Melissa Wickes

How to Thoroughly Check Out a Neighborhood Before Buying a Home

How to Thoroughly Check Out a Neighborhood Before Buying a Home

(Jan. 25, 2019) - At the beginning of the home-buying process, there are surely 100 different factors swirling around your head that will determine on which house you put an offer. One of the most important things to consider before starting the house hunt? Finding the right neighborhood for your family. After all, you can’t easily change things about the neighborhood, but you can easily renovate a less-than-perfect house. The answer to that mystery is completely individual for your family, as your check list of ‘must haves,’ things that ‘would be nice,’ and those that are ‘not a deal-breaker’ will be different from your friends. Read on for a little help from the experts for finding the right neighborhood for your family.


5 Tips for Comfortable Travel with Your Young Child or Infant

5 Tips for Comfortable Travel with Your Young Child or Infant

(Jan. 25, 2019) - Every parent is familiar with the death stares, groans, and scoffs thrown in their direction when boarding an airplane or even a train with a baby. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict how your little one will react to being in a contained space like this for an extended period of time. Traveling with young children by airplane, train, or car can be a nightmare, but it doesn't have to be. We spoke to Harvey Karp, M.D., pediatrician, faculty member of University of Southern California School of Medicine, and author of Happiest Baby on the Block, and got his best tips for vacationing with young children, including tips on how to comfortably travel with your baby as well as how to keep your baby comfortable once you get to your destination, with everything from calming your baby on the plane to baby-proofing your hotel room.


Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

Chappaqua Ossining and Byram Hills Students Named Finalists in Regeneron Contest

(Jan. 23, 2019) - Four students from Chappaqua, Ossining and Byram Hills were named finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search contest. The competition is a research-based science competition for high school seniors. The Westchester students will join forty other students from all over the U.S. in presentations in Washington, D.C. in March to compete for more than $1.8 million in prize money. 


National School Choice Week Informs Families About Schools Available in New York

National School Choice Week Informs Families About Schools Available in New York

(Jan. 22, 2019) - National School Choice Week, which began Sunday and continues through Jan. 26, raises awareness about the different educational opportunities available to families and children in the New York metro area. Over the course of the week, the events throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and upstate New York aim to help families determine their options for great schools in their area and to celebrate each school's strengths. Families will learn about the strengths of traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and home education.  


Registration Now Open for WCS Run for the Wild at Bronx Zoo

Registration Now Open for WCS Run for the Wild at Bronx Zoo

(Jan. 22, 2019) - This Spring, The Bronx Zoo will be hosting the 11th annual WCS Run for the Wild. Registration is now open and an early bird discount is available through Jan. 31. This NYC 5k walk/run is dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places and will take place at the world famous zoo on Saturday, April 27.


Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

Tanger Outlets Deer Park Now Accepting Entries for Grant Program

(Jan. 21, 2019) - TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative that gives award money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers, is now accepting entries within Deer Park and adjacent communities. The program was designed to fund local schools for things such as programs, rebuilding equipment, academic materials, and supporting athletic or band programs. More than $200,000 is awarded to schools in need each year.


Iona Preparatory 'Plungers' Named New York's Top Polar Plunge Team

Iona Preparatory 'Plungers' Named New York's Top Polar Plunge Team

(Jan. 21, 2019) - The Iona Preparatory "Plungers" were named New York State's top team for the third year in a row due to their vast fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. The Plungers were presented with the award by Special Olympics New York Director of Development Kaitlin Brennan during a special presentation at Iona Prep on Dec. 17, 2018. Thanks to the fundraising efforts, more than 100 Special Olympics Athletes will now be able to participate in the games for free.


Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

Perdue Recalls Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Due to Contamination With Wood Particles

(Jan. 18, 2019) - Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets due to a possible wood particle contamination, according to Cooking Light. The nuggets have expirations dates well into the fall and the United States Department of Agriculture is urging shoppers to check their freezers for this product.


Wegmans to Open in Brooklyn in the Fall, Provide Estimated 500 Jobs

Wegmans to Open in Brooklyn in the Fall, Provide Estimated 500 Jobs

(Jan. 14, 2019) - The beloved, upstate-based supermarket chain is expected to open its first New York City location in Brooklyn at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard in the fall. The highly anticipated expansion will offer more than 500 jobs, including 150 full-time positions. The hiring process for these positions will begin next month.


Titi Fund of New York and Operation Warm Partner to Provide Coats to 5,000 Kids in Need

Titi Fund of New York and Operation Warm Partner to Provide Coats to 5,000 Kids in Need

(Jan. 10, 2019) - The Titi Fund of New York provided 5,000 brand new coats to students in need, in partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children. All 31 schools on the Operation Warm wish list within the five NYC boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island—received coats.


Warby Parker Expands Partnership with NYC Department of Education to Give Kindergarten-First Graders Free Eyeglasses

Warby Parker Expands Partnership with NYC Department of Education to Give Kindergarten-First Graders Free Eyeglasses

(Jan. 10, 2019) - To help more kids see in school, Warby Parker is continuing its partnership with the New York City Department of Education to distribute free glasses to over 100,000 students in more than 200 Community Schools. The two joined forces in 2015, and now the partnership will expand to cover the entire city, providing about 33,000 kids with free glasses and more than 140,000 with free eye exams from the city’s Department of Health, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.


FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

FDA Approves New Vaccine That Protects Against Six Diseases

(Jan. 07, 2019) - The FDA approved a new vaccine that protects against six diseases, called Vaxilis. The new vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to haemophilus influenzae type B, according to TODAY. This vaccine will protect children from contracting six of the 14 diseases the CDC recommends vaccinating against.


The National Museum of Mathematics Extends Math Outreach Program to Encourage Early Math Fluency

The National Museum of Mathematics Extends Math Outreach Program to Encourage Early Math Fluency

(Jan. 07, 2019) - The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in Nomad is continuing its innovative math outreach program, MoMath 2 Go: the Family Math Initiative, with a partnership with the Long Island Explorium in Port Jefferson. This program is designed to help families learn how to comfortably discuss math with preschool through second-grade children and to involve parents who may not have access to the latest in math education.


The American Museum of Natural History Announces New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History Announces New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit

(Jan. 04, 2019) - The American Museum of Natural History is slated to open a new exhibit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator in March. The Upper West Side exhibit will bring the latest research and discoveries about tyrannosaurs, with emphasis on the T. rex, to the world famous NYC museum.


Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground to Undergo Renovation and Reopen

Roberto Clemente State Park South Playground to Undergo Renovation and Reopen

(Jan. 04, 2019) - The playground in Roberto Clemente State Park in Morris Heights, Bronx, is slated to undergo a $1.35 million transformation to be complete in May. The revitalization will provide the park, located along the Harlem River, with new playground structures, full replacement of existing infrastructure, adult fitness equipment, preservation of existing trees, and a community garden. The playground is being constructed on the south side of the park.


5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

(Dec. 28, 2018) - Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming, so one parent is here to say it’s okay to be a “lazy parent”. James Breakwell, author of “Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not-Quite Ruining Your Child,” shares five things you can do to slow down and enjoy the adventure of parenting. So go ahead, indulge in “lazy parenting”!


Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

Corded Window Blinds Banned for Child Safety

(Dec. 21, 2018) - There are many aspects of our homes that we have to consider baby-proofing for child safety: outlets, the stove, cleaning supplies, and perhaps less obviously, corded window blinds. Fortunately, they are no longer being sold by American stores or websites, according to Mother.ly.


Gersh ABA Services to Open Five Applied Behavior Analysis Centers Throughout Long Island

Gersh ABA Services to Open Five Applied Behavior Analysis Centers Throughout Long Island

(Dec. 07, 2018) - In response to the growing population of children with autism spectrum disorder on Long Island, Gersh ABA Services will open five new Applied Behavior Analysis Centers throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties at the beginning of 2019. Gersh ABA Services has developed ABA Centers that address the individual ways children on the autism spectrum learn. The center-based services will be located in West Hempstead, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Hauppauge, and West Hills at the West Hills Day Camp campus.


The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School

The Bridges Academy Welcomes Seasoned Teacher as New Head of School

(Dec. 07, 2018) - The Bridges Academy in West Islip is pleased to welcome Stephen Edward Rubenacker as the new Head of School, who began this past July. Mr. Rubenacker has been an independent school educator for almost 20 years, starting in public school before moving to the Friends Academy Middle School. He has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, coached multiple sports, and served as the middle school principal for 10 years.


IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

IKEA is Coming to the Upper East Side

(Dec. 07, 2018) - The rumors are true, IKEA U.S. announced on Monday that it will be opening its first city store on the Upper East Side! The new location is contributing to the company's commitment to bringing IKEA to urban areas. The "IKEA Planning Studio" is slated to open in Manhattan in the spring of 2019. The store will open at 999 Third Avenue.


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