Long Island Snow Storm Makes ‘Icy’ Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The sun setting over Long Island on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Sara Fingerman)Drivers who battled snow during the tail end of Tuesday’s morning commute don’t have to worry about any of the white stuff anymore, but wet roads freezing over to ice may make for dangerous conditions during the ride home, meteorologists said.Snowfall has ended across most of Long Island with only the East End seeing a few flurries, the NWS said, adding that temperatures dropping below freezing will now be the major issue facing drivers.“There is going to be some icy patches out there on any roadways that haven’t been treated,” said NWS meteorologist Joe Pollina.Temperatures in some areas have already dipped below freezing. Forecasters said temperatures across the Island are expected to be in the 20s but gusty winds could lead to wind chill values into the teens.“Slippery conditions are anticipated through the commute and tonight,” the NWS said in its hazardous weather outlook statement.Crews have been out since the morning, plowing and treating roads with salt, officials said.The winter storm dropped about 3 inches of snow in some areas of the LI, according to unofficial totals reported on the weather service’s website.Forecasters predicted 3 to 5 inches of snow Tuesday.A winter weather advisory, which was in effect through the morning and afternoon, was cancelled at 5 p.m.As of 5 p.m. mostly all Long Island Rail Road branches were reporting good service, expect for Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay, though the delays didn’t appear to be weather related, according to the railroad.Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 29.last_img read more

House brilliantly transformed from 70s to the present day

first_img6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters is on the market at $889,000.SONYA Romeo says she knew her 1970-built house was something special the moment she first stepped inside.“It had the right feel and I knew straight away it had potential,” she said. “It was tired but it always had a really nice feel about it.”Ms Romeo and her husband Greg Little bought the three-bedroom house in Florida Gardens in 2011.“My husband grew up in Florida Gardens so it made sense for us to live in an area where he had his childhood,” the mother-of-three said.6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters.The pair went about transforming the house into a functional yet stylish family home combining coastal charm with classic Hampton’s inspired elegance.They moved walls to alter the floorplan and installed french doors on all of the bedrooms.Ms Romeo, who is a textile designer, said she drew inspiration from nature with warm earthy tones throughout the house.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters.“We really love the whole indoor-outdoor concept as it’s important for us to have good air ventilation throughout the property,” she said.“We did that by installing french doors in the bedrooms and some additional sets of bi-fold doors — we turned windows into doors that extended out to various outdoor areas.”The pair installed two extra alfresco areas to complete their modern indoor-outdoor lifestyle.Other standout features include pendant lights, bamboo flooring, wool carpet and a built-in study nook.Ray White Broadbeach agent Jamie Harrison is marketing 6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters.It’s on the market at $889,000.6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 6 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

GRIDIRON: Senior quarterbacks show potential

first_imgTen years ago, Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were leading their respective college football teams, impressing professional scouts with every pass they threw. In the 1998 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts were subsequently left with the seemingly impossible, at the time, task of choosing between Manning, the Volunteer and Leaf, the Cougar. Imagine that.Each year, NFL scouts try to predict which NCAA signal callers will become future Pro Bowlers and which will become the next Leaf, Tim Couch or Akili Smith.This year, scouts and fans alike have a lot to dissect, as this 2007 senior quarterback class is loaded with talent. Could it really compare to the 1983 class featuring three Hall of Famers: John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino? Let’s take a look:Brian Brohm, LouisvilleWhen you watch Brian Brohm manage the quarterback position, the names Tom Brady and Carson Palmer come to mind. The 6-foot-4-inch Louisville native is a true pocket-passer, a characteristic NFL scouts drool over. He stands calmly poised in the pocket, plus he’s got the body, height, arm strength and accuracy needed to succeed in the NFL.Brohm has thrown for 2,765 yards, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions this year, while completing more than 67 percent of his passes. Needless to say, Brohm has not been the reason for the Cardinals’ struggles this season; it’s been the Louisville defense. He has already tied a Big East single-season record by throwing his sixth 300-yard game of the season.Prediction: Top 5 PickPossible Fit: Chicago Bears. If the Bears don’t earn a top-five pick they could likely trade up to get Brohm, the most NFL-ready quarterback of the bunch. Brohm is accurate enough that he could immediately step in for Chicago and manage a conservative offense while making few mistakes, something Rex Grossman couldn’t do.Andre’ Woodson, KentuckyAndre’ Woodson’s stock was already high, but a triple-overtime, come-from-behind victory over No. 1 LSU sent it through the roof. Combined with Daunte Culpepper size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and a rocket-launcher arm, Woodson has all the tools necessary to compete in the NFL and complement his natural leadership abilities.His over-the-top ball delivery makes it difficult for batted balls at the line of scrimmage. Along with his sheer strength, Woodson also has great touch on balls over the middle and throws one of the nicest deep balls in college football. Woodson’s accuracy is somewhat of a concern, but his raw talent is as good as anyone’s in the country.Prediction: Top 10 PickPossible Fit: Minnesota Vikings. Tarvaris Jackson just doesn’t cut it in Minnesota. They are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. Woodson seems just right.Matt Ryan, Boston CollegeFans in Chestnut Hill will tell you, if former BC quarterback Matt Hasselbeck could become a Pro Bowler, there’s no reason Matt Ryan can’t. Ryan has led the once-unranked Eagles to No. 3 in the nation, and is on pace for more than 3,600 yards passing and 29 touchdowns this season. More importantly, though, Ryan’s a winner. He’s got a quick release and, like Brohm and Woodson, stands a tall 6 feet, 5 inches in the pocket and delivers the ball accurately and on time to his receivers. Although he’s not a running quarterback, Ryan has excellent mobility in the pocket and can also scramble for first downs and throw on the run when necessary.Ryan’s stock continues to rise and a quality performance in a BCS Bowl (like we saw with JaMarcus Russell against Notre Dame in last year’s Sugar Bowl) would certainly help his draft status.Prediction: Top 20 PickPossible Fit: New York Jets. Chad Pennington’s reign in New York should come to an end after this season. The Jets need a pocket passer that can throw a consistent deep ball to wide receivers Laveranues Coles and Jericho Cotchery. Ryan would be a perfect fit.John David Booty, USCCarson Palmer has become one of the elite quarterbacks in football, Matt Leinart has shown glimpses of greatness since leaving Los Angeles, and even Matt Cassel, Palmer and Leinart’s backup, now plays behind Tom Brady in New England. John David Booty has shown that he too has the skills to go from Trojan to NFL starter. His stock suffered somewhat since throwing four interceptions against Stanford, but his performance against Michigan (a defense full of future NFL starters) in last year’s Rose Bowl was enough for NFL teams to give him a chance.Booty has the arm, accuracy and leadership to win consistently on Sundays.Prediction: Early Second Round PickPossible Fit: Kansas City Chiefs. Neither Damon Huard nor Brode Croyle are likely franchise quarterbacks. If Booty is around for KC in the second round, they won’t be able to pass him up.Colt Brennan, HawaiiColt Brennan is the wild card in this quarterback equation. His decision to return to Hawaii for his senior season may have been a mistake, given the intense competition in this year’s class compared to a mediocre 2006 class featuring only Russell and Brady Quinn.Brennan has shattered every WAC passing record, but WAC defenses aren’t exactly equivalent to those of the SEC, Big East, Big Ten, Big XII or ACC. However, if Hawaii remains undefeated and can sneak into a BCS Bowl (much like Boise State last season), Brennan would be able to show off his talents in front of a national audience against what would most likely be a formidable defense. If he could lead the Rainbow Warriors to victory on that stage, NFL teams would be more inclined to gamble on him on the first day of the draft.Prediction: Late Second, Early Third Round PickPossible Fit: St. Louis Rams. Marc Bulger’s health is a main concern in St. Louis. That said, they need a new franchise quarterback who is accustomed to throwing 35-plus attempts consistently. After a year on the sidelines, Brennan could revive Kurt Warner’s Greatest Show on Turf.last_img read more

USC appoints vice president for health

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias announced Wednesday in a memorandum the appointment of Thomas Jackiewicz, chief executive officer of UC San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor of UC San Diego Health Sciences, to the position of senior vice president and chief executive officer for USC health, effective Jan. 1, 2012.Jackiewicz will be responsible for the operations of the Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the Keck Doctors of USC and USC Care Medical Group Inc. Jackiweicz will report directly to President Nikias and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett.One of Jackiewicz’s primary roles will be the integration of the clinical enterprise of the hospital and the academic operations of the USC Keck School of Medicine. He will also serve on the Keck Medicine Oversight Committee, which ensures the Keck Medical Center’s business operations further the academic and community objectives of the university.In his current position in the UC San Diego Health System, Jackiewicz oversees 5,500 employees and is responsible for a $900-million budget. Under Jackiewicz’s leadership, UC San Diego Health System was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the top teaching hospitals in the nation in 2010.Jackiewicz has served as the national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Business Affairs and was the former chief operating officer of Columbia University Medical Center and the senior associate chair for finance and administration for the department of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.Jackiewicz received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and his master of public health in health policy and management from Columbia University.last_img read more