Earth Day Tips to Reduce Your Waste 402

Climate change is a serious issue, and it will take a great deal of effort to reverse the course of our constantly-warming planet. We all leave a carbon footprint, and in this day and age it seems nearly impossible to avoid plastic and other excess waste. Making changes is possible (some would say its easy) and if we all make changes our efforts can help reduce the harmful effects we have on this planet.  Take initiative and be a part of the solution instead of adding to the problem.  In honor of Earth Day, we have put together a list of easy things you can start to do so you and your families can develop better habits and play your role in making our planet healthier.

Use Non-Plastic Reusable Water Bottles

If you are one of those people who uses a re-usable plastic water bottle- you have taken a small step. If you have one that you use, we are not going to encourage you to toss it. But if you are just choosing to start using a reusable water bottle, look for a container that is not plastic. There are plenty of options in glass or metal. Find something that’s not too big (or too small) and we recommend using something insulated to keep your drinks cold or hot.



Give Up the Straw

Under a new bill passed by Suffolk legislators earlier this month, straws and stirrers would need to be biodegradable and will be made available by-request-only in sit-down restaurants and self-service beverage stations. This ban will go into effect beginning on January 1, 2020.  Until then, or if you live outside of Suffolk- make sure when you order drinks at a restaurant you request no straw be included. If you simply need to use a straw purchase one of your own and bring it along.



Avoid Takeout Containers

A separate bill was also passed by Suffolk Legislators earlier this month that bans restaurants from using Styrofoam takeout containers and packaging.   A third bill will also ban the sale of single-use plastics at county parks and beaches, including plastic utensils, plates and cups.  If you are someone who can never finish their meal, bring your own containers for restaurant leftovers.  If your house has take out once a week or more, maybe try to find restaurants that pack up their food to go in eco-friendly containers.



Ditch the Plastic Bags

If you are like those of us who live in Suffolk County it is likely that you already carry reusable bags. If not, and you are still using plastic, this is an easy way to go a little greener. If you carry a purse, toss in a reusable bag that folds up easily. If you’re only getting a few things, carry out what you purchase in your hands and pockets. If your city/county doesn’t have a plastic bag ban, speak up and talk to your local representative to request they implement one.




Stop Using Paper Towels

Yes, they’re convenient. Yes, your family’s messy. But it’s easy to live without paper towels. Instead of these perforated one-use paper sheets, start using your dish towels (sure, even the nice ones) to wipe up messes. You can even use them to pat meat dry and clean mirrors and windows (just not at the same time). Toss them in the wash and reuse next week. You can even cut up old bath towels to use around the house.




Eliminate Food Waste

The production of food is the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the U.S. This year try to shop smarter, offer and take smaller portions at meals, and find ways to incorporate leftovers into lunches or other meals. Shopping more often and organizing the refrigerator can also help you cut back on waste. You also can reduce the environmental damage of food waste by starting a compost. Composting is a great way to return food waste to the Earth rather than putting it in a landfill.



Buy Local Produce or Start a Garden

Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can start a garden on a windowsill, deck or sunny corner in the living room. Gardening reduces, one tomato at a time, the carbon emissions on your daily salads. While you’re waiting for your Earth Day garden to produce, you could also commit to shopping from local farmers, either at a farmer’s market or a grocery store that carries locally grown fruits and vegetables.



Pay Bills and Receive Ads online

Have junk mail? Most of us do. Take the time to reach out to solicitors and take steps to reduce the mail that shows up in your mailbox. Most times advertisers will have the same promotional information available to consumers via email so you should not miss the paper clutter. Even if you recycle all of your junk mail, not having it in the first place has a much better environmental impact.



Go Green when you Clean

Store bought cleaning products are typically made of toxic ingredients and often yield the same results as quick cleaners you could make yourself. There are so many natural cleaning agents that will leave your home clean and not add to toxins to the environment. For example baking soda, lemon and orange oils, and castille soaps are also good natural cleaning agents. Try swapping out your everyday cleaning products for home-made cleaners, use your own re-usable containers and also reduce your plastic use.



Just Refuse

This is a good general rule to follow. Think about how many things we are given in a day that we don’t even ask for. Straws with our drinks, napkins in a bag, packages surrounding food, condiment packets, tote bags, flyers, stickers, etc. We may not think about it or think it may be rude to refuse. But not taking something, no matter how small, is the first step in cutting down excess waste. Reusing and recycling are great and important actions to take to reduce carbon footprints, but refusing is a sure way to eliminate waste.

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Get Tickets for The 2019 Great South Bay Music Festival 277

Long Island’s largest and longest running music festival is coming back to Shorefront Park in Patchogue Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21st.  The Great South Bay Music Festival , which is presented by King O’rourke, is proudly Celebrating it’s 13th Anniversary.  The four day festival will feature over 75 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indy, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres.

The Fest will kick off on Thursday with Long Islands own, Indy Rockers – Taking Back Sunday, who are touring to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.   Popular hometown group Glassjaw,  PA rock group The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & The Future Violents will also be performing on opening night.

Here is the current daily line up:

Thursday, July 18th

On opening night, there will be 10 acts performing on two stages.  As mentioned headliner acts include Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & the Futures.

Friday, July 19th

Friday is rock-reggae themed with over 20 performers playing on four stages. The headlines include Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, SOJA, and Common Kings.

Saturday, July 20th

As usual Saturday is “Jam Day,” which features eclectic and diverse lineups, featuring 25 bands on four stages. The headliners include Lotus, Dweezil Zappa, Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish, and the Englishtown Project.

There will also be a “Jambalaya Stage” to celebrate the 50th anniversary to the 1969 Woodstock festival. Those acts include Kiss the Sky, Who’s Next, Joplin’s Pearl, The Band Band, and Halfstep.

Sunday, July 21st

The final day of the festival will begin with a children’s concert. the afternoon will host  “Classic Rock Day” with 25 performers on five stages. Top acts include America and WAR.

Check here to see additional artists as they are released and to find out more about the acts listed above.


The Great South Bay Festival will also host multiple craft beer and wine tents, an artisan and craft market, and food court which will contain a diverse selection of gourmet food.

Tickets are on sale now.  Daily tickets start at $42.50 each. Children ten and under are free, except for the Sunday children’s concert.

For each ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to the Stony Brook University Cancer Center Fund.  Click here to purchase.


Festival Times:

Thursday, July 18: Doors are at 3:00 pm, till 10pm.

Friday, July 19th: Doors are at 3:00PM, till 11pm,

Saturday the 20th.: Doors are at 1:00pm, till 11PM,

Sunday the 21st: 11:00am doors for Great South Bay’s annual Kids Concert

Sunday Regular Fest Ticket holders: 1:30 Doors, till 10:00pm.




Get Your Tickets for the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl on Saturday May 18th 223

There is still time to get tickets for Patchogue’s 8th Breakfast Crawl, being held this Saturday, May 18th. The crawl runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Patrons can decide which restaurants they want to head to then hop from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect breakfast selections.  This year there are 22 restaurants participating in the crawl.   Several specialty food retailers like The Amazing Olive, Kilwins and The Cheese Patch, as well as traditional retailers such as Blum’s, The Colony Shop and others will be offering discounts to patrons during the crawl.

The event is run by the chamber’s restaurant and retailers committee and this will be the eighth crawl held in Patchogue.

Proceeds from this years crawl will go to veterans groups Paws of War, United Veterans Beacon House and Military Resilience Foundation, as well as programs for the local VFW.  Participants and restaurant employees are being encouraged to dress to show their patriotism.

The tickets are $25 to dine at five restaurants, $35 for 10, $45 for 15 and $50 for 20.
Click here and get your tickets today!

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