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Academic Support Center Uses 3-Step Approach to Teach Reading and Writing
A new academic center in Rockland County, Hudson Valley Academic Support Services uses a three-step approach to help children improve reading and writing skills and vocabulary. (read the story...)

Rockland High School Students Awarded at History Conference
The Historical Society of Rockland County hosted a High School History Conference on April 9 and awarded Rockland honor students based on their presentations. (read the story...)

The Hospital for Special Surgery Opens Children's Pavilion
The Lerner Children’s Pavilion is a pediatric orthopedic hospital within The Hospital for Special Surgery, the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the country. The family-friendly hospital on the Upper East Side features private patient rooms with in-room family accommodations; safe play areas for patients and their siblings; and a nature-influenced design. (read the story...)

Taekwondo Studio Offers Women's Self-Defense Workshop
Counterstrike, a women’s self-defense workshop created by Arnold van Deuran, Ph.D., director of Workout Place, is now offered to women in Bardonia. The self-defense class for women in Bardonia teaches young women the skills they would need to fend off an attacker. (read the story...)

Fencing Academy Offering Two-Week Summer Day Camp
Nyack-based Thrust Fencing Academy is offering a new summer camp this year, held at the Nyack Library. The day will be split into two parts: learning fencing techniques and being exposed to the sport with a lunch break at Memorial Park. (read the story...)

Rockin' Parties Brings the Fun to You
Rockin' Gamin' Parties and Rockin' Glamour Parties, a mobile party entertainment business based in Montvale, NJ, offers video game and glamour and makeup parties for children in Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester counties. Parties are held in 30-foot, climate-controlled trailers that come to you and keep the party out of your house. (read the story...)

American Camp Association Grants Summer Camp Scholarships to Hurricane Sandy Victims
The American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey grant hundreds of summer camp scholarships to children affected by Hurricane Sandy. (read the story...)

Dancewear Unlimited Now Hosts Birthday Parties
Looking for a place to hold your child’s next birthday party? Dancewear Unlimited in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, now offers five different party themes to choose from, including glamour shots, jewelry making, and karaoke. Plus, if you buy any of Dancewear Unlimited’s merchandise on the day of the party, you and party guests will receive a discount. (read the story...)

Rockland Teens Help Feed Less Fortunate
Tappan Zee High School students of Rockland County volunteer to help the less fortunate at a soup kitchen in Nyack, NY. (read the story...)

Rockland County Ranked One of Healthiest in New York State
In the 2013 County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Rockland County ranked second in overall health, up from fourth place last year. (read the story...)

New Photography Class Helps Girls Increase Self-Confidence
Photographer and therapist Dee Lebovits recently started Self Portrait, a class that teaches young girls the art of photography, while also helping the students build their self-confidence in a group setting. (read the story...)

Indoor Ropes Course Opens at Palisades Center in West Nyack
The "world's tallest indoor ropes course," with 75 challenges and various difficulties for all athletic abilities and ages, is now open in West Nyack. Palisades Climb Adventure offers special rates for birthday parties and summer camp outings. (read the story...)

JCC Rockland Adds Pool to Facilities
JCC Rockland is adding a new feature to its facility: a pool. With the addition of the inground, heated outdoor pool, which is scheduled to be finished by the time summer camp rolls around, the JCC will be able to offer swim programs for its summer camps, as well as swim lessons for its pre-K program. (read the story...)

Produce Pete Visits Bounce! Trampoline Sports to Teach Kids About Eating Healthy
Bounce! Trampoline Sports hosted Produce Pete, aka Pete Napolitano, a regular guest on Weekend Today on WNBC in New York to teach kids about eating healthy on Feb. 7 as part of the "Have Fun Get Fit" program. (read the story...)

Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Young Volunteers
The Kohl's Cares Scholarship program will honor more than 2,300 youth, ages 6-18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes. Nominations for outstanding young volunteers are being accepted Feb. 1 - March 15. (read the story...)

Construction Industry Council Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 Scholarships
The Construction Industry Council of Westchester & Hudson Valley is accepting applications for fall 2013 scholarships. Last year, a total of $45,000 in scholarships was awarded to 15 students pursuing degrees in math, science, or engineering. (read the story...)

Bergen County Begins New Weight-Loss Initiative
A new weight-loss initiative in Bergen County encourages active living with a health competition at SkinnyNewJersey.com. (read the story...)

Rockland Hebrew School Offers Camp-Like Fun in Classroom
Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland now offers a Sunday Hebrew school for New City children. In the camp-like, fun learning environment, kids learn the Alef Bet, Jewish traditions, and prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. (read the story...)

Tappan Zee Students Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Students and athletes at Tappan Zee Elementary school hosted a school spirit and face-painting day to help raise more than $3,000 for breast cancer research in a "Volley for the Cure" game against Pearl River. (read the story...)

Saving 600 Smiles
Dentists and dental hygeenists of Rockland Pediatric Dental in New City partnered with Ecuadent and traveled to Ecuador to provide dental care to more than 600 needy children. (read the story...)

Kupchik Dental Opens Family Practice in West Nyack
Kupchik Dental, which just opened in West Nyack, is a family dental practice that "caters to coward and children." With many services available, including Invisalign, root canals, regular cleanings, and state-of-the-art equipment, and convenient hours, Dr. Kupchik has a lot to offer Rockland County residents. (read the story...)

Rockland's Tooting Tots Adds Musik Garten Program
Tooting Tots introduces new music program for children, newborn to age 9. The program, Musik Garten, is a seqauential program that combines the Montessori philosophy with owner Angela Argenzio's music therapy background. (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...)

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...)

Tenafly Pediatrics Expands Park Ridge, NJ Location
With an expanded waiting room, high-tech screening devices, and convenient hours, the Park Ridge Offices of Tenafly Pediatrics, P.A. is a practice that cares about the working parent. (read the story...)


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