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Healthy Alternatives to Candy for Halloween Trick or Treaters

One of the best parts about Halloween is all the free candy you can get your hands on. There is this amazing activity called "Trick-or-Treating" and it consists of going door-to-door collecting free chocolate, or other treats. Usually by the time the kids are done, they have enough candy to last until next year. Why not offer a unique option for youngsters to enjoy when they stop at your door?

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Linda Hinman
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A Quick Email or Phone Call Could Help Save Rome Boy’s Life

Spencer Smith, the two-year old grandson of Kirk and Linda Hinman, was just diagnosed with a rare, incurable, progressive disease called MPS-III, or Sanfilippo Syndrome. The good news is, you have the power to help this little guy.

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Teaching Children How To Tie Shoes Just Got Easier

Personally, I'm glad this chapter is far behind me.  I kind of wish I had seen something like this back in my teaching days.  I think it would have avoided a lot of frustration. 

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3 Kid Friendly Day Trips in Upstate New York

Here's a few family fun adventures your kids are sure to love, and they're only a day trip a way.

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Try This Next Time You Take Small Children Into A Large Crowd

I saw this the other day and I thought to myself, this is a great idea.  I wish I, or someone else, had thought of this when my kids were smaller.  Nowadays, they are pretty capable of spouting off more information about who they are or where they live, than you are really comfortable with.

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April Riegler Roser
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Kids and Cones In Central New York~ What A Happy Mess

Now that the kids are out of school, there's only one way to beat the heat this summer that's sweet and messy! Check out this week's Best of Central New York Photos.

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‘Operation Bike Safe’ Begins In The Village Of Mohawk July 4

The Mohawk Police Benevolent Association has put together a project called 'Operation Bike Safe' to encourage children to wear their bicycle helmet. 

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Deborah Ann Smith
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“Sights of Summer” in Central New York

Summer is finally here! Check out these amazing photos taken by Central New Yorkers in this week's Best of Central New York Photos

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New City Smoking Law Passed to Protect Children in Utica

By a very close margin, the Common Council in the City of Utica voted to ban smoking at public playgrounds and other public youth events. The vote was five to four in favor of the ban, which raises a few questions.

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Did Your Child Take the NY State Test This Week? [POLL]

Did your kid take that test? One of the most popular, and in some ways controversial, conversations going on at offices, homes, and birthday parties is the NY State Test. Should my child opt out? What does his/her teacher think? These questions and more weigh heavy not only on the parents, but the shoulders of students.

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Attention Parents: Children’s Cough Syrup Recall

Two varieties of children's cough syrup are being recalled because the dosing cups have incorrect markings. 

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Why is This 3 Year Old From Ilion Bringing Soldiers To Tears?

This might be the most touching story I've read in quite some time, and the timing couldn't be any better.

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