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Does Your Child Need Medication? Mt. Kisco specialist weighs the risks vs. benefits

My husband likes to tell the story of his old childhood friend whose fourth grade teacher found him a bit too restless in the classroom.

Mar. 31, 2006

RUNNIN' ON RITALIN Increasingly, kids are abusing Rx drugs

Commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Ritalin and other stimulants, such as Adderall, have hit the short list of prescription drugs that teens and young adults are using increasingly for non-medical purposes.

Jan. 21, 2005

MY KID OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES

How many times have you been told your child could be a model? Or dreamed of seeing that adorable face on the screen? It would be easy enough to answer an ad announcing an open call for kids — "all types needed, no experience necessary." But first you would be wise to get some very basic information on the business of kids in front of the camera, including representation, compensation and even education, according to those in the know.

Dec. 21, 2003

KidSavvy County:All in one book

Who knew suburban motherhood could be so hip and fun? Laura Wilker and Betsy Cadel, authors of KidSavvy Westchester: A parents' guide of information & inspiration (Suburban Goddess Press, $17.95), are happy to report that Westchester is an ideal place to raise young children.

Jul. 21, 2003

THE REFORMED PROM - Is The Party Over? Drinking, excessive cost, and social exclusivity spur new guidelines for Prom 2003

High school prom procedures are undergoing reviews and revisions across the county, as districts try to gain some control over the alcohol consumption, cost and social exclusivity commonly associated with the event.

May. 21, 2003

COED SLEEPOVERS:The experts weigh in

The next time your teenagers tell you their friends are all sleeping over at someone's house, ask who they mean by "friends”. You may be surprised to learn that both boys and girls are included. Single gender overnights do still take place, but coed sleepovers have become a part of today's teen culture.

Jan. 21, 2003

Hormoans and Groans … Naturally!

These are confusing times for women in their years preceding or at menopause, whose total population is currently estimated at 54 million. Last year, studies indicate, they spent $2.75 billion on hormone replacement therapy drugs (HRT); for reference, that's comparable to peak Prozac sales.

Dec. 21, 2002

Mission Possible:Seeing through film in Pleasantville

Stephen Apkon calls the concept "one of the most pressing educational concerns facing us at the beginning of the 21st century” — that is, the need to better prepare our children to respond to our increasingly visual society with critical evaluation and appreciation.

Sep. 21, 2002

SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND STATE AIDWhere Are We Today?

Two years ago Westchester Parent reported that over half of the county's districts had proposed bond issues for school construction due to a significant increase in enrollment. As of this past May's budget votes, enrollments have continued to rise but state aid has been flat or down in a difficult economic climate. So while school districts continue to grow and build, will state aid be able keep up with them? The answer is, as always, uncertain. The impact of lower and slower state aid on Westchester school building projects has so far been felt mainly by taxpayers.

Aug. 21, 2002

SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND STATE AIDWhere Are We Today?

As of this past May's budget votes, enrollments have continued to rise but state aid has been flat or down in a difficult economic climate. So while school districts continue to grow and build, will state aid be able keep up with them? The answer is, as always, uncertain. The impact of lower and slower state aid on Westchester school building projects has so far been felt mainly by taxpayers.

Aug. 21, 2002

Summer Fun at the Neuberger

This summer's Neuberger Museum exhibitions promise to entertain and intrigue the whole family.

Aug. 21, 2001


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