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RSVP Now For The Smart Growth Summit
The Smart Growth Summit has brought together thousands of local business and community leaders, and municipal officials for more than a decade to advance downtown redevelopment and bring infrastructre dollars to our region. This year's event features 24 workshop panels, a youth summit, trade show, and both breakfast and lunch sessions. We anticipate over 1,100 in attendence. Lunch will sell out, so sponsor early!
Announcing this year's Event Schedule:
8:15-9:45 MORNING PLENARY:
“STATE OF THE TOWNS & VILLAGES”
Hon. Antonio Martinez
Hon. Ed Ambrosino
Hon. Steve Flotteron
Hon. Jim Wooten
Hon. Peter Cavallaro
NC Village Officials Association
Hon. Ralph Scordino
SC VIllage Officials Association
Hon. Scott Straus
Mineola Village Mayor
Hon. Robert Kennedy
Freeport Village Mayor
Fair Housing/Segregation on LI
Sol Marie Jones, LI Community Foundation
Dr. Richard Koubek, Huntington Township Housing Coalition
Peter Florey, D&F Development
Hon. Siela Bynoe, Nassau County
Larry Levy, Hofstra University, Moderator
Will Stoner, AARP
Ali Adelman Wendel Companies
Frank Pearson, Greenman Pedersen
Kimberly Pettit, BikeLid
John Massengale, Author, Complete Streets
Veronica Vanderpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Moderator
Youth Vision for LI’s Future
Jeff Giullot, Millennial Development Institute
David Viana, Baldwin Civic Association
Elisabeth Muehleman, Friends of LI
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College, Moderator
Bob Paley, MTA
Andrew Saluk, NEFCU
Matt Frank, The Richman Group
Bill Purschke, Zodiac Title Services
Gerry Bogacz, NYMTC
Anthony Mannetta, Standard Advisors Group
Clint Plummer, Deepwater Wind
David Scheiren, Empower Solar
Beth Fiteni, NYSERDA
Hon. Connie Kepert, Town of Brookhaven, Moderator
Melissa Wawrzonek, Clipper Ship Tea Company
Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
Gina Colletti, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce
Molly McKay, Willdan Financial Services
Bob Feldman, Basser-Kaufman, Moderator
Robert Dubrow, I-Tech Security
Sergio Argueta, STRONG
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Robert Moore, SC Police Retired, Moderator
Downtown Showcase Nassau
Hon. Jean Celender, Village of Great Neck Plaza
Hon. Peter Cavallaro, Village of Westbury
Hon. Jorge Martinez, Village of Freeport
Hon. Joseph Scalero, Village of Mineola
Sal Coco, BHC
John O’Connell, Herald Publications, Moderator
Economic Development & Infrastructure Suffolk
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer, Suffolk County
Tom Kelly, Suffolk County Dept. of Economic Development & Planning
Suffolk County IDA
David Calone, Suffolk Planning Commission
Bob Fonti, LI Business Council
Workshops II: 11:10-12:20
Future of Energy on Long Island:
Michael Voltz, PSEG
Kathy Wisnewski, National Grid
Ross Ain, Caithness Energy
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Moderator
Tourism & Downtowns
Kim Kaiman, Town of North Hempstead
Dr. Janice Scarinci, St. Josephs College
Karen Harding, THEM Media
Greg Zeller, LI Business News, Moderator
Mitch Pally, MTA
Alex Matheissen, Move NY
Anita Halasz, LI Jobs with Justice
Rosemary Mascali, Transit Solutions
John McNally, Energeia Partnership
Jill Simonson, Southwest Airlines
Denise Carter, Greenman Pedersen, Moderator
Dennis Kellerer, H2M
Gary Rozmus, GEI
Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Dr. Chris Gobler, SUNY Stonybrook
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Moderator
Jobs, Taxes, Small Business
William Wahlig, LIFT
Tyler Rowe, Launchpad Huntington
Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times
Tonya Lewter, New Millenium Development
Hon. George Maragos, Comptroller, Nassau County
Roger Clayman, LI Federation of Labor, Moderator
Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County
Hon. Dr. William Spencer, Suffolk County
Kathy Munsch, American Heart Association
Jen O’Connor, Council for Strong Communities
Rev. Thomas Goodhue, LI Council of Churches
Bernadette Martin, Friends & Farmers, Moderator
Hon. Paul Pontieri, Village of Patchogue
Larry Gargano, Greenview Properties, Bayshore
Erma Gluck, Coram Civic Association
Dan Schrafel, The Long Islander, Moderator
Economic Development & Infrastructure Nassau
Hon. Norma Gonsalves, Presiding Officer, Nassau County
Joe Carney, Nassau County IDA
Jeff Greenfeld, Nassau Planning Commission
Mike Denicola, Hazen & Sawyer
Hon. Ed Ambrosino, Town of Hempstead
Rich Bivone, LI Business Council, Moderator
Vision Long Island
Hon. Steve Bellone
Suffolk County Executive
Hon. Ed Mangano
Nassau County Executive
Jon Kaiman, Governor’s Advisor, NYS Office of Storm Recovery
Vanessa Pino Lockel, NY Rising
Matt Milea, NYS DOS
Paul Beyer, NYS Director of Smart Growth
Deborah Kirnon, St. Anne’s Parish Outreach
Jon Seibert, Friends of Long Island, Moderator
New Town Centers:
David Wolkoff, Heartland Town Square
Stephen Holley, AKRF - Wyandanch Rising
Howard Stein, Certilman Balin, Ronkonkoma
Tom Graham, RXR - Garvies Point
David Winselberg, LI Business News, Moderator
Smart Growth Around the Region
Matt Carmody, VHB – Roosevelt Island
Frrest City Ratner Companies
SOM : Architecture
Jaime Stover, Mill Creek – Jersey City
Ron Stein, Vision Long Island
Charles Lane, NPR, Moderator
Arts & Destinations
Terry Statz Smith, Arts Alive
Phil Ebel, Great South Bay Brewery
David Saul, The Electric Dudes
Frank Paruolo, LI Board of Realtors
Heather Johnson, Northport Historical Society
Parking, Design and Codes
Mark Gander, AECOM/Green Parking Council
Robert Bontempi, Huntington Chamber of Commerce
Victor Dadras, New York Main Street Alliance
Kathy Deegan, Forchelli Curto Deegan
Sean Sallie, Nassau County Dept. of Public Works.
Elissa Ward Kyle, Vision Long Island, Moderator
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns
Anthony Macagnone, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Keith Archer, Harras Bloom & Archer
Bill Tuyn, Forbes Homes, Moderator
Help Keep Long Island Seniors On The Island
Help keep our Seniors on Long Island
Please join us for the next meeting of the Smart Growth Working Group, featuring the Boom Town Breakfast Roundtable Agenda!
Please join us for a special meeting of the SGWG on Monday, October 27th, from 8 to 11 am at Molloy College in East Farmingdale, where the AARP will be releasing the key findings of their Boom Town report that focuses on the trends of the senior population and it's economic impact for Long Island and New York State. We will have our working group project updates, as is customary, at the beginning of the meeting so please arrive early. Below is a letter from Will Stoner outlining the agenda and focus of the meeting. We hope to see you there.
You can RSVP by applying to this email or register with AARP in the link below.
On behalf of AARP New York, I cordially invite you to our Long Island breakfast roundtable discussion for leaders in our community called Boom Town: Why Boomers are fleeing and what’s it costing us? How Keeping Boomers in the Empire State and on Long Island could be an Economic Savior.
We will be taking an in-depth dive into our region with localized data focused on the 50+ population, especially Boomers on October 27 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Molloy College located at 7180 Republic Airport -East Farmingdale, New York 11735. Breakfast and Registration begin at 8:00 am with the program starting at 8:30 am. Please register for this free event by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or online at http://aarp.cvent.com/BoomTownLI
Boom Town Breakfast Roundtable Agenda
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am - Welcome Remarks
8:45 am – Smart Growth Working Group Community Project Updates
9:15 am - The Longevity Economy and the possibilities for NYS
9:45 am - Highlights of Key Findings from AARP Survey Report
10:15 am - Discussion of the possibilities and opportunities on Long Island
10:45 am – Additional Smart Growth Working Group Community Project Updates and Closing Remarks
I sincerely hope that you will be able to join in our discussion and look forward to seeing you there!
Associate State Director
AARP New York
Join LIBC Oct. 29 At The East Farmingdale Fire Department
Suffolk Offering $8 Mil In Superstorm Sandy Relief
As the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, additional financial relief will be afforded to many Suffolk County residents and businesses.
Advocates say there are many who could have been eligible for the Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act but will miss the opportunity after a short application window combined with inconsistent and lackluster outreach initiatives. Andersen may have received assistance totaling close to $6,000 for the first year after Sandy.
Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter announced earlier this week that $8 million in tax refunds and assessment reductions will be available for those with homes and businesses sustaining moderate and severe damage from the storm.
“I was glad to stand with County Treasurer Angie Carpenter today as she announced that tax reimbursement checks have started going out to Hurricane Sandy Victims who's homes were severely damaged. Sandy victims have gone through a lot of red tape and bureaucracy, it is great to see the county mail these checks as quickly as possible,” Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey said.
The Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act, passed by state legislators in 2013 after being introduced by 14 members of the Assembly, aims to assist with property tax relief on a sliding scale. The assessment reductions are based on the damage percentage of the improved property. Local governments needed to approve the measure to provide relief. It was part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition's 2013 agenda.
“This is a tremendous relief to those who sustained damage during Sandy. Many residents were still paying taxes on homes that they could not live in. I am thankful that this Act will provide substantial relief to those who applied in order to put some of the financial pieces back together,” said Jon Siebert, a consultant from grassroots recovery group Friends of Long Island.
Ed Andersen, a Village of Babylon resident and member of FOLI affiliate Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, was excited to hear that this assistance was available. Unfortunately, he also found out about the opportunity once funds were becoming available, not at the deadline. His house, substantially damaged by Sandy, was demolished by FOLI volunteers in July and now he waits for NY Rising funding and has been trying to recover since.
“I just found out about this. There is nothing that we can do. I was told that this [the deadline to apply] came down from Albany and there is nothing we can do. I wish that I would have known about that,” Andersen said.
“My disaster case manager didn’t know or tell me. My NY Rising case manager didn’t know. The only way that I find out about anything to help is through community groups. If it weren’t for Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Friends of Long Island and Adopt a House, I wouldn’t know what is out there,” he said.
Read more in Newsday for additional details about this story (subscription required).
Huntington Station Marches In Wake Of Unsolved Murders
In a neighborhood actively working to redesign itself, the Huntington Station community took action after more tragedy.
More than 500 people wearing maroon and white, the colors of Walt Whitman High School, marched in honor of Maggie Rosales on Tuesday. Rosales, 18, was stabbed and found dead on Lynch Street late on Oct. 12.
March for Maggie participants gathered at Heckscher Park in Huntington village, listening to rallying cries from community activists like Matt Harris and Mary Beth Kraese. They crossed Main Street and flooded the Town Board meeting.
The crowd, too large for the meeting room to hold, heard from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk Police Chief James Burke. With four unsolved murders in Huntington Station in as many months, both county representatives pledged to bring the culprits to justice. And after they left, Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and the Town Board had their hands full with the incensed crowd.
Violent crime remains an issue, many said, and gangs are growing more powerful. And it’s been a problem for years. Back in 2010 the South Huntington School District closed Jack Abrams Intermediate School in the wake of violent outbreaks. The building became an administrative office until it reopened last year as a magnet school.
Huntington Station is a part of the Town of Huntington, surrounded by well-to-do neighborhoods while struggling with lower levels of income and higher crime rates. But back in 2012, town officials and community members kicked off a plan to change the area’s identity. The Town Board named Renaissance Downtowns as the master developer for the region. Implementing social-media based crowd-sourced placemaking campaign Source the Station, Renaissance is working on several specific projects. That includes a boutique hotel and office, retail, apartments over stores at Gateway Plaza, artists’ lofts and gallery space.
For more about Tuesday’s rally, check out ABC-7 and Newsday (subscription required).
Teaching Huntington’s Next Stewards And Leaders
More than 300 have graduated from Leadership Huntington.
When 14 business leaders, municipal employees and nonprofit staff celebrated during Wednesday’s gala at the Crest Hollow County Club, they broke the milestone for a program that teaches students as much about themselves as the Town of Huntington since 1995.
Program Director Trudy Fitzsimmons said the Class of 2014 collected more than $3,000 for afterschool programs through Tri-CYA in Huntington and the YDA in Northport. The exact number is unavailable with graduates still collecting pledges.
Before they could celebrate with the more than 200 guests at the gala, and even before raising those funds, the program participants spent almost a year learning to be community stewards, meeting different people and learning how life works within the town. That includes visiting utility facilities, examining historical documents and learning how nonprofits operate.
Reflected in the organization’s name, the training also emphasizes leadership and teamwork skills.
Each session begins with Leadership Huntington accepting nominations from community members to join the class in the fall. The program then begins anew in January.
“This is a program that shows people the wide variety of ways they can get involved and gets them introduced to people who can help them do that,” Fitzsimmons said, adding that Leadership grads frequently tend to be involved across the town.
Leadership also honored others connected with the program during Wednesday’s gala. Craig Rider, of the Rider Group, received the Founder’s Award. That award is an opportunity to thank those who created the nonprofit. The Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s full-time staff received the Outstanding Community Trustee, an award for non-graduates who exemplify their mission. Huntington Planning Board member and 2002 alum Paul Mandelik was named Graduate of Distinction.
Ron Stein, founder of Vision Long Island and 1998 Leadership grad, presented the keynote speech.
For more about Leadership Huntington, visit them online.
What’s The ‘Buzz’ About Arts In North Hempstead?
When the Town of North Hempstead featured downtown arts venues and events like the Space at Westbury, Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington and the Gold Coast Film Festival in Great Neck – all three communities enjoying a resurgence supported by Vision – for a video series promoting the town, they reached out to Vision Long Island.
Director Eric Alexander answered questions from Kim Kaiman, executive director of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation and host of the Business Buzz, in an Oct. 21 episode about the arts.
The idea, Alexander said, is to bring and retain more people downtown. That includes mixed-use housing in the heart of the community, as well as theaters, restaurants and nightlife.
“They bring hundreds, if not thousands, in each week. That helps the local businesses, helps the restaurants, helps the bars, it helps all the associated retail. So you have people on Main Street actively excited about this place. After a show, which I’ve done personally at the Space, you go to a restaurant after and, here in Westbury, there are after hour night clubs,” he said.
After their discussion, Kaiman took backstage tours of the Space, Landmark and Gold Coast Film Festival, chatting with the folks behind the scenes along the way.
Find the full episode of Business Buzz on YouTube.
DEC Tree Grant Plants Seeds For Greener Rockville Centre
Rockville Centre officials have secured state funds to improve green space along Maple Avenue.
The Village was awarded $21,740 in Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants for urban forestry projects by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last week. This money will be used to plant trees on the thoroughfare just north of Sunrise Highway.
“Trees and green spaces are an important part of Rockville Centre,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said. “The DEC understands the benefits of community and urban forests in protecting our air and water and improving the quality of life, and these grants are a valuable tool to support local projects to develop and manage these resources."
The Urban Forestry grants are part of New York State's ongoing initiatives to address climate change and environmental justice. Selected projects target local environmental needs and can truly benefit the community and the environment, including watershed protection. The Village of Rockville Centre was one of 10 recipients chosen from 145 applications.
"Urban forestry programs are vital in promoting clean air, clean water, energy savings, habitat creation and an improved quality of life for New York residents," DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said. "The grants announced today, made possible under Governor [Andrew] Cuomo's increased allocations to the Environmental Protection Fund, will help improve the environment and economic conditions across the state."
Rockville Centre has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” for the past 26 years from the DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests. The national program provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
“The village has been extremely aggressive in pursuing grant money for worthy programs,” Murray said. “It keeps taxes down while improving the quality of life in our village.”
The Town of Oyster Bay also received $33,461 in grants from the state as part of the $280,000 awarded on Oct. 16. Nearly $800,000 in urban forestry funds was awarded earlier this year.
For more information about the urban forestry grants, check out the DEC online.
Summit: How To Keep Long Island’s Millenials From Leaving
“We think of our region as an entity. We have failed to make it attractive for the customers we need to capture.”
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was referring to Millennials, the young professionals fleeing Long Island and the focus of a conference at the Crest Hollow Country Club Monday.
Renaissance Downtown's Millenial project Destination LI kicked off their Responsible Economic Development Initiative (REDI) campaign with the Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit. Dedicated to building town centers that support local economies and communities, the organization’s new campaign is a battle against the exodus of young professionals.
Destination Long Island was formed, President Tara Bono said, around a dinner table in 2012 when a group of young professionals were talking about the pros and cons of staying on the island. The nearly two dozen speakers at Monday’s event agreed Long Island’s Millenials face a lack of housing options, high-paying jobs, transportation options and attractive downtowns with entertainment.
The nonprofit’s own Chief Economist Martin Cantor told the 500 in attendance that more than two-thirds – 67.6 percent – of Long Island’s young professionals cannot find jobs that meet their salary expectations. And with 60 percent still living at home and 89 percent considering leaving the island, Canter said even if just 10 percent leave the island it would cost the economy more than $10 billion.
Long Island also puts an emphasis on education. Cantor said 91.5 percent of the island’s Millenials either are attending or graduated college, with another 17.5 percent earning advanced degrees. Nassau and Suffolk taxpayers would foot the bill for their education but stand to fail to reap the benefits.
“When the Millenials leave, we’ll be losing our brightest,” Cantor said.
Those escaping from the island are on the search for high-paying, career-oriented jobs. Sitting on a panel with four other young professionals, Bono said many of her friends are having trouble finding work with basic college degrees like English or teaching degrees. David Viana, a student at SUNY Stony Brook and president of the Baldwin Civic Association, pointed out how more jobs require advanced college degrees while the cost of attending college skyrockets. Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), as the keynote lunch speaker, also said affordable education is essential.
But while Long Island’s youth take out loans and find ways to acquire college degrees, many businesses are also fleeing the island. Trying to compel new companies to replace them is an uphill challenge, explained by two representatives of the Site Selectors Guild – professional site selection consultants. Businesses take a long list of possibilities and eliminate most to produce a short list, JLL Managing Director Matt Jackson said. Long Island offers a robust, albeit aging infrastructure and access to New York City. However, the region also comes with high costs, low transparency, low government coordination and a mediocre work force with the exodus of Millenials.
Companies don’t care about the pettiness of local politics, Schneider Consulting President Phil Schneider said, and will cross communities off the list if local leaders don’t figure it out. Businesses also don’t waste time trying to cut through red tape, he said.
Democrat and Republican leaders in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties briefly explored the politically-charged concept of consolidating the hundreds of municipal, governmental and school jurisdictions before agreeing governments must work together more efficiently. Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle said the system is rigged for NIMBY-ism with all projects required to seek approval at various levels like planning and zoning boards. The same project that can take seven years for approval on Long Island, LaValle added, can be approved in a day in Virginia or the Carolinas.
“We need to do some hardcore streamlining,” he said.
The influx of new business is also affected by infrastructure, as is the health of downtowns, quality of transportation options and affordability on Long Island. According to a 2014 study by the Urban Land Institute, Senior Vice President Rachael MacCleery said real estate money follows good infrastructure. In fact, quality infrastructure and consumer demand are the top drivers for real estate. Americans listed public transit, roads and walkability as top infrastructure priorities, existing transportation infrastructure ranked poorly. Building infrastructure, along with turning around corporate outsourcing with tax incentives, will be a major step in the looming battle to support the smarting middle class, Israel added.
That includes energy production on the island. Cameron Engineering Managing Partner John Cameron suggested the high production costs and antiquated energy infrastructure on the island create incentive to rebuild the system.
Cameron also touched on the lack of transportation options. Of all 124 Long Island Rail Road stations, only 18 are on bus routes. And just one hospital – Winthrop-University Hospital – is anywhere near a train station. Meanwhile just four major employers are housed near LIRR stations, with a clear concentration of companies with more than 1,000 employees located along Route 110 and central Nassau County. He supported Bellone’s plan to implement Bus Rapid Transit along 110; the county executive is also looking have north-south routes along Sagtikos Parkway and Nichols Road.
But it’s not just a matter of traveling inter-community, speakers said. Developing infrastructure to get around each community is also important. Lawrence Frank, of Urban Design 4 Health, said that walkable neighborhoods lead to lower obesity rates and residents that drive more are susceptible to higher obesity rates. Urban Imprint President Mariela Alfonzo asked for a show of hands of conference attendees who enjoy walking, and commute or shop by foot. The results mirrored her findings that Long Islanders want to walk more but are limited by existing infrastructure.
And just sustaining the existing federal highway and transit system within New York State, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Janet Kavinoky said, will cost $92 billion over the next six years.
Vision Long Island board and staff served on the advisory committee for the conference and look forward to assisting intiatives that help Millenials stay on Long Island.
Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.
The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.
This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.
Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.
Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70.
Visit them online to register or for more information.
Learn To Be Even Greener At HIA-LI Energy Conference
The Hauppauge Industrial Association (HIA-LI) has more than three decades of experience as an economic engine for regional development and a voice for Long Island business.
Join HIA-LI on Oct. 31 for their sixth annual Energy & Environmental Conference, an event bringing industry experts, business leaders and educator together to learn about energy efficiency, green technology and more.
National Grid’s Kenneth Daly has both been invited to speak, joining Amy Marschilok, of the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University; Michael Voltz, director of Energy Efficiency & Renewables at PSEG-LI; and Mohan Wanchoo and Bruce Germano from Jasmine Universe.
Taking place at the IBEW in Hauppauge, the conference includes an executive breakfast, seminars and an exhibit hall.
Tickets are on sale for $50 on HIA-LI’s website.
Dowling Alum Drawing Support With 'Night Of The Arts'
Spend a weekend enjoying arts and culture, and support a Long Island educational institution along the way.
The Alumni Association of Dowling College is hosting a Night of the Arts Nov. 1. This one-night show at the Dowling College Performing Arts Center includes painting, poetry, singing, comedy, improve, photography, acting and more.
Tickets can be purchased with a $10 donation via email or calling 631-244-3166. Don’t wait as the event is expected to sell out. Select pieces from the art gallery will also be available for purchase, with some or all of the sale benefitting the Alumni Association.
Spotlight On Honorees At Landmark’s Annual Gala
Catch a live performance from a Tony Award-winning performer and help downtown Long Island at the same time.
Two-time award winner Christine Ebersole will sing at Landmark on Main Street’s Spotlight Gala ’14 on Nov. 8.
Ebersole has performed in prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She’s also acted in a number of television shows and movies, and been a part of several musical albums.
The event will also honor Bruce Migatz of Albanese and Albanese and Steven Katz and Jeffrey Schor of PM Pediatrics.
For tickets, email or call the venue at 516-767-1384.
Join Hofstra In Celebrating 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 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.
The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.
George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.
Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or email@example.com. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.
Community Benefit For Neighbors Supporting Neighbors
Meet a New York Times best seller and support your community.
Regina Calcaterra, author of “Etched in Sand,” will join grassroots organization Neighbors Supporting Neighbors at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore on Nov. 13.
Calcaterra’s memoir is an inspiring coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. She’s also a successful lawyer, New York State official and activist.
A $50 ticket includes dinner, coffee/tea and dessert. Proceeds benefit Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and homeless prevention charity You Gotta Believe.
Tickets can be purchased at either the Babylon or West Babylon Libraries, or by calling 631-422-6037.
Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest
Check the calendar, Christmas is 89 days away. That’s less than three months.
Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.
Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.
Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.
Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.
Volunteers Wanted For Clothing Drive, Thanksgiving Dinner
The start of the holiday season is just a few weeks away, time for community members to start helping those in need.
The "Brentwood, Bay Shore and Central Islip Feed the Need" cause is up and running. These volunteers are collecting hats, gloves, socks, coats, blankets and wash-up kits for the homeless and neighbors in need. Donations can be left at St. Anne's Parish Outreach.
These volunteers will also be preparing and serving a Thanksgiving dinner again this year. Restaurants looking to donate trays of food and individuals looking to help with the meal are asked to contact Deborah Kirnon at 631 336-6427.
EPA Opens $3.75 Mil Grants To Protect Freshwater
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals to fund freshwater protection projects.
The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant is used to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis.
Applicants can be nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis.
Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years.
Proposals are due Jan. 5. For more information about the RFP and this grant, visit the EPA online.
Suffolk Giving Away $14K To First-Time Homebuyers
Moving up from an apartment to a house? Bucking the brain drain trend and staying on Long Island as a young professional?
Suffolk County wants to help first-time homebuyers with a $14,000 grant towards a down payment.
Applicants are required to have at least $3,000 of their own funds and complete a First Time Home Buyer Education Class. In Suffolk County, Greenlawn-based Housing Help conducts the class.
Would-be homeowners must also fall within income guidelines. All households must collect at least $30,000 annually, although the maximum cap begins at $58,850 for one person and rises to $111,000 for eight people.
Call Housing Help at 631-754-0373 to schedule an appointment. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.
Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.
Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.
Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.
Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.
Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.
NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.
Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.
Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.
Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.
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What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Wizard of Oz - Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot - Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Craig Moran - Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Frankenstein Follies - Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26
New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 7- Oct. 25
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
June through October
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23
Mattituck Florist, Love Lane
Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
May 9-Oct. 31
Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22
127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21
Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6
of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke Streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 17 through Oct. 25
Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22
Fall festivals in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
Massapequa Fall Festival
Massapequa LIRR station
Nov. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rockville Centre Fall Festival
Rockville Centre LIRR station
Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Port Jefferson Harvest Fest
from noon-6 p.m.
St. John's Annual Harvest Fair
12 Prospect Street, Huntington village
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Processor Power Replacing Brain Power
First it was hiding crib notes for high school math tests. That evolved into installing programs onto TI-82 calculators to pump out instant answers. But that's all old hat these day. Similar to popular photo messaging app Snapchat, MicroBlink Software's PhotoMath free app uses a smartphone's camera and works instantly. PhotoMath can scan any printed equation and display the answer; it doesn't work quite yet on handwritten problems. MicroBlink officials say it's designed to help students learn with step-by-step solutions, although the application for cheating is obvious. The app is currently available for iOS and Windows devices and is expected to hit the Android market early next year.
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Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director
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