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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.

Frequent Facebook use could increase eating disorder risk

Facebook use may affect eating habits.

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College women who spent 20 minutes in a laboratory looking at their Facebook page demonstrated weight and shape concerns that could increase their risk for developing an eating disorder, according to a study led by researchers at Florida State University.

Women who placed greater importance on receiving comments and “likes” on their status updates and were more likely to untag photos of themselves...

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Five children's book illustrators are finalists for award

"Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" is a finalist for

Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award competition. The award, given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., recognizes excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.

The finalists include “Cheer Up, Mouse!” written and illustrated by Jed Henry, “Frog Song,” illustrated by Gennady...

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Autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' Friday in Garden City

An autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' is scheduled

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An “autism-friendly” performance of “Aesop’s Fables” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday at The Long Island Children’s Museum Theater, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. The live performance has been adapted to create a supportive environment that addresses the needs of those on the autism spectrum and with other sensory sensitivities, according to the museum.

Sound and light levels will be modulated...

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'Free to Be You and Me' for special needs on Long Island

A new program for teens of varying degrees

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A new program for teens of varying degrees of special needs and spectrum disorders is culminating in their modified performance of the play "Free to Be You and Me" on Sunday in Commack.

The five kids in the "In The Spotlight" program have been rehearsing for 12 weeks, and the performance is low-pressure, says Rochele Seskin, co-artistic director of the Theater Arts Center of the Suffolk Y...

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Stroller Strides has new owner in Nassau County

Cara Winer of Woodbury is the new owner

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The Stroller Strides franchise that spans most of Nassau County has a new owner — Cara Winer, 39, of Woodbury.

Winer did the exercise program with her daughter when the baby was about 6 months old. When she heard that former owner Beth Kichel of Bellmore was ready to sell, the then-stay-at-home mom approached her husband, Keith, with the idea of taking on the territory, and he loved it. “He...

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New Sky Zone indoor trampoline park open in Deer Park

Sophia Tackett, 2, of Lindenhurst, plays at the

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Jacqueline Auer of Babylon watches her son, J.T. Ging, 2, bounce around the trampoline court at the new Sky Zone indoor trampoline park in Deer Park. “He is so excited,” she says. “We’ve been cooped up all winter. He gets to burn off that energy.”

Auer organized a trip to toddler open play at Sky Zone for The Moms Club of Babylon Township. Member Christina Tackett of Lindenhurst brought daughters...

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