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Acorn Advice: Tips for a successful school year

What do I mean by successful? Well, I don’t mean straight As and accolades. Those things can be very nice when they come, but they shouldn’t be the focus or even the goal we are asking our kids to shoot for.

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Back in the routine

Make school day mornings easier for the family this September

Mornings can be hectic, as getting kids ready for school and out the door on time is not always easy.

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Local student recognized for animal rights activism

Abby Serfilippi has been known locally for her work in animal protection, but now the attention has gone national.

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Camp Colonie helps students with disabilities

For more than 20 years, the Easter Seals Camp Colonie has been giving campers a little piece of magic in the Capital District.

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Local couple’s storybook romance involves fight to fix son’s heart

Two-and-a-half-year-old Emmett doesn’t completely understand that he needs open heart surgery, but he does know what going to the doctor’s office means.

New Mom Notes: This time last year

This time last year, I was going to have a baby—but I didn’t know it yet.

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Acorn Advice: Getting into the groove of back-to-school

Question: My kids will be back in school before I know it. What’s the best way to get back into a routine after a summer of late nights and sleeping in?

Back-to-school shopping a strain

Local food pantries collecting school supplies for families in need of them

While children squeal in glee at the prospect of buying their favorite cartoon character printed on every folder, binder and pencil imaginable, parents know all too well the frustratingly high costs that lie behind this excitement.

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2015 Afterschool Enrichment Guide

If you are looking for ways to keep your kids occupied and entertained during the school year, check out the following list featuring options for preschool, private school, and afterschool care and activities.

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Local mom is Ms. American Beauty

Rookie pageant contestant wins national title

As a first time beauty pageant contestant, Erin Ford of Guilderland is now the latest crowned winner of the Ms. American Beauty Pageant.

New mom notes: Growing Pains

Yesterday, I gently held my infant son’s upper -body still as a nurse administered his first immunizations. I knew it wouldn’t be a picnic. I was right.

Family Chow: Going Greek for Summer

As our northeastern version of summer took its time arriving, the Family Chow got a bit impatient and decided to seek out ways to get into the mood of long sunny days spent lounging by cooling bodies of water.

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Champions of music

Charitable group under Albany Symphony Orchestra fights to keep music alive in area schools

The gift of music leaves a lasting impression on those who receive it.

Triple threat: Catching a glimpse

Answering life’s questions, and learning more about future plans

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Parent stories: Double decker sandwich

When my son arrived home from his second year of college with his laundry bags stuffed to capacity, it hit me, once again, how unconventional my life is now.

Wild and crazy stuff about animals

Local author to sign books at Stuyvesant Plaza

Did you know a female kangaroo is called a flyer?

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Fresh frozen yogurt

New shop opens in Latham, makes treats from scratch

Frozen yogurt connoisseurs Jim and Lisa Cervone see a full house most nights at their shop in Massachusetts, so they decided to expand their business westward.

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Birthdays: Capital District listings for party planning

Want to plan a party to remember? Check out these vendors for fun options at any price.

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Raiderfest takes over Colonie

Second annual community-wide event is hosted by high school

After the success of last year’s Raiderfest, South Colonie’s iCARE students are preparing for the second, which will include more activities and events than the last.

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Go play!

After two years without one, Maplewood School has a playground

After two years of waiting, Achievements and Kids Express Learning Center at Maplewood School opened a new playground, complete with a rock-climbing wall, teeter totter and balance beam.

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