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Andrea Stetson

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Andrea Stetson writes for Southwest Florida Parent & Child magazine, Grandeur Magazine, The News-Press, Naples Daily News and The Banner. She has also been a news producer and writer at television stations in Fort Myers, Miami and Scranton. Her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her master’s from New York University are both in broadcast journalism. Andrea lives in North Naples with her husband, daughter, dog and eight bunnies. Her son is a student at Georgia Tech. She enjoys traveling, swimming, boating, pickleball and being with family.

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Special to SW FL Parent & Child

Generosity is taking Southwest Florida kids by storm. Instead of presents for the birthday child, many children are asking party guests to bring donations for a favorite charity. Read more

Features

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Teen use of e-cigarettes is on fire here in Southwest Florida, and kids are finding clever ways to hide it from parents. Read more

Parenting

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Kids gain hand-eye coordination, patience and other skills through the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League archery program. Read more

Things To Do

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Teens embrace ‘American Ninja’-like Defy trampoline park in Fort Myers. Read more

Things To Do

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The trolleys are more than quaint vehicles that get visitors from Point A to Point B. They're also a fun outing for kids. Read more

Things To Do

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The menu at Alpine Restaurant in Naples features classic German, Slovak, Czech, Polish and Hungarian meals. All are made from scratch, so there’s a bit of a wait, but it is worth it. Read more

Restaurants

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For 20 years, Marvin worked as a painter seven days a week to give his family a better life. Then in March 2017, the family was driving to church when they were stopped for a broken headlight. Marvin was deported. Read more

Features

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This method of assigning students to schools can be stressful. But there are ways to ensure your sanity — and that of your student. Read more

Education

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Other than the fact that kindergartners need to be 5 by September 1, when, where and how you sign up your child for school in Florida varies by county. Here’s what you need to know for public schools in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Read more

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Southwest Florida families shake up the holidays with trips instead of toys and gadgets as gifts. Read more

Things To Do

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Southwest Florida kids find community and success in the Chicklet Club, which airs on Saturdays on CTN. Read more

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Ashton Heathcoat, of Fort Myers, plays Beto, the newest and youngest android on the show. He’s the second child from Southwest Florida to land a role on “I Am Frankie.” Read more

Features

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A short drive delivers larger-than-life celebrations that are tradition for many families. Read more

Things To Do

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The kids’ menu at Poached is extensive and cheap, and it caters to all the kid favorites. Everything from the chocolate chip pancakes and cheesy eggs to the dino nuggets, mac and cheese, sandwiches and more are $5 including a drink. Read more

Restaurants

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While many students simply sign up for various charity events, the ones who pick a passion, create their own project or use their talents to help others get a lot more than the fulfillment of required service. Read more

Parenting

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Kids are falling in love with the Rock Climbing FunWalls at Miromar Outlets. Read more

Things To Do

All over Southwest Florida, there are pumpkin patches, haunted houses and scary mazes, fall festivals, costume contests and holiday crafts. Halloween 2018 is full of fun. Read more

Things To Do

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More than a magician, Keith Raygor engages imaginations with music and comedy in his performances. Read more

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Teens find a variety of opportunities in Southwest Florida theater programs, from free instruction to Broadway connections. Read more

Features

The Naples Botanical Garden is a favorite for families with kids of all ages, especially those with a baby and a toddler. Read more

Things To Do

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    The goulash at Alpine Restaurant in Naples

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    Alpine Restaurant in Naples

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    Laura Barnard gives laptops to Marvin’s sons to help them keep in touch with their dad.

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    Joshua Ramos, 3, talks with his dad via an internet connection.

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    Marvin Ramos Jr, 17, and his brother Joshua, 3, talk with their dad via WhatsApp.