Update: 2 More Warming Stations Added

Huntington, organizations to offer space for people to get out of the cold and recharge.

Update: the Town of Huntington added two more warming stations to the list Saturday. Please see below.

Several houses of worship and social services agencies will begin functioning as warming centers, Town Supervisor Frank Petrone announced Friday.

The centers will provide residents without electricity a chance to get warm, charge electronic devices, get some food and generally get a brief respite from dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which delivered a destructive blow to the area Monday.

Petrone said the plan grew out meetings involving town officials and representatives of Family Service League, Tri-Community Youth Agency, Helping Hand Rescue Mission, Temple Beth El of Huntington, Central Presbyterian Church, St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, Light of Salvation Church, Bethel AME Church, United Methodist Church and the Huntington YMCA. 

A combination of volunteers and town employees will staff the centers. The plan was announced at a press conference held at Temple Beth El and attended by members of the Town Board and many representatives of the religious institutions and agencies.

Peggy Boyd, vice president of community services and advocacy at the Family Service League of Long Island, will coordinate the program.

 “The weather is getting colder, people are feeling more stressed as they continue to live without heat or electricity and they need places where they can go to relax, get warm and feel less isolated because of the lack of power,” Petrone said. “The town, the religious institutions and the social services agencies all help people in their times of need, and coping with the effects of Hurricane Sandy defines a time of need.”

The town will even offer some free ice rink time. “That’s to help people get the energy out, get the frustration out,” Petrone said.

He and members of the Town Board urged residents to assist others in need if possible, by providing showers, food or a warm space. “We want to emphasize that there’s only so much the nonprofits can do,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. “As New Yorkers, as Long Islanders, as Huntingtonians, we have to come together. The rest of us have to help, to be sure no Huntingtonian gets left behind.”

Petrone said the two largest frustrations people are experiencing are, first, keeping warm as temperatures continue to drop, and second, dealing with the gasoline shortage.

And he identified downed trees and wires as the biggest problem.

Petrone and Berland urged people to not take chain saws to trees blocking their streets. “If you see someone with a chain saw—stop them,” Berland said. 

The fear is that someone attempting to cut up a tree will accidentally strike a downed wire.   “We don’t need this tragedy,” Petrone said.

Councilman Mark Mayoka noted that he is working with banks and the Small Business Administration to help local businesses get loans to recover from disaster. He said Room 114 in Town Hall is open this weekend for those in need a place to recharge a phone or laptop computer. WiFi is also available.

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The centers, their hours of operation and their facilities are:


William J. Brosnan School
Northport-East Northport School District
158 Laurel Ave
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday and Monday
Charging Center
Will announce addtional days and times if needed

American Legion Hall
7 Woodside Ave
9 am - 3pm Sunday

Central Presbyterian Church

240 Main Street, Huntington

Open: Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3p.m.

Providing: Sandwiches, charging stations and internet access

Temple Beth El

660 Park Avenue, Huntington

Open: Sundays – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Providing: Warming area, water and charging stations

St. Hugh of Lincoln R. C. Church

New York Avenue at East 9th Street

Huntington Station

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

          Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Providing: Warming Center

Light of Salvation Church

1599 New York Avenue

Huntington Station 

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm

          Sunday: 9 am to 1pm

Providing: Warming center and food.


Dix Hills Ice Rink

Dix Hills Park

575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills – 11746

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

           Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Providing: Free ice skating, coffee and hot chocolate, showers, and charging stations. Snacks can be purchased at the concession stand 


Huntington YMCA

60 Main Street-11743

Open: 8am to 5pm

Providing: Showers and charging stations

DPP November 03, 2012 at 11:48 AM
The real middle class have been devastated by Sandy from the Jersey shore and up the coast of Long Island right on north into NY, NJ and Ct. We are the true middle class even though our homes may be worth more than average homes across the country. When Obama talks about the millionaire and billionaires he puts us into that category. If you think big government is the answer to our current ills, think again. The bigger our federal government gets, the the further away our money gets. Trickle down dollars are what we will see from the federal government when all is said and done even though we are taxed higher than anywhere else inthe country. Our recovery will come from our neighbors our friends and our own resourcefulness. We became convenient pawns in Obamas re-election bid.
Bruce Colwin November 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Hear, connectivity and device charging. We're in.
Bruce Colwin November 03, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Rocket 88 November 05, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Warming centers? If we don't get power pretty soon, Frankie will be in a warming draw!
ROY BLOODGOOD November 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM


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