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December 13th - 19th, 2015

Regional Updates

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“We live in a village where we need to put people to work and this is how we plan on doing that in the future.”

-Mayor Wayne Hall, Village of Hempstead

“Our endgame is to create jobs and increase property values of the entire development for the village.”

-Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns

“These are places young professionals want to live and work, with good transportation, infrastructure, walkable downtowns and connected to Manhattan.”

-Scott Rechler, RXR

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Hempstead Revitalization Moves Forward

Hempstead Village moved ahead with the transfer of 14 downtown properties to developers this week as part of a $2.5 billion redevelopment of the downtown, moving the vision of making the village a destination location closer to reality. Vision spoke to over 100 community members earlier this month in support of the redevelopment at the Renew Hempstead meeting.

Although the developers paid nothing for the 14 parking fields, the village will receive $8 million from the developers under a community-benefit agreement. The first $1 million to the village will be paid this week, and $500,000 payments will be paid as the project moves ahead. The project also includes $25 million in grant-funded sewage projects for the area, which currently has a third of the downtown properties off the Village tax rolls. “That’s going to revitalize the whole downtown area and what we’ve been trying to do for the longest time,” Hall said. “We live in a village where we need to put people to work and this is how we plan on doing that in the future.”

25% of the estimated 10,000 construction and 6,000 permanent jobs that will be generated from the redevelopment will be reserved for Village residents and MWBE entities according to Mayor Hall. The first phase of construction (approved by the village planning board) is set to begin in April, with a five-story 36 unit apartment building and three-story parking garage breaking ground. It will be followed by a five-story 28,000-square-foot building with 240 mixed-income apartments above street level retail space at Bedell and Main streets. Although there are some that are somewhat opposed to the project due to concerns of a shortage in available parking, Mayor Hall says that no existing parking structures will be torn down during the first phase of construction.

The project in its entirety is estimated to bring in $2 billion dollars of economic activity to the area. “This is part of our commitment to enable beautification of downtown and encourage downtown development,” Renaissance CEO Don Monti said. “Our endgame is to create jobs and increase property values of the entire development for the village.”

RXR CEO Scott Rechler also has plans for the Hempstead area. Including his plans, Hempstead officials estimate the redevelopment will bring changes to the community for residents and consumers, and bring in millions of tax dollars to the village and schools. “The general workforce has a desire again for downtowns and revitalizing downtowns is the future of Long Island,” Rechler said. “These are places young professionals want to live and work, with good transportation, infrastructure, walkable downtowns and connected to Manhattan.”

You can learn more about the steps being taken to revitalize Hempstead’s downtown from Newsday and FIOS1.

Revised Proposal in for 36 Units in Valley Stream

Earlier this month, the Valley Stream board of trustees received revised plans from developer KAY Development Group of Manhattan for the proposed Promenade building, at 49 N. Central Ave after purchasing an adjacent property and a service road that leads to the rear of King Kullen.

The Promenade is a proposed to include 36 two-bedroom rental units in a five-story apartment building that would feature with amenities including balconies, a lounge, gym and laundry room on each floor and a 5,000-square-foot roof garden, and retail space occupying the ground floor facing Central Ave.

The previously planned underground parking was replaced with 20 parking spaces made available by the acquisition of the corner parcel.  According to board assistant Vinny Ang, “The water table is higher than anticipated, so they can’t excavate to put a below-grade level.” He added, “So what they’ve done is reconfigured the building. The building remains the same height but they reduced some of the retail area, and they no longer have a driveway cut on Central Avenue.”

Nassau County approved the current proposal back in September after requesting the developer to make several changes. The project was tabled and awaiting review by the Valley Stream board of trustees.  If approved, it would go before the zoning board for approval.

For more on this story, visit LIHerald.

Freeport Held Annual Nautical Mile of Lights Boat Parade

Freeport held its annual Nautical Mile of Lights boat parade last weekend, with private and commercial boats, as well as residential backyards, vying for coveted title of “Best Decorated Boat” and “Best Decorated Backyard”.

The annual tradition hosted by the Freeport Chamber of Commerce was met by unusually warm weather, much to the delight of spectators. Spectators took advantage of dinner specials offered by several of the Nautical Mile’s restaurants, giving them the chance to vote for Best Decorated Boat. Votes could also be cast along one of the two party boats, the Miss Freeport and Starstream, which offered rides for those without a boat who wanted to be part of the parade.

“The Freeport Chamber of Commerce was proud to host the Annual Nautical Mile of Lights parade to bring the community together for the holiday season. Businesses and residents enjoyed the show, dining options and sense of community complimented by the incredible weather,” said Lois Howes, Freeport Chamber of Commerce President. Visitors and residents could view the parade from one of the restaurants along the Nautical Mile, from their backyard, aboard one of the party boats or at Seabreeze Park.

You can see some of the highlights from the event on News 12 or FIOS1

Parking Needs Continue to Grow in Patchogue

Patchogue Village is responding to the needs of its downtown parking concerns by moving to purchase properties that can be converted into much needed lots.

In a recent board meeting, the Village approved the purchase of 27 Church Street, which is just south of Main Street. The purchase, which will be funded with bonding, will add 50 parking spots in close proximity to attractions such as the Emporium. “The commitment we made to the business district and the residents is that the funding of the meters would go towards the expansion of parking,” said Mayor Paul Pontieri. “It will be the meter money that will pay down this bond; we average about $25,000 to 30,000 a month in income from them.”

Patchogue's busy downtown, which attracts many to the area on nights and weekends, has been struggling to balance the parking demands with available spaces. The Village recently demolished a vacant bank drive-thru on Church street, which will add an additional 20 parking spaces. There has been an engineer hired to look at the possibility of more parking spaces on the street, which is within walking distance to one of the busiest sections of the downtown. "Depending on what happens, one side of Church Street could become a parking lot," Mayor Pontieri said.

You can read more about the upcoming parking improvements from the Long Island Advance.

Illegal Dumping Coming Under Review by New York State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee

The New York State Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee led by Assemblyman Steve Englebright met this week to discuss steps needed to protect Long Island’s groundwater from illegal dumping and sand mining. Illegal dumping and sand mining has plaqued projects like the Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank, Clemente Park in Brentwood and veteran's homes in Islandia. 

The five hour long public meeting in Smithtown was called in part to determine whether changes in the laws regarding sand mining and illegal dumping were needed. “Sites where illegal sand extraction occur all too often become sites of illegal dumping,” he said in his opening remarks. Last week Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation sponsored by Englebright that would have regulated mulch-processing facilities which is being looked at by some as a potential source of groundwater contamination, with the Governor saying that legislative action wasn’t needed when new regulations are pending.

The draft regulations that the Governor mentioned are set to be made public on February 28th, will require what is known as cradle-to-grave tracking of construction and demolition debris, which will make sure that the amount and type of waste carted is accounted for properly. Another regulation would change with way that historic fill, which is contaminated, is managed. Those types of materials made up much of the fill at the four dumping sites in Islip town that is currently under investigation. 

Englebright said that although the changes to the solid-waste regulations have been in the works for years, it was the first time that he heard of a specific date that the regulations would be made public.

You can check out more about the progress being made to protect Long Island’s groundwater from Newsday and News12

New York State Economic Development Funding Comes to Long Island

Nassau and Suffolk counties were awarded $98.3 million in funding through the Regional Economic Development Council, a state-wide competition. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. Some of the projects included in this round's funding for Long Island include:

- Streetscape improvements for downtown Copaigue ($105,000)
-Planning and design of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on Route 110 in Suffolk ($200,000)
-Comprehensive planning and Complete Streets planning for Baldwin ($135,000), Village of Mastic Beach ($42,175)
-Infrastructure improvements, including a parking garage in Glen Cove ($500,000), and solar charging stations for 50 communities
- Pedestrian and bikability improvements for Southampton  ($400,192)

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced that the Town has been named the recipient of four New York State Regional Economic Development Council Initiative awards, totaling $757,950, that will address projects such as the creation of an environmental master plan, a cultural master plan, and several mapping projects. The awards were part of a total of more than $2 billion in economic grants announced this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“These grants will enable the Town to address several environmental initiatives that are critically important to the Town’s environmental health, as well as other projects that will improve our infrastructure and enhance our communities,” said Bosworth. “The more than $757,000 in funding will serve as a great economic engine for our Town.”

You can see full list for this round of funding iin Nassau and Suffolk counties here.

As Briarcliffe College Closes, What Awaits in It's Place

Briarcliffe’s two campuses in Bethpage and Patchogue will be closing by the end of 2018, laying off its 294 employees and also halting their online courses. The for-profit, 4 year college had about 1,700 students enrolled in the four year college in 2014.

The college’s enrollment had fallen by 50 percent in less than 10 years as community colleges have become a more affordable choice for students. Layoffs began this week as part of a “teach-out” which will give students the opportunity to either graduate or finish their studies. Briarcliffe President George Santiago Jr. says that the school administrators will be working with students en masse as well as individually in the next few weeks to discuss the transitioning towards closure. “We want our students to know that we are here to help them finish their programs of study and this is not an abrupt closure, but rather a gradual discontinuation of operations,” said Santiago. The college’s owner had put the school up for sale less than a year ago but could not finalize a deal.

Almost a thousand people have voted on an online poll to start thinking about ideas for the Patchogue building’s new use on, with ideas ranging from museums,
another school or a hotel. 

You can read more about the college’s phase down of operations here.

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 by 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.

NYS Offers Disaster Prepareness Training Course

New York State is offering two hour training courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
As evidenced by Superstorm Sandy, Long Island is vulnerable to disaster. In order to build resilience, New York State offers workshops that can help residents, businesses and communities be more prepared for future events. A key component to the training is distribution of free NYS Disaster Preparedness Kits to each family that attends the in-person, regional public events where registration is required. How to prepare for events, developing a plan and communication processes are outlined during the session.

The next Citizen Preparedness Corps workshop for Long Island will take place at the Riverhead Library at 330 Court Street on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM. Registration is required for the workshop- you can register here. For those unable to attend, web-based preparedness is available here.

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. For more information or to apply, click here.

Help Wanted

Long Island Volunteer Center is Recruiting

The Long Island Volunteer Center is recruiting an AmeriCorps ReadyCorps member to serve between January 25 and November 24, 2016. Ready Corps, an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, creates disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families through volunteer engagement.  The applicant will work out of the Offices of Emergency Management in Nassau and Suffolk to improve preparedness of individuals and families, expand local preparedness networks, and support long-term recovery and sustainability efforts. This is a full time (40 hour per week) position.

The chosen applicant will receive a living allowance, an AmeriCorps Education award upon completion and service, as well as be eligible to qualify for child care assistance and CCNS health benefits. Interested parties can contact Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or by email to inquire about the application.

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.

Wishing You Happy Holidays and Remember to Shop Local!

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!

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