Must-Have Cold Weather Remedies 335

Winter weather is in full force and cold, windy weather wreaks havoc on our bodies.  It’s a good time to stock up on simple, handy supplies to help you combat winter illnesses.  Make sure you have everything you need in your home to battle these common ailments.


Chapped Lips:  I don’t know about you but my lips are almost always chapped in the winter months.  There is nothing worse than dry, cracked, chapped lips.   A good lip balm or oil can help protect your delicate lips from the cold.  Products containing beeswax or petroleum work well to hold in moisture. Ointments with coconut oil, cocoa butter, petroleum jelly are all good moisturizing options.  Apply to lips regularly and slather some on before you go to sleep.

We love the cooling sensation of Blistex and Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy to lock in moisture while we sleep.  Both of these products can both be found at your local pharmacy or Target.


Dry Skin: The list of culprits that can cause dry skin is a long one, but wicked winter weather almost always wreaks havoc on my skin. The cold and wind are known to dry out to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to visit a dermatologist to heal your dry skin.  Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Also while sweet-smelling herbs and organic ingredients probably don’t make much of a difference to your skin, there’s one key addition that can help: lactic acid. Creams with lactic acid as one of the top ingredients will help you retain moisture.

Products like Vaseline and Aquaphor can really help relieve persistently dry patches, but we recommend using these products mainly at night as they are a little sticky.


Sore Throat:  Some sore throats are caused by a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, but even sleeping with your mouth open in the winter can cause a sore throat. If you find yourself with a dry, sore throat, having something hot or cold to drink can be soothing. Try a cup of tea with honey or a cup of water. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties and known to soothe a sore throat.    If your throat is more sore than dry, try sucking on a popsicle or ice cubes to temporarily numb your throat and reducing the pain. Sucking on lozenges or hard candy can help your dry throat because this can stimulate more saliva production and some have analgesic property to aid in numbing the soreness.

Lozenges are the easiest remedy if you are on the go, go for honey, lemon or mint flavor for a calming or cooling effect.  Brands such as Chorlaseptic and Halls have many flavor choices and also offer sugar -free options.


Stuffy Nose: A stuffy nose can be annoying.  Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is actually caused by inflammation of blood vessels in the sinuses. These irritations are usually triggered by a cold, the flu, allergies, a sinus infection or winter dry air. Using a nasal saline spray can increase the moisture in your nostrils. The spray decreases the inflammation of your blood vessels and helps empty fluids from your nose. Vicks VapoRub can be applied under your nose and on your chest, it will help to open nasal passageways and allow for breathing easier.

Nasal Saline sprays such as the one above and Vicks Vapo Rub can easily be found in local drug and convenience stores.


Body Aches & Pain: Whether its from the cold chill in your bones, shoveling snow or an illness, body aches seem more prevalent in the winter months.   Pain isn’t just a physical sensation, it can have emotional effects too – making us feel slow and tired. There is no one explanation for why dropping temperatures affect your joints. One theory relates to drops in barometric pressure, which causes tendons, muscles, and the surrounding tissues to expand. Because of the confined space within the body, this can cause pain, especially in joints affected by arthritis.

Hot bath water naturally soothes achy muscles, I like to add Epsom salt to assist with relieving muscle pain. If your pain is more severe and you feel it needs to be treated with medication, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Motrin.


Generally speaking, it is a good idea to stay hydrated, keep moving and get plenty of rest for these long, cold winter days!  For those of us that suffer during the cold weather, thankfully our winter is only a few months and spring is closer with each passing day!





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Local Groundhogs Predict Early Spring 2019! 48

Happy Groundhog Day!  Rather than our traditional weathermen, today we turn the forecasting over to two resident Long Island Groundhogs – Malverne Mel, and Holtsville Hal for their Winter 2019 predictions.  We are happy to report that for the first time since 2016, both Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel did not see their shadows this morning!  According to groundhog lore, that should mean we will be having an early spring this year.

It seems to be a unanimous decision this year, as America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as well as several other local groundhogs all predicted an early end to the polar vortex temperatures.  I addition to Mel, Hal, and Phil, Staten Island Chuck, upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave, and Connecticut’s Chuckles all did not see their shadow early this morning.

The only dissenting groundhog this year seems to be Milltown Mel out of New Jersey, who DID see his shadow, and is predicting six-more weeks of Winter.  We will try to reach out for further comment.  However it is worth noting that human meteorologist, News 12’s Bruce Avery, agrees with Mel, saying he expects at least six more weeks of winter.

Whoever’s predictions you decide to believe, the Spring equinox is six weeks away on March 20th.

Brookhaven Town, Patchogue Village Form Joint Partnership in Seeking Additional Sewer Funds 56

Mastic Patchogue Sewers

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri today
were joined by county, town and village officials to lobby for $26.4 million in available funds to extend sewer
projects in Patchogue and in Mastic near the Forge River.

Romaine and Pontieri issued a joint letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, thanking the Governor for his
leadership in providing funding for sewers to protect Long island’s groundwater and waterways and provide an
incentive for economic development. The two officials pointed out that while residents in Mastic and Babylon
approved a recent referendum for sewer projects in their communities, residents in Great River rejected a
similar plan for their area. Romaine and Pontieri wrote in their letter that the $26.4 million earmarked for Great
River could be reallocated to Patchogue and the Mastic project, expanding the environmental and economic
benefit for those areas. Pictured left to right are Patchogue Village Superintendent of Public Works Joe Dean;
Trustees Thomas Ferb and Joseph Keyes; Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger; Mayor Pontieri; Supervisor Romaine;
Deputy Supervisor, Councilmen Dan Panico and Councilman Neil Foley.

“An effective use of the $26.4 million in funds that were rejected by Great River voters would be to partially
fund Phase 3 of the Mastic/Forge River sewer project and to expand sewers in the Village of Patchogue. These
projects are already engineered. A site for a sewage treatment plant on Town of Brookhaven land is available
for the Forge River project. Patchogue has long had its own sewage treatment plant, and both the Mastic and
Patchogue communities (Mastic in a vote just this week), have shown their support for sewers,” they wrote in
the letter.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I commend the residents who voted overwhelmingly to fund Phase 1 and 2 of the
plan to sewer the Mastic Peninsula. But, we must look at the bigger picture to secure the money available that
will allow us to complete Phases 3 and 4 without over-burdening to the local taxpayers. I am confident that the
Governor, Mayor Pontieri and I share the same concerns about water quality and we all recognize Patchogue
Village as a model of how economic growth and protecting the environment can go hand-in-hand. This is a
game changer for the future of Mastic and the Forge river.”

Mayor Pontieri said, “Supervisor Romaine and I stand together in support of the reallocation of the sewer
funding. In the Village of Patchogue, we are currently in the planning stages to sewer over 500 homes located in
environmentally sensitive areas along the Patchogue River and Great South Bay. This will give us the
opportunity to sewer additional homes as well as move ahead with upgrades and future expansion of our sewer
plant. Local economic growth is tied directly into our sewer infrastructure and it is imperative that we continue
to make improvements to our system. I ask the Governor to consider our request, so we can move ahead with
these projects.”

Councilman Panico said, “Brookhaven and Patchogue have always shared a common vision for a cleaner
environment and vibrant economy. We are partners in this effort and value our strong relationship.”
Councilman Neil Foley said, “The Supervisor and Mayor have a history of cooperation to help make the Town
and Village better places to live. I am in full support of their request to the Governor and I expect that he will
give it serious consideration.”

County Legislator Sunderman said, “We are so happy the sewer referendum was successful. This will allow for
economic development in our area as well improve our environment. This was a once in a life time opportunity
and I am very excited to be part of this accomplishment. I’ve already requested to explore the connection of the
Mastic Beach Business District into phases 1 and 2 and have already requested grant funding for phases 3 and 4.
We are looking forward to the start of this project in 2020 and more to come in the future. It would be a great
opportunity to receive additional funding for our already designed project which was earmarked for use in
Suffolk County.

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