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“One year later, it’s clear these communities continue to be challenged by the sheer scale of this devastating storm, requiring further investment to make certain these needs are met.” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

"Literally the day after, people starting coming out of their homes and springing up – those people who didn't live in the affected area and setting up tables with food and supplies." Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer

“There's a lot of work still to be done and we are dedicated to doing that work... and we hope when people see this monument that it stands for community... We always band together and make sure we are there for each other." Kim Skillen, founder of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors

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The 2013 Smart Growth Summit
Friday, November 22nd
8:00am to 4:00pm - Melville Marriott

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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 over 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.

Featured speakers include:



Announcing the 2013 Summit workshops!

EVENT SCHEDULE

7:45-8:15 AM REGISTRATION

BREAKFAST PLENARY SESSION 8:15-9:45 AM

STATE OF THE TOWNS & VILLAGES

Hon. Rich Schaffer, Supervisor, Town of Babylon
Hon. Sean Walter, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead
Hon. Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Hon. Anna Throne-Holst, Supervisor, Town of Southampton
Hon. Wayne Hall, Mayor, Village of Hempstead
Hon. Peter Cavallaro, Mayor, Village of Westbury
Hon. Ralph Eckstrand, Mayor, Village of Farmingdale
Joye Brown, Newsday, Moderator

Workshops I:  9:55-11:05

REBUILDING & RESILIENCE

Jaime Rubin, Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Rob Welltner, Operation Splash
Ron Beattie, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce
David Berg, Cameron Engineering
Andrew Zucaro, Zucaro Construction
Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NYS DOS
John O’Connell, Herald Publications, Moderator

BROWNFIELDS BOOM OR BUST?

Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County
Mitch Pally, LI Builders Institute

COMPLETE STREETS

Heather Sporn, NYS Department of Transportation
Will Stoner, AARP
Hon. Connie Kepert, Town of Brookhaven
Marlene Connor, Wendel Companies
David Sabatino, Envision Valley Stream
Ryan Lynch, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Moderator

EMERGING BUSINESSES

Bishop Harrison Hale, Harrison Hale Community Action Center
Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times
Jorge Martinez, LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Lauren Williams, SRW Engineers
Tonya Leuter, New Millenium Development
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Moderator

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

Bob Paley, MTA
Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties
Maria Rigopolous, Mill Creek Residential
Sal Coco, BHC
Tom Jost, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Larry Rosenbloom, Zyscovich, Urban Land Institute, Moderator

YOUTH VISION FOR LONG ISLAND'S FUTURE

Tara Bono, LIincs Young Professionals
Jeff Giullett, Millenial Development Institute
Students of LI Youth Summit
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College, Moderator

Workshops II: 11:10 AM-12:20 PM

FUTURE OF ENERGY ON LONG ISLAND

John Keating, National Grid
David Scheiren, Empower Solar
Ross Ain, Caithness Energy
Richard Kessel
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Moderator

TOURISM & DOWNTOWNS

Dr. Gail Lamberta, St. Josephs College
Lois Howes, Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Artie Burke, Northport Village Merchants Association
Karen Harding, THEM Media
Jim Kelly, The Long Islander
Jaci Clement, Fair Media Council, Moderator

SMART GROWTH / NEW URBANISM 101

Bill Tuyn, Greenman Pedersen
Paddy Steinschneider, Gotham Design
Marc Wouters, CNU, New York
Alex Latham, ADLIII Architecture, Moderator

NEW TOWN CENTERS

David Wolkoff, Heartland Town Square, Brentwood
Tom Graham, RXR/Glen Isle
Bob Eschbacher, VHB/Ronkonkoma HUB
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns, Hempstead
David Winselberg, LI Business News, Moderator

TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES

Elisa Picca, MTA/LIRR
Pat Bowden, Transit Workers Union
Michael Schoolman, Seven Bus
John Durso, LI Federation of Labor
Denise Carter, Greenman Pedersen, Moderator

WATER & WASTEWATER

Michael Posillico, Posillico
Frank Russo, H2M
Rick Cisterna, Natural Systems Utilities
Hon. William Spencer, Suffolk County
Tim Burns, NYS Environmental Facilities Corp.
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Moderator

BRINGING TECH COMPANIES DOWNTOWN

Rich Foster, Launchpad LI
Andrew Hazen, Launchpad LI
Jon Rudes, CRESA
Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
Peter Goldsmith, LISTNET, Moderator

LUNCH: 12:30-2:00 PM

Hon. Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
Hon. Steve Israel, US House of Representatives
Keynote Speaker -
Scott Rechler, RXR

Workshops III: 2:00-4:00 PM

FINANCING SMART GROWTH

Anthony Mannetta, Suffolk County IDA
Bill Mannix, Town of Islip IDA
Larry Jones, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Steve Krieger, Engel Burman
John Kominicki, Digital Motion, Moderator

ARTS, MUSIC & DESTINATIONS

Michelle Stark, Suffolk County Office of Film & Cultural Affairs
Bruce Michael, The Space at Westbury
Phil Ebel, Great South Bay Brewery
Pat Snyder, East End Arts Council, Moderator

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

Sol Marie Jones, LI Community Foundation
Anthony Atkinson, LI Board of Realtors
Peter Florey, D&F Development
Ralph Fasano, Concern for Independent Living
Richard Koubek, Huntington Township Housing Coalition
Pam Robinson, Patch, Moderator* Invited

SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION

Lindsay Robbins, NYSERDA
Fran Reid, Town of North Hempstead
Gerry Bogacz,  NYMTC
Representative, FTA
Elissa Ward Kyle, Vision Long Island, Moderator

DISASTER PLANNING & RECOVERY

Theresa Regnante, United Way of Long Island
Rich Cantwell, Friends of Freeport
Amy Castiglia, Lindy Manpower
Kim Skillen, Neighbor Supporting Neighbors Babylon
John McNally, Long Beach resident
Ron Benenati, FEMA
Jon Seibert, Friends of Long Island

Feds Allocate $5 Billion For Sandy A Year Later

A year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy assaulted Long Island. Winds gusting over 80 MPH knocked out power for 1.1 million LIPA customers and waves of salt water inundated homes across the South Shore.

When the first anniversary arrived on Monday and Tuesday, countless Long Island residents and business owners are still fighting to return to normal. Monday also marked the second massive batch of federal aid to these victims.

The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $5 billion to tackle housing, economic development and infrastructure needs in New York, four other state and New York City.

“One year later, it’s clear these communities continue to be challenged by the sheer scale of this devastating storm, requiring further investment to make certain these needs are met,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who also chaired the president’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. “These resources are making a difference helping individuals, families, and businesses to get back on their feet and come back stronger and more resilient than ever.”

HUD released $5.4 million in Community Block Development Group (CBDG) funds in February after President Barack Obama signed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. CBDG funds are designed for recovery efforts involving housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas, especially in low-income housing. Monday’s funds were the second round of this money.

New York State received $1.7 million in February and $2.1 million this week.

In the second allocation, grantees will be required to identify unmet needs for housing, economic development and infrastructure. They must also update the impacts and needs assessment, and conduct a comprehensive risk assessment on infrastructure. That assessment includes climate change, changes in populations, and standards for future building.

Major infrastructure projects benefitting multiple counties or having a total cost of at least $50 million including a CDBG-DR investment of at least $10 million, will carry additional requirements including:
Identifying projects in their action plan, demonstrating that the project was selected through regional collaboration; and evaluating covered infrastructure projects using a collaborative risk analysis.

The funding will be released once HUD officials are satisfied with the project and work with the grantee to enable the money.

HUD, Office of Management and Budget, and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board will provide oversight to prevent and identify waste, fraud and abuse. In addition, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established by President Obama to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to support local rebuilding, has gone further by establishing a project management office to monitor spending and progress to ensure the money is used as intended.

Artists Capture Sandy’s Wrath, Hope From Rescuers  

Nearly 200 artistic creations were submitted to a contest reflecting Long Island’s resistance against Superstorm Sandy.

Ron Hendrickson, of North Massapequa, won the Superstorm Sandy Survival Art Competition on Monday with a painting depicting firefighters and Nassau County police examining boats washed into houses under an ominous sky. The piece “We are Strong Island! – A Salute to Nassau County Residents' Endurance and Courage” earned a $10,000 check for the top honor.

"I wanted to depict the destruction following Sandy," Hendrickson told Newsday. "And definitely wanted to show the response by the residents, and show our first responders -- the police, the volunteer firemen in center."

Oceanside resident Howard Busch won the $5,000 second prize for “Responders Conquer Chaos.” The oil paint and wood carving piece featured the arms of a victim and rescuer, a field of woodcut flames and names of towns affected by Sandy. Third place and $2,500 went to Seaford resident Audrey Troyka for "You're Safe Now," her mosaic portrait of a fireman carrying a cat to safety.
A pair of honorable mentions, "Untitled" from Massapequa’s Deirdre Whiston and "The Wave of Recovery" by Long Beach’s Laura O'Shaughnessy-Swan, each received a $1,000 prize

The contest was created by real estate investor Lawrence Kadish and wife Susan, of Old Westbury.

The competition, announced in April, was open to all Nassau residents who wanted a chance to "create a permanent tribute to the spirit of all county residents who have endured the wrath of Superstorm Sandy."

Submissions included paintings, mosaics, photography and mixed media. Shards of the Long Beach boardwalk, destroyed during Sandy and recently reopened, were made available for artistic use.

CDCLI Providing Mold Remediation With $2 Mil Grant



Beginning in Lindenhurst and Freeport, a Long Island nonprofit is expanding their mold remediation program across the island.

Centereach-based Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) announced the spread during a shared press conference Monday. They will receive $2 million of $2.35 million from the American Red Cross.

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island, LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of CDCLI, will accept the funds to support mold remediation for homes flooded by Sandy. These funds should provide services to 325 households beginning this month and continuing for the next 12 months.

“We are grateful to the American Red Cross for their generous commitment, which will enable CDCLI to expand its mold remediation services to assist residents across Long Island who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” CDCLI President Marianne Garvin said. “Since the storm hit one year ago, many homeowners have experienced the impact of mold due to flooding. Many people do not have the resources to remedy the mold problems on their own. This grant from the Red Cross, supplementing the funding received from the Robin Hood Foundation, will allow us to extend our services to all Sandy-impacted communities on Long Island, and help homeowners obtain professional evaluation and remediation of visible mold from their home. We are proud to be a partner with the Red Cross in this effort to help Long Islanders rebuild their homes and lives post-Sandy.”

Financed by a Robin Hood Foundation grant, CDCLI has already funded mold remediation for 75 homeowners in Freeport and Lindenhurst.

Homes flooded during Sandy that have visible mold preventing reconstruction may be eligible for free remediation. The program does have a cutoff of $148,000 annual household income, although hardships exemptions are possible. Work is conducted by a professional company, supervised by an environmental engineer.

For more information about the program or to apply, contact CDCLI at 631-471-1215 x123 or dhirst@cdcli.org.

The remaining $350,000 from the Red Cross is allocated for the United Way of Long Island. They are expected to award sub-grants to community organizations for individual casework, housing assistance, interagency coordination and social service provider support.

News of the $2.35 million came four days after the Red Cross agreed to donate another $6 million following discussions with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His Charity Bureau investigated nearly 90 organizations raising and spending money.

"In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, people throughout New York, across the country and around the world opened their hearts and made more than half a billion dollars in charitable contributions to help those in need,” Schneiderman said.

Red Cross officials confirmed they spent or committed $280 million of $308 million in donated funds.

Empty Wallets Keeping Teens Out Of Cars



Fewer teenagers are on the road since the recession.

Both the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI) and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released studies into teen driving, confirming fewer younger drivers. Money was a primary factor in both.

"It looks like teens just can't afford to drive," HLDI Vice President Matt Moore said. "Paying for their own cars, gas and insurance is hard if they can't find a job. At the same time, kids who count on Mom and Dad to help them also may be out of luck if their parents have been affected by the recession."

According to 1,039 young Americans ages 18-20 in the AAA study, large social and economic disparities were found in licensing rates. Of young adults in households with an annual income of at least $60,000, 60 percent were licensed within a year of their state’s minimum age for licensure and 72 percent had their license before age 18. In households with annual incomes under $20,000, just 16 percent were licensed a year early and only 25 percent were licensed before 18. Participants who identified themselves as black or Hispanic were significantly less likely to be licensed than those identifying themselves as white.

The AAA study also confirmed younger drivers are less likely to bear the financial burden of driving. Participants listed the price of gas and the price of driving among the top reasons why they delayed getting their permits.

Meanwhile, the HLDI study examined the number of rated drivers ages 14-19 and 35-54 listed on insurance policies from 2006-2012; a rated driver represents the greatest potential for loss on the insured vehicle. The number of rated teens on policies dropped by 12 percent, according to the study, while that population only dropped by 3 percent. The number of older rated drivers fell, but not as sharply.

HLDI also looked at unemployment rates between teens and the prime-age workers. Rates increased for both groups 2006-2010, but the 11 percent jump for teens eclipsed the 5 percent for the 35-54 crowd. Unemployment increased at the height of the recession and then leveled off after 2010. As overall unemployment rose, the ratio of teenaged drivers to older drivers dropped.

Despite serious issues with local mass transit and high costs of vehicle ownership, Long Island is also seeing fewer younger drivers, said AAA NY spokesman Robert Sinclair.

“There are not too many viable mass transit alternatives. That’s the situation through much of the country,” he said, noting fewer teen drivers in other car-friendly American communities.

But Sinclair is concerned with their safety once younger drivers finally do get on the road. Delaying receiving their license means they bypass learner’s permits and restrictions designed to provide necessary experience. He said that makes them “more dangerous” when they get out on the road.

HLDI also suggested more accidents among younger drivers are likely.

"As the economy picks up again, it's possible that more teenagers will get behind the wheel," Moore said. "Unfortunately, that may also mean a rise in teen crash fatalities, which have been trending downward."

Visit HLDI’s website for the full report and the AAA Foundation’s website for their study.

State Could Cut 40 Percent From Transportation Spending

Despite support for Complete Streets reform across Long Island and New York State, a transportation nonprofit is criticizing a lack of future spending on roads.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign said the Department of Transportation’s 2013 Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – the blueprint for transportation funding in New York – cuts overall transportation spending by 40 percent in four years. That will affect projects like sidewalks, new crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian islands to make streets more accommodating for all users.

“Pass a Complete Streets Law and then spend fewer dollars on improving the safety of our roads? This is a bait and switch that shouldn’t be tolerated. Governor Cuomo must dedicate a fair share of state transportation dollars to Complete Streets to help make our communities safer,” Associate Director Ryan Lynch said.

Tri-State analysis also found state officials plans to spend just 0.98 percent of the 2014-2017 plan on projects that make it safer to walk and bicycle, despite pedestrian and bicycle fatalities making up 27 percent of all traffic deaths in New York State in 2012. This is more than $100 million less across the state from the 2011-2014 STIP.

On Long Island, the state is spending less. The draft STIP spends just 0.57% on pedestrian and bicycle projects alone, and 1.31% on larger road and bridge projects that include some pedestrian and bicycling component.

“New York State has the highest percentage of traffic fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists in the nation, and Long Island has some of the most dangerous roads in our region,” Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool said. “New York should be topping the charts on investments to make its streets safe to walk and bike, not working to zero it out.”

Many of these safety measures are low-cost, such as restriping vehicle lanes to accommodate bicycles or repainting crosswalks so they are more visible, so the reduction in funding amounts to significantly fewer projects that make roadways safer for all users of the road.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a Complete Streets bill into law in 2012, offering his support for safer road infrastructure for everyone that uses New York’s roads – including drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users of all ages and abilities.

Sandi Vega, the mother of a 14-year-old girl killed walking to school along Sunrise Highway three years ago, was disheartened to hear the news.

“No family should ever have to go through what my family went through. I fought hard for the Complete Streets Law, because I wanted to make the roads safer for ALL of our children,” said Vega. “Unfortunately, without adequate funding from the state, the law is nothing but a worthless piece of paper sitting on a shelf collecting dust. The safety of our children is again being compromised. Funding is the backbone of this law.”

Babylon To Superstorm Volunteers: Thank You

Superstorm Sandy socked the South Shore, but it couldn’t break the community’s spirit.

Elected officials invited firefighters, police and volunteer organizations to a ceremony at Tanner Park in their honor on Saturday afternoon, nearly a year since the historic storm. Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer emceed the event, culminating with a memorial’s unveiling.

"Literally the day after, people starting coming out of their homes and springing up – those people who didn't live in the affected area and setting up tables with food and supplies," Schaffer said.

Calling volunteer groups like Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon Helps, Lindy Manpower, Adopt A House and Camp Bulldog a “lifeline” to residents left with damaged houses, property damage and disrupted lives, Schaffer also reflected on fires and emergencies that firefighters responded to.

"These men and women were charging in as everyone else was charging out," the supervisor said.

More than 30 different fire departments, volunteer organizations and police departments were on-hand for the ceremony. Jim Harrington, president of the Town of Babylon Fire Chiefs’ Association introduced a representative of each fire department, while Kim Skillen, founder of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and representative of the local volunteers, said Sandy proved Babylon is a strong community.

“There's a lot of work still to be done and we are dedicated to doing that work... and we hope when people see this monument that it stands for community... We always band together and make sure we are there for each other," Skillen said.



Schafer added the elected officials would not stop until everyone was home, as they were before Oct. 29, 2012. With that, he and other officials pulled the white cloth off the stone monument, exposing a long list of honorees.  The bottom line thanks “The People of the Town of Babylon,” just in case any volunteers were forgotten.

The crowd later migrated to a free barbecue along the water, the food donated by Gemelli Fine Foods of Babylon.

For more coverage of the event, check out Patch.

Friends Of Long Island Commemorate Sandy Anniversary

It was one year ago this week, especially on Oct. 29, 2012, that Long Islanders rode out one of the single worst storms in history. Superstorm Sandy claimed some lives, but the amount of damage to homes, small businesses, infrastructure and neighborhoods was excessive. Many along the South Shore are still rebuilding and recovering, some not ready to move back home and others without a home to return to.

Over in East Rockaway and Bay Park, The11518 held a candlelight reflection ceremony along North Boulevard on Tuesday. For more information about the group, visit them on Facebook.

The City of Long Beach reinstated Halloween as a holiday in 2013 and declared all residents citizen superheroes for overcoming Sandy. For more, visit them on Facebook.

Long Beach also commemorated the anniversary with more than 2,000 Long Beach residents holding electric candles to “make peace” with the ocean. For more coverage of the event, check out the LI Herald and this YouTube video.

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors represented other volunteer groups within the Town of Babylon at a ceremony of appreciation at Tanner Park last weekend. For coverage of the event, check out Patch and the story in this week’s newsletter.

More than 300 packed into Lindenhurst Village Square on Tuesday to view a slideshow by Adopt-A-House. For additional coverage of the event, check out Patch.

A year later, Friends of Freeport hosted a run/cakewalk around the Nautical Mile on Oct. 27 to support their rebuilding efforts. For photos and videos from the event, visit their Facebook page.

The Friends of Freeport also helped build a new playground at the Recreation Center last weekend. For more coverage on that, check out the LI Herald.

Private Construction Funds First Mineola Park In Years

Opening a few weeks ago, Mineola’s first new park in 40 years was financed without public dollars.

Emory Road Park was officially unveiled Oct. 5 by Mayor Scott Strauss and the Village Board. Designed for kids aged 5-12, Strauss said it’s the first ever park in the northwest section of Mineola.

“We are committed to providing our residents with the best family-oriented public amenities village resources allow,” he said. “Our families deserve nothing less.”

Once undeveloped land, a basketball court and water department pump, the Emory Road property underwent a $75,000 facelift. It now features a playground, paved walkways, lighting and chain link fencing.

“It’s great that people in this section of Mineola now have a place they can walk to with children without having to cross Jericho Turnpike or Herricks Road,” Trustee Paul Cusato, a grandfather of young children, said.

The site gained Strauss’ attention when he was elected in 2011, although he told media outlets how he could never find a park with more than just a basketball court growing up in the neighborhood. Now he hopes the park will help bring neighbors together as a community gathering place.

But what makes this project even more unusual is that it required no public funds.

The property was already owned by Village and the $75,000 price tag was covered through the village’s Development Incentive Bonus Overlay District. Created by former Mayor and now-state Senator Jack Martins in 2007, the system requires developers for the Winston Project apartment complex and other downtown developments to contribute to capital improvement projects.

Mineola approved several residential apartment complexes in recent years, which contributed to the village’s coffers.

“We took an underutilized property and turned it into a valuable neighborhood asset, and we did it at no cost to village taxpayers,” Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira said. “This is a win-win for all Mineola residents.”

For more coverage of the Emory Road Park, check out Patch and Newsday (subscription required).

Welcome To Ronkonkoma, Hamlet Of Islip

The first project distinguishing the Islip-commercial side of Ronkonkoma is complete.

Town and civic officials kicked off the Ronkonkoma, Hamlet of Islip campaign last week with a ribbon cutting for a new sign. Placed at the corner of Johnson and Ocean Avenues, the new red and black sign is part of the Ronkonkoma Streetscape Plan.

Councilwoman Trish Bergen Weichbrodt joined Ronkonkoma Civic Association board member Larry Farrell and others in promoting the commercial region in the Islip part of Ronkonkoma.

“Ronkonkoma is not your typical hamlet with a downtown corridor, and yet, there are various commercial areas like the Johnson and Ocean Avenue intersection that attract a lot of traffic and many visitors,” Weichbrodt said. “This intersection hadn’t seen beautification in years, but by working with members of Ronkonkoma Civic Association, we were able to create a vision that provides the intersection a more charming and attractive identity, of which Ronkonkoma residents can take pride in.”

Farrell presented a proposal to Islip Supervisor Tom Croci about improving the hamlet’s identity in January 2013. The town board responded by allocating $200,000 for the streetscape improvement plan.

Farrell said residents and non-residents mix up the hamlets in Ronkonkoma, which also straddles Brookhaven. This campaign, he added, will fix that confusion.

The project examined seven streetscape elements to beautify the neighborhood: curb and sidewalks improvements, brick pavers, decorative lampposts, landscaping, signs, crosswalks and enforcement of existing codes.

It also identifies 20 different projects along half a mile of Johnson Avenue and Ocean Avenue north to the LIRR station. The entire project calls for more than 350 feet of curbs, 200 feet of sidewalks and 1,300 feet of brick pavers, and at least eight decorative lampposts. Close to a dozen trees will also be planted.

A number of nearby private property owners have also joined the cause. Landscaping, curb work, repaving and construction of new buildings has been completed at eleven properties.

Principal Planner and former Planning Commissioner Gene Murphy said the Johnson and Ocean Avenue sites see a lot of traffic and the streetscape plan will make a difference.
 
“The Ronkonkoma Civic Association was involved with this all the way. We walked the sites with them,” Murphy said, crediting Civic President Ted Imbasciani.

Opinion/Editoral

What Starbucks Gets That Architects Don't

Christine Outram is an expert in innovation, public speaking and Smart Cities. She can be reached via Twitter @CityInnovation.

Dear architects,

You’re outdated. I know this because I once was one of you. But now I’ve moved on. I moved on because despite your love of a great curve, and your experimentation with form, you don’t understand people.

I correct myself. You don’t listen to people.

In legal terms, an architect is the all-seeing, all-knowing, building professional. You are liable for anything that goes wrong with a building but if someone just hates the spaces you design? If someone feels uncomfortable, or cold, or scared? Well there’s no lawsuit for that.

I used to think it was impossible for you to respond to an audience in the way that tech startups do. These startups can build a product, release it over the Internet and adjust it based on the feedback they get. It’s an iterative process. Architecture, I thought, was too permanent for that. There was too much at stake, there was only one chance to get it right, there were too many variables. Blah blah blah.

But the truth is, most of you don’t try. You rely on rules of thumb and pattern books, but you rarely do in-depth ethnographic research. You might sit at the building site for an hour and watch people “use space” but do you speak to them? Do you find out their motivations? Do your attempts really make their way into your design process?

The world is changing. You have all these new tools at your fingertips. New tools that I don’t see you using and quite a few old techniques that you could get a lot better at.

This really hit home for me when I read a recent article on the design of Starbucks stores. Now you might hate Starbucks. You might believe they are a soulless commercial entity with no architectural merit at all, but do you know what they are good at? Responding to people’s needs and desires.

The article reads:

Starbucks interviewed hundreds of coffee drinkers, seeking what it was that they wanted out of a coffee shop. The overwhelming consensus actually had nothing to do with coffee; what consumers sought was a place of relaxation, a place of belonging.

My dear architects. This is why Starbucks designed round tables in their stores. They were strategically created “in an effort to protect self-esteem for those coffee drinkers flying solo”. They were not round because the architect felt it looked better that way, they were not round because they were cheaper, they were round because as the article concludes “there are no empty seats at a round table.”

The round tables at Starbucks were the result of asking the question how do we want people to feel before considering what do we want them to do.

Starbucks interviewed hundreds of coffee drinkers before determining that round tables would be the best solution for people.

Now I’m not saying that all architects are dumb in this regard. Residential architects are often quite successful when it comes to building livable spaces. And then there’s Gehl Architects. They’re particularly known and respected for their ethnographic techniques — though these days they seem to focus on master plans and urban regeneration and I don’t think they really do architecture. Do they? And even then, I would have to assume that these architects employ old school methods of observation with limited sample sizes.

You have not, it seems, embraced the opportunities that the Internet has given to us. Opportunities like: polling a vast number of people using online tools or modeling the likelihood that a retail space will actually get foot traffic. No one wants an empty row of shops. It makes for a sad neighborhood. You could use and develop tools that help you understand if this will happen. But you don’t.

And as for the rest of the profession. Let’s face it, most commercial buildings, hospitals, and police stations are underwhelming. And even when they are pleasing to the eye, it doesn’t mean they are built to address human needs: if you don’t believe me, read this New York Times’ review of Santiago Calatrava’s buildings.

The problem is that architects seem to pray at the feet of the latest hyped-up formal language. I dare you. Flip through an architectural magazine today. Find any people in the photographs? I didn’t think so. Find plenty of pictures that worship obscure angles and the place where two materials meet? You betcha.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the profession grew up while I wasn’t watching and started throwing more than a cursory glance to the people who would inhabit their buildings. But what really drives it home is that the majority of you never perform post occupancy evaluations! (That one I can’t get over).

So if I’m wrong, prove it. For now I remain humbly disappointed.


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.


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 ina.katz@hofstra.edu. 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 was 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 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 info@visionlongisland.org. 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?

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Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


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
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

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:
Rosanne Cash - Saturday, Nov. 2 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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

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Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tinsley Ellis - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
NYRMA Presents: 1965 USA vs England - Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
Rock Out Hunger IV- Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 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: "Frankenstein" (encore) - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
Guest Rental: Artisan Festival International's "World Peace Intiative Hamptons" - Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3
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
Chazz Palminteri - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Twelve Angry Men - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
Bunnicula - Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Ireland: The Show - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
Viki Winans Live - Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
The Trammps - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 p.m.
KMFDM - Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Les Miserables - Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Faceoff - Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
No events scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No events scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more inform ation available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No events scheduled this weekend.
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


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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


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:

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Elmont
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

Hewlett
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

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

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

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

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

Islip
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

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

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

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

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

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