Submissions Due for Tulip Festival Student Art Contest

Open to Huntington Township students in grades 3-8.  In celebration of the 15th Annual Tulip Festival, intermediate and middle school students are once again invited to enter the Annual Tulip Festival Art Contest.  Sponsored by Astoria Bank.

• Submissions MUST be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Requirements:

• Open to Huntington Township Art Teachers and art students.

• Registrations must be handled via school Art Teachers.

• Submissions must be two-dimensional.

• Each teacher can submit up to three works of art (per grade level.)

• Teachers cannot exceed nine works for all grades.

To Register online, please visit: http://goo.gl/9wTxEE

For questions, please contact

Peggy Low of the Huntington Arts Council,

at: 631-271-8423 x 14


HART Operates a Paratransit Program

HART operates a special paratransit program that provides basic mobility within the Town of Huntington for persons who are prevented by disability from using HART’s regularly-scheduled, fixed-route transit buses, and non-driving senior citizen (60+) Town of Huntington residents who do not have access to transit services.

HART’s paratransit program is operated in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is a shared-ride, advance-request, generally curb-to-curb transportation program that is available only to eligible persons and their traveling companions. Origin-to-destination service will be provided upon request to ADA Paratransit Eligible customers, based on need. Prior enrollment is required. Please call HART bus at 631-427-8287 for more information.


HART Adds 15 New Buses to its Fleet

Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART), the only Town-operated bus system on Long Island, is putting 15 new vehicles into service, providing easier access for passengers and fuel savings. The newest members of the HART fleet include seven 20-passenger Spirit of Mobility buses manufactured by ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, an Indiana-based company, and eight paratransit buses from Shepard Brothers in upstate Canandaigua. The clean-diesel ARBOC buses will be used on fixed routes and will provide easier maneuverability, greater fuel efficiency and easier passenger access than the 29-passenger vehicles they are replacing. The eight clean-diesel paratransit buses are consistent with existing vehicles and will replace ones that, like the fixed route vehicles being taken out of service, are beyond their useful life.

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HART also has three hybrid fixed-route buses, which will remain in use. The new fixed-route buses cost $175,500 each and the smaller paratransit buses cost $53,368 each. Eighty percent of the cost comes from federal mass transit funding. The Town and New York State each assume 10 percent of the cost. The first of the vehicles went into service and will be joined by the others shortly. 


Women's History Month Celebration: Expressions of American Dance

The Town of Huntington’s Division of Women’s Services is proud to present “Expressions of American Dance” in honor of Women’s History Month.  The performance will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Huntington Senior Center located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington.

The Huntington Center for Performing Arts will present a cultural journey through movement and dance.  Their talented dancers will mesmerize with demonstrations and exhilarating performances.  After the presentation, all are welcome to dance to the tunes of DJ Bob.

For more information, contact Rhonda Shepardson at 351-3291.

 


Zumba for Fitness Class TONIGHT at the Huntington Business Incubator

About the Workshop: Join fitness maven, Ms. Lisa Galasso for an evening of fun and exercise to help keep you physically fit and energized for 2015. In case you didn’t know, Zumba fitness is one of the most popular forms of group exercise that infuses Latin inspired dance moves such as Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Flamenco. In fact, you don’t have to have any dancing abilities to attend—just bring with you the desire to relax from all your business stress, willingness to have fun and the attitude to learn a whole new way of reducing work stress.

About the Instructor: Lisa Galasso, M.S., MBA, Alumni Engagement Associate at St. Joseph's College and exercise guru. She currently has lots of fun conducting ZUMBA classes at St. Joseph's College.

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*HORC is two doors down from the Biz Inc. and is across the street from 7-11. Parking available in commuter lot behind 7-11, along East Second Street or in commuter lot off of East Second Street. Registration is FREE with RSVP to Michele Foulke at 631-385-2305 or by email to: mfoulke@HuntingtonNY.gov. Our next seminar, Women and Entrepreneurship—Be Your Own Boss


Safe Boating Week and Boaters Safety Courses Offered

With the boating season of 2015 approaching, the Town of Huntington will be hosting two "FREE" one-day eight-hour New York State Boaters Safety Courses at Huntington Town Hall in on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 16th from 9 am to 5 pm. Those attending these two classes will learn the fundamentals of safe boating such as safe loading & operation, navigation rules, getting underway and accidents & emergencies and much more.

Two years ago, N.Y. State passed a law that requires boaters to take a safety course before operating in local waters. According to the legislation, the safety certifications may be administered through such agencies as the United States Power Squadrons, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Those who violate this law face fines of $250, $500 or $1,000 for first, second or third offences respectively. The law also requires all boaters born on or after May 1st 1996 to have a boating safety certificate to operate a power vessel.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Scatter Food for Waterfowl

The severity of this year’s winter season has caused some waterfowl to starve and perish due to prolonged frozen bays and harbors.  The Town of Huntington is trying to enlist volunteers to distribute food at various waterfront locations to help feed the waterfowl.

The Town has ordered 2,000 pounds of feed and begun identifying volunteers to distribute the feed at six locations throughout the town: Billy Joel Park in Cold Spring Harbor; Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington; Heron Park in Centerport; Scudder Beach and Crab Meadow Beach in Northport; and the Town parking lot adjacent to Price's Bend in Eaton's Neck. Volunteers can pick up a bag of feed at the Harbormaster's Office (53 N. New York Ave., Huntington) along with an instruction sheet detailing how and where to place the food for maximum effect. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Harbormaster's Office at 351-3327.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

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2015 Spring/Summer Parks and Recreation Brochure Available on Town of Huntington Website

The old saying goes, "March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb." March has definitely come in like a lion with its full winter blasts, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  Believe it or not, the calendar shows we are almost officially at the first day of spring on March 20th!

Speaking of spring, check out the 2015 Spring/Summer Parks and Recreation Brochure on the Town of Huntington website. It's never too soon to start thinking about camps for the kids, or to browse the hundreds of activities for everyone in your household. Please click here to view the guide.

I hope that the Parks and Recreation Brochure will inspire you to look ahead to warmer days and the events that go along with them!


Huntington Alert and Huntington at Your Service

This winter has been an exercise in dealing with blizzard-like conditions, frigid temperatures, sleet, rain, ice and of course, snow.  With the winter weather, we know how important it is to take extra precautions at this time of year to keep loved ones and property safe and secure.

 code_red_logo.jpgAn important resource with regards to snowstorms, hurricanes or other emergency related events is "Huntington Alert." "Huntington Alert" is the Town of Huntington's notification system for weather and public safety emergencies. It is used when the Town and its agencies need to provide urgent information and instructions.  If you have not signed up, please go to the Town of Huntington website http://huntingtonny.gov and click on the “Code Red – Huntington Alert” symbol at the bottom of the homepage.  The process only takes a couple of minutes and you can choose to be notified via email, text message, mobile or land line phone service.

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