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Aug. 16-22, 2014

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Providing seasoned judgment, quality service, technical skill, vision, and resourcefulness, H2M remains committed to achieving goals in step with the market and in harmony with the environment. 

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One of H2M's ongoing campaigns is to give back to the community. And they do so whenever possible with time and contributions to numerous organizations and charitable foundations.

“Hudson House is a welcome addition to our community. It is one more building block in our downtown revitalization and in making our master plan a reality. Additionally, it provides needed housing for seniors.” Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss

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Huntington’s “Hottest Club” Honored By Billboard

Located in downtown Huntington, The Paramount is quickly becoming a popular music venue for Long Islanders and the rest of America.

Billboard Magazine named the venue it’s 23rd “Hottest Club” in 2014.

“While not even 3-years-old, we are now on a list with some of the most famous music clubs in the world.  Having Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran and many other once-in-a-lifetime concert experiences on our stage just in the last year, is what we are all about and while #23 is nice, we do not plan to rest on our laurels and will keep working until we are no. 1,” Paramount Director Brian Doyle said.

The ranking was based on attendance figures from May 2013 through April 2014.

The Paramount replaced Huntington village landmark IMAC in September 2011. In the three years since, the club has played host to countless modern and classic bands, boxing matches, comedy shows and other performances. Theater officials estimate they host nearly 200 events every year.

The venue is capable of holding 1,555 people, although various seating and standing arrangements are possible. It’s also home to the V.I.P. Founder’s Room – a private speakeasy-themed area for 450 guests.

Long Island is the 20th largest media market in the country, and The Paramount is just one example of the downtown theater sweeping through Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Space at Westbury opened last year, while 89 North and The Emporium operate in Patchogue. These venues encourage patrons to dine locally and window shop in neighboring small businesses before and after shows.

Vision Long Island presented The Paramount with a Smart Growth Award in 2012 and sees the venue as a critical anchor for downtown Huntington.

For more about this story, check out Billboard and Newsday (subscriptions required).

Village OKs Permit For ‘Sam Glass’ Project Apartments

More mixed-use development is coming to downtown Farmingdale.

Landlord Samuel Glass received permission earlier this month to build 14 studio apartments atop a toy and hobby shop along Main Street.

Known colloquially as the Sam Glass project, the proposed mixed-use development first came to light about a year ago. Plans called for changes on both two-story buildings on the lot neighboring the train tracks. Six long-vacant apartments in the front building will be removed as the structure is converted to complete retail. The back building will be demolished and rebuild with two floors of residential and a ground floor for parking.

Village of Farmingdale officials approved the special-use permit, opening the door to 6,153 square-feet of studio apartments. A special-use permit is required for companies to participate in the village’s new Downtown Mixed-Use overlay district.

The Village Board will typically waive as much as 90 percent of retail parking with municipal lots available, although residential parking is mandatory since turnover is significantly less. Glass is paying the village $5,000 for one commercial space and providing 17 parking spaces under the back building for the 14 apartments. Glass must now return to Village Hall with architectural drawings before applying for a building permit.

Downtown Farmingdale has embraced Smart Growth since Mayor Ralph Ekstrand was elected in 2012. That includes the Jefferson Plaza project neighboring the Farmingdale LIRR station. Breaking ground in November, it will house 154 units of housing with 20,000 square feet of retail. Excavation of the site is finished, construction is ongoing and expected to be completed in 2016. Village Hall is posting updates for the Jefferson Plaza project on their website.

These intiatives are part of an effort by the Village Board that began in 2006 with a Visioning plan developed with Vision Long Island to embrace more activity in their downtown. The mayor was recently interviewed by Newsday about his community's future as a destination.

"We have a lot of stuff going on," Ekstrand said.

For more on the Sam Glass project, check out the Farmingdale Observer.

Eating Up New Diner Show: Big Boost For Main Street

A crowd of hundreds gathered outside Tim’s Shipwreck Diner Monday evening, loudly cheering and chanting owner Tim Hess’ name. The man of the hour arrived in a red SUV, Northport police blocking Main Street to all other traffic.

Hess and girlfriend Janet Eckel stepped out, greeted personally by TV personality and reality show host Ty Pennington. Tears streamed down the owner’s face as the crowd anxiously waited for Hess to see the improvements Pennington and local volunteers completed inside the diner.

But as the sun fell in the sky and camera crews shot take after take both before and after the SUV arrived, the crowd dwindled in size. Area businesses confirmed they saw business pick up while the crew was in town from Thursday through Monday, but do shows like these only a flash in the pan for downtown communities?

Neither Northport Chamber of Commerce President Debi Triola nor Seymour’s Boatyard General Manager Dave Weber Jr. think so.

“It’s a win for everyone, definitely for Tim. I couldn’t see inside, but I’m sure it’s beautiful,” Triola said.

The project by Bray Entertainment is a pilot for the Food Network. The show goes by the working title of American Diner Revival and uses local volunteers to help Pennington surprise the restaurateur after a few days of renovations. Food Network reportedly picked up the show earlier this year, although the air date has yet to be announced.

While paint, light fixtures, skylights, countertops, seats and other mostly cosmetic changes were made, Weber said Hess was fishing in Montauk for the weekend. Meanwhile, video crews set up shop at Seymour’s, weeks after they scouted the location at Eckel’s recommendation.

Seymour’s was home to video production crews and physical labor. And when they weren’t running to and from Shipwreck, Weber said the crew grabbed footage around Northport Village. That included the Farmers’ Market, docks and individual stores.

“They wanted to create a little buzz they were in town. They did that by talking to different merchants,” he added.

But the show may have added more than just a little buzz. Triola said both news of the filming and airing of the pilot will boost tourism to Main Street.

“I would definitely think it would be [a] long-term [boon] for people to see what a great community it is,” she said.

In the short-term, Weber added that business in many local shops picked up while shooting was ongoing.

“It wasn’t just my business and Tim’s diner that benefited,” he said.

A Food Network spokesman said the show is still in production and no premiere date has been scheduled. Sources involved with the shoot said the show is likely to air sometime this fall.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Hudson House Opens Doors To Senior Tenants

Hudson House is open for business.

Mill Creek Residential’s affordable housing for the 55-and-older crowd opened for occupancy last week.

“Now that we have been able to showcase the Hudson House through property tours over the last couple of weeks the interest among has increased dramatically. We have seemed to exceeded expectations with the quality of construction, high level of finishes and convenient location within the Village of Mineola. We are looking forward to moving the first residents into the community before the end of the month,” Vice President Jamie Stover said.

All 36 apartments in the four-story building feature modern appliances, wood-plank-style flooring, keyless entry and other amenities On-site parking is available, but it’s also within walking distance of the LIRR Mineola station.

Renters must have household incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income, currently $105,100. The monthly rent for each of the 28 one-bedroom apartments is $1,578 and monthly rent for each of the eight two-bedroom apartments is $1,893, according to Mill Creek officials.

“Hudson House is a welcome addition to our community,” Mineola Village Mayor Scott Strauss said in a written statement. “It is one more building block in our downtown revitalization and in making our master plan a reality. Additionally, it provides needed housing for seniors.”

Vision Long Island had an opportunity to tour the project, Director Eric Alexander said, and can attest to the quality of the development and its favorable proximity to the downtown and active LIRR station.

Meanwhile, work on Hudson House’s sister community, Modera Mineola, is underway. When leasing begins next year, it will offer 275 market-rate rentals. Tenants are expected to move into Modera Mineola next June.

For more about this story, check out the Long Island Business News.

Walkable Neighborhoods Good For Social Life, Health, Safety

A review of several hundred studies in the past decade proves Smart Growth is on the right track.

Arizona State University’s Emily Talen and Julia Koschinsky compared 225 studies for their own “Compact, Walkable, Diverse Neighborhoods: Assessing Effects on Residents” in Housing Policy Debate. They focused on the well-being of residents, ignoring environmental benefits and other topics.

“We find that the literature coalesces around social, health, and safety effects and that most of the intended benefits of the CWD [compact, walkable and diverse] neighborhood are supported—that is, they have been found to have significant, positive effects for urban dwellers. Thus, on the whole, CWD urban neighborhoods have been found to positively affect social relations, health, and safety,” the authors said.

CWD neighborhoods are not the norm in America, according to the report. In 2013, just 14 percent of neighborhoods were places where most errands could be run on foot, according to Walk Score.

Talen and Koschinsky define CWD neighborhoods as communities that are compact, promote social connection, enable public transit and other public services, and provide sufficient market catchment to support businesses within walkable distances. They must have plenty of nearby destinations, short blocks and interconnected street networks, diverse socially and use of land, human-sized buildings and feature central places for multiple activities. While not identical, CWD neighborhoods are related to sustainable neighborhoods, which focus on physical qualities of urban form like good access to services, lower transport costs, and walkable and safe neighborhood.

Construction and design does have some impact on social relations, the report suggests, although just how much is hard to tell. The connection between density and social interaction is likely not linear; one study found low-rise, high-site coverage housing improved social interaction more than high-rise, low-site coverage. CWD neighborhoods typically have higher rates of social interaction than traditional neighborhoods, according to the study, with sidewalks playing a major role to passive contact among residents. Public spaces that are specifically designed to increase resident encounters have been shown to have positive effects on social interaction, especially in mixed-income areas and within walking distance (3-5 minutes). Physical arrangement of buildings has even been shown to lead to friendships.

Their analysis of health factors in these communities typically centered on travel behavior, especially reduced car usage. The studies reviewed considered a number of factors, including length of trip, destination and proximity. In the end, multiple studies suggest CWD neighborhoods lead to more walking, lower weights and other health benefits.

However, there were inconsistent findings when comparing green space and obesity, as well as density and physical activity.

“People living in CWD neighborhoods, especially places defined by accessibility and gridded street networks, tend to have higher health ratings, with an important caveat being that these relationships may not hold where there is significantly high crime and high poverty,” the study’s authors said.

In terms of safety, the report cautiously supports the argument that neighborhoods with more residents will be safer as there are more eyes keeping watch. They considered the segregationist approach of gates and limiting access to certain points but decided it only works in limited, affluent populations. Instead, street trees, common in CWD neighborhoods, help give off the impression that the community is well cared for, making it less likely to be targeted by criminals. Studies have shown that mixed-income leads to increased feeling of safety by low-income residents accustomed to living in concentrated poverty, the authors said, while mixing residential and commercial uses may reduce crime.

A preview of the article can be found on at Taylor & Francis Online. More analysis is available by Better! Cities & Towns.

Public Weighs In On PSEG LI’s $200 Mil ‘Utility 2.0’ Plan

A new plan to tap renewable resources and make Long Island more energy savvy is being heard by residents, with mixed feedback.

As part of their deal to operate LIPA’s electrical grid, PSEG Long Island is required to create long range plans. Unveiled on July 1, Utility 2.0 is designed to reduce peak energy demand, increase renewable energy production and educate customers.

The plan would cost PSEG Long Island $200 million, in addition to $15 million to LIPA for capital improvements, for improvements made between 2015-2018. They’re seeking LIPA’s approval by Dec. 1.

The single largest piece of the plan calls for a $60 million investment into programmable thermostat program modernization and expansion. This would expand the direct load control thermostat program – which gives the utility control over connected thermostats – to reduce peak demand, especially from central air conditioning and pool pumps. It would also include distribution of 1,000 smart plugs for consumers to see just how much energy their appliances are drawing. PSEG Long Island estimates this would save 100 megawatts (MW) or 2,700 megawatt hours (MWh) every year.

Utility 2.0 also calls for a $45 million investment into solar PV systems. Providing incentives for behind-the-meter systems and to customers currently unable to use existing incentives is estimated to save 30 MW or 100,000 MWh annually.

By the same token, the plan also suggests encouraging further use of geothermal heating and cooling. These systems use half as much electricity as conventional heating or cooling systems by tapping into the ground. However, they’re also very expensive, up to $40,000. The federal tax credit covers 30 percent and LIPA already offers $1,500 per residential geothermal heat pump. However, PSEG Long Island wants to spend $10 million to increase the residential rebate to $2,250, bump up commercial rebates and improve customer education. Their goal, beginning with 400 customers in 2015, is to save 5 MW or 7,800 MWh annually.

Renewable energy was part of the testimony Vision Long Island offered in Mineola on Wednesday during one of five public hearings across Long Island held by the New York State Department of Public Service. Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle critiqued PSEG Long Island for failing to invest in wind power.

“Energy from wind is one of the most viable sources of renewable energy for Long Island. This plan should include some proposals to increase the availability of wind energy. The wind farms that have been proposed in the past to be built in various locations off of Long Island shores would help to diversify the types of renewables available to customers,” Kyle said.

Sierra Club agreed the plan falls short when it comes to renewable energy.

“Governor Cuomo promised us a modern utility, but we can’t have a modern utility run on last century’s dirty energy sources. PSEG-LI’s commitment to invest in energy efficiency and solar is a great start, but Long Islanders are demanding a plan that includes building large-scale renewable energy, including offshore wind,” member Matt Kearns said.

PSEG Long Island’s proposal also calls for a $13 million investment into energy efficiency in the Rockaways. Still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, the area has long had limited generation and transmission interconnections. Utility 2.0 calls for an annual savings of 5.5 MW or 21,500 MWh by offering efficiency enhancements to low-income, multi-family housing, public facilities and other customers. Specifically, they want to help residents and businesses replace inefficient room air conditioners, refrigerators and light bulbs, and install 1 MW of solar PV systems.

Vison Long Island’s Kyle agreed energy efficiency is a means to reducing fossil fuel dependence. However, she recommended expanding the subsidies for replacing appliances in low incomes housing in the Rockaways to low income housing throughout the island.

“Many of those who can benefit most from a reduction in energy usage due to limited budgets are those that are least able to afford the upfront cost that is many times associated with these improvements.  Energy costs are a significant percentage of household budgets for those in subsidized or other affordable housing,” she said.

As part of Utility 2.0, PSEG Long Island also proposes LIPA spend $15 million in capital improvements. That includes various improvements and repairs to the South Fork. According to the utility, the East End is the highest increase in demand on Long Island. The South Fork already requires $294 million new underground transmission cables and substation work. However, they also recommend more solar PV systems, direct load control technology, battery storage and microgrids to ensure reliable power. PSEG Long Island did not offer exact costs for these improvements.

Additional hearings were in Riverhead, East Hampton, Smithtown and Rockaway Beach during the week.

For more coverage of the Utility 2.0 proposal, check out News 12 (subscription required). Find the full copy of Vision's testimony here.

Meanwhile, LIPA is moving forward with their plans to add green energy. That includes a proposed $1 billion wind farm capable of generating 200 MW sent to Long Island via underwater cables. The proposal was one application for a renewable energy project capable of generating 280 MW sent out to bid. PSEG Long Island took over day-to-day management in January, but will not assume responsibility of the buying and selling power until Jan. 1, 2015.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Smart Growth Could Help Save Southeastern U.S.

Without Smart Growth or another solution, the southeastern United States could destroy much of its natural environment this century.

According to a report by North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center last month, urban areas are growing segmented and out of control.

Much of the region has been sporadically developed through urban sprawl. If that trend continues unchecked, the report said, it would create a traffic- and pest-plagued stretch from North Carolina to Atlanta by 2060.

Urban areas in the southeast are projected double in size over the next 45 years. This would not only threaten agricultural land use, but wildlife migrating, searching for food and finding mates. With fewer forests, animals like bears would likely interact more frequently with humans.

Smart Growth development and a return to an urban core are more popular philosophies now, but it may not be enough to prevent the business as usual – or worse case scenario – model.

The southeastern United States is heavily car-dependent. Heat islands – urban pockets with higher temperatures than nearby rural areas – are common in the region due to waste heat from city life, air pollution, lack of vegetation and an overabundance of heat-absorbing asphalt.  And much like the alteration and destruction of the environment, this would also affect wildlife. Heat islands are more likely to prompt a proliferation of insects that prefer heat.

"Unless we change course, over the next 50 years urbanization will have a more pronounced ecological impact in many non-coastal areas of the Southeast than climate change," study co-author Jennifer Costanza said.

For more on this story, check out the Weather Channel.

Green Man Plus Holds The Light Longer For Pedestrians

The fight for Complete Streets on Long Island is slowly progressing, but there’s still necessary developments. Timed crosswalks are a major tool to keep pedestrians safe.

But what happens when the timer just isn’t long enough for all of the island’s aging population to cross busy thoroughfares?

The answer may lie halfway around the world in Singapore.

City planners created the Green Man Plus system to give some people more time to cross. The basic concept of most crosswalks is that pedestrians push the button and cross within the time allotted – although that doesn’t always happen. The Green Man Plus system distributes special cards to those in need. They can tap that card on a scanner above the button, and the crosswalk will give them additional time. That can range between an extra 3-13 seconds.

The city’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) kicked off the program in 2009 at five intersections. Five years later and Singapore now has hundreds of Green Man Plus crossings, many near residences for the elderly and disabled.

By the end of next year, they hope to have 495 crossings by 30 housing communities.

“We have received positive feedback and suggestions since the implementation of the Green Man+ scheme. We will expand this scheme to more locations. When the second phase is completed in 2015, more elderly and pedestrians with disabilities will benefit from a comprehensive coverage of Green Man +,” said Dr. Chin Kian Keong, LTA’s group director for both Road Operations and Community Partnership and Transportation and Ticketing Technology.

For more about the new crosswalks, check out Urbanful.

Writers Crafting Improved Communities In Residency

Some writers prefer solitude of artists’ colonies like the MacDowell Colony in the woods of New Hampshire and Yaddo in upstate New York. But a new trend of residency is taking place, with writers playing a larger role in downtowns.

Urban residencies combine community involvement with isolation for creative work, and they’re becoming more popular in cities throughout North America.

City of Asylum in Pittsburgh was the first. Their Exiled Writer Residency program provides a stipend, health care and housing for four years to a writer persecuted in their home country. In exchange, the artist is expected to participate in cultural events in the city.

In Detroit, writers can join urban activists renovate abandoned homes in the blighted city. In exchange, they are given access to those houses for extended or permanent tenures.

Micro-residencies are also becoming very popular in urban neighborhoods. Artists and/or residents will invite artists into their homes for a shorter period of time. The concept is that having others around will foster good work habits.

“I knew that having other people around really helps keep me on task, so I decided to offer up the extra desk in my office, in hopes that having someone next to me would help us both focus,” New York City author Zora O’Neill said.

Check out Urbanful for more about these programs.

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.

Indie Film Festival Tonight At The Westbury Piazza

When the stars come out tonight, the movies start at the third annual Westbury Short Film Concert.

Hosted by the Village of Westbury and Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, the free event has become something of a local tradition.

It begins at the Piazza Ernesto Strada at 7 p.m. with a performance by musicians from Center State School. By 7:45 p.m., some of the best independent short films from around the world will start rolling.

Don’t forget a folding chair.

For more information about this event, check out Asbury Shorts online.

Oyster Bay Needs Help Cleaning Beach, Harbor

If Billy Joel and Gov. Andrew Cuomo can lend a hand, why not you?

The Town of Oyster Bay needs volunteers for their Fall Oyster Bay Harbor & Beach Cleanup this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon.

This annual event keeps waters clean and raises awareness of marine pollution. Cleanups are taking place at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Larrabee Avenue, Oyster Bay and Stehli Beach and Centre Island Beach which are both on Bayville Avenue, Bayville. 

Last year’s clean up attracted both Joel and Cuomo.

Volunteers should wear gloves and be prepared to work rain or shine. Certificates will be given to all participants.

Participants are asked to pre-register by calling 516-677-5943.

Aug. 26 Is A Family Fun Night In Downtown Northport

Join the crowds in downtown Northport for Family Fun Night Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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 On Aug. 28

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 and ends with “The Nut Job” on Aug. 28.

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

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.

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.

Celebrate Return Of American Chestnut Trees In Baldwin

Join the Baldwin Civic Association, Baldwin Historical Society and Seatuck Environmental Association for the Long Island American Chestnut Festival at the Baldwin Community Garden on Sept. 27.

The festival is a fun and educational time celebrating the reintroduction of the American chestnut tree to North America.

It begins with introductions at 1 p.m. and a presentation to Nassau County in recognition of the number of trees planted in Baldwin since Superstorm Sandy. The rest of the afternoon will include activities for all ages, planned by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Neighborhood Network and other environmental agencies.

The garden is located behind the Baldwin Historical Museum located at 1980 Grand Ave.

Reach out to the Baldwin Civic Association for more information and to RSVP.

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Born of Scars featuring Vonhell, The Hard Way, Skepsis and Exist Among - Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
The Nonstop Summer: Party featuring Nonstop to Cairo, Groundswell and Oogee Wawa - Saturday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.
Bless the Fall with I Killed the Prom Queen, Capture the Crown and Forging the Truth - Sunday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 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
A Tribute to Walter featuring the Walter Trout Band, Danny Bryant & special guest Jon Trout - Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Sunday, Aug. 23 at 8 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
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble: The Soul's Messenger - Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
Big Apple Circus: Preview of the upcoming Lincoln Center show Metamorphosis - Sunday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 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
Guided by Voices with special guests Boogarins - Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
Bourbon Stills Band and Old Man Skynnyr - Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 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. 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
McLovins, Grant's Tomb, Funkin A and Soundswell - Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sailin' Shoes and The Electrix - Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
The Wizard of Oz presented by the Ovations Dance Repertory Company - Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Us and Floyd - Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
SMC After Party - Saturday, Aug. 23 at 9 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
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 p.m.
9th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival - Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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. 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Blackout at Bay Street - Friday, Aug. 22 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23 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


471 Atlantic Avenue
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 18

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

Get Connected This Summer

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer..."

Summers in the new millennium may not be as calm as those in the 1960s when Nat King Cole released his song “Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer,” but Mindy Wolfle argues in Long Islander News’ Business Section it’s still a great time to meet other people.

Life slows down and the temperature rises, the veteran marketer said, summer is the time to network. That can come in the form of golf outings, 5k races, summer galas or breakfast at a diner. It’s an opportunity to establish new relationships, develop new referral sources and expand your network.

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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