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June 1-6, 2014

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TWU Local 252

The Transport Workers Union of America was founded in 1934 as an industrial union dedicated to the promise that an organization built on trust and equality for all workers cannot be denied. Our motto is "United-Invincible."

TWU is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the worldwide International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). We are a trade union representing workers in Mass Transportation, Airline, Railroad, Utility, University, Municipalities, Service and allied industries.

Local 252 was chartered originally on August 1, 1946. At that time, the lines represented were Rockville Centre Bus, Long Beach Bus, Bee Bus and Utility Lines. Various other lines were organized through the years, many of which went out of business or were taken over by other entities.

“Today the Legislature supported my efforts to establish an annual fund for Complete Streets components to Suffolk County roadway projects.  It is not only important to say that Suffolk County supports access for all users, but it’s important that we support those ideals with funds to create bike lanes, curbing, sidewalks and signage. Safety for all Suffolk County residents, whether they drive a car, ride a bike or walk to their destination, is our highest priority and I thank my colleagues for their support.” Suffolk Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue)

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Please join us for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 13, 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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Friends Of Freeport To Be On NBC House Renovation Show

Watch George to the Rescue on NBC when new episodes return in September and keep an eye out for some familiar faces.

The Friends of Freeport joined fellow member Ben Jackson and Bens General Contracting Corporation in rebuilding a room for an Oceanside family at no charge so they could spend more time together.

“We as a Long Island community have to help each other. We have to take lessons from years gone by where neighbors knew each other and helped each other. As life got busy, we got away from that,” Friends of Freeport President Rich Cantwell said. “We have to help each other. It’s the right thing to do.”

Hosted by George Oliphant, George to the Rescue is a home improvement show with an element of surprise. Projects that will save a home, solve an ongoing issue or otherwise strengthen a family are suggested to the network. Oliphant and a team of volunteer contractors go to work while the residents are ushered out of the house until the grand reveal at the project’s completion.

In Oceanside, Jose and Kathie Urquiza could never gather the family to eat together. The kitchen was way too small to seat the volunteer firefighter, Valley Stream School District secretary, 14-year-old Claudia and 8-year-old Jose at the same time.

A small dining room in the cape was turned into a bedroom for their son, Kathie Urquiza said, shortly after they moved in 11 years ago. That left them with a routine of feeding the children first and then eating themselves while the kids were doing homework.

She wrote to George to the Rescue in January 2013 and heard back from the network this past February.

Bens General Contracting Corporation was asked by NBC to work on the Oceanside home three months ago, after working on a job for Oliphant last season. This time the plan was to demolish an existing sunroom, build a new 10’ by 20’ dining room and fully decorate it within 15 days. They finished in 14.

The job began three weeks ago with Friends of Freeport’s Rock Stars crew on hand to assist in demolishing the existing room. Cantwell said they didn’t know the Urquiza family and offered their muscle as a friendly gesture, although he acknowledged Friends of Freeport member Patti MacDonald actually knew Kathie Urquiza from work.

MacDonald first learned Oliphant was coming to Oceanside on Monday, May 12 from her co-worker. A day later with the Friends of Freeport, she learned the Superstorm Sandy volunteers were working on a project in Oceanside the same day.

“I said I am definitely taking off of work to do that because she is one special person,” MacDonald said.

Sure enough, the speech pathologist was standing in the dumpster organizing debris that first day. Jackson’s company continued the work, with Friends of Freeport’s Green Thumbs team handling landscaping at the very end.

And during all three weeks, the Urquiza family was staying at the Ramada Inn in Rockville Centre. They weren’t allowed to return until the big reveal on Monday. MacDonald was up front when her colleague saw their new dining room.

“As soon as she saw me she pointed and was so excited,” MacDonald said.

A few days back in their home with the new dining room, Urquiza was still touched. Calling their work “a blessing and a gift” that will change their lives, she praised the Friends of Freeport.

“It just moves me because I truly feel like giving back is what we’re here to do. We should all be of service, whether it’s something small or something grand,” she said.

NBC placed a moratorium on photos of the house until the episode finally runs, possibly Sept. 20.

Fresh Future For Historic Home In Gordon Heights

Community leaders and elected officials gathered in Gordon Heights last week to dedicate a rebuilt 19th century house with a lot of history and potentially a big future.

The Mott House – a single-story building owned by the Town of Brookhaven – will serve as the future home of the Greater Gordon Heights Chamber of Commerce, an incubator for new businesses and a training ground for entrepreneurs.  

"We have a lot of home-based businesses," said chamber president Shirley Singletary Hudson. "We want to be a resource that we can guarantee their success."

The original Mott House collapsed a few years ago. It was built in 1824 and originally owned by William C. Howell. It was later named after resident seaman Albert Mott, wife Joanna and their seven children. The Town of Brookhaven spent $500,000 to rebuild the house, beginning in 2009 with several pieces of the original 190-year-old structure.

“Many people worked very hard to insure, not only that this historic house would rise again, but that it would become an integral part of the Gordon Heights community. Thank you and congratulations to the Gordon Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Longwood Library and our Parks and Law Departments,” Councilwoman Connie Kepert said.

The house will be used by the Gordon Heights Chamber of Commerce for educational forums and community events, the Longwood Public Library for ESL classes and the Town of Brookhaven Parks Department.

For more on this story, check out this piece in Newsday.

Huntington ZBA Considering Another Mixed-Use Building

Another mixed-used development could be coming to Huntington village.

The Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals late last month considered a request to demolish an existing commercial structure on New York Avenue and replace it with apartments and a restaurant.

The existing 2,450 square-foot building is currently vacant. At one point, it had been home to Huntington Bay Music, Sole Salon and Art Works Printing.

Instead, property owner GAK Properties wants to demolish the building and replace it with a 6,300 square foot building. A restaurant would occupy the first floor, while two apartments would occupy the second floor.

Zoning Board members and nearby business owners expressed concern about parking, already a hot-button issue downtown. A traffic engineer for the applicant said municipal lots adjacent to Thai USA and the Huntington Elks Lodge would provide ample parking.

The ZBA tabled the request later that meeting, pending completion of a SEQRA review.

Several other mixed-used developments in Huntingon village. The Zoning Board signed off on a three-story building on Wall Street that will replace the infamous Black Lantern, while construction is underway for a heatherwood Communities development along Gerard Street and another three-story building at the former ice house on Stewart Avenue.

Check out the May 29 issue of The Long-Islander for more details.

Brookhaven Sues Over Sand Mining, Burying Debris

The Brookhaven Rail Terminal (BRT) has been accused of illegal dumping by Town of Brookhaven officials.

According to a lawsuit filed in March, the town claims BRT participated in “illegal construction, sand mining, dumping, and other unlawful and dangerous activities.” Meanwhile, a federal judge issued a stop-work order on a 93-acre expansion.

Located in Yaphank, BRT is the first multi-modal rail freight facility on Long Island. With 13,000 linear feet of rail track for rail-to-truck operations, terminal operators expect handle a million tons of freight like lumber, bricks, flour and paper by 2016.

According to a BRT statement, they’ve created more than 50 jobs since opening 2011 and poured millions of dollars into the community. Their operations have removed 10,000 trucks from New York City bridges. And through the statement, company officials defended their expansion as in compliance with regulations.

However, Brookhaven officials assert they are illegally mining sand by the truckload and burying construction debris on the site. In addition to allegedly violating setback rules for the nearby Long Island Expressway, the town claims the BRT is laying track directly over the natural gas line supplying the nearby Caithness Energy facility, creating serious safety risks.

This isn’t the first time the Brookhaven Rail Terminal has come under fire. State DEC inspectors found a 300-cubic-yard pile of construction waste and an area where sand had been mined and illegally backfilled with debris in May 2012. A DEC officials said at the time they intended to issue a notice of violation and issues fines of up to $1,500 a day or $7,500 a violation.

With the recent legal situation, town officials say they have notified the state about their current allegations.

For more information, check out the Long Island Business News (subscription required).

Complete Streets Makes Cut As Suffolk Capital Budget Passes

More money will be allocated to create safer roads in Suffolk County going forward.

The county Legislature voted in favor of amending the 2015-2017 Capital Program on Tuesday. That includes $250,000 annually for Complete Streets beginning next year.

“Today the Legislature supported my efforts to establish an annual fund for Complete Streets components to Suffolk County roadway projects.  It is not only important to say that Suffolk County supports access for all users, but it’s important that we support those ideals with funds to create bike lanes, curbing, sidewalks and signage. Safety for all Suffolk County residents, whether they drive a car, ride a bike or walk to their destination, is our highest priority and I thank my colleagues for their support,” Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) said.
County Executive Steve Bellone recommended a $410 million capital budget for 2015 – three times the 2014 spending – and a $789.1 million three-year capital program this spring.  A bipartisan legislative working group added $22.3 million in amendments to the capital plan and $58 million to the three-year program.

Suffolk County passed and signed Complete Streets legislation in 2012. However, the current federal transportation bill – MAP-21 – cut dedicated walking and bicycling infrastructure investments by 30 percent. The New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program approved last year plans to spend only 0.98 percent of its transportation funds. That marks a 40 percent, or more than $100 million, cut for bicycling and pedestrian projects compared to the 2011-2014 plan. The DOT has planned to cut spending on walking and biking projects by 24 percent over the next four years, resulting in just 0.57 percent of regionally allocated transportation dollars being spent on these projects.

The federal and state transportation cuts put more pressure on local governments to fill in the gaps. Tri-State Transportation Campaign, AARP and Vision Long Island testified before the Suffolk County Legislature two weeks ago to amend the capital budget. Vision Assistant Director Tawaun Weber recommended no less than $1 million for four years; lawmakers responded with the lower amount.

An investment in Complete Streets demonstrates Suffolk County is serious about developing a comprehensive plan for all users of our roadways. This is a very worthy investment of public tax dollars," Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said.

Investing in infrastructure like raised crosswalks, pedestrian safety islands, protected bike lanes and landscaped medians can force drivers to slow down and improve general safety on Suffolk County roads.

“The establishment of dedicated funding for safe walking and cycling infrastructure is an important step for Suffolk County as funding from New York State and the Federal government dwindles,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “County Legislator Rob Calarco and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory have shown incredible leadership by advancing this funding.”

“We are happy to see Suffolk County provide dedicated funds for desperately-needed Complete Streets projects. This is the type of initiative that is needed to move Suffolk DPW towards creating safer roadways for our region," Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said.

In the 17-1 vote, Legislator Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip) was the lone voice of dissent. Barraga, who made headlines worldwide with comments about bicycling in Suffolk County this winter, said his vote stemmed purely from fiscal concerns.

“It’s just too much spending, too much borrowing and the people I represent can’t afford anymore,” he said. “I have nothing against the individual projects.”

Online NICE Bus Ticket System Rolling Along After Debut

The first alternate fare was paid on Nassau County mass transit earlier this week.

Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) Bus turned on the gomobile app Tuesday for customers to pay with their smartphone in lieu of cash.

“Over the decades, fare collection for Nassau’s County’s buses has evolved, however, one area that has not is cash payments.  With gomobile, we’re taking a big step to improve that situation and we expect riders will be very happy with the change,” NICE Chief Executive Officer Michael Setzer said.

Downloading the gomobile app is free for both iOS and Android. Customers purchase fares in advance with a credit or debit card; those are valid for 180 days after purchase.

Riders’ phones will flash a certain color as they board the bus, informing the driver they’ve already paid. The digital tickets also have a barcode if requested by ticket takers.

Transfers onto two additional NICE busses are valid for two hours and 15 minutes, although MTA systems do not use gomobile.  In addition, it will not replace the discounts from unlimited-use MetroCards.

But with 25,000 customers paying the $2.25 cash fair, NICE officials hope it will be a better alternative.

“Mobile ticketing is really taking off in the U.S. and NICE is excited to be at the forefront in bus transit.  In the coming months, we look forward to rolling out additional technology initiatives that will help transform the experience of riding transit in Nassau County,” Setzer said.

NICE customer surveys late last year revealed 70 percent of riders have smartphones. Company officials said a follow-up web survey indicated customers were excited by the upcoming launch. The county’s paratransit system, Able-Ride, is expected to use a version of the gomobile app later this year.

Veolia Transportation took over operation of the bus system from Nassau County and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2012.

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

Brooklyn Boom Reveals How Economic Growth Can Work

Brooklyn’s economic growth has drawn Albany’s attention.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Tuesday revealed in an extensive report that the borough is leading all of New York City in employment, economic development and personal income growth.

"Business in Brooklyn is booming and people want to live there because of the borough’s economic opportunities, its diversity and its outstanding schools, museums and nightlife," DiNapoli said. "While Brooklyn faces challenges such as unemployment and the high cost of housing, the borough’s overall economy is flourishing and is poised to keep growing."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the borough’s educated workforce and affordable housing as keys to the success.

"There is no question: Brooklyn is booming," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "It’s a remarkable transformation that’s changing neighborhoods and the economy.”

In the last 11 years, the number of businesses operating in Brooklyn has risen by 21 percent. The number of private sector jobs have risen by 19.8 percent, manufacturing jobs have grown – 2.5 percent – for the first time in decades and wages have risen 42 percent – faster than all boroughs other than Manhattan.

Brooklyn could sustain growth with a series of high profile public developments. City officials recently invested $70 million in redeveloping the Loews King Theater and $1.5 billion adding 700 affordable housing units to the Domino Sugar Factory.

Local business leaders also attribute the borough’s success to a new generation of workers and entrepreneurs.

“Educated young people have been pouring into Brooklyn for the past two decades, and they responded to the 2008 recession by starting businesses in the food, beverage, media and tech sectors," said Steve Hindy, who cofounded Brooklyn Brewery in 1988. "There now is a vibrant economy in Brooklyn and an educated workforce finding new opportunities."

South Nassau Plan Nets $125 Mil In Federal Sandy Money

Long Island will get a cut of the federal Rebuild By Design money after all.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the winners for their $4 billion in funding to rebuild and mitigate damage after Superstorm Sandy earlier this week. The Interboro Team – led by Interboro Partners – won $125 million.

“This is a huge victory for us and Long Island. We think this project will go a long way to make Long Island more resilient,” Interboro Partners’ Daniel D’Oca said.

Back in late March, the team submitted a five-prong plan with each component supporting another. One component, the lowlands solution, was selected by HUD to be funded.

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

D’Oca said the process between the announcement and receiving the money is arduous, but he was optimistic it could happen in 2014.

He added they have not given up on the other four components. The goal now is to find additional funding for that part of the project.

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

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

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

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

For more about the announcement or the Interboro project, visit HUD online.

‘Angel Walk’ Honors Wantagh Teen Killed On Sunrise Hwy

Join Sandi Vega in remembering her daughter and sending other teenagers to college.

The Brittany Vega Angel Walk, scheduled for June 8 at Wantagh Park, is an event to promote community safety.

Brittany Vega was a 14-year-old Wantagh High School student. She was crossing Sunrise Highway by foot on her way to school in September 2010 when she was killed. A parked car obstructed the sight of both Vega and a 36-year-old driver, setting the scene for the teen to be launched 70 feet from the crosswalk.

She went into cardiac arrest and died on the scene, despite nearby motorists pumping gas. The driver, who turned around to investigate the noise before finding Vega, was not charged by police.

The Brittany Vega Angel Walk is a way to turn her tragedy into something positive by focusing awareness on community safety. It will include a 2-mile walking course, community resources, live music, refreshments, activities for kids and more.

Vega’s mother, Sandi, has since been collecting funds in her daughter’s name to send Wantagh High students to college. As of Monday, more than $3,100 had been collected.

The teen was known as a bright, musically-gifted friend to many. An honor student and recipient of the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award, Vega was able to read music since she was 9. She had been walking to meet her art teacher before school began when the accident occurred.

Vision Long Island is a co-sponsor of the upcoming walk.

For more information about the event next month, check out the flier or contact Sandi Vega at 516-557-3536 or Heidi Felix at 516-448-6688.

Developer Ratner To Speak At June 10 Real Estate Luncheon

Join the new face of the Nassau Coliseum as he talks real estate on Long Island.

Forest City Executive Chairman Bruce Ratner has been announced as the keynote speaker for a Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies at Hofstra University luncheon and presentation. The event is scheduled for June 10 from noon-2 p.m. at Hofstra University Club.

Ratner has developed 44 ground-up projects in the New York City area over nearly 30 years. The majority owners of the Barclays Center, Forest City won the rights to operate the Nassau Coliseum last year. He also completed several critically acclaimed buildings, including New York by Gehry, a residential apartment building designed by architect Frank Gehry, and The New York Times Building, designed by architect Renzo Piano.

The Wilbur Breslin Center is an interdisciplinary center for the study of real estate that brings together the expertise of Hofstra's Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the School of Law, as well as the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Theresa Haller by email or 516-463-4069.

Island Harvest Running Against Hunger On June 14

Walk, jog or sprint through Eisenhower Park. At the end of the day, it all helps feed the needy on Long Island.

Registration is now open for Island Harvest’s Ellen Gordon CPAs 4(a): Cause 5K Run/Walk to End Hunger on June 14.

Post-race food and refreshments will be available, while the top three overall male, overall female and age groups will win awards.

All proceeds benefit the island’s largest hunger relief organization and help Island Harvest provide food and services to more than 300,000 Long Islanders every day.

Online registration at is $10 for ages 6-13 and $20 for ages 14 and up. Paper registrants pay $15 and $30, respectively.

Visit the nonprofit’s website for a registration form and more information.

Making Long Island Green, Clean And Serene

Learn how to keep Long Island looking beautiful without pollutants and other hazards.

Sponsored by Suffolk County, Sustainability Institute, Cornell Cooperative of Suffolk County and Quiet Communities, the Innovations in Outdoor Maintenance: Keeping our Communities Clean, Green, Serene and Healthy event will be an opportunity to learn.

Scheduled for June 16 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the H Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, the program will cover reducing pollution, noise and cost while improving aesthetics and sustainability.

Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, is one of six anticipated speakers.

Participants must register via email to Suffolk County by June 13.

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.

50 Years Of Waging The War On Poverty

Join the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and New York State Community Action Association this month as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of War on Poverty.

A luncheon is scheduled for June 19 at the UPSKY Hotel in Smithtown from noon-1:30 p.m.

Welfare to Work Commission Chair Richard Koubek and Health and Welfare Council of Long Island CEO Gwen O’Shea will give presentations during the event.

Reservations are free, but must be made in advance. Contact Diane Meiers by email or 631-289-2124 x119.

Youth Advisors To Be Honored at Humanist Society Luncheon

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will honor a trio for their service in support of youth education and activism.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, Tara Klein and Derek Smith have been announced as honorees for the organization’s Founder’s Day 2014 celebration. A luncheon has been scheduled for June 22 at the society’s Garden City office.

Alexander, Klein and Smith serve as advisors for the Youth of Ethical Societies (YES) program. A group of high school students focus on a few major issues of importance to the teens. Members discuss and plan during meetings, leading to toy drives, clean ups and other community action. Adult advisors moderate the meetings, but teens are given the reins.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is an organization that supports humanist beliefs, values and activism. They hold programs and events, including YES. The month of May marks the beginning of the ethical culture movement in May 1876 when Felix Adler founded the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. Founder’s Day is their time to celebrate the people who bring their special talents and dedication to the society.

Reservations are required as space is limited and must be received by June 10. Guests should expect to make a donation, $50 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, contact the Ethical Humanist Society via email and check out this flier.

Anti-Gang Group Announces 14th Anniversary Gala

Anti-gang nonprofit S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. has announced details for their 14th anniversary gala.

Entitled “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” the event is scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Coral House in Baldwin.

S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. was founded in 2000 in response to the brutal murder of Uniondale resident Eric Rivera by alleged gang members. Former gang member Sergio Argueta and co-Founder Michael Hernandez launched community service projects and pushed for alternatives rather than just harsher penalties.

These days, the Uniondale-based organization is one of the largest gang-prevention and intervention agencies in the Northeast. They’ve reached more than 78,000 people through workshops and presentations, and fostered strong relationships with Long Island community members.

For reservations, sponsorships or more information, contact Rashmia Zatar at 516-483-1350 or by email.

Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.

The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.

This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.

Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70. Discounted sponsorship rates are also available by Aug. 1

Visit them online to register or for more information.

$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.

Suffolk County Now Accepting Applications
For Twelfth Round Of Downtown Revitalization Grants

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 p.m. on June 13.  

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.

As much as $5 million will be available for Category 2 projects, designed to prepare a community, region or project for a more sustainable future. These awards will range from $25,000-$250,000 per project with no less than 25 percent cost share.

For technical questions, contact the Cleaner Greener Communities team. For more information about this funding, visit Cleaner Greener Communities online.

LI Coalition For Homeless Announces Helen Martin Scholarships

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 Oct. 31.

Applications must be received by noon on June 19. 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

Donate The Tools, Supplies Students Need To Learn

The Supply Our Students Drive is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH). Each year, they pack hundreds of backpacks 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 backpacks 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 at 516-742-7770 x 11 or

House Proposes Low-Income Housing Cuts For 2015

As it stands, funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) next year could cut into assistance for low-income families.

Left-leaning nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released analysis of the bill funding HUD for 2015 approved by the House Appropriations Committee finding it made disproportionately deep cuts to low-income households.

At cursory glance, the $35 billion in the House bill appears to be a $2.1 billion bump over the 2014 funding. However, CBPP said the Congressional Budget Office estimates the 2015 legislation as-is would cut $740 million for new funding via a $3 billion drop in revenue via federal housing insurance and mortgage guarantee programs. The majority of that $740 million, they added, would come out of programs for low-income families and individuals.

If passed, the House bill could maintain elimination of more than 70,000 Housing Choice Vouchers cut last year due to sequestration. Congress provided funding to restore almost half in 2014, but the proposal fails to renew all of them and also cuts administrative expenses by $150 million.

The funding proposal, according to CBPP, would stall progress on eliminating homelessness. The number of “chronically” homeless people – unaccompanied individuals with a disabling condition who are either homeless for at least a year or four episodes within three years – has fallen by 16 percent since 2010, although more housing is necessary to eliminate chronic homelessness by 2016. The proposed legislation would free funding for homeless assistance at the 2014 level, rejecting President Barack Obama’s request for an additional $301 million.

The House bill also cuts funding for public housing by $165 million below the 2014 level, despite the fact that HUD metrics show funding approved for this year is inadequate to operate public housing developments and meet pressing repair needs.

Finally, the nonprofit argues the proposed legislation reduces funding for new affordable housing and impose deep cuts in other areas across the HUD budget.  The bill would cut funding for the HOME Private Investment Partnerships program, which helps states and localities rehabilitate or build new affordable rental housing and assist low-income homeowners, by $300 million – or 30 percent – below the 2014 level. 

With homelessness a persistent problem, CBPP is calling on Congress to provide enough funding to sustain existing rental assistance and roll back sequestration cuts on assistance for poor families.

For more information, check out the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ website.

Help Wanted

LI Housing Advocate Seeking Volunteer Testers

Long Island Housing Services is looking for volunteer testers with a possible stipend.

Focused on eliminating housing discrimination and promoting affordable housing, the Bohemia-based not for profit is looking for Fair Housing Testers.

Participants must attend a training session, have a clean legal record, be able to travel in both Nassau and Suffolk, and be able to write a report.

These are temporary volunteer positions, although stipends and travel expenses will be paid as resources allow.

Long Island Housing Services is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in July. This prohibits discrimination of race, color and national origin on receiving federal housing assistance. Back in April a Long Island-based civil rights group filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Design against Nassau County, claiming the county segregates African American populations. Other cases filed within the past two years on the island illustrate the need for continued enforcement.

Contact Long Island Housing Services at 631-567-5111 x318, 516-292-0400 x318 or email Projects Facilitator Harriet Spiegelman for more information.

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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Joe Satriani with special guest Sit Down Servant - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Adrenaline Mob, Black Water Rising, Toxic Shock, Magus Beast, Plague Legion and the Hard Way - Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
Project Genesis - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Forever In Your Mind, This Is All Now, Matt Weiss, Lexxi Saal, Al Calderon and Call The Station - Sunday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Keiko Matsui - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Rothko Revisited: A Panel Discussion - Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.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
The Plastic Cup Boyz featuring Will "Spank" Horton, Na'im Lynn and Levar Walker - Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.
Robert Earl Keen - Saturday, June 7 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
Plaza Suite - Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Yarn, Soundswell and Butchers Blind - Friday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Liverpool Shuffle and 45 RPM - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Benefit Concert for WUSB 90.1 - Sunday, June 8 at 2 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
Todo De Blanco - Friday, June 6 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
Master Class - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 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
Ben E. King soul legend - Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Tuck & Patti jazz duo - Sunday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Sing East End - Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Conviction - Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.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.

Don't Miss Out!

The 13th annual Smart Growth Awards are NEXT Friday! We're filling up the Crest Hollow Country Club, but some seats are still available. More Superstorm Sandy volunteers will be honored, as will Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, the folks behind Wincoram Commons and others. Use the registration form in this newsletter or on our website before it's too late.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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