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first_imgFire ants don’t just cause pain to humans. They cause damageto public and personal property and to Georgia crops.”Fire ants appear to be attracted to electricity,”said Beverly Sparks, an Extension Service entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “They can enter electrical boxes and cause damageto traffic lights, air-conditioning units and electrical conduits.”Sparks’ research focuses on fighting the fire ant battle inGeorgia. She and UGA research coordinator Stan Diffie have theenvious job of killing fire ants for a living.”Stan has killed more fire ants than anyone else in Georgia,”Sparks said.Besides the damage fire ants cause inside electrical boxes,their mounds damage landscape and farming equipment.”Fire ant mounds sit out in the open and dry to the consistencyof concrete,” Sparks said. “When lawn mowers and haybalers hit these mounds, they can cause significant damage tothe equipment.”Fire ants were once a problem only for people in central andsouthern Georgia. “Now we’ve found fire ants in every county,”she said, “even in mountainous areas we first thought weretoo cold in the winter for them to survive.”Spreading Across the U.S.Until recently, fire ants in the United States were a southernproblem. But they’re spreading out. Fire ants are now reportedin southern states as far west as Texas and in five Californiacounties.In Texas, fire ants damage pecans, Sparks said, by enteringcracks in the soft-shelled nuts and eating the nutmeats.”They can damage agricultural crops and harm wildlife,including birds, deer and cattle,” she said.If you’re battling a few fire ant mounds yourself, Sparks recommendsnot disturbing the mounds.What You Can Do”If you can tolerate a few mounds, it’s better to leavethem alone,” she said. “This keeps new mounds from poppingup.The fire ant mounds you see are actually only one-third ofthe entire mound. To kill the ants, you have to reach the wholething.”With fire ant baits, you can enlist the assistance ofthe ants to help you deliver the insecticide to every member ofthe colony,” Sparks said. “The secret is to get theworker ants to carry your pesticide into the mounds and shareit with others, especially the queen.”Broadcast a bait first, she said. Then come back two to threedays later and treat any large mounds. “It’s important todo this twice a year, in the spring and fall,” she said.Having tested most of the baits on the market, Sparks saysthose containing hydramethylnon, sold under the trade names ofAmdro and Siege, work the fastest.”All the baits basically look the same. They’re made ofcorncob grit and soybean oil, which attracts the ants,” shesaid. “It’s the toxicants inside that are different.”Looking For New ControlsSparks and other UGA entomologists are studying new and unconventionalways to fight fire ants. One new technique is to introduce oneof the ant’s natural enemies, the Brazilian phorid fly.The tiny fly lays its egg inside a fire ant’s body. The egghatches into a larva, which moves into the ant’s head and causesit to fall off. The fly completes its development inside the fallenhead.”Phorid flies and other biological controls will stresscolonies,” Sparks said. “They’ll suppress them. Butthey won’t totally get rid of them.”Another promising biological control agent is a microsporidiumcalled thelohania solenopsae.”This seems to have a lot of promise,” Sparks said.”It gives the colony a disease which weakens it.” Onthe down side, the microsporidium is hard to apply.Since fire ants arrived in the 1950s, Georgians have learnedhow to coexist with them.”I worry more about visitors,” Sparks said. “Visitorscome to Georgia, stay in our hotels and play on our golf courses.If they don’t know what fire ants are, they’re in for a big surprise.”last_img read more

Don’t Blame Zoning For Long Island’s Lack Of Affordable Housing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Over the years a growing coterie of self-described pro-growth urbanists and like-minded real estate experts have turned up their noses on suburban land-use patterns. They argue that zoning—a local municipality’s power to determine land usage—is not only restricting Long Island’s ability to grow, but also to be affordable.If zoning were removed from an area, the reasoning goes, then development would boom. In turn, thanks to the added growth, the housing supply would increase, and prices would plummet.Unfortunately, this analysis is wrong.What is a good foundation for basic economic theory is shaky ground for land-use policy. A simplistic economic dictum cannot distill the complex cocktail of factors that drive housing affordability. In the field of economics, the law of supply and demand is one of the first lessons. The principle dictates that as supply increases, demand decreases, and vice-versa.The idea, these pro-growth proponents say, is that if the Island abandons the single-family model, then housing prices will naturally decline. If communities welcome mixed-use developments, density will therefore increase, and the region will become more affordable.But the principle of supply and demand cannot be readily applied to Nassau and Suffolk counties as a wholesale solution to our affordability woes.Long Island’s suburbia is home to regional factors that do not constrain market-driven development in more urban areas: limited vacant open space, environmental concerns that take precedence in zoning decisions, and an existing neighborhood scale that is comprised of tracts of pre-existing single-family homes.All too often these “market urbanists” scoff at the mere mention of local zoning, but what they fail to realize is that single-use zoning, also known as Euclidian zoning, has its rightful place when executed properly. What they conveniently forget is that at one point in time that community, comprised of the residents who lived in that area, decided how their land should be used. Yes, local zoning needs to adapt to changing times, but the concept itself should not be disregarded by those critics who condescendingly mislabel it “NIMBY”-ism.Stephen Smith, who writes for the New York City-based blog Market Urbanism, which is branded as “Urbanism for Capitalists,” goes so far as to argue that the lack of building permits in both Rye and Long Island showcases exactly what is driving up housing costs in each area. In a nutshell, Smith argues that if zoning oversight was more relaxed, or in some cases eliminated completely, prices would decline.Instead, the application of zoning should be examined on a case-by-case basis. Is a municipality’s zoning restricting growth for legitimate, data-backed reasons? This question, paired with environmental study, should drive rezoning decisions at the local and regional level. Getting rid of zoning is not the answer.What city-based writers like Smith fail to see is that legitimate urban planning standards very often drive zoning decisions. Further, housing starts don’t necessary equate with affordability, especially when you factor in scarcity of develop-able land in Westchester County, or the environmental restrictions on growth in Nassau and Suffolk counties.The question of capacity also comes into play: Can existing wastewater or transportation systems mitigate the impacts of growth? In our older suburbs, the answer is a resounding no. Planners must also consider the concept of community scale: Is a 10-story apartment complex right for an area like Kings Point on Nassau’s Gold Coast, or decidedly suburban Rye? Based on the current-built environment in these communities, as well as their existing infrastructure networks, the answer is no.The issue of housing affordability is frequently tied to the supply-and-demand-driven argument for changing suburban zoning patterns. The lure of less-expensive housing serves as a call to increase the supply. Stakeholders also frequently cite a distinct lack of young adults in older, exclusive communities. All too often, prevention of the “brain drain” is used as the rationale for upping developmental density, yet the problem of actual affordability is rarely addressed. Are these areas meant for young up-and-comers, or people further along in their careers and their stages in life? Is adding apartments to a suburban neighborhood that is equipped to support only tracts of single-family homes a good fit?These are all concerns that planners, and the practitioners of the art and science of urban planning, work to address. We cannot trust bloggers chained to an ideology—be it libertarian, new urbanist or other—or stakeholders beholden to an agenda to drive the complex conversation on housing needs and affordability.By focusing obtusely on supply and demand, these analysts ignore what is actually affecting the cost of living. Energy prices, village taxes, ever-rising school district expenditures, commuting and so on, all contribute to the financial burden faced by Long Island homeowners, and these factors are unaffected by increasing the housing supply. If anything, building more housing without properly expanding municipal services would exacerbate them.In order to tackle our housing issues, we must have an honest assessment of what is truly the cause, and attack it head-on. People aren’t saying: “I want to build a new house on Long Island, but I can’t afford to do it.” Instead, they are saying: “It’s too expensive to live here.” Zoning itself isn’t the enemy. Unchecked suburban sprawl sparked by the baby boom generation and the subsequent fragmentation of inadequate municipal services is the culprit.The suburbs of Westchester and Long Island have the demand. Let’s put our effort into making our ample existing supply affordable.Rich Murdocco writes on Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Long Island Fall Festivals and Street Fairs 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As summer turns to autumn, harvest time returns and with it, the annual celebrations culminating in fall festivals across Long Island.The events include gatherings dedicated to apples, garlic—even pickles—although most are simply dedicated to all things fall, such as scarecrows, corn husking and jack ‘o lantern making.Here are more than 60 fall fairs in Nassau and Suffolk counties scheduled through October:Long Island FairContinuing a 173-year tradition, this is one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals and is so big it can’t be limited to one weekend. Contestants can face off in corn-husking and scarecrow building events in addition to guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Attractions include a petting zoo, live music and dancing as well as pony, tractor and carnival rides. Fairgoers will also find magic shows, stilt walkers, puppets, juggling, storytelling, Civil War reenactments and other historical demonstrations. Not to mention all the mouthwatering fall fair foods, such as candied apples, pumpkins, organic veggies, fresh-made candy, giant turkey legs and funnel cakes. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. lifair.org $12 adults, $8 seniors and kids ages 5-12, kids under 5 free, $5 senior citizen Fridays, $7 10 a.m.-noon Early Bird Special. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday. The fair runs Sept. 25, 26, 27 and Oct. 2, 3 and 4.Harvest Day FestivalThis annual event will have costumed trade and craft people demonstrating candle making, beekeeping, blacksmithing, basketry, decoy carving and many other traditional skills. Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 26.Valley Stream Community FestThis annual, one-day celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture,visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities is geared toward families and one truly fun-filled day. Rockaway Avenue between Sunrise Hwy. and Merrick Rd., Valley Stream. vscommunityfest.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26.St. Margaret’s Fall FairGames, vendors, food, antiques, bounce house, raffles and prizes. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. stmargaretepiscopal.org Free. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sept. 26.Wildwood Fall FestivalArts and crafts, magicians, music, petting zoo, pony rides and face painting! A great time indeed! Wildwood State Park, Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. www.nysparks.com $10 parking, free with Empire Pass. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26.Fish Hatchery Fall FestivalA pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, bounce castle, games, food, live animal encounters, and fishing for kids 12 and under. 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfa.org $6 adults, $4 kids and seniors, members free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sept. 26.Festival by the SeaLive music, great food, inflatable rides, children’s shows, clam-eating and rib-eating contests, sand sculptures, pony rides, circus acts, games and give-aways, a petting zoo and more! Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Fall Garden and Harvest FestivalThis annual event features horticultural displays and demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, food, live music, tours of the dahlia garden, a model-train exhibit, local artisans and vendors, pumpkin painting and hayrides. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. Great River. bayardcuttingarboretum.com $15 per car, $7 with Empire Passport. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Merrick Fall Festival and Street FairGames, rides, food, crafts, jewelry. Chamber of Commerce, adjacent to the LIRR train station, Merrick. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27.Septemberfest“A Modern Harvest of Fun,” including art, music, dance, food, a chowder contest and the history of the community. Agwam Park, 23 Main St., Southampton. southamptonseptfest.org Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.Seaford Annual Harvest FairCheck out the pumpkin patch, food, pastries, crafts, raffles, entertainment, and the scarecrow contest! Seaford Historical Museum, 3890 Waverly Ave., Seaford. seafordhistoricalsociety.org Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27.Village Day Fall FestivalA petting zoo, pony rides and pumpkin painting are just some of the festivities planned. There will also be award-winning artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, apple cider and Horman pickles. Guggenheim Estate Golden Honey from the Preserve’s hives has been harvested in time for the fair. Pizza and refreshments available. Be sure to take a hayride around the Great Lawn to enjoy the foliage. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $20 per car, $10 with pass 12-5 p.m. Sept. 27.West Islip Country FairMore than 300 craft vendors, along with line dancing and square dancing, children’s bounce house and slide, petting zoo, a magician, face painting, sand art, food, music and more. West Islip Library Grounds, Higbie Lane and Montauk Hwy., West Islip. westislipcountryfair.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27.Caleb Smith Preserve Fall FestivalEnjoy the outdoors at this second annual festival with nature and bird-watching tours, honey-bee and fly-fishing demonstrations, Native American and colonial reenactments, as well as more standard entertainment such as antique cars, face painting and of course, food and ice cream. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, 581 W Jericho Tpke., Smithtown. friendsofcalebsmith.org $10/car. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 27.Fall Harvest FestivalHay rides? Check. Live music? Check again. Corn maze, face painting, inflatable rides and pick your own pumpkins? Check, check, check and check again. This month-long, weekends-only fall fest has all that and more! Borellas Farm Stand, 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James. borellasfarmstand.com $12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October though Columbus Day.Levittown Fall Family Festival and Street FairPetting zoo, entertainment, pumpkin patch, crafts, exhibits, face painting and raffles? Uh, can you say, “Sign us up!”? Veterans Memorial Park, Shelter Lane, Levittown. levittownchamber.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3Sayville Apple FestivalApple-themed cooking contests, carnival, live music as well as arts and crafts. The Islip Grange, Broadway Ave., Sayville. Free.10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 3.Lynbrook ExpoCar show, rides, games, vendors, food and live entertainment. Greis Park, 55 Wilbur St., Lynbrook. greaternewyorkregion.org/event/lynbrook-expo/ Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 3.Amityville Apple FestivalThe freshest New York State apples will be on sale while festival goers can enjoy live music at the Showmobile, a DJ at the Gazebo, sidewalk sale, magician, children’s craft area and more. An antique sale will be held in Lauder Museum parking lot. Park Avenue Memorial School, 140 Park Ave., Amityville. Facebook.com/AmityvilleAppleFestival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3.Pumpkin Fest 2015 Cornell Cooperative Extension Long Island Autumn FestivalLive music, pumpkin picking and decorating, carnival rides and games, wagon rides and more! Suffolk County Farm & Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. longislandbrowser.com 11 a.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4Fall Family Festival WeekendBounce house and potato sack races for the kids, beer tastings for the grownups, Billy Joel tribute band for everyone to enjoy! Also “trick or treating” and a costume parade. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay. plantingfields.org $20/vehicle. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4San Gennaro Feast of the HamptonsRides, music, arts and crafts and lots of luscious, sauce-drenched, soul-soothing Italian food. Don’t miss the Grucci fireworks display on Saturday night! Hampton Bays train station, Good Ground Round, Hampton Bays. SanGennaroFeastOfTheHamptons.com 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 4.Fall FestivalWhat was colonial life like? Find out at the Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor. Watch the 3rd NY Revolutionary Regiment perform maneuvers. Then take a cemetery tour and listen to the history of the family members who reside there. Activities include crafts for children, old-fashioned games and other historic activities. Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Hwy. between Manor Lane and Gardiner Drive, West Bay Shore. sagtikosmanor.com $7/person or $25/family of 4, free under 3. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 4.Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft & Gift FairArts and crafts plus local artisans offering endless possibilities of gifts: birthdays, holidays, and every days? C’mon. You know this is the spot! Old Country Road, Plainview. nassaucountycraftshows.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4.Babylon Fall FestivalHay rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live music, fresh food and face painting. Town Hall Park, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. townofbabylon.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 10.Family Fall and Halloween FestivalFall is the season for family fun, whether it’s heading down to the pumpkin patch with the lil ones, gathering round the campfire with some hot, steaming pumpkin lattes, or just simply enjoying a fresh, piping hot home-baked pumpkin pie together. Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10.Plant & SingPeople gather to plant garlic and harvest fall crops, transforming the fields and the work itself with festive songs, dances, recitations and meals. When the work is done, it’s time to enjoy the world-class festival of Bluegrass and Traditional American Music on the expansive waterfront lawn. On Saturday night you can BYOB for the crab boil and garlic shuck while you jam out to to the music. Sunday will have music all day long, plus food trucks, kids’ activities, demonstrations and a lot more!. Sylvester Manor, 55 Manhanset Rd., Shelter Island Heights. plantandsing.com $25 for Saturday night, $40 for Sunday, kids under 12 free. 6 p.m. Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-late night Oct. 11.Mill Neck Manor Fall Harvest FestivalAlso known as Apple Fest, attendees here can visit the Cheese House, a country store, raffles, children’s games as well as arts and crafts. There’s seasonable produce and grilled bratwurst, but they had us at “Cheese House.” Lol. Mill Neck Manor, 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck. millneck.org Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Fall Arts & Crafts ShowPaintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, wood furniture, shell art, blown glass, stained glass, metal work – every type of art you can think of will be showcased at this annual event. Great opportunity to do all your holiday shopping at one place! Village Green, Main Street, Westhampton. whbcc.org Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11.Deepwells Fall FestivalPumpkin painting, picking and pony rides as well as hayrides, old-fashioned games arts and crafts. Deepwells, 2 Taylor Lane, St. James. stjameschamber.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Montauk Fall FestivalThis festival kicks off with their famous clam chowder contest at 11 a.m. on Saturday. It includes crab races, rides, a farmers’ market, live music and incorporates elements of Octoberfest with Long Island craft brews. Village green, Montauk Highway, Montauk. montaukchamber.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Long Beach Fall FestivalThis annual celebration has it all: a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a bounce house, a petting zoo, a ferris wheel, pony rides, hay rides, arts and crafts and a costume contest. Come down for some serious fun! Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue between National Boulevard and Centre Street, Long Beach. longbeachny.gov $15 per day, $25 weekend pass. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11.Huntington Long Island Fall FestivalThe music, food and carnival start Friday, joined Saturday and Sunday by contests, vendors and arts and crafts before one last day of food and rides Monday. Heckscher Park, 164 Main St., Huntington. lifallfestival.com Free. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 10 & 11, 11 a.m.- 5p.m. Oct. 12.Riverhead Country FairVegetable decorating contest, carnival rides, folk music, tractor pulls, plus hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Main Street, Riverhead. riverheadcountryfair.com Free, not including fees for some rides and activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11.Harvest FestivalGood music, hayrides, pumpkin picking, cider making and more! Benner’s Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket. bennersfarm.com $8 adults, $6 kids. 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 11.Fall Family Fishing FestivalEvent includes a casting contest, fly-fishing instruction, pumpkin decorating, an exotic animal show, magic show, face painting, pony rides, free bait and fish-cleaning services. Displays by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, State Parks as well as other fishing and environmental organizations. Prior to the festival, the New York State parks department will stock South and McDonald Ponds with hundreds of brook and rainbow trout. Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeside Dr., West Hempstead. nysparks.com/parks/31 Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 17.   Oyster FestivalBilled as the largest annual outdoor festival and the biggest waterfront fest on the East Coast with about 200,000 attendees on average, the 31st oyster fest is back. The lineup includes tall ships, pirate shows and carnival rides. Aside from oysters prepared every way imaginable, it also features the famous oyster-shucking contest. How many shucks can a woodchuck shuck if a woodchuck could shuck wood? Sorry. Tried, anyway. Theodore Roosevelt Park, West End Avenue, Oyster Bay. theoysterfestival.org Free, fees for rides. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18.Seaford Fall FestivalHave you ever stumbled across something so amazing you’ve just got to get out there and tell all your friends, all your relatives, people you don’t even know? This annual smorgasbord of arts and crafts offers visitors a diverse collection of everything from vinyl records to antique toys, lamps and so much more! Check it out! Then tell everyone you know, too. Seaford train station, Sunrise Highway, Seaford. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18.Huntington Apple FestivalScarecrow making, hayrides, music, old-timey games as well as arts and crafts—plus lots and lots of apples. Tough to beat, for sure. Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum, 434 Park Ave., Huntington. huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org Free. 12-4 p.m. Oct. 18.Pumpkin FestThis ninth annual event features pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins and… Wait for it. Wait for it. More pumpkins! And we love pumpkins! Islandia Village Hall, 100 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia. newvillageofislandia.com Free. 12-3 p.m. Oct. 24.Family Fall and Halloween FestivalCelebrate the arrival of the fall season with fun activities for children and adults alike, including Halloween a hayride, crafts, bouncies (!!), photo opportunities, games, hot, piping apple cider and popcorn! Additionally, there’ll be a ‘U-Pick’ pumpkin patch for children so they can survey and pick their very own pumpkin, as well as decorate them! Children are encouraged to come in costumes, of course! Marjorie Post Community Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa. oysterbaytown.com Free. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 24.Great Jack-o’-Lantern SpectacularIn addition to contestants setting sail to their Jack-o’-Lantern, there will be a kid-friendly spooky house, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, trick or treating, “funny fotos,” games and more.  Participation limited to the first 50 carved pumpkins. Jack-o’-Lanterns will set sail at 6 p.m. Participating pumpkins must be between the size of a soccer ball and a basketball and must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Pwk exit 38, North Babylon. nysparks.com/parks/88 $8 parking, free with Empire Pass. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24.Rockville Centre Fall FestivalFall is worth celebrating! It’s been that way since ancient times. Great people, great food, amazing arts and crafts and so much more will help usher in this joyous time of the year at this annual festival. Rockville Centre train station, Long Beach Road. rvcny.us Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24, 25.Rock Hall Country FairCountry music, line dancing, blacksmithing, basket weaving, colonial historians, a harvest market, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, animal farm, antique cars…. Are you sold yet on attending this awesome event? Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. toh.li Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, 25.OktoberfestEnjoy Long Island craft beers, live music, pumpkin picking, farm tours, arts and crafts and more at the East End’s only Oktoberfest! Garden of Eve Organic Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead. gardenofevefarm.com $15 adults. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 24, 25.Harvest FestAside from the usual fall fest fare such a pumpkin painting, arts and crafts and live music, this unique festival also includes a chowder crawl, costumed dog parade (2 p.m.) and a haunted building walking tour. Chowder, dogs and haunted houses!? This is the place to be! Main Street, Port Jefferson. portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-5 p.m. Oct. 25.Garden City South Street FairThis 15th annual event will be the best yet! Handmade crafts, unique merchandise, inflatable rides, great food, entertainment. Nassau Blvd., Garden City. lifeonlongisland.com Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25.Halloween Boat BurningIn this local annual tradition, a boat that has been deemed too-unsafe-to-sail is set ablaze in sacrifice while thousands watch from the shore. Fear not! Festivities include raffles, snacks, hot apple cider and live music. Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville. limaritime.org Free 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30.Long Island Antique Book, Paper and Art FairBooks are the heart and soul of the human cultural experience. They record, they enlighten and they inspire. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collision of the written word and arts and crafts that will make your heart bend and soul absolutely just break out into song and sing, sing, sing! Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. pekaleshows.com Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1. — Compiled by Desiree D’ioriolast_img read more

Rebuilding after a flood or hurricane

first_img continue reading » Floods are the most common natural disaster in the country. According to FEMA, a mere inch of flood water in your home can result in over $27,000 in property damage! Despite this, homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover damages caused by flooding!If you’re like most Americans, your home is your most valuable asset. Therefore, protecting the value of your home and its contents is crucial. If flooding is a concern to you and your family, it’s important to know that flood insurance coverage can help pay for repairs to your home and repairs to or replacement of damaged items within your home in the event of a flood or a hurricane.Common Post-Disaster ExpensesMold: Mold is a hazard to both people and property and can spread over any material that stays wet for more than two days.Sewage contamination: Rising floodwater is usually contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, and debris. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cottage owners land 50pc capital growth in five years

first_imgThe home was described as having great potential.Character features were retained throughout the home, and it has a large enclosed sunroom that both bedrooms open out onto.It currently allows for off street parking for two cars but there was “massive potential to build-in underneath or extend at the rear”, according to the listing. The owners renovated the property after they bought it five years ago.Agent Mark Bisaro of Havig & Jackson — Clayfield described it as a “picture-perfect double-gabled colonial” with potential given its 728sq m block.“The spacious two bedroom home has the space and character to create a wonderful family home with further renovation. Rarely do blocks of this size become available in Red Hill and Paddington.” 11 Atkins Street, Red Hill, Qld 4059A CHARMING two bed colonial in inner city Brisbane has sold for more than 50 per cent of what its owners paid five years ago.The two bedroom, single bathroom, single car space property at 11 Atkins Street, Red Hill, sold on December 21 for $860,000.Its owners had paid $550,000 for the property in November 2012 before renovating it while they lived in the property. They have had it on the rental market last year with the last listed rent at $545 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCharacter features have been retained.center_img Both bedrooms and the kitchen open into the sunroom.last_img read more

Swiss government rejects plea to back Swiss cantons in pensions dispute

first_imgThe Swiss government has re-affirmed its intention to draft legislation that would back the position of the federal supervisory authority for occupational pensions in a dispute with cantons over the governance of regional supervisory authorities.The federal council laid out its plan earlier this month in response to a request from a member of parliament, Daniel Fässler, a member of the Christian Democratic People’s Party.Fässler called on the government to clarify what responsibilities the law grants the federal supervisory authority for occupational pensions – the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK), or Commission de haute surveillance (CHS).The backdrop to this is a dispute over whether the Swiss cantons should be allowed to have representatives from their governments on the boards of regional supervisory authorities, as is currently the case. The cantons are defending this organisation, arguing that it has never posed a problem and that they comply with the law.The OAK is against this practice, saying it is incompatible with the legal requirement that supervisory authorities be independent.“The OAK has communicated this viewpoint to the supervisory authorities several times, but they are sticking with their organisation,” an OAK spokesman told IPE.“That is why the federal council will, by the end of this year, consult on draft legislation that will include a proposal to strengthen the independence of the occupational pension supervisory authorities.” In its response to the request from the member of parliament, the federal council said it was well aware of the discussions around the independence of the cantonal and regional supervisory bodies and that it previously found this could be impeded if cantonal government officials were members of these bodies.Conflicts of interest are more likely to arise in relation to supervision of public sector pension providers, it added.“The federal council,” it said, “will therefore by the end of this year consult on a bill that, in addition to a draft law to modernise first-pillar supervision, will include a proposal to strengthen the independence of the occupational pension supervisory authorities.” The statement confirmed the government’s previously announced plans and the related timetable – it has commissioned the interior ministry to draw up a reform plan and gave it until the end of this year to come up with its proposal.Dominique Favre, director at As-So, the supervisory authority for western Switzerland, told IPE the cantons were “angry” about the government’s plan to change the law, which they see as a step towards centralisation.“If you want the cantons to no longer have a say, then you need a centralised system, like FINMA, and everything would have to be done in Bern, and the federal administration would manage occupational pension provision,” he said.“But, if they wanted a regional system, it’s normal that the local, regional or cantonal authorities would participate. It’s a fight against the centralisation of supervision.”FINMA is the Swiss financial markets supervisory authority; in contrast to occupational pensions, the supervision of banks and insurers is centralised at the federal level.  The dispute between the OAK and the cantons has its origins in a 2012 reform of the Swiss supervisory system for occupational pensions, which led to the creation of the OAK and also provided for the merger of the mostly cantonal supervisory authorities to form regional supervisory bodies.The consolidation had been underway before this, however.Today, there are three regional occupational pension supervisors in Switzerland, for the west, central and the east.Some cantons have continued to organise supervision on a cantonal level, eschewing regional co-operation.The three regional bodies have boards that comprise representatives from the cantonal governments.The board of As-So, the supervisory authority for western Switzerland, for example, is made up of one representative from each of the four cantons it covers: Waadt (Vaud), Wallis (Valais), Neuenburg (Neuchâtel) and Jura.Fässler, whose request the federal council rejected earlier this month, is in the cantonal government of Appenzell Innerrhoden and is the vice-president of the board of the supervisory authority for eastern Switzerland – precisely the type of situation the OAK is against.The OAK has no legal right to influence the composition of a supervisory authority’s board, its spokesman told IPE.last_img read more

Edison wants government to “free up” the Electoral Commission

first_img Sharing is caring! Share UWP Leader, Hon. Edison JamesLeader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Edison James is calling on government to “free up” the Electoral Commission.James told a UWP meeting in Lagoon earlier this week that the Electoral Commission is being stifled by the ruling Dominica Labour Party.“We as a party, a government in waiting, commit ourselves to democratic reform to ensure that our major institutions maintain their independence as provided under our constitution. The Electoral Commission takes pride of place here. They are not independent. They should have an independence that will involve providing them with their own budget, that they cannot be held ransom by a government that has refused to provide the financing to bring about Voter ID cards and electoral reform,” he said.According to James, “we wish, we want and we must have a cleaning of the voters register”. He said the UWP are satisfied that the work since the elections of 2009 has raised the awareness of the people of Dominica for the need for electoral reform.“We think that we can change the strategy. We ask you to stay engaged and keep listening. We are not going to get what we want if you just stand by. We need your support,” James told party supporters.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews Edison wants government to “free up” the Electoral Commission by: – January 27, 2012center_img 27 Views   2 comments Share Sharelast_img read more

Spurs rival Everton for Roma defender Smalling

first_imgTottenham have joined the interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. Smalling Smalling’s permanent move to Roma could be scuppered if the Serie A side fail to qualify for the Champions League, says Corriere dello Sport. Tottenham and Everton have made contact with United over Smalling, while he is also under consideration at Juventus.Advertisement United chief executive Ed Woodward has, in turn, increased his asking price for the star to £16.5million, and the deal in total could set Roma back £33million when wages are taken into consideration. Read Also:Manchester United rejects Roma’s Bid for Chris Smalling Roma wouldn’t be able to sanction such a move if they end up playing in the Europa League next season, the report claims, with Smalling set to accept a pay cut in his current United wages but keen on a longer deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana Jones5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Pardew wary of Pulis’ Palace wisdom

first_img “For me it is different, I’m just trying to get the best out of the team, I’m not looking for a competition with Tony and I’m sure neither is he – we are professional Premier League managers, we have proven that and we can do the job if we have the players and I’m fortunate to have some good players.” Pardew will have the same squad at his disposal as that which thrashed Sunderland last weekend. That means the Eagles will still be without strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell – who both remain sidelined with hamstring problems. Lee Chung-yong (foot) is a long-term absentee and Jordon Mutch (thigh) is out, but Pape Souare should be fit despite being forced off during the 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light. Tony Pulis refused to lift the lid on his Crystal Palace exit but insisted he will never do a better job elsewhere. “I had a great 10 months there and it’s none of your business,” he said when asked why he left. “If you want to talk about negative things I’m not here to do that. “Whatever happens between me and another individual, happens between me and him. I’m not going to talk behind people’s backs. “I think Stoke will always sit with me as the main job because of the time I spent there but as a short-term position I don’t think I’d ever better what went on at Palace. “I don’t want to talk about what went on and what didn’t go on, what matters was them staying in the Premier League. It’s a good club and has unbelievable potential. To finish 11th was absolutely fabulous and something everyone at the club could be proud of. “We spent just under £3million and brought in Scott Dann, Joe Ledley and Tom Ince and they were important signings.” Pulis could be without Brown Ideye, who is struggling with a knee injury – but Callum McManaman is fully fit following a foot problem after being an unused substitute in the 3-2 loss to Leicester last week. “It is a huge advantage he has in terms of playing an opposition,” he said. “He knows us. It is more or less all of the players he had here who will be starting, with the exception of Wilfried (Zaha) and James McArthur, everyone else was here “He has a tremendous ability to strangle a team, he knows how to knock the stuffing out of a team and no-one could be worse to play than us and the position we are in. “We respect them and we respect what he will do and we will try and get the win with all that in mind.” If Pardew, who collected the manager of the year accolade for his work with Newcastle in 2011-12, can continue to oversee such a strong run of form it is likely Palace will eclipse last season’s achievements and could see them finish in the top half of the table. Recent wins over reigning champions Manchester City and a 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland have brought Pardew’s Palace into the spotlight – but he does not want to be compared to Pulis and is more interested in another strong showing from his side. “I think it is a little bit unfair,” he said when asked if he was doing a better job than Pulis had done. “The scenarios are always different to match up and say ‘this is better, that is better’. What he did was separate to what I’m doing, it was a fantastic achievement and he won manager of the year and quite rightly so. Pulis was voted Premier League manger of the year last season after steering Palace from relegation candidates to an 11th-placed finish but he left on the eve of the current campaign and has since taken over at the Hawthorns. The 57-year-old will return to Palace for the first time this weekend having seen his side slip to three successive defeats but Pardew, who has guided the south London club to eight wins from his 12 league games in charge, feels that Pulis’ insider knowledge leaves the Welshman holding all the aces. Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew concedes Tony Pulis will hold a “huge advantage” when the former Eagles manager takes his West Brom side to Selhurst Park on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Authorities investigate fatal shooting out side of Fort Lauderdale mosque

first_imgThe Broward Sheriffs Department is currently investigating a shooting that left one person dead outside of a mosque in Fort Lauderdale.The incident occurred around 11:30 am in the area of Northwest 25th Avenue and Franklin Drive.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, witnesses reported that a man’s body could be seen on the ground near a black SUV that had several bullet holes in it.It was also reported that a gun could be seen next to the body and that the incident may have been a deputy involved shooting. Those reports, however, have not yet been confirmed.This is a developing story.last_img read more