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June 22-28, 2014

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Unveiling $108 Million New Village Development In Patchogue

Vision Long Island joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, elected officials, business owners and residents Tuesday to celebrate another component in the revitalization of Patchogue.

Developer Tritec hosted a ribbon cutting for their New Village project – a $108 million mixed-use development.

The project will offer 291 new apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail and 18,000 square feet of office space. All residents will have access to club rooms, fitness facilities, roof top gardens, outdoor fireplaces and grilling areas, although some tenants will also have private decks and parking.

Parking is also a key piece of New Village, adding 500 spaces. Of those, 293 are underground.

Early residents began moving in this spring.

The New Village development received a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island in 2008 and the 2009 Top Mixed Use Project from the Long Island Business News.

“Kudos to Mayor Paul Paul Pontieri, Planning Commissioner Lori Devlin, the Village board, the developer, their team and all the folks responsible for moving this project forward,” Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said.

Brookhaven Approves Ronkonkoma Hub Zoning

The Ronkonkoma Hub is on track.

The Town of Brookhaven voted to rezone property around the Ronkonkoma LIRR station for the $475 million project on Tuesday.

If the project continues to move forward, it would create a 53.73-acre transit-oriented development along Union and Ronkonkoma Avenues.

Plans currently call for 1,450 apartments in one-, two- and three-bedroom formats, 195,000 sq. ft. retail and 360,000 sq. ft. of office space. It would also include 60,000 square feet of flex space for convention space, meetings, gatherings and the like.

The project originally called for a new sewage treatment plant on the Town of Islip side of the border, capable of processing 1.1 million gallons daily but expected to handle just 400,000 gallons a day. However, Suffolk County officials confirmed they would consider hooking the Ronkonkoma Hub project to the existing Southwest Sewer District via seven miles of new pipe.
An earlier version of the plan, including the sewer plant, garnered a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island in 2009.

The Town Board voted only on rezoning Tuesday, not eminent domain. Some businesses neighboring the LIRR station are concerned they will be forced out after developer Tritec considered having the town force them out “as a tool of last resort.” However, Brookhaven officials have publicly stated they will not employ eminent domain.

Vision Long Island supported the plan, but Director Eric Alexander was concerned about the potential for eminent domain.

“Folks shouldn't lose their property for a revitalization plan,” he said.

If approved, construction of the Hub could take up to 10 years

For more on this story, check out News 12 (subscription required).

Piazza Latest In Pro Transit-Oriented Development Trend

The conversation on Long Island is about transit-oriented development, and the surge in popularity.

According to the Wall Street Journal, transit-oriented development (TOD) projects like the upcoming Glen Cove Piazza are on the rise.

Between 2007-2013, 7,800 units of housing were approved near train stations said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. Conversely, just 360 units were approved between 2002-2006. More than 10,000 units are under consideration across Long Island.

“For Long Island, where we have close to 100 downtown business districts, it’s about filling in the development that was ripped apart by suburban sprawl,” Alexander said.

Advocates said a walkable, transit-centered island is still a long-term goal after years of opposition from governments and residents concerned about new development. In Glen Cove, Mayor Reginald Spinello said the Piazza project was delayed by politics.

And the battle is only intensifying as the MTA’s Double Track and East Side Access projects continue. The Long Island Rail Road is scheduled to complete a second track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma by 2018 and connect to Grand Central by 2021.

TOD advocates argue they will increase demand for housing near LIRR stations.

In Glen Cove, the city and developers celebrated a groundbreaking for 110 units of housing and 30,000 square feet of retail. Plans call for three five-story buildings of mixed uses.

Stan Sommers, owner of Hair Above Salon in Glen Cove, said the area needs new blood in terms of residents and businesses.

"Having 200 new bodies living next door to me, it's like Christmas," he said.

For more media coverage, check out the Wall Street Journal article (subscription required).

Hempstead Turnpike Still Very Dangerous For Pedestrians

The death of a teenager on Hempstead Turnpike is prompting renewed cries for change.

Bryanna Sopin, 13, was killed in an apparent hit and run accident. The Levittown teen, who reportedly had Down syndrome, wandered out of her family’s house in the early hours of Sunday, June 15 before coming to Hempstead Turnpike. Police said a minivan blew through a red light and hit Sopin without stopping. First responders performed CPR but were unable to save her.

Michael Elardo, of Syosset, surrendered himself to police two days later. The retired NYPD officer was charged with leaving the scene of an incident, a class D felony, although Elardo claims he thought it was a traffic cone he hit.

Back in March 2012, Tri-State Transportation Campaign found Hempstead Turnpike was the most dangerous road for pedestrians within the Tri-State area. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) responded with a pledge to implement short- and long-term improvements based off research of pedestrian crashes from 2008-2011.

Eight years later, the DOT has spent $2.2 million. That includes wider crosswalks, longer countdowns for pedestrians crossing and new medians. But with the state agency reportedly says it’s done for now. But eight pedestrian deaths, including Sopin, since has transit advocates like Tri-State calling for more.

“I think the DOT should be applauded for their initial steps, but we think more can be done to make the road safer,” Tri-State Associate Director Ryan Lynch said.

Traffic speeds, Lynch said, are very high on Hempstead Turnpike. If a pedestrian makes a mistake while crossing and gets into a collision with a moving vehicle, they’re likely to die.

He advocated for installing pedestrian safety islands, adjusting speed limits as needed and making existing traffic medians more visible.

Hempstead Turnpike was supplanted by Jericho Turnpike for the deadliest road in the 2014 rankings, released by Tri-State in February.

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

MTA Tasks New Commission With Analyzing Future Trends

A new committee has been created with expectations of better service and modernized systems from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The MTA unveiled their Transportation Reinvention Commission Tuesday with its first meeting on Wednesday.

Recommended by Governor Andrew Cuomo in May to consider changes in ridership and weather patterns while developing future capital spending, the new commission is charged with offering recommendations for the MTA’s 2015-2019 capital plan.

“As we prepare the next Capital Plan to guide investment for the next five years, as well as future five year plans, we want experts, stakeholders and customers to offer their thoughts on how to make those investments work for decades to come,” MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said.

MTA Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee Executive Director William Henderson added the committee will focus on changes in climate, ridership patterns, residential shifts and commercials trends. Brooklyn is the hotter, less dense alternative to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he said, but Long Islanders are moving into town centers, closer to LIRR stations.

Henderson added that a Bus Rapid Transit along Route 110 and reopening Republic LIRR station could be considered by the Transportation Reinvention commission.

“We need to have a system that responds to those kinds of changes otherwise we fall behind,” he said.

The 24-member commission will be led by co-chairs federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey. Membership includes professors from Columbia University, nonprofits, the Straphangers Campaign and five individuals from outside the country. Vision Long Island board member and Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool is also a member of the group.

But with a capital plan due to the MTA Capital Review Board by Oct. 1 and several public hearings expected before then, Henderson admitted they’re working in a very short timeframe. However, he also said the committee offers an outside perspective from the MTA’s planning department.

“It’s going to be a very compressed time frame with a lot of things to consider. The hope is it’ll provide a framework to look at some of the decisions that are being made on capital spending,” the director said.

For more about the new committee, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Tappan Zee Bridge Funding Takes Toll On Sewer Projects

Funds earmarked for water infrastructure projects can be put towards replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation – a public benefit corporation designed to provide capital and technical support for environmental projects – voted Thursday in support of a $511 million loan for projects connected with the replacement.

Construction is underway on the $3.9 billion project to replace the Tappan Zee.

The funds approved yesterday would come from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. That federally-funded program is typically used to finance local sewer projects. During an hour-long presentation before the vote, corporation officials listed environmental projects that will tap the $511 million, including $100,000 to move a falcon’s nest from the current bridge.

It could also be used towards dismantling the existing bridge, dredging the Hudson River and creating a bicycle path.

However, League of Conservation Voters, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Vision Long Island and other advocates joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in expressing concern about tapping clean water funds to finance the bridge. Not only could the move put the Long Island Sound, Hudson River, New York Harbor and Great Lakes at risk by removing those funds, advocates said, but it could set legal precedent.

"There are sufficient sewer projects on Long Island in need of funding. Having those dollars diverted to limited a toll increase doesn't help our local economy," Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said.

Before a red cent is spent, the loan must be approved by both the Thruway Authority Board and Public Authorities Control Board.

Thruway Authority Director Tom Madison said the loans will keep tolls down on the new bridge set to open in 2018, and confirmed his organization will pay back the entire loan. Half the loan would be offered at a low interest rate and the other half without interest.

For more information on this story, check out The Journal News (subscription required).

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano Receives
Smart Growth Award At Business Breakfast

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano provided an economic report to business leaders Friday. Standing before 200 small business men and women at the Capitol Grill, Mangano, Nassau IDA Joe Kearney and Hempstead Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino spoke about economic development and downtowns.

Vision Long Island's Director Eric Alexander and board members Michael Puntillo from Jobco, John Keating from PSEG and later Steven Kreiger from Engel Burman presented Ed with a Smart Growth award for his work in Bay Park, advancing TOD housing and passing Complete Streets legislation among other projects.

Mangano received his Regional Leadership award from Vision at the event. He was unable to attend the Smart Growth Awards in person back on June 13 due to a conflicting meeting with Bay Park financial supporter, the U.S. EPA.

Click here to view the video from the Smart Growth Awards.

Doc Gooden Pitching For Hicksville Chamber Of Commerce

Check out the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and meet retired New York Met and Yankee Dwight “Doc” Gooden next week.

Join Verizon Wireless and the Hicksville Chamber for a networking mixer at the Verizon store in the Jericho on July 1. Learn tips and best practices from mobile technology and small business experts, and how it can improve your business.

Registrations are required. For more information or to sign up, contact the chamber at 516-931-7170 or via email.

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.

Enter Now To Win $5,000 Grant For LI Nonprofit

Know a Long Island nonprofit that could use a financial boost?

AARP is looking to award a pair of $5,000 grants to organizations that align with their mission.

Applicants must submit a proposal, including no more than 500 words to address each Area of Focus: advancing the priorities of AARP; targeting service to an underserved population on the island; a realistic timeline and provide a lasting impact on the community.

Applicants must be a tax-exempt nonprofit, located on Long Island and serve the Long Island population to be considered. All submissions must be sent care of Associate State Director William Stoner to by 11:59 p.m. on July 18 with a copy of an IRS Determination Letter.

Winners will be required to sign an AARP grant agreement in order to collect funding and grant checks will be sent directly to the recipient organization using the contact information provided above on the application.

Grant applications may not include advertising, research, scholarships, nationally-sponsored organizations, capital campaigns, or projects benefitting just one person or family.

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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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:
Thespis - Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Kidz Bop Live with special guests The Dance Place Allstars of Long Island - Saturday, June 28 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Moontooth - Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Willy & the Poor Boys with B-Side Bandits - Saturday, June 28 at 6 p.m.
Caffeine reunion - Saturday, June 28 at 9:30 p.m.
Rock N Roll U Concert VI - Sunday, June 29 at 10:30 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
Jane Monheit Duo - Friday, June 27 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
Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing "Under The Rock" - Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies and the Role of the Artist - Saturday, June 28 at 3 p.m.
Guild Ha!! Comedy Nights: Jon Lovitz with special guest Sue Costello - Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Steven Wright - Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Drive-by Truckers and The Hold Steady - Saturday, June 29 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 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat - Sunday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Remedy, Hello Brooklyn, No Excuses and Doppelganger - Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Grateful Girls, Soundswell and The Electrix - Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Mickey B's Golden Oldies Summer Spectacular Rock & Hall of Fame - Saturday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Seattle 4 - Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Long Island Music Conference - Saturday, June 28 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 - Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, June 27 at 10:30 p.m.
Ellen Michelmore - Sunday, June 29 at 7 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
Mallet Man, Tito Puente Jr. & Bernard Purdie: Jazz Summit - Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend..
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Richard Kind in "Travesties"- Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 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.

Mind Your Speed

Too often we talk a lot about road safety on Long Island and don't talk about speed reduction. We frequently blame the pedestrian, turning a blind eye to proven engineering and design solutions or washing our hands of the situation. This highly-disturbing public service announcement was made in Ireland, where there have been fewer deaths on their roadways than our region.

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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