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August 4th - 10th, 2018

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Mill Creek Residential

Mill Creek Residential develops, builds, acquires and operates high-quality apartment communities in desirable locations coast-to-coast. While they are a national company, they immerse themselves in chosen markets – living and working in the communities where they operate. They combine a deep understanding of each market with 30+ years of expertise and a fresh innovative approach to the apartment industry, to build relationships and places in which people thrive – creating real and enduring value for residents, investors and associates.

Since starting in 2011, they have developed more than 20,000 apartment homes across 90+ communities and acquired more than 2,500 apartment homes in some of the nation’s best apartment markets. They expect to deliver an additional 5,000+ homes to a growing portfolio. They are proud of their people, the places they build, and the relationships they have with stakeholders across the country.

“Our community has built a framework for a lively downtown that complements Islip’s unique combination and access to public transportation, employment opportunities, visitor amenities and cultural diversity. Today’s DRI award will make sure our community continues to attract businesses, jobs and families.” - Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter


“Young people want a walkable community and the NYS Downtown Revitalization is an investment towards that goal.” - New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Hon. Joan Boes, Westbury Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee

The following letter was released by Westbury Mayor announcing the sad news of Dep. Mayor Joan Boes. Vision adds our sentiments to her family as they deal with this loss, and will remember her fondly as someone who helped create a community in her downtown.

It is with great sadness that I must relate to our community the passing of Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee Joan Boes.  Joan had been in the hospital for the past several months, following a sudden illness.  While we and her family had hoped that she would recover and come home and resume her activities, it was not God’s will.  She now is at rest.  Our prayers and condolences are with Larry and their children and grandchildren.
We were blessed to have Joan serve our Village and its residents as Village Trustee for 17 years, and she served as Deputy Mayor for all of my tenure as Mayor. She served me and our residents with great dedication, passion, deep commitment and wisdom.  As Deputy Mayor, she filled in for me when I was unavailable.  She was a voice of reason on our board, as well as in the community at large.    She served as a board member of Westbury Arts, and was instrumental in the re-establishment of an arts council in our community after many years without one.  She was also a member of the original Westbury Arts Council.  Joan was involved in many activities and organizations during her many years of service to the community.  She was particularly interested in our children and in our schools.  She served as the Mayor’s Liaison to the Westbury School District, and as the Village’s Commissioner of Recreation.  For many years Joan worked at the Westbury Memorial Public Library and assisted countless members of our community there.
Her unexpected loss will leave a mark on us all.  But, her work on behalf of her neighbors and the community over many years will leave a greater mark and powerful legacy.  Today, Westbury has lost a great lady. 
Flags at all Village facilities will be flown at half-mast for the next week.  Funeral details have not yet been completed but will be shared when they are available.

Peter I. Cavallaro

Timothy Heyward Smith

Timothy Heyward Smith, a longtime Hofstra University professor of education known for serving as a moral compass and mentor with his kindness and deep curiosity about the world, died Saturday – the day after his 84th birthday.

Smith was born in 1934 to Wilson Heyward Smith and Laura Bretz Smith in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Ronks, Pennsylvania, and graduated from St. Andrew’s School, a Delaware boarding school, in 1953. He received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1957.

Smith served in the Army for two years before receiving his master's and doctoral degrees at Rutgers University in 1961 and 1968, respectively. He was married to Dania Smith from 1959 to 1982 before divorcing and had three children, raising them in Wantagh, the family said. He served on the Levittown school board for six years, Longmire said.

Smith had a distinguished career at Hofstra, where he taught for 45 years, a school official said. He began as an instructor in the Foundations of Education Program in 1963 and was promoted until becoming a full professor in 1994. He also served as chairman of the Department of Foundations of Education and directed its master's program. 

Smith will be honored with a small gathering on the Hofstra Labyrinth at 6 p.m. Monday. A larger memorial will be held in the fall, with details to be determined. He will be cremated.

In addition to his wife, Smith is survived by his children, Cynthia Kidd Healey, of Danbury, Connecticut; Tamia Heyward Cobb, of Southampton; and Steven Smith, of San Francisco; his sister, Barbara Peck of Audubon, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren, including Tim Healey, a Newsday reporter covering the Mets. He is predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Smith and Tucker Smith, and a grandson, Patrick Healey.

Town of Islip Receives $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant

Vision Long Island board members, staff, and community partners were on hand earlier this week at Touro Law School for the announcement of the third Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant to Central Islip.

Vision has lobbied for dedicated NYS funding for our downtowns for many years through the Long Island Lobby Coalition. This includes assisting in the implementation of grant awards for previous DRI winners in Westbury and Hicksville. While prior DRI winners were less in need of the initial planning services the grant starts with, Central Islip, with the current absence of an active comprehensive plan, will be well served by this exercise.

In 2012, Vision worked with the Central Islip community to gather public input for the design of the public park on Lowell Avenue and Clayton Street.  A new playground, soccer fields and jogging trails have been constructed as the first phase of the park's construction.  This DRI funding will help to further the revitalization of the community focusing on the business district along Carleton, two blocks west of the park.  Sewers and mixed use development along Carleton will help to support the local businesses and the broader community.

With very stiff competition this year from Suffolk communities including Riverhead, Kings Park, and Huntington Station among others it is good to see Central Islip get the attention it needs from NYS.

Congratulations to Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and her team for securing the $10 million grant that will be used to improve local communities.  Special thanks to the Governor, NYS Senator Phil Boyle and NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos for providing these resources to Central Islip.

“Young people want a walkable community and the NYS Downtown Revitalization is an investment towards that goal,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Our community has built a framework for a lively downtown that complements Islip’s unique combination and access to public transportation, employment opportunities, visitor amenities and cultural diversity,” Carpenter said. “Today’s DRI award will make sure our community continues to attract businesses, jobs and families.”

Elected officials that participated included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislators Monica Martinez, Steve Flotteron, Bill Lindsay, Town Councilpersons Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochran and Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

It was also great to see community, labor and business leaders make it out including the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Central Islip Civic Council, Central Islip School District, Central Islip Fire Dept., LI Federation of Labor, Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, Touro Law School, Foxgate development and many others.

Belmont Park Coalition Voices Concerns to Developers

Members of the Belmont Park Community Coalition recently held a meeting along with representatives from the Empire State Development Corp. and New York Arena Partners to voice concerns about the Belmont Arena Plan.

Civic associations from Elmont, Floral Park, Bellerose, and Queens as well as organized labor officials and representatives from Sterling Properties, the project’s lead developer, were all present at the meeting as well.  Vision Long Island also attended as an observer.

“The Elmont community is looking to revitalize their business district and wants a plan for Belmont that compliments, not competes with, their local businesses,” said Vision Planning Director Elissa Kyle.  “Hopefully as this project takes shape, community questions can be answered and concerns can be addressed.”

Plans for the arena have faced stiff headwinds from the local community as they’ve progressed.  Local residents are concerned with how such a project will affect their quality-of-life on a range of issues from transportation to safety.

You can read more here.

Great Neck Plaza Mayor Joins Chef Showdown 2018

Mayor Jean Celender of Great Neck Plaza and Chef Jeffrey Bellofato of Atria Great Neck recently faced off in a cooking showdown meant to showcase one of the summer’s most disputed ingredients: tomato.

The two would need to create an appetizer and dessert for judges to taste test.  Mayor Celender created a bruschetta for her appetizer, a perfect summer dish, as well a Middle Eastern-style Tomato Dessert Exotica.  Chef Bellofato would make an elaborate tomato flatbread as well as a tomato sorbet, complete with cardamom ice cream and chilled ricotta cheese for his entry.

Three judges would taste-test the dishes and, though they would agree that all were delicious, ultimately name Chef Bellafo the winner.  The Mayor was a good sport about it though, as the event was great fun for everyone involved with such a great summer activity.

Brentwood Road to Receive $1 Million Upgrade

Washington Avenue, a long-neglected road in Brentwood, is slated receive nearly $1 million in funding for improvements according to Islip Town officials.

Plans include repaving almost 2 miles of the road, which hasn’t seen such improvements in almost 20 years.  The road is often considered the gateway into Brentwood.  There will also be improvements to address flooding, which are already underway, that includes 20 new drainage basins and 12 other drainage structures.  Other improvements include milling deteriorated asphalt layers, repaving with new reflective striping, creating striped crosswalks, and the addition of two handicap ramps.

Funding for the improvements will draw partially from a $450,000 state grant.  The town will match $400,000 of that funding.  The grant was also secured through the State and Municipal Facilities Program by Assemblyman Phil Ramos. The project is estimated to be completed by the start of the school year in September.

“That is going to help us address a road that has been neglected for many years,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said of the grant. “Finally, the wonderful community of Brentwood is getting the attention it deserves.”

You can read more here.

NYS Releases $500,000 Grant for Rockville Centre Playground

Rockville Centre is one step closer to creating an all-inclusive playground on the east side of Hickey Field, a project long known as “Mr. B’s Playground.”

The Village was granted $500,000 through the State and Municipal Grant Program.  The playground will focus on creating a fun place for children of all abilities and will cost around $1.2 million to build.  The new facility will be named in honor of longtime Recreation Superintendent Anthony Brunetta, known as Mr. B, who passed away in 2016.  The proposed playground will occupy the northwest corner of the field and replace the basketball and handball courts currently located there.

The playground as currently planned will include a suspension bridge; musical equipment, such as bells, drums and step-on chimes; swings; a climbing cargo net; a toddler play area; a seating plaza; restrooms; a storage area; and an amphitheater with a stage and seating.

The grant will be added to the $330,000 currently collected for the park and allow for the first phase of the project to get underway.  The additional funds were raised by the Village of Rockville Centre with help from the Tommy Brull Foundation and the Rockville Centre Lions Club.  The Tommy Brull Foundation, a foundation started to help raise money for people with physical, mental and emotional challenges, has donated more than $60,000 to the project.

According to Village spokeswoman Julie Scully, the Village Board will need to vote to accept the grant before any construction begin.

You can read more here.

Why Street Grids Have More Capacity

Robert Stueville recently wrote an article on how traditional street networks provide more capacity for all forms of transportation to work side-by-side.  When he posted up that article, a commenter pointed him towards a long-forgotten talk by Walter Kulash.

Kulash was one of the original traffic engineers to talk about the concept of walkable urbanism.  He would make a presentation in 1990 to the Annual Pedestrian Conference that extolled the virtues of traditional development to help flesh out neighborhoods.  Even in this presentation from three decades ago, Mr. Kulash goes into detail on complete streets and their benefits to all transportation users.  He notes that it is fairer to all commuters and emphasizes safety.

The interesting way that Kulash makes this argument is not to talk about slowing traffic or removing cars as most people do today when discussing solutions.  Instead his argument centered on the idea of promoting the safety aspect of such a design as well as the benefits provided to the driver.  Traditional networks make turning easier and reduces a need for complicated, multiphase traffic signals, Kulash notes.  It also allows for traffic heading in one direction to more easily spread out and reduce congestion as drivers are better able to pick an alternate route on the fly. 

“A network of small interconnected streets has more traffic capacity than the same street area arranged in a sparse hierarchy of large streets,” said Mr. Kulash.  “This superior capacity is unrelated to the reduction in travel demand or shortening of travel distances that also results from the traditional neighborhood development (TND) pattern. These decreases in total vehicular travel are also important advantage to TND, but we need to carefully isolate them in our analysis of TND traffic. The feature that we are focusing on is that for a given amount of traffic demand (i.e., same number of vehicular trips) the TND will simply out-perform the conventional street design."

Kulash believed that a traditional grid was much more conducive to cities that were trying to effectively move everyone as opposed to building larger streets designed to get automobiles where they were going as fast as possible.

You can read more here.

Annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race is this Saturday, August 11th

The Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront is setting sail again on Saturday, Aug. 11. The free event hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District attracts hundreds to the dock to cheer on the duct-taped vessels.

Get there early to secure your spot on the waterfront. The event starts at 9 a.m.

This year, the races will coincide with a new event called Art in the Park, which will take place on the weekend of Aug. 9- 11 at Grangebel Park and will feature light-inspired art installations.

In addition, Thursday, Aug. 9 is when the final Alive on 25 event for this summer is scheduled. That event, in its third year, features live bands, food vendors and other entertainment on Main Street on alternating Thursday nights in July and August.

LI Museum - Stony Brook to Host “Wrestling with Moses” Event on August 19th

On Sunday, August 19th from 2-3:30 pm, the Long Island Museums – Stony Brook (formerly known as the Carriage Museum) will welcome journalist and author Anthony Flint to speak about his book, “Wrestling with Moses:  How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City.

Flint will lead the audience on an introspective journey into the battle between Moses and activist Jane Jacobs.  Afterward, visit the Robert Moses exhibition to gain additional insight into Moses’ life and times. This event is free with museum admission. You can check out the museum's website here.

Island to Table Returns to Patchogue on August 26th

The Island to Table outdoor dining experience is set to return to Patchogue for a third consecutive year on Sunday, August 26th.  It will be located at Michael E. Reilly Memorial Park (Fireman’s Park) near the Great South Bay in Patchogue.  Tickets are $150 each. Cocktails start at 5 pm with the first course set to begin at 6 pm.

The 5-course dinner is a fundraiser run by HomeGrown Change, a local sustainability and educational group focused on teaching young people the ins and outs of gardening.  Last year’s event was a sellout, raising over $10,000 for the organization.

You can purchase tickets for the event online here, and email HomeGrown Change with questions and comments here.

Save the Date for AARP Long Island's Racial and Ethnic Disparities Forum on September 6th

Please join AARP Long Island in an important forum about the significant racial and ethnic disparities that currently exist among New York's 50+ multicultural communities. The event will take place on Thursday, September 6th, from 8 to 11 am, at the Hofstra University Club. We will update this article with registration information as soon as it's available, so keep an eye on this spot!

Suffolk County Purchasing Office Posts New Procurement Opportunity

The Suffolk County Purchasing Division, on behalf of the Department of Economic Development and Planning, is Seeking Contractor Services to Provide a Public Private Partnership (P3) Viability Analysis Based on a Specific Case Study.

To obtain a copy of the document, please log on to the Suffolk County website here and select from the Menu Bar Offerings/Search.  Locate Document #18026 and click View Detail.

You must be registered to search for offerings on the County’s website.  Instructions on how to register are located at the above link to view the County’s website.

NYSDOT Offering Funding for Clean Air Act Complaint Transportation Projects

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program NYSDOT is making available up to $100 million in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multiuse path and transportation-related projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. These funds are provided through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).

Eligible applicants include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, tribal governments, local or regional governmental transportation or recreational trail entities and NYSDOT (for CMAQ only). A total of $100 million is available, with $56 million for funding under TAP and $44 million for funding under CMAQ. The deadline is August 16, 2018,at 4 p.m.

Contact for more information or head to their website

Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $275 million in grant funding is available to municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality and/or public health. This funding, available through the the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, is part of the Governor's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Grant applications and additional information are available on the Environmental Facilities Corporation website.

Applications are due on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

NYS DEC Environmental Restoration Grants Now Available

These grants reimburse municipalities and community-based organizations for design and construction costs associated with the cleanup and remediation of designated brownfield sites. Sites must be identified by the New York State Environmental Restoration Program and have a DECissued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a municipality or municipality acting in partnership with a community-based organization involved in cleaning and rebuilding a designated brownfield site. 
Funding: $10 million.
Deadline: September 7, 2018.
Contact: ERP Program Manager  - Phone: 518-402-9764; Email:;  Website: IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/ goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3

Georgia Community Connects Through Outdoor Games

South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology (SMART) was created in 2015 to “enhance the community by redefining the culture of an area that is marginalized and seemingly forgotten.” The all-volunteer, grant-funded effort uses an “asset based” community development approach to its work, meaning it builds on the talents, resources and interests that already exist within the community.

Recognizing that years ago — before 24/7 television, air-conditioning and smartphones — sitting outside and talking over a game of chess or checkers was a popular pastime, SMART used funds from a 2017 AARP Community Challenge grant to purchase outdoor checkerboard tables and two oversized Connect Four games.

You can read more on how the move has created connections and brought together a community here.

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Eric Alexander, Director

Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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