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Surf, Sand, and Safety: Beach Ready Safety Tips
Jul 10 2013 10:49AM

I wanted to share this week's article wherever if would be seen. Beach safety is very important (especially the final portion on riptides). Chat Icon

Surf, Sand, and Safety: Beach Ready Safety Tips
by Rachel Derry

One of the best features of living on an Island is that there are plenty of beautiful beaches for spend family sun and fun day! Before you pack up your goodies and go, there are a few safety precautions that you should always keep in mind.

Before you head out for the day you’ll want to make sure to check that weather conditions for your area and the beach. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how different the weather can be around the water (especially if you live inland). Be sure that it’s still going to be an ideal weather day and that the wind and water aren't going to be too rough for you and the crew.

Be sure to stick close to your lifeguard when setting up your gear. Not only will you want to stick close when swimming in the water, you'll also want to check with him or her on the current rip tides and any extra precautions that they may suggest you take.

Make sure to bring along shade for you and your little ones to catch a break from the sun. Although you're going to the beach to enjoy a day in the beautiful weather, after a while you'll all find that your need a break. There are great family canopy, tent and umbrella options that will ensure everyone has a place to hide out for a breather.

Speaking of the sun, of course you'll remember the sunscreen for the little ones, but don't think mom and dad are exempt from the sun’s harmful rays. You'll be reapplying sunscreen on your children every hour or so of sweaty water fun; you should also be doing so with yourselves.

Be sure to bring plenty of water and to keep hydrated. It’s easy to forget that you're still dehydrating even when you're swimming around in the big blue ocean. Be sure to take hydration breaks. This is especially true for your little ones running around; if they're predominantly staying out of the water and running under the sun, they're going to dehydrate quickly as their bodies try to keep them cool.

Be careful with your water toys. If you're bringing floats to the beach, remember to keep them anchored or tied to shore. Water currents are quick to carry them out far beyond reach (even when you're sunbathing on them). It’s actually suggested that the floats be saved for the swimming pool and that your boogie boards accompany you to the beach, instead.

Chat Icon Lastly, remember that every beach has riptides and that you should all be aware of what to do should you be caught in one. Rule number one is to never fight the riptide. Even the strongest, trained swimmer can tire themselves out fighting against a winning current. Instead, swim with the riptide, parallel to the beach. You will eventually swim out of the tide and be able to get back to shore. You may have a long way to walk back, but you at least you will be safe.Chat Icon

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Farmers Markets for 2013!
May 2 2013 11:17AM

2013 Farmers Markets:

Amityville Village: 9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Opens July 6.

Deer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23

East Hampton: Nick & Toni’s lot, 136 N. Main St. Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24–Sept. 27

Elmont: Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Opens May 11.

Garden City: 101 County Seat Dr., Supreme Court Building Lot. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Nov. 26

Glen Cove: 18 Village Square. Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon. June 14–Nov. 22

Greenport: 1st St Lot of United Methodist Church. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 25-Oct. 12

Hauppauge: TFCU Parking Log, 102 Motor Pkwy. Thursdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 6-Aug. 29.

Huntington: Route 25A, East of Route 110. Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon. June 2-Nov. 24

Islip: Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon. June 1- Nov. 23.

Kings Park: Main Street, across from Fire Department. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June-November.

Locust Valley: 115 Forest Ave. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Jue 1-Nov. 16.

Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Nov. 16.

Mineola: Pavilion west of the Depot on Front Street. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. or later. May 4-July 6

New Hyde Park: 1441 Jericho Tpke. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Opens in June.

Oyster Bay: 54 Audrey Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Through Nov. 16.

Patchogue: 7-11 Lot, 225 E. Main St. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 5 –Nov. 15

Port Jefferson: Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 4-Oct. 17.

Port Washington: Town Dock, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon. June-October.

Riverhead: Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11-Oct. 24.

Rockville Centre: Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road. Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon. June 2-Nov. 24.

Roslyn: North Hills: Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 5-Nov. 27.

Sag Harbor: Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18-Oct. 26.

Sayville: Broadway & Main Street. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Opens May 18

Seaford: Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. June 1-Nov. 23.

Stony Brook: Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Oct. 31.

Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 26-Oct. 13.

Valley Stream: Franklin Hospital, 900 Franklin Ave. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ongoing.

Westhampton Beach: 85 Mill Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11-Nov. 16

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Luring Attempts in Nassau - Keep A Watchful Eye
Apr 30 2013 10:06AM

This month alone, Nassau Police report that there have been at least 10 incidences of attempted luring in the Merrick and Bellmore communities; at least 4 of these attempts have involved middle school students. Nassau Police are stepping up their patrolling in the area, and area keeping their eyes on local schools and bus stops.

Most all of the incidents have involved a stranger following or approaching the children; one involved a white van following a sixth grader; one involved a green 4-door sedan approaching an eighth grader. The perpetrator, or perpetrators, are believe to be Hispanic male, mid-twenties to late thirties with black hair and short facial hair.

The individual is considered a person of interest and not wanted for a crime, at this point. Attached is the current suspect sketch for an individual involved.

Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about strangers and walking in groups.

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It's the weekend!
Mar 23 2012 10:03AM

Make sure to get out and have a hoppin good time! Chat Icon

I've updated out events page with as many events all over the Island as I could (that won't cost you an arm or leg). Be sure to check it out while you're getting ready to bask in the sun! Chat Icon

Events Page!

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Fun, Festive Events!
Oct 28 2011 11:16AM

Remember to check out the events section to see if there is anything frightfully fun events that you want to check out!!!

LIF Events Page

As the seasons and holidays come and go, I keep you updated on the fun times to be had!

Please add any events/festivals that you know of that I haven't found!

The more input, the more we all get to enjoy! Have a happy and safe Halloween Weekend!Chat Icon

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Fall fun and frolicking
Sep 30 2011 11:48AM

Hey LIF friends!

Check out the events section to see all the fun and frightful events on the Island for the coming fall season!

There is a little bit for everyone in the family, so get out and have some fun!

Stay safe!

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LIF Events

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Another beautiful summer weekend...
Jul 14 2011 3:49PM

And TONS going on on this island!

Check out the events section, and see if there is something going on close to you!

Also, please feel free to add events of your own!

I'm always on the search, but a member of the community knows whats going on better than i do!

Keep cool and have fun!

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More events!!
Jun 1 2011 4:07PM

Hello everyone!

I updated the events section early for this weekend! There are a lot of great fairs and festivals going on. Many start thursday and Friday night, so the weekend can start early Chat Icon

Get out there and enjoy our Island!

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Events for this weekend!
May 27 2011 10:56AM

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that I have updated the events section to include a bunch of fun happenings for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Hopefully you will be able to get out and enjoy.

I will make sure to keep up with the upcoming events so that you know everything fun happening this Summer!

Check out the events section, and there will always be more coming soon Chat Icon

If you have any upcoming events near you, and I haven't posted them, please either FM them to me, or you can post them yourself in the events section!

Have a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day! Chat Icon

http://www.lifamilies.com/events/

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Hello from the LIFamilies.com office!
May 9 2011 11:58AM

I'm starting a new blog to let everyone keep up with whats going on in the office!

My name is Rachel, and I'm new to the LIFamilies.com family. I'm looking forward to interacting on the site. Chat Icon
Until I became a part of the team I never realized just how much LIF had to offer.

I look forward to adding even more to the site, and I'll make sure to keep you all up on whats going down! Chat Icon

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