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Fourth of July 'sparklers' for kids

The Fourth of July pretzel sparklers can be

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Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this festive holiday, create these kid-friendly "sparklers," perfect for the whole family. I found the fun snack idea in the June/July issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Sweet & Salty Sparklers

What you'll need- 1 cup white chocolate chips- 12 pretzel rods- Red and blue sprinkles- Red and blue M&Ms

Directions1. Cover a baking sheet with waxed...

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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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Fourth of July weekend events for kids on Long Island

Dress to get wet during the Sprinkler Dance

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Looking for things to do with the kids besides hitting the beach or heading to barbecues? From carnivals and crafts to performances, Fourth of July celebrations and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are 8 fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

July Fourth Celebration at Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill (55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville). A July Fourth celebration featuring...

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Feeding the kids: Fourth of July flag cake

The festive flag cake recipe, perfect for the

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a festive dessert, perfect for the Fourth of July. I found the recipe on Foodnetwork.com.

Flag Cake(12 to 16 servings)

IngredientsFor the cake:- Nonstick cooking spray- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour- 1/3 cup stone-ground white cornmeal- 1 teaspoon baking powder- 1 teaspoon baking soda-...

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Fourth of July crafts for kids

This undated photo provided by Amanda Kingloff shows

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The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during kids' summer vacation. And by now, they're bored.

Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday's fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.

"There's so much enthusiasm around this holiday," says Amanda Kingloff of New York...

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Family-friendly performances in July on Long Island

A performance of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,

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Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout July to help you plan a fun-filled day.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport)...

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Tips for transitioning from high school to college life

Classroom chalkboard.

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High school graduates may be raring to head off to college and settle into their dorm rooms but it might behoove them to consider a few tips that could help them transition successfully to college life.

To be successful in their new habitat, students should be able to acclimate academically, socially, and be able to separate without too much anxiety, said Dr. Merry McVey-Noble, staff psychologist...

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Host a Fresh Air Fund kid for one week this summer

The Fresh Air Fund is seeking families to

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Are you open to hosting an inner city child from a low-income family for one week this summer through The Fresh Air Fund?

The nonprofit places more than 4,000 New York City children ages 6 to 18 with host families in rural, suburban and small-town communities in 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Host families aren’t paid.

“I’ve been hosting for 13 years,” says Eileen Rauchenberger...

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5 over-the-top celebrity kid birthday parties

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrate North West's

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In Hollywood, celebrity parents shell out unbelievable amounts of money to throw big birthday parties for their babies.

Celebrity Baby Scoop looked at five celebrity tots whose birthday bashes rank among the most lavish seen in the last few years.

North West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went all out for North’s first birthday party, which was branded by the couple as “Kidchella.”...

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Long Island students decorate caps for graduation

Marissa Fitlin, left, and Marielle Erdheim of Half

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Marielle Erdheim's class at Half Hollow Hills High School East had graduation practice Thursday, and afterward many of the seniors headed to ... Michael's.

"Our entire school was there," said senior Erdheim, 17, of Melville. The seniors bought glitter and rhinestones and felt letters and glue at the crafts store because there was work to be done. Their caps and gowns had just been distributed,...

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