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College fair is packed with students, parents

Alyssa Drake, 17, left, of Dix Hills, and

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I went to my first college fair recently at the Long Island Hilton in Melville. My son –  who will be going to college in the fall of 2014 – stayed home to study because it was a weeknight and he had an AP Physics exam the next day.

So I waded through the tables and tables of colleges – more than 200 of them in this trade-show-style event -- myself. The organizers of the "Spring...

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Dusty, star of 'Disney’s Planes,' at Bethpage Air Show

Dusty, from "Disney's Planes," due in theaters Aug.

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It's the 10th anniversary of the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach this weekend, and there's a special addition to the lineup kids won't want to miss.

Dusty, star of "Disney's Planes," which is due in theaters on Aug. 9, will make an appearance at the Bethpage Air Show. "Disney's Planes" is a 3-D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with...

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Memorial Day fun for kids on Long Island

Kids --- and wagons -- decked out in

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Looking for things to do with the kids besides heading to the beach, a parade or a barbecue? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Memorial Day celebrations and more, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are 10 fun, family-friendly activities for Memorial Day weekend:

1. Brookhaven Fair at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville) Families can enjoy...

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'Kites for a Cure' on Saturday

Bryce Krezenski, left, and Shannon Manley, center, share

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Take a break this weekend from barbecues and fly a kite with your family to benefit lung cancer research.

The 7th annual "Kites for a Cure" will take place on Saturday in Southampton to raise money for Uniting Against Lung Cancer, an organization founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a Southampton resident and nonsmoker who lost her battle with lung cancer.

The family...

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Feeding the kids: Strawberry Tartlets

The Quickie Strawberry Tartlets can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a quick and easy strawberry dessert. I found the recipe in "Old-School Comfort Food," by Alex Guarnaschelli (Clarkson Potter; $30).

Quickie Strawberry Tartlets (Makes 30 to 35 tartlets)

Ingredients - 1 lemon - 1/4 cup granulated sugar - 1 pound small to medium strawberries,...

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10 celeb moms who out-earn their partners

"Pretty Woman" star Julia Roberts was ranked the

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A recent survey found that more half of American women were considered the primary breadwinners in the family. So CelebrityBabyScoop.com looked at 10 celebrity moms who cash in at higher levels than their partners.

Jessica Alba Mom of daughters Honor, 4, and Haven, 1, Jessica Alba has an estimated net worth of $20 million. While her husband Cash Warren is a Yale...

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Jean Chatzky: 5 things parents can do now to save for kids' college funds

Jean Chatzky, bestselling author, finance expert and television

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Whether your kids are 5, 10 or 15, it's never too early or too late to start saving for their future. There are many small changes you can make now that will yield big results for your children's college funds.

I reached out to Jean Chatzky, bestselling author, finance expert and television commentator who is teaching a series of interactive, monthly, college-style online personal finance...

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Breast milk jewelry and other interesting parenting trends

NuRoo designed a baby wearing shirt to encourage

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As a mom of a 2-year-old daughter with another on the way, I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the parenting world, whether it's products, clothing, tips or tricks. When I came across a list of trends on BabyCenter.com I was a bit surprised by the things parents are buzzing about this year. Take a look:

1. Breast milk jewelry: Forget lockets with your baby's picture in it or a simple...

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Manhasset schools plant organic gardens

Three Manhasset schools plant organic gardens as part

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Manhasset students have acquired a green thumb. Recently, children in grades K-12 broke ground at Munsey Park School, Shelter Rock School and the Secondary School for a special garden project and outdoor classroom called Planet Manhasset.

The idea of organic gardening at the schools came from the Manhasset School District's SCA (their version of a PTA), and the school board in hopes that the...

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Moms believe their kids are unprepared to get a job

One-third of moms believe their children are financially

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Only one-third of mothers believe their children ages 18 and younger are well prepared for their financial future according to a new study.

McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union surveyed 300 mothers (polled by Toluna, PLC) and found 49 percent believe their children are unprepared to get a job, 44 percent believe their children will not be able to finance college and nearly one-third feel their...

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