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August 29th - September 4th, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

Regional Updates

Willdan Financial Services

Willdan has a reputation for delivering high-quality projects on time and within budget. Rooted in Willdan’s corporate culture is its focus on quality customer service. The company has more than 600 employees, including licensed engineers, program and construction managers, financial analysts, planners, and other skilled professionals.

Willdan benefits from well-established relationships with local and state government agencies, investor-owned and municipal utilities, and private sector commercial and industrial firms throughout the United States. The company served more than 800 distinct clients in 2013. Headquartered in Anaheim, the company operates from offices in more than a dozen states across the US.

“Energy and infrastructure are crucial to our economic future and survival on Long Island. Yet nearly 50% of Long Island’s electricity comes in on cables from off-island sources, which jeopardizes Long Island’s independent energy supply... Long Islanders deserve a resilient and reliable power supply that won’t be compromised when threats arise. Modern technology has made it possible to locate power plants in-land so we don’t put residents’ power in jeopardy during events like Superstorm Sandy"

- NYS Senator Tom Croci

“The ongoing threat to our environment by continuing to rely on old power plants, previously owned by the now-defunct Long Island Lighting Company, cannot continue... We must replace these aging plants with the type of clean, modern power generation that Caithness II will produce.”

- Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

“Caithness II will put Long Islanders to work to provide the region with affordable and reliable energy"

- Dick O’Kane, President of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties

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NYS Looks to Implement Clean Energy Initiative for Long Island

In a partnership between NYSERDA, ScottsMiracle-Gro, General Electric and American Organic Energy, $40 million anaerobic digester plant will be breaking ground in Yaphank at the 62 acre Long Island Compost facility with an expected completion by next August. The plant will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Long Island, which is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s reforming the Energy Vision and Cleaner, Greener Communities.

The plant will be able to accept and separate 180,000 tons of food waste from Long Island and New York City’s supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and schools. Charles Vigliotti, president and CEO of American Organic Energy, says that the plant will be able to separate the waste from an estimate 60,000 tons of non-organic waste like bags and cans, which has been a major challenge in processing organic waste. "We'll separate the tuna from the can and recycle the tuna and recycle the can."

The natural gas produced by the facility will make operations self-sufficient; natural gas produced will power the three 1-megawatt power generators on site, then power the trucks used to transport the waste into the facility. The remaining gas generated would be sold to National Grid to be sold to a third party buyer. AOE had negotiated with PSEG and LIPA to sell back power to the grid from the generators, but could not agree on acceptable price.

The State says that the facility will cut 40,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is the equivalent of removing 8,125 cars from the road. In addition, the plant will reduce the amount of methane gas produced by landfills, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Sludge left over from the gas production will be converted into fertilizer.

The construction is given a boost through a $1.45 million grant from the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority. VIsion Long Island in partnership with Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Town of North Hempstead, and others helped develop the NYSERDA Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan. We are glad to see projects emerge from this planning process.

You can learn more about this exciting initiative from Newsday and Governor Cuomo’s press release.

Locals Come Out to Support Caithness II

Vision Board and staff were out with over 300 community members, unions, small businesses, school officials and energy experts in support of the proposed Caithness II project in Yaphank Wednesday. The project, which was given the green light by LIPA in July of 2013, aims to build a 750 megawatt natural gas-fired next to the 350 megawatt Caithness I plant. The project was shelved last year by PSEG.

Coalition for a Brighter Long Island, New York State Senate Energy Chairman Joseph Griffo, and a wide range of local government officials attended the event, as well as Vision's Director Eric Alexander and Vision Board member and Sustainability Institute at Molloy College’s Neal Lewis, who addressed the crowd in a show of support for the project.

State Senator Tom Croci attended and supported the project, which PSEG is hesitant on moving forward with until a resource assessment is completed next year. The Senator showed concerns pertaining to resiliency in the event of disaster, stating that about half of Long Island’s power generation comes from sources off of Long Island. "I was a former town supervisor down here on the South Shore of Long Island during Superstorm Sandy," Croci said in an interview, following a rally near the site of the proposed plant in Yaphank. "I just don't think we can depend, when things get bad, on things coming from off the island."  

PSEG says that the island won’t need new power generation for another ten years, and that electrical rates would jump 6% in the first year of operation. Caithness Long Island President Ross Ain does not agree with that assessment, saying that rates would drop 3.4% while integrating renewable energies, provide economic development and tax revenues while providing clean energy to the island. According to Caithness, the new plant would reduce air pollution emissions by 95% and save $80 million in fuel compared to energy produced by Long Island’s aging steam plants.

You can check out FIOS1’s coverage on the event here, and see the proposed plan for Caithness II here.

NYS Transfer of Development Rights Program Draws Questions

New York’s Department of State is working on creating a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program that would allow higher density development of properties in certain areas in exchange for not building on certain parcels. According to DOS, the original motivation for the program was the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy- properties in vulnerable areas would be allowed to have their development rights transferred to less vulnerable areas, retreating from the shoreline. However, DOS does acknowledge that TDR would encompass all of Nassau and Suffolk, and is a tool to help local towns and villages revitalize their downtowns.

Those in favor of a TDR program hope that it will help preserve open land while allowing for denser development in areas that could benefit and welcome a larger population. “Developers, public officials and economic development professionals have long advocated for attractive downtown areas on Long Island to help retain and attract new work,” Laz Benitez, DOS spokesman said via email. “Many businesses are looking to locate in areas where their young talented workers want to live. So TDR can serve multiple goals: conserving certain areas, while at the same time revitalizing Long Island’s downtowns and helping to attract jobs and economic investment.”

Others who are not in favor of the program are concerned with pushback from communities that would be the on the “receiving” end of a TDR program; those who would have the increased development in their community. Brookhaven Town, Long Island’s (and the country’s) largest town in terms of area, has experience with transferring development away from the Pine Barrens region. “When you start transferring development rights in a place it upsets the applecart,” Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said. 

The DOS says that the TDR will be handled locally, and that municipalities can choose to participate in the program and handle all use and zoning issues. (Several municipalities already have TDR programs and regulations written in their codes). “Long Islanders are known to accept density when they are able to shape the character of the planned growth,” said Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island. “When dealing with controversial and experimental land-use planning techniques, the place for innovation has been local towns and villages where the public has full access and ongoing communication.”

More can be read about the program from LIBN(subscription required).  A 2013 draft study on TDR by Suffolk County can also be read here.

Babylon IDA Supports Craft Beer Business Incubator in Copaigue

A proposed $12 million project where a vacant eyesore sits could become New York’s first incubator dedicated to craft beer. Babylon Town’s IDA is proposing the project to transform a former missile-component test facility into a production and tasting space for nano and micro brewers.
Long Island is now home to at least 27 breweries, contributing to a 54% increase in breweries statewide between 2011 and 2013. The property at 1305 S. Strong Avenue would be demolished, and a facility that would have space for up to 10 brewers would be constructed. The concept was thought of after IDA chief executive Matthew McDonough read about a local brewer not being able to find space to operate. The property, which is a few blocks from the Copiague LIRR station would have to undergo payment or forgiveness of a NYS DEC cleanup bill of $750,000, as well as about $1 million in back property taxes and fees.

The IDA is seeking about $8 million in state and federal funding to fund the project in order to give the neighborhood “something we hope is aesthetically pleasing to the area that's had this blight for so long." Babylon Town officials are supportive of the proposal, which has been embraced by many in the community over the past several weeks. "We're excited about the potential," Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer said. "They've done a lot of community outreach. So far we've heard very positive comments."

Demolition of the old building could come as early as next year, paving the way for the new incubator. More can be read about this unique proposed project from FIOS1 and Newsday

Surgeon General Calls for More Walkability

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be launching a “Call to Action on Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities” next week in a webcast, highlighting the health burden due to physical inactivity and actions that can be taken to improve community walkability and increase walking.

With two in three Americans being diagnosed as clinically obese or overweight and 36% of U.S. adults not engaging in any sort of exercise, walkable communities are a tool in decreasing the 10% of preventable deaths due to physical activity. The webcast should be of interest to urbanists as well as the Congress for New Urbanism, as many CNU priorities will be addressed, including health and safety concerns for those in suburban and urban areas, the positive economic impact of walkable communities, and the health benefits of living in compact, walkable neighborhoods when walking is incorporated into a daily routine of commuting.

Details about how to watch the Webcast will be available on the Surgeon General’s website ( on the morning of September 9, just before the scheduled webcast at 10am that day.  You can see more of a preview on some of the topics that will be discussed on Better Cities.

Labor Day Message from John Durso

As we prepare to celebrate another Labor Day, I’m struck by all that has gone on since last year. We had a great run in the stock market until this past August but it now appears to be going through a correction, or decline in stock prices. That’s a funny term, “correction,” when it’s your life savings on the line. More and more employers are shying away from defined benefit plans and pensions, instead shifting workers more and more into annuities or 401K plans and as a result, a “correction” can have a devastating effect upon your retirement savings. Since 2008 when workers’ 401K plans were devastated, there has been a bottleneck with retirement age workers having to continue to work to make up for their lost savings. This limits opportunities for younger workers looking to move ahead with their careers and their lives. We need to bring back the defined benefit pension plans, as it’s these plans that have provided the safety net for millions of workers in our country.

This Labor Day we are seeing the death of an institution, the A&P Company. A&P and its local companies, Pathmark, Food Emporium, Food Basics, and my old alma mater Waldbaum’s, will come to a tearful close before the end of this year. Perhaps thousands of dedicated Unionized Supermarket workers, through no fault of their own, will be out of a job. Some of these men and women will undoubtedly be employed by various companies who will look to pick up the scraps of a once proud company. These workers gave over $615 million in concessions back in 2011 to help keep A&P alive. However, through turnstile and inept management the A&P Company has thrown away the sacrifices of our members and their families. Our contracts are filled with strong protections and assurances for our members but a second bankruptcy changed all of that. Now only the courts and the Bankruptcy Judge hold the power over our contracts!

Our members continue to work hard every day to care for their customers and the neighborhoods that they serve. Our members go to work with their heads held high but with sorrow in their hearts for this situation is not of their making. Yet, it’s the pride in what they do that gives them the strength to take care of their customers, their neighbors, and their families.

We, the 13 Unions of the UFCW/RWDSU, are so proud to represent our members and will always fight on their and your behalf. We will continue to look for good Union employers who want to pay fair wages and provide good benefits and as we find them, we will embrace them for they know the value of good employees who care for their customers.

This Labor Day, as you celebrate our Labor Movement and all that we have accomplished, be proud for all that we have done to better the lives of millions of families. We, the Labor Movement, are the backbone of our society and we have and continue to pave the road to the middle class for working men and women all across the world. However, as we celebrate this weekend, please take a moment to think about the workers in A&P, Pathmark, Food Emporium, Food Basics, and Waldbaum’s and how they and their families are coping with what the rest of the year will bring. Support them and their families by shopping in their stores and letting them know that you’re thinking of them. None of our members want your pity but they have earned your respect and we should all be demanding that they receive what they have earned through years of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.

The Labor Movement always sticks together when times are rough and for the 30,000 workers in the A&P owned companies, it doesn’t get any rougher than this. Support your local Union supermarkets and your fellow Union members.

Solidarity Forever! Happy Labor Day!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Car Free Day September 22, 2015

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. This year, Long Island will once again join in by celebrating its 3rd Annual Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Car Free Day gives us the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes such as transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!

To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 22, 2015 by filling out the pledge form. It’s that simple! Once you pledge you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That’s great and since you’re doing the right thing, you will also get the same chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.

Car Fee Day is an event celebrated in over 1500 cities in 40 countries around the world. It’s celebrated in different ways but with the common goal of taking cars off the road. The benefit to society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced energy use. Vision Long Island is again a cosponsor of the event. We encourage Long Islanders to participate.

Help us make the 3rd annual Car Free Day LI a great success – pledge today

Long Island Economic Development Conference

On Thursday, September 24th, Grow your business with the largest economic development conference on Long Island.

In One Day, Take Advantage of Networking With Some of New York State's Largest Buyers from Government Agencies and Major Corporations... Including SUNY Campuses & Hospitals, Nassau and Suffolk County's Buying Departments and Their Prime Vendors Looking To Provide Supplier Diversity Opportunities.

We expect approximately 1,000 in attendance and 150 exhibitors. Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Click below to get started.

We proudly welcome both County Executives as a major part of this phenomenal event.

They will join our list of speakers, discussing business growth opportunities throughout New York State and Long Island Region. Don't Miss this opportunity!

September 24, 2015 8am-5pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.

To register to attend or exhibit at the event, visit here.

2015 East End Planning Conference Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tour of Marine Sciences Center 2pm – 3pm

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

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

NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment

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

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

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

Help Wanted

Appications for EPA's Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Open

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

Learn more

Coastal Program Grants now Accepting Applications

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

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

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

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

2015 NYS HOME Local Program

The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) Office of Community Renewal (OCR) announces the availability and requests proposals for approximately $16.5 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 NYS HOME Local Program funds, set aside for use by Local Program Administrators (LPAs). 

The NYS Home Local Program is a federally funded program administered by the HTFC OCR. The program is designed to fund a variety of residential housing activities to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing throughout the State of New York. Applications will be accepted for residential housing activities in the following categories: Homeowner Rehab, Homebuyer, Homeowner/Homebuyer Rental Rehab and Tenant based Rental Assistance. 

Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, October 16, 2015.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) and all related documents are available on the HCR website at:  Please check the website for updates and/or corrections regarding this RFP.  We welcome your applications to assist low and moderate income New Yorkers to have an affordable and sustainable housing option.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


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


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665


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


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Supporting Our Local Downtowns Labor Day and Everyday!


It has been a great summer for many downtown businesses across Long Island who have seen a steady flow and even a rise in customers throughout the summer.   Fios1 News recently featured a profile on downtown Bay Shore and their businesses.  Local business leader Marilyn Schulman as well as the owner of Nick's On Bay who were a key quoted in the story were also a key part of the Bay Shore Marina revitalization plan that Vision Long Island worked on.

For more on this story, visit Fios1 News.

Smart Talk

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

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