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The Friday after Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Get a jump on all the sales and plan your shopping accordingly!

This is the REALLY free, official one, not the one advertised by a guy who sings a catchy song and gives you a free report, but only if you sign up with a monitoring service, or whatever.

The New York State Public Service Commission's (PSC) web site discusses the the new area code options as well as provides a comment form for the public.

Useful collection of articles and tools that let you compare online banks, credit card offerings, money market accounts, mortgages, loans, insurance, and more.

This website provides authoritative information on breast cancer treatment, prevention, screening and testing, research, statistics, and clinical trials.

Keep up with the delegate count, meet the candidates, explore the issues.

Check out the accuracy of those campaign ads! A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this nonpartisan, nonprofit website monitors the "factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players."

This site provides links to school codes, PIN number application, FAFSA on the Web Worksheet and FAFSA application.

Giant Hogweed is listed as a "noxious plant" that can cause severe skin irritation. Find out what the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has to say about how to identify it, what to do if you find some, and how to control it.

This guide, prepared by the United Way of Central New York, lists services available in Onondaga County that include medical/dental care, food assistance, employment counseling, and legal assistance.

If your energy bills are more than you can handle, HEAP may be able to help you heat your home. The program may help you pay for: electricity, gas, oil, coal, propane, wood, or kerosene.

The New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration welcome you to the I-81 Opportunities website, where information about the project for improving the I-81 viaduct in the Syracuse area is regularly updated.

Find other local people who are interested in topics such as parenting, kayaking, Japanese language, dancing, pets, or the paranormal. Something for everyone here but that also means that you may find some content offensive.

No registration is required in order to use this site, which displays convicted sex offenders' homes on a local map. You can also use the site www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us to search for level 2 and 3 offender information.

Visit this site on Christmas Eve for a fun way to track Santa&'s location and his proximity to your house!

Visit this site to view videos of adoptable kids in NYS, search the Adoption Album photolistings, get information on the adoption process, and find accredited adoption agencies.

It's the best state fair in our state!

Find out the tax assessments of Onondaga County properties. There is a link to City of Syracuse listings as well.

Check the "Truth-o-meter" to see if attack ads are true, barely true, or even "pants on fire!" The St. Petersburg Times provides a look at the truthiness of everything from TV ads to Internet chain mail claims about the candidates.

Shine a light on candidate biographies, voting records, and more. Check out the Voter's Self-defense Manual!

Don't flush them! Flushed medications can get into our water supply. Find out what the Department of Environmental Conservation recommends.

Know before you go: features NYS highway webcams, roadwork alerts, closures, critical incidents, and more. Use the map controls to focus on your region of interest. Most local cams are on 690, but there is also one at the I-81 and 690 interchange.

It's never too early to plan for next summer's vacation! Use this site to find a place to pitch a tent, rent a cabin, park your RV, ride your horse, use your boat, and then submit your reservation now. Includes state park campsites.

Use the Onondaga County Heath Department's site to schedule a flu shot. You will need to create a free account. Note that these clinics are only the ones sponsored by the county health department. Others are sponsored by local drug stores, grocery stores, and similar facilities.

Latest news, guidance for health care professionals, travel notices, press briefings, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation

User-submitted reports of where the least-expensive gas might be found in the Syracuse area.

Area cultural events searchable by event, region, and day/s.

Inspirational "Last Lecture" by Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch.

Join in on the planning and celebration of the Town's 200th birthday!

This site tells you how to hook a converter box to your TV and your antenna, and explains how to troubleshoot your new system. (Remember, if you have cable TV or Direct TV, the DTV transition doesn't affect your TV at all.)