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May 10, 2011
The coaches at Easton High School have apparently seen lacrosse players Casey Edsall and Graham Dennis with the lighter and pocket knife that landed the two with suspensions ("A penknife, a lighter — and 2 suspensions," May 10). If anyone should be in trouble, it is the school board for not properly training its employees to be on the lookout for such items and to take appropriate action. If the coaches thought nothing of it, the other students thought nothing of it, and the parents thought nothing of it, the school board should think nothing of it. Anne Cerutti, Chester
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Lisa Driscoll and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
When it comes to thinking about people with Down syndrome, Katie Hudson wants the world to take a cue from her 6-year-old daughter, Maddie. "She always says, 'We're all a little different, and that's what makes us the same,'" Hudson said. "She gets it. " That's why Maddie will be walking in honor of her brother, Logan -- and more than 400 others will make strides for inclusion and awareness for people with Down syndrome -- at the First Annual Baltimore Buddy Walk on Nov. 2 at Padonia Park Club in Cockeysville.
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NEWS
September 3, 2011
I want to thank Scott Carroll for his commentary and service to the education of children in Baltimore City ("What kids need most," Sept. 1). His conclusion is that money is not the problem but that a lack of a cultural support of education is. I could not agree more with him. No child has the slightest chance of being educated or successful in life without at least one adult being a parent to him or her. Parenting is key, and it's priceless....
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By Evan Siple For The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Legends of the Fog 500 Carsins Run Road, Aberdeen Years open: 8 Open: Fridays through Sundays through Nov. 1 (and Oct. 30); tickets from $25; legendsofthefog.com. First impressions: Legends of the Fog stops just shy of being a full-blown festival-style amusement park situated in the middle of a massive corn field. With an entry area featuring horror-ific midway games like "Zombie Ball" and a "Coffin Ride," alongside a fire pit for warmth/teenage makeout sessions and food trucks for pre-terror sustenance, the atmosphere is pretty family friendly.
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By Liz Atwood,
For The Baltimore Sun
| June 19, 2013
Summer vacation has begun. The pool is open and the Popsicles are in the freezer. But there's still one thing we must do - go to the library to sign up for the Baltimore Couny Public Library  summer reading program . This has been a tradition in my house since my older son was a toddler. I'll admit that when the kids were younger they were much more excited about getting the T-shirt and game board. As they grow older, they become more reluctant to give up time playing video games and texting friends.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
The way Susan Reimer writes about spending the summer with kids, it's no wonder that many parents cringe at the thought of it. While reading her column ("Moms fight against summer of chaos," July 1), I was struck by how much my summertime experience with my children differs from the "summer of chaos" that Ms. Reimer depicts. It's all about attitude and if the prevailing attitude is that maintaining a functioning household is a foolhardy goal that will soon be run asunder by the daily rigors of "real" life, then it's no wonder that many parents regard spending two months with their children as a daunting and unpleasant task.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | May 29, 2012
Summer may be bad for your child's health. Research compiled by the National Summer Learning Association and released Monday found that kids are at risk for gaining weight and not eating healthfully during the summer vacation. When kids are unhealthy it affects their ability to learn, said the non-profit that promotes learning during the summers months. The group encourages parents to take a proactive role to make sure their kids are getting enough exercise and not snacking too much while on vacation.
NEWS
by Carson Porter | April 29, 2011
To celebrate 40 years of service, Amtrak is letting kids ride free on trips booked before May 6th for travel through June 9th. Click here for all the details. Almost makes me wish I had kids; almost.
FEATURES
February 3, 2014
A new app from the publishers of "The Handy Answer Book for Kids" is a great resource for curious kids (and their parents, who - gasp - actually don't know everything). Why do dogs bark? Why is the sky blue? Why do people have to grow old? Answers to these and about 800 other questions are now at your fingertips. And it's also kid-friendly, so you can feel good about letting children explore instead of just turning them loose on Google. There's also a “surprise me” button to find answers to questions that hadn't even been asked yet. $1.99 on iTunes, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | April 28, 2011
Register your kids at KidsBowlFree and enjoy cheap bowling excursions until September. In Maryland, three Baltimore-area alleys ( Stoneleigh Lanes on York Road, Glen Burnie Bowl and Greenway Bowl in Odenton) are participating in the promotion, as well as lanes in Frederick and Easton. Sign up with your kids for the lanes nearest you and you'll receive coupons every week that you must print out to redeem for two free games per kid per day. You'll still have to pay for shoe rental at all three of the Baltimore-area lanes, but Stoneleigh also offers an unlimited shoe rental pass option.
NEWS
October 6, 2014
In 2013, I retired as the Commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division. Before that, I ran the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Section and the Gang Enforcement Unit. I was also a homicide investigator, drug investigator and criminal investigator for most of my career. I understand crime and I understand violence. I strongly support efforts to reduce violence in the state of Maryland. But the fact is that we are not focusing on real solutions. I can assure you that bad laws do not make us any safer.
NEWS
By David Hanlin | October 2, 2014
Comptroller Peter Franchot, by starting a petition drive, has embarked on a policy initiative to require all Maryland public schools start the school calendar after Labor Day. His policy proposal is given political cover through a commission report from the "Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. " That commission report is flawed, and I believe misguided. It will have deleterious consequences that have not been fully considered. The tagline for his campaign, "Let Summer Be Summer," speaks volumes.
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By Audrey A. Cockrum, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The Friends of Great Kids Farm will host their Second Annual Fall Food and Jazz Festival on Oct. 11. The event will serve locally sourced food, wine and beer accompanied by the music of the Dunbar High School Jazz Band. The festival will also feature a culinary competition among City Schools' rising chefs. Celebrity judges will award prizes for the best dish. “Each of the five high school culinary training programs will be preparing a signature dish - featuring produce from the Farm - in partnership with a local restaurant,” said Chrissa Carlson, Friends of Great Kids Farm executive director.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Cereal makers have long designed eye-catching boxes to lure children to supermarket breakfast aisles. Now, grocers and produce companies are turning to Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters in an effort to make fruits and vegetables just as appealing. An emerging national movement that uses the Muppets to market vegetables to preschoolers got a foothold in Baltimore last week when it was adopted by two area businesses — Mars Super Markets and Savage-based East Coast Fresh, a Mars vendor and processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.
NEWS
By Darian G. Burns | September 29, 2014
Ray Rice is not the only NFL player currently dealing with a suspension. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard by now that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after taking a switch to his 4-year-old child's back, buttocks and legs. In response to the indictment Mr. Peterson, like Mr. Rice, was suspended, then reinstated and then suspended again from playing. Mr. Peterson denies that what he did was abuse. He defends himself, says he was simply disciplining a child and that, yes, he did get carried away in that discipline.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon Albert Chi gave a talk last year to families about advanced prosthetics that would someday benefit their children who were missing hands. But when a parent asked what was easy, available and affordable now, Chi was at a loss. After focusing on the latest artificial limb technology, he began to hunt for more basic options. Like many researchers, entrepreneurs and even artists in recent years, he turned to the 3-D printer. With one his wife bought him for Father's Day, sheets of colored plastic, and free designs and advice found online, he made a hand for about $20. "One of the first kids we fitted was a 2-year-old," Chi said.
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By Liz Atwood and Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
This week my kids will be packing for summer camp with their Boy Scout troop. For my 15-year-old, it's a familiar routine. In fact, he complains he'll be bored because he's seen and done it all before. For the 11-year-old, it's a different story. This will be the first time he has spent an entire week away from home and he's nervous. He's always been rather ambivalent about outdoor camping. He doesn't like bugs, especially spiders. Now he knows he'll have to spend a week sleeping in a tent.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | February 18, 2014
Kids today, with their different music, outrageous fashion, strange slang and devil-may-care attitude: what's the world coming to? It's coming to the likes of Carley Bynion, a high school senior who has been making teddy bears to give to children unfortunate enough to have been involved in tragic situations. The 17-year-old from Bel Air, who attends John Carroll, started making the stuffed animals as part of a senior project designed to get students to do something that challenges their comfort zones.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
No parent wants to be in a position to use it, but child-safety experts agree that learning infant and child CPR is a must for every mother and father. "It's one skill that just doesn't come naturally to caregivers. It's a learned technique," says Lanny Dowell, Greater Baltimore Medical Center's parent education and doula coordinator. Courses are offered by many local hospitals and through the American Red Cross. First aid for choking is also taught in CPR classes. And some are combined with training on using defibrillators or with adult CPR. While parents can watch a video for instruction, it's helpful to practice on a mannequin, experts say. "Most people learn by doing," says Sarah Sherman, training center coordinator for the American Heart Association at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. McDaniels and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Busy lives, smartphones and poor sleep habits are all contributing to groggy children suffering from the same sleep disorders as adults. But Dr. Laura Sterni, director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, said treating sleep ailments in children takes a different approach form that used for adults. How common is it for children to suffer from sleep disorders, and what kinds of sleep disorders do children suffer from? Sleep disorders are very common in children.
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