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Teaching Kids Manners: Tips for Parents
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 14, 2011

In our plugged-in, social media age, kids' manners are falling by the wayside, big time -- and with TV icons like the "Jersey Shore" gang or Hannah Montana not setting the best examples for our kids, what are parents to do? Etiquette experts weigh in.


Local Student-Athletes Awarded with Scholarships
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 10, 2011

Four high school student-athletes in the New York City area won scholarships in recognition of their leadership and ability to make the game better.


Run Raises $34,000 for Kids with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 10, 2011

The 11th annual Sleepy Hollow 5K Charity Run raised more than $30,000 to benefit a nonprofit school in Seaford for children with developmental disabilities.


New Organization Will Bring More Books to Brooklyn
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 09, 2011

First Book - Brooklyn, a local branch of a nationwide initiative, launched with the mission to provide books to disadvantaged children and organizations that serve low-income families in Brooklyn, aiming to decrease illiteracy and improve reading levels in the borough.


Best Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan - November 2011
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 07, 2011

Looking for fun and low-cost things to do with your kids in Manhattan this November? We've hand-picked the best kids events in the city from our November calendar, including the 14th annual New York Chocolate Show, the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the opening of a new history museum for children, the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show, family-friendly holiday shows, and a few fun ways to volunteer and give back.


Has Cheating on Exams Become an Epidemic?
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 01, 2011

Some think cheating has become an epidemic, but we must keep perspective for our children—and their futures.


Mo Willems Debuts First Children's Book App
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 01, 2011

New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, creator of the NYC-based Knuffle Bunny tales, revealed his first children's book app, based on his beloved Don't Let the Pigeon...! series, to an intimate group gathered at Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side.


Boot Camp for New Dads Launches in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 28, 2011

New Dads Boot Camp offers workshops for expectant fathers, facilitating frank discussions on fatherhood and teaching dads-to-be how to care for their kids with guidance from veteran dads.


Tumble-Bee Gymnastics in Nanuet Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 27, 2011

Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, a gymnastics and fitness center for kids in Nanuet, NY, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a full day of family fun and activities.


Meet the Editor: Kaitlin Ahern
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 13, 2011

Introducing Kaitlin Ahern, Deputy Editor and Food & Nutrition Editor.


Astoria Federal Savings Announces Winner of 6th Annual Essay Contest
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Brandon Feuerstein, 11, of Long Island, won the 6th Annual Astoria Federal Savings Essay Contest, which asked kids what they would do in the future with the money they start saving today.


Olivia Bouler: At 12, a Pioneer in Environmental Action
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Olivia Bouler of Long Island was awarded the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her work with the National Audubon Society to protect and restore the Gulf Coast.


Alec Urbach: At 15, a Force of Positive Social Change
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Alec Urbach, a Long Island resident and teen filmmaker, received the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his inspiring work through Giving from the Ground Up, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2009.


Riana Shah: At 18, a Champion of Social Change
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Riana Shah, an 18-year-old graduate of Bard High School Early College in New York City, received the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for the organization she created to bring educational and social change to her native India.


Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County Finds Its Own Space
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County has finally moved to its own space in Bridgeport, CT after more than 30 years in the community and will expand its arts programs through a generous grant.


Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn Gets a New Tennis Court, Courtesy of Sprite
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

The Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools program awarded a $25,000 grant to the Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn to rebuild the school's tennis court and get students active.


Brooklyn Public Library Receives $50,000 Grant for Early Literacy Programs
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Brooklyn Public Library announced August 23 that it had received a $50,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. The grant will fund the Library’s First Five Years Program, an initiative that supports early literacy programs across the Library’s 60 branches.


Bushwick Campus Farm Engages Brooklyn Students in Local Food Issues
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

After receiving a School Engagement Grant earlier this year, the fully functional Bushwick Campus Farm in Brooklyn now hosts programs that teach students about childhood hunger, obesity, and local food issues.


Jewels Insitute Yoga Fundraiser Raises $6,000 for Children's Speech Therapy Program
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

The Jewels Institute, a nonprofit organization in New Rochelle, hosted a yoga fundraiser to raise money for its free Speak to the Beat program, a speech therapy program offered to local children who are underserved or have special needs.


Kids of Courage Takes 150 Sick Kids on the Summer Vacation of a Lifetime
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Kids of Courage, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization, took more than 100 local children, all either chronically ill or with severe special needs, on a nine-day summer vacation to San Francisco.


Brooklyn Author Releases Second Children's Book on NYC Architecture
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 12, 2011

Brooklyn author Isabel Hill has released a second picture book, "Building Stories," that teaches kids the stories behind some of New York City's most interesting buildings.


Fun Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan - October 2011
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 03, 2011

Find fun and low-cost events for kids in Manhattan this month, including a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Arts' new space, magician Max Darwin's new show, Yo Gabba Gabba Live! on tour, the Big Apple Circus' new show, a Special Needs School Fair, and Ben Rudnick in Concert.


Speech Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Resources
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 30, 2011

Speech disorders, which include stuttering, affect five to 10 percent of all kids, can have affects on social interactions and behavior as well as self-esteem. Boys are about four times more likely to have speech disorders than girls.


Rockland County Little League Softball All-Stars Achieve Great Success at State Level and Beyond
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 19, 2011

Four Rockland County little league softball all-star teams became New York state champions this year, and several of the teams went on to achieve success beyond the state level. Read about these extraordinary teams from South Orangetown, Stony Point, New City, and Pearl River.


New Children's Library Discovery Center Opens in Jamaica, Queens
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 16, 2011

Jamaica is now home to the Helen M. Marshall Children's Library Discovery Center, a world-class children's library full of hands-on exhibits and interactive programs with a focus on science, technology, math, and engineering.



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