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Local Red Cross Volunteers To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many of us who were spared from the worst in central New York may wonder what we can do to help those who were devastated by the effects of the storm. The Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross is now mobilizing to send help.

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Hurricane Sandy from NASA’s Earth Observatory [VIDEO-PHOTO]

While many people have expressed mild anger over what seemed to be "over-hype" of Hurricane Sandy's effects in Central New York, this picture may explain why many officials were so alarmed. This photo was taken by NASA's Earth Observatory at about 3:35 this morning as the storm was at it's peak.  The video shows the dawn to dusk movement of Sandy.

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Hurricane Sandy – We’re All Connected

So far, thankfully much of central New York has been spared the wrath of Hurricane (now Super Storm) Sandy. But, watching reports on The Weather Channel and elsewhere, you can't help but hope that our friends, neighbors and relatives in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, D.C., Western New York and all other areas that took the brunt of the storm are OK.

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Latest Hurricane Sandy Forecast 4p.m. October 29

The latest report on Hurricane Sandy from the National Hurricane Center says landfall is coming in the next 3 to 5 hours.  Currently forecasters have the center of the storm hitting extreme southern New Jersey or Central Delaware.

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How We’re Preparing For Hurricane Sandy

We've all heard the storm warnings for the arrival of "Hurricane Sandy" in central New York. In the Greg "Splashin'" McShea household, we believe in the old saying, "An ounce a prevention is worth a pound of cure". So, I thought I would share some of the preparations we've made, just in case the storm knocks out power or affects water mains in our neighborhood. And, you can click here for the latest weather-related closings and cancellations.

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Amtrak and Greyhound Cancel Train and Bus Service Due To Hurricane Sandy

If you have travel plans on Amtrak be advised that the train service has cancelled Northeast Corridor service due to Hurricane Sandy starting at 7 this evening (Sunday) and continuing through tomorrow, Monday. Greyhound Bus has also cancelled several routes due to impending storm.

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Hurricane Sandy as Seen From the Space Station [VIDEO]

Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but forecasters warn that doesn't mean there won't be widespread devastation. Wind gusts are expected to be 75 m.p.h when it makes landfall.

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Best Beers Brewed in New York State

It's booze day. Not only is it National Beer Day the New York Farm Bureau is holding a 'Wine, Beer and Spirits' summit in Albany today to discuss ways to promote and grow the industry. The Empire State has several breweries and plenty of homegrown beer. Check out ou

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DMV On Line Temporary Registration

With so many directions most of us are pulled in each day, it's not uncommon to forget to renew your car registration. Now, the DMV is giving you an oppportunity for a temporary registration online, until your permanent registration arrives.

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Maryann Mazzaferro of Rome Takes Part in Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City [PHOTOS]

She did it! Maryann Mazzaferro made it through the 26 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City this weekend.  She was nice enough to take pictures along the way. Check them out.

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FBI Foils Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve Building in New York

A man drove from Long Island, New York, into Lower Manhattan earlier today in a van he thought was filled with explosives. He parked the van close to the Federal Reserve building, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, and planned to detonate it using a cell phone from a nearby hotel.

The explosives, however, were fake.

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Central New York Man Cashes in Winning $5 Million Dollar Lottery Ticket Six Years After Purchase

If you scratched off a winning lottery ticket worth $5 million dollars what would you do? See a lawyer? An investment counselor? A tax adviser? Sure, but how long would you wait to cash it in? The New York State Lottery has announced that a Camillus man, Andy Ashkar, scratched off a $5 million dollar winner in 2006 and waited 6 years to cash in. Why the hold up you may ask?

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