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Raising a family in New York has its own set of advantages and trials, and our Family & Parenting section can help to provide you with tips and tricks from other local Long Island parents. From keeping the kids quiet on long car rides, to the best recreation spots, we've got you covered with insights on the topics that matter most to parents.

Update: West Islip High School Receives Third Threat of Violence in a Week

The West Islip High School went into lockdown after receiving its third threat of violence in the span of a week.

Visitors and Locals Have a Ball at the 2014 Greenport Maritime Festival

Plenty of maritime merriment was had this weekend at the Greenport Maritime Festival!

Commack School District Releases Statement on Student T-Shirt "Rape Joke"

The Commack School District has released the following statement.

Camping Underneath the Fall Foliage: Campsites that are Open Through Autumn

Campsites are still open, so take advantage of the slower season to spend a relaxing weekend camping on Long Island!

Where to Find Furry Friends to Pet This Fall

Have some fun down on this farm this Fall petting cute animals!

Designing Your Own One-of-a-Kind Scarecrow

Making a scarecrow is far more fun than buying one, and you can even style it exactly the way you want it!

Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus, EV-D68, Confirmed in Children in NY

In addition to the flu season coming upon us, parents and children also need to be vigilant of a serious respiratory virus, called EV-D68. Its spread is causing some children to be hospitalized.

Get Your Flu Shot! Flu Season Begins as Early as October, Says CDC

It can take two weeks for your body to develop full protection after receiving a flu shot. Health officials are encouraging people to get their annual flu shot in before the start of October.

Hot Spots: Weekend Watch for Festivities near the Harbor, Comedy & Other Events

Before we say good-bye to summer, get out there and enjoy all the fun festivities taking place near the harbor. Also head out to all the other great nightlife events throughout Long Island.

Mount Sinai Student Arrested After Making Bomb, Shooting Threats

A Mount Sinai freshman was taken into custody after allegedly using a social media app, Yik Yak, to threaten to bomb his school.

Sink a Hole-In-One in Celebration of National Mini Golf Day!

Go out and sink a hole-in-one in celebration of National Mini Golf Day this September 21st!

Enjoying the East End this Autumn: Wine Tasting, Foliage, and More

Pick a weekend to go on a day trip to Long Island's beautiful East End and take part in some great fall activities, including apple and pumpkin picking, wine tasting, and fall foliage.

Awesome Art Exhibits Around Long Island

Visit a Long Island art museum this Autumn to experience the beauty and creativity of various talented artists!

Making Fall Chores Fun With The Whole Family

Fall chores shouldn’t be a one man job! Make it fun and have the whole family help out.

After-School Enrichment Activities for Your Child

Whether your child needs a creative outlet or a little extra help with classwork, after-school activities can help any student succeed!

Hot Spots: Weekend Watch for LI Comedy, Family-Friendly Festivals & Other Events

This weekend on Long Island is packed with fun for the whole family! From festivals, comedy shows to music performances, there's plenty to do.

Creatively Cool Textbook Covers for Class

Protect your textbooks this year with these cool textbook covers!

Locals Have a Blast at the 2014 East Northport Festival

The 19th Annual East Northport Festival was a huge hit with locals and visitors alike!

School Lunches For Non-Sandwich Eaters

School lunches can get boring when you don’t mix things up. Wow your kids with these tasty, non-sandwich lunches!

Kate Middleton is Pregnant with Second Child

Adorable little Prince George will soon have a sibling! Prince William and wife Kate are expecting baby no. 2.
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