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Outdoor zip-line park to open on Long Island

A new zipline park is scheduled to open

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Zip lines – cables that kids, teens and grownups can ride from tree to tree – will be featured at the new Adventure Park at Long Island scheduled to open in Wheatley Heights on June 21.

The aerial forest ropes park will also include a series of “challenge bridges” between tree platforms. The zip lines and bridges are connected in a series of different color-coded "treetop trails" that range...

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The CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale is sponsoring its first Children’s Playwright Competition to encourage unpublished writers by providing the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others through all stages of production.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

Characters from the TV show "Arthur" play a

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Characters from the kids TV show “Arthur” star in a new Arthur Family Health website, aiming to make topics such as food allergies, nutrition and fitness understandable for children.

Binky, for instance, has a peanut allergy, and his segment features printable activities and an interactive quiz. The segment on nutrition shows how Arthur, D.W., and their friends struggle to maintain a healthy...

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Autism on the rise: 1 in 68 children diagnosed

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

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Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...

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School should be ashamed of 'My Little Pony' bullying solution

Nine-year-old Grayson Bruce is bullied at his North

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Pass me the dunce cap -- I have a school district that really deserves to wear it.

An elementary school in North Carolina told a 9-year-old boy who was being bullied because he carried a “My Little Pony” backpack – featuring a character from a TV show stereotypically seen as a girl’s domain – that he could no longer bring the bag to school.

That’s the way they solved the bullying problem?

This...

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Smartphones may cause distracted parenting

A Boston Medical Center study found a third

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You've heard of distracted driving, and smartphones now may be to blame for distracted parenting, a new study says.

Researchers from Boston Medical Center followed random families in 15 local fast food restaurants and observed the interactions between family members, noting in particular the reactions children had when a parent swiped through their smartphones.

The study, published in...

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Unlimited Wendy's Jr. Frostys for $1

Wendy's offers a special deal on its Jr.

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Wendy’s newest slogan: Doing good never tasted so good.

Through mid-April, customers can buy a Frosty Key Tag for $1 while supplies last, which will get them a free Jr. Frosty every time they present the tag with their purchase through Aug. 31. There’s a limit of one free Jr. Frosty per customer per purchase.

All sales of the Frosty Key Tag benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,...

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Shopping cart injuries send 66 kids to ER each day, study says

Sixty-six children a day are treated for shopping

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Sixty-six children a day are treated for shopping cart-related injuries, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Researchers examined data of children younger than 15 who were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 through 2011 for injuries associated with shopping carts. "About...

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Infantino recalls teething toy sold at Target due to choking hazard

Infantino recalled 191,000 teething toys on Feb. 20,

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Parents take note: Infantino is recalling about 191,000 teething toys due to a choking hazard. The toys were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at Target.com.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall involves the Infantino Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toy. The squeaking toy is made of soft orange rubber, and the tail of the...

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