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LI moms write essays for 'Chicken Soup' book on autism

Amy Giles of Huntington Station is a storyteller

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Two Long Island moms with children on the autism spectrum are storytellers in the new book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum" (Chicken Soup Publishing, $14.95).

Amy Giles of Huntington Station wrote "The Seven- Year Twitch," about the initial heartache of her daughter Julia's diagnosis and the joy of Julia's ultimate triumphs; Terri Manzione of Glen...

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'SNL' alum Molly Shannon talks motherhood and balancing it all

Molly Shannon talks motherhood, balancing it all, upcoming

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It's been about 10 years since Molly Shannon left behind her beloved "Saturday Night Live" characters for the big screen. Best known for portraying Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher and "licensed joyologist" Helen Madden, Shannon is currently starring in "Scary Movie 5" and is the Excedrin Extra Strength spokeswoman.

In 2004, the 48-year-old "Superstar"...

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'Sick days' for parents needed more now

Sick day standards are simply one more way

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New York City just passed a law requiring businesses with more than 15 employees to offer paid sick days, beginning in October 2015. The law also says that workers can't be fired for taking sick time.

This measure -- which is winning approval in other major cities like Seattle and Washington -- has been years in the making. But in all the debate, very little has been said about an underlying...

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Jessica Alba on Earth Day, 'The Honest Life' and motherhood

Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the 13th Annual

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From her chic sense of style, to her hands-on playdates at the park, to her eco-friendly business, we can’t get enough of Jessica Alba. After creating The Honest Company last year, the mom-of-two is now promoting her debut book, "The Honest Life" (Rodale, $22.99).

“It’s a colorful how-to guidebook for people who want to make a healthy and nontoxic home without giving up the fun fashionable...

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Study: Kids eat more fruit when sliced

Red apples on a wooden table. Delicious and

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It's the size of a snack that prompts kids to eat it, not necessarily because it's in fancy packaging, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab found kids eat more fruit, such as apples, when it's sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces.

While most parents know kids love to eat fruit that's easy to eat, in most school cafeterias, fruit is served...

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LI’s Developmental Disabilities Institute offers free workshop for caregivers

Marvin L. Colson, a clinical associate professor, and

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Smithtown-based Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), which serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, is holding a workshop for family caregivers and those who work with individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshop is designed to help caregivers recognize and overcome compassion fatigue. The workshop is on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall...

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Earth Day crafts for kids: Coffee ground fossils

Try coffee ground fossils from Disney's Spoonful.com, just

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With Earth Day approaching there's no better time than now to talk to your kids about reducing, reusing and recycling. If you're looking for something to do with your kids in honor of Earth Day, why not create your own fossils to display by using old coffee grounds? Try this fun Earth Day craft from Disney's Spoonful.com:

Coffee Ground Fossils

What you'll need - 1 cup of used coffee...

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St. Charles Hospital's free pediatric health fair on Saturday

The St. Charles Hospital Pediatric Health Fair takes

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Looking for something to do on Saturday? Head out to the Port Jefferson Health and Wellness Expo in the Port Jefferson Village.

As part of the Health and Wellness Expo, St. Charles Hospital is hosting a free Pediatric Health Fair for kids and parents alike.

Children will receive free dental, scoliosis and diabetes screenings and have the chance to participate in free bike safety and...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Earth Day, 'Snow White,' festivals and more

Children enjoying the rice boat at the Maritime

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Earth Day and "Snow White" to a children's festival, a scavenger hunt, crafts and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:

1. National DNA Day Scavenger Hunt at the DNA Learning Center, 334 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. On Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m....

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A Long Island mom's view of new standardized testing

We won?t know until the kids get the

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Two of my children took the controversial new state exams Monday. This year’s tests, thought to be more rigorous than those used in the past, for the first time, reflect new national Common Core curriculum standards. State authorities have already warned that passing rates statewide could fall 30 percentage points or more when tests are scored but I am not having any anxiety attacks yet.

My...

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