This week we had our monthly meetup at Jonny D’s Pizzeria, located at 946 New York Avenue in Huntington Station. We had a great turn out, packing out half of the restaurant with some new members, community members and already Source The Station members coming to support our efforts in the revitalization process here in Huntington Station.
As 6:00 pm came around everyone had a chance to grab some delicious food-pizza & salad-provided of course by Jonny D’s, and found their places in the upper level of the recently renovated location, where they were able to chat and get to know one another. One of the great things about being at a meetup is the opportunity to meet great people who share common ideas & interests, including but not limited to a love for the town they live in-Huntington Station!
We began the evening by introducing Renaissance Downtowns & Source The Station, as there were many new faces in the crowd, which was very exciting to see. Afterwards, Andrea-our Community Liaison-gave out 6 RSVP prizes to those who RSVP’d on our website. The RSVP prizes this month were $20 gift cards to some great local businesses in the area, including Flowerdale, which just opened on NY ave, Sonia’s Waxing Salon, Relaxing Town Nails & Spa, County Line Hardware, The Shops at Suite Pieces & Food Plaza. 3 gift cards were given to new attendees, 2 were given to Veterans (and/or families of Veterans) in honor of Veteran’s Day, and 1 gift card was given to our RSVP winner-Ryan Saasto. The reason we give out RSVP prizes is because it gives us a better idea on how to plan our events as far as food, venue, etc. We also like to know that the community is engaged on the Source The Station website, as there is always news and great ideas submitted by members that can always use Upvotes! RSVP’ing is now easier than ever, as we have a new layout on the site that you can check out here.
We are always looking for new ideas as well, and we welcome anyone who feels passionate about a certain idea but isn’t sure how to bring it to life to get in touch with one of our Liaisons for guidance. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm except on Fridays, when we’re open until 3:00pm. For more contact/office information and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to check out our contact page here.
After the RSVP prizes were handed out we gave a few updates in regards to some new safety & security measures that will be implemented going forward in light of recent events in the Huntington Station area. A few of the safety & security updates are as follow:
- The 2nd Precinct has assigned Officer Mike O’Neill to be in charge of Business to Business Crime Prevention, focusing mainly on the Huntington Station area
- In an effort to build stronger communities, NIXLE is now available for you to sign up to receive texts/email notifications to receive important alerts & information from local agencies. You can sign up here.
- The Suffolk County Police Department is taking a literal step forward by going door to door in our neighborhoods giving out surveys in order to understand what they can do to better protect the community.
- Neighborhood watches are beginning to sprout up everywhere! It’s important to know your neighbors!
Source the Station is proud to be able to help serve the community in anyway we can. We will continue to meet with representatives of the SCPD as well as officers who parol the Huntington Station area to ensure that all is being done to prevent crime here in our community.
After that we had the opportunity to do our break out groups, but not before hearing from local artist, Lucienne Pereira, about the possibility of some upcoming art/mural projects here in Huntington Station. For those who don’t know, Lucienne is an local artist from Brazil who has been adding splashes of life and color to the walls and murals of Huntington Station, such as her latest project at the Huntington Deli on New York Avenue. For more of Lucienne’s work you can visit our blog post here & check out her website as well!
Our Breakout Groups consisted of members breaking out into groups they felt they would like to learn more about or give their input. One group was specifically for new attendees, where they could learn and ask questions about Renaissance or Source the Station. Another group, along with Lucienne, spoke in regards to Community Murals: Arts & Revitalization, and another group spoke about Safety, security, and how to get involved & be active in the solutions. We are currently putting together all the information gathered during the breakout groups and kindly appreciate everyone’s patience in allowing us to help make our meetups more productive!
Finally, we would like to thank Jonny D’s for having been gracious hosts & for the great food, and especially to all the members that were able to attend-our efforts would be nothing without you! Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup TBA!