Monday, November 23, 2015

When Is...?

Hi All,

Let's keep it simple today!  When-Is is a website that gives the user the dates of religious and civil holidays around the world

There are links for American, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist holidays on the site.  This first link gives the user the date for when Thanksgiving falls in 2015 (Thursday, November 26th by the way).

Other American holidays of 2015 include:
Martin Luther King day
President's Day
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Election Day
Veteran's Day
Valentine's Day and more.

Simple and easy to use, When-Is should be on your 'short-list' for holiday websites!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Disaster Checklists

Hi All,

We get an AAA publication at the library called C&T (Car and Travel). Its a free publications that we put out for patrons to leaf through and/or read at their leisure. Its a fun, travel oriented magazine that has lots of interesting articles.

One of those interesting articles appeared in the September/October 2015 issue.  It was - sorry for the depressing topic - called 'Disaster Checklist'.  The article subtitle was 'Create an emergency preparedness kit for your home'.  Good stuff.  Interesting and useful - quite the double play.

Some of the highlights of this brief article included having the following on hand:
  • one gallon of water per person, per day
  • a two week supply of non-perishable food
  • a battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • a first aide kit with bandages, gauze and tape
  • wrenches, pliers and other tools
  • solar cell phone charger or power inverter
  • garbage bags
  • copies of insurance policies and bank records
  • sleeping bags, blankets and changes of clothing
  • personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap, wash cloths'
  • disposable plates , cups and eating utensils
  • 7 day supply of prescription medications
  • extra cash in case ATM's are unavailable
Click on this link for more information from 

And, click on this next link for even more information on how to create a 'Go Kit' in order to prepare for emergency evacuations from hurricanes, floods, etc...and you can also click on this link from the American Red Cross on How to Create Emergency Go-Kits.

Hope you never need to use this list or the sites.


Friday, November 13, 2015


Hi All,

It's Friday and I'm going to take it real simple and easy.... is a free price tracker. It monitors  millions of products and alerts you when prices drop - which helps you decide when to buy.

CamelCamelCamel has a link for Amazon Price Drop Alerts - basically these are price watches you can get alerts via email and Twitter when prices drop.

There are also Amazon Price History Charts where users can view the price history of over 18 million Amazon products.

Users can also add the CamelCamelCamel Add-On to their internet browser.  There is an Add-On available for Mozilla Firefox and for Google Chrome.

Users can use this link to find Top Amazon Price Drops - very helpful.

Finally, this CamelCamelCamel page of tools has something very unique - Wishlist Synchronization.  This link will automatically create price watches for all of the unpurchased items on your Wishlist...awesome!

But before you can use the 'advanced features' on CamelCamelCamel, users will need to create a free CamelCamelCamel account - which you can do by clicking on this link.

Click on any of these three links to find reviews and comments about CamelCamelCamel...
1. Lifehacker - Five Best Price Tracking Tools
2. Square Pennies - Money Saving Tool: CamelCamelCamel
3. PC World - Tack Amazon Price Drops With CamelCamelCamel 

Enjoy the links - and let the savings roll in!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Hi All,

Lots of folks want to be in the know - at least with respect to fire fighting, ambulances, police departments and in general, emergencies...

If that's your interest than you definitely want to visit  The sie lets users listen to police, fire, EMS, aviation and rail audio feeds from around the world.  Links lead to new, official, and top feeds.  FYI, this is the database behind most police scanner apps.

At the top of the page are links to Listen, Broadcast and to Broadcastify's Premium version.

Note that not all public safety agences provide feeds to Broadcastify!!!  For example, I was only able to find selected (Fulton, Rockland, St. Lawrence, Wayne and Yates' counties) feeds on this page.  No, neither Nassau nor Suffolk county had feeds as of 11/6/15.  That might change. Or not.

Click on this link for learn a bit more about

Enjoy the site.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Voting and Elections

Hi All,

There is a general elections tomorrow - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.  Click on this link from the Nassau County Board of Elections to learn more about the voting 

Topics on the page include: How to Register to VoteVoting by Absentee Ballot, Voter Registration Search, Frequently Asked Questions, New Voting Machine Instructions, and more.

The link on the page that I thought would be most relevant is the Voter Registration Search page.   Only registered voters of New York State can access the information on this page.  When the user enters the last name, first name, date of birth, county and zip code on the page, the regular polling place information is found.

Users have the option to get directions from this page as well.  Also, voter district information is found. For example, election district, senate district, congressional district, war, county legislative district, assembly district and town information is given.  All in all its a very useful page for voters to look at before the election.

Finally, click on this link for books at the Farmingdale Public Library that deal with voting and elections. 

Enjoy the links and remember to vote!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Part I

Hi All,

Just a few links to 'things related to Halloween' today...I might have a part II entry if this one is popular enough....or not.  But remember, Halloween is this Saturday - so get your costumes and candy ready.  The trick-or-treaters will be coming to score the loot!!!!

Want to Know if Your Halloween Costume is Unoriginal? Just Ask Google.

Halloween movies that just aren't scary.

Halloween movies that are scary. No seriously...

Halloween movies for cute.

Halloween parties on Long Island

Best Halloween Events on Long Island for Kids 

Halloween Party Checklist

How to Plan the Perfect Halloween Party

Top 10 Halloween Candy - List I
America's Favorite Halloween Candy - List II
And America's Favorite Halloween Candy - List III - because I'm really, really thorough!  :)

Enjoy the links!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Money, Money, Money....

Hi All,

I've got a riddle for you.  What is green, everybody wants more of it, some people have a lot of it, and some people don't have a lot of it?   Take a guess...

It's money.  Yep - we all need it to get by in this life and world.  And even though I've shied away from blogging about websites that discuss or cover money over the first few years of this blog...I've recently been writing about it a bit more. 

Today's entry is a poorly named site - Rockstar Finance - but it has lots of good, quality, useful and interesting money/finance/saving related articles.  Rockstar Finance bills itself as 'a collection of awesome money articles'. Basically it finds money and investing and budgeting articles from other blogs and sites from around the web and publishes them...interesting.  And its a good place to find lots of useful and timely money related articles.

There really isn't any index or summary on the site - just a long page of interesting, timely money related articles arranged chronologically. 

There is a category section beneath the top mast of the page though. It has 17 or so categories.  Highlights of these categories include budgeting, building wealth, debt, early retirement, frugality, home ownership, minimalism and retirement.

Examples of the types of articles on the site under the 'budgeting' category include:
Why Car Payments Suck
Everything We Know About Money on Index Cards
The Power of Not Budgeting
20 Things I'd Tell My 20-Year-Old-Self
How MacArthur Geniuses Handle Their Windfalls
3 Tricks I Use to Spend Less....
My 12 Year Old's Secrets to Saving Money

Enjoy the sites and hopefully the advice and ideas will pay off - or at least you'll find the articles interesting and useful.