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Mini Israel Comes To Port Washington
Chabad of Port Washington will open Florence’s Mini-Israel in late April. The 3,000 square-foot indoor playground is sponsored by Dr. Martin Brownstein and the immersive environment is set to become a community landmark and to set a new benchmark in cultural education. (read the story...)

Teaching Kids How To Learn
FasTracKids, an early childhood education enrichment program founded in 1997, has 365 locations in 49 countries. JEI is an academic enrichment program that aligns with state curriculum. The new FasTracKids/JEI center in Bellmore officially opened on Jan. 15. (read the story...)

Building Confidence with Numbers
On Jan. 16 2012, New Hyde Park welcomed Mathnasium: the Center for Math with a grand opening complete with the A+ mascot. Run by former accountant Peter Abrams, Mathnasium moves away from traditional approaches of memorization and repetition toward methods that get students to think like mathematicians. (read the story...)

Students Get Creative to Show School Pride
High schoolers in Wantagh created a one-of-a-kind mural to welcome visitors to their school and illustrate the important things they learn there each day. (read the story...)

Portledge Students Win Rock the Statue Green Art Contest
First-grade students of Portledge School in Locust Valley win the "Rock the Statue Green" art contest that celebrates the Statue of LIberty's 125th birthday. (read the story...)

North Shore Performing Arts Center Spreads Holiday Cheer
North Shore Performing Arts Center visits two area nursing homes to perform for the residents, a 14-year-old tradition that is as old as the studio itself. (read the story...)

A Superhero Comes to Town to Boost Body’s Self-Healing Ability
ChiroMom, Bellmore's newest and only cape-wearing doctor gets the whole body functioning at optimum level using only her hands. (read the story...)

Lice Tamers Helps Clean Up
Lice Tamers, headed by seasoned lice remover and certified nurse practitioner Melissa Levin, will now add a new element to the lice removal business: a cleaning service. (read the story...)

Center Offers Fun New Classes for Family
Tutor Time Child Care Center at Lindenhurst and Family Time Fitness combines childcare with a fitness facility in three floors where kids can learn karate, do gymnastics, skate, climb a three-tiered playground, and play in the multi-purpose room, the GaGa pit. Meanwhile, parents can take advantage of Zumba lessons, aerobics, and more. (read the story...)

Hockey Tournament Benefits Ronald McDonald House
The area's junior hockey teams compete in a tournament to help raise money for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, a nonprofit that offers a warm and supportive environment for families who are caring for seriously ill children throughout Long Island hospitals. (read the story...)

Annual Turkey Drive Provides Holiday Meal for Hungry Families
Girl Scouts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Bethpage volunteers gathered to collect more than 3,700 turkeys and 15,000 pounds of food for families in need. (read the story...)

First Playground for Kids of All Abilities Opens in East Meadow
Let all the Children Play, a nonprofit that works to develop play spaces for children of all abilities, opens an accessible park and playground in Eisenhower Park at East Meadow. (read the story...)

March of Dimes Presents 15th Annual Golden Apple Awards
Ten faculty members across Long Island were awarded with Golden Apple Awards presented by March of Dimes to recognize their commitment to education. (read the story...)

Great American Smokeout Comes to NYC Area Schools
The American Cancer Society (ACS) along with ENT and Allergy Associates will bring smoking education programs to four high schools in Queens and Long Island as part of ACS's annual Great American Smokeout. (read the story...)

Local Student-Athletes Awarded with Scholarships
Four high school student-athletes in the New York City area won scholarships in recognition of their leadership and ability to make the game better. (read the story...)

Run Raises $34,000 for Kids with Special Needs
The 11th annual Sleepy Hollow 5K Charity Run raised more than $30,000 to benefit a nonprofit school in Seaford for children with developmental disabilities. (read the story...)

New York Rangers and USA Hockey Invite Kids to Try Hockey for Free
The New York Rangers and USA Hockey teams up with community ice rinks throughout the tri-state area to host the first-ever "Try Hockey for Free" day, introducing kids to hockey with free skating and hockey lessons. (read the story...)

Learning Center E.Nopi Opens in Williston Park
E.nopi, a supplementary learning center that offers programs that orginiated in Korea more than 30 years ago, opens in Williston Park. (read the story...)

Piece of my Art Opens in Port Washington
A new art studio offering a variety of arts and crafts, including pottery by hand, opens in Port Washington. (read the story...)

Pixie Purse Parties Are a Fun Alternative for Birthdays
Pixie Purse Parties from Madison Handbags offers purse-designing parties where girls can make a custom bag from beginning to end, making it an ideal activity at your child or teen's birthday party or Bat Mitzvah. (read the story...)

Astoria Federal Savings Announces Winner of 6th Annual Essay Contest
Brandon Feuerstein, 11, of Long Island, won the 6th Annual Astoria Federal Savings Essay Contest, which asked kids what they would do in the future with the money they start saving today. (read the story...)

Alec Urbach: At 15, a Force of Positive Social Change
Alec Urbach, a Long Island resident and teen filmmaker, received the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his inspiring work through Giving from the Ground Up, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2009. (read the story...)

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area. (read the story...)

Two Long Island Teens Win A.L.L.Y. Awards at 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration
Long Island residents Olivia Bouler and Rachel Shuster were given A.L.L.Y. awards honoring their leadership roles in their communities and beyond at the 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration in NYC. (read the story...)

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Awards 10 Scholarships to Long Island Graduating Seniors
Bethpage Federal Credit Union of Long Island announced the 10 graduating seniors who received $1,000 college scholarships through its 2011 Foundation Scholarship program. (read the story...)


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