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Sept. 6-12, 2014

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“This is the first stage in building our park, which was just a dream for our community but was brought to life today by our partners and community volunteers. Without them, the playground build would not have been a success.” Debra Cavanagh, president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors


“Keeping the kids on the right path is the goal.” Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron



“This is definitely something that is needed for the little ones here.” Amparo Sandler, vice president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors



“The amount of community involvement has been tremendous. Local community members and businesses have really come together bringing donations and volunteering. Having a playground designed and built by the community is a great start to what's going to be a beautiful park. It really has been a pleasure to work on this project with the community and be a part of the day where their vision comes to life.” Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber

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Volunteers Build Community Vision For Central Islip Park

They sweated under a hot sun, toiled in concrete and dirt, lifted heavy weight and worked under a short deadline.

But when a long Friday finally came to an end for more than 200 volunteers building a playground in the new Central Islip Community Park, there was no shortage of smiles.

“Individuals can make a difference,” WABC-TV President Dave Davis said.

Two years ago, a 30-acre parcel of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center was covered with overgrowth. It had been unused for 20 years. But a community visioning for the area, led by Vision Long Island, had plans for the land.

For 30 years the community sought a park. And not only was a new public space necessary as condos went up on the former Pilgrim State, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron said, but residents wanted a community space to promote positive choices.

“Keeping the kids on the right path is the goal,” Flotteron said.

The project received a state grant last year to build improved bicycle and pedestrian paths on the west side of the park to connect with a nearby LIRR station. 2013 also saw the project win a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island.

The first of three phases included clearing the land, building the paths and constructing a pair of soccer/football fields for the Police Athletic League. Construction is still underway on the fields, Flotteron said, which should open next month alongside the playground.

This past Friday, residents and community stakeholders joined volunteers from nonprofit KaBOOM! and Disney – including ABC News President James Goldston – all day building the playground. More than 200 volunteers like Vision Long Island board member John Keating and Assistant Director Tawaun Weber worked on the playground. Aside from two months of planning, logistics and preliminary work to prepare the site, all of the actual construction took place in six hours. Volunteers assembled swings, installed slides, poured concrete and built wooden planters from scratch.

Final touches and installation of rubber flooring is expected to happen any day.

“It’s still a work site,” the councilman said alluding to construction of the fields.

The final phase of the project is the creation of shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, a bandshell, pincnic areas and koi pond. The entire park is expected to be finished by fall 2015.

But it won’t take a year for Central Islip families to enjoy the new playground, which is expected to attract more than 7,200 children.

“The residents of Central Islip are grateful for the support from the Town of Islip, KaBOOM! and Disney in bringing a new playground to Islip Community Park that will serve the children in community well,” Debbie Cavanagh, president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors. “This is the first stage in building our park, which was just a dream for our community but was brought to life today by our partners and community volunteers. Without them, the playground build would not have been a success.”

Check out ABC, FiOS 1 and News 12, for media coverage of the build.

Huntington Station Shows Pride With Fifth Annual Parade

Hot sun beams and oppressive humidity cooked Long Island on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to keep thousands from celebrating the fifth annual Huntington Awareness Day and Parade.

Bands from both Huntington and Walt Whitman High Schools marched up New York Avenue. They were joined by various community organizations, firefighters, a Marine honor guard, elected officials and vintage cars along New York Avenue.

Dogs and volunteers from Little Shelter were also a part of the parade, although the heat forced the adoptable canines out early.

At the forefront of the parade, Grand Marshals Chris Algieri, Anthony Mastroianni and Thomas Jerideau waved to the crowds before being honored in a ceremony. Algieri is an undefeated boxer slated to fight the legendary Manny Pacquiao in November. Mastroianni is a lifelong Huntington Station resident with years of service in the Navy, politics and Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Jerideau retired from the New York City Transit Authority before serving with the Huntington African American Task Force and Huntington Station Revitalization Task Force.

Arriving at Church Street, the parade dissolved into large fairgrounds. Merchants and community groups set up booths amid live music and other entertainment.

Vision Long Island joined the festivities and noted the energy in the community was palpable due to the upcoming Source the Station revitalization projects.

For more coverage about the event, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Frustrated Long Beach Still Waiting For Hospital Reopening

A deal was hashed out months ago to reopen a barrier island hospital ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, but residents continue to make lengthy trips to other hospitals as bureaucracy stalls the move.

The Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC) closed after Superstorm Sandy inundated the 162-bed hospital and caused $56 million in damage. A deal was reached with South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) in May to purchase the hospital for $11.7 million with hopes of reopening this summer.

The sale, however, has not gone through because the New York attorney general’s office has yet to sign off on the agreement.

Meanwhile, SNCH opened an urgent care facility next door in Long Beach. Emergency care doctors work in the facility, but cannot accept trauma patients or ambulances. That requires designation as an off-site emergency room, which entails state health department approval. SNCH officials have reportedly been told to wait on applying until the state creates regulations on how off-site emergency rooms should operate.

For now, island residents in need of emergency medical care face a trip to SNCH in Oceanside or Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Lido Beach-Point Lookout Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson said the length of an average ambulance ride has tripled from seven minutes to more than 22 minutes.

“For patient care, it’s a long time,” Thompson said.

Long Beach residents said the city of 33,000 needs its own hospital.

“Too many lives are at stake,” Andy Goober said.

The situation has been a mess ever since Sandy hit the area in October 2012. Repairs and construction were finished in summer 2013, but state health Commissioner Nirav Shah refused to authorize reauthorize opening the hospital, which was losing $2 million annually since 2007. This past February, Senator Chuck Schumer (D) called on FEMA to transfer $100 million in Sandy aid from LBMC to SNCH; that was finally approved this spring.

Back in January, Island Park resident Sue Hecht, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) and 40 other residents held a “die-in” around the LBMC. Participants lay motionless outside for three minutes, representing the danger of not having local medical care.

“Everybody within Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Lido and even Island Park feel that area needs a hospital. It’s a good 20 minutes before you’re going to get to a hospital,” Hecht said, adding residents could start pushing for another die-in if progress doesn’t come soon.

For more on the situation at Long Beach Medical Center, check out Newsday (subscription required) and CBS.

Dead Malls Reborn As Downtowns, Mixed-Use Development

When a mall goes belly up in America, one of the most common futures for the lot is mixed-use development.

NPR published an article earlier this week on malls, many of which are struggling, and what happens when they can’t stay afloat.

With about 1,200 enclosed malls in the country, only one-third are successful. The Internet, Great Recession and demographic shifts are leaving more and more empty.

When a mall does die, Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ellen Dunham-Jones said, they most frequently become office space. Google opened their Google Glass division in a 500,000-square foot lot that was once a mall and home to HP.

Mixed-use town centers are the second most popular option and other mixed-use projects are the fourth most common successor. Dunham-Jones said it makes sense from environmental, sustainability and social points of view.

Forty malls across the country have actually been razed and replaced with downtowns. In a Denver suburb, 22 blocks of walkable downtown replaced a large regional mall on a 100-acre site. That incorporates retail on the ground floor and apartments and offices above. Tax revenues are way up and traffic significantly down.

“Folks in their 20s — millennials — most of them grew up in the suburbs and most of them have made very clear they want to live a more urban lifestyle. They don't want to become their parents,” she said.

Sample The Flavors Of Freeport’s Nautical Mile Sept. 14-21

The first day of fall may technically come a few days later, but the Nautical Mile Restaurant Week later this month is clearly scheduled after summer.

Eleven restaurants will open their doors Sept. 14-21 for three-course meals from a $27 prix-fixe menu. There’s no shortage of flavor with dishes like Japanese chili-grilled Tilapia and port-poached figs.

The event is designed to promote the rebuilt Nautical Mile and advertise how these once-seasonal businesses are opened year-round.

Check out the list of participating restaurants and menus here.

Crowds Expected For Westbury Street Fair On Saturday

Check out the annual Westbury Street Fair Sept. 13.

The event draws about 10,000 people for live music, pony rides, jack-o-lanterns, a petting zoo and other family-friendly entertainment while the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts and Westbury Business Improvement District host a “Pop Up” arts gallery in an empty 1,300 square foot store front along Post Avenue. Restaurants and raffles will also take place along Post Avenue.

For more about the fair, check out the Westbury BID online.

Billy Joel Bandmates Headlining Farmingdale 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.

Exotic Cars In Glen Cove At Sixth Annual Bimmerstock

$60,000. That’s how much exotic car owners can raise annually on average for a good cause.

The sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock is slated for Sept. 14 in downtown Glen Cove. The first five events raised more than $300,000 for The Diabetes Research Institute.

Produced by Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture of Glen Cove, Bimmerstock attracts owners of Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets.

Spectators are free, although car registration ranges from $20-$25. Last year’s event generated $80,000 alone.

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) is again serving on the committee putting the event together.

For more information about the upcoming event, check out The Diabetes Research Institute online.

Third Annual Short Film Concert Now On Cablevision

The third annual Westbury Short Film Concert may have stopped its reels, but last month’s event will be featured on the small screen.

Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” program will feature the indie film series, along with interviews of producer Doug LeClaire, Mayor Peter Cavallaro and others.

Hosted by the Village of Westbury and Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, the Short Film Concert has become something of a local tradition. It takes place at the Piazza Ernesto Strada with a musical performance before some of the best independent short films from around the world will start rolling.

“Neighborhood Journal” can be found on Cablevision’s channel 118. It’s slated to air six times a day through September.

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.

Chili Contest Heating Up For East Rockaway Food Pantries

Think you have the best chili recipe? Put it to the test of a spoon-armed public.

Sign up now for the Stars & Stripes Chili Cook Off on Sept. 20 to secure a spot among the 30 possible chili cooks. Taking place at Althouse 1848 in East Rockaway, chilis will be tasted from 3-5 p.m.

There is no entry fee for cooks, who must provide half-tray of chili.

Entry for tasters is set at $5, which includes a sample of every chili and one ticket to vote for the best. Additional tickets will be on sale for $1 apiece. The three chilis with the most tickets will be honored and prizes awarded to the cooks.

All proceeds from the cook off to East Rockaway food pantries.

Cooks are invited to sign up online, space permitting, using password erchili. Members of the public can just show up at the event.

Check Out These Long Island Food Festivals Next Weekend

If it’s the end of summer on Long Island, it’s time for a food festival.

The Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association’s 35th annual Pickle Festival kicks off a trio of celebrations next weekend. Taking place in Centerport on Sept. 20, the event features a wide variety of pickles, corn maze, train rides, antique cars and more. Tickets require a $5 donation, although children under 12 are free. Check out their website for more on this festival.

Further out east, the Garden of Eve Farm is slated to celebrate their 11th annual Garlic Festival Sept. 20-21. The Riverhead-based farm will play host to farm animals, hay rides, live music and, of course, lots of fresh garlic. Check out their website for more on the festival.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Three Village Historical Society will celebrate their 25th Long Island Apple Festival. The apple pie contest is the highlight of the day, although old-fashioned games and crafts, traditional music, wagon rides, sheep shearing, colonial cooking and apple relay races will also take place in East Setauket. Visit the historical society online to sign up for the pie contest and for more information.

And just in case that’s too much food for one weekend, don’t forget to participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on Sunday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Jones Beach Field 5, the event raises donations and awareness about heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. For more about this event, check out the American Heart Association’s website.

Get A Taste Of Going Car Free At Sept. 18 Rally

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.

It begins with a rally at Farmingdale State College Sept. 18. Business and transportation experts will join Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone addressing the crowd, before exhibitors and panels discussions open up. Bus Rapid Transit and 511NYRideshare are hot topics for the rally. Register online for the free event.

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 Sept. 9, 1,501 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 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.

Take A Stroll Through Northport With ArtWalk Sept. 28

Once the crowds from Cow Harbor Weekend pass, join the Northport Historical Society and Northport Arts Coalition downtown in perusing local artwork later this month.

ArtWalk is back for a fourth year on Sept. 28, inviting residents and visitors to view galleries, studios and eclectic gallery-for-a-day venues along Main Street. Some of the artwork at each location will have been created by locals and available for sale.

Live music will also be a part of the 2014 ArtWalk.

The event began in 2010, growing rapidly to six sessions in 2011. The Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Northport Arts Council in 2012, scaling back to three events. SPARKBOOM replaced the chamber for one event in 2013.

For more information about the upcoming ArtWalk, check out the Northport Arts Coalition online.

Talking Transportation At CNU Summit In NYC

New York City is only a train-ride away from Long Island, and it’s playing host to a conference talking about trains, cars, bikes and pedestrians.

The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) is slated to hold their Summit on Equity & Transportation across parts of the city Oct. 1-3.

This year's Summit is expected to focus on the interaction between equity and transportation and redefining transportation standards to support safe, vibrant and equitable streets.

Three days of presentations, discussions, tours, and working meetings will challenge participants to identify research opportunities, policy strategies, and design approaches that make transportation policy more holistic and equitable. These discussions will form the basis of CNU's work on this topic for 2015.

Tours will examine the city’s bikeway systems, along the South Bronx's Sheridan Expressway and atop the famed High Line railroad spur.

For more information and registration, visit CNU’s website. Registration, $200 for CNU members and $250 for everyone else, is limited.

Register Now For The 2014 Conference On Environment

How can the environment affect urban agriculture? How has solar power taken off in New York?

Find the answers to these questions and more at the 2014 Conference On Environment Oct. 2-4 in Binghamton.

Over three days, program sessions and tours will examine three different tracks: local food systems; climate change, adaptation and natural resource management; and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

NYS Association of Conservation Commissions President and Vision Long Island board member Joy Squires is serving as a conference officer.

Registration must be completed online by Sept. 30 to participate. This includes a $95 charge for the conference and a $20 charge to tour the Binghamton Urban Farm and Community Gardens.

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.

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.

Join Hofstra In Celebrating Long Island’s Diversity Nov. 11

A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.

The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.

George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.

Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.

Join GoRail Protesting Against New Railroad Red Tape

If Congress passes a piece of legislation, it could tie up freight railroads with red tape, according to nonprofit GoRail.

They’re asking for the public’s support in stopping the bill (S. 2777) from imposing new requirements and controls on freight railroads. Without significant changes, GoRail argues it would erode the ability of railroads to continue their record infrastructure investments.

The United States has the safest, most productive and efficient freight rail system in the world thanks in large measure to smart and balanced federal regulations that protect rail customers while allowing railroads to operate in the free market like other businesses. Interfering with this balanced system of rail regulation could shrink rail investment at a time when the nation needs railroads more than ever.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee could take up this legislation as early as next week. If they do, GoRail will need your help. Meanwhile, they’re asking everyone to post on social media about the importance of freight rail. Visit this guide for a state-by-state review of rail and find your senator’s social media accounts here.

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.

Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.

Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.

Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.

Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.

NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.

Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.

Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.

Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.

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.

Help Wanted

Environmental Advocates Seek New Land Use Associate

Upstate environmental advocates Scenic Hudson are looking for a new advocacy associate for land use and policy.

This person will provide strategic support to the director of Public Policy and environmental advocacy attorney in the form of all aspects of office administration, research, report preparation and social media outreach in order to aid in campaigns that protect the Hudson River as a public and natural resource, secure public funding for environmental projects and strengthen land use and other environmental regulations and programs administered by county, state and federal government.

A college degree in environmental sciences, political science, pre-law, public administration or a related field is required for this position; along with 1-3 years of experience in a related position. The ideal candidate will be an excellent researcher, team-player, have excellent analytical and communication skills, and be proficient with legal and legislative research tools. Knowledge of New York State Environmental Quality Review and Coastal Consistency Review processes, along with other county, state and federal processes, is preferred.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Applicants should email a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and writing sample (no more than three pages).

Wheel Into Bicycling Nonprofit’s New Role

The New York Bicycling Coalition is looking for the right person to fill a brand new position.

The nonprofit wants a membership and communications coordinator to start by Oct. 1. This person will expand the organization’s membership base and improve the membership experience.

This job will begin as part-time, with opportunities to work on bike education, advocacy and tourism projects as funding becomes available.

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and a writing sample (500-1,000 words) to Executive Director Josh Wilson via email.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


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
It Dies Today with special guests Scare Don't Fear, Belakiss, Give Up The Goods, If He Dies and Diamond Cutter - Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
Crown the Empire, Volumes, Secrets, Ice Nine Kills, The Family Ruin - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
The Battle of the Bands - Sunday, Sept. 14 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
Tom Rush - Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
Loudon Wainwright III - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Ana Popovic - Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
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
Instant Wine Cellar: A FUNdraiser to Bring the Bard to the Drew - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 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
Steely Dan "Jamelot Ever After" - Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at 8 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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
The Alternative, Mind Riot and Unglued - Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
Cousin Fungus, Woodfish and Jellyband - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
School of Rock presents music of The Doors - Sunday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Mickey B's Oldies Fall Spectacular - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike Delguidice and Big Shot - Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Sept. 13 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, Sept. 12 at 10:30 p.m.
The Comedy Club @ Theater Three - Saturday, Sept. 13 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
AbbaFab - Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
The World Famous Recording Drifters with Rick Sheppard - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 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
HarborFest All-Star Comedy - Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 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

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

Messages Of Hope, Unity On 9/11

Long Islanders spent the day observing Sept. 11 services and observances. We hope the message of unity and healing carries on in the days and months ahead.

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