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August 19 - August 24, 2013


Caithness Long Island

Caithness Development, L.L.C. and its affiliate Caithness Energy, L.L.C. (collectively "Caithness") are privately held Independent Power Producers specializing in power generation from environmentally friendly renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Our primary focus for over 25 years has been the development, acquisition, operation and management of renewable geothermal, wind and solar energy power projects, as well as (environmentally friendly) natural gas power plants.

During the 1990's, economic conditions did not favor the development of new renewable energy projects, despite their environmental benefits. The abundance of inexpensive oil and gas, paired with the relative simplicity of developing gas-fire, combined-cycle generating facilities, proved to be an industry-wide strategy. Through 2007, Caithness, with its roots in renewable power generation, expanded its renewable portfolio while diversifying into environmentally friendly fossil-fuel generation. The result was an extensive portfolio consisting of 1052 megawatts (MW) of some of the premier renewable and fossil-fueled energy projects in the United States, with Caithness owning and operating major geothermal projects throughout the western U.S., as well as having interests in wind and solar energy projects.

"This rebuilding strategy will protect families, small businesses and communities across the region, and the taxpayers' investment in them, from the risks posed by sea level rise and more extreme weather events - risks that are made worse by the reality of a changing climate," Shaun Donovan, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, speaking on a rebuilding strategy for infrastructure

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Obama's Sandy Task Force Releases Recommendations

New York was just one of 12 states to declare an emergency after Superstorm Sandy blew across the eastern seaboard last October. By the time the storm finally departed, it left a $65 billion bill for damage and economic loss.

On Monday, President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Group released a rebuilding strategy intended to help the Sandy-affected region rebuild and to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather.

The 200-page report incorporates 69 policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, to help homeowners stay in their homes, strengthen small businesses, revitalize local economies and ensure entire communities are better able to handle future storms.

"This rebuilding strategy will protect families, small businesses and communities across the region, and the taxpayers' investment in them, from the risks posed by sea level rise and more extreme weather events - risks that are made worse by the reality of a changing climate," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.

Within the entire report lie four primary goals. The Task Force wants to align federal funding with local rebuilding efforts; cut red tape and get assistance to the public efficiently with maximum accountability; coordinate the efforts of every level of government to create a region-wide rebuilding approach; and ensuring the region is rebuilt to better withstand future storms and risks.

Large-scale infrastructure projects are a major component of the plan. After Sandy, mass transit in the Tri-State area was not fully restored for weeks, wastewater treatment plants failed and 25 percent of cell phone cites were knocked out of commission. The Task Force examined the connections and interdependencies between them.

They also examined hardening energy infrastructure in the event of power outages and fuel shortages in future storms. Approximately 8.5 million Americans were affected by power outages. Coastal New York and New Jersey also suffered from fuel shortages caused by damages to terminals and docks.

The study also incorporates policy recommendations about how the region rebuilds and recognition of the increased risk both the region and country face from extreme weather events. Task Force members anticipate recommendations for the latter could help withstand and recover from future flood-related disasters.

Each recommendation will be carried out by a federal agency or department. Those federal funds will also be tracked by a team from the Task Force Program Management Office.

Vision Long Island sponsors Friends of Long Island, an umbrella group of volunteers and business organizations focused on rebuilding South Shore neighborhoods. These 14 building groups are reviewing recommendations and their application on Long Island in various communities.

Click here to read the preliminary version of the task force’s report and here to read Newsday’s coverage of the new report.

A Main Street For The People, Not Cars

The Village of Hamburg is proof that smart growth can flourish.

The upstate municipality was recently featured in “The New York Times” for their success with a pedestrian-friendly downtown along a state highway.

Route 62 serves as the Buffalo suburb’s mile-long main street, classified as an “urban principal arterial.” Twelve years ago, the state Department of Transportation wanted to add another lane of traffic and narrow sidewalks. When lifelong resident Susan Burns questioned the option, she was told getting traffic through was a priority.

Burns refused to give up. She rallied the village, arguing that it may be the final nail in the coffin for a community already devastated by the steel industry collapse. The Route 62 Committee was created and the Walkable and Liveable Communities Institute joined the fight. The end result was an alternative traffic calming proposal that left the expanded highway proposal in the dust.

Instead of three 12-foot travel lanes – the size of a full interstate highway, Hamburg now features two 10-foot lanes with safety lanes used for opening car doors and bicycling. Instead of traffic lights, traffic circles were added to control speed.

Progress came almost immediately after the project was completed in 2009. Car accidents on the new road dropped by 66 percent injuries by 60 percent just two years later. In the past four years, business owners were inspired to spend $7 million on 33 projects. The number of building permits spiked from 15 in 2005 to 96 in 2010 as property values along Route 62 doubled.

At the same time, village officials focused on small business over corporate chains and encouraged increased civic activity. Both have risen since the road work was completed.

Advocates for walkable communities now reference Hamburg in arguments to eschew road-widening projects and car-oriented development for pedestrian-friendly downtowns. Mixed-use growth and development publication “Better! Cities & Towns” blogged about the upstate project on Monday, urging more connected communities and intelligent decisions on street design.

Examining four municipalities from Virginia to Washington State, the publication examined how the suburban municipalities favored mixed-use development, improved the streetscape and challenged the historic support of high-speed roadways in favor of pedestrian-friendly downtowns.

Calling For A Local Voice In Sunrise Highway Changes

Vision Long Island and other community advocates looking to play a role in improving Sunrise Highway were featured on the front page of Monday's issue of "Newsday." The article emphasized a need for both enhanced safety and communication. Vision Director Eric Alexander called on transportation officials and local governments to work together.

"The five communities doing redevelopment plans along Sunrise Highway should be in sync with any roadway recommendations," Alexander said.

Sunrise Highway is now recognized as one of the most dangerous roads on Long Island - for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. The 16-mile corridor funnels vehicles traveling legally at 55 mph and illegally far in excess through densely-populated downtowns and communities. According to the Federal Highway Administration's Fatal Analysis Reporting System, Sunrise was the site of 17 fatalities between 2005-2011.

A Valley Stream resident told "Newsday" that she drives the few blocks from home to church because the house of worship is on the other side of Sunrise and crossing the street on foot with her children is "too hairy."

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has begun a project to address pedestrian safety and other improvements.

DOT spokesman Beau Duffy confirmed in Monday's article that the project is underway, but said it was premature to involve community groups in such early stages. No cost estimates were available, he added.

The state is conducting a safety study, which will include accident data and locations of traffic signals. That study is expected to be completed this fall, at which point improvements like raising medians, relocating bus stops and deterring jaywalkers with more fences could move forward.

"Let's wait to see what the recommendations are and then people can weigh in," Duffy said.

However, an assortment of civics, local businesses and elected officials have called on the state to heed downtown voices in these improvements. Vision Long Island, AARP, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the Nassau Council Chamber of Commerce were among nine sending a letter to transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald requesting a meeting to provide community input and obtain a project update.

The coalition has specifically advocated for a more pedestrian-friendly environment along the corridor, as well as general traffic calming measures.

Many communities have been pursuing downtown revitalization projects for years, in hopes of generating foot traffic, supporting local business, reducing congestion and enhancing the quality of life.

For the full story, read it on Newsday.

Oyster Bay Residents OK $32.5 Million DPW Sale to stop Proposed Mall

Oyster Bay taxpayers gave their representative the green light to sell a 53-acre parcel of town land for future mixed-use development.

Residents overwhelmingly supported the $32.5 million vote by a 2:1 margin Tuesday, unofficially ending 18-year-old plans for a megamall next door.

Lobbying voters to deny the town their support, Taubman Centers previously purchased the neighboring Cerro Wire property. Once home to 600 employees, the 39-acre property was abandoned in 1986 and never rebuilt.

“We are incredibly pleased with how the community turned out on a vote of 2:1 to send a message to Taubman that they are interested in smart-growth, mixed used smart planning and are in opposition to any malls whatsoever on Robbins Lane,” said Todd Fabricant, chairman of the Cerro Wire Coalition representing much of the community.

Taubman has also sought approval to build The Mall at Oyster Bay – a large upscale mall on the property. Proposed plans have included an 860,000 square foot mall housing 150 retailers.

The town announced intentions to sell their Department of Public Works home last fall. Spurring Taubman, they reached a tentative deal with Simon Property Group-funded Oyster Bay Realty for $32.5 million. Taubman, however, filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court, alleging negotiations were handled inappropriately.

The court delayed the sale while the developer collected enough signature to force Tuesday’s referendum, giving the public a voice in the case.

With the vote over, both parties are expected to return to court. Without the additional 53 acres and the egresses it provides, Simon’s case over Taubman is expected to strengthen.

Going forward, Simon will pay the town $30 million up front and has agreed not to build a mall on the site. The developers of the Walt Whitman Mall and Roosevelt Field Mall have pledged to create mixed-use development that includes public input.

As per the deal, Oyster Bay will not have to vacate the property for five years, with an option for additional three.

The Cerro Wire Coalition – a group of 26 civic, business, educational and community groups – have battled Taubman’s efforts to build a mall on the Cerro Wire property for years. When the developer forced the referendum, the coalition continued to challenge Taubman on the 53-acre parcel.

Fabricant said the coalition supports mixed-use development for the public works land as well as the former Cerro Wire property.

“We have a brain drain going on. The next gen will keep our young people here on Long Island. We need senior housing for a wonderful place for our seniors to continue living a vibrant lifestyle. We need still some open space and Smart Growth really creates what I would consider a walkable neighborhood. Taubman sees no reason for any of those things,” the chairman said.

California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island hosting fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims

On August 30th, Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island. To participate, simply bring this flier with you and 20% of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island.  All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.

Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.

You  can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.

Sewage Loophole Permits Discharge Into Water

New York State passed a law last year giving the public the right to know when raw or partially-treated sewage was discharged into public water. Now it’s time to help enforce that law.

Backed by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment and the Long Island Lobby Coalition, the Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know Act was signed into law in August 2012 and the first phase went into effect in May 2013.

Unfortunately, not every body of water is being protected and not all sewage discharges are being reported. Summer sewage overflows caused water contamination and beach closures from the Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes.

And yet, New York State will not implement notifications when sewage spills out of combined sewers. These systems can safely transport sewage to a treatment plant in dry weather, but mix it with storm runoff in rainy weather that escapes into nearby waters.

The state is also considering excluding these combined sewer overflows from right-to-know regulations. Citizens Campaign officials say these overflows account for 33 billion gallons of sewage and stormwater runoff entering New York waters every year, the majority of sewage contamination in the state.

The state is currently drafting regulations for the Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know law. Write Governor Andrew Cuomo and tell him you support the law and demand to be notified about combined sewer overflows. Make sure to include your address and ask for a response in writing. Letters can be addressed to Hon. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor, Executive Chamber, NYS Capitol, Albany, NY 12224.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on Eastern Parkway
Baldwin, NY
Saturday at 8 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ Festival on August 24

On Saturday, Aug. 24, T.J. Finley’s will be hosting their first Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ Festival  The festival will consist of samplings with a variety of at least 30 different whiskies, craft beer releases, and a tutorial on making whisky cocktails.  Food will be provided at the event for purchase.  For admission, tickets may be purchased online for $50 and the first hundred buyers will receive free t-shirts. 

The festival will occur from 3-7 p.m. at T.J. Finley’s on 42 East Main Street in Bay Shore.  Please be aware that participants must be 21 years or older and will be checked for ID.

For more information, please read this posting at

Taste The 'Delicious' Flavors Of Peru This Weekend

Sumaq means “delicious” in a language spoken in the Andes Mountains. It’s also the name of a food festival this weekend celebrating the Peruvian cuisine.

The Sumaq Peruvian food festival will kick off their third annual celebration outside the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale with a cocktail reception on Friday before the main event on Saturday and Sunday. More than 6,000 are expected to attend, sampling the flavors and enjoying the culture of Peru. That includes live music, raffles and folk dancing.

The kickoff reception is slated for 6-10 p.m. on Friday, while the food festival is held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the cocktail reception runs $150 and entrance to the festival for one day costs $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

For ticket and more information, visit the event website.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20506

You can call (202) 606-8380 or email, or visit the website for more information.

For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.

NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722

The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.

NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.

Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) - plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.

Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
• Demonstrations of innovative technologies including, but not limited to, alternatives to conventional activated sludge secondary processes; technologies to improve/facilitate anaerobic digestion gas production/use; energy-efficient nutrient removal; side stream treatment technologies to address high nutrient and organic loads generated from biosolids processing liquids; innovative low energy sludge processing technologies; and wastewater and/or biosolids energy recovery technologies.
Feasibility Studies (up to $25,000 per project)

  1. Energy Efficiency Technical Evaluation Feasibility Studies* – Studies including, but not limited to, developing baseline energy consumption data, and/or identifying opportunities for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and/or process optimization projects.
  2. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate Energy Efficient Process Improvement Alternatives* – Studies including, but not limited to, evaluations of alternative energy efficient nutrient removal, sludge processing, or disinfection alternatives.
  3. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate/Demonstrate Use of US EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or Similar Tools – Studies designed to understand potential climate change impacts, assess related risks, and evaluate adaptive options for municipal drinking water and wastewater systems in New York. Information on the CREAT tool can be found on the Climate Ready Water Utilities website at Information about projected climate impacts to NYS may be found at:

All proposals must provide a minimum of 50% cost- sharing.

Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time*

Proposal Submission -Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2722 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399

If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.

*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

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


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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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 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



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows this weekend.
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
New York City Ballet On and Offstage- Friday, August 16th at 8:00pm
An Evening with Laurie Anderson- Saturday, August 17th at 8:00pm
An Evening with the Astaires- Sunday, August 18th at 7;30pm 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
An Evening With The Mickey Hart Band and Special Guest- Tea Leaf Trio- Saturday, August 17th at 8:00pm
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
Nunsense-Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


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

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Jesus Chris Pose- Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party- Saturday, Aug. 24 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
Long Island Comedy Festival-Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 8-10 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT FACE OFF- Friday, Aug. 23 10:30 p.m.-12 a.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
Bobby Collins: Vocal Legend - Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., supper/show package $105
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest Renter: Spotlight Theatre Group presents Summer Musical Camp for 7-10 year-olds featuring "Grease" - Aug. 26-30.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum- Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 18 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:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 pm

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 pm
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 pm
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

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

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2nd - Nov. 15

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 pm
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 pm
June 8-Nov 23

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 4-Oct. 17

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 11 - Oct. 24

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26-Oct. 13

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16th

Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday Sept. 1 between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).

Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

“We are incredibly pleased with how the community turned out on a vote of 2:1 to send a message to Taubman that they are interested in smart-growth, mixed used smart planning and are in opposition to any malls whatsoever on Robbins Lane.” - Todd Fabricant, chairman of the Cerro Wire Coalition, speaking on the recent vote to stop the proposed Taubman Mall.

Smart Talk

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Contributors: Lucy Ayala, Program Assistant; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Ward, Sustainability Director

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