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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, STRONG WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 240 miles south of New York City NY or about 300 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 37.4N 74.8W - Storm Intensity 50 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 10 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay, located just east of the southern Delmarva Peninsula, will move northward along the coast towards the area today, making landfall near the New York City area tonight. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions today into tonight. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents are likely for all people entering the surf zone. Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Localized minor flooding, inundation of 1 ft or less, along vulnerable coastal and shoreline locales of the Great South Bay of Long Island and Jamaica Bay, Lower NY/NJ Harbor, Coastal CT, Coastal Westchester, and Gardiners Bay during times of high tide this afternoon into tonight.

The Developmental Disabilities Institute To Host Free Informative Speaker Series

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The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), Long Island's leading service provider for adults and children with autism and other developmental disabilities, is proud to announce its Spring 2011 Public Speaker Series. The upcoming series, which will ...

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The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), Long Island's leading service provider for adults and children with autism and other developmental disabilities, is proud to announce its Spring 2011 Public Speaker Series. The upcoming series, which will run through March, will offer insightful and informative free seminars for those interested in hearing about topics related to developmental disabilities. Each session will feature a different expert to provide valuable tips and information regarding a wide array of topics pertaining to the field of autism and developmental disabilities.

On January 27th, Dr. Meredith B. Jaffe will offer an informative session regarding Autism and dental care. Autism can bring unique and significant challenges to the issue of finding good dental care. This workshop will discuss the many considerations that must be addressed when providing dental care and treatment on behalf of persons with Autism. Dr. Meredith B. Jaffe received her BSN from Columbia University School of Nursing and her DDS from New York University. Following a residency at St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center she was a fellow in the Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled Program at SUNY Stony Brook's School of Dental Medicine and taught in its program for an additional six years. In addition to her private general dental practice in Huntington, Dr. Jaffe has been with DDI's Opti-Healthcare Dental Department since 2001.

On February 24th, Evan Schermer, MS, will educate attendees on how to use collaborative problem solving for individuals with Autism. Evan Schermer is a certified school psychologist and specializes in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurobiological disorders. He has received advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving by Ross Greene, and has utilized the approach for over 11 years with great success.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how to become the best advocate for their child while learning the laws and regulations that govern CSE meetings under both the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the New York State Law and Regulations as well on March 24th. Mr. Brad Rosken will be presenting this engagement. Mr. Rosken is presently the managing partner in his own firm, the Law Offices of Brad H. Rosken, PLLC, specializing in representing students with disabilities in their struggle to obtain the proper and necessary services from their local school districts.

All seminars will be held from 7-9 P.M. in the lecture hall at DDI's Hollywood Drive campus located at 99 Hollywood Drive in Smithtown. Space is limited for the free seminars and anyone interested in further details or registering should call Michael Romas at 631-366-5875 or email at mromas@ddiinfo.org.

DDI is a not-for-profit agency headquartered in Smithtown, NY, with more than 30 locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Serving nearly 1,000 children and adults with a diagnosis of an autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), DDI is the largest provider of services for individuals with Autism on Long Island. It provides educational, vocational, and residential programs, as well as medical and dental services for over 1,500 children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities. DDI also operates family-centered preschool programs for both children with disabilities as well as typically developing students. DDI was founded in 1961 by a group of parents to address the special educational and therapeutic needs of their children with autism or other developmental disabilities. DDI is a member agency of the United Way of Long Island. For more information about DDI, visit www.ddiinfo.org.