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November 4 - November 10, 2013


The Sustainability Institute At Molloy College

Long Island's first-ever venture housing sustainability education and policy analysis within an academic institution, the Sustainability Institute team, headed by Executive Director Neal Lewis, formerly of the Neighborhood Network, provides community education and advocacy on key issues related to sustainability. There is also a student education component, including classes taught by Sustainability Institute staff.

Molloy College launched the Sustainability Institute as part of its ongoing commitment to serving as "the public square" for debate and discussion on the key issues of sustainability. These issues affect not only their students, but the greater communities within which we all live and work. Through education and policy analysis, as well as by encouraging informed dialogue and respectful debate among parties with diverse viewpoints, they hope to help drive solutions that will serve "the common good."

“Riders rightly expect dedicated transit funds to be spent on their intended purpose. Past diversions have led to painful service cuts, but this legislation ensures that elected officials will be clearly accountable for their decisions if future diversions are considered,” William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA

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


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!





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


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


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


Ryan Russo, NYC Department of Transportation
Representative, 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


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


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


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


Maria Rianna, Glen Cove School District
Mike Hynes, Shelter Island School District
Kathy Moony, Port Washington School District
Ken Bossert, Port Jefferson School District
Kimberely Reiser, Nassau County College
John Lombardo, Suffolk County College
Elena Zolfo, Dowling College, Moderator

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

LI Lobby Coalition: Lock Transit Funds Away For Transit Causes

Governor Andrew Cuomo has another chance to appease a wide array of advocates by protecting funds allocated for transit.

The transit lockbox bill was placed on Cuomo’s desk Friday, along with a letter signed by more than 200 organizations across New York.

“[The] key provision requires the State to issue a ‘diversion impact statement’ in the unfortunate event that state dedicated transit funds are diverted. The impact statement details what effect the diversion will have on transit service, safety and maintenance,” the letter’s authors wrote.

If approved, the legislation would discourage use of transit funds as slush funds. While only a constitutional amendment can legally block transfer of funds, the proposed bill would require officials to create a diversion impact statement whenever transit funds are raided. That includes what effect the transfer would have on transit service, safety and maintenance.

“Riders rightly expect dedicated transit funds to be spent on their intended purpose. Past diversions have led to painful service cuts, but this legislation ensures that elected officials will be clearly accountable for their decisions if future diversions are considered,” said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.

A similar bill targeting the MTA was passed in December 2011, but only after Cuomo cut the diversion impact statements – the heart of the bill. That allowed state officials to continue using funds for the MTA for other projects.

A new version of the bill came forward this summer. Both houses of the state legislature passed the current proposal – including the diversion impact statements – in June.

Cuomo now has until Wednesday to make a decision.

“This bill adds sunshine to an opaque process.  Legislators will understand more clearly the impact to riders and service of using transit funds for other purposes,” Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool said. “New York’s economy and quality of life are dependent on good transit. Signing this bill into law is a sensible way of protecting New York.”

Henderson and Vanterpool were among the 200 who signed last week’s letter. The rest of that group entails organizations representing labor, business, transit, the environment, the disabled, elderly, faith-based, good government, bicycling, housing and Smart Growth.

"Securing public transportation funds for their intended purpose is precisely what Long Island residents and businesses expect from their government.   This bill will shore up funding for rail and bus service that benefits Long Island transit users and support our local downtowns," said Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island and representative of 50-member LI Lobby Coalition in support of the legislation.

Long Island Lobby Coalition advocated for a new lockbox bill when they met politicians in Albany back in February.

For more coverage of this legislation, check out StreetsBlog.

Guv Signs Off On Solar Payments Through LIPA Bills

Want to install a solar energy system on the house but can’t afford a five-figure bill?

New York state residents can now make payments over time through their energy bills, as a result of legislation Governor Andrew Cuomo approved.

Cuomo signed the bill, originally proposed by State Assemblyman Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) two years ago, late last month.

“Thanks to the leadership of NYS and the governor's office, 2013 has been a great year for solar power on Long Island. Homeowners now have the option to purchase, lease or finance the cost of going solar. The on bill financing option lets all residents recognize the benefits of going solar and pay a monthly payment for the cost of the system through their existing electric bill,” an EmPower Solar spokeswoman said.

The legislation should provide a boost to the solar rooftop market, which reportedly suffered from a temporary gap in funding from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) this summer. That funding has since been restored.

Meanwhile, the new law will allow customers to borrow up to $25,000 for a solar power system through state loans with 3-4 percent interest. LIPA already offers a related financing plan for energy-saving products like high-efficiency gas and oil burners, solar hot-water heaters and certain energy-saving renovations through New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA).

A NYSERDA spokeswoman confirmed other renewable energy systems, like wind turbines and hydroelectric power, are also eligible for financing through energy bills.

The program targets the high prices of solar power and hot water systems, which can easily cost tens of thousands. Homeowners historically have been able to seek relief through LIPA, state and federal rebates. The state’s Investment Tax Credit allows for a credit of 25 percent of the cost, up to $5,000, while the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit is worth 30 percent of the bill.

But the new law would also provide up to $50,000 in loans for small businesses and not-for-profits to install solar energy systems.

"Obviously, financing is a big hurdle" to home solar adoption, he said. "There's still relatively high upfront costs for solar. This should be a really important part to grow the market and make it available for more people," Renewable Long Island Executive Director Gordian Raacke said.

On-bill finance was part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition's agenda when they traveled upstate in February.

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

More Americans Are Living Alone Post-Recession

The number of traditional American families dropped after the recession as the number of individuals living alone is climbing.

The United States Census Bureau released a study in August examining the living situations for citizens of different ages, races, genders, employment status and education. This clearly identified major changes since 1970, especially after the recession from 2007-2009.

Of all households, 66 percent were families in 2012, compared to 81 percent in 1970. The number of married households with children under 18 dropped from 40 percent to 20 percent during the same timeframe. The bulk of this decrease actually happened around 1990, but the trend continued through 2012.

At the same time, the number of married households without children dropped slightly from 30.3 percent of all households in 1970 to 28.3 percent in 2005 before recovering to 29.1 percent in 2012.  The number of households classified as other families has risen every year from 10.6 percent in 1970 to 17.8 percent in 2012.

Seventy-two percent of men ages 65 and older still lived with their spouse.

But its individuals living alone that saw the biggest jumps, only 45 percent of older women still lived with their spouse.

The average number of people per household declined from 3.1 percent to 2.6 percent on both ends of the study, while the number of households with children under 18 fell by 15 percent and saw a 33 percent increase in unemployment during the recession. Stay-at-home mothers also took a hit by the recession, not returning to the prerecession figures until 2012.

The proportion of one-person households increased from 17 percent in 1970 to 27 in 2012, led by men in their prime. According to the study, the number of households with a man living alone more than doubled to 12.3 percent of all households in 2012, with men ages 15-64 consisting 34.3 percent of all one-family homes in 2012. Women living alone rose almost 25 percent among all households, with the number of aged 15-64 women-households steady around 30 percent.

The study also examined one-parent households. Approximately 28 percent of American children in 2012 lived with one parent. New York State was among 18 with more households than average in 2011, while New Jersey was one of 19 with fewer one-parent households than average in 2011.

Asian children were among the least likely to live with just one parent at 13 percent, compared to white children at 21 percent, Hispanic children at 31 percent and black children at 55 percent. And according to the study, 52 percent of black children with one parent live with no other cohabitating parent. That figure ranges from 27.5 percent to 12 percent for other races.

Long Island Merchants Preparing For Small Business Saturday

Check the calendar, Small Business Saturday is less than a month away.

Sponsored by American Express since its creation in 2010, the 2013 rendition is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday advocates for local merchants and downtowns. It’s the counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which promote big box stores and Internet sales, respectively.

Many local businesses offer extended hours and/or discounts that day, and American Express typically offers customers additional discounts. Long Island downtowns will once again support the event and the message.

Julie Marchesella, president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, said most of the merchants and restaurateurs in her 48 chambers participate in Small Business Saturday.

“We know it is much easier for our potential customers and residents to shop on the internet or go to the mall where they can do one stop shopping. But when you look at the overall dollars spent locally, it’s important that people do that. As much as they feel inconvenient because you have to go out of your home, those dollars spent on the Internet go anywhere else but locally,” she said.

The council even kicked off their “spend it, buy it, keep it in Nassau County” winter holiday sales pitch last month. With local downtowns missing out on a holiday season after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Marchesella said they also needed to prepare for a very early Hanukkah.

“We started it much earlier so people would be familiar with the concept of buying locally and what the additional sales tax revenue does for Nassau County,” she said, adding that many chambers are having separate Hanukkah and Christmas events.

Henry Lenahan: An Original Friend Of Freeport

He was perched on ladders dumping heavy debris, picking up insulation and leading the charge to rebuild his neighbors’ houses after Superstorm Sandy.

Henry Lenahan was a co-director with Friends of Freeport and one of the original group to volunteer their weekends for the community. Wearing red shirts, the Friends of Freeport spent Saturdays ripping out wet sheet rock, rebuilding homes and planting gardens.

On Oct. 29, the first anniversary of Sandy, Lenahan posted on Facebook that he met dozens of wonderful people working tirelessly to get others back into their homes. He urged more to join the cause, emphasizing their sense of accomplishment and ability to make a difference at the end of the day.

But on Nov. 6, Lenahan passed away. He was 57.

Close friend Rich Cantwell said he was rushed to South Nassau Community Hospital on Nov. 5, where he underwent surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma.

“For nearly 40 years, Henry has been more like a brother to me. He is my family and I will mourn the loss, but aspire to walk in his shoes never giving up hope or letting illness get in the way of helping others,” Cantwell said.

Lenahan graduated from Nassau Community College in 1976. He was a veteran of the Coast Guard and former captain of Hose Co. 3 with the Freeport Fire Department. He had been working for the fire department with Cantwell as a dispatcher.

But it was with Friends of Freeport where he became a central figure in the community. Lenahan was involved with the rip outs from day one and continued beyond the one-year anniversary of the storm.

“Henry Lenahan is, was, and always will be a Freeporter. So that being said, through all the pain and tears, don't give up. Keep doing what it is that Freeporters do to bring people home. We all know it’s what he would want, and what he will continue to help do,” niece Jami Cantwell Hurn said.

Friends of Freeport member Carl Pedersen reflected on his friendship with Lenahan. The pair were dumpster buddies on work sites, crunching debris until it fit inside the dumpster. He was always honest, Pedersen said, with a heart big enough to adopt a three-legged dog that no one else would.

“When a person dies, their achievements seem to increase, their personalities seem to get nicer, and cliches about them are plentiful. Not so with Henry. Nothing I have said or read what other people have said is an exaggeration of Henry. They are truths. Henry WAS that guy. He was that guy who had your back, picked you up, was there when you needed him. Henry was my friend. I will miss him a lot,” Pedersen added.
When Sandy struck last year, Cantwell recalled how he and Lenahan were dispatching firefighters.

“We watched the storm unfold in Freeport as a home went up in flames, his company on scene already – we knew it was going to be bad. And although the Lenahan home was damaged by flood waters during the storm, Henry spent the days following with assisting residents throughout Freeport’s village,” he said.

Lenahan is survived by his wife, Margaret; sisters, Eileen and Mary Ellen; brothers, John and Bernard; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Thursday evening and will be held today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Hungerford & Clark Funeral Home in Freeport. A funeral service and cremation are scheduled for Saturday morning.

"A new friend has come and gone. He was funny and witty and a great man. He helped his neighbors and friends with his big heart. He was always checking in on me and I will be forever grateful and treasure the notes he sent. Heaven gained a new Angel. I am heartbroken. God Bless Henry Lenahan and his beloved family," Christina Parkman said.

Let Touro's Disaster Relief Clinic Help Get Your Sandy Recovery Funds

Victims of Superstorm Sandy looking for financial assistance to rebuild are invited to attend next week’s Storm Recovery Resources Fair.

Slated for Monday, Nov. 18 at Massapequa High School, the fair is the latest effort of Touro Law Center and their Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Clinic.

Homeowners are invited to attend a legal clinic at 5 p.m. and seminar at 7 p.m. to review requirements for upcoming insurance deadlines involving “proof of loss” and statute of limitations to file suit.

The Disaster Relief Clinic strongly advises all Sandy victims who are owed flood insurance money to meet this “proof of loss” deadline – even if a claim is currently pending with an insurer, they’ve been told they will receive more insurance moneys, they signed a “proof of loss” form from an insurance adjustor (which is likely incompletely and missing money) or they worked with a contractor, engineer or any other expert.

Touro’s checklist provides simple, easy-to-digest information for homeowners about these critical flood insurance deadlines, critical deadlines in homeowner (non-flood) insurance policies, as well as other vital information and tips based on their experience helping storm victims for nearly a year.

Nassau Asking Veterans To ‘Stand Down’ At Armory Event

Just because their days in uniform doesn’t mean America’s veterans can’t still get the help they need from Uncle Sam.

The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is hosting their 2013 “Winter Stand Down” at the Freeport Armory just days before Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Half of a reoccurring bi-annual event, these stand downs combine county offices and outside organizations to provide services for veterans. That includes VA benefits counseling, support services, hot food, health screening, legal advice and even haircuts.

The 2012 winter event attracted more than 125 veterans.

For more information, contact the Veterans Service Agency at 516-572-6565 or Details about the event are available on Nassau County’s website.

Come Celebrate Long Island’s Diversity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advocacy Group Awarding Grants To Park Stewards

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

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

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

An informal webinar 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

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Spotlight Gala '13 Starring Rita Wilson - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Al Stewart - Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Lucy Kaplansky - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Neo-Political Cowgirls and Guild Hall present "Be a Cowgirl for a Day" A Woman's Dance/Choreography Workshop - Saturday, Nov. 9 at noon
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
Rockstar Energy Drink Presents: New Found Glory & Alkaline Trio with special guest - H2O - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Chris MacDonald's Memories of Elvis in Concert - Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Martin Sexton - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Atlantic Wind Symphony Sousa Armed Forces Salute - Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Decadia & 45 RPM - Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 p.m.
LI's Best Veteran Day Fundraiser - Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 p.m.
The Comedy Club - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Charlie Thomas' Drifters - Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Ninjas & Samurai - Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
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
Literature Live's the Diary of Anne Frank - Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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


Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

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

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


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

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

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

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

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

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

Citizens Campaign Employee Target Of $1 Million Lawsuit Threat

Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment had a good-natured laugh with this picture after employee Maureen Dolan Murphy and Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy were threatened with a lawsuit by town board candidate Bill Bianchi last week for defamation of character. He demanded retractions over contaminated soil at his family's greenhouses in exchange for not filing a $1 million lawsuit. Both Murphy and Dunleavy received a formal letter on Monday, after it's deadline of Sunday. No lawsuit has been filed yet. Bianchi later finished last among four town council candidates, losing his bid for election. For more coverage, check out this Riverhead Local story.

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