American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

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Peggy Lundquist

Peggy is a researcher in Newsday’s photo department and an avid "American Idol" fan, having gone to the summer concert for the past five years with the same group of family and friends. "'Idol' is one of the few shows we watch as a family, as it provides a common ground for interesting, sometimes heated, discussion." Her group includes her four-year old granddaughter Alex, who attended her first "Idol" concert when she was just two and one-half, sitting in a front-row seat enjoying the "Adam Lambert experience." Peggy will blog and contrast the perspective of the youngster/tween/teen/adult.

Happy Grandparents Day

For National Grandparents Day, visits to Long Island's

(Credit: Regina Lundquist)

Established in 1978, National Grandparents Day, observed on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day, will celebrate its 36th anniversary on Sept. 7.

In 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation that asked grandparents “to commit to do something grand and share your wisdom, perspectives and key civic values with young people and advocate on their behalf.” He likewise asked grandchildren...

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A family-friendly North Fork day trip

Amanda Lundquist, 8, of West Islip, plucked the

(Credit: Peggy Lundquist)

My family recently went on our 13th annual pilgrimage to the North Fork, and we were blessed by Mother Nature with perfect weather.

My husband and I, our three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren, who range in age from 11 to 5, caravanned in three cars with a designated driver in each, as our trip included a visit to three wineries: Martha Clara Vineyards on Sound Avenue in...

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