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Dec. 13-19, 2014

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Dowling College

Dowling College is a private liberal arts college with three campuses across Long Island, including the main campus in Oakdale on the former William K. Vanderbilt estate. Founded in 1955, Dowling has a reputation for it's education classes, although they also offer classes in aviation, business, public management and science. The college enrolled 2,540 students for the 2013-2014 year. Dowling ranked Tier 2 of U.S. News' Best Colleges in the Regional Universities division.

“These critical tax breaks for teachers, commuters and others will help stretch every dollar earned by New Yorkers, and that’s why I pushed so hard to make sure they were extended for 2014”. - Senator Schumer

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Mass Transit Tax Credit Passes

Senator Charles Schumer announced that the Mass Transit Benefit Tax Credit, among others, was passed by Congress Tuesday night in the Tax Increase Prevention Act (HR 5771), also known as the “tax extenders package'. The tax credit which expired January 1, 2014, passed with a one year extension allowing the benefits to be collected retroactively for 2014.

“This bill includes the extension of the mass transit benefit to keep more money in mass transit commuters’ pockets", said Senator Schumer.“These critical tax breaks for teachers, commuters and others will help stretch every dollar earned by New Yorkers, and that’s why I pushed so hard to make sure they were extended for 2014".

This benefit is available to commuters who receive employer offered transportation benefits and ride the bus, take the LIRR, take the subway or use another form of public transportation to commute to work. It will restore a tax benefit giving mass transit commuters the same tax break as those who commute by car receive for parking costs. Mass transit commuters will be able to receive up to $250 in tax benefits each month for the 2014 tax year. In the previous year, 2.7 million commuters nationwide took advantage of the benefit.

The bill consisting of almost 50 tax benefit is set to go to President’s desk this week for signature.

For more coverage of this story, check out Senatr Scumer's press release.

LIPA Rejects Off-Shore Wind Farm, OKs Solar Arrays

The 11 solar arrays in Suffolk County got the green light from LIPA on Wednesday, but plans for an off-shore wind farm were sunk.

LIPA trustees voted on plans to create 280 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy promised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his LIPA reform legislation.

The approval for solar will let LIPA begin creating plans for 11 arrays in Calverton; Manorville; East Shoreham; Medford; Yaphank and Kings Park. Expected to be turned on by 2016, the solar panels should create 122.1 MW of green power.

The trustees, however, dismissed Deepwater Wind’s $1 billion Deepwater ONE project. Stationed 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, 6 MW turbines on platforms in 100-120 feet of water would generate more than 200 megawatts of power by 2018 and hook up to the LIPA electrical system on the East End. Deepwater Wind, who already has a federal lease for the project, believes it could eventually produce up to 1,200 MW.

Several trustees expressed concern about the expensive price tag and possible elimination of tax loopholes with Deepwater ONE.

Instead, LIPA will work with PSEG-LI to issue another bid for the remaining 160 megawatts in 2015.

More than a dozen environmental advocacy organizations, including Citizens Campaign for the Environment and the Sierra Club, released a collective statement in response to LIPA’s decision.

“We’re disappointed that Governor Cuomo failed to keep his promise to bring 280 MW of new renewable energy to Long Island this year. Failing to fulfill this promise means we will continue to fall behind as other states embrace the economic and public health benefits of investing in offshore wind.

While we are happy to see more solar energy business opportunities for Long Island, the outcome is a missed opportunity to build a thriving new offshore wind industry in New York.

Governor Cuomo promised our families a modern utility with more renewable energy. He’s failed to follow through on that promise, costing us jobs and economic opportunities in the process. Now, we’re counting on PSEG-LI to work quickly toward building the modern utility we were promised and taking action to bring offshore wind power to our homes and businesses.”

In the leadup to LIPA’s decision, Deepwater One promoted a pair of Stony Brook University studies supporting their proposal.

The first study found a 250-megawatt offshore wind farm would have “essentially no impact” on ratepayers’ bills. The study’s authors called the potential impact “inconsequential” — possibly less than half a percent.

Accommodating the growing demand for electricity on East End was a major part of PSEG’s Utility 2.0 plan for LIPA. According to current trends, demand will outgrow supply by 2016, and local zoning would heavily restrict options. Utility 2.0 proposes building additional natural gas generating facilities to add 25 MW by 2019, although the study finds Deepwater One’s proposed 250 MW farm could provide the power amid the restrictions.

After running the numbers, the study’s authors believe building such a wind farm would increase residential customers’ monthly bill by 0.5 percent in 2019 and commercial customers’ bills by 0.6 percent. That does not account for any benefits from reduced transmission costs, improved reliability and reduced emissions.

The second study found a single offshore wind farm could create several hundred jobs on Long Island for several years, and that the development of a local offshore wind industry could, as demand for the technology grows, put thousands of Long Islanders to work.

Offshore wind can create jobs and economic benefits to the local economy. The study anticipated about 11 jobs per megawatt and a 250 MW farm could create at least $645 million in new economic development activity would be possible. Such a project would require construction and production of turbine components, both of which could present opportunities for Long Island’s skilled labor base in the aerospace and maritime industries.

Analyzing legislation, polices and restrictions about renewable energy by various state and federal governments, along with the market demand, the first study’s authors believe Long Island can have a wind farm producing 8,850 megawatts.

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

Prelinary Poll Supports Toll Balancing Proposal

The Move NY plan to add and adjust tolls across all New York City MTA bridges was introduced in March. Now there are numbers that appear to support the proposal to balance the region’s tolls and reduce traffic into and around New York’s Central Business District.

A Global Strategy Group poll of 1,003 registered voters from the 12-county area serviced by the MTA conducted in November found a plurality of support for an proposal to balance the cost of tolls in New York City, before hearing any details. Forty-five percent of all those polled backed such a idea (with 34% opposed); Long Islanders also support the idea (52%) than oppose it; both drivers around the region (42%) and transit riders (45%) are more likely to support the plan than oppose it.

According to the poll supported by AAA and others, once respondents hear the details of the Move NY plan as well as arguments in favor of it, the number in support jumps to 62 percent with only 31 percent of respondents opposed.

"These poll results make it clear that there is substantial public support for the concept of a fair tolling system and for improving our roads and bridges and transit system," said Alex Matthiessen, campaign director for Move NY, which will release the final plan in January. "By simply making the city’s tolling system fairer, we can unleash the resources the region needs to address our pressing transportation infrastructure problems."

At the heart of the Move NY plan is a “toll swap” – in which tolls on the city’s outer bridges (e.g., Throgs Neck, Whitestone, Triboro and Verrazano) are lowered by nearly 50% (E-ZPass) while tolls are restored or added, respectively, to the CBD’s East River bridges and along 60th Street, where traffic is the most congested and drivers tend to have more transit options. Move NY planners point out that the 60th Street screen line is critically important as that is what enables the toll reductions on the Throgs Neck and other outer bridges as well as where the majority of drivers cross in entering the CBD. Without it, only drivers from the east (Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island) would pay the new tolls even though more drivers are coming from the north. The new CBD tolls would match those charged at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel: $15 cash or $10.66 with EZ-Pass for roundtrip. Existing tolls at the MTA tunnels and Port Authority-owned bridges and tunnels would remain unchanged.

Every day, 11.5 million people use public transportation to travel into and around New York City and 2.5 million cars cross over bridges and tunnels, along with 3.5 million people traveling south of 60th Street. And in the second most congested city in the country, they’ve seen four toll hikes since 2009 despite the most serious service cuts in a generation. Tolls spiked ever since the MTA was created in 1968. The cost to cross the RFK Triborough Bridge in 1980 was just $3, rising to $8 in 2000 and $15 in 2013. By 2030, they project the toll to cost as much as $40-$50 (cash, roundtrip).

At the same time, an estimated 50,000 cars, trucks and taxis leave highways daily to use the free Queensboro Bridge instead of the Triborough Bridge or Queens-Midtown Tunnel that each cost $7.50 cash (or $5.33) one-way. A New York City map of vehicle crash locations highlights both sides of the Queensboro Bridge at hotspots for injuries and fatalities. As “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz says, “you can’t hit a pedestrian or cyclist on a highway because they’re not there.”

Under the Move NY plan, all MTA tolls would be non-stop (gateless and cashless). Drivers could pay with EZ-Pass – or have their license plate photographed and be mailed a bill.

Meanwhile, 70 percent of those polled last month do not support a proposal like former Mayor Bloomberg’s 2008 congestion plan. Just 19 percent of those driving in the city would back the 2008 plan compared to the 45 percent that support the MoveNY (before they know the benefits).

Traffic and congestion is the most pressing issue among those polled, with 82 percent calling it a serious issue. However, the cost of tolls caused concern for 81 percent of voters while the condition of roads garnered 77 percent. Nearly three-quarters of the voters said they’d be more likely to support a proposal that improved the condition and speed of the bridges and highways.

If the Move NY plan moves forward, voters believe that various forms of transportation are likely to improve as a result. More than three in five respondents believed the investments in subway signal systems would increase the frequency of trains and expand countdown clocks on subway platforms throughout the system. Sixty-eight percent believe the proposal will also add more Express Bus routes and service.

According to the poll, the public believes that elected officials should make transportation infrastructure a priority. More than four in five of those polled believe the condition of roads and highways should be a priority for electeds, while 78 percent said congestion should also be a priority. Respondents also called on elected officials to pay attention to the cost of transportation, with 72 percent calling the cost of tolls a priority issue and 68 percent calling the cost of riding mass transit a priority issue.

In announcing the poll results, Matthiessen indicated that, “the first priority is to persuade our elected officials to commit to a fully funded, five-year capital plans for the MTA and state highways and bridges. Once that decision is made, Albany can and should publicly debate the options for funding our transportation infrastructure. This poll makes clear that the Move NY plan should be one of the options on the table.” What isw unclear with the poll is the support of Queens and Brroklyn residents and businesses that will likely see the increase on adjacent brides to Manhattan. Public support from all of those is critical to advance a far reaching proposal like this.

For additional coverage, read this Newsday story (subscription required). Check out the full poll results here.

2050 Population and Employment Forecasts Draft Released

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) has releasesd the Draft 2050 Population and Employment forecasts for 31 counties in the New York Metropolitan Region. Public review of the draft began on Wednesday and will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. The Draft 2050 Population and Employment Regional Forecasts are components of the Socioeconomic and Demographic (SED) Forecasts produced by NYMTC for use in the next Regional Transportation Plan.

Once Completed, the 2050 Population and Employment Forcast will serve as a tool in addressing transportation related issues, developing regional plans and making decisions on the use of federal transportation funds. The 2050 SED forecasts includes population, employment, labor force, and household forecasts for the region at the county level, and a tool that allocates the county-level SED projections down to the Transportation Analysis Zone (TAZ) level. The SED forecasts are for the 31-County Forecast Region segmented into five subregions. The Draft presents the baseline results, and a brief description of the methodological approach used to generate the forecast, and a summary of the forecast outputs.

Two public meetings will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 2:30PM and at 6:30PM at 25 Beaver Street, room 510, New York, NY 10004, to provide an overview of methodology and preliminary results. These meetings may be attended in person or via webinar. To attend in person RSVP to Call in information will be provided upon registration.

Comments should be sent in writing by  4 p.m. on January 22, 2015 to:
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council            
Attn: Larisa Morozovskaya
25 Beaver Street, Suite 201,
New York, NY 10004


Draft report and forecast tables available for viewing: Draft Report Draft Forecast Tables
For more information of this story or to register for the webinar, check out NYMTC Online.


First Tenant Moves Into New Farmingdale Transit Housing

The first tenant of a downtown Farmingdale housing development neighboring the LIRR station moved in Monday.

Jefferson Plaza formally opened its doors earlier this week, with Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Vision Long Island and developers TDI and Bartone Properties touring the building.

“The administration has been nothing but supportive and it’s a pleasure working with them. The community seems to be receiving this very well. We have nothing but positive feedback to report,” developer Anthony Bartone said.

Jefferson Plaza is the largest of several Smart Growth projects underway in Farmingdale, a transit-oriented development that broke ground by the train station in November 2013.

The building opened Monday replaced a parking lot with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail. Construction is underway across the street on a vacant warehouse that will be replaced with 115 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail. That building is likely to open in June.

Once complete, the two-building project will include a theater room, courtyards with barbecues, facilities to conduct conference calls, a brick walkway leading towards Main Street and an underground parking lot with a 172-vehicle capacity.

“Everything is progressing as planned,” the developer said.

Monthly rent is expected to start around $2,300 for each apartment, although 10 percent will be rented at cheaper rates for residents making less than the area’s median income. The price of the units will vary with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

As of Tuesday, Bartone said some of the 39 apartments were still available and the Long Island Housing Partnership has yet to hold the lottery for their four price-reduced units.

“We have several hundred people who expressed interest,” he added. “Since we just opened the building yesterday, we’re going to start having open houses.”

IDA Starts Countdown On Fourth LaunchPad Incubator

A business incubator will receive financial incentive to build a $4 million branch in the Village of Great Neck Plaza.

The Nassau County IDA approved LaunchPad Long Island for sales, mortgage and property tax breaks for their latest downtown location last week. Co-Founder Andrew Hazen said they had been waiting months for the IDA’s approval.

“We are choosing the contractors to build out the space and we hope to be in there by February,” Hazen said.

LaunchPad is expected to lease 7,200 square feet in a 22,500 square-foot building on Grace Avenue. Once complete, the new site will offer co-working spaces for at least 36 startup companies. The IDA believes it will create 50 permanent jobs, generate $12 million in economic impact and produce $90,000 in net tax benefits.

This location marks their fourth, following Stony Brook, Huntington and Mineola. While the Stony Brook location focuses on college kids, LaunchPad houses about 60 companies in the other two venues. None of the startups have left quite yet, Hazen said, although many are expanding in terms of staffing, resources and finances. Mineola is the oldest location and will celebrate its second anniversary this winter.

Meanwhile, Hazen confirmed he’s also exploring other parts of the island for future LaunchPads. Long Beach and Patchogue are both current possibilities.

The recession, Superstorm Sandy and brain drain have left many Long Islanders underwhelmed and concerned about the economic future of their home. But the co-founder said LaunchPad provides hope, as well as resources and expertise, which leads to startups that ultimately lead to jobs and prosperity.

“I think LaunchPad gives people that hope, that belief,” he said.

The group touring Great Neck Plaza during Smart Growth Saturday back in September visited the Grace Avenue site as a potential home for the incubator.

For more on this story, check out the Long Island Business News (subscription required).



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.

Freeport Church Serving Holiday Meal To Those In Need

Just because a Long Islander needs a little help, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the holiday season.

Protecting Faith Church is offering a free holiday meal this Saturday for those in need.

Food will be available at the Freeport church between 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Pastor Donnie McClurkin Jr. at 516-223-8300. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Enjoy The Bourbon, Beer, Barbecue At T.J. Finley’s

Saunter out to T.J. Finley’s in Bay Shore early in the new year to sample some very rare and special beer, bourbon and barbecue.

Their Winter Bourbon Festival is slated for Jan. 24 from 3-7 p.m. The $50 entrance fee opens the door to unlimited samples of more than 30 whiskies and more than 30 craft beers, as well as a commemorative glass and free hat.

In addition, whisky classes will be available for newcomers to bourbon.

Barbecue food will also be on sale.

Go online for tickets and more information about the festival.

Win $1,500 Scholarship For APA National Conference

Sign up now for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 APA National Conference.

The Long Island Section of American Planning Association's NY Metro Chapter is accepting applications for three Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Scholarships. These $1,500 scholarships will enable awardees to attend the conference from April 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

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.

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.

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

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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Two Cent Sam with the Fearless, Birth To Bridges and the Lost Soles - Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Agnostic Front featuring Bane, Ludichrist and Tension - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Forever In Your Mind, Love Above All, Pros & iCons, One-Click Waiting and Matt Weiss - Sunday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs In Bay Shore - Friday, Dec. 19 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
Free screening of Handel's Messiah - Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
The Met: Live In HD: Wagner's "Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg" encore - Saturday, Dec. 20 at noon
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
The Paramount Comedy Series presents Laugh Your Snowballs Off featuring Robert Kelly, Dan Soder and Joe List - Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Rockin' Fights 16 featuring Cletus Seldin - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Matisyahu - Sunday, Dec. 21 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. 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Frosty - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
The Scofflaws, Noah's Arc and Slavery By Consent - Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
45 RPM and Liverpool Shuffle - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Cirque Noel - Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
That 70s Band & Hi Def - Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Dec. 20 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. 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 and 7 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 p.m.
Barnaby Saves Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 20 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
WLNG's Rockabilly Christmas - Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Frosty and his Puppet Friends - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.
It's a Wonderful Life Dinner and a Movie - Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4 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
Mixed Nuts: A classic holiday Nutcracker... with a twist! - Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 and 7 p.m.
The Vendettas Rock and Roll Holiday Spectacular - Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 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.

Mayor’s Comments On Rumored Casino At Source Site

Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro sent a message to local residents and businesses and folks around the region on prelimnary concerns about a proposed casino development adjacent to his downtown. While Vision Long Island, has not reviewed any casino proposals, impacts of casino proposals to successful main street business districts are a deep concern and to be carefully wieghed to the potential economic benefits for county governments. Mayor Cavallaro's full statement is below and was also featured this week in Long Island Business News.

As a life-long village resident, and someone who has spent all of my time in village government trying to better our local community, like many residents, I am concerned about the rumored casino at the Fortunoff site.  I believe that these kinds of uses have a generally deleterious effect on the local communities where they operate.

Since reading the various published reports, I have had several discussions with people involved in the process and have been told that no decision has been made at this time and that several locations are still under consideration.  I do believe that the Source/Fortunoff site is under serious consideration.  I have expressed my concerns about the potential impacts on the community of having this kind of use nearby, and I have had several preliminary discussions with certain of our other elected officials, and we will all be monitoring this situation closely.  I plan on arranging a meeting with all of our local officials in the near future to discuss this matter, and I will keep the community informed of any developments or information that we receive as we receive it.

I have requested that there be public comment on any proposed site selection, that the impacts of any project be fully assessed, and that appropriate mitigation be provided.  While I am hopeful that a more suitable site will be selected (e.g. Belmont Park or similar), it is important that we continue to monitor the process to the extent we can, and be prepared to articulate our community’s concerns at the appropriate time.

It is my understanding that the proposal does not need the approval of any local government bodies, since OTB is a state authority and is exempt from local zoning laws.  As the site in question is in the Town of Hempstead (outside the village), the town board in Hempstead would have some influence as to site selection and other related matters. Nassau County is also an interested party, but I assume that they are indifferent as to where the casino is located, as long as the county accrues the benefits of its establishment.

I hope that this response answers your questions and concerns, but please feel free to contact me via email, or by phone at village hall (516-334-1700, 111) or in the evenings or weekends at my home at 997-2096.  I would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.

Best regards,

Peter I. Cavallaro


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