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Dec. 6-12, 2014

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Regional Updates

Mill Creek Residential

Mill Creek Residential develops and acquires premier multifamily apartment communities. They combine an unprecedented track record of leadership and industry expertise with innovative, forward-thinking strategies to tackle the challenges of today’s marketplace. They believe in creating apartment homes that complement and enhance the local communities in which we live and work, and which create a long-lasting legacy for future generations. They are the developers behind the apartments at West 130, the former site of the Courtesy Hotel.

“Home ownership transforms a person, giving him or her dignity and a safe place to raise a family.  It is only through the cooperative efforts of the Town, the CDA, the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., Nassau County and the State that we are able to produce such positive results that benefit our entire community. I wish all of our hopeful lottery participants the best of luck.” Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth


“The development of 15 affordable homes in downtown New Cassel is another significant step in the revitalization of the community.” Long Island Housing Partnership CEO Peter Elkowitz

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States Considering Green Light For Gas Tax Increase

Transportation infrastructure lost the battle over the summer, but it may not have lost the war just yet.

Months after Republicans in Congress nixed a plan to raise the federal gas tax to balance the Highway Trust Fund, the idea is growing among individual states with oil prices taking a nosedive.

In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is trying to sell his own party members on doubling the state’s tax on gas over time, to more than $1 billion. Nobody in the state can afford great roads, he said. Instead, Snyder hopes increasing the Michigan gas tax can maintain fair or good roads.

Created in 1956, the Highway Trust Fund was designed to finance the country’s Interstate Highway System. In 1982, funding for mass transit was added. The fund has been the home for federal fuel tax beginning at 3 cents per gallon in the beginning to 18.4 cents per gallon in 1993. For years Congress passed long-term plans and properly funded the account. But since the new millennium, the Federal Highway Trust fund has been leaning heavily on transfers from the general fund – including $12 billion in 2014 – and short-term fixes by Congress.

This past summer, senators acquiesced to a House of Representatives plan to find $10.8 billion to sustain highway and transit projects in all 50 states until May 2015. That included increasing customs user fees, transferring $1 billion from a fund to fix leaking underground fuel tanks and authorizing controversial pension smoothing – companies making fewer tax-deductible pension contributions now and more in the near future to give the federal government more revenue earlier.

Four months later, however, but a noticeable contingent of GOP congressmen are on board with the idea, even if it’s unlikely Congress will take any action before the end of 2014. Lawmakers from New Jersey to Utah are actively considering gas tax increases, according to nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

"The federal gas tax hasn't gone up in over 21 years and the states don't have the luxury of just sitting around and doing nothing on this issue. They have to find a way to keep their bridges from falling down and keep their roads from developing too many potholes," senior analyst Carl Davis said.

For more on this story, check out NPR and Time magazine.

Spreading The Buy Local Message In Nassau County

Alone, small businesses don’t have the resources to make a stand against big box stores this holiday season. But by working together, they can sway people into downtowns.

That was the message when the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano held a press conference on Monday. Gathered in Alpers, a 100-year-old Port Washington hardware store, Nassau Council President Julie Marchesella spoke about their partnership to launch a media campaign with a shop local message.

"Small businesses, individually, do not have the marketing budget to promote themselves on TV, radio, print and social media," Marchesella said. "This media campaign will help us battle big box retailers and Internet-based businesses that dominate the airwaves and our screens, and raise awareness of the quality of the mom-and-pop retailers across Nassau County."

The campaign began in early November with $250,000 from the Nassau County IDA to promote the campaign across airwaves, in print and on television. This advertisement was repeatedly aired on News 12 before Thanksgiving.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander joined North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio and community organizations like Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington at Monday’s event.

“Shopping locally keeps money within the community. It creates jobs and a vibrant downtown, especially in the holiday season,” Alexander said. “Downtown merchants are friendlier and create a more pleasant shopping experience than big box stores.”

According to published reports, the increase in Internet shopping has contributed to a projected shortfall of $90 million in the county's sales tax budget. Lost local sales could translate to fewer jobs, a drop in wages and, and increased commercial vacancies.

For more on shopping downtown in Nassau County, check out Newsday (subscription required).

LI Wins $81.9 Mil From State For Econ Development

When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the latest results of his Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC), there was positive news for many in Nassau and Suffolk.

Used to fund economic and community development across the state via 10 Regional Councils, Cuomo awarded $709.2 million; as much as $750 million was available. And on Long Island, the $81.9 million for 97 projects was the second most.

The major prizewinner was Albanese Development Corporation for winning $4.7 million towards their Wyandanch Rising project. The funds are slated for construction of a three-story commercial building adjacent to LIRR station, part of a $500 million Transit-Oriented District. The future mixed-income community is slated to feature 177 residential units and 37,500 square feet of retail space in two buildings plus another 77,000 square feet of commercial space in a third building.

Occupancy of 177 apartments in the future 40-acre Wyandanch Village development is expected to occur this fall. About 30 percent of the apartments will be rented at market price. More than 100 of the units will be restricted to those with an income of 50-60 percent of the area's annual median income, with the final 18 going to those with a 90 percent income restriction.
Molloy College received $2,395,248 from round IV for their Complete Green Homes Project. The project is a community-scale collaborative venture between municipal governments, not-for-profit organizations, and a local college to promote residential energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout Long Island. This project will educate homeowners about utility and other programs that provide incentives, rebates, and financing for home energy audits; efficiency retrofits; solar PV; oil heat conversions; and home EV charging.

Another $675,000 was allocated to the Village of Great Neck Plaza for a sustainable parking lot on Maple Drive that will feature porous pavement.

The REDC grants also included several designed to help Long Island recover and rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. Suffolk County pulled in $4 million for design of wastewater infrastructure that provides treatment in high groundwater areas along the South Shore. The Nassau County Department of Public Works received $1.6 million for installation of 800 check valves along South Shore to mitigate flooding and another $1 million for a road drainage project in Long Beach.

Applications for the latest round opened to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and the public on Thursday. The program is designed to create bottom-up regional economic growth by funding local projects designed to create jobs and support communities.

In round IV, $150 million in capital funds, $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits and $530 million from state agency programs were on the table. To win the funding, participants had to focus on implementation of regional strategic economic development plans, encouraging economic growth through job creation and investment, and identifying global marketing and export strategies. The latter is part of Cuomo’s 2014 focus on international business.

More than $2 billion was invested via REDCs prior to Thursday’s announcement. The first three rounds funded more than 2,200 projects supporting more than 100,000 jobs statewide. Recipients of the third round were announced shortly before Christmas, with 98 Long Island projects receiving grants, tax credits and other funding totaling $83 million – the single most of all 10 regional economic development committees in the state that round.

Check out the full list of awards here and the governor’s announcement here.

DiNapoli: DEC Doing More With Less Funding Since 2003

The state’s agency responsible for protecting the environment is expected to do more with less over the past 11 years.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report reviewing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on Thursday questioning the course it’s on.

“DEC’s staff has declined while funding has barely kept pace with inflation and now is projected to decline,” DiNapoli said. “Our natural resources are major assets for the state’s economy and New Yorkers’ health and quality of life. We must continue to safeguard these assets.” 

Created in 1970, the DEC is responsible for most of New York’s programs to protect wildlife, natural resources and environmental quality. Programs range widely from managing fish and game populations and overseeing the extraction of natural resources to monitoring the discharge of pollutants and hazardous materials and cleaning up contaminated sites.

Since 2003, they’ve also been tasked with more than a dozen additional responsibilities, including: the Brownfield Cleanup Program; development of a State Climate Action Plan; Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Waste Tire Recycling and Management Act; regulation of shale gas development; and the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act of 2013.

At the same time, agency staff and spending has been trimmed back. DEC spending was $795.3 million in 2003-04 and $1 billion in 2013-14. After adjusting for inflation, DEC spending rose by a total of 1.7 percent over the period examined. Since 2008, funding from state sources is down 15.1 percent. While federal funding has helped fill the gap, those resources are now declining as well. According to the state’s Division of the Budget, total DEC spending will decline this year and in each of the next three years by a cumulative total of 25.9 percent from the 2013-14 level.

The DEC workforce shrunk by 10.4 percent down since 2003-2004 to 2,917 full-time staff in 2013-2014. Staffing levels peaked at 3,779 FTEs in 2007-08. Staffing in programs such as enforcement, air and water quality management, and solid and hazardous waste management has experienced significant cuts.

DiNapoli’s report also finds two of the state’s major funds dedicated to the environment – the Environmental Protection Fund and the Hazardous Waste Oversight and Assistance Account – combined have been subject to sweeps in excess of half a billion dollars to provide general state budget relief in the past. The Oversight and Assistance Account received $75 million over five years, ending in 2007-2008, to establish the account for funding Brownfield project, only to lose $45 million in 2007-2010.

Check out the full report here.

LI Planning Chapter Announces $1,500 Scholarships

The 2015 American Planning Association (APA) National Conference is a premiere organization for professionals tackling regional and city planning across the country.

When the conference begins April 18 in Seattle, Wash. until it wraps up three days later, planners will look learn about sustainability, parks, transportation, new economies, planning law, ethics and other topics.

It’s a valuable learning and networking experience for all planners, but it doesn’t come cheap. The price tag typically begins at $730 early registration for APA members and planning officials and peaks at $1,045 for nonmembers. APA students and emerging professionals may sign up for a severely reduced rate, but that still ranges from $125-$165 depending on early bird rates.

Enter the Long Island Section of American Planning Association's NY Metro Chapter. The local chapter of the APA is accepting applications for three Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Scholarships – $1,500 scholarships to send Long Islanders to the conference.

“The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association, New York Metro Chapter, encourages young planners and those in a planning-related course of study to take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable experience and participate in networking at this year’s National Conference in the great city of Seattle, Washington!” said Sean Sallie, incoming director of APA’s American Institute of Certified Planners.

The scholarship is named after Arthur H. Kunz, a Long Island planner who was committed to preserving and enhancing Suffolk County by balancing its growth and development with environmental protection. Since 1994, the Long Island Section of the APA has been offering scholarships in his memory.

Applicants must be entry-level planners with less than six years of professional experience and students enrolled in a planning-related program – graduate or undergraduate. Email a resume and letter of interest, including your interest in planning, goals for a career on Long Island and what you hope to gain from attendance at the National Conference. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 9.

McCaffrey Named Suffolk Legislative Minority Leader

Once just a friendly face in one Long Island downtown, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) is moving up the ranks in local politics.

McCaffrey will become the next Republican Leader. He was the unanimous pick last Friday to replace outgoing Minority Leader John Kennedy (R-Nesconset), who is leaving the Legislature to become Suffolk County Comptroller. The 60-year-old Teamsters union leader will lead the GOP’s five-person caucus in the legislative body.

"The Republican caucus will support legislation that is good for Suffolk residents, regardless of which party introduces it," McCaffrey said.

McCaffrey is no stranger to leadership positions. Prior to winning a seat with the county last fall, he served 23 years on the Lindenhurst Village Board – the longest tenured trustee in history. He also served as deputy mayor during that time, helping to create a budget surplus.

The legislator has also been an advocate for many victims of Superstorm Sandy. He supported the county’s decision in October to offer $8 million in tax relief and assisted grassroots Sandy relief volunteers with Friends of Long Island clean up and rebuild damaged homes on the South Shore.

For more about the appointment, check out Newsday (subscription required). For more about the Suffolk County Legislature Republican Caucus, visit them on Facebook.

Rights To New Cassel Workforce Housing Announced

Dozens with dreams of moving into a new housing development just outside the Village of Westbury gathered yesterday to hear just who will turn fantasy into reality.

The Long Island Housing Partnership, Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency and town board held the Workforce Housing Lottery at the “Yes We Can” Community Center Thursday evening.

“The development of 15 affordable homes in downtown New Cassel is another significant step in the revitalization of the community,” Long Island Housing Partnership CEO Peter Elkowitz said.

Applicants entered for a chance to own one of 15 homes. That includes a trio of new, two-story, three-bedroom single-family homes, 11 new, two-story, three-bedroom townhouses and a renovated, existing home.

All of the single-family homes are being constructed by a CDA contractor while Cornerstone Properties of New York is the developer for the townhouses. All 15 units are expected to be finished next year, with occupancy set for the spring or summer.

Since the Long Island Housing Partnership began accepting applications in October, 39 have been submitted. While winners of yesterday’s lottery will have the first crack among those 39, each candidate must be reviewed to meet the financial requirements. Eventual homeowners must have a household income below 80 percent of the Nassau-Suffolk median - $84,100 for a family of four or $67,300 for a family of two, be first-time home buyers and possess a good credit history to obtain a mortgage. While it’s unlikely, new applicants can still be added to a waiting list in case there are not 15 eligible applicants among the 39 received.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth joined Nassau County Director of Housing and Community Development John Sarcone and Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation’s (UNCCRC) Bishop Lionel Harvey at the lottery.

“Home ownership transforms a person, giving him or her dignity and a safe place to raise a family.  It is only through the cooperative efforts of the Town, the CDA, the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., Nassau County and the State that we are able to produce such positive results that benefit our entire community. I wish all of our hopeful lottery participants the best of luck,” Bosworth said.

“I am very pleased to see the Town of North Hempstead and the Community Development Agency in continued partnership with UNCCRC to assist in the New Cassel Revitalization and with the Town’s North Hempstead Workforce Housing Program more families will have the opportunity to become homeowners,” Harvey said when the program was announced in September. “This Community continues to get the victory as we stay focused on the goals of revitalization and affordable housing. It’s a blessing what we can do when we all work together.”

For more about the housing available, check out the Long Island Housing Partnership online.

Find A Beautiful Holiday Gift Made By Local Artists

Shop locally this holiday season.

Check out the Holiday Gift Boutique at the East End Arts Gallery for a variety of unique and artsy gifts. The shop opens for business from Nov. 15 through Dec. 23 with hours every day except Monday.

Peruse handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry, unique home goods and more. Every piece of product is made by more than 38 local artists.

East End Arts members receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases.

For more information about the Holiday Gift Boutique, check them out online.

Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest

Check the calendar, Christmas is 13 days away. That’s less than two weeks away.

Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.

Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.

Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.

Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.

Give To Babylon Youth Project This Holiday Season

The weekend of Thanksgiving is all about holiday shopping. Black Friday is one of the busiest days for all retail, Small Business Saturday drives customers to local downtowns and Cyber Monday is a growing day for online sales.

The newcomer is Giving Tuesday – a day created in 2012 as an altruistic response to consumerism of the post-Thanksgiving season. Participating involves giving on any level, although donating to nonprofits is rather common.

One downtown organization that could benefit from giving this holiday season is the Babylon Youth Project. The Babylon Village center offers children ages 8-18 a safe place to go after school, do homework, volunteer, take trips and get involved with projects. A big screen television and video game systems are available, as are science programs, arts and crafts and even sailing.

Open since 1981, the Youth Project is funded through the Town of Babylon Youth Institute. However,  much of the organization’s budget comes from community donations, which has drastically fallen in recent years.

For more information about the organization or to make a donation, visit the Babylon Youth Project online.

EPA Opens $3.75 Mil Grants To Protect Freshwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals to fund freshwater protection projects.

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant is used to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis.

Applicants can be nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis.

Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years.

Proposals are due Jan. 5. For more information about the RFP and this grant, visit the EPA online.

Help Wanted

Grants Specialist Opening With Glen Cove CDA

Know how to get grant money from the government and want to support a Long Island downtown? The Glen Cove Community Development Agency is looking for a grants management specialist.

The perfect applicant will have knowledge of state and federal grants including researching, managing and coordinating grants, writing applications, grant project management and contract and/or cooperative agreement administration. Projects may include transportation, transit, public works, planning and environmental. Following awards, this person will monitor all phases of award through closing, including assessment of technical progress, report submissions, vouchering and performance.

This position requires knowledge and skill in applying evaluative techniques to the identification and resolution of grants administration issues and knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures, agency policy, and other requirements that affect grant program administration.
A college degree and two years experience are required. The ideal candidate must also be computer literate, capable of overseeing multiple projects, able to work independently and attend meetings.

Applicants should email the CDA with a cover letter and resume.

League of Conservation Voters Seeking Comm. Director

The New York League of Conservation Voters is searching for a new director of communications to share their message.

Reporting to the president, this person will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, membership and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate our mission of electing for the environment. The communications director will ensure NYLCV has a highly-visible public profile and is seen a major force in electoral politics and advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels.

Applicants should visit NYLCV online for more information.

Nassau Conservation District Needs Intern For Film

Join the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and make a difference on Long Island.

The SWCD is looking for an intern to support the production of an educational film on stormwater and green infrastructure.

This 10-week, unpaid internship is a great opportunity to learn principles of natural resources conservation and to gain experience in a professional office and field setting.

This intern will be responsible for assisting with the film, handling video footage, developing scripts, obtaining film permits and consent release forms, public outreach and implementation of natural resources programs. They must have a valid driver’s license and be a high school graduate.

Applicants should email the SWCD a resume and cover letter.

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 on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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

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:
Darlene Love in Love for the Holidays - Sunday, Dec. 14 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


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show with Aimee Mann, Ted Leo and many special guests - Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
A John Waters Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Green Room Recordings Battle of the Bands featuring Half Ton Session, Critical Era, Alone With Us, When Eyes Collide, I Still Believe In Heroes, Seyi, Malik McFly, The Bellegards, Ollocs and OT$ - Friday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
John Corabi performs the Motley '94 album - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Eileen Ivers "An Nollaig" An Irish Christmas - Friday, Dec. 12 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
Guest Rental: The Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents The Nutcracker - Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Holiday Open House - Saturday, Dec. 13 at noon
Citarella Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Chevelle with special guests Crobot and Raw Fabrics - Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Daughtry Acoustic Trio with special guest Adam Erza Group - Sunday, Dec. 14 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
A Christmas Story - The Musical - Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Frosty - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
O El Amor and Panic - Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Lawn Boys and Homegrown String Band - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Holiday Chorus Concert Brass Ensemble Performance and Sing-a-Long - Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
The Nutcracker Suite presented by Ovations Dance Repertory Company - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Nine Deeez Nite - Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 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
A Christmas Carol - Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 and 7 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 p.m.
Barnaby Saves Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.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
Ragdoll Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute - Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
Comedy with Bobby Collins - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
STAGES Holiday Fairy Tale Spectacular - Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 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.

'Shop The South Shore' This Saturday

We touched on this in our Nov. 14 issue, but a series of neighboring Long Island downtowns are joining forces to make the holiday shopping season stronger for each other. The Bayport-Blue Point, Bellport, Oakdale, Sayville and Greater Patchogue Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring "Shop the South Shore on the Downtown Express" this Saturday. A free trolley will run through all five Suffolk downtowns all day. Last year, the Patchogue Chamber teamed up with the Bellmore chamber to run trolleys between their communities.

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