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Beth Whitehouse

Beth Whitehouse is Newsday's parenting writer covering everything parents think about, talk about and do on Long Island. Her blended family includes Teen Son, Teen Stepdaughter and Hubby, whom she married in 2009, as well as cat Milo and guinea pig Wallace.

Indoor go-kart racing track opens in Farmingdale

A new, indoor, electric go-kart racing venue called

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A new, indoor, electric go-kart racing venue called Pole Position Raceway has opened in Farmingdale, offering kids and adults the chance to race at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.

Kelley Dolce and her son, Alex, 10, were on a shopping trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club last week when Alex spotted the nearby building out of the corner of his eye, with its exterior bordered like a black-and-white checkered...

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Advanced teen driver education course Saturday

The non-profit, Georgia-based Tire Rack Street Survival is

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Tire Rack Street Survival school is bringing its advanced teen drivers education course to Nassau Coliseum from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

This nonprofit teen driving school is held at local venues around the country and organized by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation in conjunction with the Sports Car Club of America, Porsche Club of America and other groups. The goals are to teach...

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College students swamp Westbury Container Store

The College Savings Event at the Container Store

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The Container Store in Westbury looked like a movie theater premiering the latest “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” flick Sunday at 7:15 p.m., with a line snaking from the door and past the adjacent Trader Joe’s.

Turns out The Container Store was holding its annual College Savings Event. The festive special event was held after hours, from 7:30 to 9:30, and attendees got a 20 percent discount.

That...

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Kids learn to pitch tents, make s'mores in Oyster Bay

Kids will pitch tents and sing around the

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Want your kids to have a group camping experience but not ready to leave them in the wilderness overnight? Drop them off at the “Kids Night Out! The Great OutS’mores” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay.

The kids will learn to pitch tents together, search for insects, do a scavenger hunt, use compasses, play nature games...

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It's Mom and Dad's turn to go to summer camp at Usdan

The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing

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It's Mom and Dad's turn to head to summer day camp on Friday, when the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd.,  Wheatley Heights, holds its 11th annual “Usdan University” for grownups.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with morning classes, including organic gardening and cooking; digital photography; painting; potter’s wheel ceramics; Broadway jazz dance,...

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College dorm shopping must-haves

DormCo.com is an online retailer offers furniture, bedding,

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Even though it's July, it's time to start college dorm room shopping. Here are some must-have items and recommendations of where to buy college supplies:

PBdorm has launched its Fall 2014 Collection for college-bound students. It includes bedding essentials, wall decor and storage options. View the complete collection broken into categories such as sleep, shower, storage and study at PBdorm.com.

DormCo.com...

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Children's garden day on Saturday

Children's Garden Day will take place at Clark

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Come dressed as your favorite insect for the Children’s Garden Day at Clark Botanic Garden (193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson) on Saturday.

Children and their families can play garden-oriented games to win prizes, make a garden craft, take a picture as a bumblebee, a butterfly or a flower, listen to Mother Goose read stories and visit the Honey Bee Tea Room. Plus, take a walk to the gift shop...

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Long Island mom's Glovies invention protects little hands

A Long Island mom invented Glovies -- multipurpose

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Josephine Geraci’s big idea germinated – excuse the pun – during a trip to a public restroom when her oldest child was 3. The Lloyd Neck mom was so horrified by the germs in that bathroom that she didn’t want him to touch anything.

She invented a disposable, waterproof kids’ mitten that he could wear to protect his hands, along the lines of disposable latex gloves. When she tried to sell them,...

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Girls with scoliosis gather on LI for 2nd International Convention

Alexa Castelli, a member of the Long Island

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More than 100 girls with scoliosis from 30 states, Canada and England were on Long Island this week for the Second International Curvy Girls Convention.

From Sunday to Tuesday, the girls and 120 parents or guardians gathered at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Hauppauge. Events included an empowering fashion show and dinner, where 55 of the girls modeled clothing that complemented the braces they...

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