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October 14 - October 20, 2013


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Hofstra University is a private university with almost 7,000 undergraduate students. Hofstra has a strong reputation for producing educated professionals in marketing, psychology, English literature and a variety of fields. The school itself falls within the 77-acre Nassau Hub project, and could eventually be connected to the redeveloped Nassau Coliseum.

“Our efforts have been successful so far, but that doesn't mean the work is done. With the postal service facing serious financial difficulty, the pressure to close, downsize and move post offices will continue, so we're going to have to stay vigilant,” Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y)

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Please Join Us For The 2013 Smart Growth Summit!


This 12th year of gathering Long Island's leaders will address our most challenging regional and local issues. In 2013, our region is recovering from difficult times: small businesses are hurting, community leaders are facing increased quality of life concerns, environmentalists, transportation and infrastructure leaders are seeing limited revenues, developers are struggling to secure financing for important projects, governments on all levels are straining to balance their budgets, and our young people are still leaving. The Smart Growth movement and its related family of New Urbanism, Sustainability, and green principles continue to provide policies that assist Long Island when calibrated to address our specific local needs.

The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, workshops, technical worksessions, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions will include: downtown revitalization, priority infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, downtown management, transit-oriented development, Smart Growth, energy, youth leadership, regional projects, post-Sandy resiliancem, and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.

Our goal is to once again have more than 1,000 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event. Attached is sponsorship and registration information (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.

If you are one of the thousands of Long Island leaders who have joined us in the past, please do so again. If you are new to the event and the Smart Growth movement, please consider partnering with us this year. Either way, we need your leadership, presence and voice to make great places a reality on Long Island.

12th Annual Smart Growth Summit Kickoff A Success

With the kickoff celebrated last Wednesday, the clock to Vision Long Island’s 12th annual Smart Growth Summit is now ticking.

Held in The Carltun within Eisenhower Park, the event gives Summit sponsors and Smart Growth proponents an opportunity to mingle, discuss ideas and, of course, chat about the upcoming Summit.

Vision Long Island’s annual Smart Growth Summit, scheduled for Nov. 22 at the Melville Marriott, is a gathering of leaders to examine and proactively address issues facing the island. Workshops and panels addressing 17 topics like Transit Oriented Development, Sewer Infrastructure and Disaster Planning have been announced.

The event also includes a trade show, youth summit and networking opportunities.

Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, will present this year’s keynote speech

With 1,000 expected to attend next month’s event, registration and more information about the Summit is available online.

Listen To The Voices Of Superstorm Sandy

The first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy is less than two weeks away, and many Long Islanders are still reeling from the historic storm.

Earlier this month, Newsday began their Faces of Sandy series – video clips of residents sharing their stories. Some still aren’t home, or don’t even have a home, while others consider how the experience changed them forever. Many are members of Friends of Long Island, an umbrella organization partnered with Vision Long Island in helping communities clean up and rebuild after Sandy.

Pattie Calcano, 41, lives with her family in a trailer on their front lawn. Their Amityville home was demolished in July and has not been replaced. She is a member of Friends of Long Island and Sandy Support, Massapequa Style.

It’s tough, especially with the kids who want their stuff back and want to go home. Having to answer the question of when are we going home and staring at our vacant lot…” Calcano said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Dentist Radha Suchdeva-Munk Coleman, 41, said her family’s West Sayville home remains a work in progress, despite continued flooding after Sandy. A member of the Friends of Long Island, Coleman said her 2-year-old twins don’t remember the storm, but her 7-year-old child was “traumatized” after celebrating his birthday on Oct. 29.

“He lost all his birthday presents, toys, furniture, clothes,” she said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Kelly Harris, 44, lives in a trailer and mother’s basement since Sandy destroyed her family’s Massapequa home. But the Friends of Long Island and Sandy Support, Massapequa Style member found a silver lining after surviving yet another flood.

It’s the friends that I make and they’ll be my forever friends; they’re my Sandy family,” Harris said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Barbara Schaffer, 47, purchased her Lindenhurst home just three years ago. After Sandy forced her into a relative’s home, the Friends of Long Island members said she spends most of her day trying to recover their house and sense of security.

“I’m still dealing with insurance issues. I’m trying to come up with enough money to elevate my home. I’m running the plumber, electrician, the house lifter, the contractor who is going to repair my home. I’m a job site manager on a day to day basis,” she said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Jon Siebert, 34, lives in Mastic Beach. A member of Friends of Long Island, he said the lingering damage at Smith Point County Park is a constant reminder of the storm.

“I spent a lot of time on Smith Point Beach growing up and it still needs a lot of help. The boardwalk is now fixed; the playground still isn’t fixed. You can still see little areas in Smith Point Beach that are forever changed because of Sandy. Dunes missing, washovers in the bay…” he said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Olive Warren is ready to give up waterfront life. The 56-year-old Mastic Beach resident finished rebuilding their home after he and his wife rented a home for seven months, but he’s willing to be bought out.
“I actually don’t have more neighbors anymore,” Warren said. “It’s become a ghost town. I don’t want to be by the water anymore. I want to move inland, on a hill.”

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

By day, Tawaun Weber is the assistant director of Vision Long Island. But come weekends, the 33-year-old Ronkonkoma resident gets involved gutting damaged houses in Mastic Beach. Her old Jetta still sits in the driveway, even if it doesn’t run and is laden with mold.

“It survived the storm. It did get tree damage during the storm. We took on water after the storm and then from some of the volunteer things we’ve done in different communities, my car has what we’ve done from rips. It’s my relic, it reminds me, it keeps me very humble because it does has the mold in it from us ripping out other homes,” Weber said.

For the full clip, click here (subscription required).

Commuting By Bicycle On The Rise Across America

Running out the door to the office? Don’t forget the umbrella, briefcase and bike helmet.

According to the Census-run American Community Survey, more Americans are leaving the car in the garage and pedaling their bicycles to work. A recent study in the country’s 70 largest cities found 864,883, or 0.64 percent, of all commutes in 2012 were made by bike. That 10 percent bump from 2011 is the largest annual increase since 2007-2008.

The top city for cycling commuters was Portland, the only metropolis to earn a platinum Bicycle Friendly Community award. In 2012, 6.1 percent of all commutes were made on bike. That’s down 2.4 percent from 2011, but up 430.3 percent from 1990.

Recipient of a silver Bicycle Friendly Community award, New York City was the only downstate city on the list. About 1 percent of all commutes were made riding a bike in 2012, up 17.5 percent from 2011 and 220.4 percent from 1990. New York is also easily the largest city on the list with 8.2 million residents in 2010.

On Long Island, cycling aficionados said it’s dangerous to commute. Lou Malfi, president of the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club, thought about riding the five miles from his Huntington Station home to work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He decided to continue driving.

“On most mornings I would be taking my life into my own hands,” Malfi said.

Many Long Island roads don’t accommodate for bicyclists, he added, either with a shoulder or dedicated lane. And those that do, frequently position exposed riders a foot away from speeding automobiles. The frenzy of the morning and evening commutes also makes biking to work more dangerous for bicyclists.

With 260 members from across Long Island and Queens, Malfi confirmed the Massapequa Park Bicycle Club does include some riders who pedal to the office, even if the club is geared towards recreational riding.

Levittown resident and club member Scott Diamond has opted for a bicycle to a car three of the last four summers when heading into his job at a Farmingdale manufacturing facility. Diamond, who also biked to work when he lived in Brooklyn, said he loves riding and hates the price of gas.

When considering riding to work, he uses three basic rules. A one-way trip must be less than 10 miles; his current 8.5-mile trip takes 45 minutes by bicycle or 15 minutes by car. His employer must have some place safe he can store his bike. They must also offer a place for him to shower and change, although he admitted that lately he’s been using no-rinse wipes at the office instead.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Diamond said.

Patrick Martone, owner of Cycles Plus in Huntington village, agreed with Malfi that commuting by bike on Long Island is dangerous. Referencing the Manhattan location for his brother’s bike store, Martone said more would commute on two wheels with more dedicated bike lanes.

Located two miles away from the Huntington LIRR station on New York Avenue, the shop owner said they rarely see commuter business. They saw more when the store was half a mile closer on New York Avenue until 2011.

Diamond said he planned a route that’s “relatively traffic-free” and has good shoulders to ride in. Instead, time is his biggest issue.

“I’m not a racer; I’m a recreational cyclist,” he added.

Martone recently returned from last month’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, with commuting on his mind. He purchased five folding bikes, due to arrive in the story any day. Not only does it preclude the need for a bike rack, he said, but it’s handy for commuting into they city.

“For people who want to ride to the train station, you can put it with you on the LIRR and when you get to Manhattan you can take it out and ride to your job. It’s been very popular for many years,” he said.

Comparing Crime Rates Among Communities

Crime rates are falling faster in cities than suburbs, according to a Washington, D.C. think tank.

Long Island police departments agree with a 2011 Brookings Institution study that total reported crime has dropped in recent decades, partially through environmental design.

The study examined 100 large metropolitan areas across the country, breaking them down into the primary city and surrounding suburbs. It also reviewed violent crimes – murder, rape, robbery and assault – and property crimes – burglary, larceny and theft – from 1990 until 2008.

In general, they found that both violent and property crimes diminished faster in cities. Violent crime dropped 29 percent in cities and 7 percent in suburbs, while property crime rates dropped by 46 percent in cities and 37 percent in suburbs.

Among suburban communities, the study found older high-density suburbs registered the largest declines in crime rates.

Within just the New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island/Pennsylvania region, violent crime fell by 74 percent in New York City compared to 35 percent in the suburbs. Property crime rates fell by 75 percent in the city and 54 percent in suburbs.

Home to nearly 1.5 million, Suffolk County is comprised of suburbs for New York City. From 1990-2008, the Suffolk County Police Department reported a 28 percent decrease in violent crime, 48 percent fall in property crime and 47 percent overall drop.

Calling both crime and solutions to it complex, Suffolk Police Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon identified four factors that have reduced crime throughout the country in the last 20 years. There are simply more people incarcerated now than ever before, Fallon said, and the general population is getting older. At the same time, police are using computers to stay on top of incidents as they occur. The deputy chief also said police departments have more of an emphasis on becoming a part of the community.

“The whole concept that we as police should not only be there to arrest people, but we have a responsibility to deal with different communities and preventing crime,” Fallon said.

The Glen Cove Police Department is responsible for protecting almost 26,000 residents. Det./Lt. John Nagle reported an overall 25 percent drop in crime from 2000-2012; that includes a 3 percent rise in violent crime and 27 percent drop in property crime. The department reported fewer motor vehicle thefts, robberies and criminal mischief, but more felony assaults.

In addition to serving in Suffolk County, Fallon said he owns a second house in Queens, which has more interaction among neighbors. Residents walks through their neighborhood instead of driving, getting to know each other along the way.

“I grew up in Brooklyn and going back to Brooklyn, I can see where it feeds on itself. As things get better, people feel safer in their homes and communities. They’ll go out more, they’ll be on the streets at night. Because they are, that makes it safer,” the chief said.

Getting more lawful visibility is paramount to suppressing crime, Sgt. Damian Germain of Suffolk’s Community Response Bureau said. Germain actively champions the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design concepts.

“The idea that building your surrounding environment correctly will reduce the fear and incidents of crime,” he said.

The model is supported by four tenets. Planning for natural surveillance – eyes on the street – and natural access control – walkways and landscaping – are essential, the sergeant said. Territorial reinforcement that serves as a reminder of the division between public and private space is the third principle, and maintenance – broken window theory – is the fourth.

Closed Long Beach Hospital Gets $6.6 Million Grant

Long Beach residents will still have a drive to get emergency medical care, but city residents could have a much shorter trip for less serious medical needs.

South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) received a $6.6 million federal grant last week to open an urgent medical care facility at Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC). The hospital has been in talks to acquire LBMC beginning this summer.

“This is a good step in the right direction for the residents of Long Beach, to give them more convenient access to the healthcare services they need,” SNCH spokesman Damian Becker said. “Is it the absolute answer for them? I would say no, but it’s better than the present situation.”

The medical center closed after Superstorm Sandy inundated the 162-bed hospital and caused $56 million in damage last October. All necessary construction to reopen was reportedly finished this summer, but LBMC has not received permission from the state Department of Health to reopen. Commissioner Nirav Shah has said he won’t approve reopening the hospital, which annually lost $2 million since 2007, without a sustainable health care business model.

If an agreement can be worked out with the Oceanside-based SNCH, the $6.6 million would go towards a variety of services on the barrier island itself. Plans call for walk-in service with 12 fully-equipped exam rooms and facilities to triage and treat an array of serious medical conditions. That includes ambulatory triage, laboratory and radiology imaging services.

However, LBMC would not handle 911 calls, with ambulances still going to other hospitals like Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, St. John’s Episcopal in East Rockaway and SNCH.

The federal grant would also fund studies to evaluate long-term redevelopment of the campus. This will include a complete physical assessment of the very substantial infrastructure damage to the facility. The Long Beach Medical Center had already spent $20 million in repairs to the facility, according to published reports.

Awarded by New York State, the $6.6 million was part of the Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed off on $200 million for more than 450 organization throughout the state.

“Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, the state’s healthcare and human service providers continue to serve communities recovering from the storm, even while many of these organizations themselves are still getting back on their feet,” Cuomo said. “This funding will help providers cover significant costs resulting from the storm, including repairs and renovation of critical facilities, unreimbursed expenses, and ongoing services to impacted New Yorkers.”

For more coverage, visit the Long Beach Herald and Newsday (subscription required).

USPS Pulls Plans To Close Post Office In Northport

The Northport post office will stay open for business after all, at least for now.

United State Postal Service (USPS) officials confirmed plans for a possible closure have indefinitely put on hold.

“I would never say never. I can definitely say not now,” Corporate Communications Manager Maureen Marion said.

Northport Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin discovered the postal service was considering closing the downtown post office last summer. Some of the services would move to a smaller 3,055 sq. ft. downtown store while all 19 postal carriers would have been relocated to East Northport.

A public meeting at the American Legion hall later that summer drew a packed crowd, while elected officials like Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) pressed USPS to abandon the study.

Superstorm Sandy delayed their decision into 2013. Word rapidly spread from Israel’s and Schumer’s offices about the verdict on Tuesday.

“When postal officials began planning to move Northport Post Office, I made it absolutely clear to them that Northport relies on the people and services in the existing facility. I am pleased that postal officials stated in writing to me that there are no current plans to discontinue or relocate the Northport post office. I'll continue to fight to ensure that this vital community resource stays where it is,” the congressman said.

“Our efforts has been successful so far, but that doesn't mean the work is done. With the postal service facing serious financial difficulty, the pressure to close, downsize and move post offices will continue, so we're going to have to stay vigilant,” the senator added.

Israel left a message for Northport Mayor George Doll with the news. Doll said on Thursday that the village never received an official statement from USPS, although he remained cautiously optimistic.

“The fact it’s not closing is wonderful news. It’s a part of Main Street. It’s part of our commercial district. People who use it may stop in some of the local shops,” he said, adding that it’s also heavily used by merchants and residents.

Eric Alexander, executive director of Northport-based Vision Long Island, credited public officials, the Village of Northport, the Northport Village Merchants Association and residents to fight the closure.
“It’s great to see Senator Schumer and other federal officials protect a downtown by preserving the hub of commercial and community action,” Alexander said.

The USPS spokeswoman said the plans are officially on hold, but have not been permanently discontinued.

“Our situation can be in the long term a significant factor in our decisions in all of these cases,” she said.

Doll remained hopeful talk of the closure would vanish completely.

“It would be nice if they said we’re never ever going to close it. I guess they’re situation changes from time to time to, so we’ll keep an eye on it.”

Removing The Red Tape At Lake Ronkonkoma

The cleanup of Lake Ronkonkoma has been tied up in red tape between Suffolk County and three towns for years. When the Town of Islip used dogs along their beach to chase away problematic geese, it created a messy situation for the other municipalities with rights to the property.

But a new team effort could finally get to the heart of the problem. Led by the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Association, the towns of Islip, Brookhaven and Smithtown are expected to also join the county in the Lake Ronkonkoma Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.

“All the municipalities have a place in this organization to make decisions for the common good,” Civic President George Schramm said.

Pollution is a long-standing issue at the lake. Stormwater runoff is an issue, as are septic systems. Schramm said a developer previously built homes with septic systems in a flood plain when the water was lower; the water level has since risen and reclaimed the land. Algal blooms were a problem this summer, Suffolk County Legislator John Kennedy (R-Nesconset).

Goose droppings have also been an issue, raising bacteria levels in the water. But when all four municipalities with some stake in the lake worked independently, one solution ended up just moving the problem.

“They did what they thought was best for their particular beach. Once this new arrangement is in place, they would all be sitting at the same table and we could talk as a group about what’s the best way to deal with geese on the lake,” Schramm said.

Looking around New York State for solutions, the civic discovered intermunicipal agreements in places like Lake George. They created the Ronkonkoma Lake Foundation, a 501C3 nonprofit used to apply for grants, and set to work about creating the associated watershed organization.

The towns of Islip and Brookhaven have already voted to join. Kennedy said Smithtown officials tabled the matter last week but are expected to pass it at their next town board meeting. Meanwhile in the county legislature, a bill is expected to reach the committee on Nov. 8. It would be opened to the entire legislature at their next meeting on Nov. 19.

“I don’t foresee any reason why my colleagues would have issue with it,” Kennedy said.

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, already on board, offered his support for a popular fishing, swimming and recreational haven on Long Island.

"By joining forces in support of this common goal, we can work together to clean it up, control invasive species and help mitigate the blue algae plumes that are choking the life out of the lake. We can save Lake Ronkonkoma, and make smarter land use decisions with the goal of restoring it to its former glory,” he said.

Kennedy expects the new organization to be in place and had their first meeting early next year.

For more information, check out this Newsday article (subscription required).

Board Unanimously Supports $6M Carmans River Plan

The Town of Brookhaven has opted to go with the flow.

A plan to buy land and impose tougher zoning around Carmans River was unanimously approved by the Town Board on Tuesday evening.

Passing 6-0, with Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh absent, the Carmans River Conservation and Management contained 19 categories of recommendations to protect 3,845 acres along the 10-mile river from pollutants and overdevelopment.

“We have a plan that provides a clear vision of what needs to be done in order protect and preserve one of our Town's most beautiful and environmentally significant natural assets,” Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said.

Stretching 10 miles from Middle Island to Bellport Bay, the Carmans River is an essential natural resource for Brookhaven. The legislation passed earlier this week will add 3,845 acres to Pine Barrens Region. In exchange for preventing development on this property along the river itself, state officials will permit Brookhaven to offer credits for developers building elsewhere in the town.

Romaine budgeted $6 million next year to purchase the land.

The plan also enhances wastewater control standards to decrease the flow of harmful nitrogen through fertilizers and sewage runoff, and creates a performance committee tasked with supervising the protection goals and water quality improvement.

“I am proud to be a part of this landmark legislation that is a major step forward in the preservation of this river that is of great ecological, societal, and historical significance. I have always been an advocate of the dedication of open space funds to the purchase of sensitive land surrounding this precious natural resource, and have proudly sponsored and passed legislation which has protected critical parcels within the corridor,” Councilwoman Connie Kepert said.

Protecting Carmans River has been a hot button issue for a while, with the town board unable to agree on a plan for three years. The prior plan, which had minimal public input, took the power away from elected officials and into the hands of unelected regulators.  Bill Faulk on the Town of Brookhaven Planning Department, as well as Supervisor Romaine and the council shaped what became a very workable compromise. The new agreement leaves land use and development decision-making in the hands of the town board, whom will be accountable to the people.

“Unlike the plan that was rejected during the previous administration, this one places the focus on exactly where it should be; conservation, protection and preservation of the river,” Councilwoman Jane Bonner said.

Students and teachers visited the board at Tuesday’s meeting, speaking about a recent science exploration of the river. The program was conceived to help students learn about and appreciate of the Carmans River ecosystem; collect useful scientific data in regard to the river’s status and allow students to become stewards of the river’s water quality and natural resources. 

For additional coverage of the decision, check out News12 (subscription required).

Unveiling Bishop Harrison Hale Drive In Gordon Heights

Bishop Harrison Hale is more than a spiritual leader, he’s a force for change in the community.

The face of Bishop Harrison Hale Ministries in Medford and the Cornerstone Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Hale was honored last week by the Town of Brookhaven for his years of service.

Officials unveiled a sign with his name along a strip of Central Parkway from Granny Road to Maple Lane on Oct. 9. The Harrison Hale Community Action Center lies at the corner of Central and Granny.

“Bishop Harrison Hale and his team provide needed services for residents in the heart of the Gordon Heights Community every day. From the Community Action Center, where programs for our youth and seniors are provided, to the Community Café, just down the block, where residents can drop in for a free nutritious meal, and now The Home of the Brave, which will provide housing for homeless veterans, Bishop Hale is in the business of serving the needs of the community.  This sign is a small token in recognizing his willingness to serve,” Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert said.

State Assemblymen Ed Hennessey (D-Medford) Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip) and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) joined Kepert for the ceremony. Hale’s wife, Artice, members of the Gordon Heights Fire Department, Vision Long Island and visiting pastors were also present.

“It’s a great pleasure to come and see the community center up and running. I was with Bishop Harrison Hale when he first had the idea for the center, so to see the doors open today serving the community gives me chills,” Hennessey said.

Smart Growth Supporters Among LIBN's Top 50 Women

Mindy Wolfle quietly talks about her role in creating communications strategies for a new CPA firm, running her own business and lending a helping hand to the community.

But on Thursday, she joined 49 other women in the spotlight at Crest Hollow Country Club. The Long Beach resident was named to Long Island Business News’ 2013 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business.

Local 1102 Executive Vice President Gemma Deleon, Kathleen Deegan Dickson, a partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, and Community Development Corporation of Long Island President Marianne Garvin were also on the short list.

“To me this is a very big deal. When you look at how who is getting the award this year, I’m only one of two marketing people of 50 people. It’s a very big deal I’m getting acknowledged. Our work is most often behind the scenes and might be taken for granted that communications just emanate from an organization and no one gives much thought about what goes into that,” Wolfle said.

Wolfle is the chief marketing officer for Garden City-based firm Armao, nominated to the 2013 list by Managing Partner Salvatore Armao. According to his nomination, Wolflie excelled in a major transition for the company. Armao succeeded Armao, Costa & Ricciardi in July, after 18 years in business.

“Mindy is much more than a marketing professional. She serves as a mentor to the firm’s female employees, sharing her passion for volunteerism and giving back to the communities in which we live and work. She lends her expertise in business writing, strategic networking and career advancement, and promotes work/life balance. Her business insights and many associates benefit the firm and her co-workers. She seems to know everyone on Long Island and is generous with her time and knowledge,” Armao said.

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. We know that with your busy schedules, it may be hard for you to come out. But any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated, especially by your neighbors in need.

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

Meetup on the Freeport Recreation Center on East Merrick Road
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 the Esplanade - between River House Grille and JC Cove restaurants - on the afternoons of Oct. 19 and 26. Information will also be available at the Freeport Recreation Center this Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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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:
American Acoustic - Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Ann Hampton Callaway presents the Streisand Songbook - Saturday, Oct. 19 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
Peter Wolf & the Travelers - Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Rob Bartlett - Saturday, Oct. 19 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
National Theatre Live presents a screening of Othello by William Shakespeare - Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Bullet for my Valentine with special guests Black Veil Bride, Stars in Stereo and Throw the Fight - Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
B.B. King - Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Journey's Noise Tour featuring 3OH!3 - Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 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. 18 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.
Bunnicula - Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra - Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
MUSIC ON MAIN STREET: Long Island Brass Guild - Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
2U - Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 19 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. 18 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Friday Night Faceoff - Friday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 p.m.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf - Friday at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Micheal Castaldo - Sunday, Oct. 20 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 inform ation available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
The Picture Show sponsored by the Peconic Landing presents the 100th birthday weekend of Burt Lancaster and Vivian Leigh - Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 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

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

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

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

Police Must Be A Proactive Part Of The Community

“The whole concept that we as police should not only be there to arrest people, but we have a responsibility to deal with different communities and preventing crime,” Suffolk County police Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon

Smart Talk

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