Hudson Valley Parent

HVP September 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ September 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Briana, 8, from Chester. Briana loves gymnastics, cheerleading, and singing. She also loves her girl scout troop. Photo by Michael Bloom In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Enjoy the VIP experience BY KATY WEBER 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 38 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services 8 I am a Hudson Valley parent Bill Zito: Courage after grief BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Annual Enrichment Guide The very best in after-school and weekend programs 12 After-school learning and fun 6 things to consider when choosing extracurricular activities BY HEIDI SMITH LUEDTKE 16 The ultimate book lover party Your guide to the Warwick Children's Book Festival BY ELORA TOCCI 20 Ripe for the picking The best apple orchards in the Hudson Valley 22 Safer sports 8 ways to protect young athletes from injuries BY MALIA JACOBSON 26 Taking the school out of schooling Local families on 'unschooling' and how it works for them BY KELLY AURIEMMO 20 12 We need to know.... Who is YOUR Favorite Doc? Dr. Fenner from The Children's Medical Group has been nominated as a favorite pediatrician. "Dr. Fenner is experienced, caring, and will always give you his time." Hudson Valley Parent reader, Danielle writes. Dr. Oran Pachter from Pachter Orthodontics has been nominated as a favorite orthodontist. "My daughter has been going to Dr. Pachter for two years now and it's been a great experi- ence. His entire staff is so nice." Hudson Valley Parent reader, Jamie writes. Dr. Jed Turk from Health Quest has been nominated as a favorite OB/GYN. "Dr. Turk is knowledgeable and truly cares for his patients." Hudson Valley Parent reader, Keri writes. Nominate Your Favorite Doc Now! FavoriteDocs.

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