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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill." ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Ch. 4, p. 38) Also …

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Today in History: William Young Patents the Ice Cream Freezer 

August Bank Holiday - a tune on an ice-cream cornet. A fanfare of sunshades opening.  A wince and whinny of bathers dancing into deceptive water. A tuck of dresses. A rolling of trousers. A compromise of paddlers. A sunburn of girls and a lark of boys. A silent hullabaloo of balloons. -- Dylan Thomas. Holiday Memory, 1946 …

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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

New York City's current weather conditions indicate partly cloudy skies, with a high of 86F and low of 66F. Sunrise came at 5:25am and sunset will be at 8:30pm. There is 73% humidity, wind blowing northerly at 6mph. Summer unfolding, as school lets out and lemonade stands dot the city streets. Kids swinging, rainbow's in the …

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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

The sun hangs at meridian in a cloudless lake of sky And there is shimmering stillness everywhere; The hushed secrecy of leaves beneath this summer noon, The shining silence of white steeples in blue air. Nothing moves except a monster butterfly that floats Above the clumps of white and purple phlox, And one small humming-bird …

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Lavender Summer: Pondering the Education Program 

So seeing the purple fields, row upon row of long, slender plants dotted with honeybees, I ponder the brief summer, and dream of France or England. Better yet, I am closer to home -- right here in the North Fork, savoring by bicycle the last of our August holiday. I brake at the lavender farm, …

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Summer Reading 

As this past week kicked off the first official day of summer, as well as several days where many of us toiled over which friend with an air conditioner to call next, it would appear that it is also time to talk about summer reading. It seems to be viewed as a time when we …

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Summer Streets 2011 

For those who like outdoor events, don't miss the 4th Summer Streets! You can walk, run, bike, and play on Park Ave and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park (from 7am-1pm) on August 13 and 20. There are 5 rest stop along the route where you can find free bicycle and rollerblade …

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Summer Resources for Families 

Schools are winding down, as those dog days of summer approach. Teachers grade final exams, prepare summer reading assignments, ponder the year past,  mail the report card, relish the staff lunch, take down the classroom calendar. We ask fellow parents what they're doing -big gulp - once the school year closes. There's usually a look …

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