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Back to basics at Wolfe’s Pond Park

Featured Event: Tough times forcing you to pan a “staycation” this summer? Comment

Sit back and relax - it’s the Ferragosto festival

Featured Event: After Christmas, Easter and New Year’s Eve, Ferragosto — a marking of summer vacation — is the most popular holiday in Italy. But you don’t have to travel an ocean to celebrate it. Comment

Stay cool at the Staten Island Children’s Museum this summer

Staten Island: When the heat gets to be too much this summer, escape to the Staten Island Children’s Museum — where families can have hands-on play time on four fun-filled floors. I recently visited the museum, located on the grounds of historic Snug Harbor, in a search of things new and different that my sons would enjoy. Comment

Paradise Island

Staten Island: I am confident that I grew up in the best place in the world — Staten Island. Comments (2)

Breastfeeding: A good start is worth the effort

Family Health: Years of study have demonstrated that breast milk contains an ideal mixture of essential nutrients that all infants need, yet, the percentage of mothers who choose it over formula falls short of the target goals set by the Healthy People 2010 initiative in this country. Women need to understand how important breastfeeding is for infants, and for themselves. Comment

Filling the need for family resources on Staten Island

Letter from the Publisher: Years ago, my friend Don and his family moved from Brooklyn to New Dorp. They went from living in a small apartment in a very urban and gritty central Brooklyn to a two-story house with land around it and a rural feeling that it was like country. They had wall-to-wall carpeting, and felt rich. Comment

‘Home’ in Queens

Queens: My brother and I were the only children in our family to grow up in the suburbs of Long Island, but we often returned to the “homeland” of our parents, Queens, to visit with family, go to a Met game (“Go Lee Mazzilli!”), stop by the New York Hall of Science — before the remodel and mini-golf course, and, of course, meet everyone for dinner at Zum Stammtisch, the last surviving German restaurant. Comment

A bucket of back-to-school tips

Make sure you get and A in your child’s organization. Comment

Providing a “Safe Space” 

Queens: There’s a new Safe Space — literally — and your invited to its grand opening. Comment

The Bronx is Open!

Featured Event: Lots of activities at Crotona Park this August Comment

Breastfeeding your baby

Queens: World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7. This year’s theme is the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. Although the event is geared toward making breastfeeding a success in the hospital, there is much that you can learn and do to support breastfeeding. Comment

Enjoy nature by visiting the Bronx River

Bronx: Enjoy nature by going down to the river Comment

Adopted by Brooklyn

Brooklyn: I love Brooklyn. I love it so much that I should have been a native, however, I moved from Chicago when I was a teenager and lived in various parts of Manhattan. Comment

Tennis, anyone?

Featured Event: This month, all eyes will be on Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open, where tennis greats like Andy Roddick and Serena Williams are usually on the top of their game. But on Aug. 28, it’s all about the kids. Comments (1)

Canoe the lagoon!

Featured Event: Tough times forcing you to pan a “staycation” this summer? Comment

Super-sized summer

Newbie Dad: Kids today have the coolest toys for hot days! Comment

Baby Oh Baby!

New & Noteworthy: You don’t wash you child’s face and hair with just any soap or shampoo. That’s where products like Baby Oh Baby come in. Comment

Money in the bank

New & Noteworthy: Feed the pig! Comment

For budding green thumbs

New & Noteworthy: Need some “help” in the garden? Have your little one get an lesson in ecology thanks to this handy gardening tool set for children from Wrapables. Comment

The summer is ending, but there’s still time for a vacation

Letter from the Publisher: It’s August already. Isn’t it amazing how the summer weeks whizz by? July was a hot month and seemed more like August, which makes me wonder what August will be like. The days are getting shorter, although there’s still plenty of light at the end of the day to eat outdoors, have dinner on the beach, or barbeque on the grill. Comment

The girl who wouldn’t bathe

One mom’s quest for her toddler’s cleanliness Comment

Good ol’ fashioned magic at Word

Featured Event: It’s magic time! Comment

Run for the Chickens

Featured Event: Chicken Run” brings the clever, good-natured claymation of Peter Lord and Nick Park, the creators of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” shorts, to the big screen. Comment

No ‘Butts’ about this book

There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it — everyone is getting behind Artie Bennett’s “The Butt Book,” a new illustrated children’s book that is a tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, coolies, heinies, and derrieres, in all their resplendent glory. Comment

Your hair color and your health

What your locks say about your life. Comment

Weighing in

Kathy makes her mark! Comment

Helping a sedentary child appreciate an active lifestyle

Parents Helping Parents: Here’s how to your couch potato up and running — without making him feel bad. Comment

Healthy hydration

During the hot months, keep your kids drinking Comment

College road trip

By the time your child is entering her junior year in high school, you should consider visiting colleges. Back in the last century, my folks never took me to visit any colleges until I was accepted, but it is a different world today. Comment

‘Midsummer Night’s’ treat

Featured Event: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and with good reason: the costumes are great, the lines are funny, and the story is easy to follow. Comment

Lay, baby, lay

New & Noteworthy: Finally, Bob Zimmerman’s face can be plastered on your baby! Comment

Just in time: cool clocks

New & Noteworthy: You might be a ways away from teaching your child how to tell the difference between the minute hand and the hour hand, but it’s never too early to start. Besides, these clocks are too cute to pass up. Comment

The Wiggles in 3-D

Featured Event: It’s the Wiggles live! Comment

Free online filtration system

Growing Up Online: How to make sure your kid sees only what you want him to see Comment

Disney Cruise has fun for the whole family

This year, my husband and I wanted to take our first family vacation with our 4-year-old daughter, Chase. I was concerned about finding a vacation that would suit all of our desires for eight days — entertainment for our daughter, activities for all of us to enjoy and, most of all, babysitting services. Comment

Say whaat?

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Keeping you cool when teens talk back Comment

Shake off the salt

Good Sense Eating: Many of us have had a long love affair with salt, but that may be about to change. Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine urged the U.S. government to gradually reduce the maximum amount of sodium that food companies and restaurants can add to foods. Comment

It figures

School Snippets Comment

Funder the sea!

Featured Event: If “The Little Mermaid” or “Finding Nemo” leaves you aching for more underwater adventures, then the off-Broadway production of “ImaginOcean” is for you. Comment

Free rides at the Carousel

Featured Event: The best family fun ride in the heart of Brooklyn just got better: Prospect Park’s 1912 Carousel is free for kids under the age of 12 every Thursday in August. Comment