Nearly $1 million in rebates still available

Rebates up to $555 are available for New Yorkers who replace their old appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances.

These rebates will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, with rebates starting at $50.

Once a qualifying purchase has been made, you can reserve a rebate online or over the phone. You must then submit a signed copy of the application and the required receipts within 14 days in order to complete the application process.

For consumer guidelines on this program, call 877-NY-SMART or go to www.NYApplianceSwapOut.com.

Planned service changes on E and F lines

Due to construction the MTA recently announced that service on the E and F lines will be impacted on nights and weekends through 2011.

Make sure to check if these changes will affect your travels. There will be “Planned service change” memos posted within stations announcing changes and alternate routes.

For the next two weekends (2/19-22 and 2/26-28) E trains will run on the F track between Roosevelt Avenue and West 4th Street.

No Sanitation on President’s Day

The New York City Department of Sanitation issued a statement earlier this week notifying residents that street cleaning and garbage removal services will be halted on Monday, February 21st in observance of President’s Day.

The department also said that administrative offices will be closed for the holiday.

Sanitation officials are urging residents who normally receive garbage collections on Monday to place their trash on their curbs after 4 P.M. for pickup.

– Ramiro Fúnez

Points for talking on your cell

Getting caught talking on your cell phone will now cost you more then just money.

Starting Wednesday, February 16, drivers will receive two points on their license for getting caught on their cell phone without using a hands-free device. These points will be in addition to the $150 fine that comes with the ticket. Texting while driving already carries a two point penalty.

According to the DMV driver distraction is the cause of at least one in five accidents.

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