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Scarsdale Library Offers Free Programming for Kids with Special Needs
The Scarsdale Library partners with a parent-teacher committee to add more free programming for families of children with special needs, including reading to therapy dogs and creating an accepting atmosphere. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: The Heart of an Advocate
Westchester County teen Nick Lombardi has spent the past eight years advocating for autism awareness, his efforts reaching local and national families alike and benefiting Autism Speaks. And it all started with a trip to the mall. (read the story...)

Thousands of Parents Rally to Support Their Child's School
From public and private schools in Queens and the Bronx to those in Westchester, Long Island, Rockland County, and beyond, parents stand up to help stock dwindling school libraries with new books by voting for their child's school in the Books 4 Our School challenge. (read the story...)

Toothprints Promote Children’s Safety
On May 1, ME Smiles Dental will offer a new program, Toothprints. Dr. Erica Fish, DMD will be performing the dental bite impressions, which will serve as a form of identification for the safety and security of your child. (read the story...)

Clay Art Presents Birthday Party Possibilities in Port Chester
The Clay Arts Center, traditionally known for its dedication to the advancement of ceramic arts, is now offering birthday party packages. The Clay Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich lives through ceramic art by offering a stimulating space, studio practice, exhibitions, and educational opportunities to the community. (read the story...)

New Leagues at Spins Bowl in Mount Kisco
Grand Prix New York Spins Bowl introduces five new leagues to its bowling alley this spring. Recently opened on Nov. 15, Spins Bowl offers a state of the art bowling center that includes seven VIP lanes for private events in addition to its 12 family lanes for public use. The location aims to be “over the top,” says Chris Pricola, competition director. (read the story...)

New Life for a Historic Site
The John Jay Homestead, a New York State Historic Site, plans to build a new Education and Visitor Center that will include interactive exhibits, a children's area, and more, making it more family friendly than ever. (read the story...)

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Receives $2,500 Grant
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester received a grant from The Verizon Foundation that will help the organization expand its technology programs and increase computer access for its young members. (read the story...)

Westchester Children's Museum Receives $10,000 Grant
The Westchester Children's Museum received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support its Museum Without Walls, which provides math and science programs to middle- and low-income children in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. (read the story...)

Sociable Kidz® Adds Summer Program, Girls-Only Class
Sociable Kidz®, a social group for children ages 4-15, has added two new programs to their schedule. (read the story...)

Teen Zumba Lets Kids Move Freely
A.P.E. Fitness has always allowed teens to participate in their Zumba classes, but now owner and instructor Alba Carrasco-Martinez offers a specialized Teen Zumba class, which is open to boys and girls and runs a full hour. (read the story...)

New Activities at Great Play
Great Play of Scarsdale recently added a slew of new activities to their line-up, including Parents’ Night Out, Zumbatomic, a sibling class, a new weekend class, and a drop-off camp, Snack & Play. More party times have also been added to the schedule. (read the story...)

Third Annual Fill A Backpack Drive Kicks Off
A Scarsdale native founded the Fill A Backpack Drive to benefit underprivileged kids on the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. Now in its third year, the backpack drive is accepting donations from Westchester residents through March 3. (read the story...)

'What Are You Doing for Others?'
Hundreds of community members took the late Dr. King’s words to heart during an MLK-inspired Day of Service in January. (read the story...)

Nonprofit Village Green Nursery of Bedford Village Celebrates 55 Years
The Village Green Nursery School of Bedford Village, the only nonprofit nursery school in the area, celebrated its 55th anniversary in September. (read the story...)

Wine Tasting Raises Nearly $10,000 for Guide Dog School
Guiding Eyes for the Blind hosted its second annual wine tasting event at its headquarters in Yorktown Heights, where blind sommelier provided guests with personal wine consultations (read the story...)

Boys & Girls Club Raises $5,000 at Annual Memorial Fundraiser
An annual memorial fundraiser hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester raised $5,000 for the Chris Cutri Memorial Scholarship. (read the story...)

Rally for Reading Raises Nearly $20,000
A nonprofit, Room to Read, hosted a Rally for Reading, raising nearly $20,000 to help build and stock three new libraries in developing worlds. (read the story...)

Local Adoption Agency Awarded by Human Rights Campaign
Forever Families Through Adoption, a NY- and CT-authorized adoption agency, receives seal of recognition for supporting LGBT families. (read the story...)

Intensive Therapy
Sensory Works Treatment Program in New Rochelle offers pediatric occupational therapy for children with sensory processing disorders, attention and concentration difficulties, gross and fine motor deficits, and balance and body awareness issues. (read the story...)

Express Workouts, Express Results
Susan Chung, sixth degree Master of Tae Kwon Do, mother of two, and co-owner of Bruce Chung Tae Kwon Do and Family Fitness in Harrison, is now teaching a new 40-minute express workout class. (read the story...)

Proposed Budget Cuts Would Shutter Six Nature Centers
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino unveiled today a $1.689 billion 2012 budget proposal that will layoff 210 county workers and close six county nature centers. (read the story...)

Charity Event Raises More Than $25,000 for NY and CT Adoption Program
Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. (FFTA), an NY- and CT-authorized adoption placement agency and resource center, held its third annual gourmet food tasting and silent auction event, "An Evening at Crawford Park Mansion," which raised more than $25,000 for FFTA’s programming. (read the story...)

Westhab Celebrates 30 Years of Creating Homes
Westhab, a nonprofit organization in Westchester County, celebrated its 30th year providing permanent homes to families in need, helping local residents find jobs, and giving kids the chance to climb out of poverty and pursue brighter futures. (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...)


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