August 2016
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Ben-Hur Movie Review

Spread the Lunch Love

Hot Topics: A kid-friendly lunch doesn’t have to be peanut butter and jelly. Not only can foods like fruit kabobs, pizza quesadillas, and noodle bowls be just as easy to makeasa sandwich, you may be surprised by how much kids love these healthier choices. Read more…

Fishkill Farms

A Back-to-School Guide to Avoiding Asthma

Elementary: When kids with asthma go back to school, they carry more than a new backpack and trendy lunchbox. Many also tote an immune system primed to explode when exposed to the many asthma triggers that September and school brings: rocketing levels of autumn ragweed and mold allergens, fall sport practices and gym classes that can bring on exercise induced asthma, classmates’ cold and flu germs, not to mention the stress of coping with new teachers and tougher academics. Read more…

An Orthodontist’s Tips on Braces

Night Terrors

The Common Core and Uncertainty in Albany

Hot Topics: The Common Core standards had a laudable goal – to make education more rigorous and better prepare students for college and a global marketplace. However, the implementation in New York was not optimal. Teachers and students did not receive preparation and only approximately 33 percent of students achieved proficiency. Governor Cuomo created a Common Core Task Force to undertake a review and to recommend reforms. Read more…

10 Autumn Treats for Mom

Work & Family: Autumn often means the kids are back in school and you might have some free time on your hands. Don’t feel guilty about making more time for yourself. Please yourself and then go about your daily routine more cheerfully. Here’s some inspiration to get you in the mood. Read more…

Dad, Take Your Child to School Day

Relationships: Are dads important? You bet they are! As a part of his #DadBeThere Fatherhood Initiative, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino invites all dads to participate in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” held on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Read more…

National Grandparents Day is September 11

Holidays: Perhaps you thought National Grandparents Day was just another Hallmark holiday. Actually, it was Marian McQuade of West Virginia who founded the day. Her simple concept was to promote the celebration of our elders and to encourage younger generations to value and learn from their grandparents. Read more…

Kids and Creativity

Hot Topics: It’s something all kids are born with, something that can have a great impact on their lives as long as it’s encouraged and supported. That something is creativity, and in this rapidly evolving world with its ever-present technology, it’s more important than ever. Read more…

Pick Your Own Apples

Travel: Everyone is heading back to school,but that doesn’t mean family outings have to stop. The top fun-for-all activity in September is apple picking. Yes, you can easily get apples in the food store but here in the Northeast pick-your-own is the perfect activity for the whole family to get outside, get moving and have fun! And when kids pick apples, they tend to eat them too! Sobe prepared, your family will to polish off these nutritious beauties in no time. Read more…

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

Hot Topics: Here are four special reasons to attend the festival held September 24th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robert Bell Middle School, 50 Senter St., Chappaqua. Read more…
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Pete’s Dragon Movie Review

Movies: This remake of Pete’s Dragon follows the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley and more, this film truly appeals to a youth and family audience and makes a perfect family movie. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Benjamin P. comments, “Pete's Dragon is a great film that perfectly blends emotion and action in a heartwarming adventure of friendship and bravery.” See his full review below. Read more…

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