Maker Faire in NYC this week/weekend

Though I do my best to highlight what is on the UWS or easy to get to, I have to share with you this amazing since and innovation opportunity for families.  I’m so glad my kids love science and creativity!  Check the website for more info.


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Recognizing Beauty: Helping your Child Cultivate a Healthy Body Image

As our children grow older and more aware of their surroundings, we can always inform ourselves of the latest insights for helping them through this journey.  This talk appealed to me when it came through my email since I studied media and its impact on society as well as my background working at one of the world’s biggest beauty companies.  We must be careful about the values we teach our children.  I know I plan to sign up for this talk. It would be great if my daughters’ friends know the same info so they are all together in great groups of friends… thoughtful, kind, age-appropriate…

A free webinar for parents and caregivers…
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Recognizing Beauty: Helping your Child Cultivate a Healthy Body Image
A free webinar for parents and caregivers from the Child Study Center at NYU Langone

We invite you to a 30-minute webinar featuring Andrea Vazzana, PhD, Attending Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

In this webinar, Dr. Vazzana will discuss the nature of body image, its impact on self-esteem, and its perilous role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and other illnesses, and share cutting-edge strategies to help children better accept and appreciate their bodies.

Tuesday, September 29 @ 1pm Eastern | Register HERE
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A new gluten free and kosher bakery on the UWS!!

I just heard about a new bakery on the UWS and given how many people I keep hearing about who need gluten-free or dairy-free plus Kosher… I thought I’d share this!

Kosher-Pareve, Gluten-free, Dairy-Free and Delicious layer cakes! gluten-free challah!
By the Way Bakery
2442 Broadway (between 90th & 91st Streets)
New York City
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Beware of man offering candy to kids on the UWS…

This email is being widely circulated around the neighborhood.  Many friend suggested that I share this here in case you have younger children or have not had this email forwarded to you.  We all need to be on alert when we are at the playground or out and about – whether in school or not.  It would also be wise to talk with anyone who is caring for our children so we are consistent with how we handle these situations or how much we tell our kids to prepare for such contact with a stranger.  Let’s keep our kids safe.

If anyone knows what the school suggests we do if we encounter this man again, please post here… aside from calling 911!

From: Federici Suzan (03M087) <>
Date: Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 9:43 AM
Subject: Incident 6/23/15
To: Federici Suzan (03M087) <>, Rodriguez Jacqueline (03M087) <>
Cc: Berry Monica (03M087) <>, Kissane Barbara (03M087) <>, Marner Margaret <>

Dear Parents,

It has been reported to us that a man in a black suv was in front of our school this morning.  He got out of his car and approached two children telling them he had candy and asking if they wanted to come into this car.  The children did not respond to the man.

This incident was reported to me and in turn I reported it to school safety.  The police responded and they are now aware of what happened.  There will be an increased police presence the last few days of school.

The teachers are aware of the incident and will be reminding their children about safety and strangers.

I ask that you be diligent when you are walking the neighborhood with your children.

Thank you,


Suzan M. Federici

Assistant Principal

PS 87

160 West 78th Street

New York City, NY, 10024

P-212 678 2826

F-212 678 5886

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The Berenstain Bears Live! on the UWS all summer

When the Berenstain Bears musical came to the UWS five years ago, I rushed to go see it with my family.  Many people have told me since that they saw it and loved it too – since it brought the beloved books to life for their families.

I recently learned that the show will be going on throughout the entire summer at its home on the Upper West Side (at MMAC).   Over the last five years, the show was on tour with brief stops in NYC.  Now we have a built-in summer activity.  After the summer, the show will go back on tour, come back to NYC for the holidays, and go back out on tour again.

My kids recently started bringing out their Berenstain Bear books to read to themselves, now that they can read. I used to read the books to them….  So we plan to go see the show a second time!  I highly recommend this show no matter what the age and stage of your kids.

248 W. 60th Street (b/w Amsterdam and West End Ave.)
(866) 811-4111


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Vote for the Prenatal Yoga Center for a Small Business Grant

When 1 person has an impact on most every MOTHER I have met on the Upper West Side, I say, let’s support her! Please vote for the Prenatal Yoga Center for this Small Business Grant. Deb Flashenberg deserves our support.

“Changing Lives One Birth At A Time” – Prenatal Yoga Center is a resource center offering yoga, childbirth education, and a nurturing community to new and expectant parents. – See more at:

251 W 72nd St 2F
New York, NY 10023

– See more at:

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Please ask NY State representatives to support this Education Tax Credit Bill

Please ask NY State representatives to support this Education Tax Credit.  I have spent many hours and multiple visits to Albany and locally talking with NY State representatives on behalf of our NY State children.  This tax credit bill had been combined with another act which held it back in the last round of negotiations. We have one more chance to get it passed.  PLEASE, if you live in NY, especially the Upper West Side where Linda Rosenthal does not support the bill but rather the uniformed teacher’s union, please send an email to help. I am happy to tell you more about this if you reach out to me personally.

I commit much energy to this issue and am asking for you to do this one thing to have your voice heard by our elected officials. This supports BOTH PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC schools!             Thank you.    

The letter can be sent via this website:

I urge you to support the Governor’s Parental Choice in Education Act and Education Tax Credit. As a constituent, I believe it’s critical that my local representatives support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York State and increase investment in education.

The Education Tax Credit will provide for $150 million in tax credits annually that will:

· Encourage donations to critical school projects like art and music classes, tutoring, and career counseling
· Reimburse public school teachers who purchase supplies for their classrooms
· Encourage donations to pay for scholarships for low and middle income students who attend public or private schools.
· Provide a $500 tax credit to low-income families who send their children to religious or private schools
Please take action today so the Education Tax Credit becomes law and all children across New York will have greater access to a quality education.

The Governor’s Parental Choice in Education Act will support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York State and will increase investment in education by encouraging more charitable donations – donations that benefit all students regardless of what type of school they attend.

The Parental Choice in Education Act includes the Education Tax Credit which allows for $150 million in education tax credits annually:

  • Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools
  • Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school
  • Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and
  • Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies.

How the Tax Credits Work

Family Choice Education Credit – $70 million in credits

This tax credit will provide credits to families of religious and private school students. Families with incomes below $60,000 per year would qualify for up to $500 per student for tuition expenses, which will benefit approximately 140,000 children and approximately 82,000 families across the state.

Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit – $70 million in credits

This portion of the Parental Choice in Education Act will benefit children especially from low-income and working-class families by expanding private K-12 scholarship opportunities and increasing resources for public school programming.

Scholarships for Low-Income Students – $50 million in credits

The proposed Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit is the most effective and realistic approach to provide equal educational access to greater numbers of children from low-income and working-class families. This tax credit will expand access to religious and private schools that many families rely on as alternatives by funding $67 million in scholarships for low-income students. By expanding the availability of K-12 scholarships, more children will have more quality educational options than are available currently.

Individuals and businesses can receive a tax credit for up to 75 percent of their donations made to not-for-profit organizations that award scholarships to private and out-of-district public schools based on financial need of the students’ families.

Funding for Public School Programs – $20 million in credits

Non-profit organizations that serve children in public schools, for example, by operating pre-Kindergarten or after-school programs, or providing arts, music, tutoring or other educational activities, require revenue sources in various forms. Under this portion of the Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit, public school students and educators will benefit from $27 million in new funds for education improvement programs. It will substantially increase the ability of these organizations to raise charitable funds and expand their educational reach in the communities they serve.

Individuals and businesses will be able to receive a total of $20 million in tax credits for up to 75 percent of their donations made to public schools and not-for-profits that support public schools’ educational programs, including Pre-K and extended-day programs.

Instructional Materials and Supplies Credit – $10 million in credits

This tax credit will reimburse teachers who pay out of their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms. Public school teachers will be eligible for $200 to support the purchase of instructional materials and supplies for use in classrooms. This credit will benefit educators and students throughout the state, and will be administered on a first come, first served basis.

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Greta Greene – with love from the Upper West Side

I can not stop thinking about Greta Greene, the 2 year old who sadly, lost her life due to the loose bricks of the cherished Esplanade Senior Center.  It is such a special building and home to those in our community and it is so very sad that those tiny bricks ended the life a tiny child.  I understand her Grandmother lives in our neighborhood, while she and her family lived in Brooklyn.

I’m sure I am in good company with all of you who will think of the potential Greta had in life as we walk by that building for years to come.

Hug your children, parents and grandparents.  Life is so precious.

My thoughts and compassion go out to her mourning family.

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Watch for woman who has tried to kidnap UWS kids

Update: She was arrested.

A friend of mine told me tonight that this woman was seen on 86th & Central Park West this afternoon. Tell your caregivers, grandparents and yourself, to keep a close eye on your kids!


Nanny thwarts kidnap attempt in Central Park playground

Published: Friday, May 15, 2015, 11:54 PM
The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.DCPI

The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.

A woman tried to snatch a 2-year-old boy playing on a swingset in Central Park this week — but was shooed away by the child’s nanny, authorities said Friday.

The would-be kidnapper entered the Heckscher Playground near Center Drive and W. 59th St. around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and tried to abduct the child from a swing but was stopped by the nanny, who was with the toddler’s brother nearby.

The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.

The victim’s family reported the incident Thursday and helped police cobble together a sketch of the woman.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this woman’s whereabouts to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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32nd Annual Hippo Playground Spring Fair SUNDAY

You know you’ll know most of the people there.  What a fun event!

32nd Annual Hippo Playground Spring Fair

Sunday, May 3, 2015

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Join the Hippo Playground Project for their 32nd Annual Spring Fair and help raise essential funds for Hippo Playground maintenance and programs. Activities for children will include a jumping castle, pony rides, petting zoo, a maze, face painting, games, prizes and more!

Volunteers are needed. The success of the Fair depends on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time so generously. It’s fun and a great way to give back. Pass out hot dogs, or guide children through the maze or petting zoo. Volunteer for this event. Shifts are from 9:45am – 1pm or 12:45pm – 4pm.

Hippo Playground in Riverside Park Accessible

Directions to this location


Tickets or bracelets for rides and games can be purchased at the entrance.

Event Organizer

Riverside Park Conservancy, The Hippo Playground Project

Contact Number

(212) 870-3070

Contact Email

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