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Local Students Organize Rockland County's First Public Advocacy Roundtable Discussion
College students from Rockland County, New York, met with area officials, including Senator David Carlucci and Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell, at a roundtable to discuss plans to better engage Rockland's youth and young adults on issues of health, education, and civic engagement. (read the story...)

Rockland County Girl Scout Earns Gold Award for 'Pillows for Pink' Project
Rachel Broudy of West Nyack, a member of Pearl River Troop 40578 Girl Scouts Heart of Hudson, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her creative community service at The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital. (read the story...)

Degrassi Stars Stop by Hudson Youth Leadership Academy at SUNY Rockland Community College
Actors Dalmar Abuzeid and Raymond Ablack, stars of Teen Nick's "Degrassi" TV show, stopped by the second annual Hudson Youth Leadership Academy, a social justice camp held this June at SUNY Rockland Community College. Abuzeid and Ablack spoke to students in middle school, high school, and college about civic responsibility and community service. (read the story...)

Fabric Lady Opens in Congers NY
The Fabric Lady, a fabric and sewing supply store in Congers, New York, opened in April, offering sewing and quilting classes, craft activities, and crafty birthday parties. In August, the store will offer an arts and crafts summer camp for kids. (read the story...)

Sprouting Learners Daycare Opens in Nanuet NY
At Sprouting Learners, a new preschool and daycare center in Nanuet, New York, teachers encourage children's natural curiosity to learn and explore through traditional and Montessori methods. (read the story...)

Helping Kids Pediatrics Opens in New City NY
Doctors Stanley and Elizabeth Jacob opened Helping Kids Pediatrics, a private pediatric practice in New City, New York, to provide high quality medical care to infants, toddlers, preteens, and young adults. (read the story...)

Elementary Students in Piermont NY Donate 556,000 Can Tabs to Ronald McDonald House
Third grade students from Tappan Zee Elementary School in Piermont, NY, collected more than a half million can tabs during the school year and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley. (read the story...)

Perinatal Care in Rockland County, NY
Perinatal Associates opened its doors in New City, NY, this year, bringing the first medical practice specializing in high-risk pregnancies to Rockland County. (read the story...)

Bergen County Swing Sets Opens in Pompton Plains, NJ
Bergen County Swing Sets, which specializes in outdoor playgrounds and redwood swing sets, opened a new store in Pompton Plains, New Jersey this spring. (read the story...)

Local Children Raise $500 for Rockland Community College's Campus Fun and Learn Center
Three Rockland County children organized a plant sale this spring to raise money for the Community College's Campus Fun and Learn Center. (read the story...)

Tappan Zee High School Student Places Third in 2011 AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest
Hannah Kim of Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, NY, claimed third place in the local branch of AAA's Annual Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest. The 9th grader's poster, meant to discourage teens from texting while driving, was one of 12 place winners and four merit winners chosen by AAA New York from a total of almost 1,600 entries. Kim was the only winner from Rockland County. (read the story...)

Nanuet Residents Rally to Rebuild the Community's Lost 'Castle Playground'
Rockland County residents have vowed to restore Nanuet, NY's Highview Community Playground for the next generation. Advocates will host a variety of fundraising events this summer to purchase materials in time for a rebuild in October. (read the story...)

Rockland's Favorite Teacher
A fourth grade teacher from Cottage Lane Elementary School in Blauvelt, NY, is the local recipient of Barnes & Noble's "My Favorite Teacher" award. (read the story...)

Rockland BOCES Culinary Students Honored at Annual Culinary Banquet
Rockland BOCES' culinary arts students prepared foods of the Pacific Rim for this year's Culinary Banquet, where seven students received certification by the American Culinary Federation and several others were honored with awards for their culinary excellence. (read the story...)

Kid's Kingdom in Rockland Now Offers Princess and Pirate Birthday Parties for Kids
Kid's Kingdom, a private preschool with locations in Nanuet and Pomona, NY, is now offering themed birthday parties for kids, including a Princess Tea Party and a Pirate Birthday Party. (read the story...)

Rockland Mom Opens Cookie Girl Bake Shop in New City
When Stacey Damesek became a stay-at-home mom a few years ago, the former art teacher quickly realized she needed a creative outlet to avoid going stir crazy. Damesek opened Cookie Girl Bake Shop in November, offering custom cake and cookie creations for birthdays, baby showers, and other special occasions. (read the story...)

Fresh Air Fund's 'Host a Child' Program Looking for Volunteers in NYC Suburbs and on Long Island
Consider hosting a child from a disadvantaged neighborhood in New York City for a week or two this summer. (read the story...)

CB Kitchen and Bar in New City, NY Offers Family Dining Program
CB Kitchen and Bar opened in September to rave reviews for its traditional American grub and was soon named one of the top new restaurants in Rockland County by CBS News. Owner Dan Alexander, who also owns Café Barcel in Nyack, says he was inspired to open this new, family-friendly restaurant by his own young son. (read the story...)

Vicki's Studio Offers New Teen Dance Workshop
Vicki's Studio, a New City dance studio owned and operated by Vicki Giannetti since 1993, will offer a new pre-teen/teen dance workshop this summer, which will incorporate gymnastics, cheerleading, line dancing, yoga, Pilates and more. (read the story...)

Tie Dye Town Opens in New City, NY
Tie Dye Town, a special events venue that offers creative, hands-on art parties, opened its first Rockland County, NY location in late March. (read the story...)

Rockland Pediatric Dental Hosts Give Kids a Smile Day
On February 4, Rockland Pediatric Dental and Schein Dental hosted Give Kids a Smile Day. Twenty-five children from Rockland's Head Start program were invited for a day of complimentary dental exams, fluoride treatment, and oral hygiene education, mixed with a little bit of fun. (read the story...)

Blue Rock School Receives Grant for Environmental Arts Education Project
After receiving a grant from the Arts Council of Rockland and the Arts-in-Education Program of the New York State Council of the Arts, Blue Rock School jumpstarted a new environment-inspired arts program called "Making Art from the Landscape," with a focus on indigenous art and people. (read the story...)

South Orangetown Middle School Students Selected to Compete in National Doodle 4 Google Competition
Sixteen South Orangetown Middle School students were selected to compete in Round 2 of the national Doodle 4 Google competition. (read the story...)

Match Point Tennis Club in Orangeburg Offers New Summer Tennis Program
Match Point Tennis Club, an indoor tennis facility in Orangeburg, NY, is enrolling for its spring programs and gearing up for its first summer camp season. (read the story...)

Nanuet Counselor Expands Services to Children on the Autism Spectrum
Susan Cortilet, LMHC, of Nanuet, NY, has expanded her counseling services to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders. (read the story...)


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