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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perinatal Associates opened its doors in New City, NY, this year, bringing the first medical practice specializing in high-risk pregnancies to Rockland County.
Bergen County Swing Sets, which specializes in outdoor playgrounds and redwood swing sets, opened a new store in Pompton Plains, New Jersey this spring.
Three Rockland County children organized a plant sale this spring to raise money for the Community College's Campus Fun and Learn Center.
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.
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.
A fourth grade teacher from Cottage Lane Elementary School in Blauvelt, NY, is the local recipient of Barnes & Noble's "My Favorite Teacher" award.
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.
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.
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.
Consider hosting a child from a disadvantaged neighborhood in New York City for a week or two this summer.
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.
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.
Tie Dye Town, a special events venue that offers creative, hands-on art parties, opened its first Rockland County, NY location in late March.
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.
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.
Sixteen South Orangetown Middle School students were selected to compete in Round 2 of the national Doodle 4 Google competition.
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.
Susan Cortilet, LMHC, of Nanuet, NY, has expanded her counseling services to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.
Broadway Theater Workshops is offering a new summer program, Advanced Theater Camp, for teens who want to master the craft of stage performance.