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LongIsland.com’s 2015 September Family Fun Guide: Apple Picking, Town Fairs, 5Ks, and More Ways to Keep Active in Autumn!

School is back in session, but there is plenty of fun to be had on the weekends and after school!

Governor Cuomo Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Thirteen Playgrounds at State Parks

Governor Cuomo announced the state has committed $2.5 million to build or improve 13 playgrounds at eight State Parks across New York.

Pick the Perfect Peck of Apples at Long Island’s U-Pick Orchards

Enjoy the best of what September has to offer - awesome apple picking at nearby farms and orchards!

Educate to Save Long Island’s Farming Legacy

Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, in cooperation with the nonprofit Mount Sinai Heritage Trust and with dozens of volunteers, planted the native plant pollinator garden at the North Shore Heritage Park in Mount Sinai on Tuesday, August ...

Pesticide Application Scheduled for Fire Island, Islip, East Islip, Great River, Beach Hampton, and Napeague August 25-27

If weather permits, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works will treat sections of the following communities as part of its ongoing effort to control adult mosquitoes.

New State of Art Emergency Management Center and Preparedness For Hurricanes to Be Announced

Freeport Village Mayor Robert T. Kennedy will join American Red Cross and Salvation Army Officials at 11:30 am on Tuesday Aug. 25, at 9 North Long Beach Avenue to announce a new state of the art Emergency ...

Legislator Anker to Launch Pilot Garden to Save Our Local Pollinators and Support Local Farms

With the rapid decline of our local pollinators, including monarch butterflies and bees, Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, with the help of local volunteers, will plant an Educational Agriculture Support Initiative (EASI) pilot garden on Tuesday, August ...

Nine Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James L. Tomarken announced today that nine mosquito samples and two birds have tested positive for West Nile virus.

UPDATE - Bathing Advisory for Centerport Yacht Club Beach, Tanner Park Beach and Great Pond at Peconic Dunes Camp Remains Closed

Great Pond at Peconic Dunes Camp in Peconic is closed due to the finding of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards.

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Campgrounds Are on Track For Record-High Attendance

Governor Cuomo announced that attendance at New York State Park campgrounds is on pace for another record-setting year, and reminded New Yorkers that many of the state’s finest camping facilities are open for fall camping well into ...

Senator Ken LaValle Calls Upon Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to Stop Ill-Conceived Plan to Dump Dredge Spoils in LI Sound

Senator Ken LaValle joined other elected officials, environmentalists, and civic leaders to call upon the Army Corp of engineers and the EPA to stop the ill-conceived plan for dumping dredge spoils in the Long Island Sound.

Governor Cuomo Announces "NY Responds" - Comprehensive New Approach to Disaster Response and Recovery Emergency Preparedness

Governor Cuomo announced the creation of “NY Responds” – a comprehensive new approach for coordinating and strengthening the State’s emergency preparedness.

Mangano: Cooling Centers Open This Week

In an effort to help Nassau County residents cope with high temperatures and humidity, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that cooling centers will be open this week with the assistance of our partners in ...

UPDATE - Great Pond at Peconic Dunes Camp Closed to Bathing, Bathing Advisory Issued on Aug. 11 to Be Lifted Thursday

Due to the heavy rainfall, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has issued an advisory against bathing at 64 beaches.

Nassau County Department Of Health Issues Advisory Against Bathing At 19 Beaches

Due to heavy rainfall, the Nassau County Department of Health is issuing an advisory against bathing at 19 beaches, effective today, August 11, 2015.

UPDATE - Pesticide Application Scheduled for August 11-13

If weather permits, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works will treat sections of the following communities as part of its ongoing effort to control adult mosquitoes.

Where to See the Spectacular Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower

The fantastic celestial show that is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower will peak next week, so be sure to find a great stargazing spot!

Health Officials Warn of Cyanobacteria Bloom in Calverton

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) at McKay Lake in Calverton.

Governor Cuomo Urges Caution After Severe Thunderstorms Pass Through Eastern and Central Parts of the State

Stony Brook and Brookhaven in Suffolk County were some of the worst hit areas. Approximately 700 utility crewmembers are assisting PSEG Long Island with power restoration efforts in Suffolk County.

New Carbon Pollution Limits Huge Step on Climate, and Great News for NY

Coal and gas power plants will pollute 32 percent less nationwide and clean energy sources such as solar will meet more of the state’s electricity needs, according to limits on carbon pollution finalized today that are central ...
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