7th Annual Hunting-Tony Awards a Smash Hit!

There’s no Tony like a Hunting-Tony! 

Had a great time last night at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport Village hosting the Town of Huntington’s 7th Annual Hunting-Tony Awards.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners! It was a great evening filled with cheers and smiles on the red carpet, and wonderful selection of performances that added to the excitement of the evening.

I began the Hunting-Tony awards to celebrate and recognize the talent, dedication, and hard work exhibited by all of the students involved in their high school productions and the immense effort that is put into each and every show.

A big round of applause to all of the students who attended the Hunting-Tony awards last night - whether they were actors, dancers, orchestra pit, stage crew, tech or costumes – you’re contributions helped to make your schools’ shows a success!

I wish the best of luck to all schools with future productions, and I extend my sincere thanks to all of the students, teachers, staff, and parents for all of the time and effort that they put into each and every one of these shows.  I would also like to thank Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce of the John W. Engeman Theatre for hosting this annual event in their lovely theatre, and thank you to Fred’s Carpet of East Northport for sponsoring the red carpet event each year.

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Program for Teens and Parents on Dangers of Distracted Driving

Huntington, NY – In today’s fast-paced digital world, “multitasking” is a way of life. For teens and parents alike, multitasking while driving a motor vehicle can prove to be a deadly combination.

“Multitasking with smartphones and other mobile devices are designed to make it easier for us to connect and communicate with the world around us,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “However, the dangers of multitasking while behind the wheel could be the difference between life and death. This program will educate teens on the perils of distracted driving and how to keep them safe while on the road,” added Cuthbertson.

Councilman Cuthbertson will be partnering with the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau, Empower, Assist & Care [EAC] Network and the Suffolk County Traffic & Parking Violations Agency to present a FREE program on the Dangers of Distracted Driving.

The program will be held at the Cinema Arts Center on Wednesday, June 7 from 7:15pm to 8:00pm. The Cinema Arts Center is located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington.

Certificates of attendance will be given to all students who attend, which can be submitted to their respective school for 1.5 hours of “community service” credit.

Those interested in attending are asked to please RSVP online at:
www.HuntingtonNY.gov/SafeDriving

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Councilman Cuthbertson’s office at:
631-351-3171 

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2017 Huntington Safe Boating Week

Reminder: 

2017 Huntington Safe Boating Week 

Kicks off on Saturday, May 20th thru Wednesday, May 24th

And don’t forget the 5th Annual 
Waterfront Festival at Mill Dam Park in Halesite 
on Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 5pm. 

Over seventy vendors, food and lots of great live entertainment - Rain or Shine! 

For more info, please visit:
www.HuntingtonSafeBoatingWeek.com

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Great Day at the 17th Annual Tulip Festival!

Flowers and families were in full bloom today at the Town of Huntington’s 17th Annual Tulip Festival held at Huntington’s beautiful Heckscher Park. I was joined by Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and some of the families who came out to enjoy this annual event.

A special thanks to our co-sponsor, Astoria Bank and all of the vendors, volunteers and residents who helped to make this family-fun day such a success.

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New "Concierge Lifestyle" Business in Huntington

I recently joined the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce in welcoming the “Concierge Lifestyle” business to Huntington Village on April 21st. 

I am pictured with owner, Sandra Nunes, as she cuts the ribbon with members of the Huntington Chamber. 

For more info on “Concierge Lifestyle,” call Sandra at: 
631-848-5599 or visit www.ConciergeLifestyle.us

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Entertainment Schedule for 2017 Huntington Tulip Festival

Huntington, NY – The Town of Huntington's Annual Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The Tulip Festival, now in its seventeenth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Bank. The free festival will have children’s activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council.

12:00-12:45 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: “Children’s Music with Mike Soloway”– Mike is a teacher and performer of childrens’ music residing in Huntington, NY. His childrens’ recordings include the ‘Moving With Mike’ series, the ‘Preschool Action Song’ series in addition to the albums “Hungry For Manners” and “School Bus Songs.” Mike has previously performed as part of the Huntington Arts Council's Summer Series and the spring Tulip Festival. He was the host of the children’s radio show For The Young And The Young At Heart which aired for many years on WUSB FM. Mike performs frequently at many childhood education centers on Long Island, as well as at area libraries. Mike also presents solo jazz guitar performances regularly at the Cinema Arts Centre of Huntington. *Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.

1:00-1:45 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: “INKARAYKU: Journey Through the Andes: An Interactive Children’s Concert” - ‘Journey through the Andes’ takes children on a musical journey through the Andes Mountains, starting in northern Ecuador and ending in Bolivia. The concert features a storytelling narrative, singing along games and group dancing. Inkarayku members use large floor maps, theatrical costumes and props to transport youngsters to another time and place; giving them a one of kind educational experience. INKARAYKU has performed at such notable venues as New York University, Cornell University, Brooklyn Public Library System, Queens Library System, Hoboken Public Library, Pachamama Peruvian Arts, Festival Andino, Leftfield Bar and Grill, Lucky Jacks NYC, the Nyack Village Theatre, Terraza 7, Summer Under the 7, and many more. *Presented by the Huntington Arts Council. *Sponsored by Astoria Bank

2:00-3:00 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: “Songs & Puppetry” with Janice Buckner – Janice is one of the nation's top performing artists for children. She tours nationally, appearing on over 150 stages each year receiving top ratings. She has appeared on radio and television, as well as over 4000 schools and concert halls. She entertains audiences of all ages with her voice, guitars, puppets and her knowledge of Sign Language for the Deaf. She is noted for her voice, her creativity and the outstanding quality of her lyrics. Her Learn Along Song Series includes eleven CDs & songbooks and her Creativity in the Classroom Work/Play Book with a 20-song CD is used by pre-K and elementary school teachers throughout the country. Her Learn Along radio show aired out of Hofstra University for seventeen years and was heard around the world via the internet. *Presented by the Huntington Arts Council

4:00 - Festival Closes (Museum exhibits on view until 5:00 p.m.)

For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.

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17th Annual Tulip Festival Planned for Sunday, May 7, 2017

The 17th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington. This free, family-oriented, floral celebration is held annually within the natural beauty of historic Heckscher Park, enhanced by thousands of tulips planted in beds throughout the Park. The Town of Huntington and Astoria Bank, the chief sponsor of the festival, are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children and live entertainment.

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Some of the activities leading up to and planned for the 17th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival include:

1. Tulips: The Town of Huntington planted thousands of tulips in selected beds throughout Heckscher Park.

2. Family Performances: Throughout the duration of the Festival, the Chapin Rainbow Stage will host a series of family-oriented performances organized by the Huntington Arts Council.

3. Children’s Activity Booths: A diverse selection activity booths with creative, hands-on projects for children of all ages will be active in Heckscher Park throughout the Festival.

4. School Art Contest: Building up to the festival will be an art contest for area students organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Award winning work will be displayed near the stage at the Festival.

5. Photography Contest: Entries by amateur and professional photographers will be juried to select the images most evocative of the beauty and family orientation of the Festival. Entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2017. Prize-winning images will be used in Festival publicity.

In addition, to help make this wonderful family day a success, volunteers are needed to distribute festival programs to visitors. Any person or community group is welcome to volunteer by calling (631) 351-3099.

Directions to the Huntington Tulip Festival:
From the East – Via the Long Island Expressway (LIE): Take the LIE to Deer Park Avenue North (Exit 51). Continue north across Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) at which point it turns into “Park Avenue.” Continue north on Park Avenue to Route 25A (Main Street) in Huntington Village. Turn left (west) onto Route 25A. Go about 2 blocks. Heckscher Park is on the right.

From the West – Via the Long Island Expressway (LIE): Take the LIE to Route 110 north across Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) to Route 25A (Main Street) in Huntington Village. Turn right (east) on Route 25A to the next traffic signal. Heckscher Park is diagonally across the intersection on the northeast corner (Main Street and Prime Avenue.)

General Parking: Off-street parking is available in the municipal parking lot behind Town Hall. Additional parking on side streets adjacent to Heckscher Park is located around the park.

Handicapped Parking: A limited amount of handicapped parking is located on Prime Avenue in the small parking lot in Heckscher Park next to the Heckscher Museum of Art.

For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


Heckscher Park Tree Planting Marks Arbor Day

The Town of Huntington marked Arbor Day 2017 on Saturday April 22 by joining with students and administrators from the Huntington and Harborfields School Districts in planting a tree in Heckscher Park, one of 100 to be planted this year in honor of the park’s 100th anniversary.

Huntington schools superintendent James Polansky, Harborfields superintendent Dr. Francesco Ianni, students from their high schools and members of Girl Scout Troop 1632 from Huntington were on hand to help with the planting. After helping Town officials plant the a tree in front of the cottage at the park, the high school students planted 50 native bare root saplings throughout the park.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Town’s annual Earth Day Expo, during which the Town also distributed 200 native bare root saplings to residents courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation. During the last three years the Town has given away 750 saplings to Town residents thanks to the National Wildlife Federation’s Trees for Wildlife program. The Town has also completed various tree plantings in parks and planted many street trees along Town rights-of-way.

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For the 19th consecutive year, the Town has been given Tree City USA status, a designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation, awarded through the state Department of Environmental Conservation. For the past three years, the Town has completed additional tree related activities and as a result received a Tree City Growth Award each year. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources.

As part of the commemoration of the park’s 100th anniversary, 40 native trees, 2 ½ to three inches in caliper, were planted in the past two weeks. An additional 60 are scheduled to be planted in the Fall.


Beautification Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 40th Annual Beautification Awards were announced at the April 4 Town Board meeting at Huntington Town Hall.

The winners were selected by the Town’s Beautification Council, and covered several categories: residence, business, professional office. They were announced by Dr. William Walter, chair of the council, and presented as a slide show at the meeting.

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The winners were:

Residential: Candice Baranello; Natalie Conte; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Breland; Vincent and Marian McCann; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Murray; and Vincent and Jennifer Serso.

Professional Office: Susan and Andrew Giambertone Architects.

Small Business: CVS, Halesite.

Bank Office: First National Bank of Long Island.

Restaurant: Ms. Sausage; and The Clubhouse.

The Council has given out the awards every year since 1976. They are given to projects that the Council feels have improved the appearance of the Town