first_imgNWS issued winter weather advisory for Nassau for the same time period. A high surf advisory was also issued from 1 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday due to large, erosion-causing waves on the ocean beaches. And a coastal flood advisory was issued due to high tides up to 2 1/2 feet above normal on both the south shore and the north shore, flooding low-lying areas.The same storm is expected to cause the same headaches for much of the tri-state area.Although the accumulation is expected to be less, the storm otherwise appears to be a repeat of the storm that hit Friday, when wet, heavy snow resulted in hundreds of school closures, thousands of power outages and countless travel delays.Once this storm clears, more snow is forecast for Tuesday. A chance of light snow is also expected Wednesday and Thursday before clearing up Friday. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Near-blizzard conditions of heavy snow and 35 mph wind gusts are forecast to hit eastern Long Island on Monday, causing blackouts, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile and a sloppy commute.Four to eight inches of snow are expected to blanket Suffolk County and forecasters predicted two to four inches in Nassau County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).“The heaviest snow will fall from the Monday morning commute through Monday afternoon,” NWS said in a winter storm warning issued for Suffolk from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Two Iowa governors who first chatted 32 years ago on a doorstep in southeast Iowa recently met privately for a meal, chatting about the past and at least one idea for the future.Former Governor Tom Vilsack and his wife, Christie, hosted current Governor Kim Reynolds and her husband, Kevin, in their suburban Des Moines home. Vilsack, a Democrat, said he extended the invitation to Reynolds, a Republican, partly because he was always intrigued by the friendship of former Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton.“You can still have disagreements about policies, but still remain friends as people,” Vilsack told Radio Iowa. “I think it’s important in this climate, particularly, for opportunities that folks like myself may have to reach out and folks like Governor Reynolds may have to reach out and that we take full advantage of and, to her credit, she was open to it and we had a great time.”The two governors first met in 1987 when Reynolds and her family were living in Mount Pleasant and Vilsack was running for mayor.Governor Reynolds“The governor lived in an apartment complex in Linden Heights which had a lot of potential votes and I was there knocking on doors one day and I knocked on her door, and we both kind of chuckled about the fact that if someone was there with a camera and had taken a photo and said: ‘Here’s a photograph of two would-be governors of the state of Iowa,’ I’m pretty sure we would have said that person was crazy,” Vilsack said, with a laugh.Kim Reynolds and Christie Vilsack had a shared past, too.“We were in the same sorority when the babies, her babies, the kids were little,” Reynolds told Radio Iowa.Reynolds said there was “no agenda” for the shared meal — Christie Vilsack served an Iowa-themed menu — and Reynolds described the evening as “very, very relaxing and enjoyable.”“There are not just very many people that are governors, so it’s just fun to share stories,” Reynolds said.Reynolds indicated they did talk about a vexing problem in rural Iowa — the lack of child care options.“There are a lot of businesses that are starting to bring daycare in-house, because it’s a tool to get employees,” Reynolds told Radio Iowa.Reynolds said she’s considering whether tax credits might prompt more businesses to offer on-site day care or if there are ways to co-locate child care in already existing facilities that serve elderly Iowans. Vilsack, who served eight years as U.S. ag secretary, indciated there are likely U.S.D.A. grants and loans available to finance the equipping of day care centers.“Hopefully, that’s a benefit of a conversation between a former governor and a current governor that crosses party lines and looks for consensus, looks for ways to collaborate, looks for ways to help,” Vilsack said.In 2016, Vilsack appeared at a news conference with then-Governor Terry Branstad to support Branstad’s proposal for financing water quality efforts in the state. Vilsack also attended Reynolds’ inauguration this past January.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe week of April 16, 2018, the City of Olympia will go live with new parking management software and new technology to support more convenient ways to pay for parking.A new online portal will allow residents to apply and pay for parking permits, including residential permits used by residents of certain Downtown neighborhoods. The online features will also allow account holders to manage the vehicles on their permits, pay parking citations and request a hearing to appeal a parking ticket, all from a computer or mobile device.Instead of hand-entering license plate information, City staff will use new License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to read license plate numbers and automatically check for permits, saving time and improving accuracy. Data collected from the plates will be purged each day, and kept only if associated with a parking ticket. LPR will also allow the City to collect parking space occupancy and parking duration data, which will be used to improve the parking system.The City will also begin phasing in a Pay-by-Phone system that will essentially turn every parking meter into a smart meter. Because new stickers must be installed, the system will be phased in, as installation of the stickers is weather dependent.  Once stickers are installed, customers can download the Pay-by-Phone app to a smartphone and pay for parking at any meter in the City. The app can send a text alert when a meter is about to expire and the driver can add time to the meter remotely via smartphone.For more information on City of Olympia Parking Services, visit us online at read more

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero |MIDDLETOWN – The Monmouth County Park System celebrated Thompson Park Day in Lincroft Oct. 14. Families came out in the cool fall weather to enjoy a multitude of activities, including inflatable bounce houses, kids’ races, carnival rides, bungee trampoline, various arts and crafts, and much more. Silly characters such as a T-Rex and a pirate on stilts provided roaming entertainment for the little ones. A highlight was the pie-eating contests held for both kids and adults. Kids were served up small, personal pies. But adults had to conquer a full-sized pumpkin pie in order to claim a trophy.last_img read more