Fire Safety Tips for Your Home

These are a few fire safety planning tips. Please spread the word to help keep other’s safe. Another tip not mentioned in the article is to be careful of wire wick candles. They emit smoke and other carcinogens such as lead. It’s safer to go with braided wick candles.

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Lobster Dinner Cruise Friday

The Lobster Dinner Cruise is a 5-8 pm sunset cruise on Friday, August 18th, plying the scenic coastline of Long Island Sound, with views of lighthouses and Fishers Island Sound coastline. If it’s a nice night, the experience is hard to beat – you can help hoist the sail, then settle in for a surprisingly generous dinner – clam chowder, a steamed lobster with drawn butter, and dessert. (Grilled chicken and vegetarian options are also available.) It’s a big schooner (110’), so don’t expect to be alone, but the crowd, the captain and the crew get consistently great reviews. Children 5 and over are welcome. $95 per adult (13+) and $47.50 for children ages 5-12.

If you want to make a full weekend of it, there is a Sunday Brunch Cruise on August 20. Lobster Cruises are also offered on additional dates, including August 25 and 26. See or call for schedule and availability.

One additional tip: those arriving from Long Island can take the Cross Sound Ferry passenger service, as the Mystic Whaler dock is within walking distance of the New London dock where the Cross Sound Ferries arrive.

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U.S. Navy Tall Ships Gives Tours in Freeport

Five U.S. Navy tall ships sailed into Freeport this week, carrying dozens of Naval Academy students in an annual summer tradition. This weekend, the U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will explore the Village of Freeport, which has hosted a naval squadron for 19 years. The ships — 44 feet long and more than 60 feet tall — left Annapolis Monday morning with 40 students and 10 coaches and docked in Freeport on Thursday morning. Thursday morning, Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, local veterans and residents welcomed the midshipmen at the Woodcleft Avenue Esplanade, their vessels resting in the Woodcleft Canal. Midshipmen will be giving tours of their boats Friday and Saturday before leaving for Annapolis on Sunday morning.

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Cookout Wednesdays at the Pridwin Hotel

If you’re lucky enough to be on Shelter Island on a summer Wednesday, check out the famous weekly cookouts at the Pridwin Hotel through Labor Day weekend. Each week features live music and delicious all-you-can-eat cookout menu. Call ahead for info (631-749-0476) and enjoy!

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Safety Summer Tips

In these days of sand and surf, don’t forget safety:

  • Avoid using power equipment on wet hedges, grass and shrubs.
  • Keep electronics away from your bathtub or pool. Be sure all outdoor outlets have waterproof covers.
  • Keep ladders away from electric wires at a distance of twice the length of the ladder.
  • Any downed wire could potentially be electrified. Keep well away and notify PSEG Long Island immediately, anytime at 1-800-490-0075.
  • Only run a generator outdoors and away from any windows or vents to prevent the intake of deadly carbon monoxide. Follows manufacturer instructions, particularly regarding the types and number of devices the generator can power.
  • Hear thunder? You are close enough to be struck by lightning. Go indoors immediately.

Interested in more? PSEG has 64 ways to make your home a safer place.

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It’s National Ice Cream Day!

It’s National Ice Cream Day!
Did you know in 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July National Ice Cream Day. Several chains are celebrating National Ice Cream Day with deals on Sunday and beyond. Here are some places celebrating National Ice Cream Day:

16 Handles: You can get a free 4-oz. frozen yogurt from noon-5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app.

Baskin-Robbins: Download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, for special offers for National Ice Cream Day.

Carvel: Buy on cup or cone – any size – and get a second one free.

Wendy’s: Get a vanilla or chocolate Frosty for 50 cents through August 25.

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Port Washington Communities Among Best Places To Raise A Family

Multiple communities in and around Port Washington are among 50 Long Island towns that made’s list of the 2017 best places to raise a family in New York.

Port Washington, Port Washington North, Sands Point, Munsey Park and Manhasset all made the statewide rankings.

This seems to be a reoccurring theme. Niche also named these communities as some of the best places to live in New York in 2017.

These rankings were created using information about public schools, crime rates, cost of living and family friendly amenities. Data was pulled from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources, according to Niche.

Heidi Spellman was born and raised in Plandome and her Grandfather was a former Mayor of Munsey Park. She graduated Manhasset High School and was a resident of Beacon Hill, Port Washington for 20 years, both of her daughters graduated Schreiber High School.

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Hurricane Readiness Guide

June 1st marks the official start of Hurricane Season. All residents should begin now to take steps to prepare for any tropical storm/hurricane that might strike Nassau County this season.

If you are prepared with food (dry food that does not require refrigeration or cooking) and water (1 gal. of water per person per day for at least 5 days), be sure to have a medication kit prepared. Kits should sustain you, your family and pets for up to 5 days.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano launched a new “Smart911” public safety service to enhance 911 call taking, streamline response times, assist in planning and response in the event of a disaster, and provide emergency alerts to residents. “Smart911” allows residents to create a free safety profile for their household at that can include information necessary for 911 call takers to have in the event of an emergency. Details can include the names and photos of all family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets, and emergency contacts.

This safety profile provides a way for residents to also include information that will enhance disaster response such as power needs for medical equipment, evacuation assistance and sheltering needs. In the event of a natural disaster, public safety officials will be able to quickly determine which residents need assistance. Smart911 provides the capability to conduct Mass Emergency Alerting, allowing residents to opt-in to receive emergency alerts from public safety officials based on geographic locations of events. These mass notifications can be sent through various means of communications including phone, text and e-mail.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit the link:



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Prevent Fleas and Ticks from Moving into Your Home

Like any pet owner, you want to keep fleas and ticks from bothering your pet and moving in to your home.

Infestations can take weeks or months to control. But by taking some precautions, you can prevent them from starting in the first place.

These four steps can help you make your home less inviting to these little bloodsuckers. Some of them start even before you walk through the front door.

1. Troubleshoot Your Yard.

The first line of defense is keeping fleas and ticks from setting up housekeeping on your property.

If you live in a home with a yard, that means keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed back. This simple landscaping move is the opposite of curb appeal to fleas and ticks, because they have less place to hide.

Next, discourage feral pets and wildlife from coming into your yard and bringing their fleas with them. Opossums, raccoons, and feral cats are the worst offenders. Don’t invite these critters by leaving bowls of dog or cat food outside.

Trim back any trees and high shrubs that could let wild animals crawl into your attic. Seal off any openings to crawl spaces, garages, sheds, or under decks, where wild animals or stray dogs or cats could nest, says, Michael K. Rust, PhD, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside.

When planting shrubs, keep them away from your house and each other. “Any time you have air movement and sunlight it will kill flea larvae,” Rust says.

You can also find effective yard flea sprays at your local hardware store.

2. Practice Prevention.

Many pet owners use spot-on flea and tick treatments on their pets.

When they come home, run a flea comb or brush through your pet’s coat before going inside, reducing the number of pests it carries.

Do you have a long-haired pet? It’s easier for pests to hide there. So consider having your pet shaved down for the summer, making it easier to spot problems.

3. Keep Your Home Clean.

Having fleas and ticks in your house doesn’t mean your home is dirty. But if you pay careful attention to certain areas, you can make pests less welcome. The tree stages of immature fleas (flea eggs, larvae, and pupae) often live in carpeting or throw rugs. So vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you spot fleas.

When you vacuum, don’t just cover the center of the room. Fleas avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions, and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time. This can eliminate 30% of larvae and 60% of flea eggs, according to the AgriLife Extension Service of Texas A&M University.

Change vacuum bags frequently, or place a flea collar in the bag to kill emerging fleas. If your pet rides in your car, vacuum your car, too.

Also wash your pet’s bedding, crate, and toys in hot water weekly to kill flea eggs and larvae.

4. Treat and Prevent Infestations.

Thanks to effective flea and tick control products you can use on your pets, infestations in your home are much less common today.

If fleas do invade, take steps to rid them from your home and keep them away. First, vacuum your carpets thoroughly. After vacuuming, dispose of the bag immediately because eggs and larvae will continue to develop in the bag. Next, shampoo or steam clean the carpet to remove additional fleas and larvae. If you choose to use an insecticide in your home, cleaning the carpets first allows the product to go deeper into the carpet.

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Manhasset and Port Washington Rated Top Schools in Nation

U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhasset Secondary School No. 25 and Port Washington’s Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School No. 36 as the top-performing Public Schools in the Nation.


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