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March 1, 2015 NEW YORK — With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children’s party ever. more »»

Babies don’t come with a checklist or instruction manual

March 1, 2015 Before I had my first (and only) baby, I had so many baby items, gadgets and accessories, I thought I was ready for anything. more »»

Home-school numbers rise, regulation falls

January 25, 2015 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of home-schooled children continues to rise in the country — now up to an estimated 2.2 million, including thousands in the Kansas City area. more »»

Bake Valentine sugar cookies

January 25, 2015 Make a special memory with preschoolers this winter — bake cookies! If you didn't get around to cookie baking and decorating over the December holidays, Valentine's Day — with its hearts in all... more »»

Connecticut ahead in breast-feeding

January 18, 2015 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — As the leader of a breast-feeding support group, Kathleen Raymond never tries to push new mothers in a certain directio. more »»

Make mini ‘Kick-off Pizzas’ for Super Bowl eats

January 18, 2015 Looking for some good eats to serve at your Super Bowl XLIX gathering? Here’s a winner. Everyone on your home team will have a ball making these mini Kick-off Pizzas. more »»

Illinois couple adopts six children

January 11, 2015 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. more »»

Develop your children’s reading and writing skills

January 11, 2015 Reading and writing go hand in hand. As your school-age children develop their reading skills, the world of creative writing usually opens up to them simultaneously. more »»


January 4, 2015 NEW YORK — Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure’s sake once their only child left home for college. more »»

Recycle those holiday cards into DIY toys for the kids

January 4, 2015 Boxes and bins filled with holiday decor are taped shut, and lids are snapped on tight. Up to the attic they go. more »»

How to choose a new cellphone

December 14, 2014 NEW YORK — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there’s likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. more »»

Great gadgets for the most avid TV viewers

December 14, 2014 EDISON, N.J. — For avid television viewers out there, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV box just isn’t enough. TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. more »»

eSports offer pro competition for gamers

December 7, 2014 Tell a teen with a gaming system that he can make money for playing and many will be ready to try. Electronic sports, a.k.a. more »»

Toy makers’ new darlings

November 16, 2014 NEW YORK — A snaggletooth eight-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playin. more »»

Austintown native brings big air and big ideas to BMX

November 2, 2014 By GARY S. ANGELO Tribune Chronicle correspondent Anthony Napolitan was a student at Austintown Middle School when he discovered that he wanted to be a BMX rider. more »»

Local restaurants offer many pumpkin products

October 19, 2014 Fall is in the air, and complimenting the crisp, autumn weather is what has now become the flavor of the season — pumpkin spice. more »»

10 things I’ll miss about Ohio, the Land of Ham and Fireworks

October 19, 2014 Dearest readers, as I strain to write this column under dim lantern light with this ancient quill, I can only hope it finds you well, for I am about to embark on a long journey, fraught with peril,... more »»

Even though YOLO, don’t be a FOMO (and other bad acronyms)

October 12, 2014 Right now, even as a bird sings sweetly, even as a flaming red leaf drops from a tree silhouetted against a cerulean sky, the world is turning. And it is turning too dang fast. It’s fall. more »»

The day Downtown Warren went ‘grunge’

October 5, 2014 Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, indie rock movements and the DIY cultural philosophy was staking their claim in various cities and small towns throughout the United States. more »»

A visit to the zoo will have you feeling like gnu

October 5, 2014 I’ve mentioned a few weeks back that I’m reading “Wild,” the story of a young woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (like 1,000 miles) as a sort of therapy to cope with recent events in her life. more »»


NEWTON FALLS St. Mary and St. Joseph's Ladies Guild will bake Homemade Kolache for the Easter Holiday March 25, 2015

Selections are: Apricot, Nut & Poppyseed. Cost: $10.00 eachPickup will be Tues., March 24th, 9am-4pm & Wednesday, March 25th from 9am-6pm. Brighten your East holiday with the flavors & traditions of this tasty pastry native to Czechoslovakia & Poland. more »

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