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September 23 - September 29, 2013



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“We have to understand, all of these toxics are sitting on top of and mingling with our drinking water source," - Adrienne Esposito, Citizens' Campaign for the Environment executive director

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State Ready To Invest $400 Million From Pensions

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli oversees the state’s pension program. And last week, he announced the Common Retirement Fund is hoping to invest $400 million in New York-based companies.

“Our message to these entrepreneurs is if you're prepared to make a commitment to New York and can demonstrate a compelling case for our investment, we'll make a commitment to you and your business," DiNapoli said.

Investments from the pension plan are made via the In-State Private Equity Program, created by legislation in 1999. The original goal was to invest $250 million; another $624 million were added along the way with more than $1 billion committed to the program.

The pension fund channels money through 18 private equity managers across New York, who in turn invest in companies that require capital for growth, an early stage investment or to refinance ownership.

DiNapoli released a report about the In-State program on Sept. 17 after meeting with the private equity managers. According to the report, $1.08 billion has been made available for investments and $684 million was invested in 252 New York-based companies. His report also said that 71 companies who received a total of $179 million over the last five years have exited the program and paid the pension fund $293 million.

"The In-State Private Equity Program has proven to be a win for the state's economy and for the state pension fund. For every dollar invested in exited companies, we've made $1.60," DiNapoli said.

The comptroller also boasted the In-State program created nearly 4,000 jobs and invested $6.7 billion in the private sector along with their private equity manager partners.

Joining the comptroller last week, was a company that received an investment and a private equity firm. Autotask, located in an upscale suburb of Albany, received $6.3 million from the state pension for technology services.

"Support from the New York State Common Retirement Fund's In-State Private Equity Program has been instrumental to the growth and expansion of Autotask. Since embarking on this partnership, we have quadrupled the number of employment positions in the Capital Region," CEO Mark Cattini said.

Build New Trains Around The Community

Light rail systems are a great tool for transit-oriented development and mixed-use communities. They keep cars off the road, move large quantities of people and are unaffected by traffic jams.

The issue with light rail transit is the direct impact on residents within the immediate area. Trains squeal as they turn on sharp corners, vibrate the ground as they pass and some ring bells to warn pedestrians of the train’s presence. Infrastructure is also an issue for some community members; roads may have to be widened for track to be laid and large power substations are required to adjust incoming electricity to power the trains.

In Maryland, some residents are concerned about the Maryland Transit Authority’s (MTA) proposed Purple Line cutting across suburban neighborhoods. The 16-mile path would require condemning 116 homes and businesses.

The new light rail would connect Metrorail subway system with Amtrak and commuter rail stations. It’s also expected to cut a 92-minute rush hour trip into a 63-minute trip.

According to a federal study, the $2.15-billion plan would transport more than 74,000 daily riders in 2040. With 21 stations along the way, the Purple Line would cost $38 million annually to operate and maintain. Construction is projected for 2015 and passengers could be on board by 2020.

The latest manifestation of the Purple Line plan calls for 20 power substations, along with 14 signal bungalows with train-control equipment, a nine-story ventilation tower, and a tunnel three-tenths of a mile long to be blasted beneath homes. Residents have expressed concern about having substations, which the MTA said must spaced about a mile apart, in their neighborhood. Three would be in neighborhoods and four would be on vacant land close to homes. One resident griped about a proposed 50-foot by 14-foot facility with a tall wooden fence and loud humming around the clock.

But power substations don’t have to be a burden on the community. A 2004 study of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) revealed careful planning can avoid many problems.

When the study occurred, TriMet had three light rail lines with 38 substations. A fourth was under construction with six more substations being built. The oldest line – Banfield – was built in the 1980s and used reconstructed gray metal boxes to house its substations. When the Westside line was created, officials opted to use concrete masonry unit (CMU) and keep the substation near station platforms. These carefully-designed structures better fit the community and, while more expensive at first, were cheaper than building a façade around the metal prefab buildings.

“In order to maximize energy efficiencies and reduce costs, it is imperative to locate the TPS as close to the LRT station as possible. When the station area is limited, a well-designed TPS can be successfully integrated into the neighborhood, or be an attractive feature along the alignment,” the study’s authors said.

The third line also used prefabricated material, but the fourth and newest line used built-in-place substations. TriMet also established a standard of metal roofs over graffiti-resistant CMU, glass bricks exuding enough light to give the appearance of occupied building and landscaping to blend into neighborhood.

The study also noted how power substations should ideally be located near rail stations from an engineering stance. The system operates best when those structures are nearest to the points of maximum acceleration, which tend to be the stations. When prefabricated substations were used, public demand required they be kept further from passenger stations.

Long Island’s Contaminated Superfund Sites Now Online

When hazardous substances pose a serious risk to people or the environment, federal and state officials declare the location a Superfund site.

The designation has been used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force property owners to clean up contamination for 32 years. But never during that time, environmentalists claim, has there ever been a map illustrating all of the active Superfund sites on Long Island.

Newsday published an interactive map earlier this week, including all 254 sites in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.  Nassau leads the state with 145, while Suffolk’s 109 Superfund sites rank third.

“This is the first time that state and federal Superfund sites have been mapped on Long Island. The news is scary,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, said. “We have to credit Newsday with a great job. It’s a public service.”

Users can search the map and database by address, property history, which contaminants are involved and even if the soil or groundwater was tainted. A summary of information is available for each, as well as links to more detailed federal or state reports.

For example, all 15 acres of the Hooker Chemical & Plastics Corporation in Hicksville are listed as both a state and federal contaminated site, just like the 5,265 acres of the Brookhaven National Laboratory property. Both sites, Newsday reported, have underwater plumes as well as tainted soil and groundwater.

Water contamination, Esposito said, is the major threat here. She claimed many of these sites mix contamination with the island’s groundwater supply. According to Newsday’s map, 229 of the 254 sites include groundwater contamination. Soil is reported contaminated at 199 sites.

“We have to understand, all of these toxics are sitting on top of and mingling with our drinking water source,” she said.

The director added that Long Island has spent half a billion dollars filtering toxic chemicals from drinking water in the past few decades.

The Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment advocates public involvement to create stronger environmental policy. Whether it’s lobbying, public outreach or education, the not-for-profit strives to force change.

This map, Esposito said, will be “a tool used for a generation.”

New Partnership Protecting Long Island’s Water

Long Island’s water is more polluted than it was 20 years ago, environmentalists claim, and it’s getting worse every day.

Nitrogen contamination from aging septic systems and pollution from stormwater runoff containing pesticides and other chemicals have long been a problem facing Long Island. But with new concern the situation is worsening, a band of advocates are taking action.

The Long Island Clean Water Partnership is a new collaboration between Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Nature Conservancy, Group for the East End and Long Island Pine Barrens Society to arrest the decline in water quality. Twenty-eight other educational, environmental and community organizations are also on-board.

“Long Island’s elected officials need to take action now to protect our most valuable natural resource –our water – before it’s too late,” Pine Barrens Society Executive Director Richard Amper said

They argue the water crisis affects everyone on the island. Beaches and bodies of water known for shellfishing were closed this summer due to pollution. Tainted water revived red tides that prohibit native aquatic life. Contaminated groundwater is reaching the deep aquifers that supply Long Island’s drinking water.

“Long Islanders have strong personal connections to our waters,” said Adrienne Esposito, director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Water defines life on Long Island, whether it is to swim or go to the beach, fish or clam, hike, walk or jog, watch birds or wildlife, boat or kayak. Even Long Islanders who drink bottled or filtered water still have to shower, bathe and cook with water from the tap,” Citizens Campaign Director Adrienne Esposito said.

Their plan of action centers around a 10-point statement that largely calls for upgrades to existing sewer and septic systems, new water quality standards to reduce the amount of sewage pollution and more enforcement. The list specifically demands sewage plant upgrades to reduce half of the nitrogen pollution, establish a Long Island regulatory entity for water management and creation of a “State of the Aquifer” report.

Earlier this month, the partnership also announced a $3 million public education campaign. Over the next three years, they will attempt to rally Long Island residents around the issue and pressure politicians to act.

They argue 85 percent of Long Island residents support creating a new government standard to reduce nitrogen levels, many even in the face of higher taxes.

“Polling research shows that Long Island residents care a lot about clean water,” Group for the East End President Bob DeLuca aid. “When people are informed and engaged, they help influence water quality policies and practices. We all have good reason to make sure our water supply is clean and healthy.”

For more information about the Long Island Water Partnership or to view their full list, visit their website or on Facebook.

New York Rising Inviting South Shore To Open Houses

Residents and community members in Lindenhurst are requested to attend the first public open house for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program next week.

The Lindenhurst event is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Lindenhurst Community Center at 293 Buffalo Avenue.

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.

New Coliseum Lease Unanimously Approved

A $229-million proposal to renovate the Nassau Coliseum selected last month will hit the ice in 2015.

The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved terms of a lease with developer Bruce Ratner Monday. All 19 members voted in favor after hours of questioning Ratner and his partners on a variety of issues ranging from hiring minority-owned businesses to hosting more New York Islanders games.

"It ends a decade of Long Island 'no's' and now we stand here with a resounding Long Island 'yes,'" County Executive Ed Mangano, who was in attendance, said.

Ratner’s plan calls for a radical redesign of the Coliseum’s exterior, reducing the number of seats from 16,234 to 13,000 and renovating the interior. The plaza outside will host a 2,500-seat venue with two floors similar to the House of Blues and Fillmore concepts, a 60,000-square foot destination movie theater, a 25,000-square foot recreational anchor that include bowling, a 35,000-square foot lawn for uses like outdoor concerts and seasonal skating rink, and 60,000-square feet of restaurants.

The plan also calls for the Islanders to play four regular season games and two pre-season games, while the Bridgeport Sound Tigers – the Islanders’ AHL affiliate – move to the new Coliseum. Ratner’s team repeatedly issued votes of confidence that Islanders owner Charles Wang could find a way out of an extension in Bridgeport until 2021.

During Monday’s meeting, Legislator Robert Troiano (D-Westbury) repeatedly expressed concern about a lack language requiring women- and minority-owned businesses in the contract. While Ratner was loath to alter the lease, he did commit to award at least 20 percent of his contracts to such businesses and submit a plan to the legislature within 30 days.

This agreement between Nassau County and Ratner will last for 34 years, plus possible three five-year extensions. The tenant will pay at least $4 million every year with a 10 percent increase every five years, although the rent could be higher if Nassau’s share of Coliseum and parking revenues exceed the minimum. The neighboring plaza will carry a $400,000 annual rent. In addition, the lease also calls for Ratner to pay $50,000 a month while developers seek approvals until Aug. 1, 2015, and $100,000 a month during the ensuing construction period.

Construction is expected to take 15-18 months once the county approves their final plans, an AHL team commits to the venue, and appropriate permits and licenses are received. Ratner’s proposal estimates Coliseum work at $98,500,000 and plaza construction at $130,500,000.

The lease does not address the rest of the 77-acre Hub project, keeping it under Nassau County’s control for possible future development.

Next Time, Take The Glen Cove Ferry

Once avoided as a site of major contamination, Garvies Point is gradually becoming a resource to the community.

A Glen Cove-based charter boat made its inaugural voyage Sept. 12 as city and RXR Realty officials celebrated the latest progress on the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin project. New Jersey-based Seastreak will operate a ferry connecting Long Island and New York City, what Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi hopes will be just one commercial venture along the waterfront.

"Having a company like Seastreak offering a chartered service from Glen Cove's waterfront is a testament to the decade long revitalization efforts that have taken place along beautiful Hempstead Harbor,” Suozzi said. “By welcoming NY Waterways this summer and now Seastreak, we are able to show off our magnificent new maritime facilities to two of the region’s leading ferry companies.”

The Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin project is just part of the city’s Waterfront Redevelopment Vision. Dredging and work along the dock was the first phase for the ferry project; bids for a terminal building went out Sept. 18. Once constructed, the mayor said the new building will house ticket sales, bathrooms, an office for the city’s harbormaster and even a small restaurant upstairs. The city also wants other commercial ventures like harbor cruises and dinner cruises at the site.

“It’s going to be a rebirth of our waterfront,” Suozzi said.

Glen Cove Creek was once home to industrial properties like chemicals and smelting factories.  Fifty-two acres along the Creek were contaminated by a marina in business for 20 years. When they closed up as the new millennium rolled in, the land was designated a Superfund site. Years of cleanup began, but the city partnered with RXR Realty in 2007 to create a mixed-use plan.

The 52-acre site will now include a luxury hotel, a spa, 860 residential units, 50,000 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 85 new boat slips and nearly 20 acres of accessible public open space.

Groundbreaking on the terminal and basin occurred in June 2010. The next phase of the project includes a 2,700 square-foot ferry terminal building – with a possible 7,500 square-foot future capacity. Construction is expected to begin this fall and take up to 18 months. The ferry is expected to save 48,000 vehicle miles daily by carrying 1,600 passengers every business day. It will also be available for recreational trips.

“It’s been a long time evolving to the point it is now,” Suozzi said.

Seastreak vessels are available for private charter and can travel throughout Lower Manhattan Harbor, to the Connecticut casinos, Atlantic City, Block Island, Nantucket Island, and both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.

“Our connection with RXR as well as the City of Glen Cove is very meaningful to Seastreak, and we take pride in the world-class service we provide,” Seastreak President James Barker said.

For more information about chartering an excursion, passengers can contact Seastreak at 732-872-2628 ext. 1604 or

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 at 5 Brookside Avenue
Freeport, NY 11510
Saturday at 8 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


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.

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.

Fill Up At Annual Alternative Fuel Conference

Long Island drivers should turn into Bethpage State Park next week for an annual conference on alternative fuel technologies.

Greater Long Island Clean Cities (GLICC) is holding their 17th annual Advancing the Choice Conference Oct. 4 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

GLICC is part of a federally-sponsored program that advocates for increased use of alternative fuels and decreased dependence on foreign oil. The organization disseminates millions in funds for clean air and traffic mitigation to Long Island organizations.

Advancing the Choice is their one-day conference, where transportation professionals meet to learn about the latest advancements in the industry. A golf outing and networking event are scheduled after this year’s conference.

For more information or to register for the event, visit GLICC online.

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.

Graduation Gala For Leadership Huntington Class

Join Dianne Parker, Sara Bluestone, Les Bluestone and the Class of 2013 next month at Leadership Huntington’s 18th annual gala.

Scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Huntington Country Club, the gala celebrates Leadership Huntington’s latest class to complete a year-long training program. The 14 members of the 17th class range include utility, service and media professionals.

This year’s gala will also serve as an opportunity to honor three others. Dianne Parker, of Executive on the Run, will receive the Founder’s Award, Les Bluestone will be named Outstanding Community Trustee and 1998 grad Sara Bluestone will be awarded Graduate of Distinction.

“It feels wonderful to be acknowledged by the community I care so much about,” Parker said.

Leadership Huntington was created by the Huntington Chamber Foundation and Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce in 1995. Every year, students attend a lengthy series of workshops, tours and forums promoting community trusteeship. Since the very first session, several hundreds have graduated from Leadership Huntington.

Tickets to the gala run $125 and can be bought on the organization’s website.

See Glaciers On The Big Screen

Grab a seat, dig into some popcorn and enjoy the film.

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is screening award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” as the latest flick in their Sustainable Living Film Series on Oct. 24.

“Chasing Ice” is the story of photographer James Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His videos compress years into seconds, capturing ancient mountains of ice disappearing.

The screening, which runs form 6-9:30 p.m., includes a vegan buffet, beverages and popcorn. Admission is $5. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Institute at (516) 323-4510.

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:
No events this week.
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
Richie Furay - Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
Celebrity Biography - Saturday, Sept. 28 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
No shows this weekend.
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
No shows this weekend.
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. 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Life After Life: A Heavenly New Musical - Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
France Joli - Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Sept. 28 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 - Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Sept. 27 at 11 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
Vito Picone & the Elegants and Lenny Cocco & the Chimes - Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
Ladies of Laughter - Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall and Eastern Suffolk Paranormal presents: Paranormal Night at the Vail - Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor American Music Festival After Party- Saturday, Sept. 28 at 9-11 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

Coliseum Approval Ends Decades Of No's

"It ends a decade of Long Island 'no's' and now we stand here with a resounding Long Island 'yes,' " - Edward Mangano, county executive of Nassau County

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