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HVP - June 2014

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n June 2014 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Joe Wiles: Keeping his community on the run BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 12 Gluten free by road, air and sea Tips for safe travels with gluten-free kids BY LINDA FREEMAN 16 Vote for your favorite cover kids The 2014 Cover Kid finalists have been chosen. Pick the winners! 20 Hudson Valley Parent's 2014 Travel Guide We've chosen the very best of annual events and places to go all summer long in the Hudson Valley and Capital District 39 Ice cream for dinner! Twenty things to do with your kids before they're grown BY LARA KRUPICKA 42 Snap on that fanny pack! Tourist hotspots we locals tend to miss BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 46 Like father, like … daughter? When it comes to my kids and sports, life threw me a curve ball BY MICHAEL MALONE In this issue COLUMNS GIVEAWAYS ALL SUMMER LONG! FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Explore your own backyard BY KATY WEBER 10 Common Core @ Home: What do the letter grades for reading levels represent? 48 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 53 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services ON OUR COVER HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What were you allowed to do as a kid that you NEVER allow your own child to do? "Play outside alone. Play in the front yard. Our neighborhood is like a racetrack!" — Amy Jean Sullivan, Saugerties "Take long bike rides without an adult. My sister and I also use to mattress surf down the stairs as kids. I would never allow my boys to do this." —Tiffany Seyfert, Woodstock "Ride in the back of a pick up truck." — Katie Angel, Hopewell Junction "Drink soda every day!" — Erin Maxcy, Warwick "Watch movies like 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Sixteen Candles' uncen- sored. Were my parents nuts?" — Jill Valentino, Pine Bush "I used to walk to the bus stop by myself and stay home alone by age 10, but I won't let my 10-year-old son do it, even though he asks." — Paula Shelley, Patterson "Play outside unsupervised!" — MariBeth Martinez, Wappingers Falls "Oh, I struggle with this all the time. I was riding my bike to school and through the whole neighbor- hood by age 7. I give my kids some freedom, but I need to know where they are at all times." — Jennifer Bredin, Beacon This month's cover kid is Ava Harrington, 6, from Fishkill. Ava loves reading books and learning math. Photo by Michael Bloom 10 WEEKS OF SUMMER GIVEAWAYS STARTING JUNE 9TH. — YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE PRIZES! VISIT CONTESTS.HVPARENT.COM VOTE NOW for your favorite Cover Kid! 16

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