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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * 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 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential 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: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area 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. * TORNADOES: Prepare for 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.

William Floyd Dedicates Gymnasium in Honor of Coach Bob Hodgson

On Saturday, December 21, the William Floyd School District officially dedicated the William Floyd High School east gymnasium in honor of Bob Hodgson, the beloved coach, educator and family man who passed away suddenly in ...

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Mastic Beach, NY, December 27, 2013 – On Saturday, December 21, the William Floyd School District officially dedicated the William Floyd High School east gymnasium in honor of Bob Hodgson, the beloved coach, educator and family man who passed away suddenly in March 2012 from complications of a heart attack. The ceremony took place in front of packed stands filled with family, friends, colleagues, former students and players.

Hodgson, who joined William Floyd in 1989 as a health education teacher, immediately turned around the boys varsity basketball program which had won only one time in its previous 52 games. Throughout his 23-year career as head coach, Hodgson led the Colonials to a 265-190 record, three Suffolk County Boys Basketball Championships (1994, 1997 and 2012) and six Suffolk County League I Championships (1993, 1994, 1997, 2006, 2008 and 2012). He created the William Floyd Youth Basketball Program, served as president of the Suffolk County Basketball Coaches Association (1999-2001) and as vice president of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (2011-2012). He was posthumously inducted into the William Floyd Athletic Hall of Fame in December of 2012.

Jean Dawson, Vice President of the Board of Education, was a member of the Board when Coach Hodgson joined William Floyd. “Those of us that believe in Floyd kids know that they can do anything if they are given the right leadership and tools to succeed,” said Mrs. Dawson. “Bob not only taught basketball, he taught our students life lessons that I know they carry with them to this day.” Mrs. Dawson also remembered Lynn Hodgson, Coach’s wife, who was also at each game selling snacks and helping support the team. Lynn passed away just six weeks after Bob in April of 2012.

“The William Floyd School community has great affection for our former teacher and basketball coach. We still feel a great sense of loss without him around,” said Paul Casciano, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools, at the ceremony. “With today’s gym dedication, Coach Hodgson will always be in the house; this gym will always be his home court; and he will never be forgotten. His name will live on in this school and in this district for generations.”

At the ceremony, Rob Hodgson, Coach’s son and the current coach of the boys varsity basketball team who played under his father from 1989-1994, shared some basketball memories of his father and what he instilled in his players. “He taught us discipline and a work ethic that is required to achieve greatness,” he said, adding that in order to achieve greatness implies that there is some failure along the way. “‘Learn from those mistakes; learn every day and improve every day,’ is something that he used to say.”

Rob Hodgson and his siblings Ryan, Rex and Rose Gaudreau, unveiled the memorial plaque which will be placed on a wall outside the gymnasium underneath the words “Bob Hodgson Gymnasium.” The plaque lists his coaching accomplishments and also states: “Bob Hodgson is responsible for developing the William Floyd High School boys basketball program into one of the most respected in Suffolk County. His dedication to coaching has inspired and motivated countless students. His work as a coach transcended the basketball court as he helped students become more respectful and responsible people. Our boys basketball championships during his tenure are sources of great pride for our high school, district and community.”

Additionally, the inside of the gymnasium was refurbished with a new center logo and the words “Bob Hodgson Gymnasium” is emblazoned on the floor along with new mats bearing the name William Floyd Colonials. Commemorative t-shirts were sold at the event raising $250 for the American Heart Association in memory of Bob Hodgson. 

Members of the Hodgson family with the Coach Bob Hodgson memorial plaque in the newly dedicated Bob Hodgson Gymnasium.