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July 31st - August 6th, 2016

Regional Updates

Molloy College

At Molloy College, students gain the knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to make a difference in their lives and in our fast-paced, ever-changing world.

A private, Long Island college, Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual. Their faculty is accomplished, yet approachable, leading small classes on Long Island where students are encouraged to think critically and explore creatively. Combining the strengths of academic excellence and leadership with personal, compassionate mentoring, they bring out the best in every student.

Located less than an hour from Manhattan, Molloy is one of the most affordable private colleges on Long Island. In fact, Money Magazine recently named Molloy a "Best Value" college, ranking it ahead of all other Long Island colleges that offer a full range of degrees and majors. They were also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top colleges in the Northeast, higher than any other Long Island college in their category.

"Why are we dumping anything in LI Sound? We should not have adversaries on the federal level we should be allies...." - NYS Senator John Flanagan speaking out against EPA plans to dump dredge in the Long Island Sound.


"It would be absurd that while we are cleaning up the Sound another level of government is dumping in the Sound. It is counterproductive, absurd and we will take action to stop the dumping which may include legal action"- NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking out against EPA plans to dump dredge in the Long Island Sound.


"Governor Cuomo is standing up to protect our national treasure—The Long Island Sound. Environmental and civic groups have consistently and rigorously opposed EPA’s dredge dumping scheme. The public loves this water body and has always considered the Long Island Sound to be an extension of our home. We consider the Sound as our front yard, or our back yard but never as a junk yard.”- Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito speaking out against EPA plans to dump dredge in the Long Island Sound.

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Officials Approve New Sewage Pipe for Ronkonkoma Hub Project

The Ronkonkoma Hub project will be able to break ground now that Islandia officials have passed a plan to allow a sewage pipe to be built through their village. An intermunicipal agreement with Suffolk County and a separate agreement with Tritec Real Estate, the project’s developer, was approved by the Village Board last Tuesday. The pipe is now set to be built beneath Johnson Avenue in Islandia.

The Ronkonkoma Hub project is intended to transform the area surrounding the Long Island Railroad Ronkonkoma station into a thriving commercial district, creating hundreds of jobs while providing millennials and seniors with new housing options. The development, expected to be completed in about ten years, will contain 1,450 apartments and 545,000 square feet of retail and office space on a site of 50 acres.

Construction has yet to start due to lawsuits that had been filed against Suffolk County and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The Town of Brookhaven refused to issue building permits until county health officials approved a wastewater-treatment plan for the Hub.   Village officials said, however, the lawsuits will now be dropped and construction will be allowed to proceed unhindered since the Village of Islandia and Suffolk County have come to an agreement.

“We are making progress in our conversations with municipal partners,” said Suffolk County spokesman Scott Martella. “Our local leaders recognize that the Ronkonkoma Hub is a regionally significant project that will have a positive economic impact on all neighboring communities.” He also added that this sewer agreement will help to get construction started faster. Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine also praised the agreement, saying, “Without a wastewater solution, this project cannot go forward.”

Suffolk County has agreed to repair all of the roads that are torn up due to the installation of the sewer pipe and has given Islandia the right to use the pipe for up to 200,000 gallons of wastewater per day. This agreement will save the village 1.3 million dollars. Tritec Real Estate has also agreed to pay the village 1 million dollars as a community benefit.

While some locals were originally wary of the Hub project, Long Island’s business and civic leaders largely support the project. Ronkonkoma Civic Association president Bruce Edwards said, “We originally weren’t very happy with the original plans.” After meetings with Tritec officials, however, Edwards said, “They’re trying to be good neighbors.”

You can read more about the new sewer approved for the Ronkonkoma Hub project in Newsday, and check out progress and proposals of the project here

Federal Recovery Funds To Be Used Towards Affordable Housing in Suffolk

“What makes a community resilient in the face of a storm is a resilient housing stock,” said James Rubin, commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal and former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.

To that end, 68.6 million dollars from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 will be spent by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery in order to replenish the housing stock damaged by major storms, including Superstorm Sandy. The money will help fund over 695 affordable housing units statewide. 13.25 million dollars is dedicated to help pay for 135 apartments, part of two new complexes in Riverhead and Copiague. These new developments are being built to be resilient: they will feature raised electrical panels, repaired bulkheads and have other resiliency measures to make them safer in the event of future flooding. “We have a commitment to rebuilding in a more resilient way,” said Paul Lozito, Director of Housing Policy and Affordable Housing at the state’s storm recovery office.

Thanks to Superstorm Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 17,000 rental unit across the state were damaged, 2,069 of them being categorized as “severely damaged” according to the state. After Sandy, New York was given approximately 4.4 billion dollars to help rebuild. The state has also committed 110 million dollars for affordable rental housing projects outside of the 68.6 million of federal funds. “The $110 million is a very large number but there is also a lot of other things going to help rental housing,” said Simon McDonnell, director for Research and Strategic Analysis for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.

Community Development Corp. of Long Island and Conifer Realty are the two developers associated with the Copiague and Riverhead projects. The Copiague Commons, which will take a year to 18 months to complete, will feature 90 units, and are targeted for families earning up to 100 percent of the area median income. The transit-oriented development adjacent to the Copiague LIRR station will not only provide affordable housing outside of the 100 year flood zone, but help redevelop the area around the station, which is primarily underutilized industrial space. Construction of Peconic Crossing in Riverhead is also expected to take a year to 18 months to complete after it begins later this fall. The development will consist of 45 apartments and rents will be based on the household income. Uniquely, artists and those affected by Sandy will be given preference for apartments at Peconic Crossing. The disaster recovery money will also be used for projects in Broome, Dutchess, Oneida, Schenectady, Tompkins, Tioga, and Westchester counties for similar affordable housing projects.

You can read more about the new rental communities funded by Sandy recovery money in Newsday.

Parking Concerns Related to Babylon Performing Arts Center

A proposed West Main Street performing arts center in Babylon was the center of attention at a Babylon Village Planning Board hearing held last week, and parking for the proposed downtown development was discussed at length. Board officials listened to a parking engineer that was hired by Mark and Dylan Perlman, the would-be owners of the performing arts center. The engineer worked to assure the board members that there would be “more than ample” parking for the expected 177 to 207 theater patron and employee cars if on-street parking and nearby municipal lots were taken into consideration. In total, the parking study, completed by Huntington Station-based PSC Engineering, found 239 on-street and 704 off-street spaces within a one-block radius of the theater, which is located at 34 West Main Street.

Unappeased, board officials are commissioning another study to determine the feasibility of using a trolley to transport employees from the nearby Long Island Railroad station to the performing arts center. A number of local residents have sited complaints about people searching for parking in their neighborhoods when parking in front of the restaurants and shops downtown is full. Concerns such as these led to a delayed opening for a community soup kitchen on Prospect Street in 2015.

The building that Mark and Dylan Perlman will spend over 1.6 million dollars to refurbish what most recently housed a Bow Tie Cinemas. Planned renovations include a new stage and improvements to the existing acoustics. The father and son duo are also considering installing a drop down screen for occasional movies and a bar. The new performing arts center will also include a program that will train actors, stagehands, sound engineers, as well as people interested in studying theater lighting, production, and more. The new venue is expected to create 15 to 18 full time jobs, as well as additional part time jobs.

You can read more about the proposed performing arts center and the related parking concerns in Newsday.

3rd Annual Coral Park Basketball Tournament

The 3rd Annual Coral Park Co-Ed Basketball Tournament drew over 70 kids from ages 12 to 15 to play over 30 half-court games throughout the day on Sunday, July 30th. The event, hosted in part by Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer and Town of Huntington Councilwomen Tracey A. Edwards and Susan A. Berland, was “well-organized, action-packed, and went off without a hitch” according to the tournament’s lead organizer Vernon Lowe. A number of local businesses sponsored the event, including Vision Long Island.

“In 2014, I was approached by community leaders who wanted to host a basketball tournament at Coral Park. It made total sense to work together, highlight this great neighborhood park and give young people a positive, fun and structured day of basketball. The kids love it and now look forward to it every year,” stated Legislator William R. Spencer. Councilwoman Berland, who led the effort to build Coral Park, said, “It was my pleasure to co-sponsor the Coral Park Co-Ed Basketball Tournament for the third year in a row. Coral Park holds a special place in my heart, as I worked so hard to bring this park to the community. Now, five years later, I am proud that we can host events like this that benefit the youth of our Town. I know everyone had a fantastic time, rain or shine, and I look forward to next year’s event.”

Councilwoman Edwards took some time out of the tournament to award the 3rd Annual David Harris Memorial Award to this year's MVP. Harris, a professional boxer and member of the Huntington community, passed away while fighting in the ring. “He would have been thrilled that the park is here for all young people,” Edwards stated.

Friends of Long Island's and Vision Long Island's Jon Siebert Honored for Sandy Work

Vision’s own Jon Siebert was recognized by Points of Light for his tremendous efforts to help those left devastated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Forced out of his home as well, Jon said, “I had to evacuate to my mother’s house. I’m in a small town in Central Suffolk, and the whole area was flooded out. Over 500 people in the community had to leave their home, and thousands more throughout Long Island.”

Soon after the storm passed, Jon, along with other local community members, created Friends of Long Island, a volunteer organization that brings together resources, education, and other assistance, directly to those in need without forcing people to deal with bureaucracy. Along with continuing to provide disaster response and emergency preparedness, Friends of Long Island has helped to repair and rebuild homes across the Island and distributed resources to thousands of people.

“The only way to do things is with a collaborative approach,” says Jon. “Whether it’s disaster related or any sort of community effort, it really does take a village.” This sentiment is echoed throughout Jon’s actions whether it be collecting school supplies, organizing food drives, or donating furniture for those less fortunate. Jon’s unwavering efforts to improve our local communities and the results that he has precipitated are a perfect example of what can be done when local residents care about their community and the people in it.

You can read his article here.

State, County Officials and Environmentalists Oppose EPA's Plan to Dump Dredging in Sound

Vision joined environmental organizations, County and State officials at Sunken Meadow State Park as Governor Cuomo called on the Environmental Protection Agency to halt their plan of dumping dredging spoils from Connecticut into the Long Island Sound off of Fishers Island.

The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to dump the dredged material in the eastern part of the Long Island sound after rejecting other means of disposal citing cost. The EPA has agreed with the Army Corps’ assumption that the dredged material is safe to dispose of in this manner, however soil and sediment taken from the bottoms of waterways can contain pesticides, lead and mercury, and can harm marine life. The Long Island Sound has undertaken a renaissance of sorts over the past few years with nitrogen reduction measures and dumping potential contaminates could stop the comeback. "It would be absurd that while we are cleaning up the Sound while another level of government is dumping in the Sound," said Governor Cuomo. "It is counterproductive, absurd and we will take action to stop the dumping which may include legal action."

Notice has been provided to President Obama and EPA Administrators, with support from over twenty five elected officials, stating that legal action will be taken against the EPA that will challenge any ruling that will make the eastern Long Island Sound permanent dumping spots for dredging. For about thirty years, dredged material has been dumped at four open-water disposal sites in the Sound, and with the blessing of the EPA, it will allow dumping to occur at two sites in the western and central sections of the sound for the next 30 years. However, the EPA says that those sites will be over capacity for the large volume of anticipated dredging to come- some 53 million cubic yards of sludge- and need to dump the spoils into the Eastern Sound. The NYS Department of State and DEC disagree with the conclusion of the EPA that additional dumping sites will be needed.

Elected officials and environmental leaders in support and present included Rep. Lee Zeldin, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, NYS Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, Todd Kaminsky and Ken Lavalle, NYS Assemblymembers, Steve Englebright, Michael Fitzpatrick, Chuck Lavine, Andrew Raia and Dean Murray, Joe Saladino and David McDonough. 

It’s expected that the EPA will issue a final decision regarding the location of the dumping of sludge this fall. You can read more about the bipartisan stand against the dumping in Newsday, and see the letter drafted by Governor Cuomo to the President and EPA Administrators here.

Nassau Waives Fees for Sandy Rebuilding; Hempstead Streamlines Elevations

Nassau County legislators Laura Curran and Steve Rhoads announced the passage of legislation that extends the time period to waive county fees for home repairs or new construction for the victims of Superstorm Sandy on Monday. “We have not forgotten about Hurricane Sandy residents,” said Rhoades. As the bill’s lead sponsor, he added that many homeowners who were devastated by Sandy are still trying to rebuild and repair their damaged properties. Co-sponsor Legislator Laura Curran further explained that the bill “can make it a little bit easier for homeowners who have already gone through bureaucratic red tape.”

The waived fees include a 250-dollar Department of Health charge for building inspections, a 300-dollar fee required by the County Clerk’s Office for recording properties, and a total of 1,200 dollars to the Department of Public Works for disconnecting and reconnecting sewer lines. The bill, which passed unanimously, will extend the period of waived fees until the end of 2017.

The fees were first waived by lawmakers in February 2013, five months after Superstorm Sandy, but the law only stayed in affect for 10 months. Beginning in 2014, the clerk’s office began charging the 300-dollar recording fee again. Those residents who paid the clerk’s office fee since the first bill expired at the end of 2013 are eligible for a refund. Homeowners will be asked for their Federal Emergency Management Agency case or identification number in connection with the damage to the property. In total, the public works department and the Department of Health have waived over 282,000 dollars in fees. The Office of Legislative Budget Review estimates that this new bill will allow homeowners to avoid another 190,000 dollars’ worth of county fees.

The Town of Hempstead has also proposed new legislation to make resilient rebuilding easier for residents impacted by Sandy. While the Town has already waived a number of normal building requirements, only homeowners who owned property in the flood plain at the time of the storm and whose property was flooded and damaged were affected. This new law, which will reduce the price of elevating a house and streamline the process, only requires that the home be in the flood plain that was designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

To date, 500 homes in the Town of Hempstead have been elevated after Sandy, and over 20,000 remain eligible for this new benefit. “We are eager to make it easier for more homeowners to rebuild, repair, and elevate their houses,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino said. “Cutting through red tape in the building permit process will save time and money for property owners.” 

You can read more about the county fees and Town requirements that have been waived for Superstorm Sandy victims here and here.

Support for Transit-Oriented Developments Growing Across the Country

A new study titled “Transit Oriented Development in America” completed by the HNTB Corp shows strong support for transit-oriented developments; 55 percent of Americans claim that they are willing to pay more in order to get to work, stores, and other recreational facilities without having to use a car. Furthermore, 51 percent of Americans state that the availability of good public transportation increases their interest in and likelihood to move to a new area. In both cases, millennials showed the strongest support for these transit-oriented sentiments. Another 73 percent of Americans said that they would support potential changes in land use zoning in order to encourage and build more transit-oriented developments.

“The desire to more fully integrate lifestyle with mobility options is causing Americans to rethink their priorities about where they choose to live, and how they travel to work and play,” says Mike Sweeney, HNTB senior vice president. “The willingness of people to pay more to live in a particular area in exchange for an enhanced lifestyle and mobility options sends a clear message about the growing interest, value, and importance of transit-oriented development. This fact will directly impact future decisions about the location and modes of transportation options that respond to these emerging trends.”

Transit-oriented development is quickly becoming more popular across the country. 83 percent of survey respondents are now more in favor of living near public transportation than they were five years ago. This applies to Americans living in rural areas, as well. Long Island has made a number of large strides in regards to the construction of transit-oriented developments in recent years. Over 111,928 housing units in 105 projects in 41 different communities have been built throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Another 21,952 units of transit-oriented housing have been proposed in a total of 44 different projects across 44 communities, as well. A number of these large projects, such as the Ronkonkoma Hub project which will offer over 1,000 new housing units in one compound, are breaking ground and making significant progress.

You can read more about the study on HNTB’s website.

Country's Largest Bike Path From Maine To Florida 1/3 Complete

East Coast Greenway Alliance, a non-profit organization, has been working on creating the country’s longest bike path since the 1990s. To date, one third of the greenway has been built, although construction of the massive network of paths really picked up last year. Upon completion, the paths will stretch from Calais, Maine in the north to Key West, Florida in the south, a 2,900-mile distance.

The bike lanes have been designed to meander through 16 different East Coast states and 25 major cities. The paved paths will be open to bikers, pedestrians, and other active-transportation users as an alternative to the overcrowded roadways that often present a number of safety issues to motorists and non-motorists alike. “Our route has been chosen to provide the traveler with an ever-changing, interesting and scenic landscape, whether urban, suburban, small town, industrial or rural,” the organization states on its website. The construction of the greenway requires the cooperation of a number of different levels of government, since states and towns have ownership over the lanes that are in their locality. Upon completion of the greenway, a number of additional routes will be added to the compilation to expand the network.

44 miles of the greenway will wind through New York State, starting in the North in Westchester and traveling south through Manhattan and onto New Jersey. Currently, 62% of the route in New York is traffic-free, but this will become 100% once the greenway is officially completed. Currently, New York has the highest percentage of completed East Coast Greenway trails of any greenway state. “It’s about seeing America at the right speed, where you can take in all of the culture around you,” said Dennis Markatos-Soriano, alliance executive director, “And you don’t have a windshield between yourself and the community.”

You can read more about the East Coast greenway in this article and on their website.

Farmingdale Live at Five on Main Events this Summer

Farmingdale Live at Five On Main is a free summer program offering a number of music nights to people in downtown Farmingdale Village. The event will take place four times throughout the summer, with dates set for August 11th, and August 25th from 5pm to 9pm. Three bands will perform each night along Main Street between Prospect Street and North Front Street. The event will focus on more than just music; many merchants, restaurants, and clubs will be participating to provide the public with a number of options for dining and shopping. Three of the four nights will also feature a movie night on the Village Green, weather permitting.

No traffic will be allowed on Main Street on either side of Conklin Street from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for a two block pedestrian area for the events. Free parking will be available in Village parking lots, which are located along Conklin, on Main Street, north and south of the street closure, in the former Waldbaum’s parking lot, along neighboring streets, or in the Train Stations Lots after 4 pm. Similar events are also being held in Patchogue (Alive After Five), on August 4th, and August 18th, and in Riverhead (Alive on 25) on August 11th, and August 25th.  Farmingdale and Riverhead's events are modeled after Patchogue's Alive After Five event (now in its 15th year), which was recently awarded a Smart Growth Award.

More information about participating merchants and supporters and rain dates is available on Farmingdale's Live at Five’s website.

Blue Claw Festival in Mastic Beach

The 12th Annual Blue Claw Festival, hosted by the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ Association, will be held in Mastic Beach at Marina One on Sunday, August 28th from 11 AM to 6 PM. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy fresh steamed shrimp, crabs, crab-cakes, clams, beer, wine, and soda. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to enjoy music and dance performances presented on the show mobile and children’s activities such as face painting and sad art. A large selection of vendors with food and arts and crafts will be present as well.

To learn more about the event, visit the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ Association’s website.

Westbury Concert Series

The Village of Westbury will be hosting its free evening concert series at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in the Village of Westbury Square on the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Village Madison Avenue parking lot behind Rite Aid. All of this year’s concerts will be held on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm. Featured performers include Dance Visions NY, North Shore Pops, and Sonido Clasico. The series will also include an art event to complement the music. Handmade cards and Paint Night are just a couple of the activities to be held in conjunction with the concerts.

For more information, you can visit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts’ website.

Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day

You can join the efforts to increase the use of sustainable transportation this Thursday, September 22, 2016 on Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day. Last year, almost 3,000 Long Islanders pledged to go car free, saving 78,000 miles in driving and 39 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Car Free Day was celebrated in over 2000 cities in 40 countries around the world in 2015. To participate in this year’s event, all you have to do is promise to be either car-free or car-lite on Car Free Day by signing an online pledge form. You also receive the chance to win free prizes once you have made the pledge. 511NY, MTA, NICE, Suffolk Transit, HART, Long Beach Municipal Bus, and the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition all have information about getting around town without using a car. Vision Long Island is a proud sponsor of this successful event.

For more information on this international event, you can visit Long Island’s Car Free Day website here.

Comment Period Open for South Shore Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

The Army Corps, with the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been awarded the funding to complete ongoing coastal storm risk management projects. As such, they have prepared a Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement for coastal storm risk management project that is intended to minimize erosion and increase hurricane protection from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP). The $1.2 billion project, which has already replenished beaches on Fire Island, is expected to take place over the next several years, with 30-50 years of contingency plans.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The release of this Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement is an important milestone, decades in the making, which moves New York State and the Army Corps of Engineers one step closer to the construction of the project.  I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and local partners to complete this comprehensive storm damage reduction project so we can better protect citizens, businesses and economy of Long Island.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a 60-day review period for the public to submit written comments to assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes. Public comments can be submitted by e-mail to either or by September 30th. The Army Corp Engineers will also be holding a number of public meetings within the next 60 days to receive feedback on the draft.

Further instructions for submitting comments and the report and its associated documents are available on New York District’s website.

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.

Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grant

The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting proposals for Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants to implement projects to improve or restore coastal habitat. 10 proposals are expected to be awarded grants valued between $100,000 and $2,000,000. The goal of such efforts is to strengthen the resilience of U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather while also supporting sustainable fisheries by contributing to the recovery of protected resources. Applicants may be institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and local or state governments. All applications are due by August 16, 2016.

You can learn more about the application process for this grant here.

Over $200 Million in Funding Available for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

New York State has  more than $200 million in expired earmarks and grants available that can now be spent due to provisions in the current federal transportation funding bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). This money includes over $18 million for projects involving bicycles and pedestrians, as well as other roadway improvements. Parks & Trails New York has assembled a website that explains both eligibility requirements and a map illustrating where each earmark may be used.

Long Island has several million dollars that were earmarked for projects over 10 years ago, with the projects either not coming to fruition, being partially complete, or being funded by other sources.  Instead of losing out on those earmarks, funding will be able to be repurposed for other projects within a 50 mile radius of the original project location., that are eligible for Surface Transportation Block Grant  funding, and that will be complete on or before September of 2019. The maximum Federal share of funding for the new project must be the same as the share of the original project.

New York State has to notify the Federal Highway Authority of its decision to repurpose the money by August 29, 2016, so the deadline is quickly approaching. You can contact your bicycle and pedestrian coordinator if you have an eligible local project for which you would like to receive funding. For more information or if you have any questions, please call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583, or email Ron Epstein of NYSDOT at

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has an Our Town grant program that aims to support creative placemaking in downtown communities. In order to be eligible for the grant, there must be a partnership between arts organizations and the government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Projects of two types will be considered: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects which represent the character and quality of a community, and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking, available for organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from 25,000 to 200,000 dollars.  The deadline is September 12, 2016

To learn more about the grant, and apply, visit the National Endowment for the Arts’ website.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Grant

The Housing Trust fund is currently accepting applications for approximately 26.9 million dollars of State and Federal funds for projects relating to housing activities including housing rehabilitation, homeownership, manufactured housing rehabilitation or replacement, well and septic replacement, and lateral connection assistance that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement villages, towns, cities or counties throughout New York State. The 2016 Application for CDBG Housing Activities will be available on the NYS Homes and Community Renewal website and is due no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

You can contact the Office of Community Renewal within NYS Home and Community Renewal at (518)-474-2057 with any questions, or visit their website.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
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.

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
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
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


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

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