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April 26- May 3, 2014

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Long Island Federation Of Labor

The Long Island Federation of Labor is the local branch of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. With more than 250,000 members, they are among the largest central labor union in America. Members hail from a wide range of careers, including bus drivers, bricklayers, janitors and health care workers.

The federation is charged with communicating issues to affiliated unions, mobilizing members, speaking on behalf of Long Island's working families and supporting community-based services projects as needed.

“We’re going to see this vision happen. It’s been far too long this property has been on life support,” Coram Civic Association President Erma Gluck


“Wincoram is truly a win for Coram.” Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert

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Come See Smart Growth In Action On Saturday, May 3

Join Vision Long Island, business leaders and local government officials and learn about actual Smart Growth projects happening on Long Island.

The first annual Smart Growth Saturday is May 3, and projects from six communities will be on display to the public. All tours gather at 11 a.m. for a brief presentation before leaving at 11:30 a.m.

Town of Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron will lead the Bay Shore tour. Meeting at Greenview Properties on Shore Lane, his contingent will examine Chelsea Place, 5 Shore Lofts, Chatham Square and Boulton Center.

In Farmingdale, Village officials and Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander will meet at Village Hall on Main Street. They will tour Jefferson Plaza, Main Street, a new pocket park and rejuvenated retail.

Long Island Business Council’s Bob Fonti will lead the Huntington contingent after meeting at the Paramount. Participants will examine the Paramount, new residential and mixed-use development, the Gerard Street roundabout and other projects.

Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss will lead the tour through his village. After meeting at the LIRR station, they’ll check out the Hudson 140, Mineola Properties apartments, the Marquis, the Winthrop, LaunchPad, the intermodal facility and more.

In Patchogue, Mayor Paul Pontieri, Trustee Lori Devlin and GRB Development’s Mike Kelly will meet at the Riverwalk on Lager Lane. Their tour will examine the Riverwalk, Copper Beech Village, New Village, Artspace and more.

Finally, the Westbury team will be led by Mayor Peter Cavallaro. After meeting at the Space at Westbury, they’ll tour the Space, Horizons, and various mixed-use developments and multi-family housing.

Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Vision at 631-261-0242 or via email to register.

Groundbreaking Finally Occurs For Wincoram Development

Plans to redevelop a blighted Coram movie theater have been moving forward for a decade, but concrete progress was made Thursday when a backhoe knocked down the old marquis.

Civic leaders, elected officials and investors gathered along Middle Country Road and Route 112 amid the raindrops to celebrate the groundbreaking of Wincoram Commons. The $55 million mixed-use project replaces the former UA movie theater that sat vacant for years.

“We’re going to see this vision happen. It’s been far too long this property has been on life support,” Coram Civic Association President Erma Gluck said.

In the blighted structure’s place will rise apartment buildings and townhouses. About 7,300 square feet of commercial will be built into the first floor of three-story residential buildings, with another 6,000 square feet in a commercial building along Route 112. Plans also call for a clubhouse housing a leasing office, fitness center and community space across from the office building. All of these structures are intended to frame a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Actually, safer streets have been a driving force all along. The project was influenced by the Town of Brookhaven’s Middle Country Road Land Use Plan. Passed in 2006, it calls for walkable communities with an internal main street, multifamily housing and retail, and public meeting places.

Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert, who first worked on the development as a civic leader before elected to office in 2005, recalled how Vision Long Island gathered the community to create early ideas for the land. And now that Wincoram is moving forward, she said it will create jobs, employ green-building practices, add tax dollars to schools and create much-needed housing for both young and old.

“Wincoram is truly a win for Coram,” Kepert said.

Housing in the Wincoram Commons will be available in one-, two- and three-bedroom varieties. Monthly rent at the smallest unit is set for $1,176, with the two-bedroom running $1,410 and the three-bedroom unit going for $1,625.

Creating affordable housing is often considered essential to reversing the brain drain sending Long Island’s youth to New York City and other parts of the country. Several elected officials, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, expect Wincoram to be a part of the solution.

“This is exactly the type of project we need to reverse the brain drain,” Bellone said.

The development is expected to create 145 temporary construction jobs and 34 new permanent jobs. In addition, it also includes infrastructure expansion, like a connection to a nearby sewer treatment plant and a connector road from Route 112 to Middle Country Road to prevent congestion north of the site. A sidewalk between the development and nearby Avalon Bay at Charles Pond luxury apartment complex is also in the plans.

“We think this is a stopping zone to make Coram all it can be,” Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said.

Representatives from three private investors – Conifer Realty, Red Stone Equity and Capital One - were also on hand. Having millions in private dollars, organizers added, is a sign of their faith in Wincoram.

For more media coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Islip Passes Heartland Square Environmental Impact Study

More than a decade after developers Gerald and David Wolkoff proposed his massive Heartland Town Square and months since the latest progress, the developer team received good news this week.

The Town of Islip revived the $4-billion mini-city plan Tuesday when they voted to accept the final generic environmental impact study. The next step requires the Wolkoffs to prove they have incorporated enough environmental mitigation to receive a finding statement. They would also have to finalize the zoning process.

If eventually approved, the Heartland Town Square project would create affordable housing, mixed-use development, public transportation and new jobs. Plans call for 9,130 apartments and condos on the 452 acres of the former Pilgrim State Hospital, along with a hotel and convention center, an aquarium, civic space, 13-story commercial buildings and an entertainment district.

The developers purchased the property from New York State back in 2001 for $20.1 million proposed the project a year later. After an initial public hearing on the plan in 2004, the town and developers spent years in negotiations before the town board held the next public hearing in 2009.
Before Heartland Town Square can be built, however, the Town Board must approve the new Pilgrim State Planned Redevelopment District zoning, a combination of mixed-use residential and commercial zoning.

The project has also come under fire from unions, who are demanding the Wolkoffs only use union labor to build the project. In addition, delays have come in the form of tax assessments and traffic mitigation.

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

Updates On Smart Growth From The Village Of Farmingdale

The Village of Farmingdale is celebrating Smart Growth projects underway in their community.

In an April 25 email to residents, village officials looked at progress in five projects. Two are underway by the Farmingdale LIRR station, and another is about to begin on nearby Main Street.

"This is an exciting time for the Village of Farmingdale. Multi-million dollar development projects will bring housing, jobs, economic activity and great adaptive re-use to the community," Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said.

Jefferson Plaza is the largest project, a transit-oriented development that broke ground by the train station in November. Once completed, it will house 154 units of housing with 20,000 square feet of retail. Excavation of the site is finished, construction is ongoing and expected to be completed in 18 months; pedestrian covered walkways are completed. Village Hall is posting updates for the Jefferson Plaza project on their website.

Meanwhile, Staller Associates is about to begin demolition of a vacant Main Street property with 3,100 sq. ft. of retail and 26 apartments. And on the other side of the train station, a brick structure along Eastern Parkway will be redeveloped into 27 apartments.

The state Department of Transportation has approved new left-hand turning lanes on Main Street at the Conklin Street intersection. This is designed to enhance traffic flow through downtown. The Secatogue Avenue and Conklin Street intersection will be getting a right-hand turn arrow to facilitate traffic flow.

In addition to the development projects, Nassau County provided $1 million to Farmingdale to help re-build sections of Main Street. Plans call for safer pedestrian-friendly curb lines, re-surfacing of Main Street and improved sidewalks. Phase one, which consists of new sidewalks from the railroad tracks to Northside School as well curbing and road re-surfacing in this section, was expected to be finished by the end of April. Phase two, which encompasses sidewalks and drainage between Conklin Street through South Front Street, should be done by this month. Finally, a new sidewalk and drainage fixes from Conklin Street to Route 109 should be completed in June.

"In conclusion, we would like to thank Joe Belisi, Michael Venditto, Rose Walker, Ed Mangano and all at the County who helped to secure the grants for the infrastructure improvements helping to make our community safer and easier to navigate," Ekstrand said.

Ekstrand also confirmed in the letter that the village’s are in strong shape. Taxes fall within the two percent cap, they said, and the Standard and Poor’s bond rating for Farmingdale is up two points to AA.

Kickoff Starts Clock To 13th Annual Smart Growth Awards

Vision Long Island officially began celebrating some of Smart Growth’s friends on Long Island with a kickoff party for the Smart Growth Awards last week.

The event at The Carltun on April 23 gives Awards recipients, sponsors and Smart Growth advocates an opportunity to mingle, discuss ideas and, of course, chat about the upcoming ceremony.

The Smart Growth Awards is scheduled for June 13 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Eleven awards will be presented to 14 recipients in categories like community revitalization, community leadership and transportation choices. The prestigious regional leadership awards will go to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and H2M Vice President Robert Scheiner.

To register or for more information, visit Vision Long Island online.

‘Agency Of Year’ Honors for LI Coalition For Homeless

Every year these folks organize supplies for Long Island’s homeless at a candlelight vigil. They facilitate moving millions in federal aid to those who can support the needy. They educate the public about the truth of homelessness in Nassau and Suffolk Counties – half of those living in shelters or on the streets are children.

And now, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless are being honored for their work. The National Association of Social Workers’ Nassau Division selected the nonprofit as their Agency of the Year. They will receive the award during a June 12 annual awards dinner at the Swan Club.

“We’re very honored to have been selected for this award, which recognizes the work the coalition does on behalf of the homeless in Nassau and Suffolk Counties with other nonprofits and local governments. The coalition is a very small organization,” Executive Director Greta Guarton said.

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless was founded in 1985 as an advocacy organization for other groups, but they assumed responsibility of coordinating the continuum of care in 1996. That translates to coordinating homeless services offered by 125 agencies throughout Long Island and processing $12 million annually to those groups.

“We strategize with all these organizations to figure out where the needs are, evaluate the success of existing programs and how our organizations can work collaboratively to provide optimal support and housing services,” the director said.

Guarton’s organization also performs the homeless count – a one-day tally using the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) limited definition of homeless as living on the streets or in an emergency shelter. Their last count found 3,200 homeless in Nassau and Suffolk, with half children.

“Our goal is to not be needed anymore. Our mission is to end homelessness,” she said.

The organization also attempts to reduce the stigma and misinformation attached to homelessness on Long Island. At their candlelight vigil last month, they introduced a formerly homeless mother to explain how circumstances beyond control can force people onto the street.

This marks the first time they’ve been honored by the National Association of Social Workers, although they did receive a 2009 Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island and other honors from HUD.

For more about the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, visit them online.

Community Panel Talks Brain Drain At CSH Library

Young adults gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Library discussed their future plans and the brain drain afflicting Long Island.

The latest Community Conversation – a series created by Leadership Huntington – attracted a few dozen to hear both from the region’s youth and Long Island Youth Summit officials on April 23.

Dowling professor Dr. Nathalia Rogers said studies show a dramatic decline in youth populations, especially in more affluent communities. Known colloquially as the brain drain, the departure of Long Island’s youth is typically tied to high cost of living, lack of high paying jobs, transportation options and lack of downtown entertainment.

Panelist and Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School student Rachel Weinstein announced she plans to leave Long Island after school.

“It’s just too expensive here. I want to move somewhere new. I want to have a new experience,” she said.

But not everyone was ready to jump ship. Stephen Karaolis, 23, has no plans to leave Long Island. Working in public relations for Canon, Karaolis is living with parents in Commack so he can save up for his own place.

“You just gotta budget your money, be smart, be responsible and you can do it,” he said.

Rogers added that she does not think this is an irreversible trend.

For more coverage of the event, check out News 12 (subscription required).

Be A Part Of The 2014 Organic Landscaper List

The tulips are blooming and leaves are reappearing on trees. Now is a great time to join the 2014 Organic Long Island Landscaper Listing Program.

Green companies are invited to participate in the program to reach customers who care.

Sponsored by the Neighborhood Network, the list only includes companies that provide 100 percent organic lawn services.

Participating businesses will have proved they met Neighborhood Network’s education and training requirements; demonstrated knowledge in organic methods; signed a contract to comply with our standard for organic horticulture that includes lists permitted and prohibited products and practices; and operate transparently by agreeing to inspections to ensure compliance.

In exchange, the 2014 Organic Landscaper List is distributed to thousands of Long Island homes, schools, government officials and health food stores.

The cost to sign up for the 2014 Listing Program is $75 for first time participants or $50 for renewals. Contact Neighborhood Network at 631-963-5454 or online for more information.

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.

Senators: Say No To Spending Sandy Funds Outside Of NY

A pair of U.S. Senators have spoken out against possible plans to use federal funds dedicated to Superstorm Sandy recovery in other parts of the country.

“It’s outrageous that there we are even discussing a potential plan to redirect Sandy relief dollars to states across the country, while homeowners in New York and New Jersey are still waiting on much-needed relief,” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.

After Sandy struck the east coast in October 2012, Schumer and Senator Robert Menendez voted in favor of a $60 billion relief bill that January. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), designed to satisfy unmet needs after a disaster and administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), comprised $15.2 billion of that aid.

Currently, more than $10 billion in CDBG fund have been spent in New York and New Jersey, and another $3.6 billion are still available.

However, HUD is reportedly considering using $2 billion to fund a national resiliency competition. That contest would be open to the entire country and could very well mean funds allocated for Sandy recovery in New York and New Jersey end up thousands of miles away from devastated communities.

“We all know that Sandy victims throughout New York and New Jersey are still getting back on their feet and making repairs to their homes, and I will fight for them to be the number one priority for remaining housing aid, as has always been intended, before a single dollar is put up for grabs in a national resiliency competition,” Menendez said.

Friends of Long Island Project Consultant Jon Siebert was also reluctant to part with the money. Friends of Long Island is an umbrella organization for local grassroots groups to rebuild after Sandy; Vision Long Island supports the organization.

"Eighteen months after Sandy struck the northeast, residents across New York State are still trying to recover. Repurposing the designated funds would affect nearly 10,000 homes and apartments that still need assistance,” Siebert said. “Although resilience is very important, it needs to go hand in hand with recovery."

Both senators pledged to work to keep those Sandy funds in the area until every local resident is taken care of.

“We all know that Sandy victims throughout New York and New Jersey are still getting back on their feet and making repairs to their homes, and I will fight for them to be the number one priority for remaining housing aid, as has always been intended, before a single dollar is put up for grabs in a national resiliency competition,” Schumer said.

For more on this story, check out CBS.

Water Conservation Art Sale At Old Bethpage Village May 3

Join Nassau County First Lady Linda Mangano and the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District this weekend for an art sale with a mission.

Let It Rain is an art sale for conservation, an event designed raise awareness about the importance of water to Long Island. The benefit is slated for 3-7 p.m. on May 3 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Light refreshments and educational exhibits will be available.

Organizers are asking guests for a $10 suggested donation.

For more information, contact 516-364-5860 or email

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.

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.

The Eclectic Café has announced a performance by fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger. Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

An open mic session will be held at 7:30 p.m. before Schneckenburger performs at 8:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to their in-house food bank. For more information, contact them at 631-661-1278 or online.

APA Announces Annual Scholarship Breakfast May 16

The local chapter of nonprofit American Planning Association is holding an annual breakfast later this month.

The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association has announced their annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast will be held on May 16 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Sustainability Institute Molloy College at Republic Airport.

Every year, the Long Island Section awards scholarships for new planning professionals and/or students to attend the National APA Conference. This year, three $1,500 scholarships have been awarded to attend the conference in Atlanta.

A session entitled “How to pay for it: Parking & Transportation Improvements” will be part of the breakfast program, featuring a distinguished panel of speakers (including Jean Celender, Mayor Great Neck Plaza; Gerald Giosa, Level G. Associates; and, Larry McAuliffe, NYMTC).   A healthy breakfast buffet will be provided.

For more information or to register, check out the American Planning Association online.

Sustainable Living Film Series To Screen ‘Speciesism’ May 22

How do you feel about humanity’s status as top dog in the animal kingdom?

Join the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College for the latest flick in their Sustainable Living Film Series. Speciesism is slated to be shown at their Farmingdale location on May 22 from 6-9:30 p.m. A vegan buffet, beverages and popcorn will also be available.

The documentary questions the value of an animal’s life against our own and asks if humanity should control other beings simply because we can. It brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do. Interviews from scholarly figures like Richard Dawkins, Sherry Colb and Gary Francione take the film’s arguments home and add to its credibility.
Director Mark Devries set out with a camera on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these modern animal farm factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the institute at 516-323-4510 or via email. There is a $5 admission fee.

Celebrate LI’s Women At 9th 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 23 at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, their 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.

For more information or to attend, contact the chamber at 516-333-0105. Tickets must be purchased no later than May 9.

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. This event can increase a business' visibility, offer opportunities to build credibility in the marketplace and grow their list of potential partners - all keys to successful businesses.

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.

State Starts More Economic Development With $750 Mil

Announced earlier this year as part of his budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially launched the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council program this week. Up to $750 million are available in state economic development funds.

"New York’s economy is on a come-back in large part because we have adopted a grassroots approach to economic development that is creating jobs and growing new industries across our state,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Regional Councils are working and we plan to continue that success with the fourth round this year. I look forward to seeing the new projects that the regions come up with as we continue to grow our economy and put New Yorkers back to work.”

Applications for the latest round opened to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and the public on Thursday. The program is designed to create bottom-up regional economic growth by funding local projects designed to create jobs and support communities.

More than $2 billion have already been invested via Regional Economic Development Councils. The first three rounds funded more than 2,200 projects supporting more than 100,000 jobs statewide. Recipients of the third round were announced shortly before Christmas, with Long Island faring well. Ninety-eight Long Island projects received grants, tax credits and other funding totaling $83 million – the single most of all 10 regional economic development committees in the state for the third round. That included $2.5 million for the Glen Cove Waterfront; $1 million to Glen Cove, the Piazza; $1.5 million for Bus Rapid Transit in Suffolk County; $1 million for Kings Park sewers; $1.34 million for Riverhead sewers; $1 million for Wyandanch Rising; and half a dozen smaller awards.

In round IV, $150 million in capital funds, $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits and $530 million from state agency programs are on the table. To win the funding, participants will have to focus on implementation of regional strategic economic development plans, encouraging economic growth through job creation and investment, and identifying global marketing and export strategies. The latter is part of Cuomo’s 2014 focus on international business.

Five regions identified as top performers last year will compete for two $25-million capital awards in 2014; the other five will compete for three $25-million awards. Long Island received the third most support through the first three rounds. Each region is also eligible for as much as $10 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to support job growth.

Applications, available here, are due by June 16 at 4 p.m. For more information, read the 2014 REDC Guidebook here.

NYSERDA Opens $30 Million Cleaner Greener Funding

Applications are now being accepted for $30 million in Cleaner Greener Communities funding.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA announced Phase II implementation grants are now open. The program is designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and is funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Entries for Category 1 - incentive applications – will be accepted via open enrollment until funds are depleted or Sept. 20, 2015. Category 2 – planning initiatives – and category 3 – sustainability projects –will be accepted until June 16.
For technical questions, contact the Cleaner Greener Communities team. For more information about this funding, visit Cleaner Greener Communities online.

$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.

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.

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, May 2 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:
Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on piano - Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
Jamie Adkins in Circus Incognitus - Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m. and 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Ska Goes Solo featuring Chris DeMakes, Ryan Eldred, Jay Tea, The Shipwrecks, Crisis Crayons, Short Notice and the Ready Henchman - Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m.
Higher with Love Hate Love and the Black Circle Project - Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
Powerman 5000 with 9Electric, Charetta, Life After Death and DTP - Sunday, May 4 at 5 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
Strunz & Farah - Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Y Act Out Theater Performance Workshop Presents: Peter Pan and Wendy - Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 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
Opening Reception: 76th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition - Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m.
National Theatre Live presents a screening of William Shakespeare's "King Lear" - Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
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
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.
Dirty, Sexy, Funny featuring Jenny McCarthy and Friends - May 3 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 - Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m.
Flat Stanley - Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Songs in the Attic and the Fast Lane - Friday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m.
New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Electrix - Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Dr. K's Motown Revue Band - Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
Brenda Lee: The Lady, The Legend with the Country Artist Josie Waverly - Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot - Friday, May 2 at 10 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 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
BINGO-the Winning Musical - Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 2 at 10:30 p.m.
Songs For Hope - Saturday, May 3 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
Comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company - Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
Ani DiFranco - Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest renter: The Apron Strings Project - Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Steinbeck Films Festival - Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m.
Second Annual Steinbeck Festival "Travels With Charley" Dog Walk - Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m.
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.

Kudos To Two Friends (Of Long Island)

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