North Bellport land-use plan draws support, concerns (Newsday)

Brookhaven Town’s 92-page proposed North Bellport land use plan, designed to improve the community by creating a downtown business district, continues to draw support and opposition from some residents.

About 100 people came to the town board’s Thursday night meeting to express their views on the plan, which would create shops and stores near […]

Help Long Island Feed Itself Better (Newsday Opinion)

♦ Make sure LI can remain a food producer: Long Island mustn’t forget farms and food sources that nourish people and the economy.

Food on Long Island is at a crossroads. We have a diverse population offering an array of international cuisines, a history rich in farming and fishing, and a burgeoning movement to promote […]

Metro-North looks to cash in on real estate near stations, fuel rider growth (Newsday)

♦ Sustainable Long Island is quoted in today’s Newsday about the concept of Transit Oriented Development. The article is highlights a proposal to develop housing and retail space at the Metro-North station in Harrison, NY.

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Nassau evaluates reviving downtown Bethpage (Newsday)

Newsday recently published a story on the Downtown Bethpage Revitalization project, where Sustainable Long Island is working with Nassau County to facilitate community outreach and public participation. The key goal of the project is to provide the community of Bethpage with the tools to attract and maintain economically viable businesses in the downtown.

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Newsday Letter to the Editor: Historic Jericho house gets 2nd rain garden

♦ Sustainable Long Island was excited to read about the rain garden coming to the Malcolm House in Jericho (Historic Jericho house gets 2nd rain garden – 8/20/12) as it is not only an inexpensive way to filter runoff pollution and recharge local groundwater, but represents a broader strategy in how we are rethinking ways […]

Agri-processing plant to help East Enders (Newsday)

♦ A 100,000-square-foot agri-processing plant opening in Calverton could allow East End farmers, winemakers and fishermen to greatly expand the market area for their products, state officials said.

The Agri-Park, supported by a $500,000 grant from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, will be a public-private partnership that will allow local growers and fishermen […]

Pollution program launches in Wyandanch

♦ (via Newsday) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has chosen Wyandanch as one of four locations for the launch of a program aimed at reducing pollution in low-income communities.

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Town Considers Wincoram Commons

♦ Proposed project highlights smart growth redevelopment

The Brookhaven Town Planning Board is reviewing whether a Rochester-based company with designs on constructing a $55 million mixed-use development at the former United Artists theater in Coram qualifies for the town’s Blight to Light program.

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Letter: Food deserts exist on LI (Newsday)

Last week, Newsday columnist Daniel Akst penned a piece about food deserts being nothing more than “a mirage.” Sustainable Long Island’s response to the column, which was featured in Newsday’s Sunday Letters, is included below followed by the original article.

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Wyandanch teen scholar, Sustainable LI HS Fellow seeks trip funds

♦ Via Newsday – A Wyandanch High School 10th grade student is trying to raise funds to attend a prestigious summer program in Cambridge, England, this summer.

Ashif Hassan, 15, is the first Wyandanch student slated to attend the Cambridge College Programme, a rigorous academic program that incorporates in-depth course study through lectures and excursions […]