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August 23rd - 28th, 2015

Regional Updates

Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP

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“For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. There are places in the United States – New York City, for example – where people walk as a matter of habit and lifestyle. But there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk – to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car – is a struggle, a fight. A risk.” - Antonia Malchik of Aeon Magazine talking about walkability in America

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LIRR Starts First Section of Double Track

“It’s an incredibly exciting day” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in regards to the first track laid for the 2nd line for Ronkonkoma LIRR system. The area between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma services 48,000 riders daily. Ridership has doubled since electrification of the line nearly 25 years ago. Senator Charles Schumer and former NYS Senator Chuck Fuschillo helped to secure the funding for this project in prior.

Clearing of the right of way on the 180 year old rail line began last year. The project, which will add close to 17 miles of track, will add additional trains to alleviate congestion as well as make it more reliable. Right now if there are any mechanical issues, all trains will stop in either direction causing severe bottlenecks for commuters. No homes or businesses will be affected in the expansion, which will cost the MTA $138 million for the first phase of the project adding the second rail between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip. Expansion on the second phase between Central Islip and Farmingdale in proximity to Republic Airport is dependent on the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program and would create a new station near Republic Airport.

The expansion on the Ronkonkoma line will double the amount of trains that run on off-peak times and weekends, allowing half-hourly service to and from Ronkonkoma, saving commuters valuable time. The project is slated to create 1,000 jobs and boost the local economy by $100 million. More can be read about the expansion from Newsday or CBS.

New Downtown Project in Port Jefferson Seeks PILOT

The Northwind Group, operating as Overbay LLC, has recently filed an application for a PILOT program on a planned rental apartment development in downtown Port Jefferson.

Northwind aims at using the PILOT program (payment in lieu of taxes) in order to receive tax breaks when beginning the demolition of blighted buildings at 217 W. Broadway that were vacated about 5 years ago. The project is aimed at creating two 35-foot high residential buildings filled with one and two bedroom apartments, and will cover a 1.8-acre plot of land. It will also provide much needed rental housing to Stony Brook University, Port Jefferson’s Mather, and St. Charles Hospitals. Rents are projected to range from $1,800 and $2,200.

According to Lisa Mulligan, Brookhaven IDA chief executive officer, the terms of PILOT program haven’t been decided yet. The IDA plans to hold a public hearing on the application. As of now, the plan has conditional approval from the Village of Port Jefferson. It will generate two new permanent jobs as well as 150 construction jobs throughout the next two years. “We look forward to working with the IDA and redeveloping the blighted site,” said Northwind Group CEO Jim Tsunis. The IDA will hold a public hearing on the matter sometime within the next few months.

For more information, visit LIBN.

New Emergency Management Center in Freeport

On August 25, the Village of Freeport announced that they will be opening an Emergency Management Center in an effort to help locals just in case Long Island is hit with another huge storm in the nearby future.

Freeport Village Mayor Robert T. Kennedy met up with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Village Police and Fire Officials to announce plans to begin construction on an Emergency Management Center this fall. The state-of-the-art center will be aimed at providing support to local residents during natural disasters such as hurricanes and blizzards. It will house emergency equipment such as food, cots, blankets, clothing, and flashlights, as well as fire department trucks, fire boats, police marine units, and diesel fire pumps. According to Kennedy, the decision was made in response to how badly the Village of Freeport suffered after Hurricane Sandy. The 2011 storm displaced thousands of homeowners, destroyed 63 local businesses, and caused millions of dollars in damage in Freeport alone.

The Center will consist of either one or two 3,000 square foot buildings, and will be located beyond the 100-year flood zone. “It will provide security for Freeport residents for years to come,” said Kennedy. The Center will definitely come in handy, as weather forecasters predict a 70% chance that 6 to 10 hurricanes could hit Long Island between late August and late November this year. However, The Center won’t be the first building opened to help Long Islanders in case a natural disaster occurs. Hurricane and major storm relief is provided in Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, Massapequa, Long Beach, and many other towns. It’s important that Long Island remains safe and protected from all future storms to come.

For more information, visit FIOS1.

Vision Long Island Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Receives John Klaber Award

Wednesday night, August 25, Trudy Fitzsimmons was awarded with the 2015 John Klaber Memorial Award.

Trudy has been a Huntington community volunteer for over 28 years. She began by volunteering at her church, children’s school, and local theater groups. After that, she worked with Leadership Huntington and later on became a huge supporter of Vision Long Island and Smart Growth. She is now the co-chair of Vision Lon Island's board, and has dedicated much of her time to shaping the Town of Huntington as well as the rest of Long Island. She helped document Vision’s training sessions, presentations, and special events and used these as promotions for Smart Growth Principles.

Trudy received her award on behalf of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce because of her great efforts to improve the town. Her decades of hard work and community service for countless organizations makes her the perfect fit as the recipient of this award. Vision Long Island’s board members and staff, as well as Trudy’s friends, family, and colleagues were all filled with joy to watch Trudy receive the honor she truly deserves.

New Study Shows Top Areas of Congestion

Last year traffic congestion reached a new peak. However, our region ranks 4th with roughly 74 hours wasted due to traffic congestion. Supporting one of many reasons to live, work and shop in a walkable community.

A report was recently completed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. on the most traffic throughout the 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways across America. According to the report, commuters spend an average of 42 hours a year stuck in traffic – a whole work week. Drivers typically have to plan for more than twice as much travel time per day than they normally would, in order to account for the traffic they’ll face. This wastes about 3.1 billion gallons of fuel a year, but apparently it also gives a boost of about $160 billion to the economy annually. So when the economy improves, traffic gets worse.

The report filed a list of urban areas with the most traffic based on the amount of hours commuters lost each year:

  1. Washington, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland: 82 hours
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim: 80 hours
  3. San Francisco-Oakland: 78 hours
  4. New York-Newark, New Jersey-Connecticut: 74 hours
  5. San Jose, California: 67 hours
  6. Boston-New Hampshire-Rhode Island: 64 hours
  7. Seattle: 63 hours
  8. Chicago-Indiana: 61 hours
  9. Houston: 61 hours
  10. Riverside-San Bernardino, California: 59 hours
  11. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington: 53 hours
  12. Atlanta: 52 hours
  13. Detroit: 52 hours
  14. Miami: 52 hours
  15. Austin, Texas: 52 hours
  16. Portland, Oregon: 52 hours
  17. Phoenix-Mesa: 51 hours
  18. Honolulu: 50 hours
  19. Bridgeport-Stamford, Connecticut: 49 hours
  20. Denver-Aurora: 49 hours

Overall, American drivers are now stuck in traffic about 5% more than they were back in 2007. And while Job growth and fast growing economies are definitely a factor, traffic is also affected by urban population increases and low fuel prices. In order to keep up with this increase in traffic, cities and states would need to fix more roads, bridges, trains, and other infrastructure at a much faster pace than they are right now. This has been proven difficult, though, since many lawmakers are against raising the federal gas tax in order to fund the projects, and they haven’t found any alternatives yet. Frustrated with the situation, states began to collectively raise money on their own through increased fuel taxes, vehicle fees and bonds, but that still isn’t enough. “Our growing traffic problem is too massive for any one entity to hand – state and local agencies can’t do it alone,” stated Tim Lomax, a co-author of the report.

According to Lomax, there’s a variety of different solutions to the traffic problem. Some suggestions are making existing road and transit systems more efficient, encouraging more flexible work schedules, adding capacity to high-growth travel corridors, and creating more high-density neighborhoods where homes, offices, and stores can be reached through means other than a car.

More can be read about traffic throughout America here and here.

Walkability in America

The ability to walk is being undermined as Americans continue to develop modern urban planning and a greater obsession of cars.

“For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. There are places in the United States – New York City, for example – where people walk as a matter of habit and lifestyle...” Antonia Malchik of Aeon Magazine explains. “But there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk – to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car – is a struggle, a fight. A risk.” Walking has become more and more dangerous here in America as more people prefer cars. After all, cars symbolize the idea of individualism, autonomy, and privacy that many Americans love. A car gets you where you need to go quickly and safely, without the need to hold anything or talk to anyone. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these cars have caused over 4,700 pedestrians to die (and have injured about 66,000 more) in traffic crashes during the year 2013.

But regardless of these terrible accidents each year, the lack of walking in America causes cities and towns to lose certain elements of community and culture. Writer Gracey Olmstead once wrote about why the decline of walkability is such a problem today.

Olmstead first points out how walking helps to cultivate community. Driving is an isolated means of travel: there’s no need to talk or interact with anybody, or even thoroughly observe and take in your surroundings the way someone walking would.  Walking allows people to stop, linger, and notice things, while drivers are mainly fixated on getting to their destination quickly and efficiently.

Olmstead then discusses how walking provides space for the carless. Many Americans either can’t drive or don’t own a car, and must rely on other means of transportation. For others, walking is a matter of principle: it’s healthier and better for the environment. Sometimes driving proves to be impossible for people because of health or financial circumstances. Whatever the reason, walking is necessary for many people and thus towns should be open to building safer sidewalks and roads for them. Providing space for walkers will also encourage safer drivers. More pedestrians on the street forces drivers to slow down and pay attention. “It forces them to be present, and conscientious, of those around them,” Olmstead said. “We see that walking and walkability can teach prudence and responsibility, to both drivers and walkers. It encourages both to be mindful of the other, and fosters an environment in which speed is secondary to safety, efficiency to wellbeing.”

Finally Olmstead concludes that walking breaks down insular barriers that keep us from knowing and appreciating our place. The more we shield ourselves from those around us, the less safety and community we have.

And while cars are definitely a huge part of America, and some may even argue they embody individuality and expression, they take walkability and a community feel away from our cities and towns. Being cognizant of cars’ limits and dangers will allow us to make room in our communities for the pedestrians, who help to create a neighborhood that cars simply cannot.

More can be read about why walkability matters here.

Farmingdale, N.Y. – Jim Faith, producer of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the Port Jefferson American Music Festival, is again teaming up with the Village of Farmingdale to organize the Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival, to be held on Saturday & Sunday September 19th-20th, 2015.

Farmingdale Village is excited to announce the return of this free, end-of-summer, 2 day Music Festival. Over 25 performers including headliners and emerging artists will be performing on 3 stages throughout the weekend. The festival is free to attend, and show times as well as artists schedule and events will be announced soon.

Headliners include the band that the New York Times calls: “One of the best bands in Americal”, Grammy Nominee and Louisiana legend: Buckwheat Zydeco. Buckwheat & his band will perform on Saturday.

On Sunday, the fest is proud to present one of the most important voices in rock history, and who the Detroit News wrote: “His voice was one of the most powerful sounds to come out of the 60’s.” R&R legend, high octane, super charged: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.

The festival will also feature a healthy lineup of emerging artists in rock, folk, blues, country and more. An educational and fun KidZone tent and stage for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and craft vendors, a live art wall, and food & beverages will round out the fun weekend”, said Jim Faith.

Bring the family, friends and a lawn chair and come enjoy this free family music fest. The festival will be held on Main Street, from Front Street to Fulton Street.

For further information visit, farmingdalemusicfest, or call J Faith Presents at (631) 331-0808.

For vendor, performance or production information please contact Jim Faith at (631) 331-0808.

“Farmingdale Village looks forward to bringing back this great community event – our second Music Fest,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

2015 East End Planning Conference Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tour of Marine Sciences Center 2pm – 3pm

Stony Brook University
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)
Marine Sciences Center (Tour) & Chancellor’s Hall (Conference)
Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968

CLICK to download Conference Flier

On September 24th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference in a new location. This year the conference will be held at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Chancellor’s Hall located on Tuckahoe Road in Southampton. The LEED Silver-rated Marine Sciences Center showcases state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor seawater labs, all visible from the central lobby. The program will include:

  • Behind the Scenes Tour of the new Marine Sciences Center and outdoor research grounds (2:00 – 3:00 pm) [Optional]
  • Registration and Networking (3:00 – 3:30 pm) Sponsor Exhibits
  • Welcoming Remarks (3:30 pm) – Hon. Anna Throne-Holst, Supervisor, Town of Southampton
  • Session 1 (4:00 – 5:30 pm): East End Transportation Challenges {1.5 CM credits pending}
    This panel discussion will be moderated by Gerry Bogacz, Planning Director, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, and feature presentations by Thomas F. Neely, Transportation & Traffic Safety Director, Town of Southampton, Andrew Lynch, Vice President, Hampton Jitney, and Steve Bate, Executive Director, Long Island Wine Council. The panelists will discuss balancing the interests of North and South Fork residents who prefer a quieter, agrarian quality of life, with the needs of the middle-income commuters and the “trade parade” and tourism visitors who fuel the region’s continued economic growth and success.
  •  Dinner Buffet & Networking (5:30 – 6:00 pm) Sponsor Exhibits
  • Session 2 (6:00-7:30 pm): Needed Infrastructure to Support Burgeoning East End Aquaculture Communities {1.5 CM credits pending} This panel will feature input from Scott Carlin, Chairman, Southampton Sustainability Committee [INVITED], Ed Warner, Southampton Trustee [INVITED], Donna Lanzetta, Manna Fish Farms, and Dr. Konstantine Rountos, SOMAS. The panel will discuss infrastructure gaps that exist for protecting and enhancing the water quality of our bays while promoting sustainable water-dependent industries and economic opportunities.

To register and/or sponsor this event (via PayPal), please see below; or, send a check payable to APA Long Island Section and mail to Kathryn Eiseman, APA LI Section Treasurer, c/o Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC, 572 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747 (please also send an email to keiseman@nelsonpopevoorhis.comif sending a check by mail after September 18th).

NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment

The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) will be hosting the 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment at the Coltivare event center in Ithaca, NY on October 15th - 17th.

This annual conference’s theme will be Collaboration, featuring examples from local municipalities, colleges and environmental groups, and examine the latest environmental trends, techniques and approaches in New York State. Field trips to Ecovillage, the energy producing wastewater treatment plant and Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project will come the day after a dinner event at a new farm to bistro restaurant.

Registration and further information for this event will be available in the next few weeks here 

Help Wanted

Appications for EPA's Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program to recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases. Applications due September 11.

Learn more

Coastal Program Grants now Accepting Applications

The Coastal Program, a grant opportunity from the US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services, is accepting applications for grants up to $500,000. This grant is open to all who fit the criteria.

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands in order to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.

There is no cost sharing or matching required for this grant. Interested parties can click here for the full program description and apply. The current closing date for this opportunity is September 30th, 2015.

Further information and concerns should be directed to:
Michael Murray
(703) 358-2031 

Help Wanted

EmPower Solar Hiring Solar System Installation Professionals

EmPower Solar is looking to hire top quality construction professionals to install solar systems on residential and commercial buildings. Candidates should be enthusiastic about starting a career in a growing construction field. Candidates should have at least one year of construction or electrical experience and be comfortable working outdoors, working with tools, and working at high elevations. Candidates must own a vehicle with a valid license and clean driving record. See full job description here.

  • FT with benefits and quarterly bonuses. Starting rate is $18-$22/hour up to $26/hour.
  • Mon-Thurs: 7am - 5:30pm
  • Construction/electrical experience preferred.

Candidates can click here to apply!

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.

What's happening on your Main Street 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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

great neck
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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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.

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
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

Join the Mastic Beach Property Owner's Association for the Blue Claw Crab Fest Raffle this year!

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The Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival is held each year in August at Marina 1. Enjoy fresh steamed shrimp, crabs, crab-cakes, clams on the half shell, beer, wine and soda. There will be music and dance performances presented on the show mobile. Children’s activities like face-painting and sand art. A large selection of food vendors and arts and crafts items will be on hand. Free admission to all!

The Crab Fest will feature a raffle in addition to its normal festivities this year. The winner of the raffle will win a Nexgrill 4 Burner Stainless Steel Gas grill with a side burner. The grill is a fuller enclosed cart with a locking casters and a 644 square inch cooking surface.

Raffle tickets are $5 each with the drawing taking place at the Crab Fest on Sunday, August 30th at Marina 1 from 11am - 6pm. You can read more on the event here.

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Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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Northport, NY 11768
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