I interviewed local legend Bill Ayres of WhyHunger. For those who do not know Bill Ayres, he co-founded WhyHunger with the late singer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and humanitarian, Harry Chapin.
WhyHunger is a global nonprofit organization co-founded in 1975 by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin and present Executive Director Bill Ayres. WhyHunger's programs are the Grassroots Action Network, National Hunger Clearinghouse, Global Movements, and Artists Against Hunger and Poverty. According to the organization’s website, WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
The interview highlights the Town of Huntington’s upcoming Chapin Family Concert – being held at Heckscher Park on Saturday, June 27th at 8:30pm. The Chapin Family Concert is also in celebration of two big milestones: this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Huntington Art Council’s Summertime Concert Series and the 40th Anniversary of Why Hunger.
We invite everyone to come to the Chapin Rainbow Stage on June 27th and please donate non-perishable food items and loose change that will aide in the fight against hunger. We hope to see you there!
To view the interview, go to http://ow.ly/OEBY2
Registration is currently underway for the 2015 Town of Huntington Bocce Tournament. The tournament, is a FREE event which will take place on Saturday, August 1st starting at 9:00 am at Mill Dam Park in Huntington (West Shore and Mill Dam Roads.) For the bocce tournament registration form, go to http://huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13755/16202/BOCCE_FORM_15.pdf
Bocce is an old world sport that combines bowling, marbles and the precision of golf. The sport takes a great deal of skill as a player tosses a two pound ball down a 76 foot long dirt court. Whether aiming for the pallini (a small white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to bump the opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is more difficult than it looks.
Teams consisting of 4 players can register through July 17, 2015. Space is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the bocce tournament, please call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.
National Trails Day is Saturday, June 6 and I encourage all Huntington residents to take advantage of the fantastic recreational assets that quietly lie within many of our Town parks. To view, print or download a copy of the Second Edition Trails Guide, please visit:
or call my office to request a copy at: 631-351-3171.
For more information on National Trails Day, please visit:
On May 4, 2015, the Town of Huntington and Sustainable CUNY announced the launch of Solarize Huntington; a limited-time, community-driven education and group purchasing program aimed at reducing the cost of installing solar power for Huntington residents by as much as 25 percent. Through Septembe10, residents can sign up for the program, either online or at one of the Solarize 101 informational workshops the Town is sponsoring to help residents learn of the program's benefits.
Solarize Huntington is a group purchasing program that centers around a community education campaign made possible through a partnership between Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York (CUNY), the New York Solar Smart Program, the Town and the Town's Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Renewables, and Sustainability (ACEERS).
Sustainable CUNY is the program administrator for Solarize Huntington, working to reduce the soft costs of installing solar as part of the larger statewide effort under the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II. Huntington, through ACEERS, will be involved in the education and outreach component.
Solarize Huntington aims to reduce the cost of installing solar by leveraging the collective purchasing power of Huntington homeowners. Participating homeowners will purchase, finance or lease solar systems from Direct Energy Solar, the installer selected through a competitive bidding process. The size of their savings will depend on how many people sign up; the more people who participate, the greater the savings. They could range from 15 to 25 percent, compared to average installation prices in the area. Direct Energy Solar has offered an additional $500 discount to the first 20 homeowners to sign contracts.
Huntington has been averaging about 500 applications a year for solar installation permits. Other locations around the country that have tried similar programs have seen increase of about 33 percent in the number installations.
Solarize Huntington is the latest of several initiatives Huntington has undertaken to encourage and increase the use of solar power to cut down on the consumption of fossil fuels. The Town recently approved a fast-track process for approval of solar installation permits, and several years ago used a federal grant to install solar panels at Town Hall. The Town also installed a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station at the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station parking garage.
The Huntington Town Board, in partnership with the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs, has declared May 16-22 as Safe Boating Week in the Town of Huntington. During that week, the Town and the Greater Huntington Council will join with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron in offering various programs highlighting the importance of taking safety precautions and behaving sensibly when spending time on the water. The week features free courtesy boating equipment inspections and an eight-hour New York State boating and safety course among the events. One highlight will be the annual nautical flea market and festival May 17 in Mill Dam Park.
In addition to our regular lineup for movies for our 2015 Movies on the Lawn Program, we are asking you to vote on which movie you'd like to see on Monday, August 17 at Peter Nelson Park.
The choices are Cinderella (2015 version) Frozen, or Maleficent.
vote at: www.huntingtonNY.gov/movievote
Mark your calendars and get ready to pack up the family, blanket, lawn chairs and picnic supper and enjoy the following movie line- up. All movies are rated PG:
Monday, June 29th - "Paddington"at Heckscher Park (Prime Avenue, Huntington)
Thursday, July 9th - "Raiders of the Lost Ark at Crab Meadow Beach *Drive in* (Waterside Avenue, Northport)
Thursday, July 23rd - "Big Hero 6" at Crab Meadow Beach *Drive in* (Waterside Avenue, Northport)
Monday, August 17th - Vote for your favorite movie at Peter Nelson Park (Oakwood Road, Huntington)
Vote for one of the three movies listed: "Cinderella" (2015 version,) "Frozen" or "Maleficent"
Movies are no charge and begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at 7:30 pm at Elwood Middle School (478 Elwood Rd., Elwood, NY)
For additional information call 631-351-3112 or visit the town's website at http://HuntingtonNY.gov
The Green Showcase at the Family Earth Day Expo will offer multiple demonstrations including renewable energy, composting, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids along with giveaways. Children can climb aboard a fire truck, police car, ambulance, or garbage truck, they can create a flower pot out of newspaper and then plant a flower, and they can observe live marine life in a touch tank.
Trader Joe's of Commack will provide the first 200 residents to trade in a plastic grocery bag with a free eco-friendly tote bag! So bring a plastic bag for recycling to the Family Earth Day Expo on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Looking for a job in the Healthcare field? The Huntington Opportunity Resource Center (HORC) along with the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs invites you to attend an onsite healthcare recruitment event. The event will take place on Thursday, April 16th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center at 1264 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, NY 11746. For more information, call 631-385-2305.