(Jul. 03, 2019) - Melissa Lipson has been a school counselor in Nanuet for over 20 years and she is expanding her services beyond the district with Lipson Family Coaching, Inc. this summer. Lipson says she is excited to bring three decades of experience in schools to her new, private practice.
John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award
(Jul. 01, 2019) - 23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colorful socks to choose from, which all arrive with a personalized thank-you note from John himself. John and his father, Mark, won in the “Mission Driven” category of the competition, which recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies for their innovation, financial performance, and impact on the world. The Ernst and Young competition is considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in New York and beyond.
(Jun. 28, 2019) - The Port Authority and NYC Department of Environmental Protection have announced that three female peregrine falcon chicks hatched in early May near the Bayonne Bridge. The chicks–Martha, Rosie, and Juno–were tagged on May 29 and appear to be about 21 days old, and made their first flights around June 19. The chicks were named after World War II heroes and the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebrated earlier this month, according to Port Authority. They are just three of 46 peregrine falcons that have hatched from Bayonne since 1992.
(Jun. 26, 2019) - The New York Botanical Garden is home to a rare flower with a surprisingly pungent odor–the “corpse flower,” otherwise known as one of the largest and most putrid-smelling flowers in the world. The plant is also finicky–its bloom cycle occurs over a brief 24-to-36-hour peak bloom, which should happen within the next few weeks. The flower is said to smell like rotting meat. Looking for something a little different to do with the kids as June turns into July? This might be it.
(Jun. 25, 2019) - Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is full of attractions, rides, food, and fun for the whole family–with rollercoasters and thrill rides as some of the biggest draws of the experience. The Flitzer Roller Coaster was one of the most popular coasters in the amusement park area of the boardwalk, but escalating labor, maintenance, and upkeep costs moved Jenkinson’s to shut that coaster down and replace it with three new rides that offer something for everyone in the family.
(Jun. 25, 2019) - Finding support and community can seem difficult for young people trying to figure out their identities, make connections and find acceptance. We’ve compiled a list of community and support centers for every kid in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland and Bergen counties. These organizations provide social services, physical and mental health support, and a place to belong where LGBTQ teens can be celebrated for who they are, regardless of orientation.
(Jun. 21, 2019) - The Theater at 14th Street Y just announced its 2019-2020 program of shows that will premiere from September 6, 2019–June 2020. All productions were chosen through a submission process and celebrate a history of culture-making in the East Village, exploring a wide variety of characters and oscillating around the theme of life and death, according to a statement from the Theater. Some highlights audiences can expect include a play that was a national winner of the 2019 Jewish Playwrighting Contest, #NastyWomen+, A Night of She and They Resistance Comedy, and several family-friendly productions.
(Jun. 20, 2019) - John Lee Cronin, who has Down syndrome, and his father Mark Cronin founded John’s Crazy Socks in 2016–John’s last year of high school. John has always loved wearing fun, colorful socks, so the father-son team made it their mission to offer everyone kooky socks with a social mission. The company launched with a website and Facebook page, and three years later is a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award “recognizes and celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs who redefine the way we live, work and play.”
(Jun. 20, 2019) - This year, the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) released 67 recommendations to improve goals, diversity, resources, restorative justice and practices, and representation in New York City Schools. SDAG members–students, educators, parents, advocates, and researchers–were appointed in 2017 to advise Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on polices to advance diversity and integration in schools. The Department of Education (DOE) is adopting 62 of the 67 recommendations, including providing a diversity grant to Brooklyn’s District 13, to help the district plan increase its diversity through community programming.
(Jun. 19, 2019) - Throughout 2019, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Uniondale has been hosting special events to mark the 50th anniversary of men landing on the moon, use the moon anniversary as a lesson for STEM education, and inspire young scientists to dream big. All of this celebration will culminate on July 20 when, at the exact moment Neil Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind,” a replica lunar model will descend from the ceiling of the museum. A few weeks ago, the museum’s grand gala honored seven former astronauts and flight directors, along with the Grumman employees that built the lunar module and equipment that carried people to the moon in the first place.
(Jun. 19, 2019) - A Krispy Kreme store–above ground, unlike the one located in Penn Station that is the city’s only current Krispy outpost–is coming to Times Square in early 2020. The shop will be a 4,500 square foot giant flagship that will feature donuts, of course, plus an inside look at how the sugary pillows of dreams are made. The store will be home to the world’s largest Hot Light, signaling the donuts are available for purchase just a few feet away.
(Jun. 18, 2019) - Kids can embrace the rooftop fun just like adults this summer thanks to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new NEST rooftop jungle gym. The design is meant for kids ages 2-8 and is inspired by baya weaver bird’s nests to bring a little bit of flair to the city this summer. NEST pays homage to the city’s past, as well, as it is made from reclaimed NYC water towers. The interior of the structure is permeable, offers a circle hammock area, and lets plenty of light in. The outside is perfect for adventurous kids who want to climb the day away.
(Jun. 18, 2019) - This summer Regal Cinemas is offering “My Way Matinees” for viewers of all ages who want to enjoy movies in a sensory-friendly, calmer environment. All “My Way Matinees” begin at 10:30am, and tickets can be purchased for the special price of $6.50. Some of the sensory-friendly movies that will be playing in June, July and August include The Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and The Lion King.
(Jun. 14, 2019) - Last year, Build-a-Bear Workshop hosted a Pay-Your-Age Day where kids could build a stuffed animal priced for their age (for example, a 5-year-old could make a bear for $5). While this was a great alternative to Build-a-Bear’s sometimes-pricey stuffed animals, parents and kids wound up waiting in lines that stretched out the door and around the corner. Many people were frustrated and angry when Build-a-Bear shut down some lines and sent kids home with nothing but a coupon because the shops couldn’t keep up with the demand. This year, Build-a-Bear is doing Pay-Your-Age in a different way.
(Jun. 14, 2019) - During the 2015-2016 school year, more than half of all teachers in Brooklyn were white, while white students account for less than 18% of the student body in any of the five boroughs. These statistics come from Educators for Excellence–New York, an educator-led advocacy group that is pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to diversify the teacher population in Brooklyn so students can see leaders that look like them at the front of the classroom every day. Educators for Excellence has asked the State Education Department to double the funding for My Brother’s Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps, a state grant program that partners with teacher preparation programs to recruit, train, and support teachers of color entering the profession. The doubled funding would jump to $7 million.
Badger Swim Club and School District’s Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program Have Partnered to Teach Kids Water Safety This Summer in Mamaroneck
(Jun. 13, 2019) - Drowning is the second-biggest cause of accidental death in children younger than 12, and more than 400 Mamaroneck and Larchmont children do not have access to swim instruction and pool memberships this summer, which compounds their risk of drowning. To help change that, Badger Swim Club and Mamaroneck School District’s Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program have partnered to bring swimming instruction to 60 low-income children with little-to-no swimming experience–just in time for summer. The STEM Alliance, which runs the Co-Op under contract with the school district, has been working with the district and the swim club to find a swim lesson solution since 2017.
(Jun. 11, 2019) - The Village of Mamaroneck installed its original spray park in Harbor Island Park in 2002, and has renovated it just in time for kids to have fun this summer. The renovation project improved surface safety, added a 12-foot wavy palm tree, and added a seahorse structure. Kids can also have a blast with wall sprays, cylinder sprayers, and fountain, geyser, and jet stream sprayers. The spray park is directly on the beach, so kids can make sand castles and play in the spray while parents relax. The village held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 8 at Stephen E. Johnston Beach.
(Jun. 10, 2019) - Greenwich Hospital honored more than 175 former patients, volunteers, and oncology staff from Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Greenwich Hospital campus to pay tribute to cancer survivors during a “Swinging into Survivorship” celebration on June 6. Several survivors spoke about their experiences, and special guests like Lee Mazzilli, who created a foundation in honor of his brother who died of lung cancer, were in attendance to help everyone celebrate. The celebration was baseball-themed.
Music Together ® with Music and Me in Glendale Now Offers a Bilingual Music Class for Babies and Toddlers
(Jun. 07, 2019) - Music Together ® with Music and Me in Glendale began offering a bilingual music class, Music Together ® con Español, for toddlers ages younger than 5 years old this April. In the class, parents and children sing, dance, move, and play to a variety of music and play with props. This allows kids to absorb Spanish in their own way and at their own rate. The class is suited for families who do and do not already speak Spanish, as long as they are excited about immersing their kids in a different language. Wendy DeAngelis, the owner and director of Music Together ®, says the class is all about exposure.
(Jun. 05, 2019) - Each year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards invites students in grades seven through 12 to submit art and writing work in 29 different categories for a chance to be selected as regional and national winners. Out of 350,000 annual student participants nationwide, less than 3,000 are selected as National Medalists for individual works or portfolios. Esmé Talenfeld, an eighth grader at Elisabeth Morrow School in Nyack, won a Gold Medal this year. Her poem “Thank You Mrs…” was inspired by a former teacher’s willingness to share stories from her own childhood that created a culture of inclusivity in the classroom. Talenfeld wrote the poem in the “Write On!” elective class at Elisabeth Morrow.