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Long Island Healthy-Living Club Adds Classes for Girls With Special Needs
Oh My Girls!, a healthy lifestyle club for girls on Long Island, recently added classes for girls with special needs to their offerings. OMG! offers cooking and fitness classes, as well as a health club that teaches girls to make healthy choices in a safe, parent-free, after-school environment. (read the story...)

Math Tutoring Center for Kids Will Open in Wantagh
Mathnasium, a math-tutoring center for Long Island children will open a new location on the South Shore of Long Island, serving children in Merrick, Bellmore, and Massapequa. Mathnasium offers tutoring services for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. (read the story...)

'Heart of Bethpage' Spreads Holiday Cheer to Long Island Children
Bethpage Federal Credit Union sponsored various holiday programs throughout Long Island to provide toys and support to the area's underprivileged children this holiday season. (read the story...)

Portledge Students Transform Memories into Art with Long Island Senior Center
Portledge School students in Locust Valley, NY visit Atria Glen Cove senior center to unveil Memory Projects, an exhibit featuring works inspired by the residents of Atria in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. (read the story...)

A Long Island Nonprofit Helps Military Moms-to-Be through Operation Shower
Operation Shower, a Long Island nonprofit organization, provides baby showers for expectant moms of military families to help ease the burden of deployment. (read the story...)

Usdan Center Extends Tuition Freeze Through January 31
The Usdan Center, a summer arts day camp for kids on Long Island, is offering reduced tuition for its 2013 programs through Jan. 31. Usdan extended its tuition freeze due to the continuing effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Long Island and NYC communities. (read the story...)

A Long Island Charity's Fight Against Breast Cancer, One Photo at A Time
A local charity in Long Island, Moms Who Kick, are fighting breast cancer by raising money for breast cancer research and to increase awareness about breast cancer. (read the story...)

How Long Island Businesses Are Rebuilding After Sandy
Much of the East Coast was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, dubbed as by media as "Frankenstorm," and many businesses on Long Island are hosting fundraiser events and can use your help as they help to rebuild the community. (read the story...)

Halloween Events in the NYC Area After Hurricane Sandy
Check our updated list of Halloween events for kids and families in the NYC area to see what's still happening and what's been canceled in the NYC boroughs, NYC suburbs, and Long Island. (read the story...)

L.E.A.D. Empowers Girls Through Dance
Seven Long Island women created L.E.A.D., Live Empowered And Dance, to mentor at-risk girls in the neighborhood. (read the story...)

Growing Tree Nursery School Revamps Computer Center
Growing Tree Nursery School recently updated its computer center with new Apple computers, iPads, and the most advanced programs and media materials Apple has to offer. Children are able to use the new computer center at least three times per week. (read the story...)

Children's Therapy Practice Adds Individual and Group Classes
Sensational Development, a private occupational therapy practice for children and young adults, recently added individual and group therapy classes for residents in Nassau and Suffolk counties. (read the story...)

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program Hosted by Merrick Dentist Office to Send Sweets to U.S. Troops
Every Halloween, many collect more candy and sweet treats to last them the entire year. Donate extra Halloween candy at the second annual Candy Buy Back program hosted by Merrick Pediatric Dentistry and help send a smile to U.S. troops stationed around the world. (read the story...)

Long Beach Resident Receives Disability Leadership Award
Dr. Jon Feingold of Long Beach received the 2012 MassMutual Disability Leadership Award for his work in the special needs community. (read the story...)

New York Children's Theater Festival Accepting Submissions for Spring 2013 Productions
Beginning Oct. 1, 2012 through Nov. 12, 2012, the New york Children's Theater Festival will be accepting submissions for its spring 2013 productions, encouraging people from all over the world to write live children's entertainment. (read the story...)

Invite Reptiles to Your Child's Next Birthday Bash
My Reptile Guys, an Atlanta-based birthday party entertainment business, now offers their three party packages in the New York metro area. Each party includes reptiles visiting your home, the birthday or girl is involved in the show, and a petting zoo experience after the show. (read the story...)

Be the Next Children's Place Superstar
The Children's Place is launching its second annual model search this fall to discover its next superstar who will win round-trip air transportation to the glamorous photo shoot and a $500 gift card to spend on all of the latest styles. (read the story...)

Woodbury Boutique Offers Appropriate Dresses for Tweens, Teens
Fetch Boutique, located in Woodbury, sells age-appropriate, affordable dresses for all special occasions, including bar/bat mitzvah, prom, and graduations. The boutique is a "trendy, fresh, hip" store, and local teens model the dresses. (read the story...)

Disney Store Donates School Supplies to Boys and Girls Clubs of America
In partnership with The Walt Disney Company, Disney Store will donate 25,000 school supply kits to children at the Boys and Girls Club of America, adding a little back-to-school magic as kids nationwide prepare to return to the classroom this fall. (read the story...)

Two Nassau Preschools Teach Students About Special Needs
The Growing Tree Nursery and The Growing Tree North have piloted an American Sign Language program designed to teach preschoolers sign language. The preschools also teach students about other disabilities, like blindness, as a way to raise awareness for those with special needs. (read the story...)

M.A.T.S.S. Kids Gym Now Offers Dance School in Syosset
M.A.T.S.S. Kids Gym has partnered with Long Island Elite Ballet Company to bring a dance school to the gym. The new program is offered at the Syosset location as part of the summer program and will also be offered as part of their after-school program. (read the story...)

Kids Go Crazy for the Crafty Duo's Lanyard Parties
Heidi Cohen and Colleen Demas decided to open The Lanyard Ladies after their summer camp station was a huge success with the campers. Now the duo travel all over Queens and Suffolk and Nassau counties to bring bracelet making to birthday parties. (read the story...)

The Baking Coach Teaches Adults, Kids the Art of Baking
Lisa Basini, The Baking Coach, usually teaches people the art of baking in their own homes. With the opening of her new location in Port Jefferson, she now hosts adult and kid classes as well as birthday parties. (read the story...)

Long Island Dad Publishes 'Diana the Organic Banana'
Long Island author Dr. Francesco J. Caputo's children's book, which teaches kids about nutrition and healthy eating, was inspired by his daughter. (read the story...)

Westbury Friends School Students Take an Adventure in NYC
Fifth-graders from Westbury Friends School on Long Island celebrated their graduation on a school trip into Manhattan, where they delivered teddy bears to sick kids and got to see a Broadway show. (read the story...)


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