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National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month

November is "National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month". I guess every month has something. Unfortunately, much of that family stress is caused by the holidays.

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Drive Extra Carefully Today On Halloween

For those of us with kids already grown, Halloween is not something we think about during the day, until we open the door for trick or treaters tonight. Here's a friendly reminder to drive extra carefully today. There'll be lots of foot traffic with the little trick or treaters, especially during the noon hour lunch break, when kids may parade around their school, 2:30 p.m. on when they get out of school, and from about 4:00 p.m. through tonight.

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My Favorite Halloween Costume

Long before Darth Vader, E.T.and Harry Potter, there were other characters we used to dress up as on Halloween. I remember as a kid at Miller School (now Martin Luther King, Jr. School) in Utica, going to class in costume on Halloween Day, hoping that I didn't rip my costume for trick or treating later that night. But I have a favorite costume from my youth!

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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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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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Who Is Your Favorite Monster?

With Halloween this week, monster movies are showing up on Cable just about every night. We all have a favorite monster (from the movies, not someone you work with). As a kid growing up in Utica, every Saturday my friends and I would head down to the Avon, Olympic or Rialto Theater to watch a monster movie double feature. Rumor has it that some of us had to sleep with the night light on that night. So, who is my favorite monster?

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Drivers On Cell Phones Slow Down Traffic

When I'm driving, I don't use my cell phone, but many of you do (legally, of course with a hands-free device). And it's not just your imagination that the car ahead of you is moving slower when the driver is using a cell phone...it is!

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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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What’s Your Vacation Preference, Outside Of The U.S.A.?

All of us like to take a vacation and "Get out of Dodge", as the saying goes. Most of the Greg "Splashin'" McShea family vacations are spent right in the U.S.A (OK, we did visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls once). But, if you could visit any other country than the U.S., where would you want to go?

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“Hocus Pocus” – Our Favorite Halloween Movie

When it comes to Halloween movies, the hands-down favorite in the Greg "Splashin'" McShea household is the 1993 film, "Hocus Pocus". If you've never seen it, it's a comedy that features Bette Midler at her witchiest best, along with Sarah Jessica Parker (before her starring role in "Sex And the City").

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The Color Blue May Improve Your Creativty

We all want to do our best on the job or at school, and now a new study reveals that certain colors may increase creativity and performance. As for the Big Frog 104 studio, I really don't know what color the walls are as most of the space is covered with country artists' posters!

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The 5 Important Rules of Karaoke [VIDEO]

OK, so you are at a bar, a wedding reception or a friends party and they crank up the karaoke machine. Now, you've had a couple of drinks and think that you can do a better Carrie Underwood or Kenny Chesney than Carrie Underwood or Kenny Chesney. Before you take the mic there are 5 rules that, according to TheSmokingJacket, you need to consider.

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