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Jul 22
published by mkaridis 6:49am, Jul. 22, 2013 in Blog

LIRR weekday service will be impacted by a construction project between July 22 and August 16.

To accommodate the work, some key tracks will be taken out of service and there will be schedule revisions for a number of other trains.

Cancellations, changes for Monday, July 22 through Friday, August 16:
• The westbound morning trains of Babylon, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma will be canceled
• Two westbound morning trains to Hunterspoint Avenue/Long Island City will terminate at Jamaica Station
• Two eastbound evening Babylon Branch trains will be canceled
• Two eastbound evening trains from Long Island City/Hunterspoint Avenue will originate at Jamaica Station
• Some trains will have 1 to 2 minutes added to their running time

MORNING SERVICE CHANGES

Montauk Branch:
The 5:39 a.m. train from Montauk, which normally terminates at Hunterspoint Avenue at 8:36 a.m. and Long Island City at 8:44 a.m., will instead terminate in Jamaica at 8:17 a.m. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:25 a.m. train from Jamaica to Hunterspoint Avenue, which will have an added stop at Long Island City at 8:52 a.m..

Ronkonkoma Branch:
The 6:54 a.m. train from Central Islip to Penn Station will be temporarily canceled. Alternate service is available 8 minutes earlier or 9 minutes later. Customers can take the 6:46 a.m. from Central Islip to Penn Station or the 7:03 a.m. train from Central Islip to Atlantic Terminal (change at Jamaica for service to Penn) instead.

Oyster Bay Branch:
The 7:13 a.m. train from Oyster Bay, which normally terminates at Long Island City at 8:34 a.m., will instead terminate in Jamaica at 8:11 a.m. Customers will be accommodated by the 8:25 a.m. train from Jamaica to Hunterspoint Avenue, which will have an added stop at Long Island City at 8:52 a.m.

Port Washington Branch:
The 7:55 a.m. train from Little Neck to Penn Station will be temporarily canceled. Alternate service is available 33 minutes earlier or 12 minutes later. Customers can take the 7:22 a.m. or 8:07 a.m. trains from Little Neck to Penn Station instead.

Babylon Branch:
The 8:10 a.m. train from Freeport to Penn Station will be temporarily canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 7:37 a.m. train from Babylon, which will make added stops at Freeport (8:04), Baldwin (8:07) and Rockville Centre (8:10).

EVENING SERVICE CHANGES

Babylon Branch:
The 6:05 p.m. train from Penn Station to Wantagh will be temporarily canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:10 p.m. train from Penn Station to Freeport, which will be extended to make added stops at Merrick, Bellmore and Wantagh.
The 6:33 p.m. train from Penn Station to Babylon will be temporarily canceled. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:36 p.m. train from Penn Station to Wantagh, which will be extended to make all local stops to Babylon.

Montauk Branch:
The 4:28 p.m. train from Long Island City to Patchogue will originate at Jamaica and depart at 5:03 PM. Customers will be accommodated by the 4:30 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Montauk, which will originate from Long Island City, departing at 4:10 p.m.

Port Jefferson Branch:
The 6:30 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Port Jefferson will originate at Jamaica and depart at 6:49 p.m. Customers will be accommodated by the 6:08 p.m. train from Hunterspoint Avenue to Port Jefferson.

Customers on affected branches can pick up special timetable cards dated July 22 - August 16 at the following branches: Babylon, Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma.

Jul 21
published by jflanagan 7:09pm, Jul. 21, 2013 in Blog

The Nassau County Police Department will be conducting a multi-agency emergency response exercise that will take place at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Sunday, July 21st at 7:00pm.

The exercise will address interagency response to emergency situations by the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, Roosevelt Field Security, local fire departments and area hospitals. These events will test response protocols.

The Nassau County Police Department is advising all media outlets that the police response at the Roosevelt Field Mall is a DRILL. This will be a closed training exercise with no media access. We are requesting the media to advise the public not to be alarmed. This is an exercise to further enhance interagency coordination while providing improved safety for our communities.

Jul 20
published by tvineeth 8:15am, Jul. 20, 2013 in Blog


Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, issued an advisory against bathing at 20 beaches. The advisory is based on the heavy rainfall on Friday and the possible presence of elevated bacteria levels. Apart from the list above, Copiague Harbor Beach in Copiague also remains closed to bathing due to high bacterial levels.

The department recommends that bathing and other water contact be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by two successive tidal cycles (at least a 24-hour period) after the end of rainfall. Unless sampling conducted by the department finds elevated bacterial numbers persisting beyond the 24-hour period, this advisory will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and adjacent tributaries.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the bathing beach hotline at 852-5822, contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit the website http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health. On the website, go under the “Our Environment” section and click “Beaches.”

Jul 18
published by mkaridis 9:28am, Jul. 18, 2013 in Blog

Photo: Flickr/gretchenshow
The coveted Emmy award

Outstanding Comedy Series:

30 Rock

Girls

Louie

Modern Family

The Big Bang Theory

Veep

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Lena Dunham, Girls

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Adam Driver, Girls

Jessey Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Jane Lynch, Glee

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Drama Series:

Breaking Bad

Dowton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Connie Britton, Nashville

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Morena Baccarin, Homeland

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Johnathan Banks, Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

American Horror Story: Asylum

Behind the Candelabra

The Bible

Phil Spector

Political Animals

Top of the Lake

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Toby Jones, The Girl

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

Charlotte Rampling, Restless

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum

Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra

John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter

Peter Mullan: Top of the Lake

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program:

Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Variety Show:

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Jul 18
published by Anonymous 6:53am, Jul. 18, 2013 in Blog

Restaurant Hunter "Signature Dish" Recipe: Chicken al Mattone at Cipollini in Manhasset

(Makes One Serving)

- Season 1/2 of a de-boned chicken (breast and thigh meat) on both sides with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

- Heat a saute pan on medium-high heat, add 2 ounces of olive oil to the pan.

- Add chicken to the pan, skin-side down. Cook for 30 seconds, then place a tin foil-wrapped brick on top of chicken and press down. Cook for another minute.

- Place the chicken with the brick on top of it into a 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes.

- While the chicken is in the oven, saute 3 halved fingerling potatoes and 2 cipollini onions with some olive oil over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes until onions caramelize.

- Add a half a head of frisee lettuce to the pan and saute 3-8 seconds until slightly wilted.

- To plate the dish, spread 2 ounces of rosemary chicken au jus onto the plate, followed by the frisee lettuce, fingerling potatoes and cipollini onions. Place chicken on top of the lettuce.

As told to us by Cipollini executive chef Jeffrey Scala. Watch new episodes of "Restaurant Hunter" Thursday nights at 8 PM on FiOS1!

Jul 17
published by tvineeth 11:54am, Jul. 17, 2013 in Blog

A former South Side High School soccer star can win an ESPY award if she gets enough online votes by July 17.

Crystal Dunn, a Rockville Centre resident who attends University of North Carolina, is up for the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly award in the "Best Female College Athlete" category. Dunn also plays for the Women's National Soccer Team.

To vote for Dunn, visit this link, hit the "Click for More Categories" button and then select the "Best Female College Athlete" category.

Jul 17
published by Anonymous 6:28am, Jul. 17, 2013 in Blog

The Glen Cove Downtown Sounds summer concert series will add a second stage this year to go with the main stage at the city’s Village Square, at Glen and Bridge Streets. The additional smaller stage, between 1 & 3 School Street, will feature shows for children and acoustic acts. Performances at the weekly outdoor concert series are free. Start time: 7:30 PM. July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Bring seating. Free parking in nearby municipal garage. Series produced by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of Glen Cove. Visit www.glencovedowntown.org for artist listings and full details.

July 5 The Marty Napoleon Quartet featuring Bria Skonberg

July 12 Jimmy Webb with Special Guest Peter Calo

July 19 Mambo Loco

July 26 Antigone Rising

August 2 Quickdraw

August 9 Richie Cannata

August 16 Strawberry Fields

August 23 Andy Aledort and The Groove Kings featuring Chris Kinnear

Times Ten

August 30 Soul Sound Revue

Jul 16
published by mkaridis 12:18pm, Jul. 16, 2013 in Blog

The New York Islanders' 2013-2014 schedule is highlighted by the previously announced first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. against the New Jersey Devils.

The Islanders will also take on the Nashville Predators in their only game at Nassau Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

The full Islanders' preseason schedule is below:

*Tuesday, Sept. 17
Calgary Flames
Scotiabank Saddledome
9 p.m.

*Tuesday, Sept. 17
Calgary Flames
Brandt Centre (Regina, SK)
9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19
New Jersey Devils
Prudential Center
7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21
New Jersey Devils
Barclays Center
7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 22
Nashville Predators
Bridgestone Arena
6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27
Nashville Predators
Nassau Coliseum
7 p.m.

*Sunday, Sept. 29
Ottawa Senators
Barrie Molson Centre (Barrie, ON)
6 p.m.

*Sunday, Sept. 29
Ottawa Senators
Canadian Tire Centre
7 p.m.

* Denotes split-squad games

Jul 16
published by mkaridis 11:53am, Jul. 16, 2013 in Blog

Suffolk County officials will treat salt marshes with the pesticide Altosid to control mosquito larvae today. They will also enact ground spraying of a low-volume pesticide named Anvil on streets in Davis Park and Points O'Woods on Fire Island.

Aerial spraying began this morning and will last through 8 p.m. Ground spraying will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight.

MARSH AREAS TO BE SPRAYED:

Spray will be distributed by means of helicopter.

No precautions are recommended to prepare for this spraying, as the helicopter will be flying at a very low level over marsh areas. Also, professionals apply the pesticide in such a manner that controls any drift into inhabited areas, say county officials.

Town of Babylon:

  • Sore Thumb
  • Oak Beach
  • Oak Beach North
  • West Gilgo
  • Gilgo
  • Cedar Beach
  • Cedar Beach Golf Course
  • Oak Island

Town of Islip:

  • Robert Moses CG Station
  • Clam Pond
  • Gardiner Park
  • Seatuck NWR*
  • Heckscher State Park
  • Idle Hour
  • Pepperidge Hall
  • Ludlows Creek
  • West Oak Recreation
  • West Sayville GC
  • Namkee Creek

Town of Brookhaven:

  • Sayville YC
  • Stillman Creek
  • Pine Neck Ave. (Swan River)
  • Roe Ave. (Mud Creek)
  • Abets Creek
  • Hedges Creek
  • Lyman Marsh
  • Bellport Bay
  • Fireplace Neck
  • Wertheim NWR*
  • Johns Neck Creek
  • Mastic Beach

Town of Southampton:

  • Stokes Poges
  • Apacuck Point
  • Moneybogue Bay
  • Westhampton Dunes
  • Dune Rd (Overton)

Town of East Hampton:

  • Napeague
  • Beach Hampton
  • Accabonac Harbor

Town of Riverhead:

  • Indian Island
  • Crescent Duck Farm
  • Aquebogue Farm
  • Millar Farm
  • Pier Avenue

Town of Southold:

  • New Suffolk
  • Great Hog Neck
  • Kerwin Blvd.
  • Pipes Neck Creek
  • Pipes Cove

*Pending USFWS approval

Although your chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are quite low, the following common sense steps will help you reduce possible exposure to pesticides before, during or after spraying.

Steps you should take
--Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when practical. If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying.
--Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off. Windows and air-conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.
--If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin. Wash clothes that come in direct contact with spray separately from other laundry.
--Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health effects from spraying.

Steps you may want to take
The materials used by Suffolk County Vector Control do not leave significant residues on surfaces, but exposure can be reduced even further.
--Pick homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before spraying takes place.
--Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.
--Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins.
--Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental fishponds during the spray period to avoid direct exposure.

For more information, call the Suffolk County Division of Vector Control at 631-852-4270 or the Spraying Information Hotline at 631-852-4939.

Jul 16
published by mkaridis 11:27am, Jul. 16, 2013 in Blog

Photo: Flickr/That Hartford Guy
A 2013 Ford Taurus, seen here at the New York Auto Show

Ford Motor is recalling 12,569 vehicles because child locks on the rear doors could fail, allowing young passengers to open the back doors from the inside, according to a report in USA Today.

Affected are 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles that were built Nov. 29 through Dec.12, 2012.

Opening and closing the doors enough times can move the child safety mechanism from locked to unlocked without warning, Ford says.

That could "lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in its recall notice.

Dealers will test vehicles and replace faulty locks free of charge, according to the NHTSA’s recall filing notice

Owners can determine if their vehicles are involved by calling 1-866-436-7332.

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