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October 7 - October 13, 2013


Heartland Business Parks

The Heartland Business Parks were created by the Wolkoff family with the concept that "people should work in not only a functional environment but one that is attractive as well." Both the 400-acre Heartland Business Center in Edgewood and the 240-acre Heartland Park in Hauppauge offer campus-like designs and buildings designed to stand out. The family also owns Heartland Golf Park in Deer Park and has proposed large mixed-use community known as the Heartland Town Square.

“It is the obligation of the community to support their own,” Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chamber of Commerces president

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Early Start For Holiday Sales Drive On Main Street

Shop local.

That was the message from members of Nassau County’s chambers of commerce gathered in Merrick on Tuesday.

Standing outside her Queens of Hearts formalwear store, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce President Julie Marchesella helped kick off their “spend it, buy it, keep it in Nassau County” winter holiday sales pitch.

“We started a little earlier than we normally would because so many of the big box stores are promoting the holidays that we thought we’d get a jump on that too. Because Hanukkah comes so early, people should be thinking holidays,” Marchesella said, adding that the 2013 calendar also has six fewer shopping days than usual between Black Friday and Christmas Day.

This holiday season, chamber members said, is also important for last year. The 2012 shopping season was severely disrupted after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the region.

Merchants not only suffered damage to their stores, but also watched residents pour their resources into rebuilding normal life. Time and money went into chopping up trees, pumping out floodwater, patching up houses and buying gas for generators instead of picking up a pair of earrings, sports coat or video game.

“There was a drop in business last year this time because of the storm,” the president said. “It is the obligation of the community to support their own.”

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, whose family owns a business, cosponsored the event for a third consecutive year.

"Let's give them a boost and keep them going by making an extra effort to shop local this year," Mangano said. "Money spent in Nassau County stays here in Nassau County. It creates employment. It creates beautification."

Local businesses, he added, were among the first to offer donations and supplies to victims of Sandy.

The good news, Marchesella said, is that she expects customers to hit the stores, even for luxury items like holiday decorations.
“People are starting fresh. They will have to spend because they have to start for the holidays,” she said.

The early kickoff has created an unusual problem for merchants – what holiday to sell. Some stores are just looking towards Halloween, others to Thanksgiving and some at Hanukkah and Christmas. There are stores stocking product for all four holidays at once. The council president said her store was decorated for fall until the Merrick Fall Festival last month, although she’s already set up for Christmas.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year,” she said. “My community thinks I’m crazy because it’s 70 degrees outside and I’m thinking Christmas.”

Vision Long Island hosted Nassau County’s first Shop Local campaign and press conference in Farmingdale back in 2004, and has supported the movement ever since.

For more coverage of the event, read this piece in Newsday (subscription required).

Crowd Sounds Off For Coltrane Home Fundraiser

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana addressed a crowd looking to save the former home of jazz great John Coltrane and turn it into a museum.

More than 250 attended a benefit brunch by the Friends of the John Coltrane Home at EN Brasserie in Manhattan on Sunday.

Santana was the main event for an event to help raise $1 million to save the jazz icon’s Dix Hills home, but he wasn’t the only heavy hitter. Noted philosopher Dr. Cornel West, tap dancer Savion Glover and music historian Ashley Kahn joined Santana at the event, while the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, starring the legendary saxophonist’s son, performed.

“Before she passed, Alice Coltrane told me that one of the Home’s key goals needed to be to ‘Use the Home to encourage students and people of all ages and backgrounds to participate and enjoy the making of music,’” Friends of the Coltrane Home COO Ron Stein said. “And as one of the biggest issues today in education is fostering creativity, the focus of the Coltrane Legacy Education Project of the Home will be to promote creativity in music education by emphasizing improvisation, composition, and embracing more diverse and relevant forms of music in the schools. We need our students to love making music, improve their life skills, and stick with music for life.”

An elite saxophonist in the annals of all music history, Coltrane was a star in jazz. He helped lead the modal jazz and free jazz movements after an earlier career in bebop and hard bop styles. Along the way he played with other legends like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. By the time of his death in Huntington Hospital at the age of 40, he released 45 studio albums.

The Town of Huntington bought the 3.4-acre Dix Hills estate for $975,000 in 2005 from a developer, who had plans to demolish the house for three new houses. Coltrane and his family lived at the Candlewood Path house between 1964-1967.

But continued years of vacancy took its toll on the building. By the time the home was purchased in 2005, at least $1 million in restoration work to remediate mold, replace the roof, upgrade heating and improve the electric service was necessary. Friends of the Coltrane Home also said they need another $375,000 to again open the house to the public.

Stein confirmed the event raised $35,000, with another $300,000 needed by June 2014 and another $1 million to have the museum ready. Tickets were sold for $215 apiece.

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

Advocates: Bring Back Missing Bus Funding

Nassau County officials are hearing protests from policy and business groups to spend more on the county’s bus system.

“Businesses depend on good transit service as a way to diversify employment pools and attract new customers,” said Rich Bivone, Nassau chair of the Long Island Business Council (LIBC). “More funding from Nassau County will allow businesses to grow and continue the economic recovery.”

Members of the LIBC met with Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, Long Island Jobs with Justice, New York Public Interest Research Group’s Nassau County Community College Chapter and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW at the County Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on Monday.

The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) busses, operated by Veolia Transportation, are tentatively funded for $2.6 million out of a $2.79 billion proposed budget for 2014. At the same time, the service is seeing fewer riders and more dissatisfaction from remaining riders, according to recent NICE surveys.

“The county’s miniscule contribution to NICE Bus is really penny-wise and pound foolish,” Tri-State Associate Director Ryan Lynch said. “More funding for the bus system will do little to break Nassau County’s bank but would bring huge dividends to riders, local businesses and the environment.”

David Sabatino, owner of a coffeehouse in Valley Stream, said a stronger bus system would benefit his employees and bring in new customers.

Shortly after Veolia received the contract to operate NICE, they cut service by $7.3 million in April 2012. But if that funding was restored via the Nassau County budget, the group said Monday, NICE could restore 84,000 hours of service and increase the proposed budget by 0.26 percent.

Additional funding for more service would not only benefit existing riders, but help recover lost ridership and gain new riders for the system, and in turn, new customers for local businesses.
“Having a functioning bus system is the cornerstone of any economic strategy to grow our downtown business districts, said Eric Alexander, executive director for Vision Long Island. “There is a strong market for bus service in Nassau County but the funding needs to be adequate.”
While additional service would bolster local businesses and downtown redevelopment projects, increased funding would also help those dependent upon the system to get to school and conduct their daily lives.

“[Nassau Community College] students ride the bus from many different towns in the County to get to NCC and we would benefit from more bus service,” said NCC sophomore Hazey Perez. “The state has done their part, the students at NCC who ride the bus have been paying our fares, and now we hope that the county will hold up their end of the bargain.”

For more coverage of the event, follow the story in Newsday (subscription required).

Proposed Sewer Funds Flush With County Approval

With unanimous approval, $19.9 million is being piped to four municipal sewer systems throughout Suffolk County.

The Suffolk County Legislature signed off Tuesday afternoon on the transfer to support systems in Riverhead, Northport, Babylon and Patchogue.

“I think they see the need to address these infrastructure issues. This has been a long time coming,” Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) said.

The resolution allocates more than $12 million in grants and $7 million in loans for the first round of projects approved by the Sewer Infrastructure Committee.

That includes $3.18 million in grants and $3.03 million in available loans for the Northport Wastewater Treatment Plant.

State DEC requirements mandate the system significantly lower its nitrogen output, an edict with a $9.2 million price tag. Village officials received $1.8 million of state and federal money, followed by $1.5 million in expiring state infrastructure funds from Spencer. The legislator also joined County Executive Steve Bellone in Northport last month to announce the proposed legislature funding.

“This is the most amount of money any public official has been able to bring to a small village. Even thought it’s a small village and small sewer district, the implications are shared by the north shore of Long Island and all of Long Island,” Spencer said.

With the latest grant approved, the Northport project is now just $3 million short. The legislature did allocate funds for a loan, although Village officials previously said they would investigate a 0-percent loan through the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation. That would need to be paid back by September 2014, but would allow them to spread the payments out as opposed to a lump sum.

“They may be better off with the loan, but this guarantees the project will be funded,” Spencer said.

Tuesday’s approval allocates $8 million in grants for the Riverhead Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant plus a $4.06 million loan. The Village of Babylon will receive $1 million and the Village of Patchogue will receive $578,000.

Any of the loan funding that is turned down will return to the county’s sewer committee for future projects.

Vision Long Island testified in front of the Legislature's Public Works Committee in support of these grants.

Mastic-Shirley Sewer Project Moving Forward Again

A feasibility study of the proposed Mastic-Shirley Sewer District expansion is complete. The report verified that the project, designed to clean up the nearby Forge River and Great South Bay, is possible.

Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) joined engineers H2M and CDM Smith, Suffolk County Department of Public Works and members of the community at the Mastic Fire Department on Oct. 2 to announce the news.

“The creation of a sewer district for the Mastic/Shirley peninsula has been talked about for over five decades,” Browning said. “Our economic corridors cannot thrive without the investments that come with sewers, and our waterways will not survive without the reduction in nitrogen that will result from an operational sewer district.”

Pollution in the Forge River has been a problem for years. The combination of antiquated cesspools, failing septic systems, polluting duck farms, population growth, and polluted stormwater runoff have taken their toll on the water.

Elected officials began investigating a cleanup last decade, with a final solution not expected to be in place for at least another decade.

Suffolk officials selected the communities of Mastic, Shirley and Mastic Beach as critical regions to be sewered, beginning the feasibility study. Not only did the report come back that project is both needed and viable, but it also updated plans. Officials unveiled larger boundaries for the expansion, and a new location for the sewage treatment plant at Calabro Airport to better buffer homes.

The public has 30 days from the meeting to comment on the plan. Barring any major complaints, Browning is expected to craft legislation to fund an RFP for design of the project. The contract is expected to be awarded by early next year, sources familiar with the project said, with the actual design taking up to 18 months. A public referendum to approve the new district lines could occur in 2015 and groundbreaking could happen as early as 2018, with three phases of construction every two years beginning in 2022.

“It is a long process and we still have a long way to go as a community, but in a few short years the residents within the proposed boundaries will be voting to create the first sewer district in our area. I am excited about what this project can bring, and look forward to the revitalization that will follow,” Browning said.

New Supermarket Feeding Demand For Revitalization

Another step in transforming New Cassel into a vibrant downtown has been taken.

The community’s first supermarket, requested during planning sessions years ago, opened last week.

“So many residents in this community had difficulty getting to supermarkets on the outskirts of the community,” Nassau County Legislator and New Cassel native Robert Troiano said. “Now they have access to high quality food products within walking distance.”

Ideal Food Basket Supermarket celebrated the grand opening of their Prospect Avenue with the North Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA), elected officials and community leaders Oct. 4. The store brings dairy, meats and produce to New Cassel.

The new 9,300-square foot grocery store also offers new jobs. Part of the America’s Food Basket chain with 30 stores in the northeast, the New Cassel store has already employed 15 residents since opening on Sept. 23. Molly Yearty, a single mother of three, took a job as a cashier after remaining unemployed for two years. She said the opening of the new supermarket has been a blessing for her and her family and the community at large.

“It’s a wonderful thing to have a grocery store in the heart of the community,” Yearty said. “It’s fantastic.  Not only am I happy to be working again but I can walk to work.”

The “Seeking a Shared Vision for New Cassel” initiative began in 2002 and received a Smart Growth award from Vision Long Island in 2005. Since then, the community has broken ground on their first bank, pharmacy and grocery store. More than $80 million in public and private funding has been spent on the project. Once complete, the new downtown New Cassel will house 9,989 square feet of retail space and 114,714 square feet of residential space.

CDA Chair Lamont Bailey called Friday’s grand opening “a great day.”

“Not only does the community finally have access to a full service grocery store on their door steps but they also have in this store a business which has created jobs – 15 all told so far – to residents,” Bailey added.

The one-year-old Town of North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center, a pharmacy and family dentistry, dozens of units of affordable housing and total reconstruction of Prospect Avenue into a walkable Main Street are completed components of the ongoing revitalization.

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 Brookside Avenue and on Lester 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


Challenge Cast To Build Better Homes

A green gauntlet has been thrown down to builders.

The Department of Energy is inviting contractors to join their Challenge Home program. In exchange for building with high energy-efficiency, better indoor air quality, minimized water use and disaster resistance in mind, the federal agency recognizes those builders for their leadership.

The ultimate goal is to create homes that are so efficient, they can be completely or mostly powered by just a small renewable energy system. These structures are labeled Zero-Net Energy Homes.

LIPA has invited Long Island contractors to Challenge Home Training at their Uniondale office on Nov. 7. Registration is available online; space is limited.

Verified by a third party, Challenge Homes are typically half-again as energy-efficient as new homes. They’re also designed to be more durable and comfortable. They also easily exceed the current ENERGY STAR standard for efficiency.

For more information about the Challenge Home program, visit the Department of Energy’s website.

Run To Support The Rebuilding Of Freeport

Nearly a year has passed since Superstorm Sandy’s unwelcome visit, and the people of Freeport are ready to celebrate their rebuilt community and continue bringing families home.

Join the Friends of Freeport for run/cake walk around the picturesque Nautical Mile on Oct. 27.

Runners are invited to give it their all around the 5k track, although everyone can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the waterfront.

Registration before the race costs $20, bumping up to $25 that day. Other contributions are also welcome, $250 race sponsorships are available and all donations will be used by the Friends of Freeport to continue their demolition, construction and gardening work.

The first 200 applicants will receive T-shirts.

Entries must be postmarked to 596 Adelphi Street, East Meadow NY 11554 by Oct. 19 or in person at Woodcleft Avenue and Richmond Street on the afternoons of Oct. 19 and 26.

For registration and more information, visit the Friends of Freeport on Facebook.

Save The Date For The Arty Party

Join the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport at their annual Arty Party later this month.

The 2013 event, Falling Into Art, will take place at the Coral House in Baldwin on Oct. 24 from 6-10 p.m.

A fundraiser to support the nonprofit, the Arty Party includes a cocktail reception, dinner, raffles and a silent auction.

The event also serves as an opportunity to honor community members for their support.

This year’s Arts Recognition Tribute (ARTY) Award will go to Marnie Katzman, executive director of the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport. This honor goes to a person making an outstanding contribution toward the recognition and promotion of the arts on Long Island.

Brady Rymer, front man of family rock band the Little Band That Could, will receive the Alexander Schanzer Memorial Art Smart Award for professional artists who share the arts through performance and education.

The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick). This award is presented to an individual who has been instrumental in supporting the arts, as well as demonstrating a history of excellence and continued devotion to the arts.

Butch Yamali, president of the Coral House, will receive the Business Person of the Year Award.

Finally, the Long Island Council of Arts at Freeport will award Irish author Tom Phelan with their Literary Award.

For tickets or more information, visit the Long Island Arts Council online or call them at 516-223-2522. Individual tickets cost $125 apiece; advertising and sponsorships are still available.

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.

Conference Teaches How To Help LI's Homeless

Richard LeMieux was the epitome of success. He started his own publishing business, was happily married, owned a large home and took $40,000 vacations to Greece.

But when the business failed and depression set in, LeMieux found himself on the streets. He lived in a van, his dog, Willow, the only company in his life.

LeMieux is also the author of “Breakfast at Sally’s” and will be the keynote speaker at the 25th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference on Oct. 25. Held at Touro Law School in Central Islip, the event is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to educate and inform.

A series of workshops are scheduled for the morning and afternoon. Topics include compassion fatigue, engaging the chronically homeless, veterans’ services, financial literacy, nutrition and homelessness, and using social media to coordinate services.

Several awards will also be presented during the conference. The Key of Excellence Award will be given to Frank Amalfitano of the United Veterans Beacon House, the Leonard I Saltzman Unsung Hero Awards will be received by dentist Raymond Mascolo and Christine Velia of Concern for Independent Living, while the Corporate Partner Awards go to Kenneth Church, Jr. of Delacour, Ferrara & Church AIA and Aaron Yowell of Nixon Peabody. Chan Kang of Walt Whitman High School and Kareema Walters of Brentwood High School will receive the Helen Martin Scholarship Awards.

For more information or to register, visit the Coalition online.

Come Celebrate Long Island’s Diversity

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

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their fifth annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 26 at Hofstra.

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

John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor and Local 338, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Durso will also be honored, as will humanitarian David Huang, Jewish Community Relations Council members Arthur Katz and David Newman, cardiology expert Jennifer Mieres from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, retired physician Darrell Wayne Pone and author Gloria Nixon Pone.

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

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

Twenty Years Of The Tri-State Transportation Campaign

It’s been 20 years since the Tri-State Transportation Campaign began their mission to reduce car-dependency in the Tri-State area.

They advocate for connecting transportation with land use, focus on improving mass transit, encourage adding infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, and rallying public participation in the planning process. Tri-State even presented the LIRR “Laggy” awards for three stations that cost riders the most in late and canceled trains.

But on Nov. 7, the non-profit is celebrating their 20th anniversary with an evening of wine and hors d’oeurves. Tri-State is holding a benefit at the Top of the Garden in New York City from 6-9:30 p.m.

Four lifetime Tri-State Board members will also be honored for their service to the non-profit during the event. Richard Kassel, Charles Komanoff, James J.B. Tripp and Jeffrey Zupan have all been on-board since 1993. Three New Jersey Complete Streets champions will also be celebrated.

Individual tickets to the benefit cost $150. Sponsorships are also available, the top billing runs $10,000 and includes 10 tickets to the event. To buy tickets or for more information, visit Tri-State’s website.

Advocacy Group Awarding Grants To Park Stewards

Parks & Trails New York is issuing $3,000 grants to improve parks throughout New York State.

The not-for-profit advocacy group has announced a new round of Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants. This funding can be used to increase community support for park and trail planning, long-term sustainability of parks and trails, and improve their reach.

Any local or regional organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) with their primary mission of maintaining a specific New York park or trail is eligible to apply.

An informal webinar will be held on Oct. 16 and applications are due no later than Nov. 12.

For more information on these grants, contact Parks & Trails New York Director of Programs and Policy Fran Gotcsik at 518-434-1583 or online.

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.

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:
Lou Gramm: The Voice of Foreigner - Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
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, Oct. 11 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 Met: Live in HD-Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN - Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 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
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Friday, Oct. 4 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, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
Bunnicula - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Mickey B's Oh What a Night - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
That 70s Band/Streetfighter - Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 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, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.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
Long Island Italian American Comedy Night - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
My Sinatra - Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No events planned this week.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Betty Buckley in the Vixens of Broadway - Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


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

Don't Forget About The Fall Festival!

Today is the first day of the 2013 Long Island Fall Festival. Filling the 25 acres of Heckscher Park in Huntington village, this annual tradition attracts families from Long Island and beyond. There's no shortage of carnival rides, but the festival also boasts live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food, a farmers' market and so much more. Don't be left out; this is the place to be this weekend. The festival is open tonight, all day this weekend and most of Monday.

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