It’s Time for “Long Island’s Got Talent” 2016!


L-R:   Tom Manuel, Judge (Founder of The Jazz Loft); 2015 First Place Winner Julianna Gape, Setauket; Kyle Foley, Judge (Stony Brook University Music Department),  James Faith, Judge,  2nd Vice Chairman, Long Island Music Hall of Fame)

Stony Brook, NY – Attention Long Island students!  Can you carry a tune? Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so, get your audition DVD or YouTube video submitted now for Long Island’s Got Talent 2016,hosted by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO).

Created by WMHO’s Youth Corps, the event gives Long Island students the opportunity to show off their talents this spring. It’s open to students 10-17 years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time awards are given in October 2016.  Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 16 and there is a $25 entry fee.

Five Towns College will award a $6,000 scholarship to the 1st place winner and $5,000 to the 2nd place winner. All finalists receive a $2,000 scholarship or more, depending on place. Those who are contacted after submitting their audition will be asked to perform at the first round performance on April 8 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. Finalists chosen can perform at WMHO’s Sunday Summer Concerts series and finals will take place on October 21, 2016 when the winners will be chosen.

For full details and Official Entry Form, call 631-751-2244 or visit


Photo Credit:  Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Will 2016 be your Year?

Hear Your Predictions from Psychic Medium Carol Tranchina

carol-tranchina_credit-carol-tranchinaStony Brook, NY
– The fascinating world of mediumship will be presented Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 9 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village with Spiritual Psychic Medium, Carol Tranchina.  She will connect you with loved ones and also offer what’s in store on the romantic front at “Will 2016 Be Your Year?”

As a gifted psychic medium, Carol has the ability to communicate with spirit and has done so for many years.  “As a child I often knew things that were going to be said before they were spoken, or had insight to events before they happened.  As I got older these experiences led me to study metaphysical and spiritual practices for over fifteen years,” says Tranchina.

The event setting will be a group reading and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.  The cost is $50 pp and reservations are required.  The Cultural Center is located at 97P Main Street in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center.  For reservations call 631-689-5888 or for a full events calendar.

Photo Credit:  Carol Tranchina

Back by Popular Demand for Black History Month

Running Scared, Running Free:  Escape to the Promised Land

Stony Brook, NY –
In honor of Black History Month Long Islanders can truly celebrate the meaning of freedom with WMHO’s acclaimed Running Scared, Running Free:  Escape to the Promised Land. These riveting live theatrical performances, held over 150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be a poignant experience about the power of the human spirit and Long Island’s connection to the Underground Railroad.

Sponsored by Empire National Bank, Running Scared, Running Free is an interactive production based on investigative research compiled by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization and was attended by over 7,000 young people and adults when it first opened in 2005.  Oral histories shared by Native Americans inspired WMHO to research the movement of escaping slaves from the south to Long Island and north to Canada. A St. George Production, the drama is set in the mid-1850s and is told through the eyes of “Dorcas,” a female slave fleeing South Carolina. The production shows how Native Americans, Quakers, free blacks and abolitionists assisted in the Underground Railroad through the fascinating use of secret codes in quilt patterns as a vital means of communication. It is estimated that at least 30,000 slaves, and potentially more than 100,000, escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

Performances will take place on selected dates between February 1 – 29 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in Stony Brook Village at 10 am and Noon. There is also a special evening performance February 26 at 7:30 pm with dessert and coffee or tea at the general admission price.  Additional pricing is below.

General Admission: $13 pp (adults); $12 per student (up to 35 students); $8 per student (over 35 students)

Distance Learning:  $250 per class connection (IP and ISPN connectivity)

In-School Performance:  $1500

The program is aligned to meet National and New York State Common Core Standards and BOCES Arts-in-Education reimbursable. For further information call 631-751-2244 or visit

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Ward Melville’s Stony Brook Center that revitalized village turns 75

“Gloria Rocchio, president of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, shows an original model of the Stony Brook Village Center on Dec. 30, 2015. The group plans a dinner to celebrate the center’s 75th anniversary.” Credit: Ed Betz

“The 1940 dinner in which business tycoon Ward Melville announced plans for the shopping center that would reinvigorate Stony Brook will be re-created later this month to mark the outdoor mall’s 75th anniversary…”

To view this complete article from Newsday, please click on this link