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Aug. 2-8, 2014

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“The circumstances outside the site itself were cause for the denial.” Brookhaven Planning Board Chair Vincent Pascale on the denial of a proposed Walmart in East Patchogue



“The Chamber is very happy the Town of Brookhaven Planning Department agreed with our contention that the traffic conditions the Walmart would have created would have been a hardship for the Patchogue community.” Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Kennedy

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Senate Yields To House’s $10.8 Billion Highway Fund ‘Fix’
Vision in D.C. advocating for Long Island infrastructure

With the pressure of reduced funding and Congressional recess looming, Senators abandoned their own plan to fund the Highway Trust Fund and backed the controversial House of Representatives’ proposal.

If nothing had changed, the Federal Highway Trust fund would have hit zero in August and been $18 billion in the red by 2024. Funding would have been gradually reduced beginning Friday.

Instead, the Senate voted 81-13 in favor of a House bill that will move $10.8 billion around to sustain highway and transit funding for states until May 2015. President Barack Obama has signed the legislation.

Vision Long Island was in Washington, D.C. last Wednesday to meet with our Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY), Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and staff from Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to discuss Long Island transportation, Complete Streets and infrastructure projects.

Created in 1956 to finance the country’s Interstate Highway System, the Highway Trust Fund. In 1982, funding for mass transit was added. The fund has been the home for federal fuel tax beginning at 3 cents per gallon in the beginning to 18.4 cents per gallon in 1993.

For years Congress passed long-term plans and properly funded the account. But since the new millennium, the Federal Highway Trust fund has been leaning heavily on transfers from the general fund – including $12 billion in 2014. By 2024 at this rate, general funds would account for one-third of the fund’s revenue.

Sponsored by Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-Michigan), Congress authorized pension smoothing, increase customs user fees and transfer $1 billion from a fund to fix leaking underground fuel tanks.

Pension smoothing allows companies to contribute less to employees’ pensions now and pay more later to compensate. Pension contributions are tax deductible, meaning the government will see more revenue immediately and less revenue later. This tactic has been called a “gimmick” by both Republicans and Democrats.

Senators actually removed pension smoothing when they approved their own version of the bill last Tuesday. Their legislation would have moved $8 billion from the general fund to keep the fund flush through Dec. 19 and pushed legislators to find another long-term solution. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described pension smoothing as “generational theft.”

But with both their five-week recess and cuts into projects across the country beginning last Friday, the House of Republicans refused the Senate’s version and the Senate caved to their ultimatum. More work is needed to build a multi-year bill next year.

For more about this story, check out the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Transportation For America’s blog.

Brookhaven Formally Rejects Walmart Six Years Later

Walmart will not open a store in East Patchogue.

The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board officially denied a request Monday in front of hundreds of residents and community stakeholders. The board voted 6-0 against, with member Peter Zarcone abstaining.

“They were given a retail on this property 42 years ago. It doesn’t apply now. We don’t need any more box stores,” Patchogue resident Annette Kattau said.

Walmart initially filed plans for a 120,000 sq. ft. store in 2008. That proposal changed to a 98,000 sq. ft. Walmart and a 900 sq. ft. office building on the corner of Hospital Road and Sunrise Highway’s North Service Road.

The Planning Board accepted the company’s Environmental Impact Statement in April, which required Walmart obtain a laundry list of approvals and permission. The same board denied their request this week due to a failure to mitigate traffic impacts on Hospital Road and the removal of a sidewalk to install a turning lane.

Town code authorizes the board to deny an application for safety, traffic and access concerns.

“The circumstances outside the site itself were cause for the denial,” Planning Board Chair Vincent Pascale said, adding that the identity of the applicant never played a role in their eight months of deliberations.

A Walmart spokesman said they were disappointed the application was turned down. While some residents were in favor of the jobs and affordable shopping the store would have brought, he said the company is going to evaluate the decision and look at their options. The store could have created 100 construction jobs and 250 staff positions in the store.

Although the proposal won some support in the community, many were concerned about traffic, property values and downtowns like Patchogue and North Bellport.

“I own three houses on the block and property values would definitely go down and I’ve been there 25 years,” East Patchogue resident Bill Weinfurt said.

Vision Long Island supported a coalition of Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Focus East Patchogue, Bellport Chamber of Commerce and numerous business and community leaders in opposing the proposal. The nonprofit testified at multiple hearings in opposition to the application, arguing the impacts to surrounding communities like North Bellport and Patchogue going through their own revitalization process are too great to relax zoning for a big box use that has a long sordid history of impacting downtown businesses.

“Walmart structures its business model to categorically kill associated businesses. Hardware stores, pharmacies, any categories of business that exist in a community immediately become undercut,” Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said.

Greater Patchogue Chamber Executive Director David Kennedy was pleased with the decision, explaining his organization was more concerned with traffic build-up than the presence of a Walmart.

“It has been a long time to get to this point, but we’re glad the end result is what it is and it was denied,” Kennedy said.

For more on this story, check out Long Island Business News, News 12 and Newsday (subscriptions required).

Could A Smaller Downtown Lead To Improved Walkability?

No changes have been approved to downtown Village of Great Neck just yet, but a decision could be coming soon.

A village official confirmed Tuesday’s public hearing to rezone for a condensed business district on Middle Neck Road and townhouses on Steamboat Road was adjourned until their next meeting on Aug. 19. However, they also expected environmental review to be approved and passed along to the Nassau County Planning Commission at the meeting.

The Village of Great Neck has spent years examining itself, Mayor Ralph Kreitzman said, beginning with downtown planners and focus groups years ago. Based on those findings, the Village Board has held half a dozen hearings on consolidating the business district into something more walkable and approving other housing options.

Part of the plan calls for part of Middle Neck Road to be rezoned from commercial to residential. Currently the full mile between Brown Road and Piccadilly Road is home to stores, but vacancies prompted officials to pursue cutting it to between Arrandale Avenue and Baker Hill Road.

“We decided the best option was to condense our business district from a mile to about half a mile to encourage residential development above and below,” Kreitzman said.

With the hearing continuing, apartments and other housing over downtown retail is only legal if it was grandfathered in. The proposed changes would again welcome mixed-use development in the business district.

Much of Great Neck Village is single-family homes. That includes along Steamboat Road – once a business district. As part of the rezoning, village officials want to create the Steamboat Road Townhome Redevelopment Incentive Overlay District, which would permit townhomes. Kreitzman said there’s a demand for housing and that would not change the character of that neighborhood.

“We have a lot of temples and synagogues there. A lot of people would like to relocate there so they can walk to their temples,” the mayor added.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander recommended approving the apartments and townhomes.

“[Offering options] allows people to stay in the neighborhood who may not want to be in a single-family home forever,” he said.

When the Village Board reconvenes later this month, they could issue a negative declaration on the Environmental Assessment Form, beginning the 30-day clock with the Nassau County Planning Commission. Kreitzman expects the hearing to remain open after Aug. 19, although they would then be able to approve the zoning as soon as their Sept. 23 meeting or as late as their Oct. 7 meeting.

“I intentionally adjourned it because I wanted the public to get another opportunity to discuss it,” he said.

For more on this story, check out Great Neck News or Newsday (subscription required).

DOT Backs Only Some Bike Safety Measures For Route 112

New bike lanes are coming to Brookhaven, but some are unhappy what isn’t coming with them.

Nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) praised the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) about plans to improve pedestrian safety along Route 112 between Granny Road and Jericho Turnpike, but critiqued the proposal for not doing more.

According to a July 2 NYSDOT document advertising a contract for an engineering firm, the project will raise medians, add turning lanes, install bikes shoulders in both directions, build new sidewalks that connect with existing pedestrian facilities, upgrade traffic signals and install new pavement markings. Privately-owned resources like utility poles will be relocated as necessary by their owners.

The plan calls for six-foot wide bike shoulders, TSTC Associate Director Ryan Lynch added, and landscaped medians.

Tri-State backed the project in June as a good example of a fix-it first project and moving towards Complete Streets.

“We’re pleased the [Department of Transportation] is advancing. It’ll do a lot to calm traffic and enhance mobility by putting in contiguous pedestrian infrastructure and landscaped medians,” Lynch said.

However, he was unhappy the NYSDOT passed on their suggestions to buffer the bike shoulders with plastic bollards – poles – or paint them green. The nonprofit argued either would make bicyclists more visible to motorists and keep them safer. The state passed on the recommendations, citing concerns about snow plowing and emergency vehicles.

“The NYSDOT needs to get beyond accommodating bicyclists on the edges,” Lynch said.

According to the NYSDOT document, the project will be awarded Feb. 5, 2015, with the winning engineering firm starting March 30, 2015 and finishing Jan. 31, 2017.

For more on this issue, check out the TSTC online.

Progress Coming In Huntington Station Revitalization

A deal between Huntington Station residents and the area’s master developer should be coming down the pipe soon.

Renaissance Downtowns confirmed late last month they have been focusing on outreach for the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). The CBA is an agreement with community stakeholders before Renaissance begins any actual revitalization.

More than 50 Huntington Station stakeholders from more than 20 community organizations met with Renaissance Downtowns and the Town of Huntington in June to shape the CBA.

“We have a goal of finalizing the CBA by the third quarter of 2014 and are looking forward to continuing our discussions with the Huntington Station community. In addition to the CBA, we have also been in the process of technical planning for our four immediate opportunity sites, which include the following uses: a boutique hotel and office development, retail space, apartments over storefronts at Gateway Plaza, and the potential for artists lofts and live-work/gallery space,” Vice President Ryan Porter said.

The CBA is designed to provide the community with job growth, minority- and women-owned businesses, green building designs, publicly-accessible civic space and mixed-use development
outlines specific goals and objectives. It must be signed by company and Town of Huntington officials before any can begin.

Meanwhile, Renaissance officials also said they’re conducting technical planning at four sites. These could be used for a boutique hotel and office, retail, apartments over stores at Gateway Plaza, artists’ lofts and gallery space. The hotel is being considered for the corner of New York Avenue and Railroad Street as the cornerstone for all redevelopment in the neighborhood.

The company will also participate in the “Unity in the Community: Huntington Awareness Day Parade & Fair” on Sept. 6 and Huntington Station Latin Quarter’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Fair on Sept. 14.

Renaissance introduced Source the Station as their social-media based crowd-sourced placemaking campaign after being selected as master developer for Huntington Station by the Huntington Town Board back in 2012. Questions and comments about the project can be directed to their Source the Station office via Facebook, email or calling 631-629-4660.

For more about Renaissance Downtown’s progress, check out the company’s comments in the Huntingtonian.

Now Accepting Applications For Wyandanch Village

The mad dash for housing in the Wyandanch Rising is about to begin.

Occupancy of 177 apartments in the future 40-acre Wyandanch Village development is expected to occur this fall. Albanese Organization, Conifer Realty and the Long Island Housing Partnership made the announcement about the mixed-income development on July 30.

According to a Newsday piece earlier this summer, more than 1,500 had contacted developer Albanese Organization about securing an apartment.

Wyandanch Village is billed as a mixed-income neighborhood with apartments, shops, green space, entertainment and restaurants. Housing comes in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom flavors. In addition, the development neighbors the Wyandanch LIRR station.

About 30 percent of the apartments will be rented at market price. More than 100 of the units will be restricted to those with an income of 50-60 percent of the area's annual median income, with the final 18 going to those with a 90 percent income restriction.

According to the official application, rents range from $957-$2,315. The breakdown of rents, minimum incomes and maximum incomes is spelled out on their application.

Questions about the development can be emailed to Conifer Realty.

Skirmish From Seventeen Over Southampton Street Sign

A street sign honoring a Syosset nun in Southampton has come under fire.

The blue sign reads Sister Jackie’s Way, a memorial to Sister Jacqueline Walsh killed in a hit-and-run accident on Rose Hill Road in 2012.

Southampton Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor placed the sign last summer. Despite not knowing her, Gregor said having someone die on his roads affects him.

But a contingent of Rose Hill Road residents have taken offense with the sign. Led by John Carley, former legal counsel to Avis, the residents say they’re tired of telling the story to visiting guests.

“While I have no doubt Sister Jackie was a wonderful person and deserves to be remembered by those who knew her, her tragic death while visiting us is not an event residents wish to recall,” Carley said in a letter to Gregor.

Town Superintendent Anna Throne-Holst responded with a survey to Rose Hill Road residents. Of the 43, 17 voted against the sign, two voted to keep it and two indicated they didn’t care. Throne-Holst responded by having the sign taken down last month, although Gregor immediately installed it again.

Town Board and town attorney have both said Gregor does not have the legal right to rename a street, even as a memorial.

“I’m not changing the name of the street. Everyone knows it’s Rose Hill Road. It’s a memorial sign. There’s nothing in Town Code,” Gregor said.

Police believe the 59-year-old was run over by Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 32, an illegal immigrant working as a gardener at a nearby home. Ixpec-Chitay has since fled back to Guatemala with the help of his brother, who served four months in prison for aiding his escape.

For more on this story, check out News 12 (subscription required) and the New York Post.

Bike-Share Programs Still Have Financial Hills To Climb

There are more bicycles wheeling about American cities in bike-share programs, even if those programs are hitting more roadblocks than expected.

Currently, 36 programs have more than 21,000 bicycles available to the public. This is a significant jump from the six programs available back in 2010. But more than half of the programs have hit snags, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The only macro trend is chaos," says Ryan Rzepecki, chief executive of Social Bicycles, which supplies bikes and other equipment to a 16-month-old program in Buffalo. "The industry is kind of a mess."

The bike-share program in Portland, whose 6.1 percent of residents cycling to work is the most of all major American cities, won’t start until 2015. Owner PBSC Urban Solutions is one of the main players in the field, selling bikes and technology, but filed for bankruptcy in January. Not only did that delay Portland, but it stalled Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. programs as well.

Canadian businessman Bruno Rodi later purchased PBSC’s international operations for $3.75 million.

In New York City, Alta Bicycle Share’s Citi Bike program is having trouble financially supporting itself. Customers purchased 100,000 annual memberships for $95 a year when the program debuted in 2013, but those were unprofitable. Tourists and other short-term users aren’t generating enough revenue from the $10 24-hour pass or $25 seven-day pass. While Alta searches for sponsors beyond Citi – the program does not use public dollars, software glitches, Superstorm Sandy damage and a brutal winter have limited their current success.

But similar programs have taken off in other cities. Denver B-cycle was one of the first major bike-sharing programs when it opened in 2010. Last year, the program pulled in more revenues from rider fees than sponsorships for the first time. With 700 bicycles and 83 stations, Denver B-cycle had more than a year’s worth of operating costs in the bank. Ads on docking stations helped propel the 3,000-bike Divvy system in Chicago into the black after opening in June 2013.

Experts estimate 38,000 bikes available in bike-share programs by 2015; those figures exclude student-only bicycles and other systems not available to the general public.

For more on this story, check out the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

A Visitor’s Perspective To Downtown Oyster Bay

Christopher Saudino is an intern with Vision Long Island.

Oyster Bay could be on the verge of having one of the hottest downtowns on Long Island.

The village is large and green with charming parks, historical monuments, gazebos and old-fashioned buildings. It boasts a train station within easy walking distance, a beautiful marina and some everyday necessary shopping options.

I made my first ever visit to downtown Oyster Bay last week to gather data on the streets and businesses in the area for Vision Long Island. While working, I saw a lot of assets and a lot of room for improvement.

Over 55 percent of buildings were mixed-use featuring stores or offices coupled with apartment housing units. The vast majority of buildings were 2-3 stories. This shows a dedication to space management and efficient planning. Mixed-use development has been proven to increase housing variety and options, create more walkable areas and increase access to local retailers.

Having a LIRR station in-town is convenient, but Oyster Bay needs to develop bus transport. We need a stronger connection between downtowns and mass transit to retain the youth of Long Island. Buses would allow direct downtown to downtown transportation and people from all across Oyster Bay could easily access the village. This would allow young people in the area to work and enjoy themselves in town.

When it comes to driving in, it was extremely difficult to find public parking. After 10 minutes of searching, I was lucky to grab the last spot in the one small public lot in town. I was surprised at how wide the streets were. They were well over the width necessary to accommodate diagonal parking. This change would make it easier to park and open up more spots in town. Driving through vacant private lots was a frustrating experience that no visitor wants to deal with.

Walking along Main Street, none of the stores pulled me in. I noticed no bookstores or exciting variety stores to spend a few bucks, nor exotic restaurants to grab lunch. I certainly didn’t feel drawn into the downtown, compared to places like New York City or Huntington village. There were drug stores and delicatessens, but nothing particularly exciting. I could easily see myself living in the town, although I wouldn’t want to visit for fun.

I also noticed that while pedestrians were given proper amenities like bold crosswalks and signaled crossings, the crossings took an unusually long time to change. This caused many people to jaywalk and run across the street. More frequent changes with an audible countdown could create a safer and more convenient pedestrian experience. Making more frequent changes wouldn’t be an issue because traffic was extremely low even during peak transit hours.

Municipal leaders should also review some of the downtown road names. Oyster Bay features a Main Street, East Main Street, West Main Street and South Street. I found this confusing and it definitely made it more difficult to navigate the town as a visitor.

Oyster Bay has serious potential, but it needs to be more engaging. It needs an exciting nightspot, more public events, park concerts and browser-friendly stores. With the right atmosphere Oyster Bay could be the place to live in and visit.

Learn How 12 Steps Can Create An Organically-Green Lawn

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is proud to announce a new educational series: “12 Steps to an Organically Green Lawn.”

They've drawn on the lessons learned from many years of working with Long Island organic landscapers, organizing educational seminars and many other sources to put this series together.

The series will be featured on Facebook and Twitter over the summer. Follow them on both for easy to follow, do-it-yourself tips to make any lawn thick and green without toxic pesticides. The series is also available here on their website.

Mold Issues Still Plaguing Superstorm Sandy Victims

The second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy is a few months away, and too many South Shore residents are still living with mold.

A contingent of advocacy groups is calling for more training in mold remediation. Long Island Jobs with Justice, New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health (NYCOSH), Nassau Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) and Nassau Legislator David Denenberg (D-Merrick) will rally at the intersection of Woodcleft Avenue and Front Street in Freeport at 1 p.m. Monday.

A recent study by NYCOSH and Jobs with Justice confirmed Long Islanders are still living in damaged houses while trying to personally repair buildings without protective gear and proper training.

That study will be released Monday, while homeowners discuss issues surrounding mold removal and experts discuss proper remediation techniques. Everyone will call for increased training and education.

For more information, contact NYCOSH Executive Director Charlene Obernauer at 631-524-3922 or Long Island Jobs with Justice Executive Director Anita Halasz at 718-216-1085.

August Tuesdays In Northport Are Family Fun Nights

Join the crowds in downtown Northport for Family Fun Night every Tuesday this month.

From 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Main Street is closed off as bands play live music, kids play in bouncy castles and characters greet families. Vintage and sporty car owners show off their rides up and down the street, while local merchants and restaurateurs cater to patrons on the sidewalk.

For more information about the annual event, contact the Northport Chamber of Commerce at 631-754-3905.

Family-Friendly Flicks Flashing In Farmingdale

Grab the lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a free movie under the stars.

Hosted by the Village of Farmingdale, with assistance from the Farmingdale Public Library, Check Cab and McDonald’s, Movies “on the Village Green” gives families a chance to share recent Hollywood films every Thursday this summer.

Cartoons and a kid craft sponsored by Macaroni Kid precede the movies for about 15 minutes with movies beginning at dusk – typically around 8 p.m. Free popcorn, drinks and ice cream are available.

The series began with “Frozen” on July 10. “The Lego Movie” is slated for Aug. 14, “Night at the Museum” scheduled for Aug. 21 and “The Nut Job” ending the program on Aug. 28.

For more information, check out the Village of Farmingdale online.

Don’t Miss ‘The Lego Movie’ Free In Freeport Tonight!

Don’t forget the picnic baskets and blankets for free movies in Freeport this summer.

Movies By The Bay is back for a second year. Beginning with “Frozen” on July 11, Mayor Robert Kennedy and the Board of Trustees will show “The Lego Movie” this evening at 8:30 p.m. at Sea Breeze Park along the end of the Nautical Mile.

Popcorn is available at each flick.

Sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Community Development Division, the series ends on Aug. 15 with “Gravity.”

For more information, check out the Village of Freeport online.

Jobs With Justice To Honor Five At Aug. 19 Reception

Help Long Island Jobs With Justice help recognize five individuals committed to the organization’s mission of creating living wage jobs and demanding corporate accountability.

The coalition will honor Sr. Rosalie Carven of Sisters, of St. Joseph; Cheryl Keshner, of Empire State Justice; Laura Lemus, of Long Island WINS; Michele Lynch, of 1199 SEIU; and Liz O’Shaughnessy, of the Freeport Trailer at their Reception and Awards Dinner at View in Oakdale on Aug. 19.

Tickets to the reception are priced at $105. To purchase one or for more information, email Executive Director Anita Halasz.

Snap Onto 10th Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival

Don’t forget to swing on out to Mastic Beach later this month for the 10th annual Blue Claw Crab Festival.

Taking place Aug. 24 at the Marina 1 waterfront on Riviera Drive, the festival is a fundraiser for the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association.

Crab, seafood, clams, shrimp, beer and other food will be available.

Live music will also be part of the event. This year’s musical acts are Still Current, Chain Reaction, Stardust and an unnamed steel drum band.

The Mastic Beach Property Owners Association is still seeking volunteers for everything from cooking crabs to cleaning up after the festival. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 631-399-6111.

JumpstART Public Art Display Opening In Riverhead Soon

Check out budding artists’ work as East End Arts’ JumpstART program goes public in Riverhead this summer.

JumpstART is designed to teach artists about business, creating environments for them to thrive, and creating opportunities for artists of all incomes and backgrounds to succeed.

Participants began by applying and being judged this past winter before the program kicked off in March. Artists sit in on workshops led by arts, business and municipal leaders. After the fifth and final workshop ended in May, participants will culminate their education with a design and implementation in the public art project in downtown Riverhead. These projects, which require initiating a Kickstarter campaign to fund their project, will be on display from Aug. 24-Sept. 7.

For more about the program, visit East End Arts online.

Teaching Communities How To Keep School Crossing Guards

They are there for us in the heat and the cold, in the rain and the snow. There’s even a National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. The presence of a crossing guard can be the key deciding factor for a parent to allow their child to walk or bike to school. But as budgets get tight, school crossing guard programs can feel the strain.

Sit in on a webinar Aug. 27 from 1-2 p.m. to learn how programs in two states are tackling these challenges. The meeting will touch on city and school district collaboration and addressing challenges like training and staffing shortages.

Experts from Phoenix, Ariz. will highlight lessons learned from operating a crossing guard training program for 50 years and providing support to the school districts that employ guards. The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center will describe findings from an evaluation of existing crossing guard practices in the state, the rollout of a statewide training program and review resources developed to help municipalities operate programs.

Click here to register with National Center for Safe Route to School.

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.

Can You Leave The Car Behind On Sept. 22?

Walk, take the train, log in from home, but whatever you do, don’t drive to work.

The second annual Car Free Day Long Island is on for Sept. 22.

The concept is simple – drive less, or not at all. All alternative means of transportation are recommended. Riding the Long Island Rail Road and county busses count, but so does walking, skateboarding and rollerblading. Telecommuting also keeps cars off the road, and those that must drive are asked to carpool.

The idea of Car Free Day Long Island is reduce both traffic and pollution, conserve energy and save money.

The first event, which collected about 1,700 pledges from more than 60 municipalities and businesses, brought an event celebrated in 1,500 cities around the world to automotive-dominated Long Island.

Participants are asked to submit a pledge on the event’s website. In exchange for contact information and details just how much each individual can do, applicants are entered to win raffle prizes. A number of prizes are on the list, including bicycles, gift certificates for Long Island art venues and free ice skating time. Some Long Island businesses are also offering discounted prices to participants.

Pledges are being accepted through Sept. 22. As of Thursday at noon, 837 pledges had already been received.

Like the first event, Vision Long Island is a sponsor of the second annual Car Free Day Long Island, along with the Melville Chamber of Commerce, Town of Hempstead, Long Island Rail Road, NICE, Suffolk Transit and other businesses, non-profits and organizations.

Preserve Legal Representation At Wine Tasting This Fall

Enjoy fine wine and help needy Long Islanders maintain free legal representation .

Nassau Suffolk Law Services has announced their Sixth Annual Commitment to Justice Wine Tasting Reception will take place at the Carltun in Eisenhower Park Oct. 8.

Established in 1966, Nassau Suffolk Law Services provides vital civil legal representation and advocacy for low income and disabled residents of Long Island. During 2013, 13,500 individuals benefited from their direct legal representation; preserving Social Security and public benefits for seniors, low income families, and individuals; preventing foreclosure; and providing legal assistance for people with cancer and HIV/AIDs.

For tickets and sponsorships, contact Sheila Johnson at or call 631-232-2400 x3322. Sponsorship prices and paperwork are also available on their website.

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.

Visit them online to register or for more information.

EPA Opens $200k Grants For Brownfields Cleanups

New federal funding is available to clean up contaminated and/or polluted properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization has announced new opportunities to develop area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse.

This funding is for research, technical assistance, and/or training activities directed to one or more brownfield site(s) located in a specific area. Each project funded under this grant must result in an area-wide plan which includes specific plan implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields site(s) as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies.

Approximately 20 projects will be funded to the tune of $200,000 each. Proposals must be submitted no later than Sept. 22. For applications and more information, including dates for informative webinars, check out the EPA’s website.

Submit Small Businesses For Federal Guidance To ScaleUp

The Small Business Administration wants to know which communities are developing innovative efforts to create jobs and economic opportunities.

ScaleUp America is designed to support communities’ efforts to deliver targeted intensive assistance to established high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages.

The Small Business Administration is accepting proposals and Performance Work Statements that identify a community and describe how they would use ScaleUp America to support the community. They plan to award multiple contracts for multiple ScaleUp communities, but only one award will be made per community.

This program will provide tailored support to high-potential entrepreneurs and growth-oriented small businesses with average annual revenues of $150-$500K.

SBA plans to award multiple contracts for multiple ScaleUp communities, but only one award will be made per community. Any offeror interested in submitting a proposal for more than one community must submit a separate proposal for each community.

This program is not designed for small businesses seeking direct assistance. Each winning community is responsible for selecting small business owners that will participate in the program.

Submissions must be emailed by Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.

Help Wanted

Community Planner Wanted For LI Homeless Coalition

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is looking a full-time coordinator of Community Planning.

This person will work directly with agencies serving the homeless on Long Island, including organizations funded through HUD to provide housing and services for the homeless; support the executive director in coordinating the Continuum of Care (CoC) group and process; oversee HMIS tasks related to the CoC and work with Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Specialist on HMIS/CoC-related reporting and documentation; web site and social media management;  assist in coordinating major events including the annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless and Back Pack Pirates Summer Festival; conducting outreach and assisting in community education and awareness-raising.

Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in social work or a related human services field plus two years of experience or a minimum of five years related experience in human services arena; strong leadership and organizational skills; strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and strong working knowledge of computer database applications. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to work effectively with diverse people and personalities.

This is an exempt position.  Benefits, including paid time off; medical insurance; and disability, will be available after a probationary period.

This person will work in the Garden City office until the move to Amityville occurs in the near future. However, local travel is required for this position.

Applicants should send a resume and salary requirements via email to Executive Director Greta Guarton. No phone calls will be returned.

Help Keep Teens Out Of Prison And In Communities

S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. is looking for two new employees to maintain their mission of keeping teens out of trouble.

S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth is a youth, family and community development organization specializing in youth and gang violence prevention/intervention. It 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.

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for office operations. That includes drafting correspondence on behalf of the executive director, documenting income and bills, maintaining files, updating social media accounts and more.

The ideal candidate will be a proficient writer, savvy in Microsoft Office, an effective people person, able to handle confidential information and have general office experience.

This position is part-time; the eventual hire will work 24 hours a week between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit an email with a cover letter, resume and references.

The Social Worker is responsible for working with at-risk teens and youth on probation/parole ages 16-21.  This includes designing and implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, maintaining relationships with schools and families, conduct assessments of the youth and family, and maintaining accurate records.

For this job, the eventual hire must be a licensed MSW with at least three years of experience and have SIFI certification. The ideal candidate will also have knowledge of youth gang issues and the juvenile justice system, experience supervising paraprofessional staff and the ability to train staff.

This position is part-time; the eventual hire will work approximately 21 hours a week on a flexible schedule.

Qualified applicants are asked to submit an email with a cover letter, resume and references.

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:
The Long Island Comedy Festival - Saturday, Aug. 9 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Wired (reunion), The Still Life, Me The Enemy and This Damn Universe - Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Huey Mack, Jeid, Joey Zan, Keats and Btryf - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
Time - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 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
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
Buster Poindexter - Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7 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
Summer Gala: Celebrating Robert Motherwell - Friday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.
Guild Hall Films at the Farm: Goonies - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8:30 p.m.
The Bad plus Joshua Redman - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities-Anthony Bourdain - Sunday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m.
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" - Sunday, Aug. 10 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
Wild Child: Dave Brock's Doors Experience with special guest RAEL-The Music of Genesis - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
Sublime with Rome with special guest Oogee Wawa - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
Kid Ink with special guest Bizzy Crook - Sunday, Aug. 10 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
Deathtrap - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds - Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Black Mary, Fallen Angel and Theater of Pain - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Disney's The Jungle Book Kids produced by the Gateway - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
South Pacific - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Live in the Lobby at the Bandshell: Long Island singer-songwriters Jessie Haynes, Claudia Jacobs and Rorie Kelly - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
The Jersey Four - Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 p.m.
One Hot Night! - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
Pinocchio - Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. and 2 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
Joan Osborne - Friday, Aug. 8 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
My Life is a Musical - Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Blackout at Bay Street - Friday, Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 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.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November

Village Green
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23

Garden City
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25

Great Neck
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22

Long Beach
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 7- Oct. 25

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
June through October

Rockville Centre
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 14 through Oct. 25

East Hampton
Nick and Toni's Lot, 136 North Main Street
Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 23-Aug. 29

United Methodist Church Lot, 622 1st Street
Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
May 24-Oct. 11

Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23

Mattituck Florist, Love Lane
Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
May 9-Oct. 31

Village Green
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 12-Oct. 9

Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22

127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 4

Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6

Rocky Point
Intersection of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke Streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 17 through Oct. 25

Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November

Shelter Island
16 S. Ferry Road
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 15 - Sept. 21

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 25 - Oct. 12

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22

Welcome To Shark Week

It's back. Discovery Channel's 27th annual Shark Week begins Sunday. That's nearly three decades of watching giant great white sharks leap out of the air, terrorize desperate seals, testing shark myths and catching shark fiction. The week-long series is broadcast in more than 72 countries and highly-promoted on social media.

But this year, the whole event kicks off in downtown Riverhead. Long Island Aquarium is hosting a shark-themed family day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.  Shark Week on-air personality and shark expert Andy Casagrande will answer questions and sign autographs, as families get a sneak peek at a shark attack survivor's investigation in "Great White Matrix," a kids area with face painting, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Admission is $26.50 for adults and $20.50 for children ages 3-12, but the first 27 families with Optimum Rewards cards can enter for free in honor of the anniversary. Other discounts are available for Optimum Rewards members.

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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