Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Hi All,

What does the number 529 mean to you?  Is it a batting average or a birthdate?  In terms of education - specifically your children - does it mean anything? Well...it does have a pretty darn important meaning if you want to send your children to college. 

A 529 plan is a college savings plan that is a tax-advantaged program that is created to help families save for a child's future education expense. (The name '529' comes from the IRS Code section that specifies the plans' tax advantages.)

Click on this link to learn about the general characteristics of 529 college savings plans, how it can help you save for college, what kinds of plans are available and choosing a 529 plan. In addition, this website has links for parents, grandparents and family & friends.

And, since many folks - okay, probably 95% of you - who read this blog live in Farmingdale/Long Island area, you might want to visit the New York State site for 529 plans.  Clicking on this link enables users to learn about the plan benefits, investments, open an account, a section of FAQ's and resources about 'all-things-529-related'

Finally, readers would be well advised to take a look at the site called 'Savingforcollege.com' - this particular link has an entry called 'Which is the best 529 plan available?' Alternatively, users can click on this link from the Huffington Post, titled, 'The Best and Worst 529 College Saving Plans of 2014'.

Finally, to learn more about the best and worst 529 plans, users can do a simple Google search for the phrase 'New York State 529 Plans Best Worst'.

Hope the post was educational and helpful.

Regards,

Stu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Everything Snow Related

Hi All,

Because of the anticipated major (possibly historic) snow storm that is expected later today and tomorrow, today's blog post is ALL ABOUT THE SNOW!

Click on this link for Mayor DiBlasio's recent statement about the impending blizzard.

What is the difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard?  Click on this link to find out!

How to be safe in a blizzard? Click on this link for advice on how to drive safely in a blizzard - if you have to drive that is. And click on this link for even more blizzard driving tips. 

Click on this link for a more general set of 'things to do' when preparing for a blizzard

Under the stock up section: And...this link discusses what to stock up with when you are the supermarket and preparing for a blizzard.

What to do during a blizzard - especially with kids and children.  And this link for more things to do with kids when you are stuck inside during a blizzard.

Once the snow has stopped and you are outside....click on this link for how to make a snowmanAnd this link on how to make snow angels.  And this link on how to make an igloo.

Finally, click on this link for some awesome images of mounds and piles of snow, snow, snow!!!  After about Tuesday night you'll be sick and tired of these images....

Enjoy the blizzard and drive safely.

Regards,
Stu

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hubble Site - Science For You!

(Hubble Space Telescope pictured at left)


Hi All,

Just a quickie post on this grey, rainy/snowy, cold winter Saturday afternoon...

Hubble Site is the website for the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSCI).  What does that mean for you?  Well, simply put there are videos, galleries, education links, links to the Webb Telescope and Astronomy Exploration for folks who visit the website. 

What I wanted to share today were the photos from the Gallery section of the site.  To say the photos are awesome is an understatement!!!  Click on this link for a bunch of Hubble Space Telescopes' Top Shots.  Click on this link for Hubble Telescope Wallpaper for your computer!

Learn a bit about how the pictures were generated by clicking on this link!  And for the latest news releases click on this link - the HubbleSite Newscenter link.  (It is a complete collection of every Hubble Space Telescope new release and supporting materials.  Additional tools and resources to learn more about astronomy are included!)

And if you are completely obsessed - or just a bit interested in the Hubble Space Telescope - users might want to click on this page - the Stay Connected page which lets users access Hubble images, news, updates and video anytime, anywhere from your smartphone!  How cool is that.  And, users can be put on an email list by visiting the Stay Connected page as well.

Enjoy the photos and the videos from the Hubble Space Telescope - they are awe-inspiring.

Regards,
Stu

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY Forms at NYCourts.gov

Hi All,

Regular readers of this blog will remember that I recently was chosen for jury duty.  While serving - and waiting to be called - I walked around the courthouse.  And low and behold I found a very interesting (and helpful) website: NYCourts.gov.

This very helpful site has links for Families & Children, Abuse & Harassment, Problems with Money, Small Claims Court, Homes & Eviction, Name Change, Guardianship and When Someone Dies

Also on the site is a section for DIY formsDIY stands for 'Do-It-Yourself'. 

There are forms on topics as varied as Divorce, Child Support, Paternity, Problems with Money, Name Changes and more. 

Click on this link to visit the Nassau County Bar Association and this link (Lawyer Referral Service) to find attorneys who will work with you for free - if you need their assistance.

I hope the links are helpful!

Regards,
Stu



Friday, January 16, 2015

Jury Duty: Your Civic Duty!

Hi All,

Jury duty.  The name of it can strike fear in the hearts of citizens all over Nassau County.  You fear that you will be dumped into a huge auditorium waiting for your name to be called.  And then, when your name is called, you fear that you will be cross-examined and put on a deathly dull case...Ahhh...

Well fear not.  Jury duty is definitely NOT all that.  Really.  And I know - because I just got off jury duty recently.  And let me tell you it was easy-peasy, interesting, and easily accessible by highway.  Oh, and there was awesome parking - and it was free.

So...jury duty in Nassau County is located in Mineola, New York The address of the court is 100 Supreme Court Drive in Mineola.  A central phone number to reach the court is 516-493-3400. 

Click on this link to visit the Supreme Court website.  Once you are on the site there rare links to Courts, General District Information, Juror Information, Forms, Specialty Parts, Phone Directories and Statewide Information.

When you click on the juror tab, there are a few other interesting links including NY Juror.gov, Grand Jury, Excuses/Postponements, and Directions to the Court.

At the NY Juror.gov website there are links for the Qualification Questionnaire, How to Postpone Your Jury Service, To Be a Juror in New York State, General Information, Have You Moved?, Accessibility, Handbooks and Resources

So you see, there is nothing to annoyed about or annoyed with jury duty.  Its a great way to do your civic responsibility in a clean, friendly, accessible, pleasant environment!

Enjoy the links.
Stu

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Get Your Newspaper Here, Get Your Newspaper Here...

Hi All,

Just found a very interesting news website. Its not like a traditional newspaper site like the New York Times or Newsday or the Washington Post though.

The site name is Paperboy and bills itself as letting readers being able to 'Choose From Our List of 12092 Online Newspapers and ePapers to Get Your Daily Newspaper Fix!'  That is pretty darn awesome!  Try subscribing to 2 newspapers, let alone a dozen or so.

Anyway, there is a search box at the top right side of the webpage where users can click on a dialog box to be able to search for a particular newspaper or to do a Google webs search or to search for news headlines.  Simple and straightforward.

A visit to the site lists the top 25 newspapers listed by circulation. The names of the newspapers - and links are included in the first section of the page. 

Further down the page is a link to the Top 100 US Newspapers and US Newspapers Listed by State.  Even further down on the page is a list of World Newspapers Listed By Country.

There are links to World Newspapers, US Newspapers, News Headlines and Front Pages at the top of the sites' homepage. 

Interesting website and it'll help you keep the conversation going at a cocktail party - especially with all the news that you have at your fingertips!

Enjoy the site.

Regards,
Stu


Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

Hi All,

Happy New Year!  It is the first full work-day of the year 2015!  And let the blogging begin!

One of the traditional things that folks do on New Year's Eve is make resolutions. Resolutions like, 'I'm going to exercise more', or 'I'm going to eat less', or 'I want to study harder' or 'I'm going to read more books this year', or 'I'm going to save money' are the norm.

Here are a few websites that talk about these traditional resolutions - but there are also a few links at the end of the post that will help you take these resolutions from thouught into practice!

Some interesting New Year's Resolutions sites include:
Stars Reveal New Year's Resolutions, Hopes for 2015
5 New Year's Resolutions to Help You Retire
The Surprising Reasons Why We Make New Year's Resolutions
Top New Year's Resolutions For 2015 - From the TopTens.com
Top 10 Best New Year's Resolutions 2015 
19 Perfect Resolutions For Lazy Slobs

and....

from APA.org comes this entry titled, 'Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick'
17 Ways To Make a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep - from Time Magazine
Stop Making Selfish New Year's Resolutions

Enjoy the links - and happy new year!

Regards,
Stu