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Two Area Representatives to Receive Smart Growth Awards

Paramount Theater, Dolores Thompson to be recognized in Melville for state projects and policies that exemplify smart growth leadership.

Huntington will be well represented at the 11th Annual Smart Growth Awards later this month in Melville.

The in the village and Dolores Thompson of the Huntington Station Enrichment Center are on the list of honorees to be recognized June 15 at the Huntington Hilton for Smart Growth leadership projects in areas such as transportation, housing options, clean energy, compact design, planning, creating a sense of place.

Thompson "has worked for decades to revitalize Huntington Station and provide meaningful programs for her community," according to a press release from Vision Long Island.

The will be honored as a bold new downtown theater that seats over 1,500 and draws major national acts while helping to revitalize Huntington Village, according to the release.

Emceed by John Kominicki of LI Business News, guest speakers will include Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. 

"Smart Growth favors mixed-use, mixed-income development that is attractive and strategically designed to enhance the greater area," according to Vision Long Island. "Smart Growth reduces traffic by making transit, walking, and biking realistic and pleasant options, thereby contributing to community health, safety, and vitality. It embraces clean energy and sustainability by design. It focuses on infill, redevelopment, and open space preservation in order to create more livable places conducive to a variety of transit options."

Other honoress include:

  • New York Lieutenant Gov. Robert Duffy
  • State Sen. Charles Fuschillo for NYS Complete Streets law
  • Sandi Vega, also for the NYS Complete Streets law
  • Great Neck Village Mayor Jean Celender for transit oriented zoning law
  • David Schieren of EmPower Solar
  • Metro 303 in Hempstead
  • The River Walk in Patchogue by GRB Development
  • Water Mill Station by Koral Bros.
  • Bartone Plaza in Farmingdale by Bartone Properties
  • Elmont Mixed-Use Zoning District in the Town of Hempstead
Ranger Sewer June 07, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Congrats to The Paramount!
helen patrikis June 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Let me repeat the quote about smart growth from the article here: "Smart Growth reduces traffic by making transit, walking, and biking realistic and pleasant options, thereby contributing to community health, safety, and vitality." Now, can someone make a case that traffic in Huntington Village has been reduced by the addition of the Paramount? I'm scratching my head about this, unless you consider all those who opt not to go into town because there's no place to park and it's just gridlock. Smart Growth indeed.
Concerned Resident June 08, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Hmmm...The Paramount and "smart growth" have about as much in common as door knobs and fly swatters. Considering that the Paramount was getting such bad press earlier this year for bringing undesirable people and traffic to this community, and considering that Petrone and friends avidly supported the theatre from the beginning (going even so far as to say the Paramount would be so awesome, it would "put Huntington on the map"), it is no surprise that politicos and PR agencies have conspired to ensure that the theatre would receive visibility of the "good corporate citizen" kind. Furthermore, Vision Long Island's press release is a joke. "The Paramount will be honored as a bold new downtown theater that seats over 1,500 and draws major national acts while helping to revitalize Huntington Village, according to the release." First of alll, the theatre doesn't actually seat 1500. The majority of that number of people are required to stand. Secondly, since when did Huntington Village need revitalization? As many pointed out during the Paramount wars on this site, Huntington Village has always had a vibrant nightlife. So, nothing's changed that way (except there was less traffic and more available parking when the vibrant nightlife did not include the Paramount.)
Concerned Resident June 08, 2012 at 04:29 AM
(cont'd) As for Dolores Thompson, how much mileage is one person going to get from one after school center? Per Vision Long Island's press release, "Thompson 'has worked for decades to revitalize Huntington Station and provide meaningful programs for her community.' If she has worked for decades to revitalize HS, then she must not be very good at it. Why is she being honored when she has not been successful after decades of trying? And this obviously bears repeating: HS is not Dee Thompson's community! She lives in Dix Hills, not HS. Besides, can someone please tell me, aside from the Enrichment Center, what programs has she brought to HS?
Mrs. Concerned July 18, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I agree, aside from the Enrichment Center I have not found any other accomplishments. She sits as various boards, bravo, however the evidence of revitalization is hard to find.

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