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May 31, 2014 - World No Tobacco Day

Saturday May 31, 2014
Every year on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world. ITs aim is to encourage smokers to abstain for 24 hours, and to draw attention to the negative health effects of smoking, which cause 5.4 million deaths annually around the world. To learn about this specially designated day, please go to World No Tobacco Day.

Long Islanders have a variety of resources to help them give up this habit. To find out, please read Stop Smoking- Long Island, NY resources.

LINPI Native Plant Sale - 6/6, 6/7, 6/8 and 6/13, 6/14/and 6/15/14

Friday May 30, 2014

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative presents a Native Plant Sale on Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7, Sunday, June 8 and Friday, June 13, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014 (or by appointment) at the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Greenhouse, 121 Speonk - Riverhead Road in Riverhead, New York. All of the plants were produced from seed collected from native plant populations across Long Island and Staten Island, NY.

There will be a total of 55 herbaceous and other species, as well as eight new species. Note: they are taking pre-sale orders and they're offering seedling flats and liners of all species at wholesale prices for the nursery industry.

For more information, send them an email at info@linpi.org or call (631) 560-9945. Visit their website at www.linpi.org.m The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) is an all-volunteer, cooperative effort comprising more than 30 nonprofit organizations, nursery professional, governmental agencies and citizen. This mission is to protect the genetic integrity and heritage of Long Island's native plant populations.

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NY Governor Cuomo Declares Hurricane Preparedness Week

Wednesday May 28, 2014

As the hurricane season is about to start, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated this week as Hurricane Preparedness Week in our state. He urges all to review their family emergency plans and to check for the emergency supplies they have at home, at work and in their vehicles.

New York State Division of Homeland Security (DHSES) and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M Hauer commented, "The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Hazards from hurricanes come in many forms including storm surge, heavy winds and rain, inland flooding and even tornadoes. Make sure you are prepared for all hazards, including long term power outages."

For information on how to build a "go kit" and what to do to protect yourself and your family, please visit the DHSES website at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.

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Some Nassau County Beaches Closed

Saturday May 24, 2014
A sewage plant spill in Oyster Bay Village prompted the Nassau County Department of Healthy to close down six beaches on the North Shore. The spill released 125,000 gallons of sludge and partially treated waste water into the harbor.

In addition, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued a temporary emergency closure of shellfisheries in Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor on Friday, May 23, 2014, as a result of the release of sludge and partially treated sewage.

The following beaches have been closed to swimmers: http://longisland.about.com/od/landmarksattractions/ss/greatbeaches_6.htmRoosevelt Beach in Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow Beach in Laurel Hollow, and four beaches in Bayville: Southside Beach, West Harbor Beach, Centre Island Bay and Centre island Sound. The ban will remain in effect until the agency can determine that the situation has been remedied.

For the most current information on this and other beach closings and openings, you can call the Nassau County Health Department at (516) 227-9700.

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Is There a Future Triple Crown Winner in 2014 at the Belmont Stakes?

Saturday May 17, 2014

There hasn't been a Triple Crown winner since a horse named Affirmed came in first at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and finally, the Belmont Stakes in 1978. But today, Saturday, May 17, 2014, California Chrome, after winning the Kentucky Derby recently, galloped across the finish line to win at the 139th winning of the Preakness Stakes.

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, the colt, who has been likened to Seabiscuit, will compete in the final jewel of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park. It's going to be an exciting race, with many in attendance to see if California Chrome will go on to win The Belmont Stakes, the last leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

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FREE Concerts in Port Washington

Thursday May 15, 2014

The Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe, 299 Main Street, Port Washington, New York, (516) 767-2650, an intimate space with great acoustics, presents FREE concerts every Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. .(Paninis, coffee, desserts and more are available for purchase at the cafe.) Here's the lineup for May:

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.: Keith Everett and the Orange Morris - Americana and Folk music
  • Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.: Linda Tagliaferro sings opera (yes, when I'm not writing this website, I sing opera) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by LIsa Lay singing Folk music
  • Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.: Young Readers - Indie and Folk, followed by Glenn Squared - Pop and Folk

More info at The Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe.

To find out more about what's going on this month in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, please visit May Calendar of Events on Long Island 2014.

Oyster Bay - Annual Race for Literacy

Monday May 12, 2014

Now that it's gotten warmer, consider running in the Ninth Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 150 West Main Street in Oyster Bay, New York. The event will include a 5K run/walk and a quarter-mil Fun Run for kids ages 8 and under. Funs raised will support BJF's many literacy initiatives that benefit children in need throughout the NY area.

At 9:15 a.m., there will be kids' arts and crafts followed by a quarter-mile Fun Run for Future Olympians for ages 8 an dunker. The 5K race starts at 10:15 a.m.

The event is held in conjunction with the 11th Annual Health and Fitness Fair which is sponsored by the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce and Senator Carl L. Marcellino and will cover the new USA Track and Field Certified course through the toys of Oyster Bay and Oyster Bay Cove.

For more info and to register, please go to The Ninth Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy website.

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Mother's Day on Long Island, New York

Friday May 9, 2014

It's super-late to think about where to go with mom for Mother's Day 2014, but you still have a few days. Check out Mother's Day on Long Island 2014 to find out where you can celebrate this Sunday, May 11, 2014.

And did you remember to buy something for mom? If not, never fear. Read Last Minute Gifts on Long Island to find out about some presents that you can get asap for mom, like a gift certificate to a spa in Nassau or Suffolk, an Apple Store gift card and other last-minute purchases that you can get in time to make sure that mom has a happy day.

You might also be interested in reading about the May Calendar of Events on Long Island to find out about other times that you can bring mom along to some great places on the island.

Volunteer with Audubon NY To Help Nesting Birds on Long Island Beaches

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Audubon New York needs volunteers for outreach events this summer on the beach. They are looking for people who can help them to increase awareness of beach nesting birds, and you'll be spending a day at the beach to boot. If you'd like to participate in their programs, you're encouraged to join them for a free breakfast and training workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Road in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

For more information or to RSVP, please get touch with Kathryn D'Amico at kdamico@audubon.org.

Learn Salsa Dancing in Port Washington

Thursday April 24, 2014

Now that the weather's getting warmer, it's time to get out there and start moving. And what better way than to learn salsa dancing? Come to the Dolphin Cafe on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for lessons with dancer Stefany Coulter. No experience necessary and no partner necessary. Enjoy salsa, chips, guacamole and virgin sangria.

$5 per person. Register by calling (516) 767-2650. The Dolphin Cafe is located within eh Dolphin Bookshop at 299 Mai Street, Port Washington, New York.

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