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Andrea Stetson

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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.

Kids have limited time in class to learn cursive. Parents are split on whether that’s a problem. Read more

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The corn mazes and zombie paintball are just one of dozens of Halloween and autumn-themed events this month. There’s everything from the spooky and scary to the sweet. Read more

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The Haunted History Tour by True Tours feeds into teens’ love of the macabre and explores the real history of downtown Fort Myers. Read more

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Tips to help families navigate the spectrum of pet ownership, from choosing your new family member to preparing for the inevitable. Read more

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The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center entertains and educates children of all ages. Read more

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Some 70,000 children will ride school buses this year in Lee and Collier counties. The deaths of two students, in two separate incidents, have put the spotlight on bus stop safety. Read more

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For parents of children born near September 1, the question looms: To go to kindergarten this year or wait? Read more

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Collier County has some of the biggest marching bands in the state, and Lee County bands are growing, too. Read more

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The Lorenzo Walker Technical High School prepares students for career and college in a highly competitive environment. Read more

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Dad Joe Mitchell and the Watch D.O.G.S. are having a big impact by volunteering at numerous Southwest Florida schools Read more

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Free water safety lessons aim to help prevent child drownings. Read more

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Program at the Gargiulo center shows teens and tweens career possibilities. Read more

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Like a bus or taxi, the Naples Bay Water Shuttle takes passengers to numerous locations, only via waterways, and for less than the cost of a cruise or charter service. And kids love it. Read more

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A Naples teen who teaches chess to kids at the regional library won the state championship in blitz chess in March. He ranks among the top chess players in the U.S. Read more

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Scholarships help make the performing arts more affordable for families. Read more

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Football players aren’t the only ones getting sports scholarships. Think: golf, cross country or bowling, to name a few. Read more

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Part art, part ecology lesson, part scavenger hunt, kids are loving this exhibit at the Naples Zoo. Read more

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Fort Myers business teaches children how to bake and cook with a variety of techniques. Read more

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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

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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

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    Free Forest School starts with a healthy picnic. Children munch on pineapple, strawberries and other snacks before taking a hike, on this day at Bonita Nature Place in Bonita Springs.

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    Joe Mitchell eats lunch at Cypress Lake Middle School with his children, Finley, right, and Stellen, and Stellen’s friend Alivia Mehalik.

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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.