ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

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It’s hard to be­lieve that the time has al­ready come to start se­lect­ing sum­mer camps. We’ve barely got­ten past the hol­i­day sea­son and we’re al­ready mak­ing plans for next sum­mer.

(201) Fam­ily has put to­gether a guide to sum­mer camps, in­clud­ing day and sleep­away, which will help in your de­ci­sion mak­ing. We’ve also in­cluded teen pro­grams and sum­mer abroad ac­tiv­i­ties to ex­plore.

De­spite the com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren’s at­ten­tion, read­ing – books that is – re­mains a pop­u­lar pas­time. Whether it’s the clas­sics or sci­ence fic­tion and fan­tasy se­ries, books of all sizes, shapes and con­tent still cap­ture the fancy of young read­ers. Some lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties run read­ing marathons to en­cour­age chil­dren to try all kinds of books. Ridgewood has run a suc­cess­ful read­ing marathon in Fe­bru­ary for years un­der the di­rec­tion of Friends of Ridgewood Li­brary.

Sis­ters and mom­preneurs Annyssa Can­tor and Bri­anna Ricks have dis­cov­ered a new way to send love to campers and col­lege stu­dents alike, the Me to You Box. More than just a care pack­age, this per­son­al­ized box of love fea­tures treats and “sur­vival” tools that will let your kids know you care.

On a se­ri­ous note, our Spe­cial Par­ent col­umn has signs that par­ents should look out for that might sig­nal mood dis­or­ders, anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion.

We have also cooked up some Valen­tine treats and St. Pa­trick’s Day crafts for the two spe­cial hol­i­days com­ing down the pike.

Fi­nally, Our Do-Gooder is 12-year-old Maxwell Sarkissian, a 7th grader at Eisen­hower Mid­dle School in Wyckoff, who de­cided to make his sum­mer a bit more in­ter­est­ing and mean­ing­ful by help­ing oth­ers.

Happy Valen­tine’s Day and Happy St. Pa­trick’s Day!

AMELIA DUG­GAN

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