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"Heat Advisory" ...Heat advisory in effect until 6 PM EDT this evening... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect until 6 PM EDT this evening. * Heat index values...in the mid 90s to around 100 degrees. * Timing...into the early evening. The highest heat index values will occur mainly during the afternoon. * Impacts...the heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who can not stay cool. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! In cases of heat stroke call 9 1 1. , "Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. 337 am EDT Thu Jul 20 2017 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. 342 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. 342 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx... Westchester...Rockland. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is 1-800-535-1345. -- Thursday Jul.20 17,10:36 AM

Top Car Trip Games to Keep Kids Busy While Driving to the East End

While driving out East, keep your kids busy and peaceful by introducing them to various car games and other distractors.

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The East End of Long Island is a treasure trove of many of the best fall festivities, such as pumpkin picking, apple picking, and corn mazes.  Unfortunately, a ride out east can be more than a quick drive away for most people, and it often means making the trek with a carful of kids.  This autumn, buckle your kids in with some great games and distractors in mind to keep them busy and prevent any arguments or fights along the way.  Many of these games are not just time wasters, but they are also educational and help kids polish up their memory skills, their observational skills, and their questioning skills.  Try one of these games on your next road trip and let us know how it goes!

Road Trip Spelling Bee:  Brush up your kids’ spelling skills and help them study their sight words or vocabulary lists by holding a mini spelling bee in the car.  Keep track of points, or have another adult or older sibling be the score keeper. 

I Spy:  This car trip classic is easy for all ages, and requires a discerning eye.  Have your child pick something they see and offer a clue as to what it is by saying, “I spy with my little eye…” and adding a descriptor, such as something that is a certain color or starts with a certain letter.  Make sure they choose something in the car in everyone’s line of vision and not something you will drive by in seconds and forget about.

Spot the Car:  Teach your kids about different makes and models of vehicles with this game, which will challenge them to be observant of the different cars around them.  Give your kids either a category of car to search for, or a specific kind of car, and the first person who spots it gets a point.  You can also do this with colors of cars, such as the first person to spot a red car or a yellow car earns the point.

Twenty Questions:  This tried-and-true game is a great way to while away time spent on the road.  Have your kid think of one thing in particular, such as an animal, a food, a person, or a place.  Then, ask up to twenty yes or no questions to figure out what it is. Teach your kids to work from broader questions down to more specific questions so that they learn how to categorize in the broadest sense, as well as in the most narrow sense.

Make Up a Story:  Tell a story as a family where each person adds a line.  One person can start the story with one sentence, and each family member gets a turn to add to the story, building and building for as long as you can go.  This will give both you and your kids a creative boost, and will also likely provide lots of laughs for the trip.

Take Out New Books From the Library:  Though this is not a game, you can help your kids by adding to the allure of reading by getting all-new books from the library that your kids can peruse and enjoy on the car ride.  Take a look at our book picks here to keep your kids up to date on the trendy book series, such as Mo Willems’ Pigeon books and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Teach Map Skills:  Show your kids what life was like before GPS and let them look at maps of the area, or maps of the state.  You can then give them the challenges of locating different towns or geographical features, and even award small prizes for each correct answer.