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December 6th - 12th, 2015

Regional Updates

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“When you buy local you support local families, promote employment and add to our tax base. Buying locally sustains the unique character and quality of life that exists in Rockville Centre.” - Rockville Centre Mayor Francis X. Murray speaking on the need to shop in downtowns this holiday season

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Small Business Administration to Reopen Filing Period for Superstorm Sandy Survivors

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy on December 2, 2015 to apply for low-interest disaster loans.  The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is December 1, 2016. 

“The additional time for businesses, homeowners and renters to request federal disaster loans will go a long way in continuing to support the rebuilding efforts of the communities affected by Superstorm Sandy,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “I want to thank the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Small Business Committees for their leadership on this issue.  We look forward to working with them to make sure the needs of small businesses are met.” The recently approved Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of 2015 gives the SBA Administrator the authority to make disaster loans for Superstorm Sandy for a period of one year. Loans for residents will range between 1.688% and 3.375%, with business rates between 4% and 6%.

Friends of Long Island Program Consultant Jon Siebert said that while this is good news, there are some things of concern for residents and businesses to look into. “There is a good potential that residents and businesses could face Duplication of Benefits deductions from their NY Rising award if they are approved for an SBA loan,” said Siebert. Duplication of Benefits (DOB) occur when disaster victims are eligible to receive grants or loans from federal funding sources. “We are currently working with NY Rising and Touro Law Clinic to narrow down what items and activities may be subject to DOB, and how the reopening of the SBA program can assist people get home and back to business”. He suggests that those who are considering reopening a case with SBA to contact Touro for a consultation.

You can read more about the SBA reopening here, including SBA contact and application information, and contact Touro Law Center’s free disaster relief legal services at (631) 761-7198.

AARP Celebrate Implentation of CARE Act

Vision joined dozens of AARP volunteers and other advocates for family caregivers celebrated the establishment of a new law last week that will support millions of family caregivers across New York when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

The CARE Act was signed into law this fall and takes effect in April. It will ensure hospitals allow patients to designate a family caregiver and offer those caregivers instruction and demonstrations of health-related tasks they will be expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications and dressing wounds. The CARE Act is expected to help more New Yorkers age in their own homes – the most cost-effective approach and the one most New Yorkers want.

This common sense bill, Sponsored by State Senator Kemp Hannon, garnered the support of small businesses, labor, environmental and community organizations that comprise the 75 member Long Island Lobby Coalition in the last legislative session. It was also AARP’s top legislative priority for 2015. “We’re enormously thankful to Senator Hannon for recognizing the importance of the CARE Act and demonstrating bold leadership by making it a priority in the Legislature this year,”” said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP in New York State. ”With this bill, the Senator adds to his impressive list of initiatives that have helped New Yorkers and made a dramatic and positive influence on public health in our communities and across the state”.

In 2010 there was a potential pool of 6.6 people aged 45-65 for every person 80 and older who would likely need care at some point. That number will shrink to 4.8 by 2030 and 3.5 by 2050, highlighting the importance of proper assistance from hospitals during the transition back home. You can read more about the passage of this important bill here.

MTA / LIRR and Local Municipalities Tackle Parking

Two LIRR parking lots that the City of Glen Cove pays to maintain will now have reserved parking spaces for city residents after a unanimous 7-0 vote by the city council this week in an attempt to alleviate parking issues at the lots for resident commuters. “It’s important that we take care of our residents first,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello about the move to ban nonresident parking in most of the spaces available.

The new ordinance will reserve 90 spaces at each station which is more than half that are available, with the remaining spots open for anyone.  In a recent check of the two lots, the city noted that about 50 of 180 spots were taken up by non-residents causing concern. One resident said that there is a lack of spaces when she has arrived at the station for a midmorning train, with winter having an uptick in usage when the weather makes it difficult for commuters to drive to the city, and when piles cover some of the spaces.

Spinello said that the plan is to allow nonresidents to use the lots on the weekends and starting in the late afternoon on weekdays. Vision Long Island has called on the MTA to bring its resources to areas like Glen Cove, urging for collaboration in both private and publicly-owned commuter parking spaces.

“There is a lot of downtown growth that is happening right now and parking solutions are part of the equation,” Vision director Eric Alexander said in an interview with CBS2. “They really should work together”.  Glen Cove is not alone in its need for adequate parking for LIRR commuters. Last week, Islip Township announced that it will begin charging residents and non-residents for permit access to the Bay Shore parking lot, a move Glen Cove may make if the current ordinance and $250 fine for non-compliance does not.

You can read more about the change from CBS.

Three Long Island Villages Suspend Parking Fees for the Holidays

Three Long Island Villages are suspending parking fees in their downtowns in order to bring in more shoppers for their local businesses. Rockville Centre, Port Jefferson and Northport will be cutting the cost to their residents and visitors.

Rockville Centre, with 25 parking fields and on street parking for shoppers will be free on Saturdays in order to encourage more people to shop and browse the various small businesses in their downtowns. “When you buy local you support local families, promote employment and add to our tax base,” said Mayor Francis X. Murray. “Buying locally sustains the unique character and quality of life that exists in Rockville Centre.” Parking is ordinarily free after 4PM at all long-term unmetered parking in the village.

The Village of Port Jefferson announced that they are suspending all parking in the village until March, hoping to bring more shoppers to their unique port-side shopping and dining destinations during the off-season. Last week’s Dicken’s Festival included free parking in designated areas and a free jitney to and from designated free parking areas. The jitney usually operates in the summer months to bring shoppers through the downtown from free parking destinations such as the LIRR station. The program is paid from proceeds from the managed parking fund.

Meanwhile, the Village of Northport has quietly continued the practice of free parking in their downtown this season. In a festive move, all parking meters are wrapped in a festive manner reminiscent of gifts you might find under your tree. An annual tradition for many years, residents and visitors alike are both grateful to be able to do their shopping without having to worry about feeding the meter.

You can read more about the parking suspensions in Newsday, and see Rockville Centre’s parking map here

Source the Station Awards First Grant

Source the Station, a crowdsourced placemaking community, awarded their first Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change grant last week at the Fairground Bazaar event in Huntington Station.

The grant was awarded to create a mural at the Tri Community & Youth Agency by those in the community. The purpose of the mural is to document both the history and huge strides forward that Huntington Station is taking; as well as attract new visitors.  "Everyone is invited to paint this mural together regardless of painting skills so that we can work together and add our own peace messages to the mural," said artist Lucienne Pereira about the mural project. Once the finishing touches are put on the mural this week, it will be a traveling piece before finding a permanent home in the community.

“We're so excited so many members of the community came out to add their messages to the mural and we can't wait to work with other members of the community who apply for our placemaking grants, so they can also see their ideas become a reality,” said Elisabeth Muehlemann, Source the Station liason. You can check out and vote on some of the upcoming ideas for Huntington Station here.

Port Jefferson Celebrates 20th Annual Dickens Festival

The Village of Port Jefferson’s 20th Annual Dickens Festival was an amazing success last weekend, with over 10,000 people from across Long Island, other states and even other countries attending. The participation level was “off the charts” according to the Mayor’s office, complimented by above average weather and extra events for the 20th Anniversary celebration.

Downtown businesses benefitted greatly from the increased foot traffic, with restaurants packed out and stores reaping the benefits of holiday dollars coming in. Dozens of free events were available for residents and visitors to enjoy, including musical performances, tea parties, crafts for families, horse and buggy rides, and marshmallow roasting. This year, the Let There Be Light presentation at Village Hall drew thousands over the two-day event, with an impressive light show cascaded against Village Hall with those gathered around joining in sing-alongs.

The weekend ended with the Dickens parade, with dozens dressed in character- including chimney sweeps, Father Christmas and Scrooge- marching down Main Street. Mayor Garant wished all in attendance during the parade, throwing “snow” to those watching on the side of Main Street, saying that she “hopes this will be the only snow for December”.  The Jitney service ran from the Port Jefferson LIRR Station up to the port every half hour free of charge to bring those from free parking sites provided to the event.

The Mayor’s office would like to remind folks that there are still many holiday events ongoing in the Village, including the festival of trees and Santa’s Workshop. You can check out News 12’s coverage of the annual event here.

A Message from Ken Daly: Investing in the Future of Energy on Long Island

Ken Daly is President of National Grid New York, in the message he speaks on National Grid preparing to file a rate case proposal for Long Island. The message has been formatted to fit our newsletter, but you can read the full statement along with accompanying charts here.

Everything we do begins and ends with the customer.

We provide essential natural gas services to our customers, and in turn we are allowed to recover the costs, plus a return on investment associated with providing those vital services. And we recover our costs every month from our customers in the form of a delivery charge, which is set by the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC). In that monthly bill, the customer also receives a charge for the cost of the commodity – which we pass through without mark-up.

Understanding the breakdown of a customer bill– delivery, commodity & surcharges/taxes

As we know, customers care about the total bill – the combined charges for delivery and supply/commodity, along with taxes and surcharges. On Long Island, we have a good story to tell about customer bills over the past 10 years – especially going into this winter heating season – and the challenges we have as we prepare to file a rate case proposal in January 2016. Let’s begin with our need to reset delivery rates after nearly a decade of delivery rate stability.

Preparing to file a rate case proposal for our KEDLI operating company

National Grid has been making essential investments to modernize and grow a safer and more reliable natural gas system on behalf of our Long Island gas customers. The looming question is how do we continue to fund future investments in our gas system on behalf of the customers we serve?

National Grid delivery rates stable for almost 10 years and natural gas commodity prices are at all-time lows

Gas delivery base rates fund our investments to operate, maintain and modernize our gas system. As you can see from the chart below (adjusted for inflation), these rates have been relatively stable for nearly a decade. The chart also shows that with declining natural gas commodity prices, the total bill has gone down 25 percent in KEDLI.

Delivery rates lower than 1995 levels, while investments continue to rise

As a point of interest, if we adjust for inflation, delivery charges for KEDLI customers have actually gone down since 1995 as indicated in chart “A” below. However, you’ll also notice in charts “B” and “C”, shown on back, that our investments have increased substantially. And while historic return levels have been solid – our forecasted returns will continue to decline, presenting a challenge for us, and eventually for our customers.

An increase in investment is required so we can meet new compliance standards and replace aging infrastructure to provide customers with a safer, more reliable gas system. But our current base delivery rates prevent us from fully recovering the costs of the substantial investments we’ve been making – and need to make in the future. Not having adequate returns will affect our cost of credit and access to the capital markets unless we address it.

Over the past year, the S&P and Fitch rating agencies have downgraded our ratings for KEDLI, citing lower returns and our need to file a new rate case proposal. A stronger financial position will raise our ratings and give us better credit to borrow money at lower interest rates for future investments, ultimately allowing us to pass on savings to our customers.

It is clear that now is the time to reset these delivery rates. As a result, we plan to file a rate case proposal with the NYSPSC for our KEDLI operating company in January 2016, with new rates set to go into effect in January 2017.

Once we file, an 11-month litigated process takes place, with many interested parties providing input and testimony. We will also respond to requests for information from the Staff of the Department of Public Service during this period. New delivery rates will offset the rising cost of service and infrastructure upgrades, and maintain our financial stability by supporting access to the debt capital needed to finance investment in safety, reliability and capacity improvements – all of which will directly benefit our customers.

And while we are close to finalizing the costs we need to address in our rate filing, we anticipate our filing will require a substantial increase to the current delivery charges our customers pay.

Natural gas still has a pricing advantage over competing heating fuels

Let’s take a look at how the drop in commodity charges has lowered the total bill of our customers over the past 10 years and been much more economic than competing fuels. Based on current market forecasts, natural gas bills are expected to be at a 10-year low this winter because natural gas supply prices on the wholesale market continue to decline. Following is a chart illustrating the pricing advantage the natural gas commodity has had in KEDLI and continues to have over heating oil over the past 10 years.

This pricing advantage continues to keep existing customer bills low, attract new customers who wish to convert from oil to gas, and down the road, may help offset any increase to delivery rates as a result of our rate case proposal.

At National Grid, we believe that every plan we make, project we implement, process we improve and dollar we spend is on behalf of our customers – and the cost to achieve that must remain within the delivery rates set by the NYSPSC.

And it is our responsibility, as their energy provider, to manage those costs and submit a delivery base rate proposal that provides our customers with safe and reliable natural gas service. After 10 years of flat rates, this will require a significant increase in delivery base rates. Our challenge is to develop a proposal to meet the natural gas service needs of customers, provide the company with returns required to attract and retain investors, while at the same time, create a framework to help mitigate the total bill impact to our customers.

We remain committed to keeping you informed, and will re-connect with you in early 2016 after we finalize and submit our KEDLI rate case proposal to the NYSPSC.

Thank you,

Ken Daly

Accessibility & Elevation Workshop to be held for Suffolk and Nassau Residents on December 14th

Living in an elevated home presents challenges for anyone but is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and others with access and functional needs. The Suffolk County Office for People with Disabilities is sponsoring an Accessibility & Elevation with NY Rising Workshop for eastern Suffolk and Western Nassau county residents.

The workshop will address design solutions, policies, and equipment that can be used to make homes both resilient and accessible by planning space with accommodations such as elevators or lifts, to assist anyone with or without a disability. On Monday, December 14th, free legal services will be available between 4:30-6:30PM, with the Home Elevation & Accessibility forum to follow from 6:30PM-8PM at the Babylon High School Cafeteria, Babylon Junior-Senior High, 50 Railroad Avenue, Babylon 11702. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations to this event, please contact Frank Krotschinsky, (631) 853-8333.

Feed the Need South Show to Hold 4th Annual Toy & Hot Meal Giveaway on December 26th

Feed the Need South Shore will be holding its 4th Annual Toy & Hot Meal Giveaway in East Islip this year to help those in need during the holiday season. This year’s event will be held at Teatro YERBABRUJA Arts Center at 63 Carelton Avenue, Central Islip on December 26th from 10am until toys and food run out. This year’s Thanksgiving event fed over 2,250 residents while providing those in need with coats, blankets.

Due to the overwhelming need of the area, donations of toys for all ages and food are still being accepted until December 23rd.  Those that are able to donate can email Feed the Need, or call (631) 336-6427. Cash donations which help the program operate can be donated via Paypal.

To volunteer for the event, you or a team can sign up starting Monday December 14th here. The cut-off date to sign up to volunteer will be December 21st. Due to the overwhelming generosity of volunteers during the holiday season, registration is required.

You can check out coverage from Feed the Need’s Thanksgiving event at Ross Memorial Park this year from FIOS1 to learn more, or add them on Facebook.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets.  Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods.  These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.

Homeless service agencies, school districts, local community groups, local businesses and families and individuals can all help collect necessary items for those that are homeless on Long Island.

Drives are being conducted now through January 8th. If you’re interested in conducting a drive!  Contact Gabrielle Fasano at 631-464-4314 x 117 or To volunteer or inquire about the 2016 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, please contact Mike Giuffrida at 631-464-4314x 111 or

Help Wanted

FEMA Accepting Applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that applications are being accepted for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for fiscal year 2015. Approximately 2500 grants will be awarded; this year’s total funding for the program will be $306 million.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The deadline to apply for the AFG grant is January 15th, 2015 at 5PM EST. Live webinars are available between Monday, December 14th to Thursday, December 17th to aide in the grant process. You can find webinar information here. For more information or to apply, click here.

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.

What's happening on your Main Street 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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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

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.


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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

Downtown Retail Shopping Should be on Your List this Year

As the Holiday season kicks into high gear and we move past the time of screaming crowds wrestling toys from each other's arms in the name of the almighty deal, it's important to remember local retailers can provide good deals with a lot less of the headache involved in fighting the crowd. Mom and Pop stores in your downtown are open and ready to help you with all your Holiday shopping, so don't forget to head on down and see what kind of deals you can find. You might just be able to find that one special deal or item that you couldn't find anywhere, and you'll help your neighbors in the process!

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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Vision Long Island
24 Woodbine Ave., Suite Two
Northport, NY 11768
Phone: 631-261-0242. Fax: 631-754-4452.

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