7th Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting - November 26, 2016

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An updated interactive map, a new Holiday Parade Facebook page, an expanded gingerbread house competition, and a scavenger hunt are among the additions to the festivities for the Seventh Annual Holiday Parade and Street Festival in Huntington Village November 26th. The days’ worth of entertainment and activities starts with Small Business Saturday, continues with Long Island’s Largest Electric Light Parade and features Santa’s arrival at the end of the parade.

The interactive map, which people can access online through their smart phones and tablets, will provide information about participating merchants and any offers they might have related to Small Business Saturday or the Holiday Parade. Last year, 25 merchants signed up to be a part of the map and offer deals for the Holiday Season. Any merchant wishing to participate this year can download an application on the Town’s website or on the new, soon to go live, Huntington Holiday Facebook page. The map site received a total of 2,789 “hits” last year, including 1,239 on the day of the parade and festival.

The new dedicated Facebook page will help the Festival expand its social media presence and give those who are coming to the parade a new avenue to obtain information. A coupon sheet will be on the page, with deals from around the village for people to print out before the parade and festival; as well as any applications will be up there as pictures for people to download.

Bakeries throughout the town will be invited to take part in the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House competition. Last year, five bakeries participated; the entries were displayed in a store window on Wall Street for a public vote. With more than 400 ballots cast, Greenlawn’s Fanny Cakes was declared the winner. After the festival, all of the entries were displayed in the lobby of Town Hall through December and January. The display was a popular attraction for Town Hall visitors.

The bakery competition was so popular that this year, there will be a second category, for home bakers. The finalists in both categories will be displayed in storefronts on New York Avenue, again for a public vote on the 26th and the finalists in both categories will be placed on display in the Town Hall lobby. Applications for both categories can be downloaded from the website or the Facebook page.

“Each year, new events and features get added to make the day even more special, and this year is no exception, with the expanded gingerbread house competition and additional activities for children,” Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “That’s why people from all across Long Island come early and stay late for an entire day of family fun.”

The parade, which draws between 5,000 and 10,000 people to the Village, will kick off at 6 p.m. from the Big H Shopping Center on New York Avenue and will proceed north to Main Street and then west on Main Street to West Neck Road.

The parade will include competitions for the best floats in several categories, with judging based on how well they follow the theme of the parade, “Cartoon Holiday.” The friendly competition among fire departments is particularly fierce, because the winning department gets to choose who gets to play Santa Claus in the 2017 parade. Businesses and organizations are also encouraged to participate.

By popular demand, The North Shore Pops, which calls itself Long Island’s favorite concert band, will again perform immediately after the parade, playing in front of the holiday tree, which has become a popular picture and gathering spot throughout the holiday season.

The Pops’ performance will be one of many throughout the day, with carolers strolling through the village. There also will be musical performances on and in front of the reviewing stand before the parade.

After the tree lighting ceremony, the festival will continue on Wall Street. A DJ will take over to maintain the festive mood, as children pay a visit to Santa Claus, get their faces painted, play in the bounce houses, or enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate, compliments of Christopher’s Restaurant, Almarco and Huntington Panini. There will also be holiday crafts and activities at both the Huntington Public Library and Panera Bread, starting at noon.

Free parking will be available at the Huntington train station, with a convenient free shuttle from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Merchants wishing to sign up for the interactive map can download the application.  The deadline for signing up is October 30.

Groups or companies wishing to be part of the parade can download that application.

Both Home Bakers and Commercial Bakers can download their application.

Rules for the Gingerbread House Competition can be found here.

The Huntington Holiday Parade and Festival Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonHolidayParade.


Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony to Honor WWII Vets

Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony to Honor WWII Vets - Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

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Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on October 31st

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The Town of Huntington will sponsor its Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on Monday, October 31st at 4:15 p.m. Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) are welcome to walk in the parade and participants should plan to meet in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street in  Huntington Village at 4:00 p.m. Children will walk from Gerard Street to the intersection of Wall Street and Main Street (25A).  

Village Merchants will pass out candy to trick-or- treaters for its “Safe Trick-or-Treat Program.” Dress up and bring a goody bag to hold your candy!  For more information about the parade, please call 351- 2877. (In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled.)


2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition

The Town of Huntington wants to remind residents and businesses that the October 31 deadline is approaching to fill out an application for the Second Annual Gingerbread House Competition, one of the many activities in Huntington Village November 26 that is part of Holiday Parade and Festival.

The Town and the Parade and Festival committee also announce the prize for the winner in each category – commercial bakeries and home bakers – and the panel of expert judges to select the finalists. The winners will be decided by the public, who will be asked to cast ballots after viewing the displays of the finalists in two storefronts on New York Avenue the day of the parade and festival. The winners will be announced at the annual tree lighting that follows the parade.

Last year, more than 400 people cast ballots for the winner in the only category – commercial bakeries. The competition proved so popular that the committee added the second category, home bakers, for this year, as well as prizes for the winners. The winning commercial bakery will receive a VIP Box for seven for a concert at the Paramount Theater, performance to be announced. The winner of the home baker group will win a new KitchenAid Artisan Mixer.

Expecting a large number of entries, particularly in the home bakers category, the committee has assembled a panel of distinguished judges to select the finalists whose work will be displayed for the public vote. The panel includes: Assistant Professor Richard Amster from the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Institute; Chef Franco Sampogna from Jema Restaurant; Executive Chef Alexander Chernikov from IMC Restaurant & Bar; pastry chef Joe Baldanza, one of the owners Mr. Sausage; and Northport teenager William Connor, who will be featured this month on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.”

After the parade and festival, the finalist entries will be moved to Town Hall, where they will be put on display through January, providing significant exposure not only for the winner but to all of finalists. Last year, thousands of visitors marveled at the six bakery entries as they passed through the Town Hall lobby.

Both Home Bakers and Commercial Bakers can download the application
Rules can be downloaded here.  

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Identity Theft Program for Seniors

On Tuesday, October 25th, I will be hosting a one-day event designed to educate and better protect senior citizens from identify theft.

PAPER SHREDDING: To better protect our seniors from becoming a statistic, I will be holding a four-hour paper shredding event at the Town of Huntington Senior Center, located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington on Tuesday, October 25th, beginning at 11:00am, courtesy of Safety Shred. This will provide our seniors with a safe and environmentally friendly way of discarding old or unwanted personal documents and have them shredded (please note that there is a three banker-box size limit per person).

AVOID I.D. THEFT WORKSHOP: In addition, I will also be joining forces with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Identity Theft Unit to provide seniors with a thirty minute seminar on ways to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.  The seminar will take place concurrently on October 25th in the Senior Center Dining Room from 1:30pm to 2:00pm. 

MEDICINE DISPOSAL: We will also provide residents with the ability to safely dispose of medicines, thanks to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Precinct. Residents will be able to drop off unwanted and unneeded medications, which will be taken by the Suffolk County Police Department for environmentally safe disposal. The Town will also distribute information about the adverse environmental effects on groundwater and Long Island’s drinking water supply when proper protocols are not followed in disposing of pharmaceutical drugs.

For more information, please call 351-3171 or via email to: MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

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15th Annual Women's Networking Day on October 20, 2016

Residents are invited to the Town of Huntington's Fifteenth Annual Women’s Networking Day and Awards Ceremony, which this year carries the theme “Relax, Reflect, Revitalize.”

The Oct. 20th event will include more than 50 booths, where experts will provide attendees with information, advice and demonstrations on a range of topics. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Larkfield, 507 Larkfield Road.

Held under the auspices of the Town’s Division of Women’s Services, one of the purposes of the event is to increase the exposure of the Women’s Advisory Council, an association of prominent not-for-profit agencies that deal primarily with substantive women’s issues. A major goal of the event is to familiarize residents with the numerous not-for-profit agencies that are available to them. The Town Board will also be honoring five exceptional women during the annual awards ceremony.

The event will feature entertainment by The Red Hot Mamas, a Rockettes-style tap dancing group that has been kicking its heels in the New York area for the past twenty years. The company’s repertoire includes selections from Broadway shows, old time favorites and current popular tunes.

General admission is $12 ($10 for seniors) and includes lunch, raffles and a ladies day gift (provided by Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.) while supplies last.

For information, call Rhonda Shepardson, Director of Women’s Services, at 631-351-3291, or e-mail rshepardson@huntingtonny.gov


Seminar on Drug Abuse - October 17, 2016

The warning signs of substance abuse and addiction can often be dismissed or go unforeseen by an abuser's family, friends or loved ones.

To help local residents understand the warning signs and the latest trends in substance abuse, I'm partnering with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence [LICADD] and the Suffolk County Police Department to host a Substance Abuse Seminar on Monday, October 17th. The event will be held at the Cinema Arts Center, located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

The seminar on substance abuse will also discuss helpful ways for preventing addiction and how to start a conversation with a loved one who is struggling against this disease.

In addition to the seminar, the Suffolk County Police Department will hold a “Shed the Meds” medicine disposal event throughout the program where residents can drop off unwanted or un-needed medications for a safe and echo-friendly disposal.

Residents who are interested in attending the October 17th seminar are asked to please RSVP by October 10th by calling my office at: 631-351-3171 or signing up via the Town’s online portal at: www.huntingtonny.gov/SubstanceAbuseSeminar

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Fall Restaurant Week in Huntington - October 9-16, 2016

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Check out http://www.dinehuntington.com/

for participating Huntington restaurants.