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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

FALL FLAVORS by Marc Weiss

Greetings Long Islanders! Long Island is the only home I know. Some of you may know me from the eateries I've worked in around the island during my career. Coyote Grill, Duke Falcon's or Chesapeake ...

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Greetings Long Islanders! Long Island is the only home I know. Some of you may know me from the eateries I've worked in around the island during my career. Coyote Grill, Duke Falcon's or Chesapeake Bay. I most recently open & closed my first restaurant in Rockville Centre a short time ago, but that was a learning experience I think a lot of chef's encounter on the way to finally opening their own place. I'm glad to have built up
a name as a caterer on Long Island over the years.
So I will always have that.

The summer is over and I know us Long Islanders get a little bummed but not
to worry! The fall brings us a lot to celebrate! The kids go back to school! No, no, that's not it...Autumn brings us a lot of great seasonal ingredients like squash, pumpkin, apples & pears. We will see on restaurant menus thicker soups, more game meats, fresh corn and heartier meals.

When cooler weather approaches, nothing comforts like hearty stews and casseroles, made with a host of wholesome ingredients and simmered in a soothing blend of seasonings.

Stew is low in cost and high in flavor and nutrition. The stewing process is an excellent method for cooking leaner cuts of meat as the long slow cooking breaks down the connective tissue, resulting in very tender meat. Nutrients are conserved, as the cooking liquid is eaten along with the dish, and it's a great way to use leftover vegetables. As a meal in one dish, stews and casseroles can be quite a time saver in busy households. Make stew in a slow-cooker, or prepare it in advance and reheat according to your family's hectic schedule. Many stews taste best when made in advance so the flavors blend. Casseroles can be assembled in advance and baked just before serving.

Vegetables for stews and casseroles should be cut into uniform size to ensure even cooking. To lower stew's fat content, put more vegetables and less meat in your favorite recipes.

First, brown the meat without added fat. Degrease the stew after cooking by refrigerating it until the fat rises to the top, then skimming the fat off with a spoon before reheating it. Stew doesn't have to include red meat. Some of the most delicious ethnic recipes are based on poultry and seafood, such as coq au vin or Louisiana seafood gumbo. Also, you can make a garden stew any time of year out of vegetables currently in season.

I won't be having any recipes in this column, but I will have fall recipes on my website if you want stop by!

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