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Kaitlin Ahern is Deputy Editor of NYMetroParents. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kaitlin has a degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

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Star Kidz Opens in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 30, 2011

Star Kidz, an after-school performance program for kids, opened its first NYC location in Midtown East.

The Learning Garden Preschool Opens in Bridgeport CT
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 29, 2011

The Learning Garden Preschool, a play-based preschool, will open its doors in Bridgeport this September.

The Splatter Box Art Studio Opens in Westport CT
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 29, 2011

The Splatter Box art studio opened June 5 in Westport, offering art classes and workshops, art camps, birthday parties, and pottery painting.

Long Island Students Take 6th in National Rocket Challenge
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 28, 2011

Three Green Vale School students claimed sixth place in this year's national Team America Rocketry Challenge. They were the only Long Island team to make the finals and the only middle school team to land in the top 10.

W.T. Clarke Students Win New York Business Plan Competition
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 28, 2011

W.T. Clarke High School receives top prize in teen business plan competition for the third year in a row.

Perinatal Care in Rockland County, NY
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 23, 2011

Perinatal Associates opened its doors in New City, NY, this year, bringing the first medical practice specializing in high-risk pregnancies to Rockland County.

New Osteopathic Medicine Practice Opens in Larchmont, NY
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 23, 2011

Athina Giovanis, DO, opened a new medical practice in Larchmont, New York, specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine for infants, children, and adults.

Custom Cake Shop Opens in Mamaroneck
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 23, 2011

ABC Cakes opened March 20 in Mamaroneck, NY, offering customized cakes, cupcakes, baking classes, and in-store birthday parties.

Family Outing: Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 22, 2011

The Fort Montgomery State Historic Site in Orange County, a short trip from nearly anywhere in the New York City area, offers visitors a glimpse into the Revolutionary War battle over the Hudson Highlands. Read on for the site's family-friendly attractions.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Honors 2011 Humanitarians
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 13, 2011

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester's 17th annual Humanitarian Award Dinner was held Saturday, June 4, at Lexus of Mount Kisco, honoring the 2011 humanitarians of the year. The event raised more than $350,000 for the club's programs and scholarship funds.

JCC Juniors Bring Home Gold from Maccabi Games
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 03, 2011

A delegation of 29 athletes from the JCC of Mid-Westchester competed in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic JCC Junior Maccabi Games and brought home medals in all events.

Tappan Zee High School Student Places Third in 2011 AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 03, 2011

Hannah Kim of Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, NY, claimed third place in the local branch of AAA's Annual Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest. The 9th grader's poster, meant to discourage teens from texting while driving, was one of 12 place winners and four merit winners chosen by AAA New York from a total of almost 1,600 entries. Kim was the only winner from Rockland County.

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 03, 2011

You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disability Awareness Night, an event that honored the contributions of local individuals living with disabilities along with their families and caregivers.

Nanuet Residents Rally to Rebuild the Community's Lost 'Castle Playground'
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 25, 2011

Rockland County residents have vowed to restore Nanuet, NY's Highview Community Playground for the next generation. Advocates will host a variety of fundraising events this summer to purchase materials in time for a rebuild in October.

Berenstain Bears at the Bronx Zoo
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 25, 2011

The Berenstain Bears will give Bronx Zoo visitors a sneak peek of their new musical during the zoo's Animal Tales Extravaganza festivities this June.

Open Auditions for Broadway's New 'Annie' Musical in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 25, 2011

On Sunday, June 12, the new Broadway production of "Annie" will hold an open call for girls ages 6-12 to audition for the roles of Annie and the orphans.

Manhattan Family Activities: Top Picks for June
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 25, 2011

Check out some great family events happening this June in Manhattan, including kids' shows, festivals, and Father's Day events.

Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force Aims to Stop Drowning Deaths
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 12, 2011

A new nonprofit task force on Long Island will spread the word about water safety this summer to prevent death and injuries due to drowning.

The Rise of Cheating: How to Keep Your Kids Academically Honest
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 10, 2011

Increased academic pressure and the rise of technology have made cheating a problem more common than you might imagine. Here are tips for keeping your kids honest in their schoolwork.

A New Era of Etiquette in Westchester
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 06, 2011

The modern manners school socialsklz:-) debuted a Westchester program in April, featuring etiquette classes for kids, tweens, and teens in White Plains and Rye Brook.

Kid's Kingdom in Rockland Now Offers Princess and Pirate Birthday Parties for Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 06, 2011

Kid's Kingdom, a private preschool with locations in Nanuet and Pomona, NY, is now offering themed birthday parties for kids, including a Princess Tea Party and a Pirate Birthday Party.

Rockland Mom Opens Cookie Girl Bake Shop in New City
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 06, 2011

When Stacey Damesek became a stay-at-home mom a few years ago, the former art teacher quickly realized she needed a creative outlet to avoid going stir crazy. Damesek opened Cookie Girl Bake Shop in November, offering custom cake and cookie creations for birthdays, baby showers, and other special occasions.

One Million Pounds and Counting: GrowNYC Greenmarkets Reduce Textile Waste in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 27, 2011

GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that works to improve New York City's quality of life through environmental programs, provides weekly textile recycling collection at eight year-round Greenmarkets. So far, the program has kept one million pounds of textile waste out of landfills.

Manhattan May Calendar Highlights: Family Activities
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 27, 2011

Check out some of the best family events happening this May in Manhattan, including kid-friendly shows, Mother's Day activities, and a new museum exhibit.

FreshDirect Extends FreshArt Contest Deadline to June 15
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 27, 2011

To celebrate the launch of FreshDirect's KidPowerâ„¢, a new line of freshly prepared kids meals, the company has teamed up with the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) to present the FreshArt initiative, which invites students in grades three through six to create works of art that show what it means to share a meal with family.

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