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5 Long Island Sites Considered for Historic Status

Students and their teacher stand outside of the Swan River Schoolhouse in East Patchogue (Photo courtesy of Greater Patchogue Historical Society)

Five historic sites on Long Island, some dating back nearly 200 years, are being considered for inclusion on the list of New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, officials said.

The sites being considered include two 17th-century homes, one century-old house, a historic district in Riverhead and a one-room schoolhouse in East Patchogue that taught children from before the Civil War through The Great Depression. They’re among 22 places statewide that officials recommended receive historic designation to ensure the sites’ preservation.

“The rich history of New York helped shape the history of this nation,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The designation of these 22 additional sites to will help ensure that these places and their histories are preserved for New Yorkers and visitors alike for generations to come.”

More than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, either as individual places or as part of historic districts. Inclusion on the list allows the owners of historic properties to apply for preservation assistance, such as grants and tax credits.

First the sites will up for consideration before state Board for historic Preservation for inclusion on the list of New York State Register of Historic Places. If approved, they will then be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for further protections.

Here are the Long Island locations nominated for consideration:

The Charles and Anna Bates House in Greenport
This wood-framed, two-story, three-bay home features Greek Revival style architecture, with some renovations in the Italianate Revival Style, making it very distinct stylistically. The original owners, Charles and Anna Bates, bought the house for $900, and the husband is said to have been a successful merchant, flamboyant hat maker, and associate of the iconic P.T. Barnum. The home was adapted to become a boardinghouse in 1870, which prompted the owners to further modernize the home as it transitioned from a private to public property. The house is celebrated for its blend of styles.

The George Sumner Kellogg House in Baldwin
This two and a half story Queen Anne-style structure is the last one of its kind in Baldwin. The home was purchased by a Civil War veteran named George Summer Kellogg who commissioned a young architect, Walter I. Halliday, to construct the house in 1899. The home features numerous elements of the once-popular architectural style, including a dramatic staircase, ornamental woodwork and plaster moldings. Once the 20th century came along, this elegant style was replaced by more modest and modern architecture. The Kellogg House is a remnant of architecture type that has fallen out of favor in Baldwin.

390 Ocean Ave. in Massapequa
This two-story Colonial Revival house is remnant of residencies that employed the National Fire Proofing Company (NATCO) tile and Ludowici roof tile to make homes fire safe. It’s also the last house built by Allen and George Haight—developers of NATCO homes—who were working on an ambitious residential development project in Massapequa that created many NATCO homes but ultimately failed.

The Second and Ostrander Historic District in Riverhead
This neighborhood was a residential hub in Riverhead that acted as support for the commercial district for much of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a place for the rich and the poor, housing both prosperous merchants and struggling laborers. Its preservation is a means of understanding the inner-workings of what Suffolk County once was—a market town. The town also has myriad architectural styles ranging from the grandiose Queen-Anne style to houses proper for the lower-class. Nearly all of the homes from this district still survive.

The Swan River Schoolhouse in East Patchogue
This one-story building created in 1858 is the first schoolhouse to serve the community of East Patchogue. Constructed on donated land, it served as a one-room schoolhouse until its closing in 1936, when children were sent to newer schools. The schoolhouse is revered for its architectural prowess, incorporating the transitional combination of Greek Revival/Italianate architecture. Typically, schoolhouses were much simpler, but this one was different.

Long Island Outdoor Movie Nights Summer 2017

Moviegoers watch a flick on the sand at Long Beach this summer (Courtesy of City of Long Beach).

Whether sprawled out on a blanket or reclined in cars throwing it back to the days of drive-in movies, Long Islanders will once again be treated to outdoor movies all summer long.

Dozens of films from both new and old will be screened—weather permitting—across the Island in the coming months. The parks, beaches and community centers that host the events are sure to be fun filled, family centric environments for all to enjoy–usually free of charge, except for parking fees. Pack snacks, drinks and lots of insect repellant.

Below is a list of all outdoor movie screenings across the Island from early June through Labor Day.

Star Wars The Force Awakens
Baldwin Park, Grand Avenue, Baldwin. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. (Rain Date: July 18)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

Mama Mia!
Lincoln Blvd., Long Beach. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 24.

Star Wars Rogue One
Heckscher Park, Prime Avenue, Huntington. 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 26. (Rain date, July 17)

Max
Babylon Town Hall Lawn, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Dusk, Monday, June 26.

Pinocchio
Smithtown Library Main Branch, 1 North Country Rd., Smithtown. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28.

Star Wars The Force Awakens
John J. Burns Town Park, 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa. Dusk, Thursday, June 29.

The Secret Life of Pets
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterview St. W., Fort Salonga. *Drive-in. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 (Rain date July 17).

The Secret Life of Pets
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6.

Beauty and the Beast
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, July 7.

Independence Day
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 7.

The Secret Life of Pets
Majorie Post Park, Massapequa. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

Star Wars: Rogue One
Grand Blvd., Long Beach. 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 8.

Pitch Perfect 2
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8.

Finding Dory
Tanner Park, Baylawn Ave., Copiague. Sunset, Monday, July 10.

The Secret Life of Pets
Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.

The Good Dinosaur
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.

Monsters, Inc.
Reverend Mackey Park, Lakeside Dr., Roosevelt. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Independence Day
Good Ground Park, Hampton Bays. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Storks
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13.

Minions
Ellsworth W. Allen Town Park, 45 Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Dusk, Thursday, July 13.

Moana
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, July 14.

Slumdog Millionaire
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 14.

Rock Horror Picture Show
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Monsters University
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.

Casablanca
Geiger Lake, Grand Blvd., Wyandanch. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.

Sing
Syosset-Woodbury Park. 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20.

Moana
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterview St. W., Fort Salonga. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 (Rain date July 27).

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20.

Grease
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Rd., Southold. Dusk. Thursday, July 20.

Finding Dory
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches. 8 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Kubo and The Two Strings
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Young Frankenstein
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Jaws
Edwards Blvd., Long Beach. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Back to the Future
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Toy Story
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 8:20 p.m., Sunday, July 23.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Tanner Park, Baylawn Ave., Copiague. Sunset, Monday, July 24.

Toy Story 2
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:20 p.m., Tuesday, July 25.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday. July 27.

Trolls
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 8:20 p.m. Thursday, July 27.

Goonies
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Rd., Southold. Dusk, Thursday, July 27.

My Life as A Courgette
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, July 28.

Toy Story 3
Nickerson Beach, East Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 28.

The Birds
Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Ln., Southampton. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 28.

Secret Life of Pets
Baldwin Park, Grand Avenue, Baldwin. Dusk, Saturday, July 29.

The Lego Movie
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1.

To Stir, With Love
Geiger Lake, Grand Blvd., Wyandanch. 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 1.

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane
Chelsea Mansion, Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The Lego Batman Movie
Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, Washington Ave., Plainview. 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Middle School
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 8:10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3.

Dirty Dancing
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Road, Southold. Dusk, Thursday, Aug. 3.

Finding Dory
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Sing
Riverside Blvd., Long Beach. 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

Finding Dory
Sunset Park, Main St., Port Washington. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

Hotel Transylvania
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Sing
Tanner Park, Baylawn Ave., Copiague. Sunset, Monday, Aug 7.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Goosebumps
Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Rd., Seaford. 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

Angry Birds
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

Toy Story
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Road, Southold. Dusk, Thursday, Aug. 10.

Hotel Transylvania 2
Nickerson Beach, East Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 7:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

The Lego Batman Movie
Sea Breeze Park & Marina, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Sing
Peter Nelson Park, Oakwood Rd., Huntington Station. 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

Zootopia
North Woodmere Park, Hungry Harbor Rd., North Woodmere. 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Reverend Mackey Park, Lakeside Dr., Roosevelt. 7:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Sing
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 7:55 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Road, Southold. Dusk, Thursday, Aug. 17.

The Jungle Book
South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grand Blvd., Long Beach. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug 19.

Megamind
Nickerson Beach, West Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 7:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Eisenhower Park, Lakeside Theatre, Merrick Ave., Westbury. 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24.

Back To The Future
Port of Egypt Marine, 62300 Main Road, Southold. Dusk, Thursday, Aug. 24.

Peanuts Movie
Nickerson Beach, East Terrace, Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. 7:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Movie TBA
Jones Beach Band Shell, Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

Moana
Edwards Blvd., Long Beach. 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.

Movie TBA
Baldwin Park, Grand Avenue, Baldwin. Dusk, Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Lego Batman Movie
South Bay Bible Church 578 Montauk Hwy., East Moriches. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

NY OKs $2M Grant for Long Island Shellfish Seeding

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New York State is allocating more than $2 million to a program that will grow and seed clams and oysters in the bays off eastern Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The money was earmarked for Sea Grant, which will also use the funding to support research into improving water quality by working to reverse decades of pollution.

“We don’t even know what we don’t know about the water,” Cuomo said. “We’re now finding contaminants that are dangerous to our health, that wasn’t even on the scale before.”

The support for Sea Grant came as the President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to the environmental program.

The short-term goal is to produce about 30 million clams in Shinnecock Bay to reduce pollution. At appropriate levels, these shellfish can filter nitrogen to reduce brown tide, which has been a problem across Long Island since the 1980s.

Brown tides are caused by nitrogen pollution that create an overabundance of algae, making the water appear brown. Though it is not toxic to the environment, it can deplete the ecosystem by blocking the amount of sunlight that penetrates the water. Shellfish naturally help clean the water, combatting brown tides.

The long-term goal is to seed hundreds of millions of shellfish to further reduce pollution and assist Long Island’s economy, which relies on the health of local fisheries and waterways. When other facilities are created to breed shellfish, the state government will provide funding to them as well.

The effort is several efforts aimed at improving water quality on LI, including initiatives designed to replace antiquated residential septic systems that leach nitrogen into the groundwater, feeding the brown tides.

All Eyes on Long Island for Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah wins 2015 Belmont Stakes
American Pharoah wins 2015 Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes return to Belmont Park in Elmont on Saturday.

The iconic horse race, in its 149th year, is expected to rake in revenue for the local economy as well as provide some much-needed entertainment for the millions of people around the world who tune in each year.

“Belmont Stakes is an iconic event that is not only a point of pride for our destination, but also positively promotes Long Island on a national and international stage,” said Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO of the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Long Island Rail Road will have extra service to accommodate the big flow of visitors. And the Nassau County Police Department will have extra resources and personnel for the safety of the crowds.

The Belmont Stakes will not allow backpacks, coolers, luggage or duffel bags. Any food items must be held in see-through plastic containers or bags.

In addition to the race, visitors can attend the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Annual Street Festival 2-7 p.m. Sunday on Tulip Avenue. The festival will feature live music, food, kid’s rides and additional entertainment.

Long Island Pride Festival, Parade This Weekend in Long Beach

A rainbow flag, the gay pride symbol, flapping in the wind. (Photo by Ludovic Bertron)

The Long Island Pride festival kicks off Friday with a weekend full of LGBT concerts, a parade and other events in Long Beach running through Sunday.

The function kicks off with the GSA Mixer at the Long Beach Recreation Center Friday morning and a host of other activities, including a Pride Shabbat at Temple Eman-U-El.

“We won the right to actually just march down the streets of Long Island in Huntington and it really was one of the most empowering things I’ve ever experienced,” Long Island LGBT Network Chief Executive Officer David Kilmnick told reporters Thursday during a news conference on the Long Beach board walk. “Now that was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced 27 years ago. I think that feeling is going to be surpassed this weekend when we see the celebration happen over three days in Long Beach.”

The events will be in full swing Saturday with the first-ever Pride Boat Parade by the Knickerbocker Sailing Association, featuring sailboats with rainbow sails. Additionally, there will be a Beach Party featuring DJ Zeke Thomas and DJ MARYMACK, Madonna’s former DJ and Pride Cabaret Show.

The festivities resume Sunday morning with hundreds of vendors, including nonprofits, shops and unions having booths for visitors to check-out. The last day of the weekend will also feature the 27th annual Pride Parade, which will mark the first-time Boy Scouts will unite with other marchers to stride down Laurelton and West Broadway up to Long Beach Road.

Sunday will also feature a Beach Concert with Rachel Platten, the Lady Gaga Experience, Nick Tangorra and the Janes, a local girl group that will start the show.

There will also be some somber events. On Sunday, surfers will join in a memorial paddle out for the Pulse nightclub victims in advance of the first anniversary of the massacre, which falls on Monday. Each surfer will represent one of the 49 victims of the attack, organizers said. As they move out, people will line the shorelines with flowers and toss them out to the ocean.

On the lighter side, all weekend long will feature a “Taste of Long Beach” of more than 60 local businesses that will provide discounts to visitors. Some vendors will feature pride-related products like rainbow bagels and pizza.

The town will also provide free parking in the Long Island Rail Road lot all weekend and extra bus and trolley service. For more information, visit prideonthebeach.org See below for a full schedule of events.