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Your Dog Will Thank You!

Your Dog Will Thank You!

One of the best benefits to having a dog is having a companion to snuggle with at home and to bring on adventures. Going out to the dog park, for example, is a special treat for both the pup and the owner. Each gets a chance to leave the house, get some much-needed vitamin D and have the opportunity for some exercise. For those that live on Long Island have a multitude of dog parks to choose from, so we rounded up the ones that are both dog and owner approved.

Eisenhower

Separated with a small and large dog park, this is a spacious spot to take all pups to stretch their paws. There are benches for the owner to sit and fresh water for the dogs to drink and wash up before returning home. Bring a ball to play fetch, and there may be a few extra dogs wanting tag along in the game.

576 Salisbury Park Dr, Westbury, NY 11590

Town of Oyster Bay

With tables and benches around the area, it would be nice to the family and the dog to a picnic. After, take the pup to stretch his legs in one of the more popular dog parks. This park is also separated into areas for large and small dogs. Covered in mulch, the ground is padded to be safe on a pet’s paws while playing.

Clocks Blvd & E Pine St, Massapequa, NY 11758

West Hills

One of the larger dog parks on the island, this is the spot to take a pup who has a ton of excess energy. There are two separate parks for both small and large dogs. It’s also a great area to take a dog hiking with you and to explore all the nature on a quiet retreat. People have even taken their dogs and camped here in the area.

Highhold Dr, Huntington, NY 11743

Cherry Avenue

This is one big field fenced in with mulch for the safety of any dog that wants to play in the park. Since a soccer field is located next to the dog park, take the kids for a few hours of exercise while pet owners can sit in the shade and watch their pup roam around freely.

Cherry Ave, West Sayville, NY 11796

Mud Creek

Different than the average park, take the pups out for an experience in a beach setting. There is a fenced area for dogs to roam while also experiencing the sand and the water. This is a great spot for the spring and summer as the weather begins to warm up. Make sure to carry a leash as this dog park doesn’t have as many secure closures as most. There are ways to escape if a dog becomes adventurous on his own.

341 Roe Ave, East Patchogue, NY 11772

Isaac

This is a park that offers so much more than a place to take a pup for playtime. There is baseball fields, open areas and picnic tables. Whether someone ventures here for a birthday party or soccer game bring the four-legged family member along to get some fresh air too.

Calverton, NY 11933

Argyle Park

This scenic space is a great area to take a dog for a well-earned long walk, and it’s the perfect area to teach a new pup behavioral command. This area is a gorgeous site too. Many couples have taken wedding photos along the white bridge. There’s even a lake to take the family for a small fishing trip.

NY-27A, Babylon, NY 11702

 

Your pup will thank you!

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

The reliable. The practical. The Crock Pot Chicken and Rice!

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is the star of healthy slow cooker recipes. It’s not flashy. It’s not exotic. It’s mild enough for picky eaters but flavorful enough for more adventurous appetites. It’s freezer friendly and tastes great left over.

Using long Grain Brown Rice is higher in fiber and protein. Brown rice is also a bit heartier, so it can handle the longer cooking time better that comes along with any slow cooker meal.

Slow Cook on high.

Don’t Over Do the Onion. Unless you are a raw onion fan, be sure to chop the onion very finely and don’t add too much. If you are using an onion and concerned about it being too strong, you can sauté it on the stove before adding it to the crock pot.

Do Not Over Cook the Chicken. The chicken breasts will finish cooking before the rice. Be sure to remove them as soon as the internal temp reaches 160 – 165 degrees, then recover the crock pot and continue cooking the rice and vegetables until the rice is tender.

Season to Taste. This recipe suggests salt, pepper, thyme, and Dijon mustard. Feel free to adjust each of these to suit your and your family’s tastes.

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice — do not substitute any other kind of rice, including short grain, instant, or white, as the cooking time and liquid ratios will not be the same
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots — (about 4 carrots)
  • 1 small shallot — finely chopped, about 1/4 cup (you can also use 1/2 of a small regular onion, if you do not prefer the more mild flavor of the shallot)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts — (or chicken thighs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2–3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley — optional for serving

 

Instructions

Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray.

Add the rice, carrots, shallot, and Dijon mustard, and stir to combine.

Arrange the chicken breasts on top, then sprinkle with the garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Pour in the chicken broth.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken onto a plate and cover to keep warm.

Stir the rice, vegetables, and broth, then re-cover and continue cooking on high until the rice is tender, about 1 additional hour.

Uncover and stir in the peas and Greek yogurt.

Dice the chicken and stir it in with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, then re-cover and cook for a few additional minutes on high until the cheese is melted.

Serve warm, sprinkled with fresh parsley as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of A Fire Extinguisher and its Location

The Importance of A Fire Extinguisher and its Location

In a lot of situations, fire extinguishers become the first and most powerful line of defence for quickly and effectively extinguishing fires. While these devices are casually overlooked and many are oblivious to their presence, keep in mind, when a fire breaks out, these will help save lives not just property!

 

In the mind of many business owners and companies, keeping fire extinguishers hanging on the wall, and maintaining them as per standard, is considered as a sunk cost. They don’t think they would ever have to use it. Well, you never know when a fire breaks out.

 

For more than 600 organizations and commercial structures, the little red cans are the difference between a small fire problem to complete devastation.

 

Some Helpful Facts of Fire Extinguishers

According to a report posted by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), fire extinguishers are the most single effective source of putting out fires. Placing these devices in different areas in your commercial space or apartment building can provide plenty of life saving benefits.

 

Fire Extinguishers Are Super Important

In a majority of fire incidents, up to 80%, having a small portable fire extinguisher can help you steer clear of a major fire outbreak. Moreover, it is also reported that up to 60% of all small fires go unnoticed, which is why having an extinguisher is so important, you can easily control the situation and save property and lives.

 

Fire Extinguishers in Schools and Colleges

You may remember how frequently you had to go through fire drills at your school as a kid. And if memory serves you right, you may also remember how to use a fire extinguisher. The second most important thing after having a fire extinguisher placed at your office or apartment or home is to know how to use it properly. These devices are also the first line of defense against fires in schools and colleges.

 

Fire Extinguishers May Keep the Environment Safer

While fire extinguishers are effective for putting out small to medium scale fire outbreaks, they also serve another purpose. And that is to keep the environment safe. The extinguisher helps keep all the smoke and burning debris from the fire contained, not allowing it spread out in the open. This in turn helps keep the pollution levels down.

The Best Locations to Keep the Fire Extinguisher

According to the guidelines stipulated by the National Fire Protection Association, it is best to have fire extinguishers placed on all floors of an office and apartment building. When you talk about the inside of your home or apartment, it is better to keep a fire extinguisher handy near the kitchen. As per the US Fire Administration, it was determined that a majority of fires start in the kitchen and go unnoticed. With an extinguisher nearby and handy, you will be able to easily prevent a grease fire from getting out of control.

 

However, don’t keep the extinguisher near your oven or stove. Hang it near a door close to the kitchen. Furthermore, many house fires take place during the odd hours of the night, which is why it is vital to keep a fire extinguisher in your master bedroom. If you have a small garage, it is a strongly recommended to keep one extinguisher in your garage to prevent fires caused by exposed paint or other flammable materials often found in garages.

 

Keep these points in mind and do not procrastinate in getting a(nother) fire extinguisher for your home. And learn how to use one if you haven’t already.

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Built somewhere around 1796, the Montauk Lighthouse is located near east Long Island, on Block Island Sound. The lighthouse is the 4th oldest (and still active) in the US. The complete structure stands at a massive 110-feet and resides inside the famous Montauk Point State Park. The beacon from the lighthouse is programmed to flash every five seconds. Amazingly, its beacon can easily be seen as far as 19 nautical miles. Fortunately, for those who wish to see and feel the lighthouse in all its glory, the structure is accessible and you can go for a trip to the history sandstone lighthouse through different modes of transportation.

 

A Brief Historical Account of the Montauk Lighthouse

During the Second World War, the United States army took over the lighthouse to mount a coastal defense unit. There were three civilian maintenance keepers of the lighthouse, all of whom went home in 1943. Right beside the Montauk Lighthouse, the US army opened Camp Hero, which was back in 1942.

 

Just a year after the Second World War ended, the USCG (United States Coastal Guard) took over the lighthouse as primary keepers. They ran the lighthouse up until 1987, which was when it was fully automated. In May of the same year, the Montauk Historical Society inaugurated the lighthouse museum, and opened it for the public.

 

When Should You Visit the Lighthouse?

You can take an exciting tour of the lighthouse from mid May to the second week of October; this is when tours are available daily. After October, you can visit the lighthouse on weekends beginning from the mid of March to late April as well as in November.

 

You can take a tour of the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse through the keeper’s cottage which was built somewhere around the 1860s. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse, but you are going to have to climb the spiral, 137-step staircase.

 

Modes of Transportation

Driving to the Lighthouse

You can drive to the lighthouse from Hamlet, Montauk (the lighthouse is 6.5 miles east of Hamlet). The easiest way to get there is through the New York State Route 27. You will be able to see the lighthouse at the loop of the highway. If you’re coming from New Jersey, you can take interstate 495 (the Long Island Expressway), come out from Exit 70 on Manorville Road and then just drive south.

 

Taking the Train or Bus

During peak season, which basically starts from July and ends in September, you can take the shuttle to Montauk Lighthouse, courtesy of the Suffolk County Transit. It’s a two-way trip and the ticket prices are reasonable. If you are a student or a senior, you can get some discounts. For kids below the age of five, the ride is basically free. The shuttle bus service runs from Monday all through Saturday, and there are eight trips per day scheduled.

 

Take a Boat Ride to the Lighthouse

If you want to see the lighthouse from the water, various boat charter companies schedule rides to Montauk Island during the summer. You can even charter a boat just before sunset and turn it into a romantic trip. Sit back and enjoy the view of the lighthouse while the sun sets. There are plenty of charter companies you can opt for such as the Montauk Yacht Club, Viking Fleet Charters, Runway Charters, etc. Although some companies will provide you with light snacks and beverages, it’s still better to pack your own food and drinks.

 

 

So there you go, everything you need to know about the Montauk Point Lighthouse and getting to the structure. Have you visited it recently, or at all?

How Do You Choose the Ideal Neighborhood?

How Do You Choose the Ideal Neighborhood?

One of the key aspects of buying a house anywhere is the location. The neighborhood is just as important as selecting the apartment or house itself. The area you choose to move in has to have low crime rates, it has to be affordable, and it should be easy for you to imagine making friends with the people living around you. Moreover, and this depends on whether you have kids, the location should have good preschools, high schools, playgrounds, etc.

If you’re planning to buy a home or apartment, it is important to understand that you don’t just have to consider the property itself, but also the neighborhood. So let’s see how you can go about choosing the ideal neighborhood as you look for a new home.

Make a List of Important Questions and Do Some Analysis on Your Own

It is vital to first think about all the qualities you seek in a good neighborhood. In your mind what constitutes as a good neighborhood? Understand that it isn’t just you that is going to be living in your new house. You have to consider the needs and well-being of your family as well. So ask questions such as:

  • Would you prefer a busy area or some place that is nice and quiet?
  • Would you prefer walking or do you need certain amenities?
  • Do you want to live in a greener area, with trees, parks and a good flora and fauna?
  • Should your house be close to restaurants, malls and hospitals?
  • Do you have to move in to a newer development or are you fine with an older neighborhood?
  • Do you prefer privacy or a well-knit community?

As you think everything through, these are some important questions to dwell on. Moreover, it would also help if you consult your spouse and children as well (if they are older). For example, if you have school going kids, would prefer to have separate cares or would you prefer public transportation? After you develop a realistic picture of the type of neighborhood you wish to settle in, mentioned below are some other important factors to consider.

Keep Your Month-to-Month Budget in Mind

One of the key factors to consider in selecting a good neighborhood is your monthly budget. Depending on what your monthly expenses are, some neighborhoods may either be too expensive or affordable. The first thing you need to consider is property tax. The amount of taxes in this category primarily depends on the location itself. For example, a posh or gated community may have a comparably higher property tax rate than a more common locale. Don’t forget that property tax rates increase with time, further adding to your monthly expenses.

See if the Local Lifestyle is in Line with Yours

Nothing is more important than moving into a neighborhood that is in line with your current lifestyle and will continue to augment your future lifestyle. You have to figure out what type of a community would be more comfortable in. For example, would it suit you to move into a modern and lively single-family neighborhood or a family-friendly and private area?

The best way to determine that is to first take a long drive along the neighborhoods you have shortlisted, try to get a sense of how the people are. In addition to getting a feel for the community, there are also some immediate factors to consider such as whether or not the area has a good school district, how the local transportation is, the commute times, etc. You could even easily do an online search or just discuss this with your real estate agent.

It isn’t that hard to buy a house or apartment, but what can be difficult is selecting the right neighborhood. Keep these points in mind before jumping the gun and buying a house. In many ways a neighborhood is an extension of your immediate home and it deserves proper consideration.

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