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Apr. 12-18, 2015


Regional Updates


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“NYS is in the best fiscal shape it has been in in a few years... Over $6 billion that came from the federal government should be used in investing in our infrastructure because there is a great need.”

Hon. Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller

“ Chambers are the heart and soul of what we do as government... Groups like this (LIBC) make sure we focus on the small businesses on our main streets.”

Hon. John M. Kennedy, Jr., Suffolk County Comptroller

“Long Island needs an economic vision that will revitalize our region, create high paying job opportunities and affordable housing in order to retain our youth. Collaborations by all elected officials and community leaders are essential to get this done. ”

Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller

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Complete Streets Summit Draws Local Leaders

The task of making Long Island’s roads safer for everyone is underway. That was the message at the third annual Complete Streets Summit. More than 100 were at the Sustainability Institute at Molly College in Farmingdale Friday morning to hear status updates and remember why the mission is so important.

Vision's Director opened the summit with a review of complete streets policies and projects across Long Island. Over 40 complete streets projects are in the planning or construction stage or are recently completed.

Speaking to the crowd of elected officials, business leaders and community organizers, Suffolk County Legislative Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory said renewing the island’s transportation is a current issue. He revealed it takes his wife 40 minutes to drive seven miles on Route 110 to work at nearby Farmingdale State College.

State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), one of the Summit’s featured speakers, recalled how a highway proved to be a thorny issue in the former Village mayor’s side. Martins wanted to implement Complete Streets practices on parts of Jericho Turnpike, only to be denied by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) in favor of moving more cars. “That wasn’t long ago,” Martins said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Complete Streets legislation in 2011, requiring state, county and local transportation agencies to consider these alternative practices. But, Martins said, New Hyde Park streetscaping efforts took 10 years before the law was signed. He also highlighted Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender – in attendance last week – for making progress both before and after the state law.

“When it comes to redesigning the infrastructure that’s been here 100 years, we have to be smarter,” the state senator said.

The other featured speaker, DOT Long Island Regional Director Joseph Brown, said Complete Streets planning at higher levels involves several agencies and organizations including the NYS Department of State and Metropolitan Planning Organizations like NYMTC. It also includes a focus on systems instead of projects, he said, adding the DOT is expected to release a Complete Streets checklist later this year.

Touching on bikeshare programs in other parts of the state, Brown also briefly examined the ongoing Route 347 project and the replacement of three traffic lights with two traffic circles in Halesite.

“It’s a safer system,” he said, adding that more roundabouts are being considered for the East End.

The Summit’s first panel touched on the challenges faced and policies employed for Complete Streets on Long Island. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) has been an active supporter, joining walkability expert Dan Burden tour her community last year. These days, Baldwin is one of three communities were part of the Nassau County Infill Redevelopment Study. Backed by federal funds, Baldwin was chosen as a model how to revolutionize downtown communities. Still waiting on the study’s results, Curran said she anticipated speaking at next year’s Summit with the response.

Out east, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) shared both a success story and a disappointing story. County Road 99 – Woodside Avenue – was originally built to feed a future IRS center in Holtsville. But when the employment surge never happened, the road never saw the expected volume and instead now has a major speeding problem. County officials were eventually able to redesign the road with Complete Streets in mind, although residents unexpectedly caused a delay during which another driver was killed.

“We have a safer road and a calmer road,” Calarco said. “It works.”

Unfortunately, part of County Road 80 has not benefited from the same safety track record. Also known as East Main Street just outside of Patchogue, Suffolk County was considering a Complete Streets plan under former County Executive Steve Levy’s administration. Officials, however, opted to trim plans in favor of saving money. The road has become dangerous with a number of deaths and motorists using on-street parking opening their doors into oncoming traffic.

“It wasn’t done thinking how can we accommodate everyone,” the legislator said.

Citing the 2010 Census, GPI Transportation Safety Director Frank Pearson said Complete Streets planning must focus on the elderly and disabled. Fifteen percent of Nassau County residents and 13.5 percent of Suffolk County are elderly, while 9 percent of Long Islanders have some type of disability. These people, Pearson said, may have hearing and/or vision loss, slower reaction times and longer times to cross streets.

Redesigning streets to accommodate all users can employ options like road diets, installing pedestrian refugee islands, modifying traffic signal times, narrowing lane widths, refurbishing pavement markings and adding traffic signs.

John Canning, managing director of engineering firm VHB, looked at Complete Streets off the island. In the upstate city of Kingston, a $3 million renovation of a road known as the spine of the city will include a variety of uses. Driven by a very active community, the project is expected to improve traffic flow and better serve pedestrians and mass transit patrons.

And wrapping up the first panel, BikeLid President Kimberly Pettit called on Summit speakers and guests to contact their respective elected officials to challenge proposed transportation cuts. Multimodal funding was part of the federal government’s proposed Grow America Act, but Congress cannot agree how to fund the six-year plan. “If we lose our funding because we didn’t have our voices heard…” Pettit said.

Meanwhile, BikeLid, a company that sells bike shelters for installation in public spaces, is in talks to install their product in the Town of Babylon and other parts of the island. Municipalities who purchase their lids, the president said, should take steps to promote bicycling in their community. “'Please carefully consider the type of bicycle parking you choose, simply installing a bike rack at a bus stop is not usually the right solution,  people generally do not like to leave their bikes exposed all day so if we just keep installing rack after rack and the racks do not get used, it could be seen as a waste of money.  Offering covered, secure bicycle parking like a BikeLid, gives riders peace of mind and also encourages helmet use, which is extremely important because we really want to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities sustained by cyclists.  A main reason many riders choose not wear a helmet is because of the inconvenience of what to do with the helmet once they park their bike.  Riders do want to leave the helmet on the bike, exposed nor do they want to take and carry the helmet around with them,” Pettit said.

Moderated by Wendel Companies Sustainable Design Coordinator and Vision Long Island board member Aliesa Adelman, the second panel focused more on design and regulation surrounding Complete Streets in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Town of North Hempstead implemented a Complete Streets law back in 2011, Planning Commissioner Michael Levine said on Friday. Moving on from his conversation about renovating local streets at last year’s Summit, this time he touched on the need to improve industrial neighborhoods. Scattered throughout the town via piecemeal development over the decades, roads in industrial areas are often not designed for non-car users. Shoulders and sidewalks are intermittent and employees of nearby plants will walk on a road “that clearly doesn’t accommodate them” for lunch.

Levine said the town’s goal is to create safe route in industrial areas for all uses. And where as North Hempstead currently has 20 feet of travel lanes and 18 feet of front yards and/or parking on each side, they’re considering alternatives. One more realistic alternative is to install 6 foot sidewalks on each side and 7 feet of on-street parking on one side.

The Brookhaven Highway Department is required to consider Complete Streets ever since the Town Board passed their own law in 2010. On Friday, Councilwoman Connie Kepert said the change is “working very well.” Sidewalk and curb improvements have been made along Wilson Avenue and a traffic-calming project took place on Granny Road.

However, Kepert said the town hasn’t been able to advance their River Road project. Connecting Southaven County Park and residential neighborhoods, River Road is frequently used as a cut-through for the William Floyd Parkway by speeding cars. Plans have called for traffic-calming measures, a 2.7-mile multi-use path. Town officials accepted federal funding for the project, Kepert said, and yet it remains on hold courtesy of the state DOT. While a DOT spokeswoman recently promised to look into it. The Councilwoman was concerned waiting would push the project beyond the building season and into 2016. “This should not take this long,” Kepert said.

The situation was brighter in the Village of Farmingdale, and not just because of decorative lighting used for TOD projects. More than $100 million in private funds have poured into Farmingdale, with another TOD project near the LIRR station approved last week.

Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand ran on Smart Growth campaign when he was elected three years ago. On Friday he said he was on track to fulfill his campaign promises.

Main Street vacancies have dropped and construction on housing walkable both to downtown and trains is nonstop. Once the latest project is complete, pedestrian paths will connect the LIRR station and Main Street on both sides of the track. They’ll include brick pavers, landscaping and decorative lighting.

Unlike Farmingdale and most other Long Island municipalities, the city of Long Beach is home to many surfers, skateboarders and bicyclists. Greg del Rio, director of Traffic Engineering for The RBA Group, said city officials must consider these as well as traffic since a Complete Streets law was signed in 2013.

Earlier this month, city officials also passed the Long Beach Safety Initiative – with engineering support from RBA. Analyzing data, they reduced traffic speeds to 25 MPH in residential neighborhoods. Traffic on Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard will remain 30 MPH. Traffic lights through the heart of the city will be synchronized to keep traffic under 30 MPH after finding they were on three different cycles.

A computer simulation displayed at the Summit revealed how adjusting speed limits and traffic signals can move traffic more efficiently and safer than the current pattern.

Across the county border, Babylon was the first Long Island town to pass Complete Streets legislation back in 2010. Complete Streets practices are a part of the multi-million Wyandanch Rising project, said Babylon’s Director of Downtown Revitalization Jonathan Keyes. Construction of mixed-use buildings is underway, medians were added to roads after sewers were installed underneath and narrow travel lanes are being implemented. Keyes said the project offered them an “opportunity to go back and put the street together properly.”

Vision's Director ended the conference for a call of design review for projects that don't incorporate complete streets standards. The attendees were encouraged to bring projects forward that may need design assistance to meet the needs of non-auto users as well as incorporate safety solutions.

Long Island Business Council Hears Fiscal Update from State and Local Comptrollers

On Thursday, the LI Business Council filled the room at the East Farmingdale Firehouse with over 100 local business leaders on hand hearing a fiscal update from NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos and Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy. Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Nassau Legislators Richard Nicollelo, Laura Curran, Oyster Bay Councilman Tony Macagnone, the Nassau Village Officials Association, LI Federation of Labor, Gov. Cuomo's staff and a host of local chambers were also in attendance.

The focus throughout the meeting was on economic information and consensus on the need to watch and be vigilant as to where the funding for NYS infrastructure projects slated for LI goes.  All three Comptrollers expressed a need to direct those resources towards local and regional projects that help our main streets and small businesses.

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addressed the crowd of business owners and chambers delivering a message that the state is fiscally stronger and Long Island continues to recover from the recession.  However, there are still some major challenges like declining sales tax revenue, a slowdown following Sandy rebuilding and a shortage of “affordable” housing. While things are making a turn for the better, there is still a lot of work to be done. 

Nearly half of Long Islanders are spending more than a third of their income on housing causing them to spend less in other purchases.  “We’re certainly in much better shape today than we were a few years ago,” he said. However, we are seeing a return in the housing market and affordable housing continues to be an issue.  53 percent of renters in Nassau and 54 percent pay more than what would be considered affordable, based on their income. 43 percent of homeowners in Nassau and 44 percent in Suffolk pay more than that standard defines as affordable. “People are paying it, figuring out how to do it,” DiNapoli said. “But it means you’re not spending money on goods and other services.” While high housing prices are affecting Long Island, DiNapoli said “Long Islanders are finding a way”. He said Internet sales drive down sales tax, but that “so much of household income is going to the housing costs,” leaving less to spend on purchases.

He also noted that unemployment is down over last year on Long Island and the lowest in the state at 5.2 percent while the state’s rate was 5.8 percent.  DiNapoli said “it’s an uneven recovery statewide” with nearly 90 percent of job growth in New York City and Long Island. “Long Island is part of a strong area of recovery in terms of jobs,” DiNapoli said.

Sales tax collections have continued to grow despite the harsh winter but still fall short of the 5.2 percent we had the year before and slightly down from last year which may be a continued fall out from Sandy however revenue is up by 7 percent.  

“Even the construction industry is beginning to make a very clear comeback in many parts of the Island,” he said. “Some of that has to do with the rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Some of that has to do with the fact that the housing market is coming back.”

“NYS is in the best fiscal shape it has been in in a few years... Over $6 billion that came from the federal government should be used in investing in our infrastructure because there is a great need," said Hon. Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller.

Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr. said “Chambers are the heart and soul of what we do as government... Groups like this (LIBC) make sure we focus on the small businesses on our main streets.” He explained to the group that his goal was to update the technology the county is using. He wants to bring more of their processes online to help expedite payments and contracts to vendors, making them more competitive and enticing to other businesses.

Kennedy also wants to work more in protecting local businesses from the effects of online sales which is also affecting the county's sales tax collection. He noted his understanding of the effects of shoppers heading to online vendors will have on our small businesses and main streets.

“Long Island needs an economic vision that will revitalize our region, create high paying job opportunities and affordable housing in order to retain our youth. Collaborations by all elected officials and community leaders, such the LI Business Council, are essential to get this done” said Nassau Comptroller George Maragos.

Maragos spoke about his plans to help turn Nassau County in a bio tech powerhouse in the region. His hopes is that, in the process of attracting a new, more modern industry, he will also attract younger, more educated professionals to Long Island.

All three comptrollers agreed to review the projects proposed for the $550 million slated for infrastructure investment on Long Island. The process for project selection is unclear to date and local chambers and municipalities were encouraged to bring their projects forward to ensure that state investment meets the needs of local communities.

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory gave a brief update on the 110 corridor and its future contributions to the county’s economy before introducing Suffolk County Comptroller Kennedy.

Dr. Nathalia Rogers, a Vision Long Island Board member, provided updates on the Small Business Savings Accounts legislation.

In process of formation, the Suffolk Alliance of Chamber's was also a part of the morning session. The group met briefly after the meeting to solidify formation of the group and discuss future goals to support Suffolk County's small businesses and main streets.

Suffolk County participants also received a special announcement from NYS Governor’s Office Suffolk liaison Scott Martella announced that with his ascension within the administration, NYS Storm Recovery Suffolk County Representative Vanessa Lockel would be replacing him.  Mrs. Lockel has worked with many Suffolk County businesses and residents particularly along the south shore through her work with NY Rising.  Mrs. Lockel addressed the group noting she was looking forward to expanding her relationship with those in Suffolk County and is eager to move new role. 

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.

For more on this article, visit LIBN (subscription required)

Crowd Draws to Hear Heartland Town Square Proposal

Vision was out among a large crowd of over 200, many testifying in general support of the Heartland Town Square application at the Town of Islip Planning Board. Notable speakers in general support as well include local civic leaders, chambers of commerce and folks wanting jobs and housing options. Some folks from outside Islip and representing regional groups have weighed in in opposition. Local residents who were opposed to the project voiced their concern over the size, traffic impacts of the project, and overburdening community resources. 

 The hearing began with Significant improvement from the proposal in 2009 include specific changes in walkability, placemaking, infrastructure investment in sewers and transportation, housing options and neighborhood retail. Overall passionate and thoughtful testimonies and questions from local residents as well as Planning Board members.

The $4 billion proposed project would transform 451-acres on the grounds of the now closed Pilgrim State Hospital into a development with a mix of apartments, offices, shops and restaurants and bring some 20,000 much needed jobs to the Brentwood area.

Developer Gerry Wolkoff is hoping to put the plug in Long Island’s “brain drain” trend by providing housing and employment opportunities for the area. “I'm going to make a magnificent development and make it affordable for our young people,” said Wolkoff. The Planning Board will make a recommendation to the Town Board regarding rezoning the area for the proposed uses in the near future.

More can be read about the progress of this plan in Newsday.

Nassau Coliseum Master Plan Submitted to Town of Hempstead

After over a decade of trying to figure out the best way to redevelop Nassau Coliseum, another hurdle was jumped this week.  Forest City Ratner Cos. and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano submitted a master plan to the Town of Hempstead with hopes to begin construction by August of this year.

The submission of the master plan comes almost ten years after Islander’s owner Charles Wang proposed the Lighthouse Project which had estimated costs of almost $4 billion. The plan was ultimately rejected by the town due to its density, and spurred the approval of a 5.4 million square foot zone for construction of the Coliseum property known as the Mitchel Field Mixed-Use District (MFM) in 2011.

Developer Bruce Ratner, who also proposed the Barlays Center in Brooklyn, is proposing the Nassau Events Center (NEC) Project, which will include a 13,000 seat arena, 208,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space, a movie theater, an open pedestrian plaza, and 120,000 square foot of recreational space.   As the project moves forward, over 1800 hotel rooms , a convention center and parking garages may be added. Unlike the Lighthouse Project proposal, there would be no residential development on the County owned property.

Approval for the plan could come sooner than later since the environmental review was completed in 2011, and the NEC projects falls under the zoning outlined by MFM.  Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said that this process could take at least a month to complete. Although no anchor tenants were confirmed by the developer, County Executive Ed Mangano is hopeful that the Islanders would be enticed to a full-time return to Uniondale, and West Hempstead’s Island Garden Basketball would be located on the property. Mangano also said that Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will spend $140 million to construct a research facility and outreach center on the site, which would be separate from Ratner’s development. "It is the first step toward turning that concrete jungle into a thriving economic destination with sports and entertainment for people of all ages," said Mangano about the NEC project, which is expected to create approximately 1500 jobs during construction, leading to 1400 jobs upon completion.

For more on this story, visit  Newsday,  and the full plan can be seen here.

Babylon OKs Zoning For Revitalized Copiague

Copiague could join Patchogue and Wyandanch as Long Island communities getting a makeover that may boost tax revenue.

The Babylon Town Board unanimously signed off last week on rezoning that could transform Downtown Copiague into a commercial and residential hub.

“The zoning creates the basic conditions that private investors will be looking for,” Babylon Downtown Revitalization Director Jonathan Keyes said.

Thirty-one acres around the Copiague LIRR station and Great Neck Road could see major changes under new town rules promoting denser mixed-use development. Currently home primarily to low-rise commercial and industrial buildings, that space could be turned into 420 residential units, 245,064 square feet of retail space and expanded parks.

With town officials envisioning residential and office units atop downtown retail within walking distance of mass transit, plans with workforce housing or green building could be eligible for taller and denser construction.

The changes also specify details for future development. Sidewalks must be at least 15 feet wide and exteriors should use brick, stucco or stone.

Concerns about traffic, town officials said, can be alleviated by widening Great Neck Road, adding new turning lanes and recalibrating traffic lights.

Developer Conifer Realty is already in contract to purchase an industrial warehouse and convert it into a 90-unit apartment building. Rents would start at $1,200 for single-bedroom apartments and $1,420 for two-bedroom units.

“The market and the need for these types of apartments is very deep,” Conifer principal Andrew Crossed said.

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

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:

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.

The 2015 Long Island Food Conference

The 2015 Long Island Food Conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Hofstra University will bring together hundreds of key stakeholders and members of our communities from across Long Island and the tri-state area to learn, discuss, and network about the importance of growing and promoting a sustainable local food system. 

Our 2015 conference will focus on strengthening and increasing our local food system by:

1) identifying innovative small scale growing techniques,

2) providing inspiring and educational workshops dedicated to promoting healthy and sustainable food choices, and

3) discussing ground-breaking policies and programs that help incorporate sustainable and locally grown food into our communities.

The Long Island Food Coalition is the conference organizer and includes representatives from the following organizations: Hofstra University; North Shore Land Alliance; iEat Green, and; Long Island Group  of the Sierra Club.  The Long Island Food Coalition (formerly known as the Long Island Small Farm Initiative) sponsored the 2011 and 2012 Farm Summits at SUNY Old Westbury College and Hofstra University, respectively.  These two conferences drew nearly 1,400 attendees and were very successful in bringing together a diversity of people dedicated to growing, promoting and consuming local food.

We expect nearly 1,000 participants to attend the 2015 conference, including but not limited to educators, farmers, advocates, policy regulators, parents, students, concerned citizens and non-profit organizations.

Learn more about sponsoring the conferencepresenting a workshop, or volunteering.

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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

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is 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.

Third Smart Growth Saturday Downtown Tours on May 9th

Fresh off of last year’s events, Vision Long Island invites you to join us in local downtowns for the third Smart Growth Saturday! Visit real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. We have chosen these communities for this event and we recognize that there are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work and we look forward to future tours.
Meeting T.B.A. at 11 am. Tour will be led by Town of North Hempstead, Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Port Washington BID, and the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce Tour Port Washington’s historic downtown with a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and cultural events overlooking Hempstead Harbor

FREEPORT: Meet at Jeremy’s Ale House (239 Woodcleft Ave) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Freeport Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Freeport and will include: Nautical Mile restaurants, businesses, and a review of storm hardening and recovery post-Sandy.

NORTHPORT: Meet at Northport Historical Society (215 Main Street) at 11 am. Tour will be led by the Northport Historical Society and will include successful retail business district, restaurants, historic properties, art destinations, and waterfront park

RIVERHEAD: Meet at Summerwind Square (40 Peconic Ave) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and will include: Restored Suffolk Theater, new mixed use development, Summerwind Square, Woolworth Apartments, new restaurants, farmers market, community garden, riverfront park and boardwalk

Tours will gather at 11 am for an initial presentation and will leave before 11:30. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. RSVP to 631-261-0242 or Vision will share & invites those on tours to post photos on Twitter & Instagram #SmartGrowthSaturday

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, 20

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

Unsung Heroes Nominations Due June 5th

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless awards the Leonard I Saltzman Unsung Hero Award at its annual Keys for the Homeless Conference each year.  Each year, two individuals are awarded this honor:  One selected directly by the Keys Conference Planning Committee, and one from nominations made by the community at large.  The purpose of the award is to recognize volunteers, direct care workers and/or other “boots on the ground” persons who go above and beyond to help homeless and at risk Long Islanders.  Eligible applicants must be involved in volunteering or working with homeless and/or at risk persons in Nassau or Suffolk Counties.

The Unsung Hero Award will be presented at the “Keys for the Homeless” conference to be held on November 13, 2015 at Touro Law Center, Central Islip.  Recipients must be present to receive the award.
Submissions must be e-mailed by June 5, 2015.

For more information, please see the attached nomination form.

2015 Smart Growth Awards June 12th

For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadership in advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements, clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

Join eight to nine hundred business, community and government leaders. Consider sponsorship with levels at $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000. All sponsorship levels come with a table of ten tickets, banner display and logo display on all materials. Higher sponsorship levels include seats on dais at lunch, video sponsorships, journal ads, etc...


To RSVP or for more information, contact us at 631-261-0242 or

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.

Film: National Audubon Society's Hawks Up Close

Fri April 17th- 1PM, 2PM

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.

Gregory Museum Annual 
Sat April 18th

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




Half-Step (Grateful Dead Tribute)- The Project (Jethro Tull Tribute), Phil Varca & The Slamjammers
Fri April 17th- 8PM
Fingers Metal Shop Live!- Adrenaline Mob, Killcode, Strychnyne & more
Sat April 18th- 8PM
The Break Contest Finals- Skate and Surf Fastival
Sun April 19th- 12PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
Barnaby Bye
Sat April 18th- 8PM
Play Your Part- A free Earth Day event w/ Jack Licitra
Sun April 19th- 11AM

Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton

Current Exhibits: Students Arts Festival Part 2
Hampton Ballet Theatre School- Les Sylphides and Littlest Mermaid
Fri April 17th- 7PM, Sat April 18th- 1PM & 7PM, Sun April 19th- 2PM

Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington

Jeff Beck w/ special guest Tyler Bryant
Fri April 17th- 8PM
Star Boxing- Rocking Fights 18 ft. Joe Smith
Sat April 18th- 7:30PM
Testament “Dark Roots of Thrash II Tour” w/ Exodus & Shattered Sun
Sun April 19th- 7PM

Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 P
rime 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: Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum and Power, Politics & War: Selections from the Permanent Collection of George Grosz.
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

Mary Poppins
Sun April 19th- 12PM

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
A Chorus Line
Fri April 17th- 8PM; Sat April 18th- 3PM & 8PM, Sun April 19th- 2PM
Sat April 18th-11AM; Sun April 19th- 2PM
Will & Anthony Nunziata- Broadway, Our Way
Sun April 19th- 7PM

Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue

The Ronald Reagans, Just groovin'
Fri April 17th- 7:30PM
O El Amor, Captain Jack (Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute)
Sat April 18th- 7:30PM
Funkin' A, The Vigilance Committee, Pavelle, Crisis Crayons
Sun April 19th- 5PM

Tickets and more information available here.

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

Patti Lupone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda with Piano
Sat April 18th- 8PM
Pops in Patchogue: Give My Regards to Broadway
Sun April 19th- 3PM

Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue

Mike Delguidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the music of Billy Joel
Fri April 17th- 9PM
Saturday Night Dance Party w/ Killa K, Decoy, Mimic, Smooth City, DJ Loki
Sat April 18th- 10PM
Badfish: Tribute to Sublime w/ Roots Foundation, Half Breeds, Soul Junkies
Sun April 19th- 6PM

Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
Woman In Gold
*Multiple showtimes and dates this weekend

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off- comedy
Fri April 10th- 10:30PM
The Littlest Pirate
Fri Sat April 17th- 11AM; Sat April 18th- 11am
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, I'm In Therapy!
Fri April 17th- 8PM, Sat April 18th- 2PM & 8PM, Sun April 19th- 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

Lez Zeppelin- All Girls All Zeppelin
Fri April 17th- 8pm
Late Nite Catechism by Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan
Sat April 18th- 8PM
An Evening w/ Kim Russo- The Happy Medium
Sun April 19th- 7:30PM

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
The Weight ft. Members of the Band, Levon Helm Band & Rink Danko Band
Fri April 17th- 8PM
Black & Sparrow: And Hopefully Forgotten Concert
Sat April 18th- 8PM
Hamptons Take 2- Documentary Film Festival
Sun April 19th- 2:30PM

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.

Pierson High School Student International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition
Fri April 17th 5PM

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Over 200 Students Participate in Dowling Youth Summit

Vision staff and many board members were out today to help organize the LI Youth Summit at Dowling College with over 400 youth from 25 high schools across Long Island tackling the regions thorniest issues. Bullying, social medical issues, water quality, transportation, energy, race/class, economic development/ housing and leadership were all covered.

This year's theme "Leadership in a Divided Society" was ably tackled by many students. The luncheon keynote - Newsday's Joye Brown provided examples of community leadership and encouraged youth to stand up, run for school board seats and get engaged in their neighborhood. Best quote - "things don't change when people sit down"

Panelists who assisted the youth with their topics included: Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron, CCE's Adrienne Esposito, Vision's Tawaun Dezaray Weber, and Elissa Kyle, Former Newsday business editor Ronald E. Roel, and many others.
Kudos to Lead sponsors North Shore LIJ, Southwest Airlines and the many sponsors H2M, Greenman Pedersen, National Grid, PSEG, Estee Lauder, Possilico, Good Harvest Financial Group and Joy Squires. 
Dr.Nathalia Rogers and her team should be praised for pulling together a powerful event once again.

Inspiring and exciting day as always .... Stay tuned next week for full coverage.


Smart Talk

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

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