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If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. 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Happenings in the Bethpage State Park

Travel & Local Attractions

I’ve been running the Bethpage State Parks’ trails for the last eight years under a training regime that has gotten increasingly intense. Factor in weekly ...

I’ve been running the Bethpage State Parks’ trails for the last eight years under a training regime that has gotten increasingly intense. Factor in weekly ultimate frisbee games next to the softball fields, and I’m spending around 20 hours a week within the park’s confines. I’ve seen snakes, chickens, and turtles, to name a few. I found 40 dollars on one occasion, and have had tee shirts – taken off and hung on branches during hot days – stolen from me on several others. I’ve lived through a minor attack on one of my cross country teammates, helped find a man’s lost fiancée (and was offered “herbs” in exchange for my services), and had a biker stalk me through the woods (turns out he just liked my form). All these events have led to one realization: nothing really exciting happens in the Bethpage State Park, evidenced by the fact that I can compile a list of my most significant park moments in a matter of minutes. Spend enough time in any setting and you’ll see it at its most unusual, but mostly, you’ll see it at its usual.

            Therefore, one of the most important things to know about the enormous Bethpage State Park is where to go. Though it can be entered at hundreds of locations, I usually choose the trails by Charles Champagne elementary school or the main entrance between Powell Avenue and the Bethpage Parkway. From there, you have a few choices, depending on your stamina that day: follow the 13-14 miles of trails that lead to Jones Beach, or head in the opposite direction towards Trail View State Park, and eventually Cold Spring Harbor State Park (a distance of approximately 15 miles). If you’re looking for a shorter run/bike/walk, explore the advanced network of side trails that cut through the park’s many acres of forest.

Don’t worry about getting lost, for the trails have a way of bringing you to park landmarks like the brickyard, where adventurous bikers navigate the steep drops; the polo field, home to cross country races, toy airplane aficionados, and the softest, most level playing field in Bethpage; the newly renovated picnic area, a public place for barbecues and softball (and some nice basketball courts); and, most famously, the golf course (though the Black can’t really be seen from the trails). Some personal advice for runners: choose the dirt trails over the paved paths. Save your knees and explore the park in a deeper way.

            Developing a sense of exploration may be the Bethpage State Park’s greatest asset. With its position in the center of a trail system that spans from the north shore to the south shore, it offers more options for its users than any park on Long Island. For runners in particular, that level of choice is important.

            Early in my running career, I learned that where I ran was as important as anything – “The adventure is in the journey.” It’s nearly impossible to run long distances when your environment isn’t constantly changing. And for some reason, it’s easiest to run among the trees, which is why I recommend choosing a park like Bethpage over the track or suburban roads. Perhaps you run strictly for business; in that case, maybe the track is the best place for you. But why not at least try the forest? You may find an appreciation for running – and nature – you never knew you had. Come often enough, you may even find me in there and your own list of unusual adventures.

 

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This Article was Written by Scott Bickard.

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