At the June 9th Town Board meeting, myself and my colleagues on the Huntington Town Board honored 20 local high school seniors who excel in both academics and athletics at the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony. Each of the winners – one male and one female from each of the 10 high schools in the Town -- had been selected by their school, which provided biographies that were read at the ceremony. We also honored Town employee Jody Kavanagh with the Richard Ford Service Award for her outstanding work with Camp Bright Star.
The winners and their schools are: Cold Spring Harbor High School: Colin O’Neill and Gabrielle McLymont; Commack High School: Kyle LaMantia and Alyssa Persich; Elwood John Glenn High School: Ryan Fisenne and Diana Bartolotta; Half Hollow Hills East High School: Spencer Stein and Ester Chikvashville; Half Hollow Hills West High School: Joshua Wende and Jennifer Casadonte; Harborfields High School: Eli Slamowitz and Kiran Magee; Huntington High School: Justin Loturco and Caitlin Knowles; Northport High School: James Magnuson and Amy Breitfeller; St. Anthony’s High School: Jake Giuffrida and Kaitlyn Quinn and Walt Whitman High School: Jacob Kahrs and Paige Gladstone. A big thank you to Reinwald’s Bakery and Bon Bons Chocolatier for providing refreshments following the ceremony.
A special thanks to Maria Denisi and members of the Town of Huntington’s Youth Court Program for supporting the Town’s National Trails Clean Up Day event at Betty Allen Park on Friday June 5th. For more info on the event or to request a Trails Guide, please visit:
Free admission for Town of Huntington residents every Wednesday after 2:00 pm and Saturday mornings before 1:00 pm. Check out their current exhibits at http://www.heckscher.org
The Heckscher Museum of Art
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, New York 11743-7702
Located in Historic Heckscher Park
Prime Avenue is located along Route 25A just one traffic light east of the intersection with Route 110 in Huntington Village.
The Huntington Village Farmers’ Market is back.
Taking place on Sundays – through November 22nd.
Hours: 7am to 12-noon
Next to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on Rt. 25A
Use the Elm Street municipal parking lot off Rt. 110 lot for best access.
Or visit: LongIslandGrowersmarket.com
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:
This year is the eleventh season of the Movies on the Lawn program and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy.
A special thanks to Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village and LaCasa at Crab Meadow Beach for co-sponsoring this year’s line-up!
Monday, June 29th
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Thursday, July 9th
Crab Meadow Beach
BIG HERO 6
Thursday, July 23rd
Crab Meadow Beach
“VOTE YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE!”
[Winning movie will be shown at Peter Nelson Park on August 17th]
The three movie choices are:
1) Cinderella (2015 edition)
To vote, please visit:
On Thursday July 9, 2015, the Town of Huntington will hold its Fourth Annual Sand Castle Contest, sponsored by La Casa Café, in conjunction with the Movies on The Lawn program at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. The Sand Castle Contest is open to Huntington residents in two age categories: Ages 16 & Under and Ages 17 & Up. Residents can register for the contest through the Town's website at www.HuntingtonNY.gov/sandcastlecontest
Contestants will be allowed to use additional materials to accessorize their sand castles. However, we encourage you to build sculptures that are environmentally friendly. Sand castles will be judged based on Creativity, Resourcefulness, Originality, and Accessories. Two winners - one from each age category - will receive gift certificates to La Casa Café.
Gates for the contest area will open at 4 p.m. Judging will begin at 7:30 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the Sand Castle Contest will be cancelled and Raiders of the Lost Ark will be held indoors in the ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium at 478 Elwood Road, in Elwood and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Town of Huntington's website at www.HuntingtonNY.gov and click the Movies on the Lawn banner at the bottom of the page for up-to-date information on performances, or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.
In order to help recruit, preserve and honor first responders for their committed service and dedication to the communities where they volunteer, the Town of Huntington has provided the second annual F.I.R.E. Scholarship Awards, a tuition reimbursement grant, which awards a $500 scholarship to four outstanding responders. The funding for the scholarship is provided through the Firefighter/Emergency Medical Services Incentive Recruitment Enhancement (F.I.R.E.) Program.
The check was presented on May 18, during the Fire Chiefs Council Meeting held at Northport Village Fire Department. The winners of the second annual F.I.R.E. Scholarship Awards are Samantha Mohr from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Jacquelyn Stio, Robert Rosciano, and Gerard Rosciano from the Dix Hills Fire Department.
In order to be eligible for this program, volunteers must have received credit for a year of firefighting or ambulance service from the previous calendar year, must be enrolled in an approved undergraduate degree program in NY State, have a course load of 6 credits per term and attend school within 50 miles of the volunteer organization.
I'm pictured with Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Gary Hontz, Treasurer, Dan McConnell 2nd Vice President, Robert Rosciano Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, Jacquelyn Stio Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, Gerard Rosciano Firefighter Dix Hills Fire Department, John McKenna President, John McDonough 1st Vice President of the Town of Huntington Fire Chief’s Council.
The latest step in the formation of an integrated land use, circulation and infrastructure plan for the Melville Employment Center will take place June 2, when the Town of Huntington holds the first of several planned public workshops. All interested residents, property owners, workers along the Route 110 Corridor and other stakeholders are encouraged to share their vision, goals and objectives for the plan at the workshop, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the TD Bank offices at Melville Corporate Center III, 324 South Service Road, Melville.
The workshop will be conducted by the consultant team of BFJ Planning, Urbanomics and Parsons Brinckerhoff, which the Town hired earlier this year on the recommendation of its Melville Plan Advisory Committee. The committee -- composed of representatives of Melville area property owners, real estate brokers, community service providers and community groups -- selected the team after reviewing responses to a request for proposals issued last year. Under the terms of its contract with the town, the consultant team must conduct up to five workshops as it puts together the plan over the course of the next year. The consultant team is working under the direction of the Melville Plan Advisory Committee, whose members will share their thoughts with the public at the workshop. The broad mandate for the plan is to examine the many complex issues facing the Melville area and to define an action agenda for future development and redevelopment. Among the specific topics to be covered by the Plan are: Land use, including office/employment uses, industrial uses, residential uses, mixed used and open space; Circulation, including traffic congestion, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and enhanced transit service; Community Facilities and Services, including sewage capacity for new developments and area-wide storm management, as well as assessing the effect on property tax revenues from office/industrial development versus the potential impacts on schools from new residential development; Design, including standards for new development.
Persons wishing to attend are asked to register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 631-351-3199.
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.