Friday, August 28, 2020

Steps To Take To Prepare Your Home For Fall


Fall is right around the corner, so it’s prime time for prepping your home for this new season. It might not seem like a big deal, but your house could benefit greatly from some planning before the season of fallen leaves and temperature drops. Here are some steps to start now, so that you can welcome fall with open arms. 

Clean Out Gutters

One of the worst things about fall is the amount of leaves you have to deal with. These leaves and other debris love to land in your gutters, creating blockages and making it so that they don’t work properly. An important step to remember is to clean out your gutters, and do this often throughout the season. 

Check Heating System

You don’t want to get stuck in the cold when temperatures drop! It’s important to get a checkup on your HVAC system so that you know you and your family will be comfortable as the seasons change. 

Make Plans For Outdoor Furniture

All of the furniture you have outside for spring and summer might not survive for long due to the change in temperature and weather. Either make plans to store them away, or plan ahead and invest in furniture that is made to withstand the changing of seasons. Either way, don’t leave it to be taken care of at the last minute. 

Minor Fix-ups

From cracks in concrete or asphalt to draft areas around your windows and doors, it’s important to take on these minor fix-ups before they become major problems. You can either hire a professional or get your own sealant solution to cover up vulnerable areas around the house.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Rebirth of Drive-In Movies on Long Island


Drive-in movies faded away a few decades ago, with many people opting out of this old fashioned fun. However, as more people are looking for ways to safely get out of the house, Long Island has come forward with some great drive-in movie night events for their communities. If you’re looking for something different to do with the whole family, consider attending a drive-in theater!

Town of Islip Drive-In Movies

Location: Varies, see location options here.

Admission: Free

The town of Islip is putting together many movie nights for families! Their locations vary, so you can look to see which will be the closest to you. Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, they have a full list of family friendly hit movies. They do ask you to bring a non-perishable food item for the food drive. Gates open at 7, so expect to arrive a little early to get a good spot.

The Gateway Drive-In Theater

Location: The Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport.

Admission: $35 per car

This drive-in theater is playing movies all summer from Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Bohemian Rhapsody. It is a charity event to raise money for the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County. Movies start at 9 but they recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before in order to get a good spot!

Sag Harbor Cinema

Location: Havens Beach Park off Bay Street, Sag Harbor.

Admission: $40 per car.

Looking for a way to spend a nice Sunday night watching some classics under the stars? From movie classics such as Stand By Me and Thelma & Louise, it could be the perfect night out for those itching for some fresh air. See their other movie options here.

Will drive-in movies stick around even after this summer? We hope so!

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

How Tax Relief Works For Hurricane Damage


Peak Hurricane season is upon us and we have already seen some heavy weather conditions blowing in. Most, if not all Long Islanders, remember storms such as superstorm Sandy and hurricane Irene, not to mention the most recent tropical storm Isaias that hit Long Island very hard. From flooding to home damage due to high winds and tree fall, there’s a lot that you need to take into account when it comes to your home taxes and storm damage, and how much tax relief can help you and your family. 

Emergency Declaration Needed First

First things first, the situation usually needs to be declared under the State Disaster Emergency by the governor. This not only applies to big storms, but other situations such as pandemics as well. Once this occurs, changes to certain tax filing and payment deadlines will often follow.

A Change In Deadlines

From the emergency declaration, the Tax Department extends the date for deadlines and filing periods. This helps those directly affected by huge storms, allowing taxpayers to have more time to file. During disaster situations, this can help give you more time to clean up the aftermath of the storm.

If You’re Still Unable To File

The Tax Department is usually very understanding during emergencies, so if you still can’t file during the new deadline as a direct result of the storm, then they have other options. You can request that they treat your return as a timely filed. This means you will be allowed to indicate your return is late or incomplete due to the storm. There are only certain taxes that this applies to depending on the disaster, so check with your state mandates for specifics about the storm.

Property Tax Relief On Long Island

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Outdoor Adventures To Be Had On Long Island

When it comes to must-see outdoor spots on Long Island, we’ve got you covered. From beautiful flower fields to fun hiking trails, there’s nothing a little fresh air won't do for you. If you’re looking for some great locations to take the family on a safe adventure, you have come to the right place! Here are some of the best outdoor adventure spots on the island:

Lavender By the Bay

Located in East Marion, this spot highlights the beauty of lavender as you have the opportunity to walk through an entire field of them. Not only that, but they offer handmade sachets, bath & body products, and bunches. If you love lavender, you’ll love it here. They do recommend purchasing tickets on their website before your visit, though, as entry is limited at the moment.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

If you’re looking for a great spot for hiking, bicycling, or jogging, then this park is the right fit for you. Located in Lloyd Harbor,this historic park preserve holds many secrets waiting for you to unfold. There are gardens, trails, and even a historical society in a manor house.

Fink's Country Farm

There’s nothing better than freshly grown fruits and vegetables! At Fink’s Country Farm, in Wading River, they have an abundance of produce to choose from. Not only that, but kids can enjoy outdoor activities on their open fields such as trampoline fun and petting their farm animals.

Avalon Nature Preserve

Yet another popular hiking trail, but with a bit more twists and turns. As one of Stony Brook’s more popular locations, many people take to walking the trails it has to offer. You will be led to a secret pond, open grass fields with strange rocks, and a giant sphere for leaving letters inside. It’s a magical place to walk or hike.

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