Melissa Wickes

Miss American Pie Shop Opens in Park Slope

Miss American Pie Shop Opens in Park Slope

(Sep. 06, 2019) - On August 17, Lindsey Hill, former fashion designer, turned her online pie business into a brick-and-mortar storefront at Miss American Pie Shop in Park Slope. The shop is a 1950s-inspired bakery with an industrial twist offering pies of all kinds, coffee drinks, pastries, and savory treats. Hill says she hopes the pie shop will spread love and joy and will be a place to facilitate community and authentic relationships throughout Brooklyn.


Music Conservatory of Westchester Now Auditioning for MCW Prep Program

Music Conservatory of Westchester Now Auditioning for MCW Prep Program

(Aug. 19, 2019) - Music Conservatory of Westchester is now offering a precollegiate training program for serious, advanced high school musicians called MCW Prep, slated to begin in September. The program will give instrumentalists and singers an opportunity to study with performers of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Broadway. Auditions are scheduled by appointment through September and scholarships will be offered based on need.


Family Fun in Manhattan this August

Family Fun in Manhattan this August

(Aug. 07, 2019) - Summer is coming to a close but is still too much fun to be had in NYC this August. Before you get started on school supply shopping and plan out your carpool route, take a trip into Manhattan to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your kids. You can visit a new spectacle about maintaining our oceans at OceanCube NYC, a futuristic, undersea popup in Soho. An older favorite, Belvedere Castle, reopened in June with a variety of upgrades and is a must-see in Central Park. Read on for the four events and venues we consider can't-miss in Manhattan this August.


3 Big Reasons to Review Your Home Insurance

3 Big Reasons to Review Your Home Insurance

(Aug. 06, 2019) - When a disaster strikes your home—flood, burglary, fire, or worse—the last thing you want to worry about is whether your homeowner’s insurance is up to date. Even if you review your coverage annually, there are several life-changing events that may require policy modification—big purchases, home renovation, or family changes. With a little help from local homeowner’s insurance experts, we explain how and when to make the necessary adjustments. If one of these changes happens in your life, calling your agent and discussing the situation is the best way to ensure everyone and everything will still be covered.


Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

Sylvan Learning Center Now Offering Swim, Robotics, and Coding Programs

(Jul. 24, 2019) - Sylvan Learning Center will be offering two new programs this summer in partnership with Goldfish Swim School and Code Ninjas. The Summer Learn & Swim Special at Goldfish Swim School in Farmingdale began on Wednesday, July 17 and will continue each Wednesday through August 7. The ½ Day STEM Workshop with Code Ninjas began Wednesday, July 24 and will take place on each Wednesday through August 14 at Sylvan Learning Center in Huntington and Saturdays through August 17 at Sylvan Learning Center in Mineola.


Family Fun in Manhattan This June

Family Fun in Manhattan This June

(Jun. 03, 2019) - There's no shortage of fun things to do this summer in Manhattan! Here are our top picks for what to do and where to visit while you're in the city this June!


5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

5 Things to Know About Sun Protection

(May. 30, 2019) - Did you know it only takes about 7 minutes for the receptors in your skin cells to become fully saturated with Vitamin D? With summer finally approaching, your family may be itching to get outside. However, it’s important to protect you and your children from the harm the sun can cause, including greater risk for skin cancer, increased photo aging, and a variety of other rashes that can arise as a result of strong sun exposure. Kenneth T. Kircher, D.O., FAOCD, dermatologist on the medical staff of HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, shares five things to know to best protect your family from harmful UV rays.


The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

The Empire State Fair Opens May 3 at NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale

(May. 02, 2019) - Look no further for family-friendly, unforgettable fun on Long Island this weekend than NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum. The Empire State Fair will take place on select dates from May 3-19 and will offer a lineup of free attractions that will provide something for everyone in the family. Jurassic Kingdom, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, a Live Shark Encounter, and the Wolves of the World Show are just some of the thrilling experiences your family will see at the highly anticipated fair.


Family Fun in Manhattan This May

Family Fun in Manhattan This May

(May. 01, 2019) - There's always something going on in Manhattan, from exciting festivals to eccentric exhibits. However, amidst all the commotion, it can be hard finding the perfect events and venues for your family. Lucky for you we've hand-picked four of the best places to see and things to do in the city, whether you're a New York City-native or just visiting for the day!


5 Tips For Educating Others About Your Child's Allergies and Asthma

5 Tips For Educating Others About Your Child's Allergies and Asthma

(Apr. 29, 2019) - Having a child with a life-threatening allergy is constantly scary. As much as you can prepare yourself for the worst, it adds extra comfort to know the other adults in your child’s life are also prepared to act in an emergency situation. Purvi Parikh, M.D., an allergist with Allergy & Asthma Network, shares what parents of children with a life-threatening allergy should do to ensure their child is safe at all times—even when the child isn’t with the parent.


Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

(Apr. 26, 2019) - Jurassic World Live Tour, a thrilling, live experience that will excite all generations of Jurassic World fans, is coming to New York and New Jersey and tickets are now on sale. Jurassic World will come to life at the Barclays Center, the Prudential Center, and Uniondale in 2020. You'll experience more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs as they take the stage and perform a riveting dinosaur experience like no other.


Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Recalled Due to Reports of Infant Deaths

(Apr. 12, 2019) - Fisher-Price has issued a voluntary recall of all units of the Rock n' Play Sleeper due to reports of death when infants can roll over in the product. The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play since 2015 as a result of infants rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. All 10 infants were 3 months or older. The CPSC warns consumers to always use restraints in infant inclined sleep products. 


Family Fun in Manhattan This April

Family Fun in Manhattan This April

(Mar. 26, 2019) - Manhattan is filled with fun things to do with kids all year round, but we're especially excited about April because it marks the beginning of outdoor NYC fun! To celebrate Earth Day and the warm weather, we'll be at the NYC Earth Day Bazaar shopping for sustainable goods and learning about environmental programs. We're also looking forward to embracing some of the culture NYC has to offer at the Freedom Art Jam, a Passover celebration at The Jewish Museum and Jazz for Kids at Jazz Standard. Whatever you're celebrating this April, we've got fun in store for you and the family.


Helping Teens with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Struggles

Helping Teens with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Struggles

(Mar. 25, 2019) - Teenage mental health disorder statistics can be surprising and unsettling. For example, 20 percent of teenagers have a diagnosed mental health disorder, according to Robin Seymour, LCSW, clinical director of Newport Academy, a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents struggling with mental health issues. She says teens often exhibit internal mental health difficulties, like depression and anxiety, by acting out and partaking in risky behaviors. So, to help your teen through mental health struggles and to limit your teen's risky behaviors, Seymour shares five effective ways to navigate your child's mental health crisis.


The Jewish Education Project Partners with Music Together of Nyack for New Sing Shalom Classes

The Jewish Education Project Partners with Music Together of Nyack for New Sing Shalom Classes

(Mar. 25, 2019) - The Jewish Education Project is partnering with Music Together LLC to create a Jewish version of its high-quality, renowned music education program called Music Together Sing Shalom. The class will incorporate Jewish music and songs into the regular Music Together class to provide a unique, Judaism-inspired cultural experience for families. The new class in Rockland County will be offered at Congregation Sons of Israel in Nyack. The program began on Long Island and in Manhattan and has since been spreading to other communities.


Sedation-Based Pediatric Dental Practice Opens in Huntington

Sedation-Based Pediatric Dental Practice Opens in Huntington

(Mar. 15, 2019) - The Tooth Pillow Dentistry, a team of pediatric dentists and dental anesthesiologists, opened in Huntington in December 2018. The practice accepts referrals for patients requiring IV sedation for dental treatment. The team treats a wide variety of patients 18 months and older, including those with dental fear, special needs, significant gag-reflex, and extensive dental treatment needs.


Kids 'N Comedy Classes Give Kids the Opportunity to Perform at Gotham Comedy Club

Kids 'N Comedy Classes Give Kids the Opportunity to Perform at Gotham Comedy Club

(Mar. 15, 2019) - Evan Breckman has a connection to comedy and is given the opportunity to channel this passion by performing at the Gotham Comedy Club through Kids ‘N Comedy, founded by Jo Ann Grossman and Stu Morden. Kids ‘N Comedy teaches kids ages 11-18 how to write and perform stand-up comedy while welcoming them into a community of comedians where they are free to be themselves.


City Harvest Challenges New Yorkers to Raise $1.1 Million to Feed 50,000 Children in Need

City Harvest Challenges New Yorkers to Raise $1.1 Million to Feed 50,000 Children in Need

(Mar. 14, 2019) - City Harvest, NYC's largest food rescue organization, is challenging New Yorkers to raise $1.1 million to feed 50,000 New York children and their families. The fundraising campaign, Skip Lunch Fight Hunger, challenges New Yorkers to donate the money they would normally spend on lunch to ensure that children and their families will have the food they need to survive. The campaign runs from May 13-17.


Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing Adds Online Registration, Drone Program

(Mar. 13, 2019) - Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp in Flushing added an online registration portal to its website in February to make camp registration more efficient for parents, to waste less paper, and to give parents the ability to change details within the account if necessary. This July, it will begin a Drone Training program for campers ages eight through 14.


Your Weekend Itinerary for a Family Vacation in Orange County, CA

Your Weekend Itinerary for a Family Vacation in Orange County, CA

(Mar. 08, 2019) - It’s often difficult to find a vacation that will not only please but entertain the whole family in every area. Between meals, entertainment, accommodations, and activities, how can you get your ball-of-fire 5-year-old, angst-ridden teen, and you and your husband to agree on, and actually enjoy, one location? If you're looking for a getaway from the concrete jungle that is New York City, one that will not only please but impress the whole family, the answer may be Orange County, California.


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