2012 Olympics Sparks Intrest Among Teens

Olympic Sports Inspire Teens For many teens, sports are a big part of life. It’s their chance at a college scholarship, a way to make new friends, and a fun activity to fill up their schedules after school. The Olympics, a display of the best athletes in the world, often gets more attention from teens […]

Advice for Parents on How to Handle Aurora Colorado Shooting

Dr. Gene Beresin, Eugene Beresin

Dr. Gene Beresin, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, gives advice to parents on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting in Aurora, CO and help them feel comfortable going back to movie theaters. It covers kids of all ages. ————— Traumatic Headline […]

Eco Friendly Pest Control Company for Mosquitoes and Ticks

My neighbor and Mom Friend Lisa sent this to our Moms’ Book Club. Pest control for mosquitos and ticks that is pesticide-free and safe for pets and kids. Sounds perfect to me! We tried the Mosquito Magnet for years but we only had success the first year when the machine was new and it’s expensive to […]

Henry Hobson Richardson in Newton

Baptist Church, H. H. Richardson, Newton, sprouting trees, Marash Girl

Historical Architecture Buildings in Newton by H. H. Richardson Henry Hobson Richardson (September 29, 1838 – April 27, 1886) was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other cities. The style he popularized is named for him: Richardsonian Romanesque. Along with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Richardson is one of “the recognized trinity of American architecture”. He’s the Frank Lloyd Wright […]

Local Gymnast Aly Raisman Brings Home Olympic Gold!

Aly Raisman,

Congratulations to Needham resident Alexandra Raisman who made the U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Olympic team. She is a three-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team and trains alongside Alicia Sacramone, also a U.S.  National team member, at Brestyan’s Gymnastics. I guess it’s the reality of Olympic Competition that two elite teammates — the same age, and making the same […]

How To: Photograph Fireworks Effectively

Photogs! Have you tried to capture 4th of July fireworks only to be disappointed? Here are 7 tips courtesy of Pholium, the digital photo book design and giving app for the iPad, with 7 do’s and don’ts to help amateur photographers take a series of sparkling photos to capture the show, just in time to capture […]

Local Olympic Hopeful: Gymnast Alicia Sacramone

Alicia Sacramone, 2012 Olympics, olympics gymnast

24 year old Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, MA is headed to London for the 2012 Olympic Games this July.  Sacramone started competitive gymnastics at age 8 and her career has skyrocketed since then. She has had some ups and downs in her career, including a devastating fall in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a temporary […]

Care Packages Ideas for Sleepaway Camp

I asked the experts at Maine Camp Experience to give me their best ideas for care packages and I’ve posted it here on my parenting blog, Pragmatic Mom. Please share your best ideas! Thank you! p.s. Here’s a few of their ideas: • NO food is permitted; flat mail is the predominant and preferred method; most […]

Children are at High Risk for Fireworks Eye Injuries

sparklers, fireworks, firework safety

Fireworks Safety Tips for 4th of July I remember watching the Newton city [professional] fireworks display on the hill at Fessenden two years ago with a group of families from my elementary school. One little boy ended up at the hospital that night. The culprit: those glow in the dark sticks. The boys were sword […]

Mia Bracciale Sings Anthem at NNHS Graduation

Mia Bracciale

Mia Bracciale sings the national anthem at the Newton North High School 2012 graduation which also happens to be her graduation.