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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.

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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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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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Scholarships help make the performing arts more affordable for families. 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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Kids gain hand-eye coordination, patience and other skills through the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League archery program. Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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    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.

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