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“I am honored to support the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association and help assist them in funding the festival. Every year the Blue Claw Crab Festival  has drawn residents from not only Suffolk, but also Nassau County and New York City to the Village of Mastic Beach. The Mastic Beach Property Owners Association has done an excellent job of highlighting the beautiful waterfront of Mastic Beach.” Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley)


“It really highlights how beautiful it is in Mastic Beach." Village Trustee Maura Spery

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Getting Away From The Backyard This Labor Day

First an official holiday in Oregon in 1887 before becoming a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and its workers’ contributions to the prosperity and well-being of the country. Check out some of these Labor Day events in or near some Long Island downtowns.

Central Islip

Take the family out to the ballgame this holiday! The Long Island Ducks are hosting the Camden Riversharks at 6:35 p.m. on Monday, but there’s more than America’s pastime taking place. For an extra $25, each ticket includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue at the stadium from 5:35 p.m. when the gates open through the seventh inning. And just in case that wasn’t enough, $5 of each ticket will be donated to the ALS Association. Visit the Ducks online for more information.


Who needs another barbecue when you can dance the night away? Check out the Labor Day Party at Tropix on the Nautical Mile this Monday from 2-10 p.m. DJs Camilo, Alex Sensation, Kastone, Ash, Jumping Jay, New Era, A2, Lomo and Triple R will be spinning live music. Bottle service is available. Tickets, on sale for $25, are mandatory and can be purchased online or by calling 347-592-0300.

Long Beach

Labor Day isn’t just a day about food. The City of Long Beach is host to the 25th Annual Robert C. McAvoy Labor Day Five-Mile Race on Monday. The race will start at Laurleton Blvd and the boardwalk at 8:00 a.m. Click here to register online.


Join the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Ronkonkomas this weekend for the 9th annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Community organizations regularly participate, with vendors, food for sale, live music and family-friendly entertainment.

Come back the next weekend for the chamber’s Summer BBQ on Sept. 5. Beginning at 6 p.m. in Michael Murphy Park in Lake Ronkonkoma, the event includes games, entertainment, refreshments and, of course, barbecue food. On sale for $25, tickets can be purchased via the chamber’s website.

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Schumer Announces $16.5 Mil To Buy Sandy Homes

Another $16.5 million in federal Superstorm Sandy aid is coming to Long Island.

Senator Chuck Schumer on Sunday announced funding to create new buffers against future storms.

This money will come from the USDA’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program, designed to purchase properties and remove man-made structures in favor of floodplain restoration projects.

Mastic Beach and Shirley will receive $5.6 million, with Amagansett getting $9.9 million and Stony Brook receiving $1 million.

"Mastic-Shirley and other parts of Suffolk County were repeatedly hit by severe flooding from Sandy and Irene, and it's great news that the USDA has agreed to provide millions in federal Sandy relief funding for critical resiliency projects in these communities," Schumer said in a statement. "With this funding, Suffolk County can work with willing homeowners to establish flood protection buffers that will build up natural defenses on the shores of Long Island against future storms."

This funding is in addition to the buyout program from NY Rising. The state will purchase damaged homes in assigned high-risk areas for full pre-storm value plus up to 10 percent; those properties remain undeveloped. NY Rising officials confirmed about 200 Long Island homeowners had opted into the buyout program during a Friends of Long Island (FoLI) meeting earlier this month. Another 700 Long Island properties were part of the acquisition program, receiving pre-Sandy value in exchange for the rights to rebuild and sell the lot.

Friends of Long Island is a coalition of grassroots community programs cleaning up after Sandy. Volunteers from the Rockaways, Freeport, Babylon, Lindenhurst, Mastic Beach and other parts of the island gather resources, demolish flood-damaged houses, rebuild homes and otherwise support devastated families.

"The funding allocated to Mastic-Shirley from the USDA to purchase storm damaged properties and add them to the Conservation area is a great allocation of Federal Sandy funds. Although the allocation was smaller than other areas, it will help protect a significant amount of homes from future impacts," FoLI consultant Jon Siebert said.

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

10th Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival Hooks Thousands

More than a thousand scuttled about Marine 1 in Mastic Beach over the weekend, enjoying seafood and live entertainment.

The Mastic Beach Property Beach Owners Association celebrated their 10th annual Blue Claw Crab Festival Sunday.

Freshly-prepared blue claw crab, shrimp, fresh corn, calms and crab cakes sold out again.

There were no shortage of vendors near the shoreline, but members of the Mastic Beach Ambulance, Knights of Columbus and Mastic Beach Fire Department also set up shop in the festival.

“As usual, the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association organized an event that was a shining example on how great Mastic Beach can be,” Village Trustee and former Property Owners Association Director Maura Spery said.

Spery added the event was created to show off Mastic Beach’s 6.5 miles of publicly-accessible waterfront, free of homes and private development.

“It really highlights how beautiful it is in Mastic Beach,” she said.

A number of volunteers helped make the 10th annual festival a reality, including several from Colonial Youth and Family Services. Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning has also continued to support the event.

“I am honored to support the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association and help assist them in funding the festival,” Browning said. “Every year the Blue Claw Crab Festival  has drawn residents from not only Suffolk, but also Nassau County and New York City to the Village of Mastic Beach. The Mastic Beach Property Owners Association has done an excellent job of highlighting the beautiful waterfront of Mastic Beach."

Crowds walked, biked and use the shuttle to attend the festival if they didn’t drive themselves.

“Despite many residents still being displaced or under construction after hurricane Sandy it was a great turn out. The festival really brought community members together. Great job Mastic Beach Property Owners,” Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber said.

For more on this event, check out the Brookhaven News Herald.

Slower Speeds, Smarter Street Designs Are Saving Lives

Pedestrians are still being killed by cars at a surprisingly high rate.

More than 270,000 people killed while walking every year, according to the World Health Organization, or 22 percent of all 1.24 million traffic fatalities. A National Complete Streets Coalition report found pedestrians crossing the street were 16 times more likely to be killed than by a natural disaster.

“It’s like an airplane falling out of the sky every other day. If that actually happened, the whole system would be ground to a halt until the problem was fixed,” said Scott Bricker, executive director of walking advocacy coalition America Walks.

Vision Long Island is a proponent of Complete Streets, which one New York-based advocate called a concept to share the roads with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and all users. Vision Zero, he said, is a philosophy.

Vision Zero began in Sweden by putting the emphasis on safety over speed. It’s worked; traffic deaths are down by half since 2000 and the country has the safest roads in the world. Anticipating human error, developers include improved crosswalks, lowered urban speed limits, pedestrian zones, barriers separating cars from bikes and pedestrians and narrowing streets to compensate.

Someone was killed or seriously injured on the streets of New York City every two hours last year. When Mayor Bill de Blasio won the mayoral election in November 2013, he campaigned hard on drastically reducing traffic-related deaths. This past winter, he unveiled his version of Vision Zero.

He wants no fewer than 50 dangerous corridors and intersections renovated every year; that includes installing dedicated bicycle lanes, widening sidewalks and narrowing excessively-wide streets. The plan also calls for creation of 20 MPH “Slow Zones” through residential neighborhoods, more enforcement of speeding violations and for Albany to yield control over speed and red light cameras to New York City.

San Francisco city officials have also embraced Vision Zero, a year after seeing 25 pedestrians and bicyclists killed. Walk San Francisco and the San Francisco launched their campaign earlier this year with the help of various community organizations and schools. Their mission is to push city officials to fix dangerous intersections; educate everyone on sharing the road and enforcing traffic laws with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024

For more about Vision Zero and 12 steps to reduce pedestrian deaths, check out Better! Cities & Towns.

Why America’s Unsteady Infrastructure Grades A ‘D+’

“It’s kind of a national crisis.”

Department of Energy senior scientist Tom Wilbanks was quoted in The Week (subscription required) about America’s eroding transportation.

Published last week, the article examines just how bad the country’s bridges and roads are aging and why resources from the Highway Trust Fund are not enough.

Most of the federally-maintained infrastructure, which includes water and gas pipelines, electrical systems and communications systems in addition to highways and bridges, were built decades ago with less use in mind. Instead, it’s been pressed into service long beyond the original lifespan and number of users, requiring frequent repairs. Two cars fell into the water last year after a bridge near Seattle buckled when a tractor trailer grazed a girder. In 2007, 13 died and 145 were injured after a bridge in Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour.

“Some of this infrastructure is more than 100 years old,” Rick Grant, owner of a Maryland structural engineering firm said, “but it wasn’t designed with more than a 50-year life span in mind.”

Catastrophic issues are rare, although the American Society of Civil Engineers doesn’t sugarcoat the situation. In their latest quadrennial assessment of U.S. infrastructure in 2013, they gave America a D+. The engineers found America’s 607,380 bridges are on average 42 years old and one in every nine is structurally deficient. These bridges, including one over the Passaic River in New Jersey that’s rusted out, carry heavy traffic every day.

Most of the country’s highway system was built beginning in the 1950s under President Dwight Eisenhower. And through most of the last millennium, government spending on highway construction and maintenance averaged well above 2 percent of GDP. That’s fallen lately; in 2012 it sat at 1.5 percent. On the other side of the world, China spends 7 percent of it’s GDP on infrastructure and India spends 5 percent.

“When you look at politicians and Congress,” former American Society of Civil Engineers President Andrew Herrmann said, “they’re not really looking to the future; they’re looking to get reelected.”

That’s in large part due to the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Created in 1956, the fund was designed to finance the country’s Interstate Highway System. In 1982, funding for mass transit was added. The fund has been the home for federal fuel tax beginning at 3 cents per gallon in the beginning to 18.4 cents per gallon in 1993. For years Congress passed long-term plans and properly funded the account. But since the new millennium, the Federal Highway Trust fund has been leaning heavily on transfers from the general fund – including $12 billion in 2014 – and short-term fixes by Congress.

Earlier this month, Senators acquiesced to a House of Representatives plan to find $10.8 billion to sustain highway and transit projects in all 50 states until May 2015. That included increasing customs user fees, transferring $1 billion from a fund to fix leaking underground fuel tanks and authorizing controversial pension smoothing – companies making fewer tax-deductible pension contributions now and more in the near future to give the federal government more revenue earlier.

Meanwhile, Congress has not raised the gas tax, which transportation advocates like AAA say could be the most responsible near-term solution to the crumbling infrastructure.

“None of the steps we are taking should be seen as a substitute for adequate public financing,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “There is no substitute for that.”

What’s Happening With Ridesharing?

Ridesharing is growing since average Joes began picking up fares with the help of smartphones in recent years, but there’s plenty of growing pains to go along for the ride.

Ridesharing really took off in 2010 when Uber drivers picked up their first clients in San Francisco. Competitors Lyft and Sidecar joined the game in 2012.

Uber and Lyft are collecting millions from private investors, and spend a fair amount trying to win drivers from the other. Meanwhile, drivers have their own opinions about the services offered and clientele for each company. Getting a ride with Lyft means greeting your driver with a fistbump and chatting away in the front seat while an Uber driver is more likely to leave you be. Some drivers complained Uber passengers expect freebies like water and phone chargers, while others commented on the social aspect of Lyft.

Side car also sets car owners up with smartphone apps to pick up drivers, although their Shared Rides service is unique. Customers can save half off by picking up a ride when other customers are headed in the same direction.

But not everyone agrees the program, and ridesharing as a whole, is any different than hailing a cab. Ridesharing actually began during World War II with four passengers in each car to save on rubber. When energy and oil crises popped up 20 years later, ridesharing became popular again. Over the years that turned into carpooling and 511 traveler information services.

And now, Harvard Business School professor Benjamin Edelman said these new companies missed the mark by sending car owners in an unnecessary direction to get paid.

"I don't fault them for choosing the road that's more obvious and more straightforward. It's the natural play," Edelman says, "although it won't live up to the full technology's potential," Edelman said.

Meanwhile, the war is being waged in politics across the country. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has recently thrown down the gauntlet against Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Calif.), hiring President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager. Uber, Lyft and a number of lobbying and PR firms are attacking Bonilla’s proposed legislation barring drivers from using personal insurance policies while driving commercially. Her bill is backed by insurers and taxi cab companies.

On Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed state-wide legislation strictly regulating ridesharing programs. Instead of forcing a one-size-fits-all solution, Quinn said the decision is left with each municipality.

Along the way, ridesharing companies have been hit with fines, cease and desist orders and additional restrictions from the California Public Utilities Commission, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, Seattle City Council, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and agencies.

Check out NPR for more on this story.

Remember The Importance Of Labor Day

This editorial was written by Vision Long Island board member and Long Island Federation of Labor President John Durso.

Since 1894 when Grover Cleveland signed the bill designating the first Monday in September a National holiday, we in the Labor movement along with workers across our great country celebrate the dignity of the America worker. This is our holiday and we deserve it!

The labor movement has so much to be proud of, for each and every day we fight on behalf of our members, for those who want to be our members and for those who have no voice.

We fight for justice, for dignity and the respect that every working women and man deserve. We fight for our future and for our children's future; we lead the struggle for people of every race, creed, sexual orientation or national origin to be treated equally and fairly. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, those women and men who fought and sometimes died to give us the rights we all enjoy.  Today our labor movement is smaller than it once was but we are just as committed to the dignity of work and to justice for workers. Unfortunately our movement is constantly under attack from the Right wing, from Corporate America, the Tea party, the Koch Brothers and those who view workers as commodities no different than soybeans or a piece of equipment rather than as an integral part of the organization. Yet today in spite of these attacks, in spite of the millions of corporate dollars spent to destroy us we are here still here no less vocal, smaller in number but just as strong and determined in our beliefs and of our goals.

It is part of our mission in the labor movement to reach out to our young, to the uneducated, to the disenfranchised to educate them about who we are and what our labor movement is all about; we must educate them about what we stand for; dignity, respect and a better life for our families. The Labor movement needs to work even harder in opening its doors, it's mind and its heart to those who look different, pray different, have different customs and traditions but who yearn for the same right's, opportunities and freedom's that the rest of us enjoy.

There are those who say that labor's time has passed or that unions are no longer needed; but in fact we are needed now more than ever! Almost daily we hear about the abuse of workers whether they are Retail workers who have to work two and three jobs to survive or a Construction worker who gets hurt because of unsafe working conditions or a Car Wash worker whose employer steals their tips. Take moment to speak to a Teacher, a Sanitation worker, a Police Officer or Fireman or any public sector worker who each and every day are the subject of Op-Eds, of ridicule and who are blamed for the Fiscal crisis of our country. ASK them if they need a UNION. It is the UNION movement who gives a voice to their concerns, it is the UNION that speaks for them and it is the SOLIDARITY of the UNION that gives them the protections they deserve.

The labor movement has won many battles but still there many battles yet to fight, nothing has ever been given to us, we have had to fight to get and then fight to keep what we've earned. We must continue to be prepared to fight if need be; to fight for our future and the future of our members; to stand up for those who have put their faith and trust into our hands.

The labor movement represents the hopes and the dreams of the less fortunate; we give strength to the weak and courage to the meek.

We are America! We are the backbone of our country, we make America great, be proud to be a Union member!

This is our holiday, let's enjoy it for we have truly earned it. But tomorrow the fight for dignity, respect and justice begins again.

Have a great Labor day.

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.

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.

Wanted: Artists In Downtown Westbury

Have a masterpiece but nowhere to show it off? Contact the Village of Westbury and the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts.

With several community events scheduled this fall, Village Hall and the nonprofit have partnered in the call for artists.

The first of three opportunities comes during the annual Westbury Street Fair on Sept. 13. The event draws about 10,000 people and the arts council hosts the “Pop Up” arts gallery in an empty 1,300 square foot store front along Post Avenue. Preference for the fair will be given to artists who live in the area. Applicants should email the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts.

Next is the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Sept. 28. Sponsored by the Latino Advisory Council and the village, the event features a live rendering artist demonstration. Live Mariachi music, Latin dance lessons, a Tango performance, piñata and games for children will also be a part of the festivities at Ernesto Strada Piazza. Artists again should email the arts council to sign up.

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is also hosting their inaugural Art Mart – a premiere artists’ market. Slated for Oct. 4 in parking lot no. 7, this is a juried art market. Proceeds from registration – $45 before Sept. 27 and $60 after – will go towards community arts projects in the area. Contact the arts council at 516-414-8510 or by email for more information.

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.

AARP Discussing Long Island’s Boomer Population Oct. 23

Why Boomers are Fleeing and What it’s Costing Us?

That’s what AARP wants to know at this year’s BoomTown. Taking place at Molloy College in East Farmingdale from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 23, the seminar will touch on economic possibilities for New York, results of an AARP survey and discussion of possibilities for Long Island.

Vision Long Island is supporting the event and Vision Director Eric Alexander will provide welcoming remarks.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the AARP online.

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.

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To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
IM5 with The House on Cliff, This is All Now, Jenna Rose, Robie Rosen and Brooke Elardo - Friday, Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Metasin Reunion - Friday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m.
Danger Danger with Pink Krush Velvet and Finster Baby - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
Labor Day Bash featuring Ashes in the Sky - Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 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
No shows scheduled 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
The Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs #4: THE OVERNIGHTERS hosted by Alec Baldwin - Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Ben Folds - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Guild Hall’s Songbook Salon at Southampton Arts Center: Adam Pascal "meandlarry" - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
Linda Eder - Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Jeff Bridges and the Abiders with special guest Jessie Bridges - Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo - Saturday, Aug. 30 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. 29 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.
Legally Blonde, Jr. - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Macca Nation and Steelin Dan Show - Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Klassic Rewind, the Lisa Polizzi Band and Trainwreck - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
R.A. the Rugged Man and Sean Price - Sunday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

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

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Farruko - Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
Future - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 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. 29 at 10:30 p.m.
Solid Gold: A Tribute to Motown - Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
Abba Experience: A Tribute to Abba - Saturday, Aug. 30 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
Booker T: Soul Legend - Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m.
Family Fun with Ninjas and Samurai - Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
My Life is a Musical - Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November

Village Green
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23

Garden City
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25

Great Neck
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22

Long Beach
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 7- Oct. 25

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November

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

Rockville Centre
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22


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

Bikes With Freaking Laser Beams

They're not quite shark-mounted, but we have to imagine Austin Powers would be impressed with these bike-mounted lasers. And they could save your life too. XFIRE has introduced portable bike lanes. Lasers and LEDs the size of a deck of cards are mounted to a bike, shooting bright red light well behind the back wheel. The company claims it will help motorists see bicyclists better at night, even in their blind spots. It looks pretty awesome and we'd be willing to try it.

Smart Talk

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