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Aug. 9-15, 2014

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“Our small businesses are the backbone of our economy and should have help preparing an economic rainy day fund. That's why I'm introducing legislation to incentivize businesses to create tax-deferred savings accounts that can be accessed tax-free during specific times of economic downturn." Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington)


“In order to ensure that the economy on Long Island continues to grow, we must do everything we can to support our small businesses. The legislation Congresssman Israel and I are introducing will help to do just that by allowing businesses to build a financial buffer that can see them through their tough times." Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton)


“The small business deferred tax was conceived many years ago as I was discussing with my CPA the benefits of a personal IRA after much discussion I concluded that there should be one for small businesses. With the assistance of the Long Island Business Council, Dr. Rogers of Dowling College, John Durso of organized labor and Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island, this small business tax-free plan took roots and grew into what appears today. It was the business senses of common sense Congressman Steve Israel that navigated us through the government gauntlet to fruition." Bob Fonti, Long Island Business Council co-chair

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Small Business Savings Accounts Launched At LI Tech Day

In March, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) revealed he wanted to create tax-deferred savings accounts for small business owners. On Tuesday, the plan is looking even stronger.

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joined Israel and Vision Long Island in announcing legislation for his Savings Accounts for a Variable Economy (SAVE). With Bishop joining Israel, the bill permitting small businesses to invest 10 percent of their annual gross profits is expected to be introduced in the near future.

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our economy and should have help preparing an economic rainy day fund,” Israel said.

If approved, businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be able to invest in certain Treasury-approved investments. Those funds can be held in the account for eight years, at which point it must be withdrawn and taxed as regular business income. However, those withdraws can be tax-free if one of three conditions are met. The Department of Commerce can report two quarters of GDP decline, the Small Business Administration can specify a period during a time of need or the federal government can designate a disaster area like after Superstorm Sandy.

Referencing a National Federation of Independent Business survey, Israel said 46 percent of small businesses could not get new lines of credit and 35 percent could not get loans after the recession. During 2008 and 2009, 170,000 American companies with less than 100 employees closed up.

“This is very important legislation that creates tax-breaks for small businesses that will allow them to access their own monies tax free for the purposes of business survival and development. This is the first time in our nation’s economic history that we have a potential to create a nationwide infrastructure for delivering a direct and effective stimulus to small businesses when they need it most,” Dr. Nathalia Rogers, director of the American Communities Institute at Dowling College, said.

Long Island Business Council (LIBC) Suffolk co-Chair and Vision co-Chair Bob Fonti revealed Tuesday he came up with the idea 20 years while working with his accountant on plans for the growth of his business. It also had major support from (LIBC) and Vision Long Island. LIBC Nassau co-Chair Rich Bivone called it a major investment for the area’s economic engines.

The announcement from Bishop and Israel came at LaunchPad Huntington during LI Tech Day, an opportunity for local high-tech start-up companies to meet with elected officials from Washington, D.C. through the Town of Huntington.

“In order to ensure that the economy on Long Island continues to grow, we must do everything we can to support our small businesses. The legislation Congressman Israel and I are introducing will help to do just that by allowing business to build a financial buffer that can see them through tough times. I would like to thank the leaders from the business community who are here today for their continued partnership with us to meet the needs of Long Island’s small business owners,” Bishop said.

John Durso, president of the Long Island Federation of Labor and Vision Long Island board member, offered his approval. If approved, it would create jobs and improve financial security for small business owners.

“This bill will ensure the continuation of good middle class fulltime jobs, which in uncertain economic times, can help calm the troubled financial waters of our country,” Durso said.

Referencing Vision’s 17 years rebuilding Long Island’s downtowns from within, Director Eric Alexander said the nonprofit was glad to partner with Israel and Bishop on legislation that will help local businesses employ staff, make capital investments and improve the economy.

“The financial growth of the small business community is the cornerstone of Main Street redevelopment,” he said.

For more on this legislation, check out News 12 (subscription required) and Long Islander News.

Polls: Americans Distrustful Of Government, Big Business

Most Americans don’t expect government or big business to act in their best interest.

That’s the result of multiple polls unveiled in recent weeks. A CNN/ORC poll interviewed 1,012 adults from July 18-20, a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll interviewed 1,000 adults between July 30-Aug. 3, Washington Post/ABC conducted a poll from July 30-Aug. 3 and Gallup released their July figures.

At the forefront, President Barack Obama’s approval rating dipped into all-time low numbers. According to the Wall Street Journal poll, just 40 percent approve of the job he’s doing and 54 percent disapprove. That’s on par with the 42 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval ratings from Gallup between Aug. 10-12.

Oddly enough, Republicans appear unable to capitalize on the president’s low ratings because the public is distrustful of the GOP as well. The Wall Street Journal poll found just 19 percent support congressional Republicans and 54 percent hold negative opinions. At the same time, they found a 33 percent plurality want incumbents from both major parties to lose. The Washington Post poll found 60 percent have an unfavorable impression of the Republican Party compared to 46 percent of the Democratic Party.

The CNN poll found Americans’ opinions of all federal government are plummeting. Only 1 percent trust Washington, D.C. almost always, compared to 12 percent most of the time, 76 percent some of the time and 10 percent never. That poll has never recorded double-digit “never” score since it began in 1958 and the last time the “only some of the time” score remained in the 70s for multiple periods was in the early 1990s, when the “most” score was almost 10 points higher. And according to the Washington Post poll, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of their federal legislators’ performance and 41 percent approve.

Americans were also highly dubious of big business, according to the CNN poll. Seventy-three percent trust them only some of the time to act in the public’s best interest, while 16 percent are confident most of the time.

That colored general feelings of the economy and country’s future rather bleak. The Wall Street Journal poll found 35 percent were satisfied with the state of the economy and 64 percent were dissatisfied, although the gap is slowly closing since the recession hit. However, 54 percent of participants feel the widening gap between the wealthy elite and everyone else is undermining the American Dream. As a whole, the poll found nearly three-quarters believe the country is on the wrong track – a trend that’s spiking in recent months and growing slowly in the last two years.

For more on this story, check out Politico and CNN.

LI Better Equipped For Rains, Still Not Fully Prepared

Wednesday’s historic rains proved Long Island is better prepared for an emergency after suffering through Superstorm Sandy, but just how much better?

Newsday’s Joye Brown examined how October 2012 helped fire departments, police departments and municipalities cope with dangerous flooding.

Southwestern Suffolk County was the bulls eye of the system, with more than 13 inches of rain on Long Island MacArthur Airport from overnight through late morning. Other communities in the narrow rain axis also saw heavy rains – Holbrook measured in over 12 inches while both Ronkonkoma and Massapequa collected more than 8 inches.

Falling at extremely heavy rates – 5.35 inches fell between 5-6 a.m. in Islip, floodwaters quickly rose. Large swaths of the Southern State Parkway, Northern State Parkway, Sunrise Highway, Route 106, Route 107, Route 109 and other major thoroughfares were closed, only after countless cars and drivers were trapped in chest-high water.

When North Babylon firefighters responded to the first calls of stranded motorists at 5:18 a.m., Brown said, they were surprised to find almost two dozen submerged cars on the Southern State Parkway. They were later joined by Babylon and Deer Park Fire Departments in taking motorists to the North Babylon station on Hale Road for a Red Cross-supplied meal until the water subsided.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone confirmed hundreds of cars had been abandoned along flooded highways and streets. And by the time the county’s emergency services office opened at 5:30 a.m., Brown said firefighters and police were already rescuing drivers.

Nassau and Suffolk County emergency crews were able to employ inflatable rafts and high-axles vehicles, the latter originally purchased after Sandy and brushfires on remote terrain. Both proved to be valuable tools in saving life and property.

However, not everyone saw the silver lining in the dark storm clouds on Wednesday. Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said the heavy rains proved that infrastructure, transportation and other systems need significant improvement before the next major storm arrives.

"The event shows the need to further strengthen primary evacuation routes ... to ensure that they are resilient to urban and flash flooding," Alexander said. "If this were an incident where a mass evacuation of some of Nassau and Suffolk's three million residents was necessary, impassable roads would have caused a disaster within the disaster."

New York State Troopers reopened the last highways at 1:15 p.m., more than an hour after raindrops stopped falling.

Selling Mixed Signals On Small Business Market

Mom-and-pop stores are surging across America, according to a shopping center trade association.

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) issued a press release last week about success smaller businesses are finding in shopping centers. Some local merchants, however, are less rosy.

New Hyde Park-based real estate investment trust Kimco Realty is expected to hit 90 percent small-shop occupancy by this time next year. COO Conor Flynn said they’ve focused on small stores with trends suggesting continued growth.

“It's pretty apparent in our key markets that the mom-and-pop has come back in a major way. Hair salons, nail salons, service-based industries, restaurants, family businesses have all come back to our shopping centers,” Flynn said.

CEO David Henry said small banks, which fund many independent tenants, are helping fuel that growth. Community banking systems have recovered, he said, and are more aggressive about local lending.

Manhattan-based real estate investment trust Equity One saw similar results at its shopping centers during the second quarter of 2014, said President Tom Caputo.

“Overall, shop occupancy during the quarter increased to 120 basis points from 83.6 percent to 84.8 percent, with 80 basis points of the pickup coming from organic lease-up,” Caputo said.

Leasing activity within the firm’s portfolio has been evenly split between chains and mom-and-pops. The president said many local businesses are being approved for credit.

“Right now, as far as new leases, we are looking at about nine salons, seven restaurants or coffee shops and seven service uses, all new leases executed in the second quarter,” he added.

On the other hand, Julie Marchesella, president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, said Superstorm Sandy is still damaging downtown merchants. Some stores were crippled or killed when stormwaters flooded communities, but even shops that escaped physical damage are seeing fewer dollars come through.

“What didn’t hit us as Main Street retailers, it had a residual impact,” Marchesella said.

Residents flooded big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, which had more inventory after the storm. The problem for smaller merchants, the council president said, is shoppers are more likely to stick with one business – whether it be corporate or downtown.

“Once a person finds another store  more comfortable to shop in, they rarely go back. If  a person were not a Home Depot/Lowe’s shopper before, when they needed volume stuff, they found they could be comfortable in a Home Depot/Lowe’s,” she said. “That’s something we’re going to be hit with for a long time.”

And after Sandy weakened many small businesses, they still face severe competition from the Internet.

“I think it’s a combo. Sandy was the first kibosh,” Marchesella said.

For more about this story, visit the ICSC online.

Fighting For Veterans After They Fight For Their Country

“When a soldier goes off to protect the ground we stand on, it is unacceptable that he or she should have to come home to sleep on it.”

Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) last week introduced a four-piece plan to help more than 700 homeless veterans on Long Island; Suffolk County has the most anywhere in New York State.

Stern was joined by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY), Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency Director Tom Ronayne, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Greta Guarton and Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone at county offices in Hauppauge.

His proposed Helping Our Homeless Heroes Act includes four separate bills. First, the Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act would establish partnerships with agencies and community advocates serving veterans and families to create a location on the Suffolk County website for information on all government and nonprofit services. Second, the Maximizing Access to Available Housing legislation would use existing County housing assets to provide homes for veterans and their families. Third, the Housing Discrimination Against Veterans and their Families legislation would amend housing discrimination laws to protect families as well. Finally, the Appointing a Veterans Service Officer to the Department of Social Services legislation would require a Veterans Service Officer who also served in the armed forces to work at the county’s Department of Social Services on a regular basis.

“We are a county that has a long standing tradition of providing high quality services to our veterans,” Bellone said. “Legislator Stern’s proposals will serve to enhance our existing services and allow our veterans quicker access to the services they need and deserve.  I look forward to working with the legislator to make this legislation as effective as possible.”

Guarton said Long Island homeless advocates have been working on similar initiatives since last August. They made some progress and identified other barriers, but hoped the proposed legislation would cut through more of the issues.

“We’re really very happy and grateful to the legislator for doing this and the county for getting on-board,” she said.

That includes plans to put Veteran Service Officers in county officers where these specially-trained staff can do more than just normal social workers and criminalize landlord discrimination of veterans in Suffolk County – it’s already illegal to discriminate based on source of income in Nassau County.

“There are a lot of landlords who will not rent to veterans, especially the unsheltered veteran population. It is very challenging to engage them. We’re making strides,” Guarton said.

For more on this story, check out Long Islander News.

Pedestrian Plaza In Works For Douglaston LIRR Station

Douglaston is already a popular neighborhood.

Just over the New York City border, Douglaston has a LIRR station. Major highways are a short drive away. There’s plenty of open space in the form of Alley Pond Park and Udalls Cove Park Preserve.

What it’s missing is Smart Growth, especially around the train station. The north side of the station is littered with vacant storefronts and a handful of open businesses. Those open to patrons are limited to the likes of a travel agency, dry cleaner, lawyer’s office and martial arts studio. There’s nowhere to pick up groceries on the way home or grab a coffee with friends.

But that could be changing with a new pedestrian plaza outside the LIRR station. Approved by the area Community Board last month, the construction will add about 3,000 square feet of public space and include umbrellas, tables and chairs.

The application was submitted in 2013 by nonprofit Douglaston Local Development Corporation, a product of the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society, to slow decline of the area. Not only do patrons drive to other commercial strips to shop, but many landlords have not modernized their properties to attract new tenants.

Urban design firm Dadras Architects was hired by the historical society in 2011 to come up with a revitalization plan. Partner Victor Dadras said the neighborhood needs to gather together, set obtainable goals and be proactive. The end result was the “Main Street Strategy for the Douglaston Village”

Improving community space is a major part of the community’s plan, especially around the train station.

“This is an immediate, positive step,” Dadras said.

The architect added that his firm is finding successful local downtowns involve a social activity. That includes the farmers’ market already underway in Douglaston, as well as brand new bar Wine Time.

“The issue, like a lot of our Main Streets, is that the old commercial district was replaced by the strip mall, automobile, Internet. It needs a rethinking. A big part of that we find in our work across the country is redefining what our commercial district is. We find it’s very much a social space,” he said.

Construction of the plaza is already underway and expected to be completed quickly in coming days.

According to city transportation staff, the Douglaston LIRR station sees about 2,300 riders every weekday and 1,000 riders on the weekend.  There’s also additional car and foot traffic from a nearby school.

The architect said the next phases of the community strategy entail streetscape improvements and new plans for the former LIRR station building. The MTA relieved all human personnel at the Douglaston station in 2009 and is considering opening the building to the community.

“We’re going to be more actively using the station building for community functions. We will be doing some renovations there, maybe putting in a coffee vendor or food vendor there,” Dadras said.

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

When To Return To Downtown Riverhead

Liam McAuliff is an intern with Vision Long Island.

Walking down Riverhead’s Main Street was an individual and isolated nostalgia trip; it was not a walkthrough, alongside or with my community. The art camp, aquarium, Snapper Fishing Tournaments and walking in the park with parents; these are all happy and clear memories that took place only in Riverhead. The town offered me much as a child and exists resolutely lodged in my childhood.

When Vision Long Island asked me to collect data about Riverhead’s Downtown, it was the first time I had visited it the entire summer. It always seemed like what I needed or wanted to do was happening elsewhere and Riverhead had nothing to offer me after coming back from my first year at college.

In my adolescence there was rarely a reason for me to walk on Main Street apart from going to dinner with my parents. It seemed like there was something to keep every age group busy but nothing that appealed to my own. The vacancy of Main Street activity from my teenage years due to lack of interest seems comical next to its absolute centrality in my childhood.
Through lack of use, my downtown became a street like any other. The only unique quality being that while driving I have to stop every block for pedestrians. As I move now into young adulthood, it is increasingly difficult for me to see downtown Riverhead as anything but a piece of my past.

A vague itch for experience, difference and adventure has always guided young men and women away from their childhood homes, into cities and around the world. This habitual longing has been the primary fuel for the cycle of suburbia on Long Island and around the country wherein you complain about growing up with nothing to do, go to college, leave for a city and then come back home to raise a family.

What used to move the cycle of suburbia was little more than vague aspiration.  However, it is no longer just a want to leave home, but a need that is fueling my generation’s exodus off the Island.  It becomes a cycle of necessity when a young professional cannot afford to be an independent without moving out of Nassau and Suffolk. Long Island is about cars and single-family homes while an affordable young adult life is about neither. Where Riverhead suffers is that it is far enough east from the city that people are not just going to work somewhere else, they are moving to work somewhere else.

In its current state, a Long Island which asks its youth to stay is asking its youth to settle. Settle for a job they can get over the career they want. Settle for living at home just a few more years. Settle for borrowing dad’s car. Entitlement is a misused word to describe this personal aspiration only because so many are willing and wanting to work to achieve their goals-enough that they will leave home and start somewhere they can survive independently.

If young professionals want to live and work in a place like Queens or Manhattan, a Long Island which caters to its youth will have to start looking a lot more like them. This means fewer restaurants and more places to eat; a pedestrian friendly-area with attainable housing, a proximity to work and enough public transportation to remove the necessity of cars, and more economic and social diversity.

It was not unenjoyable to walk through Riverhead. The heat was bearable under the shade from the handful of trees. At times, a light breeze would even brush off of the Peconic. But a thing being not unenjoyable is rarely enough to result in its wide practice. I was in Riverhead for work so I walked end to end and that was my job so I did it. Had I been there for any other reason, whatever it could be, I would have done what was needed as quickly and as close to parking as possible and gone on to the rest of my life. Since I needed to get in my car to get there, I might as well have gone to CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, you can name the rest.

I see myself back on Long Island, and maybe even Riverhead, come that time on the suburban cycle. I have been different each time I have walked in Riverhead and Riverhead has been different each time I have walked in it. The breeze off of the Peconic which cooled me while I worked also exhales into Riverhead a chance at change. The river which starting in swamps, it flows through forests, past farms, above dams, beneath roads, alongside history and into the town of Riverhead has more in common with the town than geography. It’s this change which gives me hope for future Riverhead. It is the downtown housing developments which continue to amplify the town. Just keep changing, Riverhead, and maybe one day we will get there.

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.

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. “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 Free Showing Of ‘Gravity' 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 “Gravity” 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.

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.

Join Huntington Celebrate Unity In The Community

Crowds are anticipated for the fifth annual Huntington Awareness Day on Sept. 6.

Beginning at West Hills Road, the parade marches up New York Avenue. Last year’s parade included marching bands from Huntington and Walt Whitman High Schools, various community organizations, firefighters, a Marine honor guard, guard, elected officials and vintage cars.

Arriving at Church Street, the parade dissolves into fairgrounds. Vendors will have food and goods set up for sale, in addition to community organizations providing information and family-friendly entertainment.

The public is also invited to participate in the Chalk Flood. Using materials provided, anyone can contribute to a flood of chalk street drawings in parts of the Town of Huntington’s LIRR commuter parking lot celebrating Unity in the Community.

For more about this event, check them out online. Parade participants and volunteers are still needed.

Billy Joel Bandmates Headlining New Music Festival

What happens when the producer of the Great South Bay Music Festival joins forces with a Smart Growth-savvy municipality? The first annual Music Fest in downtown Farmingdale.

Scheduled for Sept. 13-14 on the Village Green, limited details about the festival have been announced.

However, more than 16 performers are signed to play on two stages. That includes headliners The Movin’ Out Band – featuring several of Billy Joel’s bandmates) and Rock and Roll hall of famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. Long Island favorites Electric Dudes, Dead Ahead and Stanton Anderson Band will join emerging artists like Butchers Blind, Soundswell, Funkin A, and local blues hero Kerry Kearney will perform throughout the weekend.

A “KidZone” will be set up for younger music lovers, as well as arts and craft vendors and outdoor dining.

For more about this new festival, follow the Village of Farmingdale on Facebook.

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.

Suffolk Giving Away $14k To First-Time Homebuyers

Moving up from an apartment to a house? Bucking the brain drain trend and staying on Long Island as a young professional?

Suffolk County wants to help first-time homebuyers with a $14,000 grant towards a down payment.

Applicants are required to have at least $3,000 of their own funds and complete a First Time Home Buyer Education Class. In Suffolk County, Greenlawn-based Housing Help conducts the class.

Would-be homeowners must also fall within income guidelines. All households must collect at least $30,000 annually, although the maximum cap begins at $58,850 for one person and rises to $111,000 for eight people.

Call Housing Help at 631-754-0373 to schedule an appointment. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.

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.

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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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
Mindless Behavior - Sunday, Aug. 17 at noon.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Pop Conspiracy Productions Reunion featuring Iridesense, Costello's Flying Circus and Early Edison - Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.
7 Minutes in Heaven with The Big Time, The Millenium, Matt Weiss, One-Click Waiting and Six Stories Told - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Doppleganger and Guilty Pleasures - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.
Hello Goodbye - Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 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
Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat - Friday, Aug. 15 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
Guild Hall, in association with Ron Delsener, presents Edward Villella: Live and In Person - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m.
Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs #3: Last Days In Vietnam hosted by Alec Baldwin - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities – Martha Stewart - Sunday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m.
Christine Ebersole - Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 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
Jesse McCartney - Saturday, Aug. 16 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. 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Noah's Arc plus DJs Omar, Laphammar, Rugged and Prez - Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.
Frankel Sisters and Fear of Fred - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
WBAB Homegrown Superstar - Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Pinocchio - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Ghost of Jim Morrison - A Tribute to the Doors - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 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
Dar Williams - Saturday, Aug. 16 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. 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative - Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

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

Remembering Robin Williams

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951-Aug. 11, 2014)

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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