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At times we complain about how noisy our neighborhood is, and about the things that don’t work in the community. But then there is a moment like this … where neighbors, friends and strangers all convene in the same little park and put together ways to make money for the victims of Sandy – and it just confirms that we are raising our kids in the right place.

Aside from being the hot spot to donate blankets, clothes, flashlights, batteries and water – Playstreet – (a street devoid of traffic, now becoming a permanent community plaza) became a site for a bake sale where everyone brought their home baked goods to sell for the cause. There were sweet and savory things: delicious Indian food, sloppy Joes, bags of home popped popcorn – even Justin Bieber cupcakes! And look who joined in to sell pumpkin cookies? Some little girls created a manicure stand, and one sweet little boy even dragged out his toys and books to sell – all handing the money over to buy more flashlights, batteries and water. I hear that over $4000 in all was collected over the weekend. Way to go Jackson Heights!

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Thank you for all your calls and messages and texts. We are doing fine – in fact the sun is starting to shine here in Queens NY. We were one of the lucky families that is experiencing only some cabin fever – but luckily that’s all for now. We just have to check on our car at some point and hope it wasn’t struck by a tree limb. And maybe put off trick-or-treating by another day.

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What do you do when you have 2 days off from school and a lot of time indoors? You set up a room full of trains, play with a lot of playdoh, make pumpkin pancakes (and pumpkin cookies, roasted pumpkin seeds too!) And we generally prepped for a Halloween that may be postponed by a day. But kids don’t really seem worried about their Halloween Parade happening a day later than planned. For now Ezra keeps his solar powered charger at the ready (in his room window) in case we need it. And we carved a pumpkin with a candle handy in case the lights go out.

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Well look at this: I found one last batch of Mass photos hanging out in my camera!

En route home to NYC we stopped at this amazing place that our friends recommended. The Ecotarium is located in Worcester Mass and is an indoor AND outdoor museum and learning center for kids. What could be better than THAT in the middle of a four hour car ride? There were nature trails, a train to ride on through the woods, river otters that frolicked in a tank after coming up from the river, and a dinosaur in the forest! Indoors we found a ‘hurricane machine’, all sorts of water/wind exploring games, some live animals mixed with some taxidermy and a giant chess board amidst tables of other board games and puzzles. It was a great diversion for restless kids in the car (and a reprieve from traffic). We were good and sated for the rest of the ride home.

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