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August 2014 Edition

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Charity Newsies to take applications

Charity Newsies, which has been providing children with new school clothes since 1907, will accept applications for the 2014-2105 school year from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays starting Sept. 2, at its headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave.

Help for students available from Caring & Sharing

In August, more than 50 million students nationwide will be heading back to school. Of the millions, about 15,000 will enter Westerville City Schools with backpacks full of new school supplies for the first day of school on Aug. 13.

School Lunch with Style

"Mystery meat" in the school cafeteria is sooooo last millennium. Nowadays, kids are more apt to find meals made with recipes designed and vetted by trained chefs, with ingredients that represent the best of the season and with "taste profiles" - as they say on Food Network - that leave kids asking for more.


Groveport resident Laura Slaby has plenty of choices when it comes to planning close-to-home outings for her four daughters.

Letter from the editor

The August Back-to-School issue is always a monumental undertaking and every year it feels as if we have more story ideas than we have room to publish them. This year was no different, but I also think we struck a really nice balance of interests and information.

Goin' to the Zoo, Part Two

Three years ago, Columbus Parent took readers on a behind-the-scenes trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. That story (available online at is still one of the most viewed and shared stories in our archive.

Paper-Bag Book Covers

While our regular columnist, Olivera Bratich, and her staff at Wholly Craft get settled into their new digs at 3515 N. High St., we here at Columbus Parent are stepping in with a Back-to-School craft project.

Creating a Cushion

Many families have little or no financial cushion - 43 percent of Ohioans have no savings to cover emergencies, and many of those make more than $50,000 a year, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development.

DON'T Just Say No

They were exactly the kids Dom Tiberi wants to reach - the ones whose heads he wants to climb inside and be the voice they hear every time they put the key in the ignition.

School Supply Classics

Whether the items we found at some of our favorite local shops are classics or on their way to becoming classics, we're sure you'll be stocking up on virtually all of these in the next month or two!

Setting Up a Back-to-School Routine

Shopping for those back-to-school wardrobes can be tough on parents and children alike. It's hard to reconcile what the kids want to wear with what you can afford. Squelch the squabbles by arming yourselves with these trend reports: We talked to industry experts and sussed out what's "on trend" and what's going to work with your budget.

They're Back!

Quick - can you describe what a measles rash looks like? Do you know the difference between throats swollen from mumps or tonsillitis? If you don't, you're not alone.

Stir Crazy

This school year is unexplored territory for my family. For the first time, both kids - Liam, 7, and Maggie, 5 - will be in school full time. Maggie went to preschool three days a week last year, which still gave us lots of time together. Some weeks I was too swamped to take full advantage of that time, but usually I embraced it.

Avery Ward | Little Italy Pizza

As a child, Debbie Smith loved going to work with her dad, James Krenek, at his bakery in Upper Arlington. He had bought the Tremont Goodie Shop in the late 1960s.

The Measles- and Mump-date

When we reported the first cases of mumps linked to Ohio State University back in January, we thought they would be limited to the confines of the Columbus campus. After all, it was mumps - a contagious disease most people thought had gone the way of polio thanks to improved health care and vaccinations.

Lancaster Festival

Disney fans will want to check out the Disney Fantasia Live in Concert

2014 Franklin County Fair

The Franklin County Fair's 97th annual edition will take place Saturday, July 12, through Saturday, July 19, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds at 5043 Northwest Parkway in Hilliard, Ohio.

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