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August 28th- September 3rd, 2016

Regional Updates

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National Preparedness Month Begins As Tropica Storm Heads Our Way

September is National Preparedness Month, an effort to better plan, understand risk, and recover in the event of natural or man-made disaster. Long Island has had its fair share of disaster over the past several years; preparing for what to do only makes recovery from future events.

Right now, there is a chance that Hurricane Hermine could have some effects on Long Island this Labor Day weekend. Ensuring that you are properly prepared well before a potential storm is important. There are various resources available to help you, your family, business, and community prepare for disastrous events. Ways to physically prepare prior, understanding and receiving emergency alerts and warnings, and practicing your plan are all important aspects of preparedness.

Recommended Supplies To Include In A Basic Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
National Grid, Friends of Long Island, and FEMA offer various tips and tools to help prepare for future events. New York State has made a web-based Citizen Preparedness Training available as well as in-person training sessions to be better prepared. In  addition, Friends of Long Island and partners will be sharing daily preparedness tips and resources that are localized for Long Island’s more specific needs.

Senator Boyle Joins Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

New York State Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, was appointed to Long Island’s Regional Economic Development Council this month, filling a position held by Senator Jack Martins.

In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The 24 member board, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, has fifteen original members who were appointed to the board five years ago by Governor Cuomo.

Right now, the council is reviewing a total of 178 aid applications in order to recommend projects for funding in October. They are also implementing a five-year economic development plan for Long Island, which will help guide future plans and priorities. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has been one of the most successful councils in New York, securing large amounts of funding for local projects.

“NYS Senator Phil Boyle has worked closely with local small businesses and downtowns across Long Island and we look forward to his ability to bring that voice to the LI Regional Economic Development Council Board” said Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island

You can read more about the addition of Senator Boyle to the LIREDC here, and also visit the LIREDC webpage here to learn more

Hundreds Pitch In to Clean Lake Ronkonkoma

Vision was out in Lake Ronkonkoma Saturday with over 200 community volunteers and elected officials cleaning up the lake. Brookhaven Councilmembers Neil Foley and Kevin LaValle sponsored the cleanup with support from Suffolk Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy.

The newly formed Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group has stepped forward to join the ongoing work of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic in this effort. Many pounds of trash, dead trees, and branches were cleaned in order to improve the appearance of the once pristine lake and park, as well as to improve the safety for visitors. "There's always a lot of glass bottles which makes me very nervous," says resident Mandi Marcello. "So I just wanted to make sure I was down here picking it all up."

Efforts to take care of the area around the historic property have been a challenge to undertake, with the property being owned by not only Suffolk County, but the townships of Smithtown, Brookhaven, and Islip; however progress is being made. For this cleanup, the Town of Brookhaven provided dumpsters and trash bags. Lake Ronkonkoma was once a tourist destination, drawing thousands in the summer to Long Island’s largest freshwater body. With multiple layers and entities of government controlling different portions of the lake, coordinating stewardship of the area has been quite a challenge.

Suffolk County is planning to clean up the site in September, moving the restoration efforts another step forward. You can check out news coverage of the effort here.

Over 500 Backpacks Donated by South Hicksville Rotary

Vision board and staff were out recently to assist the South Hicksville Rotary Club's backpack project, with over a dozen local organizations receiving over 500 high quality backpacks for their kids to start the school year.

Organizations receiving backpacks included Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, Espoir Youth Program, Westbury Soccer Club, Coordinating Council of Hempstead Civics, Peace Valley Haven Shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Roosevelt Civic Association, St, Ignatius Parish Food Pantry, Dix Hills Community Center, and Hicksville School District. NYS Senator Jack M. Martins was the Chief Guest of the event, along with past District Governor Kamlesh Mehta,and executives of nine organizations joining in.

Thousands Attend Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach

Vision Long Island joined dozens of volunteers, elected officials, and thousands of local residents and visitors as they lined the streets along Marina 1 in Mastic Beach on a hot summer day this past weekend for the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ 12th Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. “This festival was created to showcase the community,” says vendor coordinator Terrie Cicerelli. “It brings people together in a family-friendly atmosphere.”

Hundreds of vendors set up early, greeting the visitors, as live music played on Brookhaven Town’s mobile bandstand. 50/50 raffles and a Chinese Auction were set up for the annual fundraiser, with proceeds going towards helping the MBPOA’s efforts in being the stewards of the 6.5 miles of waterfront in Mastic Beach. The waterfront was turned over in the 1930’s to the Association to care for as the hamlet became developed as a vacation getaway. The Brooklyn Citizen newspaper had at the time created Mastic Beach as a waterfront resort, promising subscribers a buildable lot for $89… with $12 as a down payment and a $3.50 monthly cost, with “all owners having equal rights to the beach reserved for their exclusive use”.

Clams on the half shell, baked clams, and of course, crabs were available for purchase through Mastic Seafood, with folks able to sit and dine on the waterfront. For those that don’t like seafood, there were plenty of other options available from vendors.

Town, County, and State Move Ahead to Rebuild Blighted Site

After over 15 years of being a blighted, dangerous site, plans are underway for the revitalization of the former Kmart property in Middle Island, with Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, and New York State expressing interest in making the property more viable.

This week, Suffolk County’s Environmental Committee voted to have 21 acres of the nearly 50 acre property appraised, with the other portion possibly being purchased by New York State to add to the 6,000 acre Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area. The State DEC is planning to start their appraisal process for the 28 acres in the next few months. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said that Brookhaven would build baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds and a walking trail on the site if the County purchases the property. It would then be turned over to Longwood Youth Sports Association to operate and maintain the property.

The property, owned by developer Wilbur Breslin, came under fire earlier this year, with Brookhaven Town officials demanding that demolition of the blighted building took place, saying that the town would demolish it and charge the developer if it did not occur. Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker praised the moves to better the long-neglected property. “It’s a win-win, not only for the developer, but also the children,” she said.

You can read more about the changes coming to the Middle Island site in Newsday

Direct Bus Routes Increase Ridership and Efficiency

Bus advocates have been working to simplify public bus routes to increase ridership and efficacy with the #StraighterIsGreater campaign, in an attempt to streamline some of the nation’s zig-zagging transit routes, with the hopes of reducing commuting times.

A 2013 report by the Transportation Research Board at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at how 59 transit agencies responded to scheduling problems and complaints of slow speed, and found that three-quarters tried adjusting their bus routes. The most popular approach was to streamline them—straightening routes and reducing deviations and turns. Of the six agencies that measured their results, three saw a minor increase in speed, while one saw a “moderate increase.”

There are of course challenges with the effort. “It has historically been very difficult from a public-relations standpoint to remove bus stops or streamline a route with numerous turns,” the researchers wrote. “There can be a lack of understanding in other departments of the importance of maintaining or increasing bus speeds and the extent to which fare collection, stop spacing, inefficient routing, and other seemingly minor actions add up to a notable impact on speed of service.”

You can check out more about the effort from Citylab, and check out the report on bus scheduling problems here

Jane Jacobs Film to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be premiering this September 8th through 18th at the Toronto International Film Festival

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, is a film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Directed and Produced by Matt Tyrnauer, Produced by Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser, and Jessica Van Garsse.

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

You can learn more about the premiere here.

Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day

You can join the efforts to increase the use of sustainable transportation this Thursday, September 22, 2016 on Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day. Last year, almost 3,000 Long Islanders pledged to go car free, saving 78,000 miles in driving and 39 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Car Free Day was celebrated in over 2000 cities in 40 countries around the world in 2015. To participate in this year’s event, all you have to do is promise to be either car-free or car-lite on Car Free Day by signing an online pledge form. You also receive the chance to win free prizes once you have made the pledge. 511NY, MTA, NICE, Suffolk Transit, HART, Long Beach Municipal Bus, and the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition all have information about getting around town without using a car. Vision Long Island is a proud sponsor of this successful event.

For more information on this international event, you can visit Long Island’s Car Free Day website here.

Veterans’ Job and Information Fair- Assistance Needed!

The Amityville Community Resource Center will be hosting a Veteran’s Job & Information Fair on September 27, 2016 from 10 AM - 4pm. The Information Fair will be held from 10-4pm and the Job Fair from 12-4pm. Veterans can get free haircuts and business clothing from their boutique.

Assistance is needed from service providers, schools and vendors to participate in the information fair, and from employers with jobs available. Community members and organizations are encouraged to participate before the event by collecting new or gently used business and casual men’s clothing, business attire for women, and back to school clothing for children.

For more information on the Veteran’s Job and Information Fair, please contact Greta Guarton at 631-464-4314 x113 or, or visit

Tri-State Transportation Campaign to Honor Bold Transportation Projects

Tri State Transportation Campaign will be holding its 2016 benefit on Tuesday, September 27th. This has been a year of big and bold transportation projects. Transportation has headlined budget addresses, daily news articles, legislative hearings, press conferences, and our water cooler conversations. Let’s celebrate our region’s progress and vision this year amidst festivities and good company!

This year’s honorees will include CTfastrak, Connecticut’s first bus rapid transit system, AECOM, an innovator on major transit projects in New York and around the globe, and Senators Loretta Weinberg and Bob Gordon, champions of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 27th from 6pm-9pm at Studio Arte, 265 W 37th Street at 8th Avenue in New York City. For sponsorship and ticket information you can click here

Upcoming Public Hearings- Suffolk County Bus Cuts Starting in October

Suffolk County Transit will be moving ahead with bus route cuts, with plans to axe 10 routes effective October 3rd in order to bring a $78 million deficit into order. The cuts would be some of the largest in the 36 year history of Suffolk County Transit.

The routes that are scheduled to be cut are: S35, S71, S90, 1B, 5A, 7D/E, 10A, and 10D/E. Several of the routes proposed to be cut service one or more LIRR train station, one or more bus transfer areas, as well as colleges, parks and beaches, and Brookhaven Town Hall.

Public hearings on the cuts will be held Thursday, September 8th at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Legislative Auditorium in Hauppauge, and Friday September  9th at 3 p.m. at the Legislative Auditorium in Riverhead. You can read more about the upcoming bus cuts in Newsday, or contact Vision Long Island at (631) 261-0242 for more information.

Comment Period Open for South Shore Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

The Army Corps, with the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been awarded the funding to complete ongoing coastal storm risk management projects. As such, they have prepared a Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement for coastal storm risk management project that is intended to minimize erosion and increase hurricane protection from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP). The $1.2 billion project, which has already replenished beaches on Fire Island, is expected to take place over the next several years, with 30-50 years of contingency plans.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The release of this Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement is an important milestone, decades in the making, which moves New York State and the Army Corps of Engineers one step closer to the construction of the project.  I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and local partners to complete this comprehensive storm damage reduction project so we can better protect citizens, businesses and economy of Long Island.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a 60-day review period for the public to submit written comments to assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes. Public comments can be submitted by e-mail to either or by September 30th. The Army Corp Engineers will also be holding a number of public meetings within the next 60 days to receive feedback on the draft.

Tentative dates and locations for public hearings are :

  • September 14, 2016 for the Babylon area, which will hosted at Town Hall; 
  • September 20, 2016 for the Brookhaven area, which will be hosted in Patchogue at the national park ferry service terminal; 
  • September 27, 2016 for the Southampton area, which will be hosted at the library or college; and 
  • September 28, 2016 for the East Hampton/Montauk area, which will be hosted at the Montauk Firehouse. 

Further instructions for submitting comments and the report and its associated documents are available on New York District’s website.

Louisiana Needs Your Help

Louisiana suffered a devastating blow once again this month as twenty parishes were drenched with historical flooding, with over 7 trillion gallons of rain overfilling rivers and flooding homes. The unnamed storm is being called the worst US natural disaster since Sandy in 2012, dumping over 20 inches of rain in some areas, with other areas getting closer to three feet of rainfall.

Over 100,000 homes are estimated to be damaged by flooding with over 60,000 being so badly damaged that residents cannot return. 30,000 people were rescued, and thousands are still in shelters. One of the most frightening statistics is that 110,000 have registered for FEMA assistance, with less than a quarter of that amount filing a flood insurance claim- clearly outlining that there will be significant needs and gaps.

As Long Island creeps closer to the 4th Anniversary of Sandy, communities are once again coming together to provide assistance to Louisiana. Several initiatives to assist have started to be planned, with assistance planned in the future as well. Ways you can help:

ER 4 LA Pub Crawl Fund Drive- Sat October 1st 3pm-8pm
5 bars in East Rockaway will be participating, with 100% of proceeds (minus transaction fees) benefitting local efforts in Louisiana. Your $40 ticket includes five (5) up to $6 drink vouchers, one (1) for each of the participating locations, food specials, and an event T-shirt. Each voucher is also an entry to raffles for each location and one large prize. There will also be raffles and additional prizes. For more details and for early-bird registration, click here. For those who cannot attend and would like to donate to this fund, there is an option for that on the event page.

Ongoing Drive- Nassau County/Western Suffolk

Fill the Truck Supply Drive- September 3rd from 8am-2pm at Stop & Shop, 575 W. Montauk Hwy, West Babylon

Several organizations are working together to bring rehabilitation supplies and funds down to Louisiana. Drop off locations, items requested, and more information contact Jon Seibert.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants Open Sept 1st

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn't know where to start?   Maybe it's a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist helps identify and address key issues faced by neighbors throughout the United States.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced, philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded.  The submission phase is open from Sept. 1-Sept. 15 and you may submit one entry into each of the three program categories: Education, Safety, and Community Development.  It's best to submit early - a maximum of 2,000 submissions will be accepted, so there is a possibility of the application window period ending early.  All you have to do is submit the cause; you don't have to "run the program."

After the submission stage ends, State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will narrow down the submissions to the top 200 finalists. Once the top 200 causes are identified, they are voted on by you and your community. The voting stage is Oct. 26-Nov. 4 and each person gets 10 votes per day, every day, during that period. Winners will be announced November 30.

The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm. For more information about the program and to apply, click here

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has an Our Town grant program that aims to support creative placemaking in downtown communities. In order to be eligible for the grant, there must be a partnership between arts organizations and the government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Projects of two types will be considered: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects which represent the character and quality of a community, and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking, available for organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from 25,000 to 200,000 dollars.  The deadline is September 12, 2016

To learn more about the grant, and apply, visit the National Endowment for the Arts’ website.

Applications Being Accepted for Environmental Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration is now accepting applications for the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards.  These awards are meant to recognize projects that use FWHA funding to not only comply with environmental regulations, but to achieve environmental excellence.

 Nominations are accepted for any and all projects that have used FHWA funding to create an environmentally conscious transport solution. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2016. Any questions may be directed to

For more information about the nomination process, you can visit their website.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Grant

The Housing Trust fund is currently accepting applications for approximately 26.9 million dollars of State and Federal funds for projects relating to housing activities including housing rehabilitation, homeownership, manufactured housing rehabilitation or replacement, well and septic replacement, and lateral connection assistance that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement villages, towns, cities or counties throughout New York State. The 2016 Application for CDBG Housing Activities will be available on the NYS Homes and Community Renewal website and is due no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

You can contact the Office of Community Renewal within NYS Home and Community Renewal at (518)-474-2057 with any questions, or visit their website.

2016 Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation Announced

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for project proposals under the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. ( )

TAP funding supports bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and will help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Applications for this funding opportunity must be received by October 21, 2016. For additional information on TAP, including eligible project activities, contacts and other program requirements, please refer to the program guidance and application resource materials.
To facilitate the development of applications, NYSDOT will be hosting four webinars/workshops around the State and providing opportunities to review pre- applications with Department staff.  NYSDOT will also posting the webinars for potential project sponsors to view. 
Please note that an associated solicitation for the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) that is mentioned in the NYSDOT announcement will not be undertaken for the NYMTC planning area.
Comments and questions regarding the TAP solicitation may also be submitted via email to

$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction

As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.

"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."

Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.

More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.

Help Wanted

Young Volunteers Needed to Help Habitat Suffolk

Habitat Suffolk’s BUILD IT BRIGHTER is a program for students ages 11-15 who would like to get involved with Habitat Suffolk but who aren’t quite old enough to build on site yet. This workshop is intended to host 10 lucky volunteers ages 11-15 and parents or guardians who would like to stick around for the fun!

There will be two sessions, one for building butterfly houses on October 13th, and another to build Mail Caddies for Habitat homes on November 10th. Both workshops will be held from 6pm-8pm at Habitat’s Suffolk ReStore on 2111 Lakeland Avenue in Ronkonkoma. The cost is $20 per student.

Spots are very limited, so early registration is encouraged by emailing Wendy at

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

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
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
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


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


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.

A Message From LI Federation of Labor President John Durso

Labor Day which we all know is a national holiday, signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the start of the school year, football season and a big shopping weekend. But Labor Day is so much more than all of that it’s a day to remember the struggles of the past and to celebrate the greatest workforce in history, the American workforce.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September, it was created by an act of Congress and signed into law 6 days after the famous Pullman strike of 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. Labor Day is the holiday when we celebrate the working women and men of our great country, a holiday they truly deserve. It should come as no surprise that the idea of Labor Day originated in New York in 1882 from an organization which today is known as the New York City Central Labor Council.

Labor Day is a day to remember those who came before us, who sacrificed so that workers can enjoy the benefits of the labor movement that we have today. Men, women and even some children suffered great hardships in the creation of the labor movement. Many of the early trade Unionists were beaten for speaking up while others gave their lives demanding fair wages, dignity and respect on the job. 

The labor movement has come a long way in the last century, we have accomplished great things as a movement; but we face great challenges every day from the right wing in this country. We face a well-funded movement to roll back the clock and take away the gains we have worked so hard to achieve. It is all of our responsibility as citizens and workers Union and non-Union to be vigilant and willing to fight to protect our rights, our achievements and to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us.

While we in the labor movement may be smaller in number, we are just as committed as our predecessors. The labor movement is so much more than just a good contract it’s about quality of life, it’s about dignity, respect, commitment to community and ensuring fairness to all workers. The labor movement is about giving a voice to those who have no voice, it’s about giving strength to the weak, courage to the meek and hope to those who have no hope, it’s about making our communities better, fairer, safer and ensuring that the next generation has a better life with opportunities for all to reach their greatest potential.

So as you enjoy this holiday, thank the person who is serving you at the restaurant, checking your groceries out at the store, protecting you on the street, caring for you when you are ill and teaching your children and grandchildren; for these people are your neighbors, your friends and these people are the American Labor Movement.

Happy Labor Day
John Durso

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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