bring a camera for photographs.

Follow the Farmingdale Chamber on Facebook for more details.

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.

Crowds Expected For Italian-Based Street Painting Festival

The annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is a major event in downtown Riverhead, and organizers expect this year’s festival to be a masterpiece.

The 18th annual festival, scheduled for May 25 on East Main Street, is fashioned after the Italian street painters "I Madonnari", a street chalk art form dating back to the 16th century. It’s expected to draw 5,000 for street painting, art demonstration, live music, art sales, face painting and more family-friendly entertainment.

Street painters 15 years and older are encouraged to register in advance. Pre-registered street painters will be matched with a sponsored square on a first-come-first-serve basis. Street painting squares may also be purchased for $20 on the day of the event. Materials are included.

Vendors looking to sell arts, crafts, soaps, jams and other homemade goods must apply with East End Arts by May 15.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, check out the festival’s website.

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.

Just Seven More Hours Until State's Sandy Aid Deadline

No new applications from homeowners seeking financial assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. tonight.

NY Rising representatives advised homeowners they must register and submit. Applications with only the red-starred minimum information will be accepted, but just registering will not count.

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 or 631-316-8430. Homeowners can also apply on their own via the NY Rising website.

Feds Accepting Requests For $600 Million In TIGER Funding

The window to apply for a cut of $600 million in financial funding for transportation projects is open – and already closing.

The U.S. Department of Transportation unleashed another round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants in February, but the deadline to submit projects is April 28. Applications were first accepted April 3.

TIGER grants pump federal money into projects that have a significant impact on the country, region or metropolitan area. Six rounds have provided $4.1 billion in aid.

TIGER 2014 is designed to emphasize “projects that support reliable, safe and affordable transportation options that improve connections for both urban and rural communities, making it easier for their residents to reach work, school and other ladders of opportunity. While continuing to support projects of all types, DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities, promote neighborhood redevelopment, and reconnect neighborhoods divided by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.”

In addition to supporting capital grants, up to $35 million of TIGER funds can be used for planning grants, including planning of innovative transportation, regional transportation, freight and port, and programmatic mitigation approaches that increase efficiency and improve outcomes for communities and the environment.

For more information or an application, check out the Department of Transportation’s website. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit by Friday, April 25 due to server upgrades that weekend.

Is Your Business Looking To Save Money On Utility Bills?

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides free energy assessments and offers low-interest financing to businesses with 10 employees or fewer to upgrade lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration, and other energy uses.

Signing up for an energy assessment is the first step in identifying the upgrades that can help improve energy efficiency and save you money. Incentives and financing options may also be available to help you with making those upgrades. Options include a Participation Loan, in which NYSERDA covers half the loan up to $50,000 at 0 percent interest, and the On-Bill Recovery Financing Program, which allows you to repay the loan via your utility bill at a low interest rate.

For larger businesses, NYSERDA’s FlexTech program offers energy efficiency studies, typically at a 50/50 cost share if you are a National Grid gas customer. NYSERDA also offers incentives for installation of natural gas efficiency measures.  

To get started, please contact the NYSERDA Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program Regional Outreach Contractor (ROC) for Long Island, Beth Fiteni, via email or 631-471-1215 x166.

The ROC can discuss NYSERDA program opportunities with you, and assist you in completing an application for an energy assessment. The ROC can also help you understand your available incentive and financing options and identify contractors that can perform upgrades identified in your energy assessment.

Visit for more information on NYSERDA’s programs.

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 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?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Subculture - Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m.
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 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


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:
Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Friday, April 11 at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 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


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
Madeliene Peyroux - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen tribute - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Trixter - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Almost Queen featuring Breakdown - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Fortunate Youth featuring True Press - Sunday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Larry Carlton - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket - Saturday, April 12 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Psychadelic Furs - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Kevin Costner & The Modern West - Sunday, April 13 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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Music Man - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Flat Stanley - Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Bad Medicine and Bottoms Up! - Friday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Return of Saturn, Soul to Squeeze and Lounge Act - Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
The Summer of Love Concer - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
That 70s Band - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, April 12 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Starting Here, Starting Now - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 3 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


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Shawn Colvin - Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Palm Sunday Gospel Fest - Sunday, April 13 at 4 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Axe The Tax In Farmingdale

It's been a long winter, but spring is definitely here. As life begins to pick up again, the Village of Farmingdale is giving their downtown a head start. Tax Relief Week is on for April 15-19. Main Street stores, restaurants and clubs will offer tax relief savings and other specials. Stay on top of the occasion with their Facebook page.

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