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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 to 4 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...minor to moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. Minor coastal flooding is possible with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM.....9.9-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM......9.4-9.9/1.6-2.1.....Minor.... Glen Cove NY.........900 PM.....9.6-10.1/2.1-2.7.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning now in effect until 6 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Gusts 65 to 70 mph possible over Twin Forks of Long Island. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected tonight. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 5 to 9 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,07:48 PM

Keeping Kids Busy This Summer 2014

With school out and a whole summer ahead for your and your kids, it might get a little boring to just sit at home. Be sure to check out everything Long Island has to offer ...

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It is not easy to keep kids happy, particularly over the summer. Some kids will be lucky enough to go to camp, either sleep-away, travel, or day. But, with the way the economy is, it is understandable that many kids cannot enjoy a camp or even a vacation. No needs to worry! There is plenty to do on the island and even at a minimal cost. 

One of the best activities that kids can take part in over the summer is with your local library's summer reading program. New York Summer Reading at New York Libraries is promoting children of all ages to keep their minds stimulated and help retain everything they have learned during the school year. Additionally, some reluctant readers might find a passion for reading with this program and enjoy the prizes that come with reading with this program. There are plenty of libraries hosting the program, so be sure to contact your library to register!

In addition to keeping our kids minds moving, we also need to keep their bodies moving as well. In addition to checking out our ever-growing events page, check out our list of great things to do this summer!

  • Visit Museums for Workshops: A lot of museums on the island offer workshops in addition to enjoying the museum. It can be both educational and fun!
  • Visit a Spray Park: Many parks on the island offer spray parks or sprinkler park so kids have a fun and safe place to cool off if the water park is too busy.
  • Or Check Out a Pool: There are many pools, indoor and outdoor, on the island that you can bring your family to and cool off there as well. 
  • Spend Time at a Skate Park: Roller blade? Skateboard? There are various skate parks open this summer for a fun and safe place to skate.
  • Amusement Parks: There are various amusement parks and water parks on the island that the kids can have fun in.
  • Festivals and Fairs: Many towns on the island are hosting fun festivals all summer long, so be sure to check them out.
  • Visit a State Park: There are so many beautiful state parks and many of them are on the island. Enjoy a picnic, playgrounds, or beaches (depending on the state park).
  • It Might Not Be Too Late to Sign-Up for Camp: There are many great camps on the island, some will still taking registration.
  • Volunteer: Use your time for others and have your kids volunteer their time for a great cause.

Above anything else, have fun this summer with your kids! What are your kids planning to do this summer? Tell us in the comments below!