Thursday, August 6, 2015

So You (or your Spouse) Have Orders for Sector New York, Station New York, or MSST New York...

Let us be the first to welcome you to your new duty station and your new home!  New York is an amazing experience, there is no other place like it.  The culture, the history, the people, and the sights, there's something for everyone here and we hope you'll enjoy your tour here.  You probably have some questions and are looking for information so let's get started. Welcome to Staten Island!!

 

Be sure to look through our pages!  They can offer you some very valuable information.

 


Don't forget to find our Facebook Page!

Sector New York has also released a new family friendly website!  Please visit it here!

Also, don't forget to get in touch with our wonderful Ombudsman!
  • Marie Berry is the Sector New York Ombudsman. Send her an email!
You'll find no shortage of helping hands and knowledgeable people here.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!  Welcome again to Staten Island!

TV Show Tickets

Saturday Night Live - Very hard tickets to get, you must enter a ticket lottery. To enter the Saturday Night Live ticket lottery for the upcoming season send an email in the month of August only to snltickets@nbcuni.com. Please include all contact information and do not request a specific date. If you are selected, you will receive two tickets to a random show date and time. You may only send one email per household and all audience members must be at least 16 years of age. Please note that entering the lottery does not guarantee tickets, and you will only be notified in the event that you are chosen.


The Meredith Vieira Show - The former Today Show host talks with celebrities, music stars, and special guests.




Find free tickets here to shows like Live with Kelly & Michael, The View, Good Morning America, The Chew, and more! Also check here for free tickets to pre-taped concerts for The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks and The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting!




Find free tickets here for shows like America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, and more! Also check here for free tickets to pre-taped concerts for The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks and The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting!!




106 & Park - BET counts down top rap and R&B music videos and often features celebrity guests. Fill out the online ticket form to request up to 4 tickets.




The Dr. Oz Show - Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, discusses health issues and dispenses advice. Fill out the online request form for free tickets.




Inside the Actors Studio - James Lipton interviews entertainers at Pace University, which is actually a seminar for master's degree students at the school. Episodes consist mostly of one-on-one interviews between Lipton and the guests. Shoots last up to four hours (the conversations are edited down for television). Register for Pace's mailing list to find out when the shows will be taped.





Late Night With Seth Meyers are available by calling our ticket office at (212) 664-3056. Generally, tickets are booked about 4-6 weeks in advance from the actual taping. Please call Monday-Friday (9 am-5 pm ET) for availability. Visit the site for more information!




The People's Court - One of television's first reality shows, Judge Marilyn Milian presides over real civil court cases of ordinary people. To request tickets, email your name and telephone number to tickets@peoplescourt.com.




The Rachael Ray Show - The Emmy Award–winning host and celebrity chef talks with famous guests, welcomes music stars and—of course—cooks. Difficult tickets to get, fill out the online ticket request form for up to 3 free tickets.




The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - These are very difficult tickets to get. "We typically release tickets for each month during the month prior. That means that April tickets would become available during March, May tickets will be available during April, etc. There's no standard date or time for releases, but we typically release during normal EST business hours and during the first week of the month (so, don't worry - no surprise 2AM ticket releases). We also announce on the show's Twitter handle when new dates are released, so it'll help if you follow us here : @FALLONTONIGHT




The Wendy Williams Show - The famously outspoken, wig-clad member of the National Radio Hall of Fame dishes outrageous celebrity gossip and interviews famous guests. Fill out the online request form to up to 5 free tickets.




Other shows filmed in NYC:



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Resources

Hurricane Season is now upon us.  Please take a moment to review this information from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.  Stay safe out there!

~ CG Spouses' Club of Sector NY


THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE: 

Personal Preparedness Kit: Resources from the Red Cross 

Property Preparedness

Prepare Surroundings and Trees

EVALUATE THE RISK

LOOK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY

  • Do you have lawn chairs or other furniture outside? Do you have lightweight yard structures or other types of decorative items on the lawn? If so, any of these items could easily be picked up by high winds. Once airborne, these items can smash into the side of your home, business or a neighboring property and damage siding and windows.
  • Do you have large trees near your home or business? If so, keep the trees trimmed. Weak and low-hanging branches can easily be damaged in high winds and strike anything in the surrounding area. Heavy rains also can weaken tree roots, causing large trees to topple over onto your property. Consult an arborist for detailed instruction on protecting your trees in hurricane-prone areas.

PREPARE THE YARD

  • Weakened sections of trees and shrubbery can easily be blown around during a hurricane, causing extensive damage to structures, knocking down utility lines and blocking roads and drains. Take action now to reduce the risks of property damage caused by tree limbs and shrubbery.
  • Cut weak branches that could easily be thrown against a structure due to high winds. Also, reduce the chances of branches becoming weak by not allowing any to become more than 5 feet in length and by removing the amount of Spanish moss growing on limbs.
  • Remove any branches that are positioned over a structure that could easily cause damage by breaking off.
  • Trim away any limbs close to utility lines that could potentially pull down lines or even entire polls. It is important to never touch a wire and trimming should usually be done by a contractor or the local utility company itself.
  • Remove yard debris promptly in order to reduce the risks of flying debris during a hurricane’s strong winds. It is also important to place yard debris in an area that could not cause the debris to go into streets and eventually clog drains.

SECURE YARD OBJECTS

  • High winds can quickly pick up any yard object that isn’t well anchored or heavy enough to resist the uplift forces. These objects have the potential to cause significant damage to anything in the surrounding areas.
  • When a hurricane is threatening, move yard furniture, garden spheres or gnomes, signs, garbage cans, and potted plants into a covered area.
  • Before a hurricane threatens, secure the parts of a fence that appear weakened or loose. Hurricane-force winds can easily dislodge boards and pieces from a fence creating flying debris.
  • Anchor heavier yard objects deep into the ground.

Shutter Windows and Doors

Watch the video below to see how leaving just one window or door unprotected can lead to catastrophic damage in a hurricane:

Using Plywood to Cover Windows and Doors

If a hurricane is threatening and you do not yet have shutters, use plywood only as a last-minute alternative. If used, the plywood it must be properly fastened to provide optimal protection.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY:

  • 1/2 in. to 3/4 in. CDX plywood available in 4′x8′ sheets; Orient Strand Board (OSB) not recommended; Use two layers of 3/8in. material to obtain the same effect as one layer of 3/4 in. material.
  •  Anchors and fasteners for masonry or wood installation. Pre-install anchors for quicker assembly when a hurricane threatens. 
  • Peel and stick weather stripping

Plywood should not be used to cover openings larger than 4 ft. x 8 ft. unless additional framing is added. 

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Material costs: vary by region. In times of storm activity, price gouging – although illegal – has been a problem. Contact your state law enforcment agency if this occurs. Installation costs: $1-$2 for DIY; $3-$5 for installation by a carpenter or contractor
Helpful hint from IBHS engineers: Attaching weather stripping to top and sides of panels, where they come into contact with a wall, may provide extra protection against water intrusion. 

IF YOU HAVE SHUTTERS:

  • Install permanent fasteners long before storm warnings, so panels can be put in place quickly and time can be spent focusing on other needs.

Prepare for Flooding

WHEN FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR A HURRICANE IS ON THE WAY:

  • Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Roll up area rugs and carpeting, where possible, and store these on higher floors or elevations. This will reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold.
  • Move furniture and electronics off the floor, particularly in basements and first floor levels.
  • Anchor fuel tanks. An unanchored tank can be torn free by floodwaters, and the broken supply line can cause contamination or, if outdoors, can be swept downstream and damage other property.
  • Prepare an evacuation kit with important papers, insurance documents, medications and other things you may need if you are forced to be away from your home or business for several days.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries.
  • Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets will be under water.
  • Place all appliances, including stove, washer and dryer on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation. 

Prepare Generators

TESTING GENERATORS BEFORE YOU NEED THEM 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Inspiration



          What inspires you?  Is what inspires you today the same thing that inspired you yesterday, last year, before you had a family?  Finding some way to inspire yourself is key to accomplishing your goals.  What your inspiration is does not matter.  Just find something that motivates you to get up and get moving.
                We draw inspiration from different places as we change; our inspiration needs to fit who we are in this moment. Exactly what inspires us will change constantly; sometimes with where we are in life, and sometimes simply with our mood.  We need to stay open to these changes, and allow ourselves to be inspired every day.  Look for inspiration in your families, your friends and in the world around you.  When you find it, grab hold and let it push you towards your goals.