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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...)

Darien YMCA Opens New Gymnastics Facility
The Darien YMCA recently built and opened a gymnastics training facility at its Post Road location. With the addition of the space, the YMCA can now host the gymnastics team, which had been training in a separate location, as well as classes for boys and girls and parties. (read the story...)

Fairfield County Resident Helps Mompreneurs Turn Passion into Business
VentureMom.com, founded by Darien, CT mom of three, helps mom entrepreneurs turn their own passions into businesses by allowing them to shop and sell merchandise and products made by moms. (read the story...)

Sandy Hook Survivor Brings Compassion into the Classroom
First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and saved 15 students during the tragedy. Now, Roig is taking the tragedy and using it as an inspiration to teach kids about compassion in her own classroom and beyond. (read the story...)

Gray Matters Now Offers Live Z-Score Training
Gray Matters, a neruofeedback and brain mapping treatment center, now offers Live Z-Score Training, a technique that combines the quantitative measurements of the brain map with neurofeedback. (read the story...)

Licenders New Lice Removal Tool Works in 30 Minutes
Head lice screening and removal company Licenders uses new tool called the LouseBuster to dry up and kill eggs and bugs in 30 minutes. The quick head lice removal technique uses a concentrated flow of hot air. (read the story...)

Kids Compete for Best Toy Design in Fairfield County
Children in Fairfield County submitted their best designs to the Toy Makers II Design Competition hosted by the Westport Arts Center during WACky Family Day on March 10. (read the story...)

Chapel Haven Wins National Award for Autism Program
Chapel Haven, a nonprofit program in New Haven, CT, that helps adults on the autism spectrum to lead independent lives, received an award from Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism that includes a $5,000 grant. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: The Gift of Friendship
The Circle of Friends promotes inclusion and friendship for kids and teens with special needs among their peers with several programs, including a weekly Home With Friends program or a Sunday Teen Program. (read the story...)

Chapel Haven Receives Grant For Successful Program For Adults On The Autism Spectrum
Chapel Haven has received a prestigious national award for its innovative and successful program for individuals on the autism spectrum. Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, an initiative with the mission to support the growing number of people on the autism spectrum who are moving into adulthood, bestowed Chapel Haven with its first AFAA Applauds award. (read the story...)

New Dolls Teach Kids About Time and Patience
A mom from Trumbull, Connecticut in Fairfield County creates a new line of dolls, "Time IN Doll" that teach kids about time and patience. (read the story...)

Youth Volunteers of Connecticut Recognized by Nationwide Program
Two Connecticut youth volunteers were recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program, for their outstanding community service in Fairfield County. (read the story...)

Three New Mathnasium Locations Open in Fairfield County
Is your child struggling in math? Does she dread doing her math homework? Does he whine when he thinks about equations? Mathnasium, a math tutoring center for all ages, is opening three new locations in Fairfield County, including Stamford, Newtown, and Darien. (read the story...)

Mustaches and Yoga Help Kids Build Self-Esteem
Fleur de Lis Academy, a facility that offers ballet and etiquette classes, now offers two different classes to help children build self-esteem: Under the Mustache and yoga. (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...)

Earthplace and Camp Mahackeno Team Up for Summer Camp
Earthplace The Nature Discovery Center is partnering with the Westport Weston Family Y to offer a summer day camp for kids in Fairfield County at Earthplace's 62-acre wildlife sanctuary in Westport. (read the story...)

Fit Club in Fairfield Offers New Kids' Classes
Fit Club, a family-friendly gym that offers fitness classes for adults and kids, moved its new location in Fairfield's Sportsplex. Fit Club now offers boxing and overall fitness classes for children. (read the story...)

Newtown Martial Arts Champion Vows to Break 100,000 Boards for Charity
A Newtown, CT resident and martial arts champion Leif Becker vows to break 100,000 boards in 24 hours in Central Park to help raise funds for The REACH Foundation, a non-profit based in Connecticut. (read the story...)

A Fairfield Grandma Spreads Her Love of Words to Kids and Teens
A Fairfield grandmother shares her love of words and language with kids and teens using snail mail through her new creation Word Bird Delivers. (read the story...)

Independent Day School Renovates Its Ridgefield Location
Landmark Preschool, an affiliate of Ridgefield Academy, recently opened its renovated facility, which includes a kitchen, a multipurpose room, a performance space, and more spacious classrooms. The preschool, located in Ridgefield, also has a gardening center and an art space. (read the story...)

Homey Pediatric Dental Office Now Open in Westport
Gordon Lee, D.D.S., recently opened Westport Pediatric Dentistry, a dental office catered to children and located in Westport. The office offers gentle dental care for kids, as well as infant dental care advice, including how to deal with thumb sucking, gum disease, and dental emergencies. (read the story...)

Father and Son Complete 120-Mile Walk Across Connecticut
A father and son from Darien documented an eight-day walk across Connecticut, walking 120 miles across the entire state. (read the story...)

Connecticut Named to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 2012 Honor Roll
Connecticut was named to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools for 2012 for adhering to AAFA's core policy standards. (read the story...)

Halloween Events in the NYC Area After Hurricane Sandy
Check our updated list of Halloween events for kids and families in the NYC area to see what's still happening and what's been canceled in the NYC boroughs, NYC suburbs, and Long Island. (read the story...)

Heeling Autism
Five families in the New York area, including Westchester County, receive autism service dogs through the Guiding Eyes' Heeling Autism program. (read the story...)


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