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PAVE-ing the Way to Stardom in New Rochelle
Shanice is a shy fourth grader who stutters when she gets nervous. But put Shanice in front of an audience and give her a song to belt out, and you’d never know she had any trouble. (read the story...)

Coloring Book Arch Rival Shakes Up Old Notions
Susan Striker wouldn't exactly be overjoyed if your kid came into her home and started scribbling across her walls with a crayon or marker, but it wouldn't necessarily cause her to have a cortical blowout either. As the creator of the Anti-Coloring Book, the noted arts educator understands that scribbling is significant, representing as it does a nascent stage in the learning process. (read the story...)

Café for the Stroller Set
Many coffee shops and casual restaurants are colonized by mothers’ groups, their babies and toddlers sometimes knocking knees with hot-beverage-toting professionals looking for Internet access. At café boo bah, in Cobble Hill, kids are the raison d’être, with indoor and outdoor playspaces and delicious, organic food (and strong coffee) for all comers. (read the story...)

All in the (Brooklyn) Family Local Author Focuses on the Neighborhood
In each of her picture books, Nina Crews has incorporated her neighborhood, using Brooklyn locations and residents in her photo collages. Her latest community endeavor, Neighborhood Mother Goose (Greenwillow Books, $15.99), brings classic Mother Goose rhymes to Park Slope (where she lives), as well as to Fort Greene and Coney Island. (read the story...)

New Children's Hospital Calls Manhattan Home
Last month, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian opened its doors in Washington Heights. The debut marked a considerable rebirth for the century-plus-old institution: its new 10-story, 265,000-square-foot facility instantly makes it one of the largest hospitals of its kind in the nation. (read the story...)

Big, Bold and Beautiful: Maternity with PizazzLiz Lange's stylish-but-simple fashions put the 'sexy' back in maternity wear
Liz Lange’s Maternity Style: How to Look Fabulous During the Most Fashion-Challenged Time (Clarkson Potter/Crown Publishing Group, $22.50) begins with a romp through the history of maternity wear. (read the story...)

High-Profile Women Execs: How do they do it?
The topic attracted hundreds to the 92nd Street Y recently: How do high-profile female executives manage to raise families amid the demands of successful careers? (read the story...)

What’s in a Name?For One NYC Mom, Naming is Her Business
Photography is the most direct means of memorializing an event, but not always the most personal or meaningful, no matter how skillful the technician. Denise Waxman is a New York City mother of two who decided to honor the ritual of a Bris, or a naming ceremony, by using a brush and computer instead of a camera to create her Baby Brit Naming Certificates. (read the story...)

They Came, They Spoke, They Concurred20 Years of Speeches in Scarsdale
When Clyde Tressler, head of the English department at Scarsdale Middle School, addressed the volunteer judges at the school’s first speech contest 20 years ago, there were far fewer faces looking back at him than there were this past evening of April 8. (read the story...)

New Center For Childhood Epilepsy, MontefioreSleep Center is one of only a few in the country for children
Mother-of-three Karen Maulen, of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., is grateful for many gifts in her life, including her two-week stay at the new children’s epilepsy management center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in the Bronx. Those two weeks in February, she says, helped turn her daughter’s life around, and onto the road to a more productive life. (read the story...)

Marvelous Marco-mania!
If your kids (and you!) have fallen in love with the muppet-like Sushi Baby and Baby Alien, you're familiar with the work of up-and-coming graphic designer, Marco. (read the story...)

Women as Entrepreneurs“When mom feels good, everyone feels good.”
Sonja Becker introduced the Women’s Entrepreneur School to New York this past September. Before that, Becker trained for many years with a company called Sage Innovations, founded by Martin Sage. She learned business skills, and how to coach people to follow their passion. (read the story...)

When Moms Feel Lonely … Moms Get NetworkingSupport Groups Answer a Range of Moms’ Needs
In 1972, when Sheila Siderow moved to Westchester from the city with her three children, then ages 5, 4, and six months, she felt trapped in her house. (read the story...)

Soccer Dad!
Standing on the edge of a soccer field in a rugby shirt and sweats, cleats and shin guards at the ready should a ball go out of range, Dan Cherico bears little resemblance to the globe-trotting consultant he once was, brokering high-powered deals for VocalTec Communications, Ltd. (read the story...)

Words on War — For KidsDad’s Activity Book Offers Children a New View on WWII
Richard Panchyk's book, World War II for Kids (Chicago Review Press, $14.95), has an excellent glossary, from the unfamiliar British slang term "ack-ack" to the more homey "victory garden", words that reflect what the author calls the "scope and breath" of the 20th century's principal conflict. (read the story...)

Seeing Family Court at work,Long Island Mom Turns Children’s Advocate
How far will a mother go to protect her child from a sexual predator? What happens when the abuser is the child’s father? What drives the family court system, one that is supposed to provide a safety net for abused children? Protagonist Rachel Belmore is forced to confront these questions head on in Puppet Child (PageFree Publishing, $23.95; $13.95), a new novel by Long Island mom Talia Carner. (read the story...)

Big Hit: Little Maestros
The news on the street — among parents, at least — is that Little Maestros is the hottest new class on the Upper East Side for the 3-and-under crowd. (read the story...)

A Queens Childhood Remembered:Bestselling author teaches “the importance of friendship”
After 20 years teaching children to read in the classroom, it’s reasonable to expect an educator might try her hand at children’s books. Patricia Reilly Giff goes one step further. The bestselling author and Newbury Honor recipient says her passion lies in reaching out to young readers. (read the story...)

Who wouldn’t like her? Jamie Lee Curtis on Image and Inspiration
Jamie Lee Curtis is a mom just like the rest of us (more on that later, doubters). She gets inspired by the cute things her kids come out with. In the case of her latest children’s book, it was her goddaughter who provided the impetus. Jamie sent her a dress for her birthday, and the happy youngster ran to the mirror, held the dress up in front of her, and declared: “I’m going to like me!” This was enough to send Jamie Lee into self-esteem heaven, a subject she knows well from the hellish point of view. (read the story...)

Beading ‘Round the Clock … and Her Family
The message on the answering machine is your first clue that beadz isn’t an ordinary store. (read the story...)

Celebrate with us as we honorFIVE HEROES OF WESTCHESTER
This year, in honor of our second anniversary, Westchester Parent is proud to salute five people whose contributions to our community have been exceptional and inspiring. (read the story...)

The moms (and best friends) behind Reading Rainbow
Nicole Silver and Orly Wiseman have their desks positioned within firing range of each other, but as far as anyone who’s passed through that region can tell, it’s a peaceful border. As the producers of the popular PBS children's series Reading Rainbow and numerous other programs for children, the co-presidents of the New York City-based RCN Entertainment (RCNE) have demonstrated that being friends, moms and former co-workers — and now co-presidents and co-executive producers — doesn’t mean firing invectives and paper clips at each other. (read the story...)


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