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Join Froggy 100.3 in raising money for the Stewart’s Holiday Match

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Show Us Your Rack!

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Be a holiday hero! Local non-profit holding ‘Shark Shoe Drive’ to benefit those in need

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Do you have a cluttered closet filled with old shoes you never seem to wear anymore? Would you like to clean the clutter out of your closet all while supporting a good cause? Well one local non-profit is here to help!

The 1DOS Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is holding a two-month long shoe drive collecting gently worn shoes from December 7, 2020 through February 6, 2021. The 1DOS Foundation has partnered with the company, Funds2Orgs, to collect gently worn shoes that will be shipped out to developing countries all around the world. From there, the shoes will be refurbished by micro-entrepreneurs, providing an essential item for those in need.

All you have to do is collect your gently worn shoes from around the house and drop them off at one of the local donation sites right here in the Capital Region. Donation locations include:

  • Barbosium Fitness

7 Lombard Street

Schenectady, NY, 12304

  • Ecco Salon

162 Lafayette Street

Schenectady, NY 12305

Any size, style, or type of shoe is acceptable to donate as long as they are not waterlogged or ripped up. The 1DOS Foundation will use the funds received by Funds2Orgs to offer fitness scholarships to those looking to get healthy but cannot afford the cost of gym memberships, healthy food, etc.

For additional information, visit the 1DOS Foundation’s Shark Shoe Drive page or send an email to shoes@1dosf.org. You can also follow their Facebook page or tag @sharkshoedrive or @1dosf on Facebook when you make a donation.

12/5/2020: Nor’easter is a near miss for NY, but New England gets hammered

A huge costal storm is developing off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic this morning, and has the potential to drop over a foot of snow on parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine today and tomorrow.

Most of the News10 region will miss out on this system, but a bit of wintry weather is not out of the question.

Cold air coming in from the north will cause a change from rain to snow in the hills and mountains late in the morning.

By 9 or 10, we expect snow showers in the Catskills, Taconics, Berkshires, and southern Green Mountains. Valley locations, including Albany, Troy, and Schenectady, will just see a cold rain for most of the day.

By early afternoon, snow showers will be ending in the Catskills, but still going strong in the Taconics and western New England. A few snowflakes could mix in with the rain along the Hudson River, but accumulations are unlikely.

It’s not until well after sunset that the system lifts out of Bennington and Berkshire counties, and pushes further into New England and Atlantic Canada.

Forecast totals range from:

  • Not much in the Tri-Cities
  • A coating to an inch for highs spots in Schoharie County, the Rensselaer Plateau, and central Columbia County (along the TSP)
  • 1-3″ for parts of the Catskills and southwestern Albany County, extreme eastern Rensselaer and Columbia counties (along the VT and MA state lines), and lower elevations in Bennington and Berkshire Counties.
  • 3-6″ for high elevations in eastern Berkshire County (generally over 1,000 ft)

We’ll cool to the mid 20’s overnight, so watch for refreeze and slick surfaces anywhere that stays damp into the evening.

Sunday looks cool and blustery, with highs in the mid 30’s. Monday and Tuesday look colder, with morning in the teens and low 20’s! Temperatures moderate towards the end of the forecast, with high in the 40’s on Thursday and Friday.

Sorry, snow lovers of New York State!

-Matt

NYS warns of scammers posing as state or federal agencies

(WIVB) — The state’s Division of Consumer Protection is making New Yorkers aware of a text scam where people pretend to be state or federal agencies.

The messages attempt to get people to click on links to official-looking websites with phrases and text like “pandemic stimulus relief,” “Treasury Department” and “government payment.”

These sites may look like they belong to agencies like the IRS or Social Security Administration, but they don’t. Scammers may try to get people to disclose sensitive information like bank numbers, driver’s license numbers or social security numbers.

Here are some samples of actual text messages people have received:

  • Treasury Fund Payment: “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 Treasury Fund. Further action is required to accept this payment into your account.”
  • COVID Relief Grant: “The IRS has deemed you eligible for the current COVID relief grant sponsored by the Treasury Clearinghouse, you stand a chance of getting a minimum of $100000 for being a regular tax payer, agent Davies Gran has been assigned.  Click the link below”
  • Unemployment Claim: “You have pending claim of $1,200 from covid-19 TREAS 310 tax ref.  Further action is required to disburse funds. Click here to confirm payment method:”
  • Stimulus Help: “From IRS-GO: You are eligible – Register for COVID-19 Stimulus Help MSG#: 123455668”

Scams like this may also come in the form of phone calls, where the scammer tells the victim they’ve fallen victim to identity theft.

State officials say you should never click on links in suspicious texts or emails. Also, any phone calls where you’re threatened with arrest, deportation or license revocation should be ignored.

If you’re concerned about a phone call, call a government agency directly.

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): 1-800-829-1040
  • Social Security Administration (SSA): 1-800-772-1213

An actual text from the New York State Department of Labor will come from 468-311 or DocuSign. A representative of the department will never reach out through text. Also, federal agencies never request personal or financial information through text or email.

The New York State Department of Health may contact you as “NYS Contact Tracing” at (518) 387-9993.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it here. If you’re concerned about a scam, call the Division of Consumer Protection at (800) 697-1220 or file a complaint here.

Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the Division of Consumer Protection, says “This latest batch of scams prey on New Yorkers seeking pandemic relief by spoofing official government agencies. I urge all New Yorkers to be extra diligent and follow simple steps to keep your money and personal information safe.”

Christmas and COVID: Therapist on how to manage holiday stress and decisions amid the pandemic

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, holiday gatherings this year are changing because of the risk of community spread, government rules and families worried about the future. 

In November, overall vehicle travel was down 20 percent compared to last year, but around the Thanksgiving holiday those travel numbers went up.  

This trend was similar for air traffic as airports reported some of the busiest days since the pandemic.

“If only a small percentage of those travelers were asymptomatically infected, this can translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections moving from one community to another,” Dr. Cindy Friedman of the CDC said.

These concerns to travel or not, to see family or not, led Chicago-based psychotherapist, Adam Ouanes, to make a list of tips for families during the pandemic. ​

“This holiday season is unlike any before, and it leaves many people feeling unsure about how to get into the holiday spirit,” ​Ouanes wrote. “It’s not unusual for many people to find this time of year overwhelming, but this year has a whole new flavor of strange.”

In the opinion piece, Ouanes mentioned topics that could help out including: having uncomfortable conversations, taking your mental health temperature, acceptance, and tweaking traditions.

“Strange as it may be, this is probably the most historic holiday season you’ve ever lived through,” Ouanes said. “Make some good stories for future generations.”

Ouanes joined NewsNation for a interview about the topic. You can watch it in the player above or on NewsNation’s Facebook page.

To read Ouanes’ entire article, click here.

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