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first_imgNotre Dame is implementing a new system to reduce nonconsumable food waste while also fueling the clean energy needs of an Indiana farm, the University announced in a press release Monday. The system, Grind2Energy, helps convert food waste into renewable energy — reducing food waste and emissions, odors and pests. Notre Dame is the second school in the nation to invest in the food-recycling system, the release said. The project is a collaboration with Campus Dining, the Office of Sustainability and Homestead Dairy, a dairy farm about 30 miles south of Notre Dame in Plymouth, Indiana. “Our implementation of this solution to tackle a large portion of our nonconsumable food waste enables us to take a big step towards meeting our waste diversion goals set as part of our University Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy,” Carol Mullaney, senior director of sustainability, said. “While we continue to work on source reduction and donations of consumable food to local outlets, we will still have food waste and it’s exciting to know that it will now avoid the landfill and be converted into clean energy.”The first of what will be three Grind2Energy systems — made up of a processing sink, a grinder and an outdoor holding tank — was installed at the University’s Center for Culinary Excellence in January, according to the release.The 15-foot-tall holding tank can hold 5,000 gallons and is heated from inside so the contacts do not freeze, the release said. When it is time to empty the tank, a septic hauler adheres a hose to the bottom of the tank and pumps the waste into a septic truck, which is then transported to a nearby farm where the waste is converted to energy. The report said the waste is a donation to the farm, though the University will experience the benefit of lower trash costs. North and South dining halls will receive Grind2Energy systems “in the near future,” the report said.“We’re excited to partner with our colleagues from the Office of Sustainability in the introduction of Grind2Energy at Notre Dame,” Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, said. “Campus Dining is able to divert a significant amount of food waste from the local landfills. The compost generated from the units enables us to enjoy upstream and downstream benefits by combining technologies in LeanPath and Grind2Energy. We look forward to completing a successful rollout at North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall over the next few months.”The three systems will reduce nonconsumable food waste on campus by 99 percent and overall campus waste by 10 percent, or 700,000 pounds per year, according to senior program director of the Office of Sustainability, Alison Mihalich.The system is a result of research about food waste on campus by junior Matthew Magiera, who recommended digesting waste because of the lack of available space on campus, the release said. The system works by breaking down organic waste, including food scraps from the Center for Culinary Excellence or the dining halls, and storing it in the holding tank as it is transported to Homestead farms. The waste is then converted to energy through anaerobic digestion, a process by which microorganisms decompose the scraps to produce a methane-rich gas that can be processed into energy or natural gas. “It is almost a closed-loop, zero-waste process for the farmers,” Magiera said.The system will add to several green initiatives Homestead Farms has in use, including converting cow manure and other substances into electricity. “If you really look at the cycle, what we do as far as feeding the cows, growing the crop, producing energy off the manure and then using the manure as fertilizer to regrow the crop, that’s a pretty awesome green cycle,” Ryan Rogers, co-owner of Homestead, said.Tags: observer staff report, sustainability, Waste Managementlast_img read more


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.ALBNAY – New York State is loosening some restrictions on gyms and salons located in orange COVID-19 containment zones.On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo held his second briefing via Zoom, where he stated that gyms and salons in Orange Zones can operate at a limited capacity of 25%, and testing must continue to be done.Cuomo says that 74% of the current COVID-19 cases in New York State have been spread from households or small gatherings.Previously they were not allowed to operate at all. Below is a list of statewide contact tracing data, showing where new cases are coming from:Private Households are driving spread – 74%Households/Social Gatherings – 73.84%Healthcare Delivery – 7.81%Higher Education Student – 2.02%Education Employee – 1.50%Restaurants & Bars – 1.43%Travel/Vacation – 1.06%Sports – 1.04%Public Sector (Police/Fire/EMS/Military) – 1%Transit Public/Private – 0.96%Manufacturing – 0.84%Religious Activities – 0.69%Construction – 0.66%Retail – 0.61%Professional Services – 0.55%Elementary School Student – 0.49%High School Student – 0.46%Prisons/Correctional – 0.43%Middle School Student – 0.19%Auto Dealers & Car Rentals – 0.16%Hair & Personal Care – 0.14%Wholesale Trade – 0.14%Building & Dwelling Services – 0.13%Real Estate – 0.10%Arts & Entertainment 0.08%Gyms – 0.06%Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry – 0.06%Childcare – 0.05%Power/Utilities – 0.05%Accommodations – 0.02%Media Production – 0.02%Cuomo says he plans to continue to crack down on COVID-19 spikes in specific areas and does not plan a statewide shutdown; unless state hospitalizations go above 90%.last_img read more


first_imgCSC (NYSE: CSC) today announced the successful implementation of the first phase of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system, PRISM (Patient Record and Information Systems Management), after a 15-month planning and implementation period. PRISM is now operational in the hospital’s inpatient areas as well as the Emergency Department, Walk-In Care Center, and inpatient pharmacy. Fletcher Allen is now positioned to meet the regulatory requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Under ARRA, hospitals will receive monetary incentives if they demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs by 2011.(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090422/CSCLOGO(link is external))Benefits of the new EHR system from Epic include ease of viewing all patient information in one place; accessibility of patient information from remote locations; ability for multiple parties to concurrently check patient information; and instant access to medical orders. To date, Fletcher Allen’s providers are entering 92 percent of all medical orders electronically (and 96 percent of all medication orders), reducing the turnaround time for receiving medications and tests, and enhancing the accuracy of clinical documentation.”We adopted an electronic health record to improve safety and quality of care for patients,” said Sandra Dalton, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Fletcher Allen. “With CSC’s healthcare expertise and track record in clinical systems implementation and improvement, we have succeeded in completing the first phase of our project on budget, on schedule and in just 15 months. We hope other hospitals are encouraged by our achievement.””The success of this project proves that EHRs can be implemented quickly and effectively,” said Deward Watts, president of CSC’s Healthcare Group. “The commitment of Fletcher Allen’s senior executive team, including the medical staff leadership, was crucial to its completion. When combined with CSC’s clinical and technical expertise, it enabled Fletcher Allen to rapidly move from a manual process to an electronic system where nearly all medical orders are being entered automatically.”As part of the project, CSC provided clinical transformation consulting services and IT design, building, testing and activation support. When completed, PRISM will be operational throughout Fletcher Allen including the hospital’s more than 30 facilities in Vermont as well as affiliated medical practices, which include approximately 750 physicians. CSC continues to offer technology support services to Fletcher Allen as the hospital prepares to conduct phases two and three of the project, which are slated to be complete by the end of 2010.CSC’s Healthcare Group, which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world, is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center – providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York – and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region. For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site atwww.fletcherallen.org(link is external).About CSCCSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended July 3, 2009. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.csc.com(link is external). Source: CSC. FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more


first_imgGet MuddyAs summer officially came to an end this week and the kids headed back to school for most of the country, one could easily assume playtime was over. WRONG! Hurricane Isaac has wrecked havoc on much of our southern Gulf Coast brethren, and it has dumped high humidity and high rainfall on the entire Southeast over the past week. For those outside the destructive zone, however, Isaac has given us one last gasp at the freedom of summer. Sure, you could use the weather as an excuse to spend your weekend inside watching a new batch of ski-movie trailers, but you don’t need a guide for that. Seize the last, fleeting straws of summer vacation and get outside.Nothing epitomizes the innocence of childhood like a baby slapping their palms in a puddle or sticking a fist-full of mud into their mouth – at least, we hope it’s mud. Recapture this exuberance, hit the trail, and get muddy. Bike tires can rip up the trail, but shoes are much more forgiving. Hit the Jacks River Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness for some wet weather action.View Larger Maplast_img read more


first_imgFlyfishing discovers women.  This was the headline of a major newspaper’s coverage of the surge of women in flyfishing recently. And as much as I loathe that title — women have been flyfishing since, well, forever — I learned in the last few weeks that maybe it was apt, if comically naïve.I spent the last two weekends at flyfishing shows in New Jersey and Atlanta, where I met dozens of industry leaders, guides and lodge owners, creatives and rod builders, apparel designers and shop owners. I was representing The Flyfish Journal, and engaged in great conversations with hundreds of great people at both shows — people who wanted to know about the magazine, about where I’ve been fishing, about how Mt. Baker has been skiing, about steelhead numbers in the Pacific Northwest, about the great fishing on the East coast and in the South.But, amidst all of these positive interactions were a few that felt a little off, a little frustrating, a little bit weird — conversations and interactions that left me wondering if flyfishing really did just discover women. I’ve detailed a few of these interactions below, a few examples of what many women in the the flyfishing industry have been putting up with for years, whether at flyfishing events, expos, flyshops or on the river. And for those that might feel inclined to make similarly poor attempts at conversation, I’ve also included some suggestions that might have come off as less condescending/weird:1.     “Do you actually fish?”This was a reoccurring issue, one that eventually got so annoying that I stopped politely laughing it off as an innocent inquiry from guys who maybe aren’t entirely aware that women do actually fish. In all, I was asked probably 15 times if I *actually* fish while in New Jersey (interestingly, no one asked me this question in Atlanta). That emphasis is not misplaced, either — every time I was offered this as a conversation starter, it was accompanied with a notable inflection on the “actually,” which by the 10 or 11th occurrence made me damn near lose it.This guy did not ask me to sit on his lap. Be like this guy.Suggestion: For those keen on not insulting the person you’re talking to at the very beginning of the conversation, I’d suggest alternatively starting with “where do you like to fish?” which leaves the other person with the opportunity to say, “well I’ve been loving so-and-so river lately,” or “oh, I don’t fish.” Though when you’re attending a flyfishing show, you should maybe just assume anyone behind a booth probably flyfishes.2.     “Would you like to come work at my lodge as a housekeeper?”This was seemingly innocent, but hinted at a larger misconception that is nonetheless incredibly misguided: that women at a flyfishing show — some of the most qualified people in the industry, women who own companies and work for nonprofits and as guides and designers and in any number of other roles — would be not just interested but able to come work for a couple dollars over minimum wage cleaning sheets at your lodge. This man said he’d asked 15 (his number, not mine) other women, and was genuinely surprised that no one was interested.Suggestion: Before talking to a woman or asking her a question (I know, scary stuff) consider if you might ask the same thing of a man at a flyfishing show. I highly doubt that any of the men running booths this weekend were asked if they’d like to come be a housekeeper at a lodge.3. “If I had a time machine, I’d time travel to be able to chase that.”So there I was, super excited about my comfortable new FisheWear leggings, when an old dude shared this cringe-inducing thought with me, amidst an innocent conversation about how the show had been going for him (he was running another booth). He even gave me a little look over as he said this, while standing unusually close to me. Ick.Suggestion: Just….don’t.4. “You giving out kisses, sweetheart?”This one has a few different levels of weird to it. Not only was I asked if I was giving out kisses while sitting behind The Flyfish Journal booth, but the guy who asked then pointed to his embarrassed kid, insinuating that it wasn’t him that wanted the kiss but his preteen. I said I wasn’t really in the habit of kissing 12-year-olds. He was insulted that I said no and thought his kid was 12 — he’s 14, come on. He then said he for sure thought I was 17, which is why he thought it was okay. For the record, let me count the ways that this isn’t okay: Teaching your kid that it’s cool to ask random women for kisses, and being insulted when they say no; using the word “sweetheart” when talking to literally any woman besides your girlfriend, wife or daughter; telling me I look like I’m 17 when I’m 26 and very clearly working professionally in the industry; and, of course, asking random women who are trying to work for kisses.Suggestion: Come to the booth and introduce yourself. Ask me about the magazine, maybe look through one, ask me what I do for them — I’ll likely ask you what you’ve been fishing for lately and give your kid a sticker. Engage with me in the same way you would with the men in the booths around me, and maybe show your kid that women are capable of more than just giving out kisses.5.“Come sit right here.”Yup, someone had to ask me to sit on their lap, right? This was said with a definitive lap slap, like what your grandpa did when you were five and he wanted to tell you a story. Except I’m 26, this guy was for sure not my grandpa, and he just wanted to get a photo with me.Suggestion: Again…just, don’t.In what has become a common theme in stories of this nature, I questioned whether or not to write this, let alone post it on the internet. But women in the flyfishing industry (and the universe, really) have been dealing with stuff like this for as long as they’ve been around, so I figured if nothing else, my experiences would be relatable to half the population and informative for the other half. The vast majority of the men I spoke to over the weekend were respectful, tactful and thoroughly interested in hearing about my favorite rivers, my experience catching my first steelhead last fall and the work I’ve done for The Flyfish Journal. And then there were the handful that were peddling that same old attitude towards women in this industry, even though in most cases, these conversations could have been positive if just an iota of thought had been put into them, which is frankly not that much to ask. Even if some of these interactions read as innocuous — maybe misguided but innocent nonetheless — they were insulting, blatantly sexual and, ultimately, detrimental to an industry intent on welcoming all of us recently “discovered” women.[divider]about the author[/divider]Originally from Northern Michigan, Amanda Monthei now spends her summers smelling like smoke while fighting fires in Idaho and her winters attempting to figure out how to catch winter steelhead in Washington. When not standing in rivers or ash, she regularly contributes to The Flyfish Journal and The Ski Journal and can often be found trying to learn Cripple Creek on her banjo.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo June 04, 2010 *ARGENTINA* *Nickname*: La Albiceleste *World Cups*: 15 (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) *Championships*: 2 (1978, 1986) *Runner-up*: 1 (1990) *Third*: 0 *How it qualified*: The Argentines claimed the fourth – and final – automatic World Cup berth in the 10-team CONMEBOL region. The squad went 8-4-6 to finish with 28 points, four ahead of Uruguay and five behind Paraguay. *Coach*: Diego Maradona *Projected starting lineup*: *Goalie*: Sergio Romero *Defense*: Pablo Zabaleta; Martín Demichelis; Nicolás Otamendi; Gabriel Heinze *Midfield*: Juan Sebastián Verón; Javier Mascherano; Jonás Gutiérrez; Ángel Di María *Forward*: Lionel Messi; Carlos Tevez *Pool Play*: Argentina, which is ranked seventh in the world by FIFA, is in Group B with 12th-ranked Greece, 20th-ranked Nigeria and 47th-ranked South Korea. Schedule: June 12 vs. Nigeria at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park; June 17 vs. South Korea at Johannesburg’s Soccer City; June 22 vs. Greece at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba *Did you know?* Forward Lionel Messi is the reigning FIFA Player of the Year Agüero, the team’s top reserve, is Maradona’s son-in-law and the father of his first grandson. Maradona will make his World Cup coaching debut against Nigeria, the last team he faced as a player in the United States in 1994. Argentina has made it out of pool play in eight of the past nine tournaments since it last failed to qualify in 1970. The team had a disastrous showing in Japan/South Korea in 2002, scoring just two goals en route to going 1-1-1. The team reached the quarterfinals in 2006, when it lost to Germany on penalty kicks, 4-2.last_img read more


first_img Few kidnap victims can say that a multinational Special Forces team supported by CV-22 Osprey, MH-47 Chinook and MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters helped rescue them, even if it was just part of a capabilities exercise. The rescue of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was set in motion over a harbor near downtown Tampa, Florida, when the Osprey swept in from the south then nearly froze in midair as its rotors slowly shifted to a vertical position, causing the waters below to ripple in wide circles as hundreds of onlookers watched in awe. What took place over the next 45 minutes was a feat of interoperability and fluid communications among Special Forces units from around the globe. Special Forces members from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, Norway, Poland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States were part of the land, sea and air exercise. They parachuted from C-130 Hercules aircraft, fast-roped from a Black Hawk helicopter onto an enemy vessel and dropped out of the back of a Chinook into rigid hull inflatable boats. In addition to rescuing the mayor, they stormed beaches and secured an “enemy village.” With Special Forces representatives from more than 90 nations in attendance, the International Special Operations Forces (ISOF) Conference hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from May 21-24, 2012, was also an opportunity for commanders to share best practices and network. “We are exchanging ideas, tactics, techniques, procedures – all in an effort to make both of our forces better,” SOCOM Commander Admiral William McRaven told attendees in his opening remarks. “As we all see on a daily basis, threats like narcoterrorism, transnational organized crime, human smuggling and violent extremism exist in every region of the globe.” Colonel Jesús Daniel Serrano, of the Salvadoran Army, told Diálogo that problems like the menace of violent gangs are not isolated to his native El Salvador, but are faced by nations globally. “Some of the techniques of what we are confronting in El Salvador can be useful in Honduras, and Guatemala. Similarly, what we do here, we can do at the global level.” Col. Serrano said that interactions like those at the ISOF conference help to build relationships and facilitate joint operations against shared threats. Major Gustavo Adolfo Muñoz Roldán, of the Guatemalan Special Interdiction and Rescue Group, told Diálogo that the threats are transnational, and organized crime is interconnected. “The best way to combat [organized crime] is the same way as [the criminals] – we rely on each other’s forces working together,” Maj. Muñoz said. New Threats, New Approaches Narcotraffickers and terrorists in Central America, South America and the Caribbean are taking advantage of ungoverned spaces for refuge and to conduct operations. Honduran Armed Forces have trained with U.S. Special Operations forces to confront traffickers by using forward operating bases to mount a direct challenge to the traffickers who use clandestine airstrips to smuggle drugs. Honduran Army Colonel Raynel Enrique Fúnez Ponce told Diálogo that the tactics Honduras and the U.S. practice together can be applied to other regions and threats. “It has been more than two years since we began cooperating, from training to assistance in operations. We have developed models that are yielding results,” he said. Col. Fúnez added that the rich operational experience the Honduran Army has gained allows the forces under his command to strengthen the readiness of its neighbors. “We train together, we take courses together, and they learn about us, because part of the Special Forces doctrine is to understand cultures.”center_img By Dialogo October 01, 2012last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County legislators unanimously voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would prohibit pet stores and dealers from selling dogs that have been bred at inhumane dog farms known as puppy mills.The bill, if Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signs it into law, would create $500 fines for pet retailers that buy animals from breeders that have received violations on recent inspection reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).“This bill is a verifiable way to prevent pet stores from buying animals from disreputable breeders,” said Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who co-sponsored the bill with Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport).The Companion Animal Protection Society, one of several animal advocacy groups that expressed support for the bill, credited Suffolk lawmakers with being the first in New York State to take advantage of a state law passed in January that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.Before the vote, one supporter compared allowing puppy mills to abuse dogs to “letting a pedophile teach kindergarten.”Pet stores would be required to make their most recent USDA inspection reports and their animals’ states of origin available to customers. The bill also mandates that stores keep each invoice from their animal suppliers for at least two years to be given to the county Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, which would enforce the law.The bill also sets regulations for the size and labeling of animal enclosures in pet stores and prohibits the sale of any pet that is under eight weeks old or in poor health.Pet dealers will be required to provide fresh water and food to each animal at least twice a day as well as sterilization services for customers buying animals that are old enough to be spayed or neutered safely.“This will help protect not only the animals but also the consumers who have had problems with puppy mills in years past,” said Roy Gross, the chief of the Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). “It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”Animal legislation has been a hot issue elsewhere on Long Island and in the state recently.Nassau County lawmakers created the Animal Abuse Registry Law last month, three years after Suffolk did the same—although the Suffolk version has yet to go online. The laws forbid anyone convicted of animal abuse from adopting or buying new pets.last_img read more


first_imgDon’t Miss Anything Major in Your Credit Union Social Media Policy – Take This Short Quiz Now!You probably already know that your Credit Union Social Media Policy needs to be good, even great – but the reality is that in today’s social media obsessed world, your social media policy needs to be positively foolproof. To determine whether your credit union is really ready to deal with clients (and with the world) via social media, take the following quiz.#1: Are Employee Roles Clearly Defined For All Social Media Usage? Your Credit Union social media policy should clearly define which employees will handle the credit union’s social media accounts. The people who are authorized to post on behalf of your credit union should be explicitly allowed to do so according to the terms of their contract. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Thomas MacDonaldHalloween is around the corner but don’t be tricked, ghosts and ghouls are offering treats to lure their next victims at haunted houses across Long Island throughout the month of October.Destinations range in spookiness from lighthearted child-friendly fun to disturbing venues that could make even the toughest men and women cry like babies—if they dare to enter in the first place.Be sure to check some of these two dozen haunted houses, spooky trails and related activities on Long Island this month!Bayville Scream ParkThis fun waterfront amusement park reveals its dark side with a half dozen terrifying attractions. The Cage is the parks newest addition this year. Back by popular demand are Evil in the Woods, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates, Bloodworth Manor Haunted Mansion and creepy clown-themed Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear, which is in 3D. There will also be a Halloween Pumpkin Bounce, pumpkin patch and treats. Bayville Adventure Park, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. bayvillescreampark.com $10.75-$49.75. Open daily in October through Halloween, plus the weekend after.Chamber of HorrorsThis seriously scary haunted house hosts “The Trilogy of Fear” featuring the disturbing Maniac Manor, the nightmare-inducing Murderer’s Row and the terrifying Ward 9. And for the grand finale, on Halloween, those ages 18 and up who sign a waiver can experience the full contact version—meaning the ghouls can reach out and touch those that dare visit. Family days are 1-4 p.m. Oct. 23, 30. Matt Guiliano’s Play Like A Pro, 1745 Express Drive North, Hauppauge. chamberofhorrorsny.com $25-$45. Open 7-11 p.m. weekends and daily Oct. 26-31. “Kill the Lights” version 7-10 p.m. Sundays.Darkside Haunted HouseSet in an open field that adds to visitors’ feeling of dread, this movie-quality haunted house has actually been dubbed “too scary.” The attraction is kid friendly before 5 p.m., but becomes no longer suitable for those under 12 after that.5184 Route 25A, Calverton. darksideproductions.com $7-$25. Times vary. Open most days through Oct. 31.Enchanted Forest TrailThis one is for the kids. Those who walk the Enchanted Forest trail are encouraged to dress up for the fun tour on which they’ll meet fun and educational characters to create an amazing childhood memory of Halloween. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue. quoguewildliferefuge.org/events $10. Reservations required. Call 631-653-4771 to RSVP. 12-2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30.Hempstead House of HorrorsThe mysterious ghosts of the former Guggenheim Estate come to life. This year, the frightful show house expands to three floors of the massive 50,000-square-foot mansion, including the subterranean dungeon. Visitors will see horrific, supernatural, spine-chilling scenes! Sands Point Reserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $20-$30. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 22, 23 and 28-30.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide 2016Haunted Hendrickson’s House of HorrorPrepare to be seriously scared and don’t come alone. Nightmares will follow. Valley Stream Pool Complex, 123 West Merrick Rd., Valley Stream. vsvny.org $10. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22.Haunted Hay BarnStarring the Headless Horseman, this is a spooky good time for ages 10 and up. There is also a “chicken walk” for the faint of heart 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 23 and 30. Horseability at SUNY Old Westbury. horseability.org $13. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.Haunted PlayhouseThe actors of this community theater really get into character when bringing to life this unbelievably spooktacular haunted house. It’s so scary it’s not open to those under age 12 without an adult, but a kid-friendly version is available 12-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport. gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com $25-$35. Days and times vary, through Oct. 31.Haunted MansionEnter…if you dare! Deepwells Farm, 2 Taylor Lane, St. James. stjameschamber.org Free. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 22, 28 and 29. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30.Haunted Mansion of MelvilleThis mansion will scare the pants off visitors. The Haunted Mansion of Melville creates an entire world built upon rich and creepy lore involving a once good doctor who went mad but his soul still resides within the mansion. Kid friendly dates available. F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. schmittshaunt.com $12-$32. Weekends and holidays through Oct. 31.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2016Haunted Tales and TrailsDetails have yet to be announced but expect a thrill ride. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. obvrnassau.com Oct. 21-23, 28-30.Haunted Trail NightsExplore hauntingly historical buildings, creepy and ghoulishly grassy fields and the meadow of mayhem. Are you brave to take on the horrors that await you? “Not-So-Spooky Trail,” 5 p.m. Oct. 23 and the 30. Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd., Huntington. manorfarmhauntedtrailnights.webs.com $5. Teams of 8 $10 per person. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. Haunted Trail of HorrorsThis haunted trail will make visitors run for the hills. Kid friendly version 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29. Middle Island Fire Department, 31 Arnold Dr., Middle Island. middleislandfd.org $10, kids under 5 free. 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29.Haunted TunnelThis family-friendly Halloween attraction welcomes young children since it’s more fun than scary. Woodside Nursery & Garden Center, 134 E Woodside Ave., North Patchogue. woodsidenurseryandgarden.com Prices vary. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.Nature’s Halloween TrailMashomack’s band of costumed characters changes every year, and this year is no exception. What kinds of creatures of the night await you in the woods? Bring a flashlight. Mashomack Preserve, 47 South Fourth Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. nature.org $5. 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Oktoberfest 2016 EventsOtto the GhostSee the animated children’s story of Otto the Ghost, who’s sort of like Long Island’s Casper the Friendly Ghost. Admission is free but donations of non-perishable food for Long Island Cares are encouraged. Hicks Nursery, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. hicksnurseries.com Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Nov. 1.Restless Souls Haunted House ComplexA new attraction for this season, this Hollywood-quality venue features the maniacal Shack of Screams, a spine-shivering attraction dubbed The Dark Colony and scariest of all, Dr. Bane’s Klownitorium in 3D. 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station. restlesssoulsli.com $5-$17 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30.Rise of The Jack O’ LanternsThousands of professionally hand crafted Jack O’ Lanterns arranged in Halloween displays throughout a scenic trail. These Jack O’ Lanterns are so good they’re scary! Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. therise.org Prices vary. Advanced tickets required. Weekends through Oct. 30.Spooky FestThe Center for Science Teaching and Learning is hosting Spooky Fest, which offers Halloween fun for the whole family. Tanglewood Preserve, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre. cstl.org $10-$15 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 21-23 and 28-30.Spooky Walk at Camp PaquatuckThis year’s walk continues to generous cause and tradition of creating a 45-minute spook fest. Starting in 1989, it’s considered the longest running such event on Long Island. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches. spookywalk.com $15-$20. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21,22, 28, and 29.MORE THINGS TO DO: Apple Picking on Long Island 2016Spooky WalkThe Zombie apocalypse has officially kicked off, the infection is spreading quick and everyone needs to run and hide! This spooky live action trail includes live music, food and more than 100 live actors. It may not be suitable for all ages. Minors are required to be accompanied by an adult but people of all ages are invited to check out the not-so-spooky walk 12-4 p.m. Oct. 30. Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson. clarkbotanic.org $5. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 29.Survival Horror ExperiencesInstead of just walking through a haunted house unarmed, this interactive zombie-themed fictional prison gives those brave enough to enter a laser tag gun for protection from the rampaging hoard of flesh-hungry undead. Theme nights offer various iterations from creepy clowns to “dead silence” or regular old zombie apocalypse, among others. They’re also open year-round. NYZ Apocalypse, 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park. nyzapocalypse.com $34-$40. Open weekends, times vary.The Franklin Square HorrorThis one-night-only haunted house is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The theme this year is a haunted funeral home. Upon entering the house visitors will enter the reception, then journey into the morgue where they will have to make their way through hanging dead bodies before entering the autopsy/embalming room and crematorium. The mostterrifying moment is upon entering the “wake” room with the open casket filled with haunted mourners. 1148 Norbay Street, Franklin Square. joea65.wix.com. Donations go to Autism and Cerebral Palsy Associations. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31.Yaphank Trail of TerrorEvery year this terrifying haunted trail gets scarier. Each night the organizers will screen  a different Halloween-themed movie at 8 p.m. They also have a bounce house and a human hamster ball track. Yaphank Presbyterian Church 65 Main St., Yaphank. yaphanktrail.wixsite.com $10. 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29.last_img read more