Tuesday May 21, 2013
In 2009, I wrote about the possibility of a casino on Long Island, but so far, it hasn't happened. But will things change now? Lawmakers in New York State are currently discussing --behind closed doors-- a Long Island casino that would have 2000 video lottery machines at various OTB sites in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to News 12.
One suggestion for a location would be by the Nassau-Suffolk border. Or there could be two casinos, each featuring 1000 video slot machines.
This age-old controversy continues. Those would want a casino here point out their view that jobs would be created and that a facility with video slot machines would also bring money to New York State. It would be a huge tourist attraction as well, they contend.
Yet opponents of the idea have a number of worries about such a proposal, including crowded streets, problems with parking, an unsavory element introduced into the area, and more.
What do you think? Please leave a comment below.
Monday May 20, 2013
The Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, New York, (516) 224-5800, has a great lineup for the kids in June.
From Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7, 2013, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., June Jumble. Kids will create their own individual artwork from a mixed array of craft supplies. Suitable for all ages, and free with museum admission.
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Plaza Theatrical Productions presents "Pinkalicious". Pinkalicious can't stop herself from eating pink cupcakes, even though her parents have warned her against this, and she turns pink from top to toe. But when things go too far, she has to figure out a way to save herself. Buy tickets by calling Plaza Theatrical Productions at (516) 599-6870. (Tickets are not available for purchase at the museum.) For ages 3 and up. Fee is $12 ($10 for museum members.)
Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Sponge Boats. "Sail" by LICM's backyard and create a sponge sailboat. For all ages. Free with museum admission.
Tuesday, June 4th through Friday, June 28 2013 Community Gallery - 6th Annual "Art Expressions for Kids". Sto pby the gallery to see this exhibit, which features the work of young artists involved in various Nassau County mental health programs. For all ages. Free with museum admission.
All activities are held at the Long Island Children's Museum (LICM). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission is $11 for adults and children over one year of age, $10 for seniors, FREE for museum members and children under one year of age. Additional fees for the theater and special programs may apply. For more info, please call (516) 224-5800.
Photo © Plaza Theatrical Productions
Saturday May 18, 2013
Now that the weather is warmer, it's time to discover the lovely wetlands brimming with birds and marine life near Stony Brook Harbor. The Discovery pontoon boat is open for the season and offering 90-minute guided cruises through the area, where you'll learn about the ecology, geology and history of this natural place. There are morning, midday and sunset cruises and even special dinner packages available at some local restaurants.
All cruises leave from Boatworks Marina, off Shore Road at Stony Brook Harbor and operate now through the end of October for the 2013 season. Individual rate are $28 for adults, $2 for students and seniors and $18 for children under the age of 6. There are also discounted group rates. Reservations are the best way to secure your spot, but walk-ons are accepted with cash payment at the boat, if space if available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
For more info and to reserve your place, please call (631) 751-2244 or visit www.wmho.org. To see a slideshow of the cruise, please visit Discovery Wetlands Cruises from Stony Brook Harbor.
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Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Friday May 17, 2013
If you plan on taking the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) this weekend, May 18-19, 2013, please note that buses will replace train service on the Port Jefferson branch between Huntington and Port Jefferson, starting at 12:35 a.m. on Saturday and continuing through Sunday. Workers will be replacing concrete ties and renewing the crossing at Lawrence Road in Kings Park.
If you are traveling on this line during these times, please allow for extra travel time. Please note that during these times, eastbound trips will take longer than usual, and westbound buses will leave up to 18 minutes later than scheduled train departures. Regular train service will resume early Monday morning. Because of these changes, about 1900 customers in each direction will be impacted each day.
Eastbound customers will board buses at Huntington for stations from Greenlawn through Port Jefferson, and will arrive at the destinations up to 26 minutes later than usual. Westbounc customers will board buses at their home stations up to 18 minutes earlier
than normal for Huntington, where train service will resume.
For more info, you can pick up a copy of the "Special Timetable: Lawrence Road Crossing Renewal," or view it online at the LIRR website. You may also call 511, the New York State Travel Information Line, and when prompted, say "Long Island Rail Road."