April 19-25, 2014
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“We’re looking for the development of future leaders in our communities and the Summit is the first step in the process. The Summit is also a great example of a public/private partnership among organizations in the fields of health, education, business, and policy that brings together resources for the purpose of giving young people the tools that they will need to succeed in the future.” Dr. Nathalia Rogers, director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College
“The more diverse we are as individuals, working on problems, trying to solve problems, the better we are going to be at achieving a solution to that problem." Dr. Adam Aponte, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at North Shore LIJ Health System
2014 Smart Growth Awards Winners Announced,
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Former Yankee Peddler Unveils 'Suite Pieces' Rebranding
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Huntington ZBA To Consider More Mixed-Use Development
While construction is underway on a sizeable mixed-use project along Gerard Street in Huntington village, another bank of downtown housing could be coming.
Large Turnout For Dowling's 5th Annual LI Youth Summit
More than 350 high school students from 26 districts across Long Island participated in the 5th annual Long Island Youth Summit (LIYS) at Dowling College on April 4.
After completing their topic workshops, the participants convened for a joint final session and the awards ceremony where they presented their workshop recommendations. The summary of recommendations from each workshop is provided below.
The Environment Issues 1: Protection of Water and Open Space workshop was moderated by Executive Director Adrienne Esposito and Executive Programs Manager Maureen Dolan Murphy from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, along with H2M Water President Dennis Kelleher.
Water, participants agreed, is one of the most important environmental issues facing Long Island. Underground aquifers are the only source of drinking water, which is slowly becoming contaminated. Nitrogen levels increased by 200 percent between 1978-2005 in Suffolk County. Other pollutants, pesticides and volatile organic compounds have also been found in groundwater.
The group decided that education is the best solution to protect Long Island’s water, with so many people still unaware they only drink the water beneath their feet. More than half of medical facilities on Long Island still flush medicines down the drain and high nitrogen levels lead to algae blooms that kill fish and wildlife.
The Environment Issues 2: Renewable Energy workshop was moderated by PSEG Manager John Keating, EmPower Solar Community Programs Manager Tara Bono and Northrop Grumman’s Dr. Donald DiMarzio.
When panelists asked teens what they discovered while researching their projects, the discussion touched on geothermal energy. They discussed how a few thousand Long Island homes already use geothermal heating and cooling. Teens also said hydro power is possible on Long Island by funneling rain water into a channel that can turn turbines. Similarly, they agreed tidal and wave energy would also be a good fit considering the significant shoreline.
When the moderators asked what obstacles there are to renewable energy, students cited the cost of solar power, adding that banks are now offering loans to help with installation costs. They also discussed the lack of education when residents are unaware of available options. Public outcry, the teens added, is also an obstacle. Some went after the proposed Jones Beach wind farm because they could lose their view of the ocean.
The discussion ended with a consent that renewable energy homes are becoming more of a trend on Long Island.
Under the guidance of Impact of Hurricane Sandy workshop was moderated by Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Executive Director Kim Skillen, Friends of Long Island contractor Jon Siebert and Islip’s Deputy Incident Commander for Emergency Response Joseph Badala, students in the Impact of Hurricane Sandy workshop examined how the historic storm continues to affect Long Island.
Students and experts considered how microgrids with local power generation could keep the lights on in essential structures, burying power lines would prevent future outages but carry a large price tag, creating barrier beaches and marshland would protect the mainland from storm surge and why crying wolf on storms like Tropical Storm Irene left many Fire Island residents refusing to evacuate.
“People won’t leave their homes anymore,” Badala said.
Going forward, they agreed child health will be a long-term need, especially as kids pick up on parents’ stress in picking up the pieces, homeowners need to meticulously remove mold spores before rebuilding, grassroots community organizations are better equipped to handle future problems and that Long Islanders can help themselves by having the knowledge and an emergency kit ready before the next disaster.
Guided by Roel Resources President Ron Roel, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron and D&F Development Group Principal Peter Florey, Levittown, Eastport-South Manor and Three Village School students participated in the Living on Long Island: Economic Development, Community and Housing workshop.
When asked why they selected economic development, one teen said he was interested in Smart Growth and believed it could promote “slumping” areas like St. James and Mt. Sinai. Another student described Manorville, which lacks a commercial hub – as just a rest stop on the way to the Hamptons. One Levittown teen was jealous of relatives in Northport for their Main Street compared to the big companies littering Levittown.
The group also touched on the students’ future careers and livelihoods on Long Island. A Manorville teen said he was concerned how small businesses can be successful on Long Island without a commercial center. Roel chimed in that 98 percent of the island’s 95,000 businesses actually have less than 20 people.
Transportation was another popular topic in this workshop. Not only is there a lack of north-south connections, they said, but Superstorm Sandy made it impossible to travel with the gas shortage. Trains are the primary source of public transportation, but the East End needs more mass transit.
A dozen students discussed Leadership with Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, North Shore-LIJ’s Berthe Erisnor and Governor Cuomo’s Suffolk County representative Scott Martella.
Alexander warned that leadership is not for the faint of heart, as it involves putting yourself into a situation without the guarantee of success. But these teens were unperturbed, sharing their own stories of struggles and successes in both personal and academic goals. One student challenged her school to offer more assemblies on bullying. Despite the district’s apprehension, she pushed forward and made them a reality.
Martella reflected on some of history’s powerful leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. who were able to make changes despite not holding a position of power. One teen said she recognized leadership in a young child while on a church mission, while another said she and her parents displayed leadership applying to unattainable colleges.
Good leaders, Alexander said, are good people with the flexibility to do the right thing. That can include stepping back and recognizing someone else’s leadership. And by the end of their conversation, the group agreed that sincerity and strength coming from hard work and positive values are the most important components of leadership.
The Race, Class, Education, and Economy workshop was moderated by Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College, and Diana Coleman from the Nassau County Economic Opportunity Commission & Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC).Participants in the workshop acknowledged that Long Island remains one of the most racially segregated areas of the United States and that growing social and economic inequality is impacting young people in a negative way. Some solutions that students proposed included: creating educational courses about value and achievements of different cultures and teaching these courses starting from early childhood. This will allow students to develop a more educated perspective on other cultures that may differ from perspectives of their parents. Participants emphasized the need for the state to provide more resources to high-need schools through significant subsidies for afterschool programs and academic clubs. Creating school districts that will include racially and economically diverse school population may also help to reduce social inequality. Bayshore School District and Harborfields School District could serve as examples for such high achieving, diverse school districts. In addition, creating school partnerships where high-need and low-need schools would partner through joint clubs, events, sports teams, and half-day cross-school curriculum may reduce racial stereotypes and contribute to better learning for everyone. State and federal tax breaks for small businesses that will be willing to relocate and/or open in high need school districts will help those districts to receive higher revenue.
The Socio-Medical Issues 1: Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Social Networking workshop was moderated by Dr. Barbara Meyers, Dr. Alison Tebbett and Dr. Amanda Riisen from the North Shore-LIJ Health System.Participants of the workshop focused on strategies to prevent bullying and violence in high schools. Students recommended education should be provided to students, parents, teachers and community members about how to handle bullying (including Dignity for All Students Act), not just once, but throughout the school year in a variety of settings inside and outside of school and formats that would include lecture assemblies, fliers and skill building activities. Instead of being a passive bystander, students should work to be more active in situations where bullying occurs. For example, students can stand up for the victim, tell the bully to stop, distract/divert the bully in a positive way and/or seek support from adults. Also, students should be given education from the school on how to become more involved. It is important to foster a school culture which rewards students for positive social inclusiveness and acts of kindness: one high school has a newsletter which gives students recognition for this, another school has peer support groups where students can meet with peers to discuss instances of bullying. Bullying prevention strategies are most effective when applied to children when they are young -the earlier the better. Participants of the workshop encouraged teaching tolerance and inclusion early on to discourage cliques, exclusion and discrimination of others because of race, religion, socio-economic status, gender and/or sexual preference. Internet can become a useful tool to connect with children around the world to better understand and respect cultural and societal differences as well as similarities. Teachers and peers can also make students aware of websites where children who are bullied can share their stories and not feel alone.
The Socio-Medical Issues 2: Teens and Abuse of Prescription Drugs workshop was moderated by Dr. Stephen Dewey from the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
In this workshop students focused on the importance of safeguarding and proper disposal of prescription drugs, and peer to peer management of drug abuse issues. Many health care facilities such as nursing homes do not have an opportunity to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More programs are needed to collect unused prescription drugs from both private homes and institutional facilities. Participants discussed the need to create peer-to-peer groups that will focus on negative effects of prescription drug abuse. Peer-to peer counseling is often the most effective form of prescription drug abuse prevention.
Meanwhile, the Socio-Medical Issues 3: Teen Mental Health, Self-Esteem and Well Being workshop was moderated by Denise Ingenito, LCSW, Director of Counseling at Dowling College, and Louis Medina, LCSW, from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
One of the issues discussed in the workshop was that young people feel that they generally have a more receptive view on seeking counseling for mental well-being issues but are often shut down by their parents/caregivers when they intend to seek such counseling. They identified that there is a stigma attached to mental counseling. Students wondered how this stigma could be removed so that their parents/caregivers would allow them to get the support they need when they need it. During the discussion of self-esteem issues, students honed in on the decision making process that each young person went through to determine the choices (whether positive or negative) they made when feeling low about themselves. They identified seeking the guidance of someone who they deem a positive support and role model as being instrumental in making the right decisions. Students spoke at length about negative messages they all have received at one time or another from a parent, a coach, a teacher or a peer and how that impacted them. They came to the conclusion that even one positive person in their life could outweigh significant negative forces and for the youth who participated in the workshop, this made a huge difference.
The following students won awards for their original projects submitted to the 2014 Long Island Youth Summit:
Overall Best Project of the 2014 LIYS:
Anushka Roy and Deanna Pereira, Comsewogue High School, for their original Anti-Bullying Video. (Teacher: Ms. Casey)
Best Project in the Bullying and Cyber-Bullying category:
Best Project in Social Networking Category:
Best Project in Teens and the Abuse of Prescription Drugs Category:
Best Project in Teen Mental Health, Self Esteem and Wellness Category:
Best Project in the Water Protection Category:
Best Project in the Renewable Energy Category:
Best Project in the Category of Living on Long Island: Community, Housing, and Transportation
Best Project in the Category of Hurricane Sandy
Best Project in the category of Art:
Best Project in the Category of Mixed Media Art:
Best Project in the Category of Photo Art:
Southwest Airlines Award for an Outstanding Project in the Category Living on Long Island:
Jefferson Plaza, New Village, IDAs Honored By LIBN
Real Estate professionals gathered at Crest Hollow Country Club earlier this week to celebrate Long Island’s best deals of the year.
Plans, Special Winners Unveiled At NY Rising Conference
Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off the NY Rising Community Spring Conference on Wednesday. Committee representatives from the 50 NY Rising Community Reconstruction communities statewide joined elected officials to close out the first phase.
Downtowns Tipping The Scales Against Malls In Retail Fight
Mall owners need to watch their back.
Bellone, LI Team Presenting At Major Planning Conference
A team from Long Island will present at the country’s premiere planning event this summer.
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.
Get Your Resume Into Shape At Brookhaven’s Job Boot Camp
Having trouble finding a job in this today’s rough market?
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.
Eclectic Café Presents Fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger
The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. And on May 10, it will be on display at the Unitarian Society in Bay Shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open Door For Affordable Veterans Housing
Applications are now being accepted from Long Island’s veterans for affordable housing, but don’t wait.
Grants Available To Find Veterans And Families Homes
Know a veteran who could use a hand finding a permanent home?
$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.
State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups
New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.
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