Fran Alexander

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

(Mar. 31, 2006) - 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.


RUNNIN' ON RITALIN Increasingly, kids are abusing Rx drugs

(Jan. 21, 2005) - 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.


MY KID OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES

(Dec. 21, 2003) - 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.


KidSavvy County:All in one book

(Jul. 21, 2003) - 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.


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

(May. 21, 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.


COED SLEEPOVERS:The experts weigh in

(Jan. 21, 2003) - 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.


Hormoans and Groans … Naturally!

(Dec. 21, 2002) - 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.


Mission Possible:Seeing through film in Pleasantville

(Sep. 21, 2002) - 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.


SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND STATE AIDWhere Are We Today?

(Aug. 21, 2002) - 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.


SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND STATE AIDWhere Are We Today?

(Aug. 21, 2002) - 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.


Summer Fun at the Neuberger

(Aug. 21, 2001) - This summer's Neuberger Museum exhibitions promise to entertain and intrigue the whole family.


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