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HVP February 2020

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6 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2020 MY family MY family Hudson Valley Parent is published monthly by: The Professional Image Marketing & Public Relations Inc. 174 South Street • Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-562-3606 • Fax: 845-562-3681 This publication is copyrighted by the publisher. Reproduction without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Hudson Valley Parent welcomes submissions, although we cannot accept responsibility for work submitted nor guarantee publication. Publisher TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Editor KAREN MASERJIAN SHAN Dir. of Business Development KATHLEEN MERZ Executive Assistant LESLIE CORTES Media Advisor MARY ZAK Promotions Manager ROBIN HOFFMAN rho Cover Photography SAMANTHA ZBIKOWSKI Layout & Design ENGLE PRINTING also publishers of W hen I was a kid, my mother sent my sister and me to a local sum- mer camp during our break from school. It was a day camp and while we didn't normally spend our summers at camp, I imagine my mother thought we'd enjoy all of camp's pluses -out- door games, crafts and friends-along with the change of pace. That first day of camp my sister jumped right in, running around and playing games with the other campers. Not me. There were too many kids there and they were too loud. I sat at a picnic table by my- self. I could hear the kids playing but wasn't tempted to join them. It was all too much. For me, anyway. But then came craft time. Draw- ing, sewing, gluing? Those, I loved. Everyone sat at tables and created- pieces of art from assorted beads, strings, and coloring tools. I could have sat there all day, putting to- gether one design after another. Surely, when it comes to sum- mer camp, finding the right fit for your child can make the difference between a sensational summer and one that's not. Fortunately, the Hudson Valley offers a fantastic array of camps, making it easy to pick the perfect one for your child's interests. From techy to sporty to arty and more, our annual camp guide (pages 14 to 21) showcases more than 230 of the region's top-notch, kid-approved summer camps, giving you and your children plenty of options for a fun- filled and memorable summer. To help you choose from our region's awesome selection sum- mer of programs, turn to Jill Valentino's tip- stocked piece on pages 25 to 27. Planning for the summer now is smart and while daydreaming about pool-side fun and BBQs may warm you from head-to-toe, the Hudson Valley still is in winter-mode. Of course, snow days offer plenty of fun -check out our 'Top Places for Sledding, Tubing and Skiing' at ding-tubing-but winter weather also can upset schedules, especially when sudden storms cause unexpected school closures. Be ready for them with the tried-and-true tactics of working and stay-at-home moms in Rebecca Mills' story on page 7. Then again, snowy days aren't the only of pride of February. Hearts star, as well. There's Valentine's Day. with its love-inspired events -see our list on page 32-plus, it's American Heart Month. Keep yours in top shape with lifestyle tips presented in Roxanne Ferber's story on family heart health, pages 30 and 31. While you're at it, find easy heart-healthy Valentine's Day treats at hvparent. com/valentines-recipes. February may be tucked in winter's cozy, snuggly mode, but it's also a great time to enjoy activ- ities indoors and out with family and friends and plan for upcoming warm-weather fun. Enjoy! Enjoy the season; plan for what's next KAREN MASERJIAN SHAN Editor's Journal

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