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"Winter Storm Watch" ...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon... * what...heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch possible. * Where...portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York. * When...from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. * Additional details...travel could be very difficult at any point during the storm. Rapidly falling temperatures Sunday afternoon into the evening could cause any standing water to quickly freeze over. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into the night could bring down tree limbs and power lines. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. , "Special Statement" ...Light snow expected across the tri-state tonight... A weak area of low pressure will move across the region tonight, resulting in a light snowfall across the tri-state area. Snow is expected to overspread the region around midnight and continue through the early morning hours, ending during the morning commute, except east of NYC, where light snow may continue into the mid morning hours. On average, snowfall amounts will range between an inch and two inches. Motorists should be prepared for the possibility of slippery roads and use caution while driving. -- Thursday Jan.17 19,11:49 PM

September is Suicide Awareness Month

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Browning Urges Residents to Utilize Programs and Services

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Mastic, NY - September 9, 2013 - September is suicide awareness month, which calls for the promotion of awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. About one million people die by suicide each year. Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risk factors. There is strong evidence indicating that adequate prevention can reduce suicide rates. That is why Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) is urging residents to take advantage of the suicide prevention services available in Suffolk County. 
 
“Suicide is preventable, so it is important that the residents of Suffolk County are aware of the resources available to them,” stated Legislator Browning. “There are many factors that can lead someone to contemplate suicide, but there are clear symptoms that can be identified in time to get help. It is never too late to reach out.”
 
Confidential Suicide Hotlines 
Response of Suffolk County - (631) 751-7500 
Long Island Crisis Center - (516) 679-1111 
Lifeline National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
 
There are also resources for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. Joe’s Project is a suicide response program offered by the Family Service League with funding provided by the Suffolk County Legislature. The program has five components: outreach to educate first responders and other referral agencies, initial response by trained volunteer survivors of suicide loss to support the newly bereaved, family counseling, support groups for those who have lost love ones to suicide, and community education and counseling. To schedule a visit from a Joe’s Project volunteer of if you need immediate help call: 1-888-375-2228. 
 
If you know someone who is contemplating suicide, call 911 immediately.