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"High Wind Watch" ...High wind watch in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a high wind watch...which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...strongest winds will likely occur from mid morning Monday into Monday evening. * Impacts...downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or higher, may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. , "Storm Watch" ...Storm watch remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... * winds and seas...east winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet...and as high as 9 to 12 feet east of Orient Point. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A storm watch is issued when the risk of storm force winds of 48 to 63 kt has significantly increased...but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans. -- Saturday Jan.21 17,08:12 AM

Give a Toast to the End of Summer with the Ultimate Labor Day BBQ

Throw the best Labor Day barbecue with these unique recipes and money-saving tips!

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Labor Day is about a week away, so it is time to start planning how to say goodbye to summer with friends and family.  Barbecues are the epitome of summer dining, so give your picnic table and summer décor one last hoorah by inviting plenty of people over to relax and enjoy their Labor Day weekend.  Many stores have already started to slash prices on summer decorations, so pick up some cheap summery table covers, table decorations, and tumblers at stores like Target, Kohls, and Michaels.  You can also enlist the help of your kids in making the décor with these summer beach-themed and underwater-inspired crafts.  Here is a roundup of all of the best in barbecue recipes and how to save money on your Labor Day bash:

Try a New Grill Recipe: Tired of burgers and hot dogs all summer?  Try something different, such as honey chicken kabobs or grilled zucchini, which can be found with our summer grilling recipes here.

Summer Smoothie Recipes: Adults and kids alike can enjoy a mouthwatering summer smoothie for a snack or for dessert at your Labor Day bash.  Try a decadent strawberry shortcake smoothie, or a delectable chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie

Pick Up a Growler of Your Favorite Summer Ale:  Keep it fresh and local by enjoying a growler of something seasonal from one of Long Island’s local breweries, such as John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House, Port Jeff Brewing Company, or the Oyster Bay Brewing Company.  Your guests will be sure to love it, and you will have a tasty way to toast the end of summer

Save Money on Your Meal:  Even though it is the end of summer and many people have spent the savings that they had tucked away on vacations with the family, you can still throw a great barbecue party on a budget.  Save money when you grill by buying in bulk, and by making your own marinade.   Click here for more money-saving tips for grilling.

Food Safety Tips: Be smart when preparing raw meats, and prevent foodborne illness by keeping the raw food’s temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or about 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not reuse marinades that have been used on other raw meats, and never reuse plates, utensils, or cutting boards that have been in contact with raw meat unless they have been washed first using hot soapy water.  For the full list of food safety tips released by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano earlier this summer, click here.