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Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas
Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs. (read the story...)

Creative Director Michael Natiello Dishes on the 2013 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze
Michael Natiello of Garrison has served as the creative director of Westchester's famous Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze for the past nine years. Here, he tells us what we can expect at the 2013 Blaze, which will feature more than 5,000 jack-o'-lanterns. (read the story...)

Math + Girls + TV = Empowering Entertainment
Hayley Faith Negrin, a Fairfield County middle-schooler, voices "Peg + Cat," a new PBS preschool series with a mission to make math fun for everyone. (read the story...)

Q&A with Lidia Bastianich: New York's Nonna
Lidia Bastianich, the NYC chef, television host, and author, discusses the inspiration behind her new children's book, "Nonna's Birthday Surprise," and explains how we can help our kids connect food with nature. (read the story...)

A Long Island Family's Mission to Bring Birthday Celebrations ot Homeless Children
A Long Island family dedicates time to bring happy birthday parties to the homeless children on Long Island through Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization founded in Massachusettes in 2002. (read the story...)

Four Local Women Reflect on Their Relationships with Their Mothers
In an interview with the authors of "Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers," four women explore their relationships with their mothers, their relationships with their own children, and the lessons they learned. (read the story...)

Meet the Authors of 'Still Here Thinking of You'
Four Westchester women, Joan Potter, Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, and Lori Toppel, wrote a book about their relationships with their mothers. The result: "Still Here Thinking of You," a personal, thought-provoking examination of the true nature of mother-daughter relationships. (read the story...)

Broadway Star and NYC Dad Kevin Del Aguila Talks Theater
Acclaimed actor, writer, director, and Manhattan dad Kevin Del Aguila (most recently Smee in the Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" and writer and director of "The Velveteen Rabbit" at DR2 Theatre) tells us why theater is so important for kids. (read the story...)

Local Olympian Tim Morehouse Tells Us All About Fencing
Tim Morehouse, originally from Riverdale in the Bronx, has an impressive career: He has competed on the US Olympic fencing teams in Athens, Beijing, and London (so far). Since winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, Morehouse has consistently leveraged his influence to inspire kids across the world to lead active lifestyles and to find the excitement and fun in lesser-known sports. We spoke to Morehouse about his past life as a teacher in the New York City school system, his love of the sport, and more. (read the story...)

Meet Kevin Del Aguila: Broadway Star and NYC Dad
Acclaimed actor, writer, and director Kevin Del Aguila talks about his alternating roles as Broadway star (in the Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Manhattan dad. (read the story...)

Spotlight On Lance Somerfeld of NYC Dads Group Boot Camp for New Dads
Co-founder of NYC Dads Group Boot Camp for New Dads and father of one, Lance Somerfeld shares how he came to create a dads group, the best parts of raising a child and family in Manhattan, and clears the air on stereotypes about stay-at-home dads. (read the story...)

The God Box: Role Mommy Book Club Q&A with Author Mary Lou Quinlan
Author Mary Lou Quinlan answers questions regarding her book, "The God Box." The book touches on family stories, personal history and healing through the physical act of acceptance and letting go with a God Box, an object very close to Quinlan's heart. Mary Lou Quinlan's "The God Box" goes beyond popular book club reads by focusing on love, faith and family. (read the story...)

One Woman's Journey to Find Her Birth Family
Today, open adoption is almost universally accepted. Years ago that was not the case. In a personal account, Titia Ellis speaks of the shame and secrets surrounding her own adoption, and the search for her birth family. (read the story...)

Spotlight On Melissa Levis of Moey's Music Party
As the lead of Moey’s Music Party, Melissa Levis, a mom in New York City, is a kiddie rock sensation. Levis sits down with NYMetroParents to answer questions about parenting, marriage, and share her advice for other working parents. (read the story...)

Remembering One Mother's Legacy
Everyone has a story to tell, especially when it comes to their mothers. What we often forget, however, is how vital it is to hear these stories. In "Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorp," now out in paperback, editor and StoryCorp founder Dave Isay gathers an array of voices from around the country that showcase the diversity of experiences that make up motherhood. (read the story...)

Support 'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective': Read, Donate, Engage
'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Here we feature the full transcript, an opportunity to support the film, and information about a special screening hosted by the ALM Outreach Campaign. (read the story...)

Spotlight On: Rujira Lawonvisut
She’s the cool aunt, a jetsetter who splits her time between NYC and Bangkok, and the proud parent of three businesses, including kids’ fashion lines Millions of Colors and the more recent Andrew & Audrey. (read the story...)

No More Molasses Classes
"America's Educator" Ron Clark, author of "The End of Molasses Classes," talks about how to banish boredom from the classroom, make teaching a desirable profession (again), and what to do when you don't like your kid's teacher. (read the story...)

'Journey Into Dyslexia': Talking with the Filmmakers
A new HBO film from an Academy Award-winning team puts the spotlight on an often misunderstood learning disability. (read the story...)

Mompreneur Barbara Kavovit Nails a New Market
Barbara Kavovit, founder of Barbara K! Enterprises and Barbara's Way, empowers women in the home with DIY advice, tools, and more, and she's turned her passion for home improvement into a multimillion dollar business. (read the story...)

Pregnant in Heels: Mompreneur Rosie Pope
Manhattan mom Rosie Pope started her own clothing line, Rosie Pope Maternity, in 2008. This winter, Pope's new reality TV show, "Pregnant in Heels," will debut on Bravo. We sat down with the mompreneur to discuss her inspiration, how she juggles work and family life, and what's next for her brand. (read the story...)

Mompreneur Cindy Hartog's Culinary Venture
Mom and entrepreneur Cindy Hartog of Westport, CT, started Cindy's Sous Chefs after discovering her passion for the culinary arts. We sat down with Hartog to find out what inspires her, how she got the business started, and what advice she has for other creative moms. (read the story...)

Mompreneur Cynthia Gibb: Actress Turned Teacher
Cynthia Gibb, a Golden Globe-nominated actress and mother of three, has taken her four decades of acting experience to the classroom. She now gives acting and vocal lessons in her hometown of Westport, CT. We sat down with Gibbs to discuss this new direction and find out how she juggles work and family life. (read the story...)

Mompreneur Rashmi Budhram's Diaper Bags Du Jour
Brooklyn mom Rashmi Budhram started her own business, Mamma Couture, in 2009, and now produces a line of stylish diaper and hand bags. We sat down with Budhram to discuss what inspired her, how she balances work and family life, and what advice she has for other aspiring mompreneurs. (read the story...)

Mompreneur Alison Rhodes, AKA The Safety Mom
An entrepreneur and mom of three, Alison Rhodes (also known as The Safety Mom) of Wilton, CT, started her own business called Safety Mom Solutions to teach parents how to make their homes as safe as possible for their babies. We sat down with Rhodes to discuss her career change, her cause, and how she juggles work and family. (read the story...)


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