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Educators offer 15 tips for a successful school year

Use a calendar or chart. “Hang a calendar on your refrigerator,” said Margarita Maravel, literacy coordinator from Jackson Avenue Elementary School in Mineola, N.Y. She suggested writing down special assignments, birthdays, events and activities to help you remember. Glen Rogers, principal of Jericho Elementary School, in Centereach, N.Y., suggested using charts to display accomplishments. “Create a chart and use colorful stickers or fun stamps to mark off the completion of homework, reading accomplishments, chores or other activities,” he said. “By using a chart or a daily planner, students learn how to prioritize to keep organized.”

By Gene Woodwick

Ahh … at last … The summer days have dwindled down to September, which means summer folks have gone back to their urban abodes and beach folks are free to act like themselves again.

The Rock Doc — What antibiotics may be doing to us

It’s astonishing to think about, but when my grandfather was born, tuberculosis was the number one cause of death in our country. Worse still, one in five children didn’t live to see their fifth birthday, in large part due to endemic and epidemic diseases. Today that’s all changed.

Using mother tongue makes family conversation difficult

Dear Abby: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration between us and the grandkids during their early years.

Day care operator needs a timeout for her mouth

Dear Abby: My neighbor has a registered day care business, and every day I hear her screaming at young children and infants. They are all 4-year-olds and younger. We live in a rural area outside a small town. She uses profanity and says mean things to them. It makes me want to cry when I think of how scared those kids must be.

The Senior Nutrition Program, conducted by the Coastal Community Action Program of Aberdeen, regularly serves lunches at noon at:

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Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up

Dear Abby: You printed a letter from “Self-Conscious in Georgia” (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many women’s fashions expose the upper chest, I applied anti-scar products, which greatly reduced the size and color of my scars.

Westport Art Festival Today and Tomorrow

Take a trip to Westport today and tomorrow for the 17th Annual Art Festival. The festival is boasting 80 booths of arts, crafts and food. The event starts at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 6 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively, Saturday and Sunday. It all happens at the Westport Maritime Museum grounds and along the Westport Esplanade. This is a great event to support as each year the Westport Art Festival organization purchases a piece of art and presents it to the City of Westport as a gift.