Manos Family Awarded

Health: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter celebrated its 2015 Light The Night® event with an Awards Celebration that took place on January 28th at Crowne Plaza in White Plains.  Read more…

Nominate Your Teacher!

Hot Topics: We understand that in order for our teachers to continue to offer inspiring lessons to our children, they too have to be inspired. Read more…

Mitzvah Projects

Hot Topics: When you hear the word “mitzvah” two things typically come to mind – the word “commandment” as well as an act of kindness or a good deed. The Jewish community prides itself on doing good deeds, and by doing a mitzvah project, youngsters learn to follow in their parents’ footsteps and take on the communal responsibility of being a man or woman. Read more…

The Latest B’nai Mitzvah Trends

Hot Topics: If you are a bar mitzvah veteran like me, then you’ve probably seen it all. From bands to DJ’s, photo booths to game rooms, and all those sweatshirts, it can be incredibly tough to be ahead of the curve and break new ground on your child’s special day, but trust me, it can be done. Read more…

Put Some Sports in Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Hot Topics: For Jewish boys and girls, becoming bar or bat mitzvah is one of the most important events in a family’s life. Though traditionally a religious ceremony, these days the celebration outside the synagogue can often expand into an event with hundreds of guests, including children. That’s a lot of 13-year-old energy in one place, so how do you handle it? Get the kids up and moving with a sports-themed bar or bat mitzvah! There are plenty of places in and around Westchester County where you can hold your child’s celebration that will add that little extra sporting element and make their special day something they will remember for a lifetime. Read more…

Backyard Bat Mitzvah

Hot Topics: While most Westchester families celebrate their b’nai mitzvah at a catering hall or country club, there truly was no place like home for Julie Scott and her family. Scott and her husband Doug Shapiro, whose family belongs to the Chabad in Bedford, knew they wanted to do something special for their daughter Naomi as she began preparing for her bat mitzvah. “The more we thought about it, the more we realized that having it at home would be the most meaningful experience for us,” says Scott, so they chose to celebrate in their backyard. Read more…

The Benefits of Using Probiotics

Hot Topics: Parents today do tons of research to find the best ways to protect their children against illnesses and enhance their overall health. Recently, the use of probiotics has come to light as being extremely beneficial for children – they’re not just for adults anymore! Read more…

Tips for Runners

Hot Topics: Runners often hurt. Minor aches and pains and the threat of a serious, disabling injury plague runners of all ages and at all levels. “We see runners all the time who have had occasional discomfort in a knee,” says physical therapist John Fulton of Armonk Physical Therapy and Sports Training. “They take a couple of logical steps – scale back their runs, try icing, stretching, maybe new shoes – but the knee doesn’t improve and sometimes gets worse. The problem may be that the root cause of their discomfort is injury or weakness in the gluteus medius and the pain won’t be alleviated until that is corrected.” Read more…

The SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park

Travel: The Battery’s newest attraction, the SeaGlass Carousel, is nothing like you’ve seen or experienced before. Forget the old-fashioned horses and carnival music that come to mind when you think carousel, and get onboard for a unique aquatic adventure. Read more…

Zika, West Nile and Lyme Disease

Vacations: With the warm weather upon us, parents and kids alike are eager to revel in the outdoors again. Yet given all the recent media reports over mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile – not to mention the continuing threat of Lyme disease – should parents be taking extra precautions? Here’s what you need to know. Read more…

Every Family Needs a Digital Detox

Technology: On the morning of her fifth grade moving up ceremony, we presented our rising middle-schooler with her first phone – a hand-me-down device with a sliding keyboard. She would be able to call home and text a bit with her friends. The phone had no bells or whistles and its role in her life was simple – she could reach us and we could reach her. She was thrilled. Read more…

Birthday Party Etiquette

Parties: Navigating the world of children’s birthday parties can certainly be overwhelming. Do I have to invite every kid in my child’s classroom? I love the ease of Evite, but is it rude? I love that my child is invited to so many parties, but what if I don’t have the cash for all those birthday presents? Don’t fret, here’s a roadmap for avoiding birthday etiquette potholes. Read more…

The Best Nature Centers in the Westchester Area

Travel: This Rye City-owned facility offers environmental programs on 47 acres of wildlife preserve. There are more than two miles of hiking trails, ponds, and streams. Be sure allow time for kids to explore Nature's Playground. This outdoor playground, enhanced with natural elements, is ideal for young nature enthusiasts. The Center offers weekly classes, public events, school programs, and camps. It's also a place for kids birthday parties! Read more…

Organizational Strategies for your ADHD Child

Hot Topics: As students with ADHD progress through school, they often struggle with the rising organizational demands. Help your ADHD child build stronger organizational skills with these ideas. Read more…

Consumer Product Testing

Work & Family: How many shampoos have you used over your lifetime? How many skin creams have you tried? Probably quite a few. Are you interested in testing cutting-edge cosmetic, skin care and personal care products? If so, here’s your opportunity to get paid for being a tester and sharing your opinions at the BASF Tarrytown Consumer Testing Center (TCTC) in Tarrytown. Read more…

Tinder and Your Child

Technology: Tinder is quickly edging toward infamy as one of the hastiest online dating services around. Read more…

Katonah Art Center Moves

Hot Topics: Here’s some good news. The Katonah Art Center (KAC) has moved to a huge and newly renovated space. And better yet, it is just five minutes north of the former location in a charming 1912 Schoolhouse. Parents will be happy to find more parking and a Parent Lounge. Read more…
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Zootopia Movie Review

Movies: From our friends at Walt Disney Animation comes Zootopia, the story about a city of anthropomorphic animals where a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, “I thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Zootopia because the animation took me into a beautiful world just like ours, but completely filled with animals.” Tre’ana H. chimes in with, “I really adored this film because it is very different from any ordinary film. The characters belong to the zoo animals’ collection. It is hilarious because all the animals act like humans and engage in everyday, normal conversations like we do.” See their full reviews below. Read more…

The Buzz on Mosquitoes

Hot Topics: What’s the Buzz? Read more…
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Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle

Movies: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even […] Read more…

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