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We can build better, and we have to. We have ports that aren’t ready for the next generation of cargo ships. We’ve got more than 100,000 bridges that are old enough to qualify for Medicare. We’ve got leaky pipes that lose billions of gallons of drinking water every single day, even as we’ve got a severe drought in much of the West. Nearly half our people don’t have access to transit at all. - President Obama speaking at the Tappan Zee Bridge

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Please join us for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 13th, 2014
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, NY

For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadershipin 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.

Award recipients stand out in their ability to demonstrate one or more of these basic principles:

- Mix land uses
- Take advantage of compact building design
- Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes
- Create walkable neighborhoods
- Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strongsense of place
- Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas


- Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development
- Provide a variety of transportation choices
- Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost
- Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
- Utilize clean energy and green building development

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Regional Leadership
Hon. Ed Mangano
Nassau County Executive

Regional Leadership
Robert Scheiner
H2M Architects + Engineers

Community Revitalization
Bernadette Martin
Friends & Farmers

Operation Splash

Great Neck Sewer District

Transportation Choices
Sunday Bus Service
Hon. Jay Schneiderman

Suffolk County Legislature

Sense of Place
Bayshore Revitalization
Greenview Properties

Housing Choices
Wincoram Commons
Town of Brookhaven, Conifer Realty,
Coram Civic Association, CDC of Long Island

Strengthening Existing Communities
Downtown on Main, Smithtown
DC5 Properties

Mixed Use
Envision Valley Stream
The Village of Valley Stream

Compact Building Design
Sag Harbor

Community Leadership
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon

Community Leadership
Sandy Support, Massapequa Style

Community Leadership
11518 East Rockaway


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Village of Farmingdale announces expanded Farmers’ Market

Eat Local Long Island is opening an expanded Farmers’ Market in Farmingdale Village on the Green starting Sunday June 1st.

“The Farmers’ Market was previously located adjacent to A Taste of Long Island for the past two seasons and we are thrilled to expand the market and offer residents and the community a great new spot to meet, shop local and enjoy great, fresh offerings, as well as a casual shopping experience at the Village Green”, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

Going into its third year, the market will be bigger and better with about 20 vendors on Sundays starting June 1st from 10am–3pm, rain or shine through Thanksgiving weekend (unless thunderstorms). Local food artisans and vendors, with locally grown and produced, seasonal farm fresh produce, agriculture products and more will be at the market on Sundays. Some of the vendor products expected at the market include artisan breads, soups, barbecue sauce and rubs, gourmet pickles, fruit spreads, fresh eggs, honey, baked goods, sauces, stuffed peppers, East End Wines, Local Craft Beer and many more vendors being added every week.

You can read the full statement here.

President Obama visits Tappan Zee Bridge, urges more investment in transportation infrastructure

As part of his push to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, President Obama has fast tracked the New NY Bridge, a new bridge to replace the crumbling Tappan Zee. Obama announced the plans on Wednesday alongside the banks of the Hudson to fast track the bridge, along with 11 other major projects nation-wide. This initiative will make it easier for projects to start with less bureaucratic hurdles. 

“Rebuilding America, that shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Obama said. “One study recently found that over time we’ve fallen to 19th place when it comes to the quality of our infrastructure.” 

“Over the past 50 years … our investment in transportation has shrunk by 50 percent,” he added. ” … China invests four times what we do in transportation.”

A 1.6 billion dollar federal loan has been granted towards the 3.9 billion dollar project. The rest of the money is being financed through bonds paid by higher tolls. The project has been in talks for 10 years, and 80 million dollars had already been put into planning the replacement. These plans couldn’t come to fruition due to what New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo called the “Political gridlock, government paralysis, fear and indecision (that) had taken control.”

Both President Obama and Governor Cuomo stated that the new bridge is a necessity. “It’s been unsafe. It’s been in need of repair for many, many years,” Cuomo acknowledged.

 “At times, you can see the river through the cracks in the pavement,” the President said. “Now, I’m not an engineer, but I figure that’s not good.

In addition to the more obvious benefits of structural integrity, Obama has pushed the funding for transportation and infrastructure projects as a way to help the economy. Infrastructure projects create construction jobs, and Obama argues that jobs follow good infrastructure. As Obama stated it, “First-class infrastructure attracts first-class jobs.”

President Obama's plan is a four year, $302 billion transportation proposal with approximately half of the funding coming from fuel taxes. This proposal would allow states to put tolls on federal interstate highways with additional funding being provided by closing corporate tax loopholes and making other changes in business taxes.

New infrastructure also leads to environmental and transportation benefits. New pipes for water would lead to less waste of our resources, which is particularly important in areas that have been experiencing drought. “Nearly half our people don’t have access to transit at all,” the president said, and new infrastructure such as bridges and roadways can assist in expanding access to transportation.

Vision Long Island supports additional infrastructure spending for our aging roadways and will be working with national organizations seeking passage of a version of this legislation.

For more information you can check out CBS NY's coverage here.

Hearings on Clean Water Infrastructure for Nassau County begin

The first of four hearings on clean water infrastructure was held at the Nassau County Legislature on Monday afternoon. A group of scientists and specialists testified at the hearing, in what amounted to across the board support for a proposed ocean outfall pipeline to be built at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant with federal assistance.

Long Island’s surrounding waters, particularly the West Bays, contain high levels of nitrogen, which cause a multitude of environmental concerns. Eutrophication is the ecosystem’s natural response to the introduction of nitrates, sewage, and fertilizers, and it leads to hypoxia (a lack of oxygen in the water) and algal blooms. These conditions lead to a collapse in the ecosystem, with the death of plant and animal life, and the destruction of the salt water marshes.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves 40 percent of Nassau County residents, and dispenses 80 percent of the nitrogen found in the West Bays, according to George Pavlou, the New York regional contact from the EPA. The plant discharges into the Reynolds Channel, an area with poor water circulation and lacks tidal flushing. The plant received large-scale damage due to flooding from Super-storm Sandy, and higher nitrate concentrations have been found in the surrounding waters since.

The literal collapse of the salt water marshes could have a large impact in the event of a hurricane, or an extreme weather event such as Super-storm Sandy. These marshes provide a barrier to tidal surges, leading many people throughout the hearing to refer to them as “natural infrastructure.”

The collapse of this local ecosystem is having a large effect on Long Island life, particularly those living near the West Bays in places like Long Beach, Island Park, Lawrence, and Hewlett. The algal blooms produce Ulva, a thick green algae also known as sea lettuce, which washes up on the beaches and gives off a strong odor.

“People call us all the time asking if it’s safe to swim in the water, or eat the fish they caught,” testified Adrienne Esposito, the Executive Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

These are problems that previous generations in the area did not have to deal with, noted Carl LoBue. LoBue, a Marine Research Scientist from the Nature Conservancy, also lives on the South Shore, and related that the changing conditions have dimmed the enjoyment of summer activities such as water sports. He also noted that the collapse of salt water marshes could lead to widespread property damage and more limited use of docks.

The front running solution lies in building an ocean outfall pipeline at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. By running a pipe out into the ocean, the nitrogen rich effluent won’t be disposed into the West Bays, where it lingers and causes such harmful effects.

Commissioner Joe Martens from the Department of Environmental Conservation reveaeled that he had already sent a letter requesting the necessaru funds to build the pipe. The request asks for a FEMA grant of approximately $690 million in public assistance funds as well as an additional $130 million for the purpose of reducing nitrogen in the effluent being discharged into Reynolds Channel in the Western Bays.  The letter also asks for the federal government to consider funding the conversion of small treatment plants in Long Beach and and Atlantic Beach to pumping stations aimed at sending effluent to the Bay Park plant.

Martens noted that "Reducing nitrogen is a resiliency issue as well as a water-quality issue," and that "It's going to take the collective voice of all those involved in the Nassau County community, both the environmentalists and the business community, to achieve . . . the ocean outfall pipe."

These funds would be in addition to the $810 million already allocated to improve and upgrade the Bay Park plant, which serves around 40% of Nassau County.  The official request was made May 6th in a letter from Commissioner Martens to W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The outfall never would have been placed in the Reynolds Channel if they knew what we know about water circulation today,” Dr Lawrence Swanson, the Associate Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook, told the crowd.

In addition to the pipeline, other treatment plants such as the Long Beach Treatment Plant, may be turned into a water pumping station, so that treatment can be consolidated to the retrofitted and renovated Bay Park plant.

Speakers throughout the day unanimously backed the plan, citing it as safe, cost effective, and an opportunity to rebuild critical infrastructure both smarter and stronger.

Many speakers cited the importance of such infrastructure to business, tourism, and residents all over Nassau County. Vision Long Island Director, Eric Alexander, pointed out the importance of reliable and safe infrastructure for new residential projects in Nassau, and that certainty in infrastructure will help boost new business and investments on Long Island.

You can read more on this at Newsday.

Riders and Advocates call for an increase in funding for Suffolk County Transit Bus

Suffolk County Transit was hoping to greet 2014 with a significant expansion of service thanks to an additional $10 million that the County had requested from the state.  Instead it was only given $500,000, barely enough to cover inflation costs.  Unfortuntaely, this lack of state funding is all too common according to advocates, and is quite unbalanced when it comes to other Counties in our region.

This past Monday, May 12th, supporters delivered 1,500 signed petitions to NYS Senator Phil Boyle’s office calling for more adequate public funding from the state for Suffolk’s sole bus service provider.  It was noted that while Suffolk County pays for over 50% of its Bus service with 35% help from the state, Nassau County kicked in only 2% for its service while the sate footed over 50% of the costs.

This disparity isn’t unique though as Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone noted when he wrote that “Other suburban counties such as Nassau and Westchester receive up to five times the amount of state funds that Suffolk County receives,” in a letter to Governor Cuomo on  May 10th. Additional funding would be most welcome since recent expansions to service are showing signs of success in Suffolk.  Suday Bus Service has proven quite popular as of this past March, with ridership on Sunday rising 97% and some lines showing as much as a 56% increase.

“Suffolk County has done a decent job of supporting its bus system and has shown that if given additional resources they will expand service,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Suffolk County’s New York State elected officials need to do more to support the millions of riders and businesses who depend on the reliability of the system.”

As part of the delivery of the petition, Vision Long Island Assitant Director Tawaun Weber and a number of local transportation advocates boarded the S40 bus in order to get to Senator Boyle's office. "More and more we are seeing that our young people want access to reliable public transportation," said Ms. Weber. "Not only for them to get to school but to allow them access to jobs hereon the island after graduation."

For more on this you can check out the Long Island Press’ coverage here.

EmPower Solar announces winner of Solar Student Competition

This past week EmPower Solar announced the winners of the 2014 Solar Student Competition.  Hailing from Sayville High School, Liam Hofmeister and Sarah Walsh of team Apollo’s Suns accepted the honor as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Versailles, France where they will attend the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014.  The Decathlon will feature solar-powered homes designed by college students from around the world.

"My mom told me, 'Hey, this looks easy; just make a video," said Hofmeister, "and it quickly became a 40-hour project...There were a couple of late nights working on this, but it was totally worth it," said Hofmeister, son of Town of Islip Deputy Supervisor Eric Hofmeister.

"This was all entirely foreign to me, but it was really fun. I really enjoyed it," said Walsh, who likes to engage in the arts. "It was cool that I got to do something that I wouldn't have otherwise gotten to do."

The second place was Team Green Track from the Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day school, an international team of students who emphasized how solar energy could improve conditions in their home countries.  Each member of the second place team received a $400 scholarship.  The third place team members, The Green Generation from Wantagh High School, each received $100. Both teams also have the opportunity to intern-for-a-day at EmPower Solar in a department of their choosing.

The winners were announced and awards presented at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, who also acted as a host sponsor for the contest.

Vision Long Island was a guest judge for the competition and is important to engage the youth in the planning of renewable energy across Long Island.

Check out the press release for the event here.

Sustainable Living Film Series To Screen ‘Speciesism’ on May

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 on May 23rd

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 on May 25th

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.

Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Sponsors Vegan Living Program, May 31s - Jue 21st

The New York Vegan Living Program (NY VLP) is an educational program for the vegan-curious. Every Spring, they hold a series of talks, activities and classes, which covers the hows and whys of vegan living, nutritution, cooking, ethichal and environmental implications, and living in a not-yet-vegan word.

Vegan Living Program  Educational  Sessions:
All sessions  except June 29th  are  open  to the public, but to be a Pledge or Coach you must attend  all five!
Sat., May  31,  1-3pm - Introduction to Veganism (Open  to the public)
Sun., June 8, 1-3pm - Vegan Nutrition with guest Registered Dietitian (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 14,  1- 3pm - The Environment (with guest speaker, Sustainability Institute’s Demosthenes Maratos), and  Living Vegan In a Not-Yet-Vegan World (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 21,   1- 3pm - Field Trip to For the  Animals  Sanctuary (Limited spaces, RSVP a must) Sun., June 29,   5- 7pm - Graduation Celebration (Pledges and  Coaches only)

Register online as a Vegan Pledge, Vegan Coach, or for more information, visit and click on "Long Island, NY".

Introducing Farmers’ Market on the Village Green in Farmingdale on June 1st

Eat Local Long Island is opening an expanded Farmers’ Market in Farmingdale Village on the Green starting Sunday June 1st. “The Farmers’ Market was previously located adjacent to A Taste of Long Island for the past two seasons and we are thrilled to expand the market and offer residents and the community a great new spot to meet, shop local and enjoy great, fresh offerings, as well as a casual shopping experience at the Village Green”, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

Jim & Courtney also operate the Farmers’ Market: Eat Local Long Island. “We look forward to a great Farmers’ Market on the Green, located next to the Fire House and Village Hall. Going into its third year, the market will be bigger and better with about 20 vendors on Sundays starting June 1st from 10am–3pm, rain or shine through Thanksgiving weekend (unless thunderstorms)”. Moving the market
to Sundays on the Village Green makes this more of a community, social happening, we hope everyone comes to check out all the great locally grown and made produce, food and more”, added Jim Thompson.

Local food artisans and vendors, with locally grown and produced, seasonal farm fresh produce, agriculture products and more will be at the market on Sundays.

House Lifting Seminar to be held on June 3rd

On Tuesday, June 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm Zucaro House Lifters and Adopt A House will be holding a seminar to discuss the steps od a basic house lift as well as considerations for type of house (crawlspace vs. slab, or both).  Attendees will learn about the house lifting process and will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to our staff, including lifters, following the presentation.
Project consultants from Zucaro House Lifters will be on hand to schedule individual appointments for estimates.

The location will be determined by interest and announced closer to the date so keep an eye on the event page located here.

RSVP Now For North Hempstead’s Downtown Conference on June 6th

Registration is now open for the Town of North Hempstead’s Downtown Revitalization Conference.

Slated for June 6 at the Harbor Links Clubhouse in Port Washington, the event is an opportunity to learn about downtown improvements, financing improvements, using the arts to improve economic development and more.

Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber will participate on the opening panel, while Vision Board member David Berg is scheduled to participate in the “Planning Your Downtown Improvements” panel. Several mayors and elected officials are also expected to sit on panels.

For more information, contact Roy Smitheimer at 516-869-7614 or via email.

Small Business Conference At Stony Brook University on 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.

$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.

Suffolk County now accepting applications for the Downtown Revitalization Round 12

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the availability of the Downtown Revitalization Round 12 Grant Applications. Eligible applicants must be local business or community groups partnering with a local municipality (town or village).  The application incorporates the Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns and business districts.  All applications will be reviewed and scored via a merit based grading system.

Applications are due by 4:30 pm on June 13, 2014.  

The Round 12 application is available here and instructions are available here.

State Supports 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.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless announces Annual Helen Martin scholarship contest

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless recently announced the creation of the Helen Martin scholarship.  The scholarship will grant $1,000 to two individuals who currently are or were previously homeless in order to seek higher education.  Award winners will be notified via mail over the summer and announced at the Annual Keys for the Homeless event on October 31st.

Applications must be received by noon on June 19th.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

You can download the application here and read the requirements here.  Any questions can be directed to mail Dylan Levene at, or Greta Guarton at

Supply Our Students Annual School Supply Drive for the Homeless

The Supply Our Students Drive is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH). Each year, they pack hundreds of back packs with school supplies collected during this drive. The back packs are distributed through a network of homeless shelters in late August. Last summer, over 1200 back packs were distributed to kids in need on Long Island. With your help, they can distribute more back packs this year than ever before.

Please help them collect NEW school supplies to fill back packs for children in need. Host a drive in your community, business, school, or office!  They will provide collection boxes and informational flyers about the event, and will pick up the boxes. Drives are being conducted now through August 10th.  Please let them know if you’re interested in conducting a drive!

 Please direct all questions to Dylan Levene, (516) 742 – 7770 x 11 or

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
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:
Doo Wop Benefit Concer - Friday, May 16th at 8 pm
Iris DeMent in Concert - Saturday, May 17th at 8 pm
The Band of Long Island - Sunday, May 18th at 2 pm
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
Animals as Leaders - Friday, May 16th at 6:30 pm
That 70's Band - Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Friday, May 16th at 8:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
No shows this weekend.
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

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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 17th at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 18th at 2 p.m.
Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley - Saturday, May 17th at 11 a.m. and Sunday, May 18th at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
O El Amor - Friday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Roots Foundation with DJ'S Omar, Laphammar, Rugged & Prez - Saturday, May 17th at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
That 70's Band - Friday, May 16th at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, May 17 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
The Sorcerers Apprentice - Saturday, May 17 at 2 pm and Sunday, May 18th at 11 am
BINGO! - The Winning Musical - Friday, May 16th at 8 pm, Saturday, May 17th at 8 pm, and Sunday, May 18th at 7 pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 17th at 10:30 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
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Sadhana, A Journey - Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th at 8 pm, and Sunday, May 18th at 3 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

This week’s closing words are a statement released by the Village of Farmingdale addressing the tragic accident in their downtown that resulted in the lsos of five young people.  Vision Long Island would also like to express our sincerest condolences to the families who are now coping with the terrible loss of a loved one, and wish them peace in this time of grief.

All residents of the Village of Farmingdale are attempting to cope with the tragic and untimely death of five young people from our community.  We grieve with the families who have suffered this unspeakable loss and are attempting to support them in this most difficult time in any way possible.  We also pray for the recovery of the persons who suffered injuries in this accident.
Investigations are ongoing and possible remedies to avoiding future incidents are being offered but at this time, our focus is on mourning the loss of our children and grieving with their families.  There will be time later on to talk about what actions could be taken to avoid such a catastrophic tragedy. 

Officials at The Village of Farmingdale express their heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all in the community.

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Board of Trustees

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