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Outings: Welcome to Wonderland!
We haven’t asked them, but we’d wager that if sisters Haley and Lauren Fox were to choose their favorite TV commercial, it would be the one for Splenda, where butterflies alight on cakestands, and ladies in parasols twirl in a shower of sparkling crystals. (read the story...)

Kids in the Kitchen: Move over Nigella!
In the past few years, British chefs, from Nigella Lawson to Jamie Oliver, have become popular in the U.S. (read the story...)

Kids Teach Kids — via DVD
Local moms Nicole Sachs and Marcy Sinel, former Manhattanites who now live in Pound Ridge and Bedford, had a longstanding dream of going into business together, but they couldn’t decide what type of venture to start. (read the story...)

From bathtub to (several) boardrooms: The Mom Behind Mothers Work
If you were to look at the predictors of success in the work achievements of Rebecca Matthias, you’d see the obvious markers. (read the story...)

Editorial: Good Practice
I’m a great believer in the importance of having music in one’s life. This month, music educator Michael Barry explains what music can do for kids in “Be-Bop Babies”. (read the story...)

Technology: Westchester Moms, Staying Connected
In this age of email, instant messaging, chat rooms and blogs, it’s easy to imagine that human connections are all about typing on a keyboard. Not so for a number of moms in Westchester who are using technology to connect with other moms through a website called Meetups.com. (read the story...)

'Two Mothers. Two Worlds. One Goal.'
Almost every day brings news of another devastating attack in the Middle East. Sadly, we respond with resignation: “There will never be peace there.” (read the story...)

The Books We Loved
We asked local authors, and our own editors, to name a book they couldn’t put down as a child, and why: (read the story...)

Brooke Shields gets personal:“I thought it would be so easy to become a mom.”
Now Brooke is talking about a similar dark period in her life — the two years before the birth of daughter, Rowan, when she and husband, Chris Henchy, were desperately trying to have a baby; how she lost a child in-between; and how emotionally destroying infertility can be. (read the story...)

The Things About Reiser
Paul Reiser wrote and stars in The Thing About My Folks, a new feature film which opens September 16. But more importantly, he has mined his life to create a rich family portrait that resonates with families everywhere, not just those in the New York Jewish milieu in which he is intimate. (read the story...)

Eye Doctors Open Their Hearts to restore sight around the world
The philosophy of ORBIS is the well-known one: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. Only with ORBIS, the fishing boat is a DC-10 aircraft known as the Flying Eye Hospital. ORBIS is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to preserving and restoring sight in the developing world,. They accomplish this by strengthening the capacity of local partners in their efforts to prevent and treat blindness. (read the story...)

For a Writer, a Novel Service Combo
Elizabeth Kaiden hoped for the ideal work environment before her children were born. The Upper West Sider was a freelance writer and film critic, but found she could not work at home, nor could she commit to the kind of childcare options that freelancers require. Thus, her new career — founding and serving as executive director of Two Rooms, a non-profit facility in her very neighborhood, designed to serve the needs of freelance workers who are parents. (read the story...)

Green Alternatives to Interior Design
It’s not easy being green in Westchester. Just ask Elizabeth Ferber, a mother and passionate environmentalist living in Katonah. She tried to start a food co-op in her neighborhood, but it never got off the ground because of lack of interest. (read the story...)

Talking Shop…with TONYA PINKINS
Tonya Pinkins has made one of the most complicated journeys of any Broadway star — from welfare mother to a Tony-nominated role in Caroline, or Change. The mother of four children, ages 17, 14, 8 and 5, Pinkins plays an African-American maid to a Louisiana Jewish family in the Tony Kushner musical. (read the story...)

Hello, Muddah!
Veteran comedian Jill Shely is used to working tough crowds, but today’s audience presents an unusual challenge. As she introduces the ComedySportz team for the premiere performance of “Mom’s Cracking Up!” at the Sol Goldman 14th Street YM-YWHA , she is greeted with a strident buzz of noise and activity. Infants toddle on the padded blue mat stretched in front of the stage. (read the story...)

Drafting our Sons & Daughters:Local pols and parents speak out
Lottery numbers, draft boards, and educational deferments may be little more than dusty relics of the Vietnam era, but if Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has his way, today’s young people could become familiar with them again when they participate in a military draft. (read the story...)

A City Becomes
Anyone who thinks it’s simple getting a children’s book published would be wise to consider A City Is, which took 13 years from concept to final product, surviving even the death of the author. A City Is, illustrated by Brooklyn Heights resident Melanie Hope Greenberg, is a collection of poems by Norman Rosten. (read the story...)

Quilting in the City
Cathy Izzo, expert quilter and former TV producer, left showbiz seven years ago to open The City Quilter, Manhattan’s one-stop quilting shop. (read the story...)

Florida Road Trip Begets the Real Thing
The birth of Baby Road Trip, a new edutainment video series that (so far) extols the wonders of beach and jungle destinations, was not easy. But it continues to be a creative challenge with which husband-and-wife co-founders Laura and Shawn Kronen are thrilled. (read the story...)

In memory of Stewie,A Duck Learns To Swim
Most people know the Stew Leonard name through its well-known — and well-stocked — grocery store namesakes located in Yonkers, Norwalk and Danbury. (read the story...)

Brooklyn’s star school:A Charter School that Begins — and Ends — with Children
There’s been a good deal of controversy surrounding New York City’s charter schools lately. While supporters maintain that charter schools offer a much-needed choice in educational opportunities not otherwise available in the public school system, opponents feel that due to a lack of accountability, these schools run a higher risk of academic inconsistencies and financial disarray. Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that operate independently of the local districts under a “charter” from either the state Board of Regents, the State University of New York (SUNY), or the school chancellor. (read the story...)

The Sweet Sounds of Success
Back in 1992, when the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA) began, it had only 48 students who rehearsed in an empty classroom at Brooklyn Friends School. Today, the group has flourished into four different choruses, with over 250 student singers. Last fall, it moved into its own building in Cobble Hill, with almost 6,000 square feet of rehearsal space and practice rooms. Although the chorus is Brooklyn-based, members come from all over the city. What makes them choose this group over another closer to home? (read the story...)

The Music Man
"From the second I started playing, I couldn't put it down," says Tommy Colletti of the guitar he first held at age 12. Now, at 37, Colletti is not only still playing guitar, he has made it his business to put guitars and other musical instruments into the hands of young and old alike. (read the story...)

Ask Dr. Nancy — about alternatives
AskDrNancy is not just a memorable email address — it is what her patients do all the time. Dr. Nancy is Nancy Gahles, a chiropractor who is also certified in classical homeopathy. She operates two Health and Harmony Wellness Education resource centers for complementary and alternative medicine — one in Belle Harbor and another on East 58th Street in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Talking Shop… with KATE WHITE
Kate White is Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, the largest-selling, most successful young women's magazine in the world. She began her career as an editorial assistant at Glamour, after winning their "Top Ten College Women" contest and appearing on the cover. (read the story...)

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