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Beth Whitehouse

Beth Whitehouse is Newsday's parenting writer covering everything parents think about, talk about and do on Long Island. Her blended family includes Teen Son, Teen Stepdaughter and Hubby, whom she married in 2009, as well as cat Milo and guinea pig Wallace.

New beach essentials for families

The BeachBUB is a portable, fold-up base that

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There's still time to head to the beach this summer. We found three products that will help make your life easier on the shore.

Do the kids hate to take off their flip-flops in the evening, but also complain their feet get cold without socks? Solution: Freetoes. These "socks" have no toes, so flip-flops still slip on easily. They come in aone-size-fits-all variety of designs for $6.99 a pair...

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Explore fears about vaccines at documentary screening on Long Island

A child gets a vaccination.

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Explore the fears surrounding childhood vaccines at a viewing of the documentary “The Invisible Threat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd. The film explores the science of vaccination through interviews with families and physicians and examines the misconceptions that have caused some parents not to vaccinate their children. It was produced by a group of high...

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Mother-daughter stand-up paddleboarding class in Port Washington

Moms and daughters can paddleboard together in a

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Need some mother-daughter bonding time? Take a mother-daughter stand-up paddleboarding class from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday or 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kostal Paddle at Manorhaven Beach, 158 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington.

“We will kick off the class with ice breakers and then go into the water for some fun,” says Dawn Berkowitz-Ader of Port Washington, founder and president of GAALS, or Girls Athletics...

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Fire Island children's book reading in Bay Shore

Emily Brafman has written a book about spending

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Emily Brafman, now 40, grew up spending summers on Fire Island. As a college assignment, she wrote a children’s book about what days were like on the barrier island: playing on the beach, getting ice cream cones at UnFriendly’s in Fair Harbor.

Every summer afterward she would think, she says, “I should do something with this.” The urge got stronger as she returned each summer with her own...

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'Dragon' scavenger hunt at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Watson Adventures is offering a "How to Find

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Do your kids love “How to Train Your Dragon 2”? If so, you may want to head into Manhattan over the weekend.

Watson Adventures is hosting a “How to Find Your Dragon Scavenger Hunt" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Kids ages 10 and older with their families can look for dragons hidden in the museum’s art. Hunt together in search of Speckled...

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Long Island website matches young workers with odd jobs

Ian Lavender, a student at North Shore High

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The idea came to Tom Cerna of Glenwood Landing last summer, when he was about to leave for vacation. The girl he usually paid to water his plants was going away the very same week, leaving him in the lurch.

Wouldn't it be great, he thought, if I could post the job on a website and find another local kid willing to earn a few bucks? So Cerna launched Youthire.com.

Now, people in need...

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Networking event for the college-bound

A networking event for the college-bound will take

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Grads of high school class of 2014 who are bound for college are invited to a free networking opportunity on Saturday.

Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with a diverse pool of male and female community role models representing the arts, business, academia, human services and local politics. There will also be refreshments, giveaways, beauty and health activities, entertainment...

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