Jacqueline Neber

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

(Sep. 13, 2019) - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a Department of Education partnership with Via that would allow New York City parents to track school bus routes through “Via for Schools”, a GPS system and app, in August. All 9,000 buses were supposed to be equipped with GPS navigation by the first day of school–but parents are reporting that these promises have not been kept. CBS2 News has reported that hundreds of parents have complained. Among the most concerned are parents of the city’s students with special needs.


A-Game Sports Introduces Individualized Sports Lessons for Kids Ages 3-6

A-Game Sports Introduces Individualized Sports Lessons for Kids Ages 3-6

(Sep. 10, 2019) - A-Game Sports in New Rochelle will now be offering special Little Athlete Academy programming for kids ages 3-6. These 1-on-1 sports lessons with an experienced coach, Jordan Gurganus, will be tailored to each child’s individual level and help them gain confidence, learn rules and follow directions in a comfortable environment while having fun. These skills are designed to help kids have a positive experience when transitioning into larger group sport sessions, which they can do at A-Game Sports as well. Little ones can move from individualized lessons into groups even if the group will be playing a sport the child did not learn individually with Gurganus.


The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

(Sep. 09, 2019) - 3-K for All, the nation’s “most ambitious effort to provide universal free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for every three-year-old,” is now available borough-wide in Staten Island and available in all of the city’s five boroughs for the first time ever. 3-K for All is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence education agenda. According to the mayor’s office, approximately 17,700 students were enrolled in 3-K by September 5, and total enrollment is projected to reach 20,000 this fall.


White Plains Public Library Is Looking for Teen Volunteers This Fall

White Plains Public Library Is Looking for Teen Volunteers This Fall

(Sep. 04, 2019) - The White Plains Public Library had such success with its Reading Buddies and STEM Buddies programs for teens this summer, it will be expanding these programs into the fall along with its usual Do Gooders teen volunteer program. Applications are now open for White Plains teens entering nine grade through 12th grade this school year. Do Gooders is a general community service group; in Reading Buddies teens support younger students learning how to read; and in STEM Buddies high schoolers guide younger students in exploring the library’s STEM activities.


How to Help Your Differently-Abled Child Succeed in the Classroom

How to Help Your Differently-Abled Child Succeed in the Classroom

(Sep. 04, 2019) - Good parent-teacher communication is crucial for any successful school year, but being on the same page becomes even more important when your child has a learning disability. There are a few steps–from understanding your rights to communicating on a regular basis with your child’s teacher–that can help ensure your child has the best year possible, arming you and your child with the knowledge to succeed in and out of the classroom.


Groove Family Music Studio Re-Opens in Larchmont September 16

Groove Family Music Studio Re-Opens in Larchmont September 16

(Aug. 28, 2019) - Groove Family Music’s new family studio will be opening across the street from Chatsworth Elementary School on Monday, September 16. The studio will offer a variety of classes for babies, kids, teens, and parents that foster learning through music. Groove’s signature, award-winning Music for Aardvarks classes will be offered every morning Monday-Saturday, with new options available for mid-day classes, after-school classes, and vacation day classes.


Pixinity Pop-Up Exhibit Will Run in Soho Until November 8

Pixinity Pop-Up Exhibit Will Run in Soho Until November 8

(Aug. 27, 2019) - Pixinity, New York City’s newest interactive, digital art experience, opened on August 16 at Soho’s 1 York Street and will run until November 8. Tianyu Qiu, director of the World World exhibition, created “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” to transport guests to a “pop-up playground of infinite possibilities” where technology, gaming, and social media imagery converge in 10 rooms families can travel through. ‘Born to Shine’, Pixinity’s philanthropic arm, is partnered with Autism Speaks to raise awareness of autism in a creative way.


FIT4MOM Rockland Franchise Opened July 9 in Several Locations

FIT4MOM Rockland Franchise Opened July 9 in Several Locations

(Aug. 23, 2019) - Fit4Moms is a national franchise that offers new moms the opportunity to exercise, bond with their children, and bond with each other. Amy Leon has brought Fit4Moms back to Rockland after a few year’s hiatus and debuted its signature Stroller Strides class–which aims to introduce new moms to the “Sisterhood of Motherhood”–on July 9. Leon was inspired to open a new location after participating in Fit4Moms classes when she was a new mom, leaning into the support system and community the exercise groups offered. Leon runs classes at various Rockland locations in The Shops at Nanuet, Rockland Lake, and Palisades Center.


NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

(Aug. 22, 2019) - Every day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus location, student ridership, route changes, and vehicle delays. This is made possible through a NYC Department of Education partnership with Via, according to a press release. “Via for Schools,” an integrated communication platform, will route and track buses. Any bus that does not have a GPS installed by the first day of school will receive GPS capabilities through GeoTab.


The Museum of Ice Cream Flagship Is Coming to NYC This Fall

The Museum of Ice Cream Flagship Is Coming to NYC This Fall

(Aug. 21, 2019) - Your family can be one of the first to visit the Museum of Ice Cream in NYC this fall if you join the early access waitlist that’s live now on the MOIC site! The flagship is coming to Soho soon and will span nearly 25,000 square feet, cover three floors of space, and incorporate 13 new art installations into its celebration of ice cream. Guests dive into MOIC’s biggest sprinkle pool ever, savor sweet treats on a floating table, slide down a three-story slide, and more as they delight all five senses. Museum of Ice Cream was born under the premise that that ice cream is a “universal symbol of joy, a personal pleasure, and a transportive vehicle for anyone’s imagination.”


The Empire State Building Has Debuted 9 Second-Floor Exhibits for Families

The Empire State Building Has Debuted 9 Second-Floor Exhibits for Families

(Aug. 19, 2019) - On July 29, nine exhibit rooms opened to the public in the Empire State Building so families can experience the miraculous views of the city without having to wait on line to go up to the 86th floor. The exhibits are part of the $165 million Observatory Experience that aims to create authentic, immersive experiences for New York City visitors. You can take the kids through nine rooms that immerse you in the ESB’s history from the 1920s to today while enjoying the views without the hassle.


CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

(Aug. 16, 2019) - In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and several other education officials announced the launch of CareerReady NYC, a program that will help New York City students prepare for the workplace beginning this school year. Kids will be able to develop the education, work experience, and personal attributes that will put them on a path to career success and financial security. CareerReady aims to align all the components of the “public talent pipeline” to create a network of support.


The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

(Aug. 16, 2019) - For years, students applying to middle and high schools in New York City had to go through a second round of applications if they didn’t get into their preferred schools. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have simplified the process for the 2020-21 school year: there will only be one round of applications, and if a student doesn’t get into their higher-ranked school choices, they will be placed on a waitlist and offered admission as seats become available. Carranza said that this simplification is a result of families and educators asking for a simpler, more accessible process.


Celebrate National Soft Serve Day with the New Carvel at Macy’s Herald Square

Celebrate National Soft Serve Day with the New Carvel at Macy’s Herald Square

(Aug. 15, 2019) - There might not be a soft serve ice cream more iconic than Carvel! Celebrate National Soft Serve Day at the new Carvel Shoppe opening in Macy’s Herald Square on Monday, August 19. If you make a minimum $2 donation to the American Red Cross, you can receive a free cup or cone of soft serve between 10am-10pm. Each kid–or adult!–can receive freebie each.


Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

Students at the Countryside Montessori School Enjoy a New Playground This Summer

(Aug. 15, 2019) - This past spring, the Countryside Montessori School in Great Neck decided to give its playground a new look to be safer, more functional, and to help kids have more fun. The school replaced the playground’s previous wood chip flooring with green rubber mulch, which provides extra cushioning in case kids fall. Playground equipment was also rearranged to utilize more space and to centralize all equipment, so kids don’t have to go far to play on every piece of equipment they love. The head of the school and director of the program, Mary Ann Pastorelli, said the kids have been playing in the new space for two weeks–and love it.


NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

(Aug. 13, 2019) - If you have a library card, you now have access to 50 cultural organizations across New York City. In its first year, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL) Culture Pass initiative issued more than 70,000 free passes for thousands of New York library cardholders, breaking down institution barriers for people in many different communities. Now, the libraries have added 17 cultural institutions to the Culture Pass roster, bringing the total to 50 institutions that people can visit for free across all five boroughs.


Huntington YMCA Adds Healthy Living Center

Huntington YMCA Adds Healthy Living Center

(Aug. 13, 2019) - The Huntington YMCA has been part of the Huntington community for more than 60 years, and just finished building the Jorge Family Healthy Living Center that will host free or reduced fee chronic disease prevention and recovery lifestyle-focused classes for all community members. These classes include LiveSTRONG cancer survivor program and Moving for Better Balance, which is a fall prevention class. The new building is now open and ready for classes.


NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

NYC’s First NYPD Community Center Will Open in East New York in October

(Aug. 09, 2019) - A city-owned building in East New York is currently undergoing a $10 million renovation, and will open this fall as the New York Police Department’s first-ever stand-alone community center. 127 Pennsylvania Avenue will be open to all, but programming will be geared towards kids ages 12-19. The NYPD is partnering with The Child Center of New York to provide programming. The success of the center, a WNYC article reports, hinges on whether the NYPD can build trust in a community where its target audience might not trust the police. Renovations have been underway for three years.


How to Keep Your Home Renovation Under Budget

How to Keep Your Home Renovation Under Budget

(Aug. 02, 2019) - Renovating your home can be exciting, since there are so many ways to make your vision come to life and so many contractors and designers to work with. Unfortunately, renovating can also be incredibly stressful—and one of the most challenging aspects is staying within your budget. Whether it’s an unexpected electrical cost, costs that rise because the job needs to be finished quickly, or an expensive lighting fixture you just can’t live without, your budget can be exhausted fast. So, how can you avoid these common renovation mistakes? We polled contractors and designers for tips and tricks to contain the costs from start to finish.


Tips to Help College Freshmen Develop Healthy Habits on Their Own

Tips to Help College Freshmen Develop Healthy Habits on Their Own

(Jul. 31, 2019) - When your kids head off to college after Labor Day, it will probably be the first time they've ever been truly on their own. Suddenly, they need to make all physical and mental health decisions themselves, get into a good academic schedule on their own, and set up a daily routine with more free time than they experienced in high school. All of this freedom can be overwhelming–so Bernadette Melnyk, chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University, has set up a checklist to help new students do their best in college and beyond.


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