Sing Into Spring With Johnny Cuomo

Spring Break Programming in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – Your 3 to 5 year olds will have a blast with professional musician/songwriter and NYS certified teacher, Johnny Mr. “C” Cuomo at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.

His innovative classes of singing, dancing, movement, rhythm, musical storytelling, games, as well as original folk and Americana songs are always a hit.  The interactive sessions include the use of various instruments, including guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute and penny-whistle!  Mr. “C” has been presenting his programs for over a decade in schools, libraries and museums all over Long Island.

The program takes place on April 3, 4 and 5 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM at the Educational and Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, in the rear of the Stony Brook Village Center.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entirety of the program.

Cost is $35 per child per class or $100 for all 3 days.  Call 631-751-2244 for reservations.


Photo Credit:  Johnny Cuomo


Live a Vibrant Life: Discover the “Third Age”

Stony Brook, NY – The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and Burner Law Group, P.C. will launch unique, groundbreaking programming focused on the vitality, wisdom and life experiences shared by the 50 plus generation – “The Third Age.”

Through various events such as virtual travel experiences, cyber security workshops or master classes with special guests, participants are invited to come, listen and share their own inspirational stories.  The focus is to motivate others to live their best lives by identifying, owning and cultivating their life purpose, with the understanding that their purpose may change over time.

This first of its kind program on Long Island and the first in the series, Live a Vibrant Life, Discover The Third Age, will take place March 21 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook Village featuring a Da Ponte/Mozart Opera Workshop.  Cara Vertucci, lyric soprano, will perform a variety of arias and Jeff Norwood, a music history teacher at the Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College and the owner of Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions, will facilitate.

The event will be launched by Nancy Burner Esq., elder law trust and estate attorney (pictured), who will share her vision and creation of The Third Age concept. “We have childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and then what …? The oldest baby boomers turned 70 this year. This critical mass could live another 20 years or more. They have the opportunity to re-define aging by using their unique wisdom and stories of success and failure rather than hiding behind the triumphs of their youth,” she says.

Gloria Rocchio, President of WMHO, says, “There are Baby Boomers, there’s Generation X and now there’s The Third Age.  We are most excited about our collaboration with Burner Law Group as we discover the wealth of knowledge this special segment of the population has to offer.”                   

Cost for the program is $15 pp and refreshments will be served.  Call 631-689-5888 for reservations and visit or for details on upcoming programs.

It’s Time for “Long Island’s Got Talent” 2018!

Entry Deadline:  March 23

Stony Brook, NY – Attention Long Island students!  Can you carry a tune? OR Is a musical instrument your specialty? If so, get your audition DVD or YouTube video submitted now for Long Island’s Got Talent 2018, hosted by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO).

Created by WMHO’s Youth Corps, the event gives Long Island students the opportunity to showcase their talents this spring. The competition is open to students 10-17 years of age in Nassau or Suffolk County who must still be in high school at the time final awards are given in October of this year.  Talent must be non-professional vocal or musical instrument performances. The entry deadline is March 23 and there is a $25 entry fee.

Those who are contacted after submitting their audition will be asked to perform at the first round competition on Saturday, April 14 at 2 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. Finalists chosen will also be given the opportunity to perform at WMHO’s Sunday Summer Concerts series in July and August.

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

Photo Credit:  WMHO

L-R:  2017 winner, Thomas Foschino with Scott Sanders, Shea & Sanders Real Estate and Sanders Insurance Agency

The Basics of Photography: Understanding your Digital SLR

Stony Brook, NYCamera Concepts & Telescope Solutions (CCTS), a recent addition to the Stony Brook Village Center, will be offering a variety of workshops to the general public on subjects ranging from astronomy to astrophotography!

The Basics of Photography :Understanding your Digital SLR, will take place February 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, in the Stony Brook Village Center.  It will be hosted by Jeffrey Norwood, lifelong photographer and owner of CCTS who has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and many more. In addition to his training as a photographer and technician, Jeff was an amateur astronomer for many years. That love of astronomy drove him to expand his camera business into that field as well.

This hands-on beginner digital photography course is meant to help students master their digital camera. It will include learning about the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. You will learn tips on seeing the world as a photographer does, whether you’re just starting out or have been taking photos for years.

It is not required but attendees are encouraged to bring a digital camera to class. Cost is $30 pp and pre-registration is required. Call CCTS at 631-475-1118 to reserve your spot.

Treasure That Trash!

Stony Brook, NY – In commemoration of Earth Month, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization presents Treasure That Trash, a not-to-be-missed exhibit of impressive artistry created from a variety of common items including recycled materials, spray paint, glass and many more. The exhibit will be on display March 10 through April 15 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center.

In this popular cutting-edge genre, artists bring originality and imagination to their works and offer a whole new meaning to the phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Artists from across Long Island will participate with their intricate masterpieces cultivated from a desire to preserve the environment while nurturing their passion for art.

Artists to date include:

Bergés Alvarez – creates seascapes and landscapes from recycled materials such as plastic bags, aluminum foil and frayed packing materials.

Janene Gentile – uses recycled glass, spray paint and reclaimed acrylic paints to create her works on canvas.

Ted Thirlby – will display a selection of his “plywood series” paintings using stain and oils on salvaged plywood pieces.

Michael Cole – aka “Copper Mike,” an artist and metal worker who incorporates those skills into his master motorcycle building.

The exhibit is free of charge and will be open Sundays through Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm (closed Easter Sunday). For further information call 631-689-5888 or visit

Winter Break Program: Tepee Ted of the Traveling Wilderness Museum

Stony Brook, NY – The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will connect 6 to 9 year olds to nature with an educational and fun program by Tepee Ted of the Traveling Wilderness Museum, Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, February 22 from 10 am to Noon each day.

Taking place inside WMHO’s Educational and Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center, students will enjoy an interactive experience including proper use of bows and arrow, the role story-telling played in Native American experience and other hands on activities with deer skins and bones. Children can experience being inside his tepee structure (a dwelling commonly used year-round by the North American Plains Indians) as they learn how Native children gained the skills and knowledge necessary to live comfortable lives in the wilderness. Indian drums, games and jewelry created from, wood, shells and beads complete the adventure.

The cost is $90 pp for all 3 days (per day pricing is $35 pp.)  Advance reservations are required and there is a 10 person minimum.  For additional information or to reserve call 631-751-2244.

Ring In the Year Of the Dog


Stony Brook, NY – The Ward Melville Heritage Organization will host its Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Sunday, February 11 from 1 to 4 pm at its Educational and Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center.  To usher in the “Year of the Dog” the event will feature performances demonstrating many of the rich traditions and rituals observed during this festive celebration.

Sponsored by Sterling National Bank, the program is sure to transport visitors to “the land of the rising sun” with a kick-off performance by Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu who will wow the audience with a martial arts demonstration as well as the dramatic nine-foot Chinese folk art Lion Dance. The strutting lions are believed to bring good luck to everyone they meet. Visitors will also be entertained by the unique sounds of Manhattan Taiko, blending ancient Japanese drums with modern movement and spirit, and the Long Island Chinese Dance Group who will present the moving art of Chinese dance. A Year of the Dog Children’s Craft Activity will immediately follow the performances.

Advance reservations are required. The fee is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and children under 12 (incl. craft activity). For reservations and additional information, call 631-689-5888.


Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promise Land

Running Scared, Running Free:  Escape to the Promised Land

Back by Popular Demand for Black History Month

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 research compiled by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization on 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 – 28 at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in Stony Brook Village at 10 am and Noon. Program costs are $12 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 reservations and further information call 631-751-2244 or visit

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Stony Brook, NY – If you’re looking for a fun night of mystery and mayhem, then mark your calendars for Friday, February 2, and be part of Now You See It, Now You Don’t, where you can become a private eye for the evening.

This two-hour interactive Mystery Dinner Theatre setting combines food, wine and drama that is sure to leave you guessing and laughing until the end.  Guests will take their seats and become part of the action as they work together to assemble clues, interrogate suspects and solve the heist of the Lickety Split Diamond. One lucky guest will also be ensured taking home their very own piece of fine jewelry as the winner of the free raffle.

The fun takes place from 7 pm – 9 pm at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center.  Admission is $75 pp and includes a buffet dinner, wine, dessert, coffee and tea.  Call 631-689-5888 for reservations which are a must.

For additional information and ongoing events, visit

First Community in the United States to Accept the Mobile Wallets, Alipay and Wechat Pay

Stony Brook, NY – Stony Brook Hamlet is located in New York, on the North Shore of Long Island, just 60 miles from Manhattan.  Stony Brook Village Center, created in 1941, is considered the first planned business community in the United States, and will make its mark on December 1 as the first community in the country to accept China’s leading mobile wallet payment platformsAlipay and WeChat Pay account for 90% of the Chinese mobile payment market share with over 1 billion active users.

The majority of establishments in this quaint, historic village, as well as its environs, have partnered with CITCON, a cross-border mobile payment leader to accept Alipay and WeChat via CITCON’s smart mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), easy-to-integrate API and software products to provide the most preferred payment options for Chinese consumers. “We are thrilled to partner with Stony Brook Village and make it the first community in the U.S. to accept Alipay and WeChat Pay.” said Chuck Huang, Founder and CEO of CITCON, “Mobile payment is the future of commerce, and by accepting the most preferred payment options for Chinese travelers makes it easy for businesses to provide a delightful experience and engage with millions of Chinese consumers.”

Alipay, the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform, provides in-store payment service in more than 30 countries across the world; and WeChat Pay, a fully integrated payment solution within WeChat, the world’s most popular mobile social communications service with 980 million active users envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. CITCON’s payment solutions enable cross-border payments for Chinese consumers to purchase goods and services overseas in Chinese Yuan and for merchants to be settled in local currencies.  Adding these payment options allows merchants to gain the opportunity to better service the Chinese traveler, and tap into an even larger revenue stream from one billion Chinese consumers who are the largest spenders, and the fastest growing traveler segment to North America.

China is the largest market for U.S. travel and tourism goods and services and astronomical growth is anticipated in the next few years.  Six million Chinese tourists are expected to visit the U.S. by the year 2020.

Discover Long Island’s President and CEO, Kristen Jarnagin says, “Chinese travelers are changing the scope of the international tourism market and Long Island is not only excited to welcome them but prepared to provide them with an experience steeped in convenience and ease that they are accustomed to.  This new advancement, combined with our destination’s diverse assets and proximity to New York City, gives Long Island an unmatched competitive edge in luring the lucrative Chinese visitor.”

WMHO has spearheaded this effort with ALON Marketing Group to bring together 30 organizations including restaurants, hotels, retail services, attractions and transportation to offer these services.  IN ADDITION, THROUGH THE PURCHASE OF A STONY BROOK VILLAGE CENTER GIFT CERTIFICATE AT WMHO’S EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER OR THEIR MANAGEMENT OFFICE, 111 MAIN STREET IN STONY BROOK, Asian customers can also make purchases at:  Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, Chico’s, LOFT, Crabtree & Evelyn, Brew Cheese, Wish, Roseland School of Dance, MensRoom Barber, Village Coffee Market, Lake Side Emotions Wine Boutique and WMHO Heritage Gift Shop. This will accommodate Asian Long Island residents and Stony Brook University faculty and students. The Asian population, as it stands today, is 16% in a one mile radius of the Stony Brook Village Center.  Gloria Rocchio, President of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization says, “Stony Brook is an international community.  Partnering with Ali Pay and We Chat Pay provides the Asian resident and visitor with a familiar way of payment and makes the area Asian-friendly.”

Photo Credit:  WMHO



The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO), founded in 1939, is a privately funded not-for-profit corporation.  The Stony Brook Village Center, known to be the first planned business community created in the United States, is located at Main Street on Stony Brook Harbor.  WMHO and the Stony Brook Village Center is the creation of philanthropist Ward Melville. Its many unique features include a sweeping village green and crescent shaped design. In its early years the American Institute of Architects hosted an annual conference in Stony Brook to study his creation.  The mechanical eagle on the Post Office pediment flaps its wings every hour on the hour from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily as it has done for over 75 years welcoming thousands of visitors to its specialty shops, restaurants, attractions and hotels.  Ward Melville donated the land that Stony Brook University stands on today. WMHO owns and maintains numerous historic structures and environmentally sensitive areas in Stony Brook, New York.  Thousands visit each year to participate in community arts and cultural enrichment events offered by WMHO such as outdoor festivals, wetlands cruises, musical theatre performances, Chinese New Year celebrations and Customer Appreciation Day festivities.  WMHO also owns and oversees various historic properties in Stony Brook, Setauket and Head of the Harbor, New York that are on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.  They are available by appoint for tours and special programs.  Visit



Silicon Valley-based CITCON is the mobile payment solution leader for merchants to accept the fast-growing mobile wallets at the global scale. In North America, CITCON is the first and largest authorized merchant acquirer for WeChat Pay and Alipay, two of the most popular mobile wallet providers in the world with over 1 billion active users and over $800 billion mobile payment volume.  CITCON provides both in-store, and mobile / web / E-commerce payment solutions for thousands of merchants including renowned brands such as DFS, Pacific Gateway, China Unicom, YamiBuy among others, covering a wide variety of business sectors such as Retail, Hotel, Food & Beverage, Transportation, Entertainment Education and E-commerce. CITCON was founded by Chuck Huang, a mobile payment veteran with over 10 years’ experience in financial services and payment industries in both China and the US. CITCON management team consists of payment and technology veterans from VISA, PayPal, eBay, Uber, JD, Western Union. CITCON is backed by top notch Silicon Valley venture capital firms and received strategic investments from two public-traded multi-billion-dollar technology companies in China. For more information, please visit


Stony Brook University 2017 Demographics Data

  • 3,143 of non resident alien students are Asian (out of 4,685)
  • More than half of the international students come from Asian countries


Alipay & We Chat Pay Participants


  • Pentimento Restaurant

Phone Number: 631-689-7755

Contact Name: Dennis Young


Address:  89 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Crazy Beans

Phone Number: 631-675-6964

Contact Name: Callie Martino


Address:  97 A&B Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Sweet Mama’s

Phone Number: 631-512-0479

Contact Name: Marios Patatinis


Address:  121 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Fratellis Italian Eatery

Phone Number: 631-751-4445

Contact Name: Claude Cardin


Address:  77 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Robinsons Tea Room

Phone Number: 631-873-6516

Contact Name: Danielle Munoz


Address:  97E Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern at Three Village Inn

Phone Number: 516-551-9727

Contact Name: Dan Laffitte


Address:  150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • The Country House Restaurant

Phone Number: 631-751-3332

Contact Name: Bob Willemstyn


Address:  1175 Route 25A P.O. Box 271, Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Three Village Inn

Phone Number: 631-751-0555

Contact Name: Dan Laffitte


Address:  150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook

Phone Number: 631-471-8000

Contact Name: Denean Lane


Address:  3131 Nesconset Hwy, Centereach, NY 11720

  • Stony Brookside Bed & Bike

Phone Number: 631-675-0393

Contact Name: Elyse Buchman


Address:  48 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Stony Brook Village Center

Phone Number: 631-751-2244

Contact Name:  Marie Gilberti


Address:  111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Phone Number: 631-689-5888

Contact Name:  Gloria Rocchio


Address:   111 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Stony Brook Harbor Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals

Phone Number: 631-631-834-3130

Contact Name: Nick Barbera


Address:  51 Shore Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Long Island Museum

Phone Number: 631-751-0066

Contact Name: Neil Watson


Address:  1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Whisper Vineyards

Phone Number: 631-257-5222

Contact Name: Laura Gallagher


Address:  485 Edgewood Ave., Saint James, NY 11780

  • The Jazz Loft

Phone Number: 631-751-1895

Contact Name: Tom Manuel


Address:  275 Christian Ave., Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Chocolate Works Stony Brook

Phone Number: 631-697-4395

Contact Name: Chris Daniels


Address:  143 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Cottontails

Phone Number: 631-689-9147

Contact Name: Julie McGuire


Address:  113A Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions

Phone Number: 631-475-1118

Contact Name: Jeff Norwood


Address:  85 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Mint

Contact Name:  Nora Lynn


Address:  119 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • The Crushed Olive

Phone Number: 828-485-8635

Contact Name: Mona Rossero


Address:  133 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Rocky Point  Jewelers West

Phone Number: 631-751-3751

Contact Name: Linda Mammina


Address:  137 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Village Florist & Events

Phone Number: 516-459-2344

Contact Name: Amanda Haggquist


Address:  135 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Blue Salon and Spa

Phone Number: 631-944-2996

Contact Name: Cathleen Hansen


Address:  97D Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Harbor Cleaners

Phone Number: 631-751-0106

Contact Name: Sue Chang


Address: 73 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • KAH Fitness

Phone Number: 631-751-6680

Contact Name: Kimberly Harris


Address:  97F Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Cervo Design

Phone Number: 631-364-9600

Contact Name: Andrea Cervo


Address: 145 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • WatersEdge Dental

Phone Number: 631-751-0099

Contact Name: Dr. Morelli


Address: 97 Main Street Suite M, Stony Brook, NY 11790

  • Wiggs Opticians Inc.

Phone Number: 621-553-6747

Contact Name: Paul Mastrorocco


Address: 125 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790



  • Mark of Elegance

Phone Number: 631-582-4180

Contact Name: Marc Weinstein


Address: 1717 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788