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Useful Websites

Need information in a hurry? The Reference Staff picked their favorite websites and provided you with a direct link for your convenience.

Art & Artists

Artcyclopedia (http://www.artcyclopedia.com/)
A guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet, including a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. A custom search engine to help search the Net for information about fine artists. Artcyclopedia only references sites on the World Wide Web where artists' works can be viewed online.

Art History (http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html)
A web site created and maintained by an Art History Professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The site contains hundreds of art history links categorized by time period, and by continent. There are also links to museums and galleries all over the world.

Ask Art (http://www.askart.com/AskART/index.aspx)
A database of information about artists, books and periodicals about art, dealers and galleries, museums, and auction houses and their records. You must be a paying member, to access some of the information on this site.

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Automotive

Edmunds (http://www.edmunds.com/)
An automotive information Web site including new and used automotive pricing guides, vehicle reviews, feature articles and videos.

Fuel Economy (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/)
A site sponsored and maintained jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It contains a Fuel Economy Guide (updated annually), a section on gasoline prices, gas mileage tips, and information about hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. The user can also compare different cars by gas mileage (fuel efficiency), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings and safety information.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (http://www.iihs.org/)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways.

Kelley Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com/)
Offers new and used car pricing, reviews and ratings. Ways to buy or sell, and how to get financing and insurance. It also offers sections for motorcycles, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles.

National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) (http://www.nadaguides.com/)
Get new and used car prices, and read the latest new car reviews and previews. How about a free VIN check, or free credit check? THey also have information on classic cars, motorcycles, boats RVs, and manufactured homes.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (http://www.nhtsa.gov/)
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. It investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics. It also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety, to develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvements.

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (http://www.dmv.ny.gov/)
On-line access to a plethora of information and forms from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Books, Literature & Writing

a.k.a. (also known as) (http://www.trussel.com/books/pseudo.htm)
This site lists more than 11,500 authors pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, legalized names, maiden names, pen names, etc.

Alibris (http://www.alibris.com/)
Whether you're looking for the latest bestseller or a long-lost childhood favorite, Alibris offers millions of used, new, and hard-to-find books from their worldwide network of booksellers and from their own shelves.

Amazon Book Search (http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/)
An online bookstore including both new and used titles. Use the advanced search engine to search by title, author, subject, ISBN, etc.

Barnes & Noble Book Search (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/subjects/subjects.asp?userid=2ZSD5Y4CO4)
Browse or search the Barnes & Noble online bookstore for new or used book titles.

Bartleby.com (http://www.bartleby.com/)
Bartleby.com publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge for the home, classroom, and desktop of each and every Internet participant.

Based on the Book (http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/movies/)
A compilation of over 1000 book titles, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Provided by the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri, all movies in the collection have been released since 1980. View the list by movie title, book title, the movie's release year, or the book's author.

Capital Community College Guide for Writing Research Papers, APA Style (http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/library/apa.pdf)
This guide is based on a document prepared in 1995 by Patricia S. Burgess, Ph.D., a volunteer staff member for America Online, and subsequently modified and updated for use on the World Wide Web by members of the Humanities Department and library staff at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. Please understand that this Guide is by no means a substitute for the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association published by the American Psychological Association. For advanced research projects, please consult the book.

Capital Community College Guide for Writing Research Papers, MLA Style (http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/library/mla.pdf)
This guide is based on a document prepared in 1995 by Patricia S. Burgess, Ph.D., a volunteer staff member for America Online, and has subsequently been modified and updated for use on the Internet by members of the Humanities Department and library staff at capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. Please understand that this guide is by no means a substitute for the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers published by the Modern Language Association. For advanced research projects, please consult the book.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (http://shakespeare.mit.edu/works.html)
Operated by The Tech, MIT's oldest and largest newspaper, this site offers all of Shakespeare's plays full-text online.

Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/)
A free online dictionary with links to a thesaurus, foreign language dictionaries, a translator and a "word of the day" feature. For more services, you need to subscribe.

IPL Online Literary Criticisms (http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/)
The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical web sites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

ISBN.NU (http://www.isbn.nu/)
isbn.nu offers a quick way to compare the prices of any in-print and many out-of-print books at nine online bookstores. You can view the results with or without the shipping costs of a single book, and also find the fastest source for a book from ordering to delivery. Search by title, author, or subject to find books of interest, and then simply click Compare Prices to rapidly find the prices for that book.

NY TimesNew York Times Bestsellers Lists (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/index.html)
A direct link to the online versions of the New York Times' Bestsellers lists.

Oprah’s Book Club (http://www.oprah.com/book_club.html)
The home page for Oprah’s Book Club including lists of past titles in the club, and even books written by guests featured on her show.

Perseus Project (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/)
Created and maintained by Tufts University, the Perseus Digital Library contains over 380 texts from the works of Aeschylus to Xenophon. The site also has expanded to include Latin texts, and works from the Renaissance.

Poem Hunter (http://www.poemhunter.com/)
A searchable database containing more than 48,000 poems from more than 6,000 poets. The site also includes a forum section, and a link to access free poetry e-books online.

Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/)
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free, and legal, eBooks. The mission of Project Gutenberg is to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks, and to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them away. Downloads of eBooks are available on their web site in multiple formats, and they even provide some downloadable audiobooks.

SearchBiblio (http://www.biblio.com/)
Another search and price comparison engine for used, rare, out-of-print, and new books. SearchBiblio.com searches the holdings of many online booksellers and listing services simultaneously, providing the ability to easily locate and price compare books, without having to visit each site individually.

SparkNotes (http://www.sparknotes.com/)
Free online study guides to many works of literature, poetry, and other subject areas such as math, history, chemistry, etc.

Thesaurus.com (http://thesaurus.reference.com/)
An online thesaurus provided by the same people who brought you Dictionary.com, with the same links to foreign language dictionaries, a "word of the day" section, etc.

YourDictionary.com (http://www.yourdictionary.com/)
A comprehensive Web portal specializing in information about language—any language in the world. It is designed to help find and share information about speaking, reading, writing and comprehending your own language and all the other languages in the world. Dictionaries, translation assistance, thesauri, and "words of the day" in many different languages.

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Business & Consumer

Bankrate (http://www.bankrate.com/)
Information on more than 100 financial products including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.

Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/)
The Better Business Bureau is a system of 142 independent, local BBBs working with businesses and consumers to resolve complaints and keep the public informed. You can check whether there have been any complaints filed about a charity or company on this web site, and you can also file your own complaint. Consumer tips are available here, too.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) (http://www.bea.gov/)
The BEA seeks to strengthen the understanding of the U.S. economy and its competitive position by providing the most accurate and relevant GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and economic accounts data in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Chambers of Commerce

Holbrook (http://www.holbrookchamber.com)
Phone: (631) 471-2725
Email: info@holbrookchamber.com

Ronkonkoma (http://www.ronkonkomachamber.com/)
Phone: (631) 498-5765

Farmingville/Holtsville
Phone: (631) 926-8259

Smithtown (http://www.smithtownchamber.com)
Phone: (631) 979-8069
Email: info@smithtownchamber.com

Islip (http://islipchamberofcommerce.org/)
Phone: (631) 581-2720
Email: info@islipchamberofcommerce.org/

Greater Middle Country (http://middlecountrychamber.com)
Phone: (631) 681-8708

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (http://www.cpsc.gov/)
CPSC works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. We do this by developing voluntary standards with industry, issuing and enforcing mandatory standards or banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public, obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair, conducting research on potential product hazards, and informing and educating consumers.

Credit Infocenter (http://www.creditinfocenter.com/)
A plethora of information about credit. Also, debt consolidation credit counseling giving free credit reports for credit repair, and consumer credit counseling.

Epinions (http://www.epinions.com/)
Epinions helps people make informed buying decisions. It is a source for unbiased advice, personalized recommendations, and comparative shopping.

Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/)
Consumers who refer to care labels in their clothes, product warranties or stickers showing the energy costs of home appliances are using information required by the FTC. Businesses must be familiar with the laws requiring truthful advertising or prohibiting price fixing. These laws also are administered by the FTC.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (http://www.irs.gov/)
The home page of the IRS with links to forms and publications, in addition to basic tax information.

Internet ScamBusters (http://www.scambusters.org/)
They'll help you protect yourself -- and avoid being taken by -- Internet scams and fraud. Includes a free monthly newsletter that can be subscribed to.

Lowe’s How-To Projects (http://www.lowes.com/cd_How+To+Library_615580068_)
Information about many projects that homeowners can do themselves.

Managing Your Money (http://www.sachemlibrary.org/pdfs/MoneySmartWeek.pdf)
A list of websites that can offer you financial guidance and assistance. Click on any of the links in the pdf, or print it out for future reference.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) (http://www.nfcc.org/)
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)™, Inc., through its Member agencies, sets the national standard for quality credit counseling, debt reduction services and education for financial wellness. NFCC is the nation's largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling

National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) (http://www.fraud.org/)
The NFIC is the only nationwide service for consumers to get advice about telephone solicitations and report possible telemarketing fraud to law enforcement agencies. Consumers can also report suspected telemarketing or Internet fraud through the NFIC hotline or web site.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (http://www.tax.ny.gov/)
The home page of New York's Tax Department, including links to forms and publications.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (http://www.sec.gov/)
The primary mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets. It is concerned primarily with promoting disclosure of important information, enforcing the securities laws, and protecting investors who interact with these various organizations and individuals.

Small & Home-Based Business Library (http://www.bizoffice.com/library/library.html)
The Small & Home Based Business Library is brought to you by BizOffice Small & Home Based Business Resources. The goal of the library is to provide small & home based business owners a comprehensive business reference site. It is hoped that any question one might have about small & home based business can be answered here.

Small Business Administration (SBA) (http://www.sba.gov/)
The U.S. Small Business Administration, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses.

Trulia (http://www.trulia.com/)
An all-in-one real estate site packed with useful and timely information on homes for sale, apartments for rent, neighborhoods, markets and trends to help you figure out what, where and when to buy that includes advice and opinions.

U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/)
Mission To be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Goal - To provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data we collect and services we provide.

Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/home-page)
The online version of the newspaper. Some sections are available free of charge, for the rest you need to subscribe.

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Civil Services

Federal Jobs Net (http://www.federaljobs.net/)
Federaljobs.net will assist you with your government job search and guide you step-by-step through the process.

New York Police Department (NYPD) (http://www.nypdrecruit.com/)
New York City Police Department's recruitment page, including information about applying for and taking the exam to enter the NYPD Academy.

New York State Department of Civil Service (http://www.cs.ny.gov/)
The central personnel agency for the Executive Branch of the New York State government.

Suffolk County Civil Service (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/civilservice.aspx)
Home page for the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, including lists of upcoming exams.

USA Jobs (http://www.usajobs.gov/)
USAJOBS provides worldwide job vacancy information that is updated each day from a database of more than 17,000 worldwide job opportunities. Most of the listings are Federal job opportunities that can give you the chance to provide public service and make a difference in the lives of the American public.

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Education

2-1-1 LI Database (https://211longisland.communityos.org/cms/)
A free, online directory of health, human service, and education agencies and programs on Long Island—services for children, teens, adults, families, and seniors in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (http://nces.ed.gov/)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

New York State School Report Cards (https://reportcards.nysed.gov/)
These reports are produced to inform the people of New York State about the recent performance of public schools. They are designed to provide information to the public on student performance and other measures of school and district performance. School reports are in Adobe® Acrobat® .PDF file format.

New York State Teacher Certification and Licensing Requirements (http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/)
Information about getting certified and licensed to teach in New York State, provided by the New York State Department of Education.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) (http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/)
Information about the NYSTCE, including registration information and testing

Sachem School District (http://www.sachem.edu)
Find school district information and links to all of the district's schools.

Statistical Profiles of Public School Districts (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/chapter655/)
The Board of Regents and the State Education Department are required to submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature with respect to "enrollment trends; indicators of student achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and vocational courses; graduation, college attendance and employment rates; . . . (and) information concerning teacher and administrator preparation, turnover, in-service education and performance." The complete report is printed in two volumes. The first volume is titled New York, the State of Learning: Statewide Profile of the Educational System. The second volume is titled New York, the State of Learning: Statistical Profiles of Public School Districts.

TASC Guide (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/)
Information about the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam, including a testing information guide and test schedules provided by the New York State Education Department.

Teacher Certification Requirements (ALL U.S. states) (http://philville.com/tchrcert.html)
Philip Hess, a teacher in Pennsylvania, has very kindly put together a web page listing links to each state and its certification requirements for teaching.

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Emergency Services

IN A TRUE EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (http://www.fema.gov/)
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Fire Departments
Our local volunteer fire departments, in a true emergency please call 911. Lake Ronkonkoma is served by Ronkonkoma Fire Department, and Lake Grove is served by both Ronkonkoma and Centereach Fire Departments.

Bohemia (http://www.bohemiafd.com)
Farmingville ( http://www.farmingvillefd.org/)
Holbrook (http://www.holbrookfd.org)
Holtsville (http://www.holtsvillefd.com)
Nesconset (http://www.nesconsetfd.org/)
Ronkonkoma (http://www.ronkonkomafd.net)

J.E.E.P. & Special Needs Registry (Suffolk County) (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/
FireRescueandEmergencyServices/OfficeofEmergencyManagement/PeoplewithSpecialNeeds
/JointEmergencyEvacuationProgram.aspx
)

The Joint Emergency Evacuation Program (JEEP) is a database of individuals who require emergency evacuation and special assistance during disasters. The database is maintained by the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management and activated prior to an impending disaster. You must apply ahead of time to be included.

Poison Control (http://www.aapcc.org/)
The American Association of Poison Control Centers works to support the nation's 57 poison control centers that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you. The Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 serves as a key medical information resource and helps reduce costly emergency room visits.

Red Cross (http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=long_island)
The American Red Cross is a nonprofit humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to individuals affected by disasters, and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies

STAR Foundation (http://www.savetheanimalsrescue.org)
A Long Island non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the welfare of domestic and wild animals. Their goal is to provide a safe haven for every injured or orphaned Long Island animal in need of medical care, rehabilitation, or humane euthanasia, and to return as many healthy animals as possible to their natural habitat.

Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/
FireRescueandEmergencyServices/OfficeofEmergencyManagement.aspx
)

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county’s response to natural or man-made disasters. Also administrate the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system, an extremely high speed telephone, email and text communication service that can deliver customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to Suffolk County homes and business. Click HERE to sign up for CodeRED Notifications.

Our local police department. In a true emergency, please call 911. Dial "852-COPS" for non-emergency Police calls in Suffolk County.

Telephone Numbers that Can Be Useful in an Emergency (Suffolk County) (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/
FireRescueandEmergencyServices/CommunicationsBureau/EmergencyTelephoneNumbers.aspx
)

A helpful list of telephone numbers put together for residents by Suffolk County.

Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter (http://www.brookhaven.org/animalshelter/Home/tabid/336/Default.aspx)
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter & Adoption Center staff is dedicated to helping the homeless pets in our township. After hours, call emergency services for assistance with stray and/or wild animals.

Town of Islip Animal Shelter
(http://www.townofislip-ny.gov/departments/environmental-control/animal-shelter)

The goal of the Islip Animal Shelter is to enforce animal control measures needed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Islip residents and, wherever possible, to promote animal welfare. After hours, call emergency services for assistance with stray and/or wild animals.

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Employment

America's Job Bank (http://www.jobbankinfo.org/)
America's Job Bank allows job seekers to post their resume where employers can study them, or search for job openings automatically. Employers can post job listings in the nation's largest online labor exchange, create customized job orders, and search resumes automatically to find the right people for the right jobs.

Career One Stop (http://www.careeronestop.org)
Government funded one-stop shopping for those looking for employment opportunities in the government and private sectors. If you are exploring a new career, looking for the type of training needed, researching salaries across the country or just planning to relocate, this site will provide you with valuable information.

Career Zone (http://www.careerzone.ny.gov/)
The New York State Department of Labor's free internet resource for students, educators, and job seekers which includes info on more than 900 occupations, a tool to help clarify your career interests, and a career portfolio section for resume writing, etc.

Employment Guide (http://www.employmentguide.com/)
EmploymentGuide.com is an Internet recruitment tool uniquely focused on entry level to middle management positions. EmploymentGuide.com offers an optimum combination of hiring solutions and job search options across all industries on a nationwide basis.

Federal Jobs Net (http://www.federaljobs.net/)
Federaljobs.net will assist you with your government job search and guide you step-by-step through the process.

Indeed.com (www.indeed.com)
Lets users easily search thousands of company and career sites, as well as job boards.

Job Hunter's Bible (http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/)
This site is designed as a supplement to the book, What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. It is divided into two parts, the Net Guide: a carefully-selected collection of information and resources to guide you in doing part of your job-hunt on the Internet, and the Parachute Library: an extensive Library of articles written by Dick Bolles (author of the book), Bob Rosner, Peter Weddle, and others.

Job Interview.net (http://www.job-interview.net/)
Includes a question bank of interview questions, practice interviews, an interview success guide, an interview library, interview tips, and assistance with resumes and cover letters.

Jobrapido (http://www.jobrapido.com)
Enables you to search over 2 million jobs posted on job boards, recruitment agencies, and career and company websites.

Monster (http://www.monster.com/)
Whatever you're looking for in a job, Monster can help you find it with its job search tools and career advice. Create your free account, and then search for jobs in the nationwide Monster database.

New York Police Department (NYPD) (http://www.nypdrecruit.com/)
New York City Police Department's recruitment page, including information about applying for and taking the exam to enter the NYPD Academy.

New York State Department of Civil Service (http://www.cs.ny.gov/)
The central personnel agency for the Executive Branch of the New York State government.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/)
A nationally recognized source of career information, describing different careers, conditions, training and education needed, earnings and future job prospects.

Suffolk County Civil Service (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/civilservice.aspx)
Home page for the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, including lists of upcoming exams.

USA Jobs (http://www.usajobs.gov/)
USAJOBS provides worldwide job vacancy information that is updated each day from a database of more than 17,000 worldwide job opportunities. Most of the listings are Federal job opportunities that can give you the chance to provide public service and make a difference in the lives of the American

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Exams

Citizenship Study Guide (http://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com)
This free site helps prepare people for the U.S. naturalization exam or citizenship test.

Civil Service Exam Books (http://www.passbooks.com/career-series/)
Online catalog of the National Learning Corporation's Career Examination Series (CES). The CES includes Suffolk County's civil service exam books.

New York Police Department (NYPD) (http://www.nypdrecruit.com/)
New York City Police Department's recruitment page, including information about applying for and taking the exam to enter the NYPD Academy.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) (http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/)
Information about the NYSTCE, including registration information and testing schedules.

Suffolk County Civil Service (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/civilservice.aspx)
Home page for the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, including lists of upcoming exams.

TASC Guide (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/)
Information about the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam, including a testing information guide and test schedules provided by the New York State Education Department.

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Genealogy

Cyndi's List (http://www.cyndislist.com/)
A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, including a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Helm's Genealogy Toolbox (http://www.genealogytoolbox.com/)
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox consists of a categorized list of genealogical links, genealogical software profiles, search engines, digitized images, how-to articles, queries, and genealogical news stories

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Genealogy (http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/index.html)
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent federal agency that preserves our nation's history and defines us as a people by overseeing the management of all federal records.

Roots Web (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/)
A resource for connecting people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Provides space for people to build their own family tree website.

Vital Records Information (http://vitalrec.com/)
This page contains information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States. See the guidelines for information on how to order vital records. If you are looking for vital records from a foreign county, there are also links to foreign vital records web sites.

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General Reference

AnyWho (http://www.anywho.com/)
An online telephone directory provided by AT&T for personal and business listings throughout the United States.

Chambers of Commerce (http://chamber-of-commerce.com/search.htm)
Search a worldwide directory of Chambers of Commerce, and/or a worldwide directory of cities, states, and provinces.

Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com)
A free online dictionary with links to a thesaurus, foreign language dictionaries, a translator and a "word of the day" feature. For more services, you need to subscribe.

eHow (http://www.ehow.com)
A free resource providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss instructional solutions that help complete day-to-day tasks and projects—everything from registering trademarks & making compost to & house-training puppies to mixing a mojito!

Information Please (http://www.infoplease.com/)
This site has an online dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac and atlas all-in-one. Watch out for all of the pop-up ads.

Internet Public Library 2 (IPL2) (http://www.ipl.org/)
The Internet Public Library and the Librarians’ Index to the Internet have merged to become IPL2. IPL2 now offers library services to Internet users including finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources; direct assistance to individuals; and a searchable, annotated subject directory of Internet resources already selected and evaluated by librarians.

MegaConverter (http://www.megaconverter.com/Mega2/)
megaConverter.com is an ever-growing set of weights, measures and units conversion/calculation modules. For just about anything you can think of, megaConverter can show you its equivalent.

RefDesk (http://www.refdesk.com/)
Refdesk indexes quality Internet sites and assists visitors in navigating these sites. Refdesk has three goals: fast access; intuitive and easy navigation; and comprehensive content, rationally indexed. The prevailing philosophy at RefDesk is simplicity.

Thesaurus.com (http://thesaurus.reference.com/)
An online thesaurus provided by the same people who brought you Dictionary.com, with the same links to foreign language dictionaries, a "word of the day" section, etc.

Universal Currency Converter (http://www.xe.com/ucc/)
The Universal Currency Converter ®, the world's most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

Virtual Perpetual Calendars (http://www.vpcalendar.net/)
A site to help you with finding dates, holidays, seasons and even date information on the signs of the zodiac.

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
An online free-content encyclopedia that anyone can add to and/or edit.

World Time Server (http://www.worldtimeserver.com/)
World Time Server provides accurate current local times of any world clock. It makes real time adjustments for Daylight Saving Time.

Zip Code Lookup (http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp)
The United States Postal Service's online database of all U.S. zip codes. Search for a specific address, or search for all of the zip codes in a certain city and state.

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Government & Law

Background Notes (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/)
Publications put out by the U.S. Department of State containing information about many different countries of the world. Information about a country's people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, U.S. relations, and travel/business.

CIA World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html)
An annual summary of all basic foreign intelligence information collected by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) about all the countries of the world.

Consolidated Laws of New York (http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menugetf.cgi?COMMONQUERY=LAWS)
An up-to-date searchable database of all of the laws in New York. An online version of the print resource, published by Thomsen West, McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated.

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (http://www.law.cornell.edu/)
This site provides easy-to-understand topical overviews of such areas as banking law and employment discrimination law and organized collections of links to sites offering court decisions, statutes, regulations and other legal materials. It indexes the United States Code, an organized compilation of actsof Congress; and the collections of all recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and New York State Court of Appeals. It also offers a series of bulletins on the latest rulings by the Supreme Court and the New York State District Court and legal developments on specific topics.

Duhaime's Law Dictionary (http://www.duhaime.org/legaldictionary.aspx)
An online legal dictionary written in plain language and provided free of charge by attorney Lloyd Duhaime.

Embassy.org (http://www.embassy.org/)
A resource of and for the Washington D.C. foreign embassy community. The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available. It also includes information to aid with foreign travel, immigration, imports, exports, etc.

FindLaw (http://www.findlaw.com/)
FindLaw's mission is toprovide the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students, and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center, and community-oriented tools such as mailing lists, and message boards.

Government Printing Office (GPO) Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html)
Links to official federal government information full-text on the Web. Also links to catalogs of publications available for ordering through the U.S. G.P.O.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (http://www.irs.gov/)
Home page of the federal tax collection agency. Links to printable forms and publications are available on this site.

Laws of Suffolk County (http://ecode360.com/SU0867)
Full text of the Laws of Suffolk County, with a search box for easy access to its contents.

Martindale-Hubbell's Lawyer Locator (http://www.martindale.com/)
Home page of the well-known nationwide directory of legal practictioners.

New York State Benefits (www.mybenefits.ny.gov/selfservice)
For individuals who want to know if they may be eligible for assistance programs like food stamps & HEAP.

New York State Codes (http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/st/ny/st/index.htm)
A browseable collection of both the 2007 and 2010 editions of the New York State Building, Residential, Existing Building, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Energy Conservation Construction, and Maintenance Codes.

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) (http://www.dmv.ny.gov/)
Home page for the New York DMV, with information about drivers licenses, automobile registration, traffic tickets, etc. Printable forms are also available on the site.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (http://www.tax.ny.gov/)
Home page of New York's tax collection agency. Links to printable forms and publications are available on the site.

New York State Unified Court System (http://nycourts.gov)
Information on all the New York courts including downloadable forms, lawyer referral services, and even step-by-step assistance completing some forms.

NYS Voter Information (https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx)
Don't remember where your polling place is? If you are a registered voter, enter the requested information and it will tell you exactly where your polling place is (even giving you a link to MapQuest for a map to that location).

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (http://www.sec.gov/)
The primary mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets. It is concerned primarily with promoting disclosure of important information, enforcing the securities laws, and protecting investors who interact with these various organizations and individuals.

State and Local Government on the Net (http://www.statelocalgov.net/)
State and Local Government on the Net is a frequently updated directory of links to government sponsored and controlled resources on the Internet. These pages are intended to provide convenient access to a wide variety of links to government information. Search for information by state, or by topic.

Suffolk County (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/)
Home page of the local Suffolk County government with links to all of its different departments and agencies.

Thomas (http://thomas.loc.gov/)
Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public provided by the Library of Congress (LOC). Available information includes bill summaries and status, committee information, roll call votes, and the congressional record.

Town of Brookhaven (http://www.brookhaven.org/)
Home page of the local Town of Brookhaven government, with links for information about its varied departments and agencies.

Town of Islip (http://www.townofislip-ny.gov)
Home page of the local Town of Islip government, with links for information about its varied departments and agencies.

Town Codes
Searchable, up-to-date databases for the Town Codes of our 3 local townships. Includes a print option for whichever section of the code you need.
Brookhaven (http://ecode360.com/BR0012)
Islip (http://ecode360.com/IS0324)
Smithtown (http://ecode360.com/SM0115)

United States Code (http://uscode.house.gov/)
A searchable database of the U.S. Code, a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and ​permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (http://www.va.gov/)
Home page for the federal agency responsible for aiding our nation's military veterans. Their goal is "to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction."

USA Gov (http://www.usa.gov/)
USAGov's objective is to provide a free service, enabling the global community to easily and rapidly find U.S. government information that has been posted on the Internet. It offers a powerful search engine and an index of web-accessible government information and services.

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Health & Medicine

2-1-1 LI Database (https://211longisland.communityos.org/cms/)
A free, online directory of health, human service, and education agencies and programs on Long Island—services for children, teens, adults, families, and seniors in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Best Doctors (New York magazine) (http://nymag.com/bestdoctors/)
New York magazine puts together a special issue each year on the top physicians in the New York tri-state area. Search by specialty, or location.

Best Hospitals (U.S. News & World Reports) (http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals)
If you're looking for the best in medical care, check out the annual edition of "America's Best Hospitals." U.S. News& World Reports ranks 205 top medical centers in 17 specialties. Part of their "Rankings & Guides," scroll down for the hospital rankings.

CDC National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/)
The nation's principal health statistics agency which compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Clinical Trials (http://clinicaltrials.gov/)
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its National Library of Medicine (NLM), has developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies.

Drug Alert (www.drugalert.org)
Information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Drug Information from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/default.htm)
The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research ensures that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. They regulate over-the-counter and prescription drugs, which also includes items such as fluoride toothpaste, antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos and sunscreens, which are all considered "drugs."

Drug Watch (www.drugwatch.com)
DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Family Doctor (http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home.html)
This Web site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organizations representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on the site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) (http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/)
Maintained by the USDA, the FNIC Web site provides current and reliable nutrition information through over 2000 Internet links, FNIC Resource Lists (subject-specific bibliographies of books, audiovisuals, articles and web resources), A-Z Topic Information (a full alphabetical listing of all nutrition topics in the FNIC web site with corresponding content), and searchable databases. Links include the Food Guide Pyramid, Dietary Guidelines, and a Food Composition database (allowing the user to search for the calorie, fat and nutrient contents of specific foods).

Hospital Link (http://www.hospitallink.com/)
A list of numerous United States hospitals on the World Wide Web with links to their home pages.

Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health-information/)
The mission of MayoClinic.com is to empower people to manage their health. This is accomplished by providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic. A team of Web-publishing professionals and medical experts work side by side to produce this site, giving the user access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.

Medicine Net (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.asp)
Medicine Net, Inc. is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers. 100% Doctor-Produced by a network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians, MedicineNet.com is a good source for online health and medical information. Watch out for all of the advertisements on this site.

Medline Plus (http://medlineplus.gov/)
Health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine(NLM). This site also includes lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

New York State Hospital Profiles (http://hospitals.nyhealth.gov/)
Use this site to find information about hospitals in New York State, and the quality of care they provide. This site is maintained by the New York State Department of Health.

New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) (http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/)
The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) is responsible for investigating complaints about physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants. The Office also monitors practitioners who have been placed on probation.

New York State Physician Profile (http://www.nydoctorprofile.com/)
It is possible for all citizens of New York to get information about any physician(doctor). Information available on all Doctors includes: information about the doctor's medical education, information about translation services at the doctor's office, and information about legal actions taken against the doctor. Doctor's may also list extra information about their practice such as addresses and phones numbers, community services and awards, lists of health plans accepted by the doctor, etc.

NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) (http://www.rarediseases.org/)
NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service. Their site includes an index of rare diseases, and searchable databases on rare diseases.

Physician Select (American Medical Association [AMA]) (https://extapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/recaptcha.jsp)
AMA Physician Select provides basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions. All physician credential data have been verified for accuracy and authenticated by accrediting agencies, medical schools, residency training programs, licensing boards, and other data sources.

Rx List (http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp)
RxList was founded and is maintained by Neil Sandow, Pharm.D., a licensed California Pharmacist with over twenty years of experience. There are approximately 5,000 products listed in the RxList database. Of these, there are nearly 1300 professional monographs and about 1,500 patient oriented monographs. The database can be searched or browsed.

Suffolk County Psychological Association (http://www.suffolkpsych.org)
A professional association for psychologists in Suffolk County, SCPA's mission is to promote the profession of psychology in Suffolk County through fellowship, education and advocacy. This site has a searchable database to help find a psychologist, one who treats a specific kind of problem, is in a specific insurance plan, or provides a specific type of treatment. In addition it has a list of psychologists who have volunteered to treat people without insurance for a reduced fee.

Tox Town (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/)
Tox Town is designed to give you information on: everyday locations where you might find toxic chemicals, non-technical descriptions of chemicals, links to selected authoritative chemical information on the Internet, how the environment

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History

Afro-American History (http://www.aawc.com/aah.html)
A list of very informative links all having to do with African-American history. A part of the African American Web Connection.

Amdocs (http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/)
Links to the full text of many important documents in American history, such as the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, the Monroe Doctrine, and others up through the present day.

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School (http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp)
The Avalon Project is dedicated to providing access via the World Wide Web to primary source materials in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. It includes full-text versions of historical documents from before the common era (BCE), through the 21st century.

Center for Jewish History (http://www.cjh.org/)
The Center for Jewish History is a unique central repository for the cultural and historical legacy of the Jewish people. The Center has combined holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings and textiles - the largest repository documenting the Jewish experience outside of Israel. Online catalogs and databases are available through their web site.

History Channel (http://www.history.com/)
Home page for the History Channel cable network, which includes access to a variety of historical information appearing in their daily programming.

History Net (http://www.historynet.com/)
An invaluable resource for historical information, The History Net delivers a deep and broad collection of articles from leading writers and historians, accessible to novices and students as well as experts.

HyperHistory (http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html)
Historical info in timeline form for history, events, and people of major civilizations.

The Library of Congress American Memory (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.

Patchogue Medford Library's Celia M. Hastings Local History Room (www.pmlib.org/local)
Patchogue-Medford Library has compiled a number of links to historical information on Long Island, New York.

Today in History (http://www.scopesys.com/today/)
A listing of historic events, birthdays, deaths, etc. for each day of the calendar year. Watch out for the advertisements on these pages.

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Libraries & Catalogs

Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/index.html)
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Live-brary (http://www.live-brary.com/)
A cooperative project of the public libraries in Suffolk County including eBook and audiobook downloads, live online tutoring, job and career resources, online language learning software, databases for magazine and newspaper articles, topic guides to current events and issues, and much, much more.

LI Link (http://www.lilink.org/)
A shared catalog combining almost all Suffolk and Nassau County libraries' catalogs. This shared catalog allows patrons that have library cards from ANY of the participating libraries to request materials for interlibrary loan using that library card. All materials borrowed using LI Link must be picked up at your home library. A request for a checked-out item cannot be placed any earlier than 14 days before the item is due, and the system will not accept requests for items that are more than 21 days overdue.

New York Public Library (http://www.nypl.org/)
The New York Public Library is one of the great knowledge institutions of the world. Virtually all of the Library's many collections and services are freely available to all comers. The New York Public Library comprises simultaneously a set of scholarly research collections and a network of community libraries, and its intellectual and cultural range is both global and local, while singularly attuned to New York City. The research collections (for reference only, and organized as The Research Libraries) resemble the holdings of the great national and university libraries, and the community circulating libraries (organized as The Branch Libraries) resemble classic American municipal libraries.

Suffolk County Public Libraries. (http://www.live-brary.com/about-live-brary)
Websites, maps and e-mail for all Suffolk County Public Libraries.

WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/)
WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world for popular books, music CDs and videos. Maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

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Miscellaneous

Bank Holidays of the World (http://www.bank-holidays.com/index.htm)
This site informs you of all the days when banks are closed due to religious or public events. Major events (elections, strikes, riots, etc.) are also listed.

DVD Talk (http://www.dvdtalk.com/)
A web site devoted to DVDs including news on upcoming releases, reviews and more.

Encyclopedia Mythica (http://www.pantheon.org/)
This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 6100 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures, and monsters from all over the world.

Holidays on the Net (http://www.holidays.net/)
Holidays on the Net is a collection of multimedia holiday celebrations. More than just works of art, though, each holiday celebration also offers a wealth of information about the holiday, including its history and holiday-related activities.

Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (http://www.imdb.com/)
The Internet Movie Database is a database of movie and television information. including pertinent details about movies and tv shows, from who was in it, to who made it, to trivia about it, to filming locations, and even where you can find reviews and fan sites on the web.

Lyrics World (http://www.lyricsworld.com/)
A lyrics search engine. A site that helps everyone find the lyrics they need by scouring the Internet for lyrics sites, indexing their pages and showing you the results when you ask for them. Watch out for the embedded advertisements.

The Nine Planets (http://www.nineplanets.org/)
The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each planet and the major moons in our solar system. Each page has text and NASA images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

Patron Saints Index (http://saints.sqpn.com/)
Who's the patron saint of your state, condition, vocation, or hobby? Maybe you can find out here. This site, maintained by The Catholic Community Forum, has information on topics with patron saints, and profiles of those saints. Profiles have portraits, biographical information, areas of patronage, prayers, links to related sites, readings, etc.

Saints and Angels (http://www.catholic.org/saints/)
Catholic Online maintains this searchable index of saints, angels, and other religious information.

Screen It! (http://www.screenit.com/index1.html)
Screen It! was created to give parents a way to access the content of popular entertainment their kids are exposed to. An unbiased, easy to use, yet heavily detailed and complete look at popular entertainment your kids might see, rent, or buy. Watch out for both the embedded advertisements and the pop-up ads. You can become a member of the site for a fee to avoid the advertisements and get access to the most up-to-date reviews.

Snopes Urban Legends and Internet Hoaxes (http://www.snopes.com)
A searchable or browsable database of urban legends, e-mail hoaxes, etc. It lists whether or not these stories have been proven factual or are simply legends.

Wildflower Field Guide, North America (http://wfgna.tafoni.net/)
A database of flowers that are native to the climate of North America. Search by the color of the flower, and the number of petals each flower has.

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Senior Sites

AFB Senior Site (http://www.afb.org/seniorsitehome.asp)
The American Foundation for the Blind's Senior Site has helpful information and solutions for seniors with eye conditions and their friends and family.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (http://www.aarp.org/)
AARP is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests.

American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org/)
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Foundation for Grandparenting (http://www.grandparenting.org/)
A group dedicated to raising grandparent consciousness in order to better the lives of grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and communities through education, research, programs, communication, and networking.

Griefnet (http://www.griefnet.org/)
An Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.

Medicare (http://www.medicare.gov/)
The official U.S. government web site for information about Medicare, the government-sponsored health plan for seniors.

National Osteoporosis Foundation (http://www.nof.org/)
The National Osteoporosis Foundation's Mission is to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures, to promote lifelong bone health, to help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and to find a cure through programs of awareness, advocacy, public and health professional education and research.

New York State Office for the Aging (http://www.aging.ny.gov/)
The mission of the New York State Office for the Aging is to help older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.

Nursing Homes of New York State (http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/nursing/)
Find and compare nursing homes in New York State, with links to quality of care, complaint investigation and enforcement action information brought to you by the New York State Department of Health.

Road Scholar (http://www.roadscholar.org/)
Road Scholar is America's first and the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over dedicated to providing exceptional learning opportunities to adults at a remarkable value.

Social Security Administration (http://www.ssa.gov/)
The Social Security Administration's mission is to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

Suffolk County Office for the Aging (http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/CountyExecutive/OfficeForTheAging.aspx)
The goals of the Office for the aging are to develop a comprehensive service system designed to assist persons 60 years of age and older in maintaining maximum independence and dignity, to remove barriers to economic and personal independence, and to provide a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly. Most importantly, it acts as advocate on behalf of all Suffolk County senior citizens.

Town of Brookhaven Senior Citizen's Division (http://www.brookhaven.org/OfficeoftheSupervisor/SeniorCitizensDivision/tabid/63/Default.aspx)
In an effort to enrich the lives of its older residents, the Town of Brookhaven offers seniors an ever-growing scope of services and activities. Among the current programs the Town offers are medical and shopping transportation, adult day care, in-home services, Home Chore and Senior Repair, senior citizen clubs, and summertime picnics. Some services require a fee, but a majority of programs are offered free of charge to eligible residents or taxpayers of the Town of Brookhaven who are 60 years of age or older.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (http://www.va.gov/)
To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

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Statistics

CDC National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/)
The nation's principal health statistics agency which compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the people of the United States.

FedStats (http://fedstats.sites.usa.gov)
The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (http://nces.ed.gov/)
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (http://www.ntsb.gov/)
The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/)
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States, and displays the data in over 600 tables.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/)
The National Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is also a guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.

U.N. Statistics Division (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm)
The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. At this site, unrestricted free access is provided to selected global datasets, such as the Millennium Indicators Database, which presents 48 social and economic indicators and related series by country and year since 1985, and the Social Indicators data set.

U.S. Census Bureau (http://www.census.gov/)
Its mission is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Its goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data it collects and the services it provides.

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Travel

511NY (http://www.511ny.org)
A free service of the New York State Department of transportation, 511NY is New York State's official traffic and travel info source. Whether you drive or take public transit, visit the site for precisely what you need, or simply dial 511 on your phone. This website not only provides up-to-date information on local traffic and transit conditions all over the state, it allows users dependent upon mass transit to enter a START location and a DESTINATION and get a listing of which buses and/or trains are available to reach that destination.

Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry (http://www.88844ferry.com/)
Looking to get the ferry from Port Jefferson to Bridgeport, Connecticut? Check their schedule, look at their prices, and even make a reservation online!

Citysearch (http://newyork.citysearch.com/)
An online city guide and yellow pages offering information on hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs and events with recommendations, ratings reviews, tips and more. There are guides for many different metro areas including, but not limited to New York City, Long Island, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and many more. This link brings you to the New York City guide, just change to the metro area you are looking for.

Cross Sound Ferry (https://www.longislandferry.com/)
Looking to catch the ferry from Orient Point to New London, Connecticut? Here's the home page of the Cross Sound Ferry. Check the rates, look at the schedule, and make your reservation all at this site!

Fodor's (http://www.fodors.com/)
Home page for the publisher of the well-known series of travel guides. Get tons of information about hundreds of different destinations all over the world.

Frommer's (http://www.frommers.com/)
Frommers.com visitors can easily find candid, timely articles written by Frommers.com experts, read excerpts from and purchase Frommer's Guidebooks, and gain additional insights from message boards and purchasing travel products and services.

Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/)
Use Google to find U.S. street maps, directions to a location, or businesses near a location.

Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/)
Lonely Planet is known for publishing practical, reliable and no-nonsense travel information. Their web site includes destination profiles, theme guides, traveling news, and much more.

MTA/Long Island Railroad (http://www.mta.info/lirr/)
Home page for the local railway system including schedules, fare information, travel warnings, etc.

MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/)
MapQuest provides easy-to-read maps, directions and destination information. Maps and driving directions can be printed, downloaded to a PDA, e-mailed or faxed.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (http://www.ntsb.gov/)
The NTSB is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.

NYC Roads (http://www.nycroads.com/)
Up-to-date information about traffic conditions in and around New York City, including parking restrictions.

Suffolk Transit (http://www.sct-bus.org/main.html)
Home page of the Suffolk County Transit Bus System, including system maps, schedules, general information, and more.

U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs (http://travel.state.gov/)
Information on international travel including travel warnings, travel alerts, passport information, and visa information.

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Weather

National Weather Service (NOAA) (http://www.nws.noaa.gov)
This website provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, as well as keeping citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com)
Weather information for worldwide locations, including current conditions, hourly forecasts, radar and satellite maps.

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