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JCPenney offers free sitting for Parents magazine cover contest

Pictured is the winner of last year's Parents

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If you’re thinking of entering your child in the annual Parents magazine cover model contest, JCPenney has offered to help with a free sitting, digital image and 8 x 10 portrait.

To enter, parents of children from newborn to 6 years old upload a photo of the child to the Parents magazine Facebook page, or upload their professional JCPenney Portraits image to parents.com/JCPPortraits.

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Amateur children's playwrights compete to have play produced on Long Island

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is

(Credit: CM Performing Arts Center)

Think you can write a play for kids? Start typing.

The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is sponsoring its first Children’s Playwright Competition to encourage unpublished writers by providing the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others through all stages of production.

The show must have two acts and can be up to two hours long. Any music must either be original...

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Funny, poignant videos by teens encourage safer driving

A scene from one of the 10 finalists

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The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asked teens nationwide to create videos shorter than 90 seconds that would inspire friends to drive more safely, and more than 1,000 teens answered the call. The top 10 finalists are now online so the public can vote for the winners.

The videos ranging from humorous to poignant, show how distracted driving can change lives forever. One video shows a fortune...

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Sign up now for Diaper Derby at Roosevelt Field on Saturday

The Smith Haven Mall?s Diaper Derby on March

(Credit: Chuck Fadely)

Did you miss the Diaper Derby last month at the Smith Haven Mall? You’ve got another chance to enter your tiny tot when Roosevelt Field mall holds its first Diaper Derby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Babies younger than 1 who are not yet walking can compete in the crawling competition. Entry is free, but the deadline to sign up is Thursday at Simon Guest Services at Roosevelt Field, 630...

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Nearly 60 babies compete in Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall

Lauren Marra, from Commack, lifts up first-place crawler

(Credit: Chuck Fadely)

TV remotes. Key rings. A mirror. A dancing blue pig. A stuffed chicken. Rattles. Smartphones. And, by far the parental favorite -- yellow canisters of Gerber Graduates Puffs.

These are items parents used as bait to try to lure their babies down their race lanes at the first Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Sunday. It was hard to tell which was funnier -- the crawling babies,...

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Babies compete in Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall

A Diaper Derby comes to the Smith Haven

(Credit: Simon Malls)

Babies, start your engines.

Smith Haven Mall is having its first Diaper Derby competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Center Court. Crawlers under the age of 12 months who aren’t walking yet are eligible to compete. The fastest crawlers will win first, second and third place trophies and prizes.

The event will be hosted by Dana and Jayson from WBLI in the Morning. It’s free...

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