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"Winter Storm Warning" ...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 am EDT Thursday... * what...heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts possible. * Where...New Haven, Middlesex and northern New London counties in southern Connecticut and western Suffolk County in New York. * When...until 6 am EDT Thursday. * Additional details...snow this morning will become heavy by afternoon and into the evening. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. A combination of the heavy snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph could bring down tree limbs and power lines, creating power outages. Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during the evening commute. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest Road conditions. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from noon today to 6 PM EDT this evening... ...Coastal flood advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 4 am EDT Thursday... The National Weather Service in New York NY has issued a coastal flood advisory, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 4 am EDT Thursday. * Locations...vulnerable locales along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departure...1 1/2 to 2 1/2 ft today and tonight. * Timing...widespread minor coastal flooding expected with the high tide cycles today and tonight. * Coastal flood impacts...about 1 to 2 ft of inundation above ground level in vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft along the north and east facing shorelines will result in beach erosion with only minor damage possible to shoreline structures. Precautionary/preparedness actions... a coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/03 PM 8.7/ 9.2 1.4/ 1.9 1.7/ 2.2 2-3 minor 22/03 am 9.0/ 9.5 1.7/ 2.2 1.4/ 1.9 2 minor 22/04 PM 7.2/ 7.7 -0.2/ 0.3 0.4/ 0.9 1-2 none Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/03 PM 9.2/ 9.7 1.3/ 1.8 1.8/ 2.2 3 minor 22/03 am 9.6/10.1 1.7/ 2.2 1.6/ 2.0 2 minor 22/04 PM 7.7/ 8.2 -0.2/ 0.2 0.5/ 1.0 1-2 none Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/03 am 9.5/10.0 1.7/ 2.2 1.4/ 1.9 2 none 21/03 PM 10.0/10.5 2.2/ 2.7 2.2/ 2.7 2-3 minor 22/03 am 9.5/10.0 1.7/ 2.2 1.1/ 1.6 2 none 22/04 PM 7.8/ 8.4 0.1/ 0.6 0.5/ 1.0 1 none Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/01 PM 5.1/ 5.6 1.1/ 1.6 1.9/ 2.3 0 none 22/01 am 5.6/ 6.1 1.6/ 2.0 2.1/ 2.6 0 none 22/02 PM 4.0/ 4.5 0.0/ 0.5 0.9/ 1.4 0 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/03 PM 8.8/ 9.3 1.5/ 2.0 1.9/ 2.3 4-5 none 22/03 am 9.1/ 9.6 1.8/ 2.2 1.6/ 2.0 4 minor 22/04 PM 7.1/ 7.6 -0.2/ 0.2 0.4/ 0.9 2-3 none Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 21/03 PM 9.4/ 9.9 1.5/ 2.0 1.5/ 2.0 3 none 22/03 am 9.7/10.2 1.8/ 2.2 1.2/ 1.7 3 none 22/04 PM 8.1/ 8.6 0.2/ 0.7 0.4/ 0.9 2 none -- Wednesday Mar.21 18,04:49 AM

Planning a Summer Birthday Bash on a Budget

Trying to plan your summer birthday bash on a budget? Here are some inexpensive birthday plans to consider for your big day.

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Birthdays are a special time of year to get together with your friends and family and celebrate the day you entered this world. Birthdays provide a great opportunity to see people you may not get to see as often as you like because of hectic schedules and other responsibilities. The experiences you have together at times like these provide wonderful memories to look back on and reminisce upon with that person later in life.

Birthdays plans can get quite expensive when you’re trying to plan a summer birthday bash that you, and all of the guests, will enjoy. The important thing to remember while you’re weighing out your options is to focus on the people and sharing your birthday experience with them. You don’t need to go out to a fancy, expensive restaurant or choose an activity that calls for visitors to spend a lot of money to celebrate your birthday. Some of your family and friends may not be able to afford going out to such a swanky place.

How about instead of having your friends and family decline your invitation because of financial reasons, you plan a birthday celebration that everyone can participate in!

Beach Bum Birthday – First off, pick which one of the beautiful Long Island beaches you’d like to have your bash at. Set up carpools so the cost for parking at the beach is less and everyone in the vehicle can split the price. Then pick an area of the beach to set up camp, a spot where everyone can lay out their blankets, coolers, and big beach umbrellas. You can spend the day having fun talking on the sand, jumping in the water, or playing a game of beach volleyball.

Movie Mania – Summer is the time of big blockbuster movies but it is also the time of year when there are lots of movies playing in the local communities. Places like Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson, Coopers Beach in Southampton, and Eisenhower Park in East Meadow show free outdoor movies. Bring some blankets and fold up chairs, stop by the nearest supermarket to pick up some snacks, and enjoy watching the movie together out under the stars.

Party In The Park – Local parks provide plenty of space to hold an outdoor birthday bash. Gather everyone at your favorite park, find the picnic area and set up all of your provisions. Some parks have grills available right in the picnic area so you can host a barbeque and make yummy grill recipes right there in the park. After everyone eats you can start a game of touch football, throw around a Frisbee, explore the other areas of the park, and open presents.

Animal Antics – If you’re an animal lover then you can’t miss out on a birthday party spent with animals. The Wildlife and Ecology Center in Holtsville offers free admission and they house a wide variety of animals which visitors can see, learn about, and pet during their stay.

Check out our Calendar of Events for other free and inexpensive things coming up near your birthday!