In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
A member-supported, nonprofit organization, the Seatuck Environmental Association works to promote the conservation of Long Island's natural environment through research and educational programs. Members regularly gather with field experts on its 70-acre marshland preserve for scheduled hikes, photography classes, and meditation sessions. The trails and boardwalks that wind through the salt marshes and upland forests also lead to the Suffolk County Environmental Center, housed in a 1917 Normandy-style chateau. Members may tour the historic mansion while admiring features such as arched doorways and diamond-cut windows that allow sunlight to filter into the garret and onto the place where its original steam-powered Nintendo would have stood. The Seatuck Environmental Association also hosts regular fundraising events such as the End of Summer Barbecue and the Bats-N-Brews fundraiser, as well as an array of educational programs for all ages.
Bay Shore Furniture and Sleep Zone opened their first showroom in 1983 with the goal of providing the Suffolk County community with fine, name-brand furniture and bedding at affordable prices. Almost 30 years later, the family-owned business has grown to include showrooms in Bayshore and Bohemia, each serving as an authorized dealer for a staggering list of top brands including Ashley, Vaughan, Sealy, Home Elegance, Tempur-Pedic, and Klaussner. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, home theaters, and kitchens can be found in variety of styles, from ornate or traditional to streamlined and modern, and the business also boasts a variety of kid-friendly furniture including bunk beds, day beds, and beds designed especially for imaginary friends.