Huntington Celebrates Women's History Month with Special Showing of "Jackie"

The Town of Huntington will celebrate Women’s History Month Friday, March 24, with a special showing of the film “Jackie” at the Cinema Arts Centre, followed by a lecture discussing the life of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

The recently-released film, for which star Natalie Portman won an Oscar nomination for best actress, is described as a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic first lady.

Following the showing, film historian Philip Harwood will speak about the former First Lady, her historic significance and the making of the film. Harwood currently teaches film studies and media studies as an adjunct lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at Long Island University’s CW Post campus. He also teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the JCC, both in Manhattan. He was Coordinator for Lifelong Learning at Queens College, where he also programmed the annual Summer Film Festival, and he taught at the New School for Social Research.

Admission is free and includes the film, the lecture and refreshments. The program runs from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington. 

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Huntington Opportunity Resource Center's Veteran Services Day

The Huntington Opportunity Resource Center [HORC] will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for Veterans on Friday, March 10th from 10am to 3pm. 

Veterans, please join us for lunch. 

There will also be a “Medication Takeback” program on site for those who would like to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. [No liquids or sharps.] 

The HORC is located at 1264 New York Avenue in Huntington Station. 

For more info, please call: 631-385-2305

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Spring Dine Huntington Restaurant Week 2017

Spring Dine Huntington Restaurant Week will take place from March 19-26.

Go to www.dinehuntington.com for more information

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World Premiere of Play "Harriet, Rosa and Me" at Town's 30th Annual Black History Celebration


Huntington Station – The history-based play “Harriet, Rosa and Me” received a rousing reception at its world premiere February 16, performed as part of the Town of Huntington’s 30th annual Black History program.

Written and produced by Grammy and Emmy-award winning director J.D. Lawrence, the musical play tells the story of a high school student named Hope who skips school to avoid attending her Black History class, only to encounter a woman named Rosa (as in Parks) at a bus stop and a woman named Harriet (as in Tubman) at a subway station. Together, they show Hope the importance studying Black History and highlight some of the women of color who have left indelible stamps on history, ranging from an Egyptian pharaoh to women who have run for U.S. president.

“How many of you learned something here?” Lawrence asked the audience of more than 400 people at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. When almost all of the audience raised their hands, Lawrence responded, “It is 2017, we have to do better….This is everybody’s history. It is not just Black History. It is American History

The program included songs performed by the Voices of Huntington choir, an invocation by Suffolk County Legis. Dr. William Spencer, the benediction by Pastor Gloria Mixon of Mount Calvary Holy Church and remarks by Town Council Members Mark Cuthbertson, Eugene Cook and Tracey A. Edwards. Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland were unable to attend.

In a public career spanning 40 years, Miller served as the Town’s director of minority affairs. She was also honored for her roles in many community organizations, including the Huntington Branch of the NAACP for which she is a past president. She has also served on the boards of Long Island Cares, the Huntington Arts Council, the Family Service League, the Huntington Community Food Council and the National Council of Negro Women.

Payne, a longtime Greenlawn resident, is a former editor, reporter and columnist at Newsday who directed coverage that won every major journalism award, including six Pulizter Prizes. He is a founder and past president of the National Association of Black Journalists and the founder of The Trotter Group, a national organization of African-American writers of newspaper commentary.

Special thanks were given to Huntington Toyota, the sponsor of the evening.

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Reminder to Residents and Seniors to File for NY State Tax Exemptions

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our Residents and Seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington that you may be eligible for a New York State Tax Exemption on your December, 2017 tax bill.

For our Seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington and who will be 65-years of age or older by December 31, 2017, you may be eligible for two Senior Tax Exemptions on your December 2017 tax bill (if you do not already have one or both of them). The deadline to file is March 1, 2017, in the Town Assessor’s Office.

The first is the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption, which can double the tax savings of the Basic STAR exemption and is primarily funded by New York State. The requirements are:

1) All owners must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2017 (except husband and wife or sibling co-owners; only one needs to be 65).

2) Your 2015 income cannot exceed $86,000 (Federal Adjusted Gross less taxable IRA distributions).

3) You must have the Basic STAR exemption on your current property prior to applying for the Enhanced STAR exemption. Otherwise, you must register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the STAR Check program by calling 518-457-2036, or registering online at www.tax.ny.gov.

4) You will need to file an application with the Town Assessor’s Office by March 1, 2017.

The second is a limited income Senior Citizen exemption that can also reduce School, County, Police, Town, Highway and Library taxes. For this exemption, your 2016 income cannot exceed $37,400. As a Councilman, I have always voted for the maximum savings for this Senior exemption.

Should you have any questions or if you need an application, please contact the Town Assessor’s Office at: 351-3226 to speak with a representative during normal business hours - Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or visit the Town’s website at: www.HuntingtonNY.gov. 

 



World Premiere to Highlight 30th Annual Black History Program

Huntington Station -- The Town of Huntington will mark the 30th anniversary of its Black History Month celebrations February 16 with a special program featuring the World Premiere of “Harriet, Rosa and Me,” a thought-provoking, inspiring and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by acclaimed playwright and entertainer JD Lawrence.

Set in a local city bus stop, the show tells the story of a young lady named Hope who decides to skip school to avoid a Black History exam she refused to study for. As she lets several buses pass without getting on them, she notices another young lady, Rosa, who’s not getting on the bus as well -- for an entirely different reason. As the two make small talk, Rosa informs Hope who she is as well as the importance of Black History and why Hope should get on the bus. However, when Hope reluctantly rejects Rosa’s candid advice, Hope decides to take the subway that’s just feet away from the bus stop. As she leaves the bus depot, she comes face to face with Harriet and is once again reminded of the importance of Black History, but this time the gloves are off as no-holds-barred Harriet gives Hope a dose of reality. Will Hope get on the bus or will she let a life lesson pass her by?

Lawrence, the recipient of the 2017 NAACP Legacy Award, is a singer-songwriter, playwright, actor, comedian, author, director and producer of films, television and stage plays who has been called "The King of Dramedy." He has mastered the art of improvisation infused with drama, comedy, and music. He has repeatedly performed to sold-out audiences across the country and is the only playwright to write, sing, direct, produce, score and perform over seven different characters in his own production in Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood. Lawrence has written, directed and starred in more than 15 nationally acclaimed touring productions.

In February 2013, he became the first person to create, write, direct, produce, score and portray over ten characters in two simultaneous productions on television: “JD Lawrence's Community Service” on the GMC television network, and “JD Lawrence's The Clean Up Woman,” now on BET. He is the first playwright to make the Network Journal's (in association with Time Warner) Top Forty African American Entrepreneurs List.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, 152 Lowndes Avenue, Huntington Station. It will also feature selections performed by the Voices of Huntington Choir and recognition of two distinguished Huntington residents: Betty Miller, a former minority affairs coordinator for the Town and past president of the Huntington chapter of the NAACP; and Les Payne, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, editor and columnist.

A collation will follow the program. The public is invited to attend; admission is free, For further information, contact Kevin Thorbourne, Director of Minority Affairs, at 631-351-2842, or kthorbourne@huntingtonny.gov.

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Fire Donation Drive to Help Victims of the Fire in Centerport

I am proud to partner with Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer, Coldwell Banker of Huntington, the Centerport Fire Department and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Centerport to help support the families of the recent fire in Centerport .

The fire’s devastating impact, which thanks to the brave efforts of our first responders did not result in any loss of life, really takes its toll of those who are directly affected in the hours, days, weeks and months after.

These residents truly escaped this disaster with only the clothes on their backs and there is so much help and assistance that is needed, especially since there are several young children involved. Regardless of how well someone is insured, the funds typically do not arrive right away despite the dire and immediate need.

Here’s how you can help:

Those who would like to assist in this effort are asked to please donate gift cards from Old Navy, Target, Kmart, Value Drugs, CVS, or any local supermarket, kids or adult clothing stores or gift cards to a local restaurant, pizzeria or fast food. American Express gift cards will also be gladly accepted.

Gift Card donations can be dropped off at any of the four locations below thru Sunday, February 26: 
• Huntington Town Hall, “main lobby,” 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
• Legislator William Spencer’s Office,15 Park Circle, Suite 209, Centerport, NY 11721
• Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, 50 Prospect Street, Centerport, NY 11721
• Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 82 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743

We are also planning a fundraiser to take place within the month of February in Greenlawn – date, time and location will be announced soon.

For more info, please visit: http://www.huntingtonny.gov/qcontent/NewsFeed.aspx…

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Volunteer Judges Needed for 2017 Hunting-Tony Awards

Volunteer judges are needed for the Town’s 
annual “Hunting*Tony Awards” program.

I began the “Hunting-Tony” awards to distinguish and recognize the gifted high school students who passionately participate in their school’s theatrical productions and the amount of work that they put in to making the shows as enjoyable as they are.

But the program could not be such a success without the support from our esteemed panel of volunteer judges. And we welcome anyone who is interested in coming onboard to help judge this year’s high school theatric masterpieces.

Click here to be on our panel of volunteer judges:
http://www.huntingtonny.gov/hunting-tony

For a video of last year's Hunting-Tony Awards,
please visit: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX6FvXxjyiU

 


2017 Long Island Restaurant Week

Got fork?
It’s Long Island Restaurant Week.
$27.95 three-course prix fixe
Available at participating restaurants…
http://longislandrestaurantweek.com/ 

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Here are a few of the restaurants that are participating:

Mill Pond House Restaurant

(631) 261-7663

Besito Mexican Restaurant Huntington
(631) 549-0100

Bistro Cassis
(631) 421-4122

Black And Blue Seafood Chophouse
(631) 385-9255

Cafe Buenos Aires
(631) 603-3600

FADO
(631) 351-1010

Honu Kitchen and Cocktails
(631) 421-6900

IMC Restaurant & Bar
(631) 824-6222

Jonathan's Ristorante
(631) 549-0055

Macs Steakhouse
(631) 549-5300

Piccola Bussola Restaurant
(631) 692-6300

Salumeria Pomodoro
(631) 824-6350

Ting Restaurant
(631) 425-7788

Jewel Restaurant
(631) 755-5777

Ritz Cafe
(631) 754-6348

Grassos Restaurant
(631) 367-6060 

Sandbar
(631) 498-6188