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Education Coverage


Collaboration in education.


Full STEAM Ahead.................................................... 16 Education Directory.......................................................... 18 Leading schools and resources near you.




Special Needs

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Playdates with Peers.... 32


Socializing on the autism spectrum.




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Health & Fitness


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Media Literacy................ 34 Self-esteem in a broadcast world.



Choosing a Camp......... 12 Considerations for summer planning.

Toddlers and Time....... 14


Five creative ways to teach the concept.

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Heart Health..................................................................... 30 Treat your ticker right.

Feeling Good, Looking Good.......................................... 31 Products and accessories to make your life extra fabulous. 4 I parentguide News I February 2014

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February 2014 Volume 31 • Number 2


Education Coverage

Big Smooch Photo Contest........................................... 3

Collaboration in education.

Birthday Blowout.......................................................... 40

Full STEAM Ahead.................................................... 16 Education Directory.......................................................... 18 Leading schools and resources near you.


Don’t Miss........................................................................ 8 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Special Needs

P. 32

Travel.............................................................................. 29 Destinations, product picks, and getaway tips.

In Season........................................................................ 33 Inspiring activities and treats for the heart of the winter season.

Playdates with Peers.... 32

Update........................................................................... 36

Socializing on the autism spectrum.

Essential products and information for your brood.

Health............................................................................ 38 Insight and items for your family’s care.

P. 34


Health & Fitness

What’s Happening....................................................... 39

A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, performances, and events. Cover Credit: Alyssa Jane

Media Literacy................ 34

Publisher Steve Elgort

Self-esteem in a broadcast world.

Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott Associate Editor Samantha Chan


Editorial Intern Jordan Brueckner Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Choosing a Camp......... 12

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

Considerations for summer planning.

Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Toddlers and Time....... 14

Contributing Writers Karen Barski, Nicole Clark, Meredith Coon, Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg, Rebecca Hill, Monica Holloway, Jess Michaels

Five creative ways to teach the concept.

Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti

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Advertising Sales Representatives Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Amy Smith, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford, Erica Tiso

Heart Health..................................................................... 30

PGTV Producer Beth Elgort

Treat your ticker right.

Feeling Good, Looking Good.......................................... 31 Products and accessories to make your life extra fabulous. 6 I parentguide News I February 2014

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I recently hit my seven-year mark at Mom, In Season, and Update columns, and enter to win the PARENTGUIDE News, where the Big Smooch Photo Contest for a selection of fantastic prizes. first role I held was assistant editor Education takes the forefront in this month’s directory, during a time when journalism was a which lists top schools and resources. Are you familiar with well-defined field. Since I’ve been at the the terms STEM and STEAM in regard to academics? Author magazine, the way readers consume information has Rebecca Hill explains how these acronyms fit into curriculums dramatically shifted. Websites went from simple supplements to the benefit of students in “Full STEAM Ahead.” for print publications to vastly complex resources, and we The issue also demonstrates how parents of children with now discover the bulk of our news via social media, blogs, special needs can encourage their social skills in “Playdates with Peers.” Monica Holloway’s article focuses on tips to smartphones, and tablets. 419 Park Avenue 13th Floor, New York, 10016 • with 212-213-8840 successful playdates forNYchildren autism. • Fax 212-447-7734 Throughout these adaptations, PARENTGUIDE News fosterSouth, has kept its finger on the pulse of change. In seven years, Get comfortable, because there’s plenty to learn in the pages • 212-213-8840 to: and to come. And when you power up your FAx #nearest device, check we started a Facebook page and a Pinterest account, we began to “tweet.” Our website, too, has continued to out the new style at No matter hasDAte: it covered. evolve. In fact, you may have already noticed its fresh new the medium, PARENTGUIDE News From: iSSue look! An easier-to-use interface highlights the very best in parenting content, from in-depth articles and blog posts to Stay warm and cozy, Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. family-friendly products and tons of exciting prizes. Also seek great giveaways in the February issue’s WoSigNAture oF APProvAl:



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MiSS A Film That Clicks

An ordinary Lego minifigure is mistakenly recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant in The Lego Movie. An animated comedy adventure for the whole family, the original flick features the vocal talents of Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson. The Lego Movie opens in theaters on February 7.

Action and Adventure

A bored construction worker who dreams of a life filled with amazing adventures has his world turned upside down in Tad: The Lost Explorer. Available now and featuring the voices of Ariel Winter and Cheech Marin, this animated DVD offers a hilarious, action-packed ride for the whole family.

Flashback Fun

Put away your XBOX, turn off your Playstation, and treat your family to some retro fun with the Atari Flashback 4. Honoring the Atari consoles of the 1980s, the system comes complete with two Atari 2600 wireless controllers; a Centipede poster; and 76 classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and countless others. The Atari Flashback 4 is available now.

Pony Ride

Bring every child’s favorite tiny horse right into your own home by picking up the My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection. The new DVD release features four, animated My Little Pony stories, including Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing in the Clouds, and Friends are Never Far Away. Copies are available in stores and online now.

New year, new look

The popular game Minecraft has been rebuilt for the Xbox 360! The re-tooled gaming phenomenon allows players to create unique worlds right from the comfort of home. The game includes brand-new features, a tutorial mode, split screen options, and a chance to play with as many as eight players. Dig one up today.


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Paint & Play

Children will be able to create an artistic masterpiece with the Paint & Play App. Available for free at the Apple App Store, the innovative app promotes creative, imaginative play by combining art, mini-games, interactions, no rules, and lots of fun! Download Paint & Play today or find out more at

Happy Valentine’s Day

Gather round the TV this month and enjoy two, delightful animated Valentine’s Day specials. Featuring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Valentine offer the perfect ways to celebrate the holiday as a family. The shows will be presented back to back on February 8 beginning at 8pm on ABC. Check your local listings.

Ready to Rock

Ubisoft teaches music lovers of all ages how to play guitar with the acclaimed game, Rocksmith. The 2014 edition makes learning to play even faster, with help from redesigned menus, easy-to-follow options, and more than 50 tracks that range from alternative rock to heavy metal. Rocksmith is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac.

Learning on Sesame Street

After taking a game of Hot Potato too seriously, Elmo learns that winning isn’t everything in Sesame Street: Be a Good Sport. The new DVD from Children’s Television Workshop offers two hours of games, lessons, and an appearance by L.A. Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin. Let the games begin at home today!

Play Ball

Created by two dad-coaches, Let’s Play Football is a story and character-based picture book and app designed to teach the “fun-damentals” of the game to children ages 3-6. The app is free for a limited time and includes the vocals of the Merrill Reese and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. The colorfully illustrated picture book is available at Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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Weekend Workshops

The Wizard at SOPAC

Audience members of all ages are invited to enjoy an original retelling of a classic story with The Wizard of Oz on February 15. The American Family Theater takes you down the yellow brick road in a sparkling production that features a terrific cast, unforgettable songs, special effects, and lots of audience participation. For times and tickets, call (973)275-1114 or visit

One Magical Night

Pay a special visit to the New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus with your own little sweetheart for the annual Sweetheart Princess Ball. The museum’s most popular event of the entire year includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, pictures, autographs, and playtime in the museum. Don’t forget about dancing alongside Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and the rest of the favorite princesses, either. The unforgettable evening is February 7, 5:30-9pm. Order tickets by calling (201)262-5151 or logging onto

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Luminocity, the latest innovative show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its onering tent at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater from February 27 to March 16. Audience members of all ages watch aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and playful pooches — all no more than 50 feet from the stage. Contortionists and archers also lend their talents to make the production extraordinary. For tickets, directions, and information, call (800)9223772 or visit


The Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum in Florham Park is the place to be for hands-on family fun! Upcoming events include the Valentine’s Breakfast on February 8, the Valentine’s Card Workshop on February 9, the President’s Day Workshop on February 15 and 16, Log Cabin Craft on February 17, and Here Comes the Sun on February 22 and 23. Contact the museum at (973)966-8000 or at to find out more. Come in from the cold as the Izod Center hosts two hot, winter events for all ages. The fun begins on February 14 and 15 when Monster Jam welcomes some of the biggest and baddest performers on four wheels for two days of larger-than-life entertainment that won’t break your budget. Then, on February 17, the worldfamous Harlem Globetrotters provide some memorable moments on the basketball court. The Izod Center is located across from MetLife Stadium at 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Call (201)935-3900 or visit for tickets.

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The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick invites families to join a museum guide in the lobby during an upcoming Free First Sunday and Spotlight Tour. Presented on February 2 and March 2,12:30-4pm, each family-oriented event offers an informal and informative introduction to many of the exhibits at the museum. The day also includes hands-on activities for youngsters and a selection of works created by the museum’s Summer Art Camp participants. Reserve your space today by calling (732)932-7237. • 212-213-8840 Healthy Smiles

Rethink your child’s oral health care during the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month! Establish healthy habits early with your children to give them a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. This month’s campaign brings about characters like the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, asking children across the nation to “Join the Super Smile Team.” Visit for activity sheets, videos, and other resources.

Hoop It Up

This winter, treat your little ones to cool Preschool Programs at the Trailside Nature and Science Center. Upcoming sessions include: Dinosaur Roar on February 6 and 7, Be My Valentine on February 13 and 14, Wonders of Nature on February 20 and 21, and Little Stinkers on February 27 and 28. The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and may be reached at (908)789-3670 or at


Elementary and middle schoolers who like to be out on the court will love being a part of the weekly Hoops There It Is basketball clinics. Small class sizes maximize overall improvement as players receive fundamental to advanced instruction in all aspects of the game of basketball. They also participate in scrimmages. Clinics are held daily throughout the winter season for grades 1-8. All clinics are held at Hoops There It Is, 11 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Log onto to register.

An Event with a Heart

Support a great cause and get some exercise just in time for Valentine’s Day when the Cupid’s Chase 5K Run comes to the Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, on February 8. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Community Options, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities. Find out more by visiting or check out the group on Facebook. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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Choosing a Camp

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ou’ve made the decision to send your child to camp, which will allow for your child to participate in a myriad of new activities and to build life skills that are not taught in the classroom such as independence, self-confidence, and resiliency. There are many camps from which to choose, but what should you consider when sorting through the choices? Here are just a few things to think about when deciding on a summer camp.

Mission and philosophy

Each camp has its own mission and philosophy, so it’s important for you to do your research and find a camp that matches your own family’s values. Consider your child’s personality and learning style when looking into a camp’s mission and philosophy, and make sure it’s a good fit.

The camp director

While you should certainly consider facilities and activities at a camp, clicking with the camp director is very important. When you choose a camp, you are forming a partnership with the director, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable with her. Schedule a camp tour that will allow you to see the camp while also giving you time to talk to the director. Get to know the camp director through phone calls, e-mails, a scheduled home visit, or at a camp fair. When speaking with the director, ask questions about the camp program, staff hiring, safety procedures, and what type of child is successful at the camp. 12 I parentguide News I February 2014


Day or sleepaway camp

Although some camps have programs for children even younger, day camps are designed for children ages 3 and older. For many children, day camp is the first experience toward independence, and it plays an important part in their growth and development. Children can go to sleepaway camp beginning at age 7. Keep in mind that just because a child is a certain age, it doesn’t mean she’s ready for sleepaway camp. If you are considering sleepaway camp, you want to be sure your child has had a number of successful overnights away from home, is mature enough to go away for an extended period of time, and is able to do certain things independently such as brushing her teeth and showering.

Traditional or specialty camp

Specialty camps focus on a specific camp activity or related camp activities for a given period of time, while traditional summer camps offer campers exposure to a whole range of activities,

as well as a social and developmental experience. Consider your child’s age when choosing between a traditional and specialty camp. Young children often haven’t figured out their interests, and a traditional camp exposes them to a whole range of activities to develop many different skills. Older children and teenagers often show a particular interest in a sport or skill. A specialty camp may be a good option for them to hone these skills. Families should also know that many traditional camps Camp Chipinaw offer focused programs where a camper can specialize in a chosen activity. Often times, these activities are taught by top athletic coaches, so children receive first-rate instruction in that activity or sport while also enjoying other aspects of a traditional camp.

Session and day lengths

Both day and sleepaway camps offer different session lengths for your family’s needs. Children can go to camp for a few weeks or for the whole summer. Some day camps offer “mini days,” allowing the youngest children the opportunity to go to camp for a few hours a day or for a few days a week. Full-session sleepaway camps are traditionally seven weeks and give campers more time to adjust to camp and become

ingrained in the community. A short-session camp is held for a few weeks and provides campers with a specific beginning, middle, and end time. Campers in each session arrive and leave together, making it easy to form friendships.

References and outside review

Don’t be afraid to ask a camp for references. This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’s reputation and service record. You also want to make sure the camp is inspected each summer by the Department of Health and ask if the camp is American Camp Association Accredited. The ACA is the only national organization that establishes uniform standards for reviewing a camp. Jess Michaels is the director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the summer camp experience.

If you need assistance in finding the right camp for your child, the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey, offers free, one-on-one advice in finding the right camp for your child. Parents can call (212)391-5208 or visit

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Toddlers & Time by Karen Barski

Five creative ways to teach the concept.

Time can be a difficult concept to explain to children, and it’s not easy for them to understand it, either. Kids often question time when we tell them, “Bedtime is in 10 minutes,” or “We’ll be leaving soon.” Being patient is hard when kids don’t have a grasp of the meaning of “soon,” and to them, 10 minutes can feel like an hour. More often than not, time may be taught in a negative manner when we give our children “timeouts.” In order for children to have a better understanding of time, parents can incorporate it into fun, everyday activities.

To help introduce and reinforce the concepts of time and patience in a positive way, try some of these creative ideas: 1. Teach time in intervals of five to 15 minutes. Depending on the age of your child, waiting patiently for more than five minutes can be a tough task. Using a timer that can be set to intervals of five to 15 minutes can teach kids how to wait while dad finishes cooking dinner. It can demonstrate that they can watch TV for five more minutes. As your child gets older, you can set the timer to higher intervals. You’ll start to find that your child adjusts to the timed sessions and can tell when the five or 10 minutes are almost complete 2. Encourage common courtesy and patience for “mommy or daddy time.” Sometimes, moms or dads need just a little bit of time to themselves for a quick break. Practice telling your kids, “I need five minutes, so please be patient. When the timer rings, you will have my full attention.” Kids will learn to keep busy during those five minutes and patiently wait. The next time you’re making an important phone call or need extra time to get ready in the morning, use this tactic. You’ll be amazed by how well it works! 3. Track time when brushing teeth, hand washing, potty training, and more. Toddlers begin to develop a sense of time around schedules and routines that you put in place for them. Tell them they need to brush their teeth for a full two minutes every morning and night, and find a two-minute song to play as a tooth-brushing song. Children will learn that they can stop brushing their teeth once the song is finished. You can also use the same method for other routines like hand washing, potty training, or bath time. 4. Teach time while cooking or baking with mom and dad. Kids will love being able to help out with cooking meals or baking sweet treats. If you tell them that the cookies won’t taste good unless you bake them for 10 minutes, they will excitedly wait until the timer goes off. They will feel so proud that they had a part in making the cookies. Then, the next time you bake, it will be easier for them to patiently wait because they know that’s when the cookies turn out yummy.

Win a Time IN Doll at to help with your toddler’s quest to conquer time.

5. Instead of teaching timeouts, teach “time ins.” If your child is having a hard time listening and being patient, give him a fiveminute “time in” so you can both discuss your emotions and take a few moments to teach your child coping skills. Give him a calming, skill-building activity to do that lacks the negativity associated with a timeout. Activities can include learning to tie shoe laces, buttoning clothes, zipping up a jacket, etc. The next time your child has to wait when mom and dad are busy, these activities will encourage calmness and focus.

Karen Barski is a mother of five, a 19-year nurse, and a Certified Infant Care Specialist and Instructor. She designs innovative and original products for babies and toddlers. Known best as the Woombie baby swaddle ( creator, Karen has also invented Time IN Dolls with a built-in timer as a way to teach children the concepts of time and patience in a fun, natural way. Time IN Dolls ( facilitate simple skill building to teach kids how to work laces, buttons, snaps, zippers, and Velcro while giving parents much-needed “me time.” 14 I parentguide News I February 2014

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by Rebecca Hill

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Collaboration in education.


ut together an art teacher, a music teacher, and a science teacher, and what do you get? At Dayton Regional STEM School in Ohio, you would get origami butterflies, illustrated storybooks, and watercolor paintings of cells. At Taylor Elementary School in Virginia, you would get music and paintings about the life cycle of flowers. These are just a couple of projects that were born from a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) partnership among art, science, and music teachers and their students

What is STEAM? Advocated by John Maeda of the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM integrates art and design with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields that have become top priorities in the country’s education initiatives. Even though STEAM is grounded in the premise that creativity is the basis of innovation, you might not think that art and science would be likely partners. So, are they polar opposites, or are they actually similar?

Art and science: Polar opposites? Well, history and research seems to show that these skills are comparable. Take a look at some of the most famous scientists. Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse was also a noted American painter. Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific artist, scientist, and 16 I parentguide News I February 2014

inventor. In fact, a study published by Michigan State University’s Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D., found that almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences have been actively engaged in the arts, too. Kate Cook and Jenny Montgomery from Dayton Regional STEM School claim that their partnership is successful because their content areas, art and science, can harmonize together. “Both artists and scientists aim to explore and make sense of the world,” Cook says. “While we use different lenses, they are often complementary.” Initially, their partnership started when Montgomery’s art students displayed origami butterflies they made as part of a paper engineering project. Cook’s biology students were simultaneously studying the pollinators of various biomes, natural communities of flora and fauna. Cook and Montgomery started talking, and an exhibit between art and science students on specific biomes was created. From there, the partnership evolved into The Living Lens Project, a collaboration with a local aquarium to develop online exhibits and educational materials. Working together inspired Cook and Montgomery to think about educational content in different ways. Cook says much of what is being learned in her biology class is “visual in nature.” In science, students spend a great deal of time creating and interpreting models through experimentation. And just as scientists rely on experimentation, artists also create a design or structure by trying different forms and functions. They sometimes use engineering and mathematical concepts to build their desired artistic outcome, too. In the end, both artists and scientists take risks, make mistakes, and start over again with the ultimate goal of attaining an innovation or discovery. At Taylor Elementary School, Jeremy Ferrara, Bianca Sanchez, and Elizabeth Ashley found that their students learned to better communicate and work as a group through collaboration. “Rather than telling them what to do,” Sanchez says, “we present them with a problem, which force[s] them to think creatively.” Multiple studies show that a strong arts education improves a student’s cognition, memory, and attention skills in the classroom. Further, a 2002 study by Americans for the Arts also found that an arts education

enhances problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, thereby increasing a student’s overall academic achievement in school.

Parents’ views of STEAM STEAM projects are also part of parents’ learning curves, Sanchez says; as they see their children learn in new ways, they learn, too. The cross-curricular approach enabled by STEAM collaborations appeals to most parents who see the resulting, varied skills their children gain. Working on Montgomery’s biomes project, says parent Robin Schrimsher, increased her son’s awareness of the problems faced by barrier reefs. “Engaging him in science content through the creativity of art has been an excellent tool for his learning,” Schrimsher says, “I even learned more about barrier reef problems because the project prompted my son to share information with me.” Parent Chris Nash agrees, “The art education my son is receiving will open his eyes to the value of the arts.” The biome project, in which Nash’s son participated, impacted his appreciation of beauty in the world’s natural systems and human creations. Nash says it


also demonstrated the importance of getting involved in the world and making it a better place. Other parents, though, Sanchez says, had a view of STEAM as students merely singing songs about science. “So we had to help them understand that the arts are not just about drawing pictures and singing songs,” Sanchez says, adding that as more teachers see their students having success and excited about their work, they’ll be more willing to be a part of the STEAM way of teaching. Perhaps, we’ll find another Albert Einstein or Leonardo da Vinci in our future. Rebecca Hill is a freelance writer who writes on education, literacy, library, science, and family issues. She has been published in a variety of online and print magazines. To see her work, visit

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY est and largest school in Northern New Jersey. Montessori is the largest preschool, early childhood development organization in the world. However, all Montessori schools are individually owned and operated and are therefore different. Montessori is a method and philosophy of teaching developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, who was the first female medical doctor in Europe at the turn of the century. There are several things that make Montessori different from traditional schools. First, they have special games and materials that have been made and designed specifically for young children. Each game teaches a particular skill through active hands-on involvement. A child learns the easiest and fastest from birth to six years of age than in any other time of life. The second characteristic that makes Montessori different from traditional preschool is that they allow each child to develop at his or her own pace. The child may go as quickly or as slowly as they may need to without any pressure. The child is not pushed to move ahead before he/she is ready. This is how they develop strong confidence and selfesteem. The child also learns that learning is fun! Apple Montessori is different from other Montessori schools because they have a unique reading program which yields great success with their four and five years old students. Their primary reputation comes from the ability to develop academic skills and motivate young children to love learning. In addition, Apple Montessori School has brought computers into all of their classrooms and Fastracks, a computer enrichment program. They also have a unique classroom management style. This becomes evident when you first enter a classroom and it is noticeably calm and organized. Their character development program offers children the knowledge necessary to cultivate ethical and responsible behavior while providing them with the tools necessary to their growth as responsible caring individuals. A special guest comes in 3-times per year to offer “advice� on topics such as morals, values, how to be kind and polite, etc. Parenting seminars on a variety of topics are also sponsored throughout the year. Apple Montessori School is open year round. Dur-

ing the months of July and August, they have a summer camp program serving students ages 2 through 12. Several of their locations have a swimming pool and teach daily swimming lessons. The pool has been uniquely designed with safety in mind for young children. The shallow end allows all ages to stand in the water and develop a sense of security. In addition, the campers participate in activities such as Arts & Crafts; Nature & Science; Cooking; Music; Dance; Computers; and Organized Sports. The older campers also participate in weekly field trips. The camp program can be a half or full day schedule. Each location has half day session in the morning (8:30-11:30am) or afternoon (12:30-3:30pm) as well as a full day session (8:30am-3:30pm). Before and after school programs are also available. They are open from 7am - 6:30pm. Call the Apple Montessori School nearest you to arrange a visit or to observe a class. Visit their school or simply go to and find out how many consecutive years 90% of their students have scored in the top 10% nationally and how they are having the most fun in their lives! The Early Childhood Center at Temple Emanu-El 264 W. Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ 07039 (973)992-6174 The Early Childhood Center at Temple Emanu-El is a full service childcare facility located in Livingston. They offer a safe, nurturing, clean and bright facility for you and your child, ages 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten, with full day program options from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. At the Early Childhood Center, they provide a loving and caring environment where teaching enhances the development of the whole child: their intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs. They believe that hands-on activities and child initiated learning is most valuable. Students develop at their own pace and utilize their own unique style that produces thriving children. The goal is to guide chil-

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY academic, physical and creative potential. The student-faculty ratio is 7:1, and over 70 percent of faculty members hold advanced degrees. Special features include: The Ethics Institute; more than 20 Advanced Placement courses; individualized college counseling; state-of-the-art technology integrated through the curriculum; outstanding options in the fine arts, music, drama and dance; athletic competition in the Union County Conference and state and county tournaments; Honor Code; Global Service Learning and community service programs; leadership development. Financial aid is available. The Preschool at Kent Place School 42 Norwood Ave., Summit, NJ 07902 (908)273-0900 The Kent Place Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten programs are co-educational. The Nursery is for three and four year olds. The Pre-Kindergarten is for four and five year olds. They provide a relaxed atmosphere of trust, love and freedom in which each child can develop social skills and independence. Classrooms are carefully planned environments where children have daily opportunities to engage in block-building, dramatic play, sensory exploration, reading, puzzle work, computers, drawing and writing and art activities. Hands-on math, literacy, science and social studies lessons are woven into our daily curriculum and provide on-going challenges, skill development and the foundation for school readiness. The program is also enriched with specialist classes in physical education, dance, music, French, Spanish and library, as well as seasonal field trips.


sori Learning Center is dedicated to providing children ages 2½ - 6 with a quality education in a warm, nurturing, home-like atmosphere. Their comfortable classroom is designed so that children can move freely about and work at their own pace. Each child is motivated and challenged by the variety of activities presented to them. New materials are continually introduced as they master each lesson. Ladybug Montessori also incorporates circle or group time, as well as indoor or outdoor movement, science, geography, reading, math, Spanish, sensorial & practical life activities into their daily schedule. Choose from full day sessions from 8:30am - 3:30pm or half day sessions from 8:30 - 11:30am or 12:30 - 3:30pm. Extended hours are also available from 7:30am 6pm. A gymnastics class is also available each day after 3pm throughout the school year. All of the center’s employees are trained, experienced teachers whose soul obligation is to provide children with a caring, loving and safe educational environment. So find out more about the learning center that is committed to providing children with the freedom to fly by calling Ladybug Montessori Learning Center today!

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Mountain Top School for Young Children 104 Mount Horeb Road Warren, NJ 07059 (732)748-9800 Their outstanding early childhood program is open to all families. The curriculum focuses on kindergarten readiness and the early foundations of reading, math and handwriting. They offer a well-rounded program that includes science, arts & crafts, music, yoga, computers, library, sports and cooking, which stands on the foundation of Jewish values. Their nurturing teachers are certified and have years of experience; an excellent student-teacher ratio allows for individualized attention to each child. They offer a cheerful and stimulating environment in an attractive, well-maintained facility with a large outdoor playground. Take advantage of flexible options and programs including full and half day classes, after school enrichment, early drop-off and after-care. They have an active Parent Committee with opportunities for the entire family to become involved in the school and in the Temple Har Shalom community. Programs include Mommy & Me, a seven week summer camp, and drop-in childcare.


faculty are all part of a distinctive academic community that is personalized and values each childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individuality, academic and co-curricular interests. Expansive, modern classrooms, a 400 seat performing arts hall and world-class athletic facilities provide each student with ample opportunity to discover their passions and grow. A rigorous, college preparatory, liberal arts program challenges and prepares students for success! For over 50 years, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto of knowledge, vision, and honor have been its guiding principles. Ranneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching philosophy encourages their students from Beginners (age 3) through grade twelve, to become independent, respectful and responsible citizens of the world. Ranney graduates attend the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most selective colleges and universities and over 80% are accepted at their 1st or 2nd choice. Intrigued? Want to learn more? Their website is a terrific place to start. Or better yet, the best way to learn about Ranney School and experience the wonderful energy of its students and faculty is by visiting the school during one of its many admission events. Ranney is located about an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive from New York City and from Princeton, New Jersey. Enroll now for your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. The Rumson Country Day School 35 Bellevue Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760 (732)842-0527 Guided by a mission and environment that embraces both its history and its future, The Rumson Country Day School is a community that specializes in educating children from nursery through eighth grade. The school has a caring environment where passion for learning abounds and strong connections form between students and faculty. Always encouraged to try new experiences, RCDS students receive tremendous support from their teachers and classmates. As advisors and coaches, their adults inspire intellectual curiosity, accountability and compassion for others. At this special time in a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development, RCDS believes that placing your child in a family environment â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY dedicated to recognizing strengths, nurturing skills and communicating with confidence is the greatest gift you can give. Strong academics, athletics, arts and technology are foundational to the program, giving students confidence and the ability to use their considerable intellect and drive for the greater good. Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful are four qualities of character that are foundational to the RCDS experience. These character traits combined with performance characteristics such as resilience, teamwork and creativity are reinforced throughout campus life to create a well-balanced learning environment. Above all, children view RCDS as a second home! Please come and be part of the family by contacting the Admissions Office to schedule a visit. Sandy Lane Nursery School 634 Mill St., Belleville, NJ 07109 (973)751-6380 Introduce your newborn through Kindergarten age children to a child’s world where playing is learning at Sandy Lane Nursery School. This newly expanded state licensed facility has been dedicated to providing the Essex County area with a warm, nurturing learning environment since 1973! The school is also proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accreditation is a powerful tool for raising the quality of early childhood education. It provides a process through which early childhood professionals and families can evaluate programs, compare them with professional standards, strengthen the program and commit to ongoing evaluation and improvement. Children are divided into the school’s bright and cheerful classrooms by age. An enriching, wellrounded curriculum introduces them to a broad range of topics, including music; science; art; circle time; computers; introduction to foreign language; group activities and more. A Nutritious lunch menu and snacks are provided, as well. All classes are kept small, each with

a teacher and teacher’s-aide to provide students with plenty of oneon-one interaction and lots of TLC! In addition to the schedule of indoor programs, Sandy Lane encourages its students to have some outdoor fun on spacious playgrounds with safety surfaces. Full and half-day schedules are available. Sandy Lane Nursery School is open year round, Monday through Friday from 7am-6:15pm. So take the first step in helping your little ones build a strong foundation for their school years and the years to follow by calling Sandy Lane Nursery School today at (973)751-6380. Somerset Presbyterian Nursery School & Kindergarten 100 JFK Boulevard, Somerset, NJ 08873 (732)828-5151 Do you want to see your child excited to share what they learned today? Are you looking for creativity, academics and a love of learning for your child? Then take a look at Somerset Presbyterian Nursery School & Kindergarten! This non-denominational preschool offers half day and full-day programs for children ages 1 – 5 years old. Your child will love learning in this safe, loving, fun-filled and encouraging environment. The school is open from 7:30am – 5:30pm and offers an early morning reading comprehension program as well as a late afternoon writing class. An exclusive Pre-K math program is available which gives children hands-on exploration of math concepts to help them gain confidence and make them more comfortable with math. A dedicated Pre-K science program fosters their natural curiosity about the world around them. Computer robotics, dance, gymnastics, soccer, yoga and karate enrichment programs are also offered in their large gymnasium. Weekly music class and physical education are included. Somerset Presbyterian Nursery School & Kindergarten has been raising the bar for high quality preschool education for over 45 years.

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They have raised a generation of corporate managers, physicians, professors, firefighters and teachers who now send their own children through this nurturing, academic preschool environment. Come and see the difference that innovation and experience truly make. Register now for fall 2014. For more information, call (732)828-5151, visit or e-mail Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El 222 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079 (973)763-0113 For more than 30 years, Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El has been dedicated to providing young children with a warm, caring and nurturing environment within a conservative Jewish framework. Students feel right at home in a comfortable, brightly decorated facility that includes its very own library, spacious indoor and outdoor playground and large, sunny rooms featuring an array of opportunities for imaginative play, quiet reading and art activities. Parents choose from sessions for two, three and four year olds. Seeing no difference between education and recreation for a preschool-age child, the school’s basic philosophy is the belief that “the business of children is play.” To strengthen this belief children work on the meaning of their experiences as they build with blocks, paint, listen to stories, sing songs, gather information, participate in gymnastics, yoga and Israeli dance, or tell stories for their teacher to record. Improvisation and informal drama are also used to encourage children to express themselves more creatively. Classes are led by a staff of state-certified teachers and experienced teaching assistants. Moms and dads can also provide their little ones with some “Summer Fun,” as Thelma K. Reisman Preschool of Beth El’s action-packed six week mini-camp offers everything from nature activities and arts & crafts to water play! See for Sandy Sachs to arrange a tour!

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Ivy Clubhouse Calvary Episcopal School, Summit, NJ Ivy Kidz (908)899-1338 Discover an array of creative and interactive enrichment programs for kids at Ivy Clubhouse. Open to boys and girls of all ages during the school year at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit. The mission at Ivy Clubhouse is to create a community where students can explore and grow their minds while having a blast and making friends. Choose from a wide variety of amazing clubs that include: Robotics, Video Game Creation, Minecraft, Math, Destination ImagiNation, Chess Investment, 3D Crafts, SSAT Prep, Junior Chef, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Glee/Singing, and Photography. Call today or visit them online to find out more about their after school and Saturday programs running January through June. International Ivy Summer Enrichment Programs (908)899-1338 Summer is a great time to explore, meander, create and lose oneself in doing something fun. International Ivy’s Summer Enrichment Programs create classes based on what kids would love to learn, like video game creation, robotics, Minecraft, performing arts, and weird science. They design the classes to be hands-on where kids learn by doing. There are plenty of choices across many disciplines so kids explore what they are interested in. At International Ivy, they thrive on the joy and laughter of their students. For instance, counselors spend hours making water balloons because they know how much kids love the water balloon toss. They are continually trying to improve and innovate. For the summer of 2014, they added some exciting new classes, such

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY as: Robotics Programming, Mobile App Game Design, Minecraft from the beginner to advanced skill levels, and Survival for Beginners. For more academic-minded kids, there’s Biology and Anatomy by Dissection, Grossology and the Human Body, Competition Training for the Math Athlete, and Scavenger Hunt Math. If that’s not enough, then ask about Investment Literacy and Stock Market Game, Lemonade Stand Entrepreneur, Chyten’s Team Titans©, All About Cake Pops, Tell Stories by Photography, and Chess for Advanced Players. Join them for a positive and nurturing summer experience! Get ready for next summer by enrolling your child today!

Special Needs Banyan Elementary School (Kindergarten – 8th Grade) 12 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973)439-1919 Now in their 20th year, Banyan Elementary School is a private, nonprofit, New Jersey Department of Education-approved school for students who learn differently. Founded in 1993, the program has been guided by the mission: “To educate elementary and middle school students with learning disabilities by identifying individual strengths and abilities, continuously monitoring individual progress, and adapting the curriculum to meet each student’s changing educational needs.” Their primary focus is the development and reinforcement of the reading, language and communication skills necessary for academic success. With small classes, individualized attention, integrated assistive technology and a talented, dedicated staff, they are committed to establishing the foundation that students need for learning and contributing to the development of social and interpersonal skills. At Banyan, they always encourage children to “Dream, Believe and Achieve!”

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Banyan High School (9th - 12th Grade and 18-to-21 year-olds) 471 Main Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424 (973)785-1919 Anthony Santucci, Principal Banyan High School is private, non-profit, state-approved school for 9th through 12th grade students, and 18-to-21 year old young adults who learn differently. Founded in 2006, the program provides a structured curriculum that focuses on each student’s academic and social needs. The focus of the 9th - 12th grade curriculum is to continue to reinforce reading, language and communication skills, while preparing students for the next phase of their education and life. The 18-to-21 year old curriculum emphasizes life and work skills in a supportive environment that builds confidence and success. With small classes and a talented, dedicated staff, they help to prepare students and young adults academically and socially. At Banyan, anything is possible when children “Dream, Believe and Achieve!” Harbor Haven Office Address: 470 Prospect Ave. Suite 203B, West Orange, NJ 07052 Summer Address: 1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orannge, NJ 07052 (908)964-5411 (year round) Harbor Haven is a unique summer program in West Orange designed for children with mild special needs. It is appropriate for children ages 3-15 experiencing language, attention, social and motor delays. The program combines typical summer activities with academic and therapeutic components. The small, compatible groups boast a 1:3 or better staff to child ratio, with a highly trained and professional staff. Some

EDUCATION DIRECTORY of the activities are: swimming, arts and crafts, nature, performing arts, yoga, karate, gymnastics, sports, cooking, computers, photography, special events, trips and more. In addition, children attend a daily learning period, which reinforces math, reading and other cognitive skills. Social skills groups are provided four times a week. Speech and Occupational therapy groups are included for 3-9 year olds and individual therapy is available for all ages. For a fun summer that increases peer interaction, enhances self-esteem, expands motor skills, fosters friendships, creates opportunities for success, promotes problem solving, encourages team work, reinforces positive behavior and prevents regression, call Harbor Haven and speak with the director at (908)9645411 or email Speech and Hearing Associates Avenel (732)750-4660 Cliffside Park (201)313-5335 Martinsville (908)575-0399 Park Ridge (201)775-5699 Randolph (800)742-7551 Secaucus (201)578-1999 Roseland (973)763-2841 Woodland Park (973)785-0696 Westfield (908)232-2900 (800)742-7551 Speech and Hearing Associates is celebrating over 40 years of providing Speech Therapy and Hearing and Auditory processing evaluations. Their experienced speech language pathologists and audiologists provide evaluations and treatment to ensure that people reach their full potential by hearing all the sounds of life and communicating effectively. All of their professional staff is NJ licensed and nationally certified, and participate in monthly continuing education programs. Their speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat challenges with voice, articulation, fluency, language, processing and swallowing disorders; and their audiologists conduct hearing and hearing aid evaluations for all ages and are experts in diagnosing Central Auditory Processing disorders. Now Speech and Hearing Associates also offers PROMPT, Reading Evaluations and therapy with a licensed reading specialist. They also have speech language pathologists who are bilingual (Spanish, Korean, Hebrew, Polish)! With offices in nine different locations, Speech and Hearing Associates is the largest private practice in New Jersey and offers the most comprehensive services for the evaluation and treatment of speech and hearing disorders affecting infants, children, adults and geriatric clients. In addition to its officebased services, Speech and Hearing Associates works with physicians, hospitals, educators, schools, Head Start programs, early intervention programs and long-term care facilities. Speech and Hearing Associates works with over 60 school districts in New Jersey, providing inservice training for educators, as well as speech-language screenings, therapy and evaluations for students and Audiology/CAP consultations. So call Speech and Hearing Associates today at (908)232-2900 or (800)742-7551 to schedule an evaluation and/or treatment, or visit for more information. Stepping Forward Counseling Center, LLC 26 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928 (973)635-6550 Stepping Forward Counseling Center LLC, is dedicated in providing mental health services that help children, young adults and their families improve quality of life. Clients have lives with less chaos. Stepping Forward has more than 10 years of experience providing comprehensive mental health services and innovative holistic treatment strategies that engage clients in individually tailored programs that address mind, body, and spirit. Families and teachers observe permanent positive changes in their clients’ behaviors and lifestyles. Their expertise lies in your needs, your neighborhood

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Since 1993, Banyan School has been helping students dream about their future, believe in themselves, and achieve academic success despite learning differences. The approach in our Elementary and High School programs is multi-sensory with a concentration on reading, language and communication. Using time-tested techniques and assistive technology, our staff helps students develop the skills necessary to learn and grow academically. Just as important, our “Social4Life” program is designed to establish and foster the social and life skills that are vital inside and outside the school environment. Let us help your child become a successful learner. Anything is possible when children “Dream, Believe and Achieve”!

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY the real life approach in treating young people who are challenged with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, Bipolar and other emotional and mental disorders. SFCC provides comprehensive integrated treatment programs and educational services that are effective, culturally competent, and client friendly. Social Skills training programs are based in real life settings. Fun after-school programs that are therapeutic and educational include study skills and role-playing. SFCC coordinates with educators to integrate treatment plans. They focus on a preventive health care after care program, e.g. nutrition, stress reduction, and healthy life choices. Stepping Forward’s clients participating in this specialized program leave SFCC with a renewed sense of self and a recovery plan devoted to maintaining optimum health while continuing to nurture and allow for growth of the creative self.

lives as “oh so fun!” While many ABA programs recognize that the attitude of parents and teachers is important, SFCC emphasizes this, including training for parents and teachers (as necessary) to develop optimum attitudes toward set backs, problem behaviors, etc. SFCC uses the latest research and training to be sure you see results!

Windsor Learning Center 230-234 Wanaque Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ (973)839-4050 As a leader in the field of specialized education, the state approved Windsor Learning Center, located in Pompton Lakes, NJ, seeks to effectively meet the needs of every child. They provide a highly structured, nurturing environment for children in kindergarten through Stepping Forward Counseling Center, LLC eighth grade. They specialize in educating students with Attention 419 Park Deficit Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, Learning NY 10016 Disabilities, • 212-213-8840 • Faxand 212-447-773 26 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928 Disorder/ADHD, Specific Anxiety (973)635-6550 Behavioral Disorders, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. sor Learning Center provides a quality education, builds academic to: FAx # achievement, improves self-esteem and strengthens social skills. Each Autism “ABA” Program – Stepping Forward Counseling Centers, Apstudent’s academic program is based on the Individualized Education plied Behavior Analysis program known as “ABA” utilize your child’s Plan (IEP) developed by his/her school district. Windsor Learning iSSue DAte: Content Stanstrengths to remediate his/her challenging areas of development.From: ProCenter complies with the New Jersey Core Curriculum grams are after school and the team leaders are Board Certified Analydards and implements them in all subject areas. Windsor Learning sis while having the support of our team of Ph.D’s, LCSW and cliniCenter is approved to administer the New Jersey mandated assessment, cians and other master level clinicians. Core lessons are taught first in the NJASK. studentscomments to excel academically. Please They call challenge or fax your and/or Teachers oK. the playroom, and then “generalized” to other environments. Clients are all highly qualified in their subject area. The program features a Generalize Skills in Natural Environments (i.e., home, community, proven behavior modification system, various programs and activities, shopping trips, playground, school activities.) Our Interactive Parent and regular parental communication. There is a minimum SigNAturecounseling, oF APProvAl: Training includes , Hands On, Side by Side“ sessions, Behavioral Supof two assistants in each classroom. All classrooms are equipped with port Plans and Strategies. SFCC focuses more than usual on helping state-of-the-art computer technology, including Smart Boards, iPads parents, teachers and program staff to be as reinforcing (rewarding, and wireless laptops that allow for interactive learning. Students learn, fun, exciting) as possible so that the child experiences people in their grow and succeed at Windsor.


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Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Sadly, most people don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s been called the “silent killer.” No longer are we silent in the face of this condition, though. Women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement since 2004. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national initiative, created by and for women, that’s dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease. And we’ve made a difference! More than 627,000 lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over. Using the American Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women and offers tools to help women make life-saving choices. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

G: Get your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

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and eat healthy. It’s up to you.

R: Realize your risk.

We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one out of three women.

E: Educate your family. Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

D: Don’t be silent.

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. Raise your voice at www. The more women we mobilize, the more lives we can save. Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. More than one-third of them have lost weight, and nearly 50 percent have increased the frequency of their exercise. Sixty percent of the women who decided to Go Red changed their diets, and one-third of them have discussed developing heart-health plans with their doctors. Your heart is truly in your hands. Learn the risk factors for heart disease that you can control, and make heart-healthy choices to reduce these risks. High blood pressure can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and it usually has no symptoms. Make sure to discuss it with your doctor, and also maintain a healthy diet. High cholesterol is another issue to tackle. The higher your 30 I parentguide News I February 2014


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total blood cholesterol, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You can take steps to lower your levels by losing unnecessary weight and limiting your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. Smoking cigarettes increases your risk for heart disease two to four times that of nonsmokers. It is the most preventable risk factor. Women with diabetes, too, have two to four times higher death rates from heart disease as compared to women without diabetes. Talk to your healthcare professional about any family history of diabetes. Physical inactivity also increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Aim to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, and work with your doctor to determine and maintain your healthy weight. Being obese or overweight is another risk factor. More than 149 million American adults are overweight, and 75 million of them are obese. Aside from the ones mentioned, there are other risk factors of which a woman should be aware. Talk to your doctor about how age, race, and heredity may affect a person’s risk for heart disease. Eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise, and abstinence from smoking. Meredith Coon is a freelance writer.

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• An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease. • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often silent, hidden, or misunderstood.

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ust like autism itself, playdates with chilPractice with adults. You can use role-playing to pre-teach dren on the spectrum can be experienced in playdate activities to your child. a myriad of ways. My family and our supFind a good fit. Set up playdates with children who have port network have seen many instances where similar interests to your child and that have play skills around the developmental level of your child, even if they are a different chronomy son, Wills, and his peers have learned from each other as they worked through the process of logical age. Choose a playmate that is patient and kind. social interaction and inclusion. We are appreCreate a visual schedule. Draw or write out the structure of the playdate in advance, considering activities where the kids ciative for the enrichment, understanding, and will need to play together, nearby, or in cooperation, and be sure to awareness that has blossomed during these opinclude activities that all participants will enjoy. portunities to interact and socialize with peers. Keep it short. Keep activities to about 30 minutes to start, and Here are some tips for playdates with peers: then add time once the playdates seem successful.

Build skills. Help your child to develop even a small set of play

skills. Can he play nicely in parallel? Can she build towers or engage with sensory toys? These are the building blocks of the first playdates.

Positive reinforcement. If your child is having a positive interaction, use reinforcements such as praise or a treat to reward the good behavior. If your child needs a reminder to share or play by the rules, provide coaching and encourage cooperation.

Don’t give up! While it can be difficult at times, continue this process, and I believe you will see progress, as well as better social skills, from your child’s interaction with peers.

Through playdates, Wills developed the building blocks for many life skills, including his strong bonds with peers. Playdates weren’t always easy for him, but through preparation and organization, we learned to make these types of interactions successful, positive and meaningful for all involved. I encourage you to organize sucessful playdates with your child and his peers! Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling memoir Cowboy & Wills (Simon and Schuster), the story of her lovable and brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the remarkable dog that coaxes him into the world. An advocate for autism and literacy awareness, Monica has served as a spokesperson for nonprofit Autism Speaks and received the Women of Distinction Award from the Special Needs Network. Keep up with Monica at

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Delicious Cherry Pie

February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day! Celebrate this unique holiday by lavishing in sweet, flaky goodness with this Cherry Pie recipe courtesy of Peter Sterk at Ingredients: •4 c. fresh or frozen tart cherries •1-1½ c. granulated sugar •4 Tbs. cornstarch •⅛ Tbs. almond extract (optional) •Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for two-crust pie •1½ Tbs. butter, to dot •1 Tbs. granulated sugar, to sprinkle. Directions: Put the cherries in a medium saucepan, place over heat, and cover. Remove from heat after the cherries have lost a considerable amount of juice, which may take a few minutes. Proceed to mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Take this mixture and pour into the hot cherries and stir well. If desired, add the almond extract and mix. Place the mixture back on the stove and cook on a low heat setting until thickened. Make sure to stir frequently. Proceed to remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thin, add a little more cornstarch, if too thick, add water. Preheat oven to 375°F. Chose your favorite pie dough recipe, prepare the crust, and divide in half. Roll each piece large enough to fill an 8-inch pan. Proceed to pour the cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter and moisten the bottom crust edge. Put the top crust on and flute the pie’s edge. Cut a slit in the middle of the crust to allow the steam to escape and sprinkle with sugar.

Finally bake the pie for about 50 minutes. When time is up, remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Let Freedom Ring

Teach your children the importance of human rights and dignity this National Freedom Day, February 1, with the Musical Stars and Stripes activity from! What You’ll Need: •Regular and decorative scissors •Ruler •Red, white, and blue craft foam •Small hole punch •White paint •Small paintbrush or star stamp •30 small paper clips (preferably red, white, and blue) •12-inch wooden skewer with the sharp tips cut off •Ribbon or wire •13 ¾-inch bells How to make it: Start by cutting out a 4½-by-4-inch, blue, craft foam rectangle. Proceed to punch four, evenly spaced holes on one of the long sides of the rectangle and seven on the other side. Next, paint on the stars or use a small star stamp. Then, use scissors with decorative bales to cut out seven, red, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and four that are ½-by-3½ inches. Cut out six, white, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and three that are ½-by-3½ inches. Proceed to punch holes in both ends of all strips and thread paper clips through each hole. Then, attach the seven, short strips to the blue square at the bottom and thread four paper clips in the holes of the blue square at the top. Form the flag by placing all of the pieces onto the wooden skewer and attach a piece of ribbon or wire to the ends of the skewer. To finish the activity, attach a bell to the clip on each strip and let freedom fly!

Weaving History

The Royal Weave, a festive and traditional West African cloth, is the perfect activity to help your family celebrate Black History Month this February. Combine fun with learning with this kente mat activity, courtesy of Materials: •Paper grocery bags •Acrylic paint •Water •Paper •Iron •Glue stick Directions: Start by cutting two or three large paper grocery bags into various large panels. Next, thin out the acrylic paint with water to make it easier spread and less likely to flake. Then, use the acrylic paint to make patterns on the panels. Allow the panels to dry and continue to sandwich them between two clean pieces of paper. Proceed to iron them flat on a low heat setting. Cut the panels into 1-inch-wide strips, setting aside one panel for the base. Trim the base panel into an 11-by-18-inch rectangle. Proceed to fold the paper in half, lengthwise. Mark an 1-inch line from the unfolded side and make slits at 1-inch intervals from the fold to the marked line. Then, unfold the paper and weave strips into the base. Use a glue stick to secure the ends of the strips to the base, and you now have your very own royal cloth.

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Self-esteem in a broadcast world.

For the first time in history, the media has more face time with children than teachers have with them at school. The average tween spends approximately 75 hours with media — TV, movies, magazines, the Web, etc. — a week but only 35 to 40 hours in school. It’s clear that a new “educator” has taken power, and it’s up to us as parents to pay close attention and ensure our children are getting stronger, more valuable messages and lessons at home and school. While filming the documentary Cover Girl Culture (Zen Pen Films), I discovered how powerful the media’s influence is on a girl’s self-esteem and body image. Girls who have parents, namely mothers, with healthy body images have a greater immunity to the media’s infectious messages about the “ideal” body. When it comes to self-esteem, girls can really struggle. Many of the reasons for this were shared in Cover Girl Culture with statements like: “It’s hard to be yourself,” “Boys expect us to be like the celebrities,” “The pressure to be sexy is everywhere we look,” and “People get famous for doing shocking things.” With such ideas paramount, why bother with school if success is all about looks and misbehaving? Children are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, self-harm, and eating disorders at alarming rates. Studies show this is partly a result of the pressure on them to conform to a beauty ideal that is unattainable and unrealistic, as well as the pressure to be famous. Many children today associate fame with success. When they cannot achieve the level of fame that is shown to them on a daily basis, they can internalize this as failure. Just as you have parent-teacher meetings, you can also periodically check on the media your child is consuming. Having a TV in your child’s bedroom is the equivalent of letting a stranger sit with your child and teach him his values about body image, self-worth, and what is important in life. Media literacy is a parent’s power tool to level the playing field and help children navigate a message-saturated world. Those of us who are old enough to remember first getting a TV in our homes know that the only media literacy we learned was, “Don’t sit too close!” So we grew up trusting what we viewed as long as we sat far enough away. Today, entertainment producers craft precise commercials and messages that speak directly to a child’s subconscious mind. Advertisers are manipulating children’s emotional centers in the brain to sell products, and it’s become easier for them to create a generation of mindless consumers to fuel their business. The good news is that media literacy can begin when your child is an infant. Your words and actions teach children what to value in yourself and others. There are countless resources available for parents to help build a child’s media literacy skills and critical thinking. Limiting media exposure when your child is young is one vital 34 I parentguide News I February 2014

component to prevent unwanted messages from being planted in your child’s mind. Role-modeling healthy body image and self-esteem are two more essential tools parents can use on a daily basis to help override the media’s messaging. Negative self-talk in front of your child only reinforces the media’s messages. Connie Sobczak of The Body Positive initiative tells parents in her healthy body image program to say kind, empowering things about their own bodies in front of their kids even if they don’t like their own bodies. The same thing goes for how your child perceives your selfesteem. You do have the power to encourage your child’s healthy self-esteem and values. It costs you nothing to do this, but it can cost your child’s mental and emotional health if you don’t. Nicole Clark is the director of Cover Girl Culture and a spokesperson for the 4 Every Girl Campaign. She teaches media literacy via workshops in schools across North America. Learn more at

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February 3: Preschool Storytime, Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood, Treat your little ones to a morning filled with delightful stories. Presented again on February 10, 19, and 20. 11am.

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February 1: Clothing Thrift Store, Saint John’s Lutheran Church Liberty St. & Austin Place, Bloomfield, www.saintjohnsbloomfield. org. (973)429-8654. The church reaches out to the community by providing good condition clothing at reasonable prices. Presented again on February 15 and March 1.


February 1: Free Family Day, The Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, (973)746-5555, www.montclairartmuseum. org. Celebrate your creative skills and the museum’s 100-year anniversary with a fun-filled day that includes museum-wide art activities and much more. 1 - 5pm.

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February 7: Children of a Lesser God, Nutley Little Theatre, 47 Erie Place, Nutley, The theatre presents a captivating production. Runs through February 28. 8pm.

February 8 - 15 February 8: A Simple Mid-Day Meal - Hearth Cooking Class, Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, (973)744- 1796, The historical society is cooking up something special in this afternoon program. 12 - 5pm.


February 1: Planetarium Programs, The Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, (973)596-6550, www. Treat your little ones to a few fun and informative

February 8: My Jazzy Valentine - Jazz and the American Songbook, The New Jersey Performng Arts Center, One Center St., Newark. (888)GO-NJPAC. Get into the spirit of the Valentine’s Day season with an evening of great live jazz music.

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February 15: The Wizard of Oz, South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC way, South Orange, (973)313-2787, All ages are invited to enjoy an original retelling of a classic story from The American Family Theater that includes audience participation.

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February 17: Presidents’ Day for Kids, Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, (973)744- 1796, www.montclairhistorical. org. Children ages 6 - 10 and their families are invited to discover how our Presidents and their families lived through crafts and tours of the Israel Crane House and the Nathaniel Crane House. Advanced registration required. 10am - noon.

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February 23: The Peking Acrobats, The New Jersey Performng Arts Center, One Center St., Newark. (888)GO-NJPAC. Families will be amazed and astounded by all of the jumping, tumbling and rolling acrobats of these internationally acclaimed performers.

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February 2: First Sundays, The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, (732)932-7237. Families are invited to join a museum guide in the lobby during a monthly program and spotlight tour. 12:30 - 4pm.


February 2: Groundhog Day Program, Cheesequake State Park, Old Bridge, (732)566-3208. Visitors ages 6 and up and their families are encouraged to stop by and be a part of this special program at the Nature Center in the park in honor of Groundhog Day. 1 - 2:30pm. February 6: Shen Wei Dance Arts, The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, (732)246-7469, Internationally acclaimed for their interdisciplinary cross-cultural performances. The amazing dance troupe combines elements of film, theater, new media, and visual art into one unforgettable show. 8pm.

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February 8: The Cupid’s Chase 5K Run, Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, Support a great cause and get some exercise just in time for Valentine’s Day at this annual event. Proceeds will be used to support Community Options, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities. February 8: Indoor Flea Market, Dunellen United Methodist Church, 150 Dunellen Ave., Dunellen, (732)968-4347, (908)754-0663. Come • 212-213-8840 in from the cold and discover great bargains at low prices during this day-long indoor event. 9am - 3pm. Free admission.

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February 8: A Valentine’s Doo Wop, The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, (732) 224-8778, www.countbasietheatre. org. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at an evening concert featuring Kenny Vance & The Planotones and many special guests. 7:30pm. February 9: Monmouth County SPCA Valentine’s Brunch, McLoone’s Pier House at Pier Village, 1 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, (732)4401558. SPCA hosts an annual Valentine’s Brunch to help raise money for homeless animals. The afternoon event includes brunch, refreshments, and gift auction prizes! 11am - 2pm. February 9: Vacation Expo, Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave., Little Silver, (732)741-9563. Monmouth County’s first ever vacation expo welcomes an array of tour representatives who will be offering the best in local and world travel options. 11am - 3pm.

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February 13: Frankenstein, The Pollak Theatre, Campus of Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, (732)2636889. The National Theatre Live’s 2011 Broadcast of Frankenstein returns to The Pollack Theatre by popular demand. 7pm. • 212-213-8840 February 13: Rhythm of the Dance, The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, (732)842-9000, www.countbasietheatre. org. A wonderful live show celebrating the rich history of Ireland and the Irish dance. 8pm.

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February 17: Restaurant Week in Red Bank, The Red Bank River Center, 46 English Plaza, Red Bank, (732)741-9211. Enjoy a price fixed dinner menu at many of Red Bank’s finest restaurants. Runs through February 26.

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February 18: Seussical, The Pollak Theatre, Campus of Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, (732)263-6889. Some of Dr. Seuss’s most well known stories collide in an unforgettable musical for the whole family. 10am - 12:15pm.

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February 21 - 23: Jersey Shore Wine Weekend, Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, (732)571-4000. Enjoy a weekTO: end celebration of great food and wine at the Jersey Shore.



February 21: The Sing-Off Live Tour - A Night of A Cappella, TheFROM: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, (732)842-9000, The best in children’s comedy Ten of the best vocal groups in the counmagic birthday parties. try will battle it out for the $100,000 grand prize. 5:15 and 8pm.


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February 22: Pinkolandia, The Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank, (732)345-1400. Two young sisters exiled from Chile create an imaginary world to find their place in the American Dream. Ongoing through March 23.



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February 28: Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Buona Sera Restaurant, Monmouth St., Red Bank, (732)842-9000. Actors exchange vows while the audience plays the part of Tony and Tina’s family and friends joining From: them for a hilarious reception. Presented again on March 2. 7:30pm. March 1: Celtic Chase Fun Run/Walk, Connolly Station, Main St., Belmar, (732)223-3866. Take part in a one mile race/fun run/walk that starts and finishes at the corner of Ocean and 5th Ave. A post race party and awards ceremony will be held. 12 - 2pm.

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March 2 and 3: Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend, Ocean Grove, (800)3884768. Moms and dads, or any adults with a sweet tooth who need to get away from it all, won’t want to miss out on this romantic two day event sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. March 2: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Belmar, (732)280-2648. The holiday comes a little early this year at one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Jersey. Begins at noon.

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February 1: Seaton Hackney Stables Winter Troop, Seaton Hackney Stables, 440 South St., Morristown, (973)644-3355. Seaton Hackney offers small group lessons to children, teens and adults of all ages and skill levels throughout the winter. Runs through February 23.


February 2: Maple Sugaring, The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, (973)635-6629, Experience all the sweet sights and smells at one of the Education Center’s hands-on maple sugaring demonstrations. Presented again on February 15, 16, 22, and 23. 2pm.


February 7: Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl, The Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morristown, (973)326-7651, www. Meet on the ice every Friday night for skating, arcade games, and yummy treats from the snack bar as DJ Earl plays the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs. Presented again on February 14, 21, and 28. 8pm.


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February 8: Museum Workshops, The Imagine That! Children’s Museum, 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, (973)966-8000, www. imaginethatmuseum. Spend some hands on quality time with your little ones in weekly workshops that include: Valentine’s Breakfast, Valentine’s Card Workshop, President’s Day Workshop, Log Cabin Craft, and Here Comes the Sun. Weekends through February 23.

February 9: Pinkalicious, The Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, (973)539-8008, A girl finds herself in a colorful predicament after her indulgence in too many pink cupcakes causes a severe case of Pinkititis in this delightful show for the whole family. 1:30 and 4pm.

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February 12: Sweet Tea Time, The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, (973)971-3706. Explore vintage Valentine’s Day cards and candy making equipment at this centennial tea program in honor of Valentine’s Day. Advanced registration required. 2pm. February 14: Vegan Valentine’s Day, Glassworks Studio, 151 South St., Morristown, (973)656-0800, Create lasting memories and projects with your special someone in a relaxed, inspiring environment, then spend the evening eating a vegan dinner and sipping organic wine while you create your glass project. Reservations suggested. 7:30 - 10:30pm.


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February 28: Happy Birthday, Widget!, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison, (973)377-2982, Children ages 2 - 6 are invited to celebrate the birthday of museum mascot Widget the Beaver with an afternoon of fun beaver activities and birthday goodies. 4pm.


February 28 and March 1: The Little Mermaid, The Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, (973)539-8008, www.mayoarts. org. Experience the magic in a performance filled with energy, romance and love in this captivating production based on Disney’s animated hit film. 7pm.

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February 22: All About Owls, Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, (908)722-3700, Take an indepth look at the lives of these mysterious nocturnal birds of prey by an Educator from the Raptor Trust. 10 - 11am.


February 23: Who’s Eating My Sunflower Seeds?, Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, (908)722-3700, www.dukefarms. org. The popular Junior Naturalist Series at Duke Farms presents an exciting and educational afternoon session. 1 - 3pm.





February 26: The Big Apple Circus, TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, (800)922-3772, Luminocity, the latest innovative show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its one-ring tent at TD Bank Ballpark. Runs through March 16.

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February 1 - 15 February 1: Passport to “The Big Game,” The “Big Game” Visitor Information Center, 360 Grove St., Bridgewater, www.thebiggamenj/ passport. Stop by the Visitor Information Center to pick up your own personal passport and use it as a guide to hunt for great programs and prizes throughout Somerset County in honor of “The Big Game” being played in New Jersey this year.

February 1: Book Signing at Broad Street, Broad Street Books, 1 Mill St., Branchville, (862)268-5184, www.borad-street-books. com. Drop by with your little ones for a signing of the children’s book, Mama Mia, What Will I Be? Light refreshments will also be provided. 1pm.


February 3 - 5: Free Parenting Class for Parents of Teens, Project Self Sufficiency, 127 Mill St., Newton, projectselfsufficiency. org. Learn to be the best parent you can be in a series of classes. 6 - 8pm.


February 7: Fridays at Far Hills, Far Hills Country Day School, Route 202, Far Hills, (908)766-0622, Visitors to the morning program will discover all that Far Hills has to offer, from a nurturing atmosphere and caring staff members to a fun and challenging curriculum. Presented again on February 21. 8:30-10:30am.

February 3: Intuitive Reiki Private Sessions, The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton-Sparta Road, Newton, (973)500-8813, www. The Center offers private sessions that use the transfer of energy for healing that is both spiritual and energetic. 1 - 7:30pm.

February 15: Discovering Orchids for Kids & Parents, Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, (908)722-3700, www. Duke Farms invites children ages 8 and up and their families to a hands on afternoon session that gives you a chance to touch, smell, plant and look into different orchid flowers. 2 - 3:30pm.

February 7: The Gin Blossoms, Newton Theatre, Newton, (973)383-3700, Spend an unforgettable evening of live music with the award winning group. 8pm.

February 16 - 26 February 16: Five Generals Bus Tour, Van Horne House, 941 E Main Street, Bridgewater, Discover five of the original Somerset County houses that served as staff

February 8 - 14 February 8: Abe Lincoln Biography, The Sussex Main Library, Newton, (973)948-3660, ext. 3401, In honor of Presidents’ Day, the Sussex Library welcomes young audiences to an animated biography on one of our most beloved and important leaders.

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February 1: Basketball Clinics for Kids, Hoops There It Is, 11 Springfield Ave., Cranford, Elementary and middle school-age basketball fans receive fundamental to advanced instruction in all aspects of basketball. Runs through March 1.




February 6: Preschool Programs, The Trailside Nature and Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, (908)789-3670, www. This winter, treat your little ones to a few cool Preschool Programs that includes Dinosaur Roar, Be My Valentine, Wonders of Nature, and Little Stinkers. Ongoing through February 28.

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February 7: The Steve Turre Quartet, Hamilton Stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, (732)499-8226, Enjoy a wonderful evening that covers the life and music of JJ Johnson. 8pm.



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February 8: Rock Performance Workshop, The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, 150-152 East Broad St., Westfield, (908)789-9696. Designed to develop creativity and talent in kids, the NJWA presents an unforgettable evening of music. 6 - 7:30pm.



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