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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... ...Dense fog advisory is cancelled... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a High Wind Warning...which is in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday. The dense fog advisory has been cancelled. The high wind watch is no longer in effect. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. The strongest winds are expected across Long Island...and especially in areas with eastern exposure. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * 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" The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. 911 am EST sun Jan 22 2017 The combination of low level moisture and light winds have resulted in areas of fog across the tri-state area. Visibilities have fallen to a mile, with some isolated locations falling to a half mile or less. If driving...slow down...use your headlights...and leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,11:00 AM

Planning the Perfect Movie Night In

Save money by inviting friends to a movie at your place, and show off your hosting skills by making stove-top popcorn, having movie theater candy at the ready, and setting an ambiance conducive to focusing ...

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With the soaring costs of movie tickets, it is no wonder why people are planning more and more movie nights at home with friends instead of going to the theaters.  Though your movies may not be new, you can certainly enjoy something different that you may not have seen before with friends and family in the comfort of your own home.  This can be done on the cheap by using movie-streaming websites such as Netflix, or reaching out to various resources, such as borrowing movies from friends.  Show your friends that you can be the perfect movie night host, and give them what they want with various ways to bring the movie theater home.  Here are some tips on how to prepare for the night to make sure your friends are kept full, comfy, and entertained:

Send Out Invites:  Email your friends information just like what would be on a movie theater ticket stub, such as what movie is playing, where (at your house/ a friend’s house), and at what time (whichever time you choose).  Be sure to ask your friends to arrive 15-30 minutes in advance to “reserve seating,” and to also catch up and get any chit-chat out of the way so that you do not feel the urge to talk during the movie.

Pick the Perfect Movie: Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime all offer a plethora of films to paying members, including plenty of great guilty pleasure TV shows that you can binge-watch with you friends.  Of course, if you don’t have an account with any of these movie streaming companies, you can always visit your local library and search through their collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays. Try picking up a lesser-known work by one of your favorite actors, or an oldie-but-goodie that your friends are sure to love.

Make Stovetop Popcorn: We aren’t talking about the microwave stuff here.  All you need for stovetop popcorn is a bit of canola oil, popcorn kernels, and some salt and butter to taste.  Take a large saucepan, and heat about 3 tablespoons of oil on medium.  To test to see if the oil is hot enough for the kernels, put 3 or 4 kernels in the pan, cover the pan, and wait for them to pop.  When they pop, add about 1/3 of a cup of kernels and immediately cover the pan.  As the kernels pop, gently shake the pan so that the other kernels that have not popped are spread out and get closer to the heat at the bottom of the pan.  When most of the kernels have popped, remove the pan from the heat, and add melted butter and/or salt.

Movie Night Candy:  Who doesn’t love Sno-Caps, Junior Mints, and other movie theater candy?  Stop by your local dollar store and pick up your friends’ favorite candies so that everyone has a box, or can share if they like.  If your movie night is also a date night, it is a great gesture to treat your loved one to their favorite sweet.

Home Theater Seating:  Make sure you have enough seating for your family or friends, and get cozy! Get extra pillows and blankets so that everyone can be comfortable, or so you can simply curl up with your loved ones on the couch.

Turn off Cellphones: Treat your home like a theater.  No one likes to get interrupted by phone calls or text and email alerts.  Silence your phone, and ask your friends to do the same.