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September 16 - September 22, 2013


Dowling College

Dowling College is a private liberal arts college with three campuses across Long Island, including the main campus in Oakdale on the former William K. Vanderbilt estate. Founded in 1955, Dowling has a reputation for it's education classes, although they also offer classes in aviation, business, public management and science. The college enrolled 2,540 students for the 2013-2014 year. Dowling ranked Tier 2 of U.S. News' Best Colleges in the Regional Universities division.

"I think this project is going to put Westbury on the map for the arts," - Peter Cavallaro, Westbury Village mayor

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Sewers At Heart Of $5 Billion Bond Proposal

State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) made New York history by proposing a $5 billion bond act last month – the largest ever.

Their proposal calls for flood protection, pollution mitigation, air quality improvements and brownfield clean ups. It also allocates funds for sewer repair. If approved, $2 million would be spent on sewers, with another $2 million going towards clean water and $1 million on air quality.

When the state opened the proposal to public testimony on Sept. 6, Empire State Future (ESF) and a number of environmentalists advocated for the bond. ESF, a statewide smart growth advocacy organization, released a blog post urging the legislature, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York residents to pass the $5 million bond.

“There are few things more important to civilized life than air, water, and the proper disposal and treatment of our wastes,” ESF said in the post.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said New York State will need to spend at least $30 billion over the next 20 years just to keep existing sewer systems maintained.

Sewers are an essential part of downtowns, allowing for more dense development. Condominiums and apartments located near restaurants and small businesses create more sewage than septic tanks can handle. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged the Suffolk Legislature to approve $28 million that will fund sewer projects across the county from the Northport Sewage Treatment Plant last week.

“We have to invest in infrastructure to build sustainable economic growth,” Bellone said.

Most of Nassau County is already sewered, but just 30 percent of Suffolk County is hooked up.

Vision Long Island and Citizens Campaign for the Environment have been campaigning at the state and county levels for upgrades to several Long Island sewer systems. Their top five list includes Hempstead, Bay Park, Northport, Mastic/Shirley and Wyandanch.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves half a million Nassau County residents and processes about 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Superstorm Sandy crippled the plant last fall with nine feet of saltwater flooding. Damage to the system was so bad millions of gallons of raw sewage ended up in homes and South Shore waters.

The plant is up and running again, albeit temporarily. Noisy emergency generators currently power the plant to the tune of $1 million every month. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano proposed a $722-million plan earlier this summer to repair, rebuild and harden both Bay Park and the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plants. The Nassau County Legislature, however, voted only to authorize spending $262 million. That does not include replacing the corroded electrical system at Bay Park.

Northport Village officials secured more than $6 million county, state and federal money to reduce the $9.2 million bill to meet DEC nitrogen limits next year. In Wyandanch, $17 million is being spent to install sewers as part of the Wyandanch Rising project. Officials in Mastic Beach, Mastic and Shirley are seeking $11 million in federal and state grants to install a new sewage treatment plant. Final preparations are underway in the Village of Hempstead for a $2 billion downtown redevelopment plan, which will require about $30 million in sewer system improvements.

The legislators’ proposed bond needs Governor Cuomo’s approval before it goes to a taxpayer vote in November 2014. Cuomo said he had not reviewed the proposal at the end of last month.

Chains Are The New Kids On Main Street

Mom and pop stores, specialty shops and the local pizzeria.

These are the merchants that populate most Long Island downtowns. Corporate stores and major chains are reserved for malls or individual big box store, and never shall the two meet. Until now.

A Long Island Business News article earlier this week examines how more chains are opting for downtowns.

Denver-based Smashburger, for example, is looking to open a branch in Farmingdale Village. Founded in 2007, the fast casual burger restaurant has a few hundred locations across America and Canada.

Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand refused to comment on the possible 3,000 square-foot store, other than to say the chain was in negotiations with the landlord.

“I can’t say yes or no. They haven’t applied for anything yet. I’ve met the gentleman; he’s an experienced restaurateur,” he said.

Ekstrand said many of their Main Street business are more specialty stores than big business. However, several of those companies do have other locations. The Dark Horse Tavern, a German restaurant with a beer garden, has a sister location in Rockville Centre. Craft beer-bar Croxley’s Ale House has six locations on the island and in New York City. Panini-specialists La Bottega have more than 20 stores in the tri-state area and Sicily.

The mayor also said several chains have investigated the future Bartone Plaza. Demolition of the current structures is slated for the last week in October, he added, while construction could begin in summer 2014. Once complete, the mixed-use plaza will house 154 housing units and more than 19,000 square feet of retail space near the Farmingdale LIRR station.

“I don’t want to preempt any negotiations the property owner has had, but at least two have come in within the past six weeks,” Ekstrand said. “We’ll see what happens.”

In Huntington, Chamber of Commerce co-Chair Bob Bontempi said many of the chains coming into the village are restaurants, like Panera Bread.

Bontempi suggested corporate officials are discovering it’s better to be considered eclectic than be “antiseptic” in the malls.

“I travel across the entire country and there is a major impetus to buy local,” he said. “Maybe it softens some of the corporate edge.”

Having chains join downtown communities is a trend that adds new life into Main Street, Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

“This is an encouraging trend that is mirrored nationally as customers seek downtown areas for varied experiences including events, music, arts, culture, parks and a sense of place,” Alexander said. “The positive outlook for downtown housing and office space will further strengthen these new investments.”

Read the full LIBN article for more (subscription required).

News 12 Asks 'What's In The Water?'

Thirsty for answers about Long Island’s ground and drinking water?

News 12 is scheduled to run their “What’s in the Water” series next week, which includes viewer participation.

Water has long been a hot topic on the island. The voluminous supply prevents serious droughts, layers of sand provide some of the nation’s best tasting water and more than 400 miles of shoreline provide plenty of recreation.

But the drinking water supply is threatened by chemicals and toxins. Communities across Long Island are tackling issues like stormwater runoff and pollution in their neighborhoods. Nitrogen levels in the Upper Glacial and Magothy – the two shallowest of Long Island’s three aquifers – have spiked in recent decades. Overpumping groundwater and preventing rain from refreshing the supply have allowed seawater to invade parts of the Upper Glacial aquifer, rendering it unusable for human consumption.

News 12’s series begins on Monday, Sept. 23 with a piece on toxic trails. They will examine the underground plumes of tainted groundwater, what plans are underway to clean them up and how it will impact water bills.

The series continues on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with a session on the amount of pesticides detected in Long Island’s groundwater. Trace amounts of more than 100 pesticides have been found, but is there any danger to consumers? Should some be restricted, or even banned?
On Wednesday, Sept. 25 News 12 is slated to examine the overall health of Long Island’s waters. Environmentalists warn the region’s bays, harbors, streams and lakes are slowly dying. The source of these contamination comes from sources close to home, including fertilizer.
The series will investigate possible connections between the groundwater and cancer on Thursday, Sept. 26.

And finally, on Friday, Sept. 27, News 12 will examine what residents can do at home to protect the island’s supply of drinking water.

News 12 is soliciting viewer input for the series. They want residents’ specific issues with the water supply, unanswered questions and other comments. Messages can be left via their Facebook page or Tweeting using #LIH20.

The network will also bring on experts to answer viewers’ questions during an hour-long special on Thursday. Stone Grissom will host “What’s in the Water Live” from Newsday’s Melville headquarters from 7-8 p.m.

Register Now For 2013 Conference On The Environment

The upcoming 2013 Conference on the Environment is an opportunity for environmentalists and conservationists to learn more about issues throughout the state.

Slated for Oct. 3-5 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, the annual conference gathers community leaders and environmental professionals from America and Canada for three days of learning and networking.

The annual conference is sponsored by four environmental and planning organizations, including the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC). NYSACC formed in 1971 to coordinate and support municipal conservation commissions, conservation advisory councils and conservation boards throughout the state.

“It’s important because it’s a conference on the environment. The subjects are pertinent to environmental issues throughout the state,” NYSACC President and conference officer Joy Squires said.

Three major themes have been announced for the 2013 conference: land use and planning; climate change and sustainable communities; and great lakes and water resource management. Three 75-minute breakout sessions are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4.

“People should look at the topics covered. The topics covered would interest a wide range of people. Obviously some of them are more interesting to people on the Great Lakes, but they pertain to people all over the state,” Squires said.

But before the first session begins, Canadian alternative rock musician Gord Downie will host a musical performance and conversation on the environment on Thursday evening.

The conference concludes on Saturday, Oct. 6 with an optional field tour of Love Canal and the Niagara Power Project. The Love Canal disaster started as hydroelectric dams along an 11-kilometer canal that ended up with abandoning the plan, city officials dumping chemicals in the canal and building a neighborhood directly on top. The Niagara Power Project is one of the largest hydroelectric power-generating facilities in North America.

Addressing issues and topics throughout New York, the Conference on the Environment moves across the state each year. Last year’s event was held in Syracuse.

More than 150 people are expected to attend the 2013 event.

“We’re all volunteers. Essentially, it’s a conference for volunteers to deal with environmental issues,” Squires said.

Registration for the conference is $95 and open to the public until Sept. 25; an extra $20 covers the optional field tour. For more tickets, special hotel rates and more information about the conference, visit them online.

“If you are an environmentalist, you would be interested,” Squires said.

New York Rising Inviting South Shore To Open Houses

Residents and community members are requested to attend the first public open houses for New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program within the next six days.

The Oak Beach, Oak Island, Gilgo, West Gilgo, Oak Island Beach Association and Captree event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9-11 a.m. at the Gilgo Beach parking lot. This will be an outdoor event in conjunction with the Save the Beaches' International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The Mastic Beach and Smith Point of Shirley event is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at William Floyd High School.

The Babylon, West Babylon, Copiague and Amityville event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 at American Legion Hall 94 in Babylon Village from 6-9 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to drop in these meetings at any time to provide input on the Planning Committee's work to date.

The program was established to provide rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Tapping the community's knowledge, experience and recommedations is essential in developing a reconstruction plan unique for each community.

For more information, follow New York Rising on Facebook or visit their website.

Curtain Rises On The Space At Westbury

The theater tucked along Post Avenue in downtown Westbury is once again alive after a lengthy period of decay.

Contractors and elected officials celebrated the grand opening of The Space at Westbury on Tuesday. The ribbon cutting formally marked the end of the $10 million project that revived a dilapidated eyesore. Developer Cyrus Hakakian said he walked onto the state with an umbrella, flashlight and plans to raze the building for a new office building.

“I fell in love with it,” Hakakian said. “It reminded me of the movie palaces I snuck in as a young boy.”

The Space at Westbury was originally constructed as the Westbury Movie Theater, Space Executive Developer Bruce Michael said. Attendance waned in the 1970s and the theater closed for good in 2001. Speaking to the theater’s first guests since then, Michael said Hakakian found the building in 2004.

Jim Glancy, a partner in entertainment promoter The Bowery Presents, said Hakakian brought them in a few years later. Recalling the pigeons flying around and graffiti marking the walls, Glancy jokingly said he thought the building had been demolished.

Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and former Mayor Ernest Strada, both of whom led administrations in support of the new theater, were also in attendance Tuesday. Strada recalled going with his family to the old theater every Sunday and sitting in the five “Strada Seats.” He asked the developer to reopen the building as a theater.

“I think this project is going to put Westbury on the map for the arts,” Cavallaro said.

The Space at Westbury is capable of holding up to 1,500 patrons in a balcony, loge and standing area. The venue also features eight chandeliers, tall columns, six bars and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system.

Michael said The Space is designed to host big name entertainment in genres across the board. Browery officials have said they will book about 100 shows each year. The venue’s first show is scheduled to be pop band Fountains of Wayne and alternative rock group Soul Asylum with special guest Evan Dando on Oct. 4. The next show, on Oct. 11, will feature comedian Stephen Lynch.

But Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said the venue can also be used by the community for other events.

“I think you’re going to see a bit of everything here,” he said.

Alexander also said that buildings like The Space at Westbury are a reflection of the community. In addition to the Village and county government, the director credited the Business Improvement District and newly-formed arts council for helping the theater open it’s curtains again.

With The Space’s first show just two weeks away, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said he expects the venue to be active for a long, long time to come.

“[Hakakian]’s created the ability for us to have theater, arts and shows for the next 100 years.”

New Life For Coram's Historic Davis House

Not only is the Davis House a piece of Coram history, but it also served a community center for decades.

The historic property could once again become a town landmark, once $2.1 million in additional restoration work takes place.

Davis Town Meeting House Society President Maryanne Douglas announced her group is holding a yard sale and craft fair Saturday to raise awareness about the 260-year-old house. Vendors will set up behind the storied building, selling jewelry, candles, artwork and other knickknacks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“This is the first time we’re doing something like this, so I have no idea (how many shoppers will turn out),” Douglas said.

The Middle Country Road home was originally constructed in the 1750s as a tavern. Brookhaven town leaders opted to move the seat of local government later in the eighteenth century, with the Davis House serving as host for the annual April town meeting. Both the tavern stopped serving and town hall was moved late in the nineteenth century, but not before serving as the base for a horse artillery company in the state militia. It became a private home in 1890.

“It was once a town meeting house. It was part of the Revolutionary War,” Douglas said.

But as time passed in the twentieth century, the years were not kind to the Davis House. The house was noticeably leaning shortly after the new millennium, and many became concerned it would fall. The nearby historic Mott House did collapse in 2009.

The Brookhaven Town Board designated the house an official town landmark in 1986; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

The Coram Civic Association jumped into action in 2009. They led the charge to repair the structure, with Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko helping to find funding.

After several years and more than a million dollars, exterior renovations came to an end in 2012. That included a new roof, reconstructing a timber-framed front porch and restoring interior structural timber.

The now-stable building has been gutted, although another $2.1 million are necessary to restore the interior. Douglas confirmed descendant Mildred Davis is willing to hand over old pieces of furniture that previously inhabited the Douglas House.

“We can’t put it back until we finish the interior,” she said.

Saturday’s yard sale and craft fair could net about $300 for the Douglas Town Meeting House Society. Douglas acknowledged those funds are more likely to be invested in public awareness campaigns than the house itself.

“You need money to make printouts and mailings,” she added.

But once the final construction takes places, the president expects it to be a major part of the community. Both her organization and the Coram Civic Association would conduct business inside, while other events take place. That could include Victorian teas, historical herb gardening and small weddings.

“Even though we have everyone with iPhones and TVs, everyone wants to go green,” Douglas said, referring to simpler times. “It’s a way of keeping in touch with our roots.”

The Davis House is located at 263 Middle Country Road in Coram. For more information about the property, to make a donation or join the Davis Town Meeting House Society, visit their website.


Stop FEMA Rally Sept. 28 At Babylon Town Hall

Flood insurance will cost homeowners up to 25 percent more every year, according to organizers behind an upcoming rally.

Sandy Support, Massapequa Style and Adopt A House have joined forces with Stop FEMA Now to protest legal restrictions and high insurance preimums. The rally is scheduled for Sept. 28 from noon-2 p.m. on the steps of Babylon Town Hall.

Their agenda includes demands for lower base flood elevations, more community mitigation, including eligibility for second homeowners, permitting flood insurance to be transferred among property owners and lowering flood insurance premiums.

All Nassau and Suffolk County residents are invited to attend. Parking is limited at Town Hall, but additional spaces are available on side streets.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on Ray Street near Westend Avenue
Freeport, NY 11510
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


Join The Car Free Long Island Movement Today

Leave the car parked at home; today is the first annual Car Free Day Long Island.

In a region known for horrendous traffic, Car Free Day takes an event celebrated in 1,500 cities around the world and brings it to automotive-dominated Long Island.

The concept is simple – drive less, or not at all. All alternative means of transportation are recommended. Riding the Long Island Railroad 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.

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. Fifteen prizes are on the list, including bicycles, gift certificates for Long Island art venues and Long Island Ducks tickets. Four early pledges already won tickets for the Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan.

Pledges are being accepted until 5 p.m. today. With more than 60 businesses and governments signed on, about 1,700 individual pledges were received.

The first annual Car Free Day Long Island is sponsored by a number of local businesses, non-profits and organizations, including the Long Island Railroad, Melville Chamber of Commerce and Vision Long Island.

Just Pickled Over Garlic At Festivals

When the calendar flips to September, it’s time to enjoy the season’s harvest.

The 10th annual Garlic Festival is on for Sept. 21-22 at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead. Garlic is the highlight of the event, especially in exotic foods like crabcakes, popcorn, soup, jellies and even ice cream. Raw garlic will be available for sale, as will themed garlic-themed crafts. The festival also includes traditional entertainment like live music, children’s games, pumpkin picking, pony rides, hay rides and animals to feed.

Admission to the Garlic Festival is $3. For more information, visit Garden of Eve’s website.

On the same weekend, the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association is celebrating their 34th annual Pickle festival. Slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, this year’s highlight is the restored Lollipop Farm Train. A huge variety of pickles and pickle-flavored treats will be on sale, including popcorn. The festival will also include a potato digging demonstration, corn maze, hay ride and antique cars.

Admission to the Pickle Festival is $5. For more information, visit the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association’s website.

Small Businesses Tapping Government Resources

Long Island merchants are invited to learn how to use the government to expand their business.

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration are hosting a Government Procurement and Business Resource Roundtable. The meeting is slated for Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the school’s research and development park.

Organizers are expected to promote awareness of current and post-Sandy resources and opportunities to local businesses. Participants will also learn how to access tools and information on becoming a government approved vendor, and how to use state and federal resources to expand their business.

There is no charge to attend, although registration is required. For more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at 631-632-9837 or

Get Educated On The Environmental Issues

Before taxpayers cast their ballots on Nov. 5, Nassau County Executive candidates Edward Mangano and Thomas Suozzi will participate in the 2013 Nassau County Executive Forum on Sustainability next month.

Hosted by both the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Hofstra University, the Oct. 2 forum is designed to reveal where the incumbent and former county executive stand on select environmental issues.

The agenda includes: combating the effects of climate change, protecting open space, smart growth development, protecting the Long Island Sound and Great South Bay, and improving public transportation and air quality.

The event is slated for 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hofstra University Student Center. It’s free to the public, although organizers request advance reservations.

Munch On Brunch For The Coltrane Home

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana will join the Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills for a benefit next month.

A brunch supporting the John and Alice Coltrane Home is scheduled for Oct. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at EN Brasserie in Manhattan.

Noted philosopher Dr. Cornel West and music historian Ashley Kahn are expected to speak at the event, while the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, starring the legendary saxophonist’s son, will perform.

Tickets are being sold for $215 a piece or $2,000 for a table of six. To buy tickets, visit the event website. For more information, visit the Coltrane Home’s website.

State Announces $1 Million Grants For Historic Properties

The New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is offering $13.6 million in grants to historic properties damaged by Superstorm Sandy, up to $1 million for each project.

Federal law allocated $50 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, with New York as one of 11 states receiving funding. The SHPO is offering non-matching grants for technical assistance and emergency repairs to properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing resource within a listed or eligible historic district.

Only hurricane-related damage is eligible for grant assistance. In addition, work may complement, but not supersede, work eligible for reimbursement by FEMA. Work must also meet the secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties and be approved by the SHPO. Under certain circumstances, eligible activities that are underway or complete may be eligible for reimbursement.

The list of eligible applicants includes: not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and state agencies, as well as and properties owned by religious institutions eligible for pre-development costs only.

In addition, the property must be located in one of the following counties: Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.

Permitted projects include: pre-development activities, including historic structure reports, condition assessments, plans and specifications and other related surveys and studies; archeological stabilization; building restoration, rehabilitation and stabilization; and restoration, rehabilitation, preservation and stabilization of a documented historic landscape.

No match is required to apply for the grant, although it is encouraged. Each project may receive no less than $10,000 for predevelopment costs and $25,000 for capital costs. The project must be completed within 18 months of being awarded a grant, which will be used to reimburse expenses.

Applications are due by Oct. 25. For program guidelines and application forms, please visit the SHPO online or call Stacey Matson-Zuvic at (845) 786-2701, ext 220.

State Offering $50,000 Grants To Small Businesses

Own a business that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

The state’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program is doling out funds to merchants who need assistance getting up and running again.

Grants in excess of $50,000 are available, with the first wave having already been approved.

These funds are designed to replace physical items like machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, as well as help with the day-to-day expenses entrepreneurs need to run their businesses. In addition, business owners who already purchased these physical items can be reimbursed via these funds. In both cases, the grants would cover “uncompensated costs” above and beyond those covered by insurance proceeds, grant programs and other government resources.

Merchants should contact their local Small Business Development Center office to begin the process. The regional centers for Nassau and Suffolk Counties are located at Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, respectively, although there are seven offices on Long Island.

State officials have already been reaching out to business owners with applications for other grants and low-interest loans. More information about these offerings is available on the state’s website.

Funds are expected to be available in the near future for real property repair and rehabilitation. Applying for and/or receiving financial assistance from any of these grants or loans will exclude businesses from applying for this funding down the road.

Affordable Housing Grants Now Available

A partnership between New York and Connecticut is opening funding for developers to create affordable housing near public transportation.

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation announced they are accepting applications for grants and loans.

The program will provide $25-$75,000 to advance projects that have local support, fill a regional housing need and support the livability principles of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This funding is available to both for-profit and not-for-profit developers for pre-development expenses.

The deadline to file an application is Oct. 11. Questions concerning the application will be accepted through Sept. 24 and responses will be posted by Sept. 27.

For more information or to apply, visit their website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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


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

great neck
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.

long beach
Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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:
Party in the Park Concert - Saturday, Sept. 21
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



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore-Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Hammer of the Gods-Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 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
The Jones Drew Theater and The Watermill Center present CollaborationTown's "The Momentum" - Sept. 21 at 8 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
The Pretty Reckless: Going To Hell - Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
The Paramount Comedy Series - Saturday, Sept. 21 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
Twelve Angry Men - Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Micky B's Fall Spectacular Golden Oldies - Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Music on Main Street: Long Island Tuba Quartet - Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
A Flock of Seagulls - Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Sept. 21 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
Les Miserables - Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 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
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
The Riverhead Faculty Community Theater Presents: NEXT STOP... BROADWAY! - Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Legends of Rock Vol. 5 - Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
Corky Laing's Heavy Metal Humor - Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival - Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 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:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

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

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 4-Oct. 17

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 11 - Oct. 24

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26-Oct. 13

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Northport - Cow Harbor Day. This annual celebration is the second half of Cow Harbor Weekend. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, Cow Harbor Day kicks off with a community parade down Main Street at noon. The road remains closed to traffic until 5 p.m. as rides, live music, sidewalk sales and more fill the street.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).

Copiague, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

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