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East Rockaway Village Board Approves Waterfront Condos
New transit-oriented housing is another closer to reality in a community still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
The Village of East Rockaway Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans for 84 condominiums
on Wednesday night.
Developer Beechwood Organization wants to replace an 80-year-old derelict warehouse and marina with six four-story buildings of condos along the water. They’re also looking to rebuild 1,050 feet of Sandy-damaged bulkhead and build 65 new boat slips.
Vision Long Island provided testimony supporting the plan.
“The improvements to this existing boatyard will support the local restaurants, an existing supermarket, gym as well as Main Street, all of which could use a built in customer base given the post Sandy economic impact. The project is a short walk to a train station with excellent service into New York City and can serve as a great example of successful transit-oriented development.”
For more coverage of this story, peruse Long Island Business News (subscription required).
Gearing Up For Monday’s ‘Car Free Day’ With Pep Rally
“Suffolk County needs to be car free in order to have sustainable economic growth.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone embraced alternative forms of transportation at Thursday’s rally for Car Free Day. Bellone shared the stage with transit officials from Long Island Rail Road, NICE Bus, Suffolk Bike Riders Association and 511 NY Rideshare; representatives from powerhouse employer North Shore LIJ and members of local chambers of commerce at Farmingdale State College.
The second annual Car Free Day, slated for Sept. 22, will again focus on a very simple concept – drive less or not at all. That includes riding LIRR and county buses, but it also includes walking, bicycling, rollerblading and even telecommuting and carpooling.
As of Friday, almost 2,500 people pledged not to drive themselves on Monday.
The county executive said alternative forms of transportation are important to create a more connected island and better connect individual communities.
Car Free Day will also benefit the environment, according to several participants. NICE Bus Marketing Director Jack Khzouz said they operate 300 carbon neutral buses, while North Shore LIJ Sustainability Director Lisa Burch her company reduced their carbon footprint by 30 percent with alternative programs, like a shuttle from the Great Neck LIRR station.
“Thirty percent of greenhouse gases from Long Island are attributed to transportation,” Burch said.
But getting more drivers to give up their cars in favor of alternative forms of transportation could be difficult without support and planning. Suffolk Bike Riders Association President Bob Devito confirmed more people will walk and bike if roads are safer. Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander offered to collect pictures of unsafe roads to create a compilation of necessary projects. Transit-oriented development, Alexander added, is critical for downtowns to grow.
After opening comments, yesterday’s rally featured a trio of panels. Suffolk County’s Darnell Tyson and Vision Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle touched on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and transit-oriented development. Bellone’s Connect LI initiative, Tyson said, would rely on BRT to establish north-south corridors. Every trip begins and ends as a pedestrian, Kyle added. She also said that building in downtowns with transportation options available not only leads to healthier residents, but more robust economic communities.
In another panel, Burch and Farmingdale mechanical engineering professor Mohamed Zogli examined alternative fuel vehicles. The hospital spokeswoman said they’re supporting sustainable transportation with electric car charging stations. But only 10 percent of Long Island’s energy is renewable, Zogli added. He is conducting research on energy storage and working on a renewable energy smart grid project.
The third panel looked at the behavioral changes behind Car Free Day and alternative forms of transit. Farmingdale State social science expert Eva Pearson referenced a study that found people enjoyed public transportation more than they expected once they actually used it. If it becomes easy and efficient, she added, more people will embrace it. 511 NY Rideshare’s Katie Dunn encouraged employers to create incentives for employees to stop driving. That includes supporting employees in creating carpools and using public transportation.
For more information and to take the pledge, visit Car Free Day online. For media coverage, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Enjoying Festivals In Farmingdale, Westbury, Glen Cove
Long Island was abuzz this past weekend with a festivals, fairs and other community events taking place in downtowns.
The Village of Farmingdale may have been hosting their first annual Music Fest, but the results were very promising. About 12,000 were on hand between both days of the weekend, rain kept some of the crowd away on Saturday, to hear a slate of musicians like Rock and Roll hall of famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals perform on multiple stages on the Village Green. Supported by the likes of Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Treasurer Brian Harty and developer Anthony Bartone, the event also incorporated vendors, outdoor dining and a Kid Zone with magic shows, character visits and a 90-foot mural painted by children.
Meanwhile, the Westbury Street Fair attracted thousands on Saturday with pony rides, a petting zoo, jack-o-lanterns and other family-friendly entertainment. Hosted by the Westbury Business Improvement District and Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, the event also included a chalk street mosaic and a “Pop Up” arts gallery in an empty 1,300 square foot store front along Post Avenue.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) again helped organize the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerfest in Glen Cove on Sunday. Thousands of Long Islanders meandered about the city hub, checking out colorful Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs. Not only does the event bring people into Glen Cove, it also raises money for the Diabetes Research Institute. The first five Bimmerfests raised more than $300,000.
Not All Downtown News Is Good: Landmarks Close In Riverhead, Babylon, Bellmore
The push is on to revive downtowns across Long Island, but that doesn’t mean the news is always rosy. Three established downtown landmarks recently gave up the ghost.
In Riverhead, Dennis McDermott closed up his restaurant, the Riverhead Project, at the beginning of the month. The New American eatery was a converted bank building with a sharp-looking, but expensive design. The struggling economy and harsh winter also sent the restaurant into the red. McDermott had been looking for a partner, but gave up on Sept. 12, saying “Nobody wanted to invest in a restaurant in Riverhead.” For more on this closure, check out Newsday (subscription required).
In the middle of the island, Bow Tie Cinemas shut the doors to their three-screen Babylon theater after a showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Sept. 7. The theater first opened in 1922 as The Capitol Theatre, becoming The Babylon Theatre in 1925. Along the way, Prudential Theaters and United Artist owned the venue until the mid-nineties when it was purchased by Cablevision’s Clearview Cinemas. The Babylon location was one of 41 Clearview theater sold to Bow Tie in 2013. Bow Tie CEO Joseph Masher said business declined despite lowering prices and improving audio/video equipment. For more about the former Babylon Theater, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Across the border in Nassau County, Weinman’s Hardware stopped serving Bellmore residents Sept. 13. Weinman’s was a landmark in the community. Owner Roy Weinman met customers in the final days, thanking them for their support. The 89-year-old’s father opened a general store in 1922; Weinman moved the store across the street and renamed it in 1935. When he wasn’t selling products, he was in the store fixing broken items for customers. Big box stores, the owner said, cut significantly into business. Check out News 12 (subscription required) for more on Weinman’s Hardware.
NYC Wins $26.5 Million For Vision Zero, Rockaways
A pair of New York City transportation projects will receive federal funding.
The U.S. Department of Transportation last week announced the recipients of 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. These 72 winners will split a pool of $600 million.
New York City’s Department of Transportation won $1.49 million to study multimodal transportation in the Rockaway Peninusla. The $2.07 million project will examine transportation in the eastern portion of the Rockaway Peninsula. The region is still economically distressed after Superstorm Sandy, with 49 percent of residents lacking access to a vehicle and 27 percent living in poverty. The goal is to establish high-quality transit services, and promote pedestrian and bicycle connections.
The city’s transportation department also picked up $25 million for Vision Zero. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s version of the Swedish plan to eliminate all traffic-related deaths in 10 years involves handing out more tickets, reducing speeds to 20 MPH in residential neighborhoods and installing more cameras. His project carries a $52.8 million price tag. The TIGER funding will go towards curb extensions, pedestrian islands, expanded sidewalks and protected bike lanes developed through comprehensive planning and public engagement.
No Long Island projects were selected in this round.
TIGER grants pump federal money into projects that have a significant impact on the country, region or metropolitan area. The first six rounds have provided $4.1 billion in aid.
TIGER 2014 is designed to emphasize “projects that support reliable, safe and affordable transportation options that improve connections for both urban and rural communities, making it easier for their residents to reach work, school and other ladders of opportunity. While continuing to support projects of all types, DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities, promote neighborhood redevelopment, and reconnect neighborhoods divided by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.”
For more on the winning New York projects, check out Streetsblog NYC.
Sandy Volunteers Offer $8K In Grants To Veterans In Need
They’ve entered mold-ridden homes and gutted them. They’ve demolished small buildings. And sometimes they plant pretty flowers too.
They are the Friends of Long Island (FOLI), a coalition of grassroots volunteers working in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Over the weekend, FOLI announced a micro-grant for veterans still battling the storm.
“Even before Sandy hit Long Island almost two years ago, area veterans were among the most vulnerable of the population. As a third winter post-Sandy approaches, helping those with unmet needs who have served rebuild their lives and homes is as important as ever,” FOLI Consultant Jon Siebert said.
Friends members learned about funding from the Home Depot Foundation, who was offering $5,000 in gift cards to veterans still reeling from Sandy. The volunteers combined that with $3,000 in a Riverhead Building Supply from Long Island Cares to open the grant.
Applicants must either be a veteran or the survivor of a veteran; the primary renter or homeowner; have been affected by Sandy; have unmet reconstruction needs; and be able to provide discharge papers. Winners will be selected by severity of need and potential of bringing the veteran to a resolved situation.
As of Thursday afternoon, Siebert said about 20 had already applied. With each seeking several thousand dollars in aid, he hoped more donations and sources of funding could be uncovered.
“I’d love to be able to see $50,000,” Siebert said.
Contributions can be made on the FOLI website. Volunteers can also sign up online to help with these projects.
“If people want to volunteer with the reconstruction, that can turn a small grant into something larger,” Siebert said.
Applications are available between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3. Grants will be awarded by the end of business Oct. 10. Veterans must have a case manager from an organization like Catholic Charities or FEGS email the consultant for an application; homeowners and renters without a case manager can contact Siebert for assistance.
NY Eligible To Vie For $1 Billion After Sandy, Snowstorms
New York State is one of 48 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C. and 17 local governments eligible to compete for the lion’s share of $1 billion in federal disaster preparedness funds.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Design launched their National Disaster Resilience Competition on Wednesday. States and local governments impacted by presidentially-declared major disasters between 2011-2013 can seek funding for plans to mitigate future disasters.
“The National Disaster Resilience Competition is going to help communities that have been devastated by natural disasters build back stronger and better prepared for the future,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said. “This competition will help spur innovation, creatively distribute limited federal resources, and help communities across the country cope with the reality of severe weather that is being made worse by climate change.”
Municipalities will compete for $1 billion in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-DR), with selected projects receiving as much as $500 million. Project not selected for final review will also be eligible for some funding, up to $2.5 million per project and $30 million among all proposals.
Plans must correlate to the community and the disaster they are recovering from. The entire Tri-State area would be eligible from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, although Suffolk County dealt with an eligible snowstorm in 2013 and both Nassau and Suffolk were eligible from a 2011 snowstorm.
Applications are due in March 2015. Some applicants will be selected to move onto Phase II with more specific analysis of how their project will make their area more resilient. HUD expects to announce the final winners late in 2015.
For more on this story, check out The Journal News (subscription required) and HUD’s website.
Fonti: SAVE Legislation A Small Business Lifeline
This editorial was originally written by Vision Long Island board co-Chair and Long Island Business Council Suffolk Chairman Bob Fonti for Long Island Business News earlier this week. Dr. Nathalia Rogers, of Dowling College, was also instrumental in creating this legislation.
This summer Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) introduced a critical piece of legislation, the Savings Account for a Variable Economy for Small Businesses Act.
The SAVE Act was created to help small businesses by introducing tax benefits during difficult economic times and by providing economic stimulus to preserve jobs and create new jobs for businesses that have 50 or fewer employees. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has joined Israel in sponsoring the bill.
If signed into law, the SAVE Act would allow small businesses to put aside up to 10 percent of their yearly profits, tax-free, into tax-deferred savings accounts. The bill specifies three conditions under which the monies can be withdrawn, tax-free, from such accounts: during the times of economic downturn (defined as three consecutive quarterly declines in the GDP), after a natural disaster strikes a small business’ operating area and at any time the federal government chooses to stimulate the small-business economy for the purposes of job preservation and job growth.
The idea behind the legislation was suggested by a small-business owner during a federally funded study that looked into new ways to help small businesses. I first discussed the idea with my CPA while talking about the growth of my business a few years ago. Subsequently, the American Communities Institute at Dowling College worked with the LIBC, Vision Long Island, the Long Island Federation of Labor and numerous small-business owners to develop a policy proposal that would allow the federal government to help small businesses and their employees stay above water during tough economic times.
The legislation also enjoys broad-based support from the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, LISTnet, private-equity investors and the full membership of the 75-organization Long Island Lobby Coalition.
According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, 46 percent of small businesses couldn’t get new lines of credit and 35 percent couldn’t get loans after the recession. During 2008 and 2009, 170,000 American companies with less than 100 employees closed.
In 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 431,879 New York State businesses had fewer than 100 employees – though collectively those firms employed 2.75 million people and paid $123.5 billion in wages.
On Long Island, despite favorable location and a highly skilled workforce, small businesses face onerous taxes, high energy costs and layers of regulation. The good news is that we’re seeing some private investment in new Main Street businesses across Long Island. In the Village of Farmingdale, 23 local businesses opened right after the groundbreaking of a new downtown mixed-use development. This economic growth creates an environment that produces jobs and services and adds value to the local community.
Despite these gains, we need additional incentives that will help make new and existing small businesses – the backbone of our economy – succeed.
The SAVE Act, for the first time, creates a direct way of providing economic stimulus to small businesses across the nation. While the federal government has provided a stimulus to large employers in the past, most recently in the automotive and banking industries, it has never done so for small businesses.
So why support the SAVE Act? It emphasizes self-reliance, allows universal access to tax benefits and provides economic security for a rainy day. Business owners could rely on their own money to support their businesses, which may reduce the need for costly SBA loans in the future. And every business owner – regardless of age, race or type of business – will be able to access this benefit.
The financial growth of the small-business community is the cornerstone of Main Street redevelopment. This legislation will help local businesses employ staff, make capital investments and improve our local economy.
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.
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.
March For Climate Change Before U.N. Summit Sept. 21
Send a message to the United Nations this month and march on New York City.
The Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is participating in a rally on Sept. 21 to give the public a voice on economic and environmental justice. The People’s Climate March may flood city streets with peaceful protests just prior to U.N. summit on the climate.
The march is to begin at 11:30 a.m. at Central Park West between 59th and 86th Streets. From there it goes east on 59th, turns south onto Sixth Avenue, right at 42nd Street to 11th Avenue and ends between 34th and 38th Streets.
More than 1,000 unions, schools, businesses, environmental activists, religious organizations and community groups have signed up to participate.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.
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.
Check Out These Long Island Food Festivals This 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 this 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.
Suffolk Supports Car Free Day With Bicycling Summit
Once upon a time this past winter, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Barraga (R- West Islip) said nobody should ride a bicycle in Suffolk County for safety reasons.
But his boss, County Executive Steve Bellone, will be the first to speak at the county’s Bike Summit on Monday. While Long Island is taking the train, walking and finding other ways to work during Car Free Day, Bellone, county officials and transit advocates will examine bicycling in Suffolk.
The summit is scheduled to kick off at 11:45 a.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, with Bellone touching on economic impact of biking and the county’s cycling infrastructure. Experts will discuss funding infrastructure, community planning to increase bicycling and different types of cycling. A number of bike stores and riders associations will be on hand afterwards.
Celebrate Return Of American Chestnut Trees In Baldwin Sept. 27
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.
Jobs With Justice Asking ‘Is Walmart Good For America’ Sept. 30
Walmart’s proposed East Patchogue store was killed by the Brookhaven Planning Board due to traffic concerns last month, but Long Island Jobs With Justice wants to know what the discount department chain really offers.
The organization is screening Frontline’s “Is Walmart Good For America” Sept. 30 at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The documentary examines the relationship of Walmart with its suppliers, China and the American economy. Afterwards, a panel of labor and community representatives will discuss the film.
Please RSVP with Kimberly Sagat at 631-348-1170 ext. 317.
Talking Transportation At CNU Summit In NYC Oct. 1-3
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 Oct. 2-4
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 Oct. 8
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-232-2400 x3322. Sponsorship prices and paperwork are also available on their website.
Golf Benefit Driving Towards Acceptance Of Down Syndrome Oct. 16
Spend a day away from the office and on the greens while supporting Long Islanders with special needs.
The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF) announced their fourth annual golf outing is on for Oct. 16 at the Pine Ridge Golf Course.
Registration is $200 per golfer or $50 for cocktails and dinner, while sponsorships are available from $100-$2,000. Proceeds will go to support inclusion of people with Down syndrome in schools and communities.
For more information about the golf outing or the cause, visit them online.
Turning On The Lights About Energy Efficiency Oct. 22
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs doesn’t cut it any more.
Learn how to save money with energy-efficient lighting with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities on Oct. 22.
The workshop runs from 1-4 p.m., but get there early for lunch and networking.
RSVP with the Sustainability Institute via email.
Celebrating Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders Oct. 22
They’ve spent a year learning about the Town of Huntington and themselves as leaders. Now it’s time to celebrate.
Join the Leadership Huntington Class of 2014 finish their training at the gala and graduation on Oct. 22 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
These 14 graduates are the 15th group to graduate from the program and hail from all walks of life.
Each session begins with Leadership Huntington accepting nominations from community members to join the class. They spend nine months learning to be community stewards, meeting different people and learning how life works within the town. That includes visiting utility facilities, examining historical documents and learning how nonprofits operate.
Vision Long Island Founder and Leadership alum Ron Stein will serve as keynote speaker for the 2014 gala.
Tickets, sponsorships and memberships are available on Leadership Huntington’s 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 email@example.com. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.
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.
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What's happening in your downtown this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Stifler's Mom and Something Fresh - Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
|Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
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
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
June through October
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
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
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
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
of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November
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
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
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22
Walk To Work And Feel Better
Feeling stressed out or a bit depressed? Keep the car keys at home and find another way to work. A British study found commuters who walked, biked or took public transportation had better mental health than those who drove. Researchers spoke with nearly 18,000 Britons ages 18-65, finding the more physically active their commute, the better.
"Our study shows that the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological well-being. And correspondingly, people feel better when they have a longer walk to work," lead researcher Adam Martin said.
Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director
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