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August 2-8, 2015

Regional Updates

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Sec. to the Governor Meets with Long Island Groups about Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

Vision joined the Bay Park Outfall Pipe Coalition led by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky this week to meet with Bill Mulrow, Secretary to Governor Cuomo in New York City to stress the importance and vitality of the outfall pipe and to ask for assistance from NYS to fil the funding gap of $175 million.

The broad coalition of environmental, labor and community leaders (including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation Splash, Long Island Federation of Labor, United Water and residents of Long Beach and Island Park) expressed the need for state and federal funding for the much needed project in order to revive the marine ecosystem of Long Island’s back bays and stimulate economic growth in the region. The Bay Park sewage treatment plant was inoperable for a long period of time after Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012.

Although funding was appropriated for extensive repairs out of storm recovery money, including $150 million for a nitrogen removal system, $550 million is still required for an outfall pipe to extend to the Atlantic Ocean to dispose of the 50 million gallons of treated effluent that the plant discharges daily into Reynold’s Channel. Many of the above leaders have been pushing for funding for the outfall pipe from the state; however the most recent budget, which had a $5.4 billion boost from financial settlements, did not include funding for the critical infrastructure.

Although state DEC officials have recognized that the outfall pipe would make wetlands and salt marshes healthier which would promote resilience towards the area, the state has not yet appropriated funding for the project, instead asking the federal government for funding. This request has not yet been approved, partially because the outfall pipe was not in place prior to Superstorm Sandy, precluding it from certain federal funding streams and storm recovery monies. Aware of the importance of the outfall pipe, US Senator Chuck Schumer was able to turn get $230 million to be used by the state. However, state representatives have noted that the funding may be allocated to other projects which will increase the amount of funding needed. 

“The group is hopeful that this dialogue will reinvigorate discussions concerning the project and lead to its implementation”, said Assembyman Kaminsky. “Attendees articulated the need for the outfall pipe in order to protect the health of the community, revive the marine ecosystems of Long Island’s back bays and stimulate economic growth in the region.  Bay Park residents and local community members have also been vocal in their support for the outfall pipe, citing it frequently as one of the community’s top needs.”

This project is a priority of the lobby coaition that met with state legislators and staff last February. The coalition is now waiting for a follow up meeting on Long Island with NYS DEC and state officials.

More Roundabouts Planned throughout NYS

First implemented by France, Britain, and other European countries, roundabouts- circular intersections- are gaining traction in the U.S., as planners have noticed they can be significantly more efficient in monitoring traffic flow than are stop signs and traffic lights. Since 2005, New York State has built 94 roundabouts statewide, raising its total of 18 to 112 in a decade. Throughout the United States, 5,000 roundabouts are used today, and according to Richard Retting, a former transportation researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, hundreds to thousands more are in planning stages.

Studies have shown that roundabouts effectively alleviate many traffic issues. They lower driving speed, reduce crashes and road rage incidents, improve pedestrian access, and ultimately lower commute times. Vehicles approaching roundabouts slow down to about 20 mph to yield to those already in the circle, and without traffic lights, vehicle flow remains relatively consistent. “You won’t get rid of traffic with roundabouts, but you want to reduce the slowdown and speedup of traffic, which causes a ripple effect... Roundabouts give you much less variation,” said Eric G. Strauss, executive director of the Center for Urban Resilience at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

According to Jeff Shaw, the intersections program manager for the Federal Highway Administration, crashes that result in serious injuries or death are reduced by 82 percent in comparison with two-way stops, and by 78 percent from intersections with a traffic light. Crash reduction also signifies a decrease in road rage incidents. Regarding these remarkable increases in safety resulting from implementing roundabouts, Richard Retting said that the reduction in injuries and fatalities was “unmatched by anything else we can do in traffic engineering.”

Later this month, New York City will begin utilizing its first roundabout, which will replace a three-way intersection in the Bronx that has been a long-standing issue for pedestrians. It cost the city $350,000; costs for roundabouts vary, but can be less than the alternative in the long run. In addition to addressing the local pedestrian problem, “we’re very optimistic that (the Bronx roundabout) will reduce future vehicle crashes,” said Josh Benson, New York City’s assistant commissioner for street improvement projects. In 2000, Vision Island worked with residents and local business owners to plan and design a roundabout in downtown Huntington. Since that time, modern roundabouts have been put in place in Village of Great Neck, Village of Patchogue, and Middle Island and with 2 more in Huntington north of the village. While roundabouts are often a challenge to plan nd build consensus around, they have proven to increase safety on Long Island roadways.

For more information, visit NY Times.

NYS Comptroller Delivers Economic Address

Vision Board and staff are out with nearly 200 folks this morning hearing NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli at the Crest Hollow. His thorough economic address covered LI's lower unemployment rate, job growth in the areas of leisure, hospitality, education, health and professional services. Sales tax is slowing down with 1.6% growth this year statewide and 1.2% on LI.(Nassau 1.4 and Suffolk 0.9). Despite the mixed report the average Wall Street bonus's are $172,000.

The Comptroller spotlighted the true numbers of new revenue for potential infrastructure projects on LI: $400 million in the NYS budget and $150 million from the settlement money. This is not new information but there was some confusion as other much larger numbers were quoted in the past. He pointed out the criticism of the $550 million combined is that there is no clarity how the $$ will be allocated and what the decision making process will be.

The Comptroller tackled the "shadow government" of the many state authorities and provided some examples of increased costs and weakened financial controls. His office is monitoring all forms of NYS economic development funding that is distributed on an annual basis.

He also spent some time focused on the external factors of fiscal stress impacting local governments across the board.

Vision Board member and Molloy College Vice President Ed Thompson provided some opening remarks. Kudos to the board and staff of ACIT for putting a great program together.

Farmingdale Apartment Complex Approved For Tax Breaks

Last week, the Cornerstone at Farmingdale project was approved for tax breaks by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.

The Cornerstone at Farmingdale is a 42-unit apartment project being built across the street from the Farmingdale train station and adjacent to the train tracks. The entire project costs about $8.1 million, and will include 28 studio apartments, 10 one-bedroom units, and four two-bedroom units, as well as a fitness center, rooftop patio, and club room. The complex is being built by developer Anthony Bartone, who is also in the midst of building Jefferson at Farmingdale Plaza, a 154-unit complex on the other side of the train tracks.

The approved tax breaks, which are worth over $355,563, include tax exemptions on both mortgage recording tax and sales tax. In addition to these tax breaks, Bartone will be receiving yearly payments aimed to lower the effective tax rates tremendously. The payment plan is to keep the first two years of the project frozen at $40,631, which is the current rate of taxes on the property. In the third year, the PILOT will increase to $105,000, and afterwards increase annually by 1.5% for the next 17 years.

These tax breaks are great improvements for the Farmingdale project, which was originally created in order to provide much-needed rental options for residents, provide extra housing close to the train station, and boost downtown businesses. The project is hoped to break ground by the end of September.

More can be read about the Complex and its future tax breaks in Newsday.

Village of Westbury Road Project Will Receive Funding Boost

Westbury will be receiving a boost of $200,000 in state funding to continue the effort of improving local roads.
The exciting news was announced last week in a press release by Jack M. Martins (of Minneola), a New York State Senator. The $200,000 additional funding is aimed to resurface and improve the local roads of the Village of Westbury. These improvements will cover Castle Avenue from Plainfield Street to Grand Street, May Avenue from Sylvan Lane to Nursery Lane, Wickey Avenue from Sylvan Lane to Nursery Lane, and Wilson Avenue from Sylvan Lane to Grand Street. The project will begin this coming Spring and should be finished by the end of next summer.

The entire Village of Westbury, including Mayor Peter Cavallaro, is very excited about the plans. For years now, Westbury has been working hard to improve their roads, which have been damaged due to age and weather. Now with this funding boost, the effort to make Westbury roads safer, easier to use, more attractive, and more enjoyable will carry on. In the news release about the funding, Cavallaro said, “the aggressive road resurfacing program that we started several years ago can continue.”

More can be read about the future of Westbury’s roads in Newsday

Increased Parking Plan for Huntington Village

As part of the effort to keeping Huntington Village alive, the Town of Huntington plans to build up to two new parking lots. The plans have been up in the air for years, but according to Supervisor Frank Petrone the plans will hopefully come together by the end of this summer.

For years now, Huntington Village has been making efforts to improve parking. Although three-hour parking, valet parking, increased parking fees, a change in enforcement hours, and a shift to multiple meters have somewhat improved the situation, adding more parking lots is a huge step towards increasing the quality of Huntington Village.

No plans have been finalized yet, but possible locations of these new lots are Elm Street and New Street. Petrone states that a large obstacle in the plans is financing, but these additional lots are extremely important to the future of Huntington Village.

Huntington Village also plans to create about 66 new spots by renovating the lot across from former A.G. Edwards building, which is located at 24 W. Carver Street. It may seem like a small improvement, but re-stripping the lot is actually a whole new beginning. With the addition of new parking spots, Petrone says there’s now the possibility of building a parking garage in the near future. Construction (specifically to build the garage) will cause many parking spaces to close, so these 66 new spots will help with that problem when it does arise.

More can be read about the future parking plans of Huntington Village in The Long Islander

Help Wanted

Walkable Communities Need Infrastructure

The infrastructure needs and history of America’s walkable communities were recently highlighted by Better Cities and Towns’ executive director Robert Steuteville, who compared the sprawl of “Big Asphalt” in the mid-20th century to the current market needs and desires for community-based infrastructure and walkable communities.

Over the past decade, code modifications and market demands have transformed developer’s architectural plans for communities favoring more community-based building rather than the conventional suburban development that leads to more driving. In a recent NAOIP study, it was found that 83 percent of office tenants, including the Millennial generation, prefer walkable urban places. However, due to infrastructure framework set forth decades ago, funding restrictions and the dismantling of transit systems, the desire for walkable communities still faces serious challenges.

As developers, planners and architects proved during the 1990’s, changing of the outdates approach of areas will assist in creating a stronger economy, better health and sustainability of communities is a daunting task, but gaining ground. In a June 2015 study presented to the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers regarding the safety aspects of the infrastructure sprawl of conventional suburban development, it was noted that “given the empirical evidence that favors ‘narrow is safer’. The ‘wider is safer’ approach…should be discarded once and for all”. Cities such as Manhattan, whose infrastructure was built upon the desire for a walkable community, has withstood the test of time and continues to thrive during the real estate market changes.

More can be read about the market changes and potential progress towards better walkable communities here.

Solar Sunday Seminars

Drop by the EmPower Solar Design Center for Solar Sundays - a free seminar and Q&A session for Long Island homeowners held on Sunday August 9.

The presentation begins promptly at 11:30am. Professionals will be available throughout the day to help answer any questions about solar - from the latest policy updates to technological innovations. Light brunch refreshments will also be available.

Vision LI Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Named 2015 Recipient of Chamber Honor

This year’s recipient of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s John Klaber Memorial Award for Community Service is Trudy Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons has demonstrated her dedication to volunteer work here on Long Island now for 40 years.

Fitzsimmons is no typical volunteer. She began her work by serving her church as well as local theater groups and her children’s school. In 1998 she began participating in the Leadership Huntington Program. She grew a deep passion for Leadership and winded up volunteering there for 12 years. She led the organization’s flagship program, and also sat on the board of directors.

Later on, Fitzsimmons volunteered for Community Conversations within Leadership, and also extended her work towards Vision Long Island. She has been serving on Vision’s board now for over a decade. Fitzsimmons also offered initial consultation and served as a board member for the Moon Jumpers Charitable Foundation, became a director of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition and is a member of the Suffolk County Community Emergency Response Team.

More can be read about Trudy Fitzsimmons and the Chamber Honor at Huntington Chamber

Help Wanted

Support for Downtown Huntington Station

Since the Development Strategy was approved, Renaissance Downtowns and the Town of Huntington have been working on a two prong approach to move revitalization forward in Huntington Station: 1., development and groundbreaking for the immediate opportunity sites and 2., working with the Town of Huntington to collaborate with Suffolk County on ways to bring sewer infrastructure to unsewered commercial corridors in Huntington Station. Currently, they are looking for support for these two initiatives.

In order to break ground on the mixed use hotel and office development across from the train station, they will need to encourage the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) to transfer ownership of some of its land along Route 110 to the Town of Huntington to facilitate this revitalization. Help us by supporting this letter from community stakeholders to the NYS DOT {click to read}. See form below to sign and petition for this transfer.

Additionally, through the hard work of elected officials at Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington who understand the importance of the revitalization of Huntington Station, inter-government collaboration has resulted in Suffolk County’s inclusion of $21 million for sewers over the next two years in the Capital Program. Under the latest Suffolk County Capital Budget Program 2016-2018, Capital Plan #8195 allocates $1 million for planning sewers in 2016 and $20 million for execution of plans in 2017.  Source the Station would like to thank the County for supporting Huntington Station.  Please support this letter to Suffolk County {click to read}.

Help Wanted

FY 2015 HOPE VI Main Street Program NOFA

The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or "Main Street" area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Redevelop Main Street areas;
  2. Preserve Historic or traditional central business district or Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units;
  3. Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and
  4. Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas.

HUD is making available through this NOFA $500,000 for HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5900-N-03
Opportunity Title: HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program
Competition ID: FR-5900-N-03
CFDA No.: 14.878
OMB Approval Numbers: 2577-0208 exp. 1/31/2018
Opening Date: July 13, 2015
Deadline Date: August 27, 2015

FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA has announced the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation.  HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply.  Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their Applicant state/territory.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information.  Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet no later than 3:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2015.

Appications for EPA's Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program to recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases. Applications due September 11.

Learn more

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.

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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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

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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
The Producers


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
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


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.

JumpstART 2015

On Friday, August 7th, the East End Arts Company will be hosting JumpstART 2015, an evening of Public Arts of all kinds, featuring live music, poetry, dance, performances, murals, art installations, and more! Admission is free. Local artists will feature their work at multiple sites along Main Street in Riverhead, and public art projects by East End Arts JumpstART artists, created during six months of professional study, will be exhibited from 5pm to 10pm in downtown Riverhead.

The event will offer a $5 wine tasting, improvisation performances, a hands-on mosaic demonstration, storytelling, a film screening, a ballet performance, and many more unique experiences. East End Arts connects artists with creative and economic opportunities, and brings communities together in support of the arts.

The Public Arts Event in Riverhead located on the grounds of East End Arts, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 will have free admission. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit:

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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