Disaster readiness training planned
A disaster preparedness training program is planned for Wednesday at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville.
The free event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to all Brookhaven residents.
Town officials said members of the New York National Guard will offer a presentation on how to respond to disasters, and how to recover from them. A question-and-answer period will be held at the end of the program.
The state-sponsored program was developed in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and superstorm Sandy in 2012. Both storms wrecked havoc on Long Island homes.
"If superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene taught us anything, it was that Long Island is extremely vulnerable and a lack of preparedness could mean disaster when the next storm hits," Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement.
Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.prepare.ny.gov.
— CARL MACGOWAN
Arts council seeks works for airport
The Islip Arts Council is now accepting submissions for Long Island-themed artwork to be displayed at Long Island MacArthur Airport as part of "Art in the Airport 2015."
The council's art committee will review artwork submitted before Oct. 25. Selected artists will show their work inside the airport's atrium for six weeks, and exhibition dates are assigned by lottery.
The exhibit requires between 20 and 25 original pieces that are framed and ready for professional presentation. Submissions should be in the form of paintings, black and white or color photography, mixed media, and collages that are at least 18-by-24 inches in size. Artists may also display six giclees — digital art reproduced on inkjet printers.
Each piece must also include a price or an indication that it is not for sale. The council will charge a 20 percent donation fee for sales.
The entry fee is $25 for Islip Arts Council members and $35 for nonmembers.
For more information and for a copy of the entry form, participants should contact the Islip Arts Council at 631-224-5420 or email Lynda@isliparts.org.
— SOPHIA CHANG
Deal coordinates water quality efforts
The Town of Huntington has signed a five-year pact with Northport and Asharoken Villages to improve water quality.
The agreement Monday formalizes plans for the municipalities to work together to pursue clean water funding and to support scientific research in the Northport Bay.
"There's no sense in one person doing one thing and another doing the complete opposite," said Northport Village Mayor George Doll at a meeting of the Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee at Huntington Town Hall. "We'll all be working together to improve the water quality."
The pact authorizes the Town of Huntington to act as the agent for the villages when applying for and receiving state and federal grants. The deal also commits all three municipalities to provide matching funds for future grants, but allows for the value of those matches to be determined later.
Often municipalities can't receive state or federal grants without first committing a certain amount of money or resources when applying, and the deal guarantees that the town and villages are committed to those investments.
The municipalities will only pursue projects approved unanimously by a new six-person council. Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica and Doll will be on the council. Other representatives will be appointed by the respective town and village boards.
Northport Harbor has been an area of environmental concern for years, ever since the emergence of red tide, an algae that contains toxins that can be fatal when consumed by humans. Red tide has forced multiple closures of shellfish harvesting areas since 2006.
Adrienne Esposito, co-chair of the Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee, said the bay has been found to have the highest density of red tide of any place in the United States.
The agreement includes Northport Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Duck Island Cove and Harbor, Steers Canal, Carter's Bight and Eaton Harbor.
— VALERIE BAUMAN
Village courts artists for downtown space
Amityville's bid to bring nonprofit arts developer Artspace to the village downtown began in earnest this week.
"We have got to spruce up the village," Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius said at a work session Monday in Village Hall where officials discussed transportation, destinations and other details for a November visit from the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based developer.
Amityville trustees voted last week to pay Artspace $15,000 to conduct a feasibility study for an artists' live-work development in or near the village downtown.
The fee is standard procedure for Artspace, which built and operates 36 such projects around the country, including one in Patchogue that is credited with assisting in the renaissance there.
Village officials will take the Artspace team to several possible locations for the project, including an apartment complex on Broadway north of the railroad tracks and a commercial building in the heart of downtown that once housed the village's movie theater but is now partly vacant.
The visit is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 and will include at least one community meeting, in addition to meetings with elected officials, bankers and civic leaders.
Trustees have asked for donations to defray some of the study's cost, and have raised $1,000 so far. Donations can be made care of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 855 Amityville, NY 11701.
— NICHOLAS SPANGLER
Vietnam vets can still get names on roll
Huntington residents who served in the Vietnam War still have an opportunity to have their names added to the town's wall honoring their service.
Candidates have until Dec. 31 to submit information to the town to be included.
To be eligible, a candidate must have lived in Huntington for six months at any time in his or her life and served in the military from Feb. 20, 1961, to May 7, 1975. Those who served in the war will have a star placed next to their names.
Lou Pagano, Huntington High School Class of 1964 and a Hicksville resident, has been leading the effort to find eligible candidates. About 190 names have been collected since last fall.
"I never expected this to be as rewarding as it has been," said Pagano, a former Marine who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. "It has taken on a life of its own."
Pagano said the idea came up last year when he and his classmates were planning their 50th class reunion. They approached the town about a ceremony and adding the names of classmates who served in the war to the monument. At the time, Supervisor Frank Petrone said he thought it was a good idea and names began being accepted to be added to the monument.
An application and a copy of the veteran's service record must be submitted, along with a $15 donation to defray expenses.
"The names will be added during a ceremony to be held next spring timed to the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War," town spokesman A.J. Carter said.
— DEBORAH S. MORRIS
Nonprofit collecting items for troops
A Massapequa Park-based nonprofit on Saturday is collecting items to send to troops deployed overseas.
Adopt a Battalion LI organizes care packages for soldiers serving in Afghanistan. According to the group, the packages are sent to an individual who then shares the items with all the members of his or her platoon, company, battalion or regiment. The packages contain personal items such as baby wipes and sunscreen, as well as books, magazines and food items such as peanut butter and single packs of coffee. Cards and letters to the troops thanking them for their service are also included in the packages.
For the collection on Saturday, Adopt A Battalion LI specifically requests donations of the following items: beef jerky, granola bars, toothpaste, ChapStick, boot socks, soap and shampoo. Other items will also be accepted at the event, and any goods that cannot be shipped overseas will be donated to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport.
The collection will take place at Our Lady of the Island Knights of Columbus Council, 2 East Gate Rd., in Massapequa Park. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 516-342-5557.
— DENISE M. BONILLA
Oktoberfest kicks off Friday in village
Lindenhurst Village's annual Oktoberfest celebration kicks off on Friday.
The event, which is sponsored by the village as well as the Lindenhurst Rotary Club, will feature traditional German food and beer, as well as carnival rides and live entertainment. The celebration starts with rides, games and food from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, with "Kids Day" taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. During this time, all rides will cost $2 each.
On Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., the street festival will take place, with continuous live entertainment, a German beer garden and traditional German food at the village square gazebo. There will also be crafts vendors and an antique car show. The rides and games also will continue at the midway, on West Hoffman Avenue and School Street.
For more information, call the village at 631-957-7500.
— DENISE M. BONILLA