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2020 Westchester Summer Camp Guide
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Summer Camp 2020

Ah, to be a kid in the summer…a time to say goodbye to the classroom and hello to fun in the sun! Summer camps and programs abound in Westchester County, where children can immerse themselves in in an environment that suits their interests, abilities and sched... More »

An astounding 45% of teenagers report being online “almost constantly” including while crossing the street.
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HeadsUp Rivertowns Aims to Better Inform Community

by Clara Firpo-Cappiello –  HeadsUp Rivertowns is a committee that aims to inform local parents and kids about safe ways to utilize technology in our ever-changing world.  Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, and Hastings-on-Hudson are all members ... More »

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Anti-Vaping Campaign Launched in Westchester County

by Robert Kimmel –  Widespread concerns about health hazards associated with vaping have led Westchester County to partner with several community groups to start a Vaping Prevention and Awareness Campaign. Westchester’s “commitment to public health” was cited ... More »

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You’re Going to College! But Where?

By Bettina Weil You survived the college application process, waited patiently for replies, and you got in—to several good colleges. Now it’s time to commit. Inevitably, questions arise: Will I fit in? Am I good enough to succeed there? Is it worth the financi... More »

WESTCHESTER COUNTY OFFERING FREE MEASLES VACCINES

  With eight cases of measles documented in Westchester children, the County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, is urging residents to check their own vaccination status and that of their children and then, if unvaccinated, get the MMR vaccine that protec... More »

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HVWC Student Showcase: Youth Edition

In this semi-regular series, the Hudson Valley Writers Center proudly showcases recent creative writing excerpts from local students in various genres and across ages and backgrounds. For more information on classes and events at the HVWC, visit writerscenter.... More »

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Dobbs Kids Doc Offers Free Care for Furloughed Fed Families

Like most Americans, Dr. Nitin Gupta, the Dobbs Ferry pediatrician whose Direct Primary Care, or “concierge” practice, was first publicized in The Hudson Independent, was deeply touched by the stories of federal workers and their families struggling to make en... More »

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What College Admissions Committees Are Really Looking For

by Bettina Weil Many students applying to college this fall will no doubt fret over every detail of their applications. The truth is, however, that college admissions committees do not treat all aspects of the application equally. So, students should take heed... More »

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Irvington High Junior Semifinalist in International Competition

by Anna Young –  Irvington High School junior Jerry Wu won semifinalist honors last month in the prestigious international Breakthrough Junior Challenge competition. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global initiative that aims to develop and demonstrate ... More »

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Kids’ Club of Tarrytown – And the Winner is….

And the Winner is….Everyone!: Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow was honored on Saturday, September 8 to receive a generous donation from Tarry Crest Swimming & Tennis Club from funds raised at their Ladies’ Member/Guest tennis tournament. Despite some ... More »

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Local Teens Gain Valuable Experience with Summer Jobs

by Tom Pedulla –  For teenagers facing an array of summer options, life can become complicated. For every lifeguard, there may be someone traveling with peers domestically or abroad on a Teen Tour. For every camp counselor sweating beneath the mid-day sun, the... More »

Daniel Livingston, a recent graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School.
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Local High School Students Give a Civics Lesson

by Charlene Weigel – No one likes to fail a test, especially as the school year comes to a close. On June 5, that sad news was delivered to a roomful of learners. The test? Distinguish fake from real news. The teachers? Juniors and seniors from Hackley School ... More »

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College Dreams – Kid’s Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow

Helping to Make College Dreams a Reality: Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, Inc. hosted its 5th Annual Breakfast for Bedding on June 19 at the home of Board President, Jennifer Green. More than 50 guests donated new dorm room bedding and gift cards for ... More »

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Student Hosts Forum on Gun Violence

by Anna Young –  With mass shootings a recurring incident nationwide, an Irvington High School student hosted a special gathering at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on May 23 to discuss measures that would put an end to the rash of gun violence and mass shooti... More »