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A North Shore Family Celebration by Suzanne Provencher, Publisher Hello again, dear readers – and Happy Summer! For my Family & Friends column this month and before I get to the regular stuff, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about my North Shore family. More specifically, this column is dedicated to my parents, Sally & Joe Provencher, who are celebrating a huge milestone: their 50th wedding anniversary on June 4th. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Provencher Married 50 Years – June 4, 2011 Sally (Roderick) & Joseph Provencher of North Salem are celebrating 50 years of marriage on June 4! They were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem – and celebrated with a reception at Middleton Arms, which is now known as Angelica’s in Middleton. They will return to Angelica’s to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an intimate dinner with family and friends. Sally is the daughter of the late Arthur & Charlotte (Boyd) Roderick, of Salem, who operated Roderick’s Taxi and A.G. Roderick Movers in Salem for many

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Mind Your Milestones by Michael F. Mascolo, PhD As parents, we often find ourselves worrying about a common issue: Is my child’s development on track? This is a question we find ourselves asking at every point in development. In this issue, we examine the issue of milestones in development.

reasoning and action, the child’s sense of self, mathematical ability, musical ability, the ability to perform chores, minding one’s manners, and, well… The list is getting rather long already. The measuring of milestones would take a rather long book – and despite its length, it would never really be truly finished. That’s It would be nice to have a child because humans are complex development manual that identifies beings; there are as many the ages at which children can be categories of milestones as there expected to achieve milestones in are skills that children develop! the various domains of And there are always new skills to development. Such a manual might develop. identify age-related milestones in And so, our discussion must be motor development, thinking, limited. In this issue, we will emotions, social skills, moral

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examine issues related to the very concept of a milestone. What is a milestone anyway? There is no single point at which we can say any given skill should develop. Different children develop at different rates. As a result, milestones must be expressed in ranges of ages, not in terms of any particular point in time in development. What’s more – and this is not something that is widely discussed – context matters! A child’s skill and abilities are deeply tied to the environments and situations in which they develop! In general, as children develop, they will exhibit

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partially developed skills in environments that provide rich support for the development of those skills. So, for example, a child may “walk” by leaning on furniture before she can walk on her own. Walking while leaning on furniture is not the same as walking by one’s self; walking is not walking is not walking! In this issue, we’ll explore milestones in the development of locomotion and socio-emotional interactions in infancy. We’ll also address the thorny question of sexual activity among teens. When is the right time? And that’s when the going gets a bit tougher.

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Walking Through the First Year: Is Your Infant On Track? The first year is an exciting time for parents. Your child is developing at an astonishing rate with new abilities emerging all the time. Amidst all of this excitement, parents often worry about whether or not their child is developing normally. This is an important concern. If a child’s development is not on track, it’s important to find out soon, diagnose the problem and then take action. Early intervention is key. Consulting your pediatrician is the best place to start to determine if your child is developing normally. At most check-ups, your pediatrician will ask you a series of questions about your child’s development: “Is your child sitting up?” “Sleeping through the night?” “Babbling?” These questions are meant to check for any obvious signs of delayed development. So, if your pediatrician has not raised any concerns about your baby, that’s good news. But, if you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Be specific about your concerns, and be prepared to describe your child’s behavior in some detail. The more detail you can provide to your pediatrician, the better he or she will be able to assess whether or not there is a problem. There are several issues that can make it difficult to determine if a child’s development is on track. First, children attain developmental milestones at different ages. It is not helpful to think of developmental milestones as

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occurring at any single age or point in development. Instead, normal development is defined in terms of (fairly broad) ranges. Take a look at the Walking Milestones chart that accompanies this article. This chart shows the age ranges at which infants begin to develop different locomotor skills. The bars identified for each skill show the age range that is typical for infants to acquire the various skills. So for example, one child may begin to sit up at four months of age; another might not be able to sit up until nine months of age. Both fall within the normal range of development. Different infants develop at different rates. Girls tend to develop faster than boys. The second issue that is important to consider when asking questions about developmental milestones is the special role of the child’s environment. Just as abilities do not develop at any singe age or point in development, when skills do develop, they don’t emerge fully formed. If you watch your child carefully, you’ll find that a child will acquire some parts of a skill before others. You will also find that when children begin to develop new behaviors, they do so by “leaning on” their environment. For example, before children are able to stand on their own, they can “stand” with support. Usually the support first comes from adults who might hold a child’s hands to help the child stand. Soon thereafter, children will pull themselves up to standing, and then stand by “leaning on” a piece of furniture. Typically, children will only come to stand alone without support after a long time of standing with supports. So standing is not standing is not standing! There are different forms of standing. Standing with support is different from being able to stand by one’s self. The support from the social (e.g., parents) and physical (e.g., furniture) play an important role in helping children acquire new skills. These same points are true as a child begins to walk as well. After a child is able to stand using furniture as a support, he or she may begin to “walk” using the furniture as a support. After children gain stability in “cruising” in this way, they may begin to “walk” (stumble, really!) short distances from a piece of furniture toward a parent en route to falling into a parent’s arms. Soon after, as a child gains more stability, you will see him begin to walk short distances on his own. But not all children develop in this way. No doubt you know about infants who simply start walking one morning without moving through these steps. There is no single pathway to development, whether we are talking about the development of walking, social skills, mathematical understanding or athletic skill. Each child’s development is unique; and that includes the most important child: yours.



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Why would such a finding stir so much controversy? Well consider what a newborn has to do in order to imitate an adult’s facial action. Remember, a child cannot see his or her own face. So somehow, the infant must be able to connect the movements of the adult’s face to the movements of his or her own face. The newborn must then reproduce the same movement as the adult. How could a newborn possibly do something like this when he or she has had no social experience with faces at all? Clearly there is something interesting going on here. Psychologists are beginning to unravel the mystery of neonatal imitation. In the 1990’s, neuroscientists discovered neural systems in monkeys that have revolutionized our thinking about social and emotional development. They were able to identify specific neurons (brain cells) in monkeys that fired not only when monkeys performed specific actions, but also when the monkeys viewed another monkey performing those same actions. Neuroscientists called these brain cells mirror neurons; the neurons “mirror” the behavior of the watched monkey as though the observing monkey were itself acting. Monkey see, monkey do. The discovery of mirror neurons revolutionizes the way we think about social development. What this discovery means is that babies are wired for social interaction right from birth! A baby does not have to engage in complex thought in order to enter into social interaction. Infants are able to imitate adult facial expressions because the same neurons are involved in both watching an adult’s facial action and performing that facial action for themselves. An infant does not begin life as a separate and isolated being who then learns to become social. Instead, an infant starts off as a social being who is capable

of producing simple social behaviors while interacting with supportive adults. Infants build on this social foundation as they build more complex social and emotional capacities over the first year of life. A newborn’s emotional life is rich, but limited. Infants are deeply emotional beings. At birth, infants are capable of experiencing pleasure, pain and a limited set of negative emotions – primarily distress. However, an infant’s emotions begin to develop quickly over the next few months. Two to Four Months Social smile. Babies come into the world ready to participate in limited social interactions with others. Infant social life moves quickly over the first year. By about two months of age, infants begin to show a social smile. Two-month olds will often smile upon seeing and recognizing a familiar face – especially if that face is a smiling face. The social smile signals a type of emotional recognition: I’ve seen that face before! Emotional sharing. Around this time, babies begin to be active participants in a kind of emotional dance that occurs in face-to-face interactions involving caregivers. Watch a caregiver interact with a two-month old. You’ll find a complex exchange of emotionally-charged facial expressions. The infant may smile; the

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mother smiles back and speaks to the baby in exaggerated tones; the mother’s smile and voice then perpetuate the infant’s smile. Soon, the infant may become a bit overwhelmed by the excitement and look away. At this point, Continued on page 8


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the mother will likely pull back a bit and give the child some space. This sort of social interaction is deeply emotional. It is through such rich interactions that children learn what it feels like to interact with other people. These sorts of face-to-face emotional interactions play a central role in the development of a child’s first social relationship – his emotional attachment to his caregiver. Frustration. Newborns are capable of experiencing pain and distress, as revealed by their frequent cries. It is likely that newborns also experience frustration, although it is difficult to tell. Newborns will often show frustrated faces (they will furrow their brow), but their furrowed brows are often accompanied by other signs of general distress (crying, closed eyes, painful expressions). Regardless of whether or not newborns experience frustration, this emotion is certainly expressed between two and four months. A young infant will show a frustrated face, for example, when a nipple is taken from her mouth, when her arms are confined to her sides, and in similar circumstances in which an infant’s social goals are blocked. Five to Seven Months Exploration and joy in social sharing. Between five and seven months, babies show more skill in being able to manipulate and play with objects. As a result, they become deeply interested in exploring objects. You will occasionally see babies smile as they play, but they save their genuine smiles for social interactions. Emotional preference for caregivers. Prior to about five to six months, babies will respond emotionally (smiles, for example) to different people – not

just their caregivers. Beginning around five to six months, infants begin to display an emotional preference for their caregivers. They are more likely to smile in interactions with their caregivers. They are also more easily comforted by a caregiver. These are the first real signs that a child is developing an emotional attachment to a caregiver. Social frustration. Five to seven month old children are gaining a clearer sense of the relationship between their goals and the outcomes of their actions. The capacity for frustration that was emerging at two months is clearly evident at this time. Eight to Ten Months Shared attention on objects. The changes that occur between eight and ten months are big ones. At two to four months, infants participate in rich emotional exchanges in face-to-face interactions with their caregivers. At this earlier age, an infant’s attention is focused on his or her caregiver. Beginning around nine months of age, an infant can begin to engage in shared attention with a caregiver on objects in the world. At this point, a mother and a child can focus their attention together on a book or an animal or the bottle on the counter. What’s different here is that the child is not only aware of the object she is looking at, but she is also aware that her mother is also looking at the same object. At this step, parent and child can share the experience of looking at and playing with objects together. Social referencing. At this point, the infant has developed a basic understanding of a caregiver’s emotional expressions. As a result, infants will often engage in social referencing. When infants are unsure of something, they will often look toward a caregiver as if to ask, “Is this okay?” or “Is this safe?” For example, this often happens when an infant is brought into a new situation.

Before exploring a new space, a child might look at the parent’s face. If the mother is smiling and coaxing the child, the child may feel secure enough to explore the new room. The infant uses a caregiver’s worried or angry expression as an indication to inhibit exploration.

Fear, anger and social anxieties. By eight months of age, infants have developed a clear and stable sense that things in the world continue to exist when they are not immediately visible. As a result, they realize that their caregiver exists even though she may not be present. It is at this point that infants begin to experience fear of separation from the parent (separation anxiety). As children gain increased familiarity with their caregivers, they may begin to experience stranger anxiety – fear in reaction to an oncoming stranger, accompanied by overtures to a caregiver for emotional calming. Infants now begin to show evidence of anger rather than mere frustration. For example, around nine months of age, an infant whose arms are held to his side will not only make a frustrated face, but he or she will look toward a caregiver as if to say, “What’s going on here?” or “Why aren’t you doing anything?” Prior to this time, infants in this situation will look at their hands in frustration. The more social response of looking toward other people suggests an important change in an infant’s response to unwanted events. Eleven to Thirteen Months Early pride. Toward the end of a child’s first year, rudimentary forms of more complex social emotions begin to appear. A child who has completed a simple task (e.g., stacking rings, banging a play hammer on a nail, etc.) may begin to respond with early forms of pride. He may smile upon completing an action, look up to share his action with others, and/or perhaps even clap his hands or make celebratory gestures. Early empathy. We ordinarily think of children as selfish beings. But this is not so. Children can be as empathic toward others as they are selfinterested. Around the first birthday, it is not unusual to see children react with concern or sympathetic emotions when others around them are visibly hurt or in pain. Some children may even try to help another person feel better, perhaps by bringing the other person a teddy bear or giving a hug. Early guilt. As children become more competent, they also get into more trouble. And with trouble comes scolding, and with scolding comes the early sense of regret or guilt. At this age, children may show sad faces, look down at the floor, or plaintively try to hug a caregiver who is reprimanding a child. This is the beginning of the child’s developing moral conscience.

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The Ins & Outs of Modern Cloth Diapering by Erin Cyr Have you considered using cloth diapers but don’t think you have the time or the money? It’s actually much easier than you think and worth your time and energy. The average new parents in America spend over $1200 on disposable diapers and diapering supplies the first year. Over two or three years, that really adds up! Before my son was born, I started researching the different types of cloth diapers, their costs, and everything I would need to set up a successful cloth diapering system. Once you get started, it really just becomes another task in your day. I will say that since I have always cloth diapered, I don’t know the difference and have found this to be easy,

economical and interesting (in a slightly yucky way). I have used disposable diapers twice: Once when we vacationed in Mexico, we had to use disposables because there was no laundry at the resort. Another time, we used disposables while we were camping to avoid attracting bears. I found them to smell really bad before they were even used, toxic even. You couldn’t pay me to use them on a regular basis. My cloth diapering (CD) supplies include: a diaper pail with a waterproof “wet bag” as a liner, old facecloths to use as wipes (I honestly switch between packaged wipes and cloth wipes), two small wet bags with drawstrings to keep in the diaper bag,

a diaper sprayer that attaches to the toilet, detergent, and the actual

diapers. I purchased some of the supplies locally and some online.

We went to a cloth diaper demonstration to learn about the different types. I did some online research and talked to other parents as well. In the end, I chose pocket diapers. I started with 24, but now have 30. The pocket diapers cost about $14 each – so that’s $420, plus the diaper pail and other supplies. I used my baby shower as an opportunity to get some of the CD diapers we needed as gifts. At the time, it seemed like a lot of money to spend all at once, but I have never “run out” of diapers, or had to go to the store or look for coupons. Clean diapers are always either on hand or a load of laundry away. Speaking of laundry... Yes, you have to deal with poop on a different level when you’re CDing. When our son was purely breastfed, it was definitely easier. All the diapers, whether they went #1 or #2, went straight into the laundry. No need to spray them. Once our little one started eating food, then we had to break out the diaper sprayer. Here is my process of dealing with diapers. If it’s what I call a “pancake poop”, I can shake it right into the toilet and then put it into the lined diaper pail. If it’s pee, I toss it right into the diaper pail. If it’s a messy #2, then I put it right into the diaper pail. These diapers get sprayed with Bac-Out, a stain and odor spray for laundry with live enzymes that actually eat the stain. I don’t put anything into the pail; no water or baking soda is needed, just the waterproof cloth liner bag. I wash diapers every third day. I go through the diapers, removing the inserts on each one. I make a pile of the diapers that need to be sprayed and bring them into the bathroom where the sprayer is attached to the toilet. Our diaper sprayer is similar to the spray attachment you would find on a kitchen sink. You just have to get the solid waste off. The whole sorting process takes about 5 minutes. Sometimes I give a stubbornly

stained diaper a second spray of Bac-Out and let it sit overnight. I run them through a cold rinse cycle with half the amount of detergent that the instructions call for. After the cold cycle, I go back and add the same amount of detergent and run it through a hot wash. Then the diapers need to be dried either on a line outside or on low heat tumble in the dryer. I like to dry them outside when I can because it’s better for our old pal, Mother Earth, and it looks so cool to see all the beautiful colored diapers out there flapping in the breeze. We change diapers about every 3-4 hours. With an extra insert at night, the diaper makes it 7 to 8 hours with no leaks. I have been very satisfied with CDing. We have spent very little money on our system, we do not add to the ever-growing piles of diapers in the world’s landfills, and I am teaching my son that our family is trying to live in harmony with the Earth. It’s not always sweet and lovely, and there have been many times CDing has handed us our fair share of well…poop. But in two years, we have had only three diaper blowouts and very few leaks. Once you have your own system set up you will see how easy it is to cloth diaper your baby. You can’t beat the benefits that make it really worth it; you’ll be spending about a third of what parents spend with disposables (and that’s just in the first year!), you can use the same diapers for any future bundles of joy, you’ll be helping keep diapers from piling up in landfills, and your little one will look adorable in their brightly colored bottoms. You don’t even have to make a full commitment, just get a few diapers to start and see how you like it. I hope you try cloth diapers and love them as much as I do!


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Sexual Content in Contemporary Music Talking to Your Teens About Sexuality It is easy to object to the most objectionable content of contemporary music – those lyrics that are hateful, misogynistic or which treat others as sex objects or as means to selfish pleasure. These are the most egregious cases. But to object to the extremes is to set the bar too low. Perhaps the biggest problem about the sexual content of much contemporary music is that such content is simply base. They are base in the sense that they are appealing to the lowest of sexual motives. The lyrics are simply naïve about the

meaning of sexuality in human relationships. Because such base and naïve sexual content is so prevalent, the danger is that it becomes the accepted norm. To object to that norm is to somehow appear old fashioned, overly conservative or outof-touch. After all, we now have effective birth control to stave off pregnancy and condoms to repel sexually transmitted diseases. As long as they’re safe, what’s the big deal about young people engaging in physical pleasure?

pleasure. To be sure, pleasurable sensations are perhaps the most obvious attractions of sexual activity. That’s why young people so easily equate sexuality with physical pleasure. There is, of course, much more to sexual activity than physical pleasure. Mature sexuality is about intimacy, not simply pleasure. Sexual desire is not simply a desire for pleasurable sensations. Instead, mature sexual desire is a desire for another person (and to be desired back by that other person).

The answer is that sexuality, of course, is not simply about physical

What does it mean to desire a person sexually? To desire another person is

not simply to desire the other person’s body. This is the mistake that many young people make when they engage in “hooking up”, “friends with benefits” or other forms of casual sex. When two people engage in sexual activity, one does not have sex with a lifeless body. In sexual desire, one wants to engage another person – a person who is conscious, responsive, desirous, and evaluating in, through and with his or her body. In sexual activity, we want to affect and be affected; we want to please and be pleased; we want to know and be known; we want to value and be valued. This is the stuff of intimacy between persons, not mere sexual pleasure. The reason why “hookups” are so unsatisfying is that it is simply not possible to take the emotional Continued on page 15

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(evaluative) dimension out of sexual activity. Sally is jealous that Mark had sexual relations with Jenny two nights after Sally had relations with Mark. The problem here is not that jealousy is bad and Sally should try to get rid of it; the problem is that Sally’s jealousy is telling her that something very wrong is going on here.

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What has gone wrong? Sally has essentially given her intimacy away. Sally thinks that all she did was to “have fun” with Mark. What she may not know – and what is the source of her jealousy – is that she has given away her intimacy. She has essentially said: I want you to know me deeply; I want to engage in deep physical and sensual exchange; but I don’t want it to mean anything. The problem is simply that it does mean something, and you can’t get back what you have given away.

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It’s your wedding night. (Please try not to laugh as you imagine that this is the first time that a couple will engage in sexual relations together.) Sally says to George: “George, you will be the 27th person that I have made love to.” George may pretend not to care. But he will. “What? Twenty-seven? You were intimate with 27 people? If so, what do we share that is special? What makes our intimacy special? What can we share that you haven’t already shared with someone else?” Why should it matter? It matters because that is the nature of love. To love is to value that person for who that person is. To love another person is to want the other person and to create a special union with that person. An intimacy cannot be special if it is indiscriminately shared with others. It is often said, “you can never have enough friends.” Ordinarily, one friendship is not threatened by other friendships. However, we don’t hear people say (without vulgarity), “you can never have enough sexual partners”. Sexual intimacy tends to be much more of a zero-sum game than friendship can ever be. Our intimacy with one friend does not tend to subtract from our intimacy with other friends. In contrast, sexual intimacy with one person tends to subtract from one’s intimacy with another. That’s why there is such broad disdain for cheating, polygamy or polyamory. There is something special about sexual intimacy. Our teens are unlikely to be able to acquire such an appreciation by themselves. They need the benefit of the wisdom and experience of their elders. Parents should be proactive about discussing their sexual values with their children in open, honest and valuessensitive ways.

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decades, first out of a little brick building at the old train station (in the former Riley Plaza across from the post office) and later out of the former Salem News building. Both were multigenerational, family businesses with deep Salem roots. The taxi business began as a horse and buggy transport prior to the availability of automobiles – and Sally’s grandfather had a contract in the early 1900’s with Boston & Maine Railroad to provide transportation service between the old Salem Depot and the train. This business evolved into the taxi service in Salem for many years – and until my grandmother retired. My grandparents proudly raised seven children (Jean, Shirley, Nancy, Sally, Arthur, Charlotte & David) from their home at the edge of Forest River Park in Salem.

Joe is the son of the late Jean (Phyllides) (Provencher) Pelletier of Salem, who worked in Salem school cafeterias to raise her four children (Dolores, Grace, Robert & Joseph) as a single mother. He was also close to his Aunt Katie, who treated her sister’s children to annual summer vacations, and his favorite Uncle Homer. Jean’s brothers and sisters and mother, Joe’s grandmother, helped to raise her four children in a North Salem home filled with love – and at grandmother’s house in Malden on holidays and special occasions. Sally & Joe met four years before they married when they were still in their late teens at the former “Ho Jo’s”, short for Howard Johnson’s, which was on Bridge Street in Salem. Both are graduates of Salem High School. Sally & Joe raised 3 children in Salem – Suzanne, David & Sharon – and are the proud grandparents of Ryan and

Lauren Provencher. They are also the inlaws of David’s wife, Christine (Tache’). Sally was a stay at home mother until her youngest child reached school age – when she took a part time job at Lechmere in Danvers, as one of their first employees and where she remained through many transitions in the business and for over 25 years until their closing. Her last position was in the advertising department’s photography studio, where, among other things, she would display photos of her family as props for the weekly sales flyers. She formerly worked at the United Shoe in Beverly and also did bookkeeping for her family’s businesses.

Joe was Director of Operations at Autoroll Machine Corporation in Middleton, where he worked for over 35 years. He is also the best father in the world. He was an active participant in our childhood (and still is) – and together with my mother they worked hard, planned well and provided their children with

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a wonderful home and childhood, complete with vacations, activities, educations, celebrations and their love and support, which we still thankfully enjoy – and we hope to for many years to come. He attended Northeastern University, formerly worked at Packaging Frontiers in Waltham, served in the National Guard and helped to construct one of the remaining chimneys at the power plant in Salem. Sally & Joe still enjoy “camping” in Kennebunk, Maine – though their summer place is not nearly as rustic as it used to be – nor is it towed behind their car anymore. They also enjoy their retirement years dining out, playing cards with friends, exploring, attending AARP meetings, trips to Foxwoods and time spent with family & friends.

and I couldn’t let this amazing milestone pass without sharing with everyone who reads these words how proud I am – how grateful I am – and how lucky I am to have been born into a family with a mother and father who still love each other – who still enjoy being together – and who are each other’s best friends. You have remained committed and faithful to each other and your family for over 50 years – so thank you for building and nurturing and developing a solid relationship, which is the perfect role model and foundation for our family. You did an amazing job – you still do – and your children & grandchildren thank you for this and we truly know how very lucky we are. And I am so happy you decided to let me publish this! Thanks, Mom & Dad – and Happy 50th Anniversary!

Mom: I know you asked me to keep this anniversary low-key this time, but Love, Suzanne I’m a publisher and a proud daughter,

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Happy Father’s Day! Contest Winners & More to Enter! Congratulations, Grads! School’s Out for Summer! Have a Safe & Happy Summer – We’ll See You Again in August! by Suzanne Provencher, Publisher Happy Father’s Day to all North Shore Dads! Whether you are Dad, Daddy, Papa, Father, Pa, Pere, Padre, Padri – or Grampy, Grandpa, Grandfather, Grand-Pere, Papere, Abuelo, Nonno, Gramps, Grampa, Pop or Bumpy – or Uncle, Guardian, Mentor, Teacher or Friend – here’s wishing all Dads and caretakers throughout the North Shore a very Happy Father’s Day! Congratulations to all North Shore grads! Whether you are graduating from pre-school, kindergarten, middle school, grammar school, high school, trade school or college – we wish you the very best as you begin the next phase of your journey! Congratulations to our latest contest winners! The winners of our contest to win a $100 gift certificate to a child’s summer dance program at Boston Ballet’s North Shore studio in Marblehead are: Anna Carazas, Peabody; Jessica Hubis, Beverly; Sue James, Nahant; Rachel Kaiser, Winthrop; Amanda Morin, Lynn; and Jane Ann Turiel, Salem. And our latest winners of a $100 gift certificate to Gibraltar Pools & Spas in Topsfield are: Amy Anastasi, Boxford; Barbara Grimes, Amesbury; Jeff Stone, Ipswich; and Peter Theriault, Salem! Enter to win again this month – as we have more Gibraltar gift certificates to give away this summer! Continued on page 22

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JUNE IS THE MONTH FOR: Aquariums, Candy, Dairy, Gay Pride, Accordion Awareness, Adopting a Cat, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Roses,Turkey Lovers, Great Outdoors, Safe Driving, Safety, Iced Tea,Tennis, Potty Training Awareness, Zoos

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Save $5 with the ad on page 2 – at Children’s Orchard, Danvers! New location at 75 High St., Danvers. They buy & sell gently worn items.

(1) Infant Opening eff. 7/6/11 at Miss Wendy’s Child Care, Salem, MA. Space is limited for toddlers, school age & after school care. See ad on page 22.

Save 20% off your 1st session fee with Spector Photography when you mention the ad on page 8! Save $50 off a new assessment at Brain Balance Centers, Danvers; with the ad on page 18! Just in time for warmer weather and summer fun in your own backyard – check out the ads on pages 6 & 11 – with lots of great coupons & offers from Gibraltar Pools & Spas, Route 1,Topsfield! Save $45 when you enroll by July 31 for fall dance classes at Boston Ballet School's Marblehead studio! See the ad on page 5 to learn more.

Speech Therapy Group, Beverly, is now accepting clients for summer programs: social skills groups & feeding groups. To learn more, see the ad on page 12 or visit Now accepting students for spring & summer: private music lessons for ages 7-adults. Free intro. lesson. Ibanez Music, Beverly. MONDAYS + THURSDAYS: The Music Man, Brian Doser, at the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham, 10-11am, $5/family. For toddlers, babies & their caregivers; singing & dancing. WEDNESDAYS: Open School Wednesdays, 9-11am, at Harborlight Montessori School, Beverly.

2nd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH: La Leche League of Beverly & Peabody meets on the 2nd Wed. of each month at 10am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Rd., Peabody (corner of Ellsworth and King St.). All breastfeeding mothers & mothers-to-be are welcome for help & info. FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: Guided Kayak Tours, ages 10+, memb. $35, non-memb. $45. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays – 2-4:30pm – from June 17 through Sept. 25. Crane Beach education staff, in assoc. w/Essex River Basin Adventures, will guide you on a kayak tour of Essex Bay & the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Registration required: 978.380.4319 or GET TICKETS NOW FOR: North Shore Music Theatre box office is now open for individual show tickets for all musicals, concerts and kids’ shows!

Musicals: My Fair Lady, June 7-19; Tarzan, July 12-24; Footloose, Aug. 16-28; The King and I, Sept. 27-Oct. 9; Legally Blonde, Nov. 1-13; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 2-23. Concerts/Events: Debbie Reynolds, July 27+28; Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of DooWopp, Aug. 6; Marie Osmond, Aug. 29; B.B. King, Sept. 1; Steve Tyrell, Sept. 10; Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Rock ‘N Roll, Oct. 22; Children’s Shows: Pinocchio, July 22; Snow White, July 29; Cinderella’s Wedding, Aug. 5; Little Red Riding Hood, Aug. 26. For tix & info.: or 978.232.7200.

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JUNE 3: Happy 7th Birthday,Trinity B.! JUNE 4:

SEEKING HOST FAMILIES: Happy 50th Anniversary, Mom & Dad! Host an international student for 3 weeks this summer! Weekly stipend for host families. For info.: email; visit BIRTHDAY PARTIES:

Program & Book Discussion of the best-seller, Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo, at The Book Rack Bookstore, 52 State St., Newburyport, at 3pm; free/adults. Submitted by Brain Balance Centers, Danvers.

West Side Story, June 14-July 9 at The Colonial Theatre, Boston.

Have your next party at Roller World in Saugus! See ad on page 16.




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Enjoy an evening of Jazz standards with Just the Two of Us (and growing!), featuring Marc Maccini, Al Whitney, John Fugarino, Scott Sheehan & others! Appearing at Trattoria Bella Mia, 218 Cabot St. in Beverly, on 6/4 (8-11pm) & 6/25 (8-11pm) - and also at Red Rock Bistro, 141 Humphrey St. in Swampscott,

Stand for Children Day


Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

National Gardening Exercise Day


Little Sprouts opens their newest location in Wilmington, just off routes 93 & 129!

Remembering Uncle Ray Labrecque on his birthday.

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JUNE 8: Best Friends’ Day Lecture by The Autism Treatment Center of America, 6pm, at Brain Balance Center of Danvers, 156 Andover St./route 114; free/adults. Join us for this informative seminar on Autism, hosted by a senior teacher from The Son Rise Program of The Autism Treatment Center.; JUNE 10: 3rd Annual Community Block Party (rain or shine), 5-9pm (all you can eat buffet 5-8pm). To benefit the Community House of Hamilton & Wenham. Live entertainment & children’s activities. Advance tickets $25/adults, $20/seniors, $12 children 3+, under age 2 free. Tickets at door are $3-5 more per ticket. At 284 Bay Rd., So. Hamilton. For info. & tix: 978.468.4818 or

Used Book Sale at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./route 97, Beverly; Fri., 6/10, 1-3pm + Sat., 6/11, 9am-1pm. Books, CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles & more! For info.: 978.927.8811 or JUNE 10 - 12: Singin’ in the Rain, musical production by Sparhawk School; 6/10 + 6/11 at 7:30pm, 6/12 at 2pm. Advance tix $10; $15 at door. Fun for all ages! 978.388.5354. Performances at Amesbury Middle School. JUNE 12:

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Lecture by Special Education Attorney, Jill Aubin Updegraph, 6:30pm; free/adults. At Brain Balance Center of Danvers, 156 Andover St./route 114. Jill represents parents of students with disabilities and assists them with locating experts who can help them to identify the specific education-related needs of their children - and then to obtain the specialized educational services and/or placements they require.

JUNE 20:

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Parent Event & Program Discussion of the best-seller, Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo, at Brain Balance Center of Danvers, 156 Andover St./route 114, at 6:15pm; free/adults. JUNE 21: Summer Solstice/1st day of SUMMER! JUNE 23:

JUNE 17 + 18: JUNE 13:

National Columnists’ Day

Program & Book Discussion of the best-seller, Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo, at Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main St., Andover, at 6:30pm;

James & The Giant Peach, 6/17 at 7pm & 6/18 at 2pm + 7pm. $7/person; presented by Children’s Theatre Workshop, 25 Carter Lane, Wilmington.

National Pink Day Take Your Dog to Work Day

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JUNE 18: Jupiter String Quartet, Musical Conversation, 10am; free (but must RSVP prior) for ages 7+ at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport.

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JUNE 27: JULY 15: Happy Birthday, Eric – the king of seafood! JUNE 29: Hug Holiday JUNE 30:

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Ten Tumbao, free (but must RSVP prior) performance at 10am, all ages, at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. Experience the sounds, instruments & rhythms of Latin America.


JULY 19:

Independence Day – Happy 4th of July!

Remembering Tami Bertini on her birthday.


JULY 5: Summertime Story Hour at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./route 97, Beverly; 9:3010:30am. Free for children 3-7 w/adult; no RSVP necessary. Explore our kindergarten playground, a healthy snack & story or puppet show in one of our early childhood classrooms. For info.: 978.927.1936 or JULY 10: Happy Birthday to me! JULY 11: Remembering “Mrs.” Chelsea on her birthday. JULY 12:

North Shore Children & Families JULY 19: Community Calendar listings’ deadline for AUGUST issue! Please submit your listings for AUGUST events directly through our website (see beginning of this Calendar for details). Summertime Story Hour at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./route 97, Beverly; 9:3010:30am. Free for children 3-7 w/adult; no RSVP necessary. Explore our kindergarten playground, a healthy snack & story or puppet show in one of our early childhood classrooms. For info.: 978.927.1936 or


Summertime Story Hour at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./route 97, Beverly; 9:30-10:30am. Free for children 3-7 w/adult; no RSVP necessary. Explore our kindergarten playground, a healthy snack & story or puppet show in one of our early childhood classrooms. For info.: 978.927.1936 or JULY 27: Remembering Aunt Shirley on her birthday. JULY 30: Happy Birthday, Ryan P.!

JULY 24:

Father-in-Law Day

Parents’ Day

JULY 31:

Cousins’ Day

Ramadan begins at sundown.

JULY 26:


Aunt & Uncle Day

Happy 31st Anniversary, Nancy & John M.! Continued on page 22

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2011 PUBLISHING SCHEDULE Summertime Story Hour at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./route 97, Beverly; 9:3010:30am. Free for children 3-7 w/adult; no RSVP necessary. Explore our kindergarten playground, a healthy snack & story or puppet show in one of our early childhood classrooms. For info.: 978.927.1936 or


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Summertime Story Hour at Cape Ann Waldorf School’s new location at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St./Route 97, Beverly; 9:3010:30am. Free for children 3-7 w/adult; no RSVP necessary. Explore our kindergarten playground, a healthy snack & story or puppet show in one of our early childhood classrooms. For info.: 978.927.1936 or

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The winners of our May contests to win tickets to Boston Duck Tours and North Shore Music Theatre, along with more gift certificates to Gibraltar Pools & Spas, will be selected after the May 31 deadline – and after this issue has printed. Winners will be notified by email in early June.

Don’t miss the contests we are promoting in this issue, with more prizes from Boston Duck Tours, North Shore Music Theatre, Gibraltar Pools & Spas – and our latest contest partner, Funny Bones Party Store on route 110 in Salisbury! See the contest “ad” on page 3 in this issue – and enter to win! It’s easy to enter online – and win great prizes, courtesy of North Shore Children & Families! Still looking for things for your kids to do this summer? Don’t miss our final Summer Camps & Programs Showcase for this season on pages 13 through 15! This issue that you are reading is our Summer issue – and it covers two months – June and July. We will not have a separate issue in July, though we will restock our Summer issue at our highest traffic distribution locations in early July – and each current issue is always available online.

Our next issue will be our August issue, which closes for advertising space reservations on July 15. School will soon be out – so please drive even more slowly so we can all help to keep our children safe. Remind your children (and remember yourself!) to be smart and play safely while having fun – and we can all enjoy the magical months of summer. Whether you or your children are at the beach, the park, at camp or on the field – remember to be kind, fair and sportsmanlike and to treat others the way that you like to be treated. Be a good friend – and choose kindness whenever you can. As always, thanks so much for spending some time with us again – for letting me share a little bit more about my own North Shore family with you – and last but not least, for certain: Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I hope you all enjoy your Summer! Until August – Suzanne

Service Directory To advertise: ART INSTRUCTION TheArtRoom Topsfield 978.887.8809 CHILDREN’S CLOTHING & MORE! Children’s Orchard new location! 75 High St., Danvers 978.777.3355 DENTAL CARE

FAMILY FUN Boston Duck Tours Boston 617.450.0068 Gibraltar Pools & Spas Topsfield 978.887.2424 FUN & FITNESS The Little Gym Danvers and Woburn

Andover Pediatric Dentistry Andover & Lawrence Locations


Drs. Merle, Zicherman & Associates Peabody & Lynn

Ibáñez Music Beverly 978.998.4464



Brain Balance Achievement Centers Danvers 978.705.9570 EARLY EDUCATION Little Sprouts Several North Shore Locations 877.977.7688

Kids OT to Play Danvers 978.777.1122 Speech Therapy Group, LLC Beverly 978.927.0172 PHOTOGRAPHY

SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW Education Consulting, Advocacy & Legal Services 781.231.4332

Spector Photography Beverly Farms 617.755.8148

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Brookwood School Manchester 978.526.4500

North Shore Music Theatre Beverly 978.232.7200

North Shore Children & Families SCHOOLS Cape Ann Waldorf School Beverly 978.927.1936 Clark School Danvers 978.777.4699 Cohen Hillel Academy Marblehead 781.639.2880 Covenant Christian Academy West Peabody 978.535.7100 Harborlight Montessori Beverly 978.922.1008 The Phoenix School Salem 978.741.0870 Shore Country Day School Beverly 978.927.1700 Sparhawk School Amesbury & Salisbury 978.388.5354 Tower School Marblehead 781.631.5800


SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS Brookwood Summer at Brookwood Manchester Camp Quinebarge New Hampshire 800.869.8497 Summer Adventures at The Phoenix School Salem 978.741.0870 Summer Quest at Pingree School South Hamilton 978.468.4415 Summer Day Camp at Mall Tots Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers 978.777.6411 Summer's Edge Tennis School At Salem State University & in Lexington 781.391.EDGE Summer at Tower School Marblehead 781.631.5800 The Little Gym Camp Danvers & Woburn 978.777.7977/Danvers 781.933.3388/Woburn TUTORING


Andover/No. Andover YMCA Summer Programs 978.685.3541

Serving the North Shore 781.799.2598

Boston Ballet School/NS Studio Marblehead 781.456.6380

Catherine Stavrakas, Tutor Serving the North Shore 603.548.5127/mobile/local See my ad on page 3!

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