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Zane – 2 year old puggle mix male/neutered. Looking for big personality in a small package? Zane may be the dog for you, he would prefer a home with older children and no other pets.

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.


 

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Friday
Sep122014

Smithtown's Maureen Reynolds Flagmaker, Mother And Succesful Businesswoman

American Flags Provide Freedom for Smithtown Mom

by Maureen Rossi

Modern Family is a fabulous funny award-winning television show that has won countless awards.  Smithtown has its own Modern Family and they sell American flags.   They are not a blended family like the one on television but they are Modern because innovative thinking has allowed one mother to stay home and raise her children while having a career.

Maureen Reynolds owns and operates AmericanFlag.com with her husband Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds.   Originally in the field of publishing B.K. -before kids, the young mother of two now runs her flag business while raising her seven and three year old.   “Jeff bought some domain names after 9/11 and Americanflag.com was one of them,” explained Maureen.  She said she became a full-time employee in 2006, the same year she gave birth to their daughter Brooke. 

“This was a great Plan B for when we had kids,” she added.   With an English degree from Stony Brook University and two years as a writer for Publisher’s Clearing House under her belt, Maureen’s life took a drastic turn with the help of a newborn and a full-time job at the family flag business. 

“We put ourselves on the map and got a lot of business by doing a free flag offers, one was for a 3 X 5 foot flag and then another was for a 2 x 3 foot flag,” she added.   However, it was their search engine positioning that garnered them an enormous amount of business.   The flags they sell are made in America and she is very proud of the quality of the merchandise.  “It is so wonderful, freedom is what America is all about and this business gives me a ton of freedom for my kids and my family,” she explained.  

Reynolds says she feels good about all the products they sell;  flag poles, buntings, banners and flag stands.  She says there are dozens of types of flags including hand-held flags, grave flags, parade flags, state and city flags and holiday flags.    The company also sells various patriotic gifts like flag cases and patriotic signs.  

“We noticed an uptick in traffic when people started ordering the Gadsden flag when the T-Party Movement came about,” she said.  The Gadsden Flag is one of the United States Historical flags that displays the rattlesnake on it.  She said she also notices upticks in sales when there is a hurricane or natural disaster somewhere in the country.   

“Our flags are made of cloth, they are a great American product and it makes me feel good about what I do for a living,” she continued.   Now in addition to her and her husband the company has four other employees.  American Flags has been featured in the Congressional Record for their patriotism and were profiled by the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Their President/CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News and on several nationally syndicated radio shows. Their website has been featured in more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles, including Real Simple Magazine and Romantic Homes and they are members of the Better Business Bureau and the security of our site is monitored regularly by Hacker Safe. 

When it comes to flag etiquette Maureen said people can find detailed information on when to fly a flag and rules for displaying their flags on their website (see below).  With the anniversary of 9/11 upon us Maureen made note that flags should be flown at half staff on this and all somber occasions.   “If you have a glad pole that is attached to the home and doesn’t’ permit the flag to fly at half staff, you can purchase something called a morning bow to put on the flag, it’s a black bow that signified half staff,” she explained. 

American Flags has shipped flags to military bases overseas, military families, they have provided flags for schools and parades.   They even provided flgags for the movie set for Green Lantern which ironically starred Ryan Reynolds (their son’s name).  Oh and one of their clients happens to include the television show Modern Family!   

When to Display the American Flag

The American flag should be displayed on all days, but especially on:

New Year’s Day, January 1
Inauguration Day, January 20
Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
Easter Sunday (variable)
Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), last Monday in May
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, first Monday in September
Patriot Day, September 11
Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October
Navy Day, October 27
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25
Such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
The birthdays of States (date of admission)
State holidays


The American flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.

The American flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

The American flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.

How to Display the Flag

1. When the American flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

2. The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right [that means the viewer’s left], and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

3. The American flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By “half-staff” is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United States.

4. When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the right of the flag of the United States.

5. When the American flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

6. When the American flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

7. When the American flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

8. When the American flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

9. That the American flag, when carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

10. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

11. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

12. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.

Proper Disposal of a Flag
When a U.S. flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Most American Legion Posts, VFW Chapters and Boy Scout Troops regularly conduct dignified flag burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Contact your local American Legion Hall, VFW Chapter or Boy Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service. NEVER THROW A FLAG IN THE GARBAGE!

Wednesday
Sep102014

Recalls - Benetton Boys Jackets And Coleman Inflatable Rubber River Tubes

1. Coleman Recalls Inflatable Rubber River Tubes Due to Skin Irritation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walmart http://cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Coleman-Recalls-Inflatable-Rubber-River-Tubes/

2. Benetton Recalls United Colors of Benetton Boys Jackets; Waist Drawstring Poses Entanglement Hazard http://cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Benetton-Recalls-United-Colors-of-Benetton-Boys-Jackets/

Monday
Sep082014

Allergy Alert And Recall - Mars Chocolate North America

09/08/2014 09:56 AM EDT

 

Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain product containing peanuts and eggs without listing them on the ingredient label.

 

Thursday
Sep042014

Recall - Children's Sunglasses, Children's Shoes And JVC Flat Panel Televisions

1. FGX International Recalls Children’s Sunglasses Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/FGX-International-Recalls-Childrens-Sunglasses/

2. AmTRAN Video Recalls to Repair 42-Inch JVC Flat Panel Televisions Due to Risk of Tip Over http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/AmTRAN-Video-Recalls-to-Repair-42-Inch-JVC-Flat-Panel-Televisions/

3. Livie & Luca Recalls Children’s Shoes Due to Laceration Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Livie-and-Luca-Recalls-Childrens-Shoes/

Monday
Sep012014

Recall - Kraft American Singles

Kraft Foods Group Voluntarily Recalls Select Varieties of Regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product Due to Ingredient Supplier’s Out-of-Standard Storage Temperatures

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards.

. For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.

Tuesday
Aug262014

Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords

Hewlett-Packard Recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords Due to Fire and Burn Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units

5,577,000 in the U.S. and 446,700 in Canada

Description

This recall involves Hewlett-Packard’s LS-15 AC power cord. The power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and with AC adapter-powered accessories such as docking stations. The power cords are black in color and have an “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end of the power cord.

Incidents/Injuries

HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.

Remedy

Customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power.

Sold at

Notebook and mini notebook computers and accessories were sold with the AC power cords at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and online at www.hp.com worldwide from September 2010 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1500.

Manufacturer

Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), of Palo Alto, Calif.

Manufactured in

China

Friday
Aug222014

Two Deaths Reported With Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs

1. Two Deaths Reported with Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs; Recall Announced Due to Suffocation and Choking Hazards

Hazard:

The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, get trapped and suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads.

Consumer Contact:

Ace Bayou toll-free at (855) 751-8151 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.acebayou.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Two-Deaths-Reported-with-Ace-Bayou-Bean-Bag-Chairs-Recall-Announced/

Tuesday
Aug192014

Recall - BRITA Children's Water Bottles - Bexco Convertible Cribs

1. BRITA Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Laceration Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/BRITA-Recalls-Childrens-Water-Bottles/

2. Bexco Recalls Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Bexco-Recalls-Franklin-and-Ben-Mason-Four-in-One-Convertible-Cribs/

Saturday
Aug162014

Bribery Scheme Sends Supplier Of t-shirts And Fleece Clothing For Aeropostale To Jail

Douglas Dey, Owner Of Former Major Supplier Of Aéropostale, Inc.,
Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For $25 Million Bribery Scheme

New York-Based Executive Used Bribes and Kickbacks to Induce Aéropostale Executive to Steer Over $350 Million in Business to His Company, in Exchange for 50% of Profits

Douglas Dey, the owner of South Bay Apparel, Inc. (“South Bay”), a former major supplier of t-shirts and fleece merchandise for national teenage clothing retailer Aéropostale, Inc., was sentenced today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to 42 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release. Dey and was also ordered to forfeit $7.5 million to the government, and pay $13,690,822.94 in restitution to Aéropostale, a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

On September 27, 2012, Dey pled guilty to conspiracy to violate the Travel Act through commercial bribery for paying more than $25 million in kickbacks to Christopher Finazzo, Aéropostale’s former Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, to obtain over $350 million in business. Finazzo was convicted on all 16 counts of fraud and commercial bribery for his role in the scheme following a three-week jury trial in April 2013, and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 20, 2014. read

Friday
Aug152014

Recall - McCormick Ground Oregano


08/14/2014 04:04 PM EDT

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75 oz bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products.