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summer school clubs are for letting off steam, not tightening the valve

Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools - Andrew Crowley
Hattie Garlick weighs up the pros and cons of new summer schools – Andrew Crowley

It’s 11.45 and the kids are sprawled like small sultans on our bed, half in, half out of pyjamas, gently drizzled in discarded snack wrappers and hypnotised by the moronic metre of kids’ TV jingles.

Meanwhile, most of the nine-year old’s year group are tucked behind desks, reintroducing their brains to clauses and calculations. Three days after we booked a Cornish holiday for this week, his school announced a free summer club to re-civilise the now fully feral Years 4 and 5.

This heroic effort on the part of teachers has been greeted with weeping, overweening gratitude by the vast majority of parents for whom, at this stage in the pandemic, the best holiday imaginable is a week of solid work in which no one asks for you to take the lid of a Fruit

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Plan Your Outdoor Wedding Summer Of 2020 In Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, CA— Who wants to get married outside in Orange County…at the Honda Center? Yes. Once again, in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is relocating his department’s marriage services to Honda Center in Anaheim.

It’s the second time in 2020 that weddings will take place at the “ticket booth” style kiosks at the Honda Center. Each service is by appointment only, starting at 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the foreseeable future.

The happy couples must first complete their marriage license application and make an appointment online at the following link: www.ocrecorder.com/services/marriage.

No walk-in service will be available at this time.

“COVID-19 numbers are not getting better and demand for marriage services isn’t slowing down,” said Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen. “Most of our neighboring county clerk-recorders have closed their offices, which will likely lead to an increase in demand

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12 Summer College Application Tasks for Rising High School Seniors

Make the most of the summer months.

The summer before senior year of high school is a great time for students to make progress on the college application process well in advance of fall and winter application deadlines, experts say. “It just really makes it a less stressful, less overwhelming process when you can kind of take it piece by piece and really just get a jump on it,” says Katie Sprague, managing counselor for Collegewise, an admissions consulting firm. Here are 12 application-related tasks prospective college students can tackle during the summer.

Narrow down the college list.

A successful college search requires thoughtful research. Rising seniors should spend time learning about schools over the summer to identify institutions that may be a good fit, Sprague says. They should ultimately aim to build a well-balanced college list that includes reach schools, match schools and schools that are more likely to

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7 Growth Stocks Prepared for a Summer Surge

In terms of market volatility, this year is definitely one for the books. 2020 saw market movements that would normally take decades, compressed into a single year. With unemployment rates at their highest and businesses facing the risk of bankruptcy, the economy hit some new lows this year. However, a period of downturn also presents a unique opportunity for investors to load up on growth stocks to buy at a discounted price.

Historically speaking, a bear market in the S&P 500 was always replaced by a bull market rally in the years before Covid-19.

While it’s hard to remain optimistic in uncertain times, investors need to take a long-term approach when investing in stocks. Some companies are likely to emerge from the pandemic as losers. Others will come out of this stronger than ever.

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Here are seven growth stocks that

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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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The Next Pandemic Hobby To Sellout This Summer

Transportation appears to have entered a time warp this summer. Everywhere we turn, groups are rattling around the city on boneshakers like Victorian dandies at the turn of the century or traveling the country by RV like a 1950s-style family. And now we’ve got another set of wheels to add to this nostalgic list — eight of them, to be exact. Yes, we’re talking about roller skates. These wheeled booties (commonly associated with grainy images of 1970s SoCal) were recently catapulted back into the public consciousness by the hottest of all the social networks: TikTok. 

But, don’t call it a comeback. Seriously. Prior to the subculture’s moment in the social-media sun, a diverse and inclusive roller skating culture flourished on rinks and in skate parks for decades (exemplified by present-day skaters like Courtney Shove). Refinery29 even profiled the all-female Moxi Skate Team back in 2016 — which eventually gave rise

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The Underdog Pandemic Hobby Of Summer

Transportation appears to have entered a time warp this summer. Everywhere we turn, groups are rattling around the city on boneshakers like Victorian dandies at the turn of the century or traveling the country by RV like a 1950s-style family. And now we’ve got another set of wheels to add to this nostalgic list — eight of them, to be exact. Yes, we’re talking about roller skates. These wheeled booties (commonly associated with grainy images of 1970s SoCal) were recently catapulted back into the public consciousness by the hottest of all the social networks: TikTok.

But, don’t call it a comeback. Seriously. Prior to the subculture’s moment in the social-media sun, a diverse and inclusive roller skating culture flourished on rinks and in skate parks for decades (exemplified by present-day skaters like Courtney Shove). Refinery29 even profiled the all-female Moxi Skate Team back in 2016 — which eventually gave rise

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Summer Activities, Rules To Know About: Mayor

Written by Mayor Mary Marvin:

BRONXVILLE, NY — Given the time of year and the recent spate of incredibly warm weather, there is no denying that summer is truly here, making a column about summer activities truly apropos.

The Village tennis program is up and running. Applications may be printed off of the Village website and either mailed to Village Hall or delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. As the Covid crisis is still very much with us, all play must have an online booking and maximum play time is one hour 45 minutes to allow time for sanitizing. The bathrooms and water fountain remain closed and masks are required to be worn to and from the tennis courts. The Bronxville School track is also re-opened for exercise.

While we were unable to have a summer paddle program, we are opening up the Fall/Winter program early.

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Online Summer Classes Discounted for Coronavirus

Keep learning from home this summer.

Online classes can teach learners of any age new skills, aid in a career transition or offer an accessible way to explore a new topic. This summer, some online platforms — including those that provide massive open online courses, or MOOCs — are offering discounts to users because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even as states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, many families will remain close to home this summer and millions of Americans are still unemployed or facing reduced hours at work. Consider browsing the online classes on these platforms this summer to make use of any free time and pick up some new skills or credentials.

Coursera

Since June 1, Coursera, an online learning platform, has offered free access to more than 3,800 courses and numerous guided projects, specializations and certificates for current undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates. Students must enroll

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Thousands of Baltimore teens to start summer jobs Monday in YouthWorks program upended by coronavirus pandemic

When Kalen Jones worked as a patient advocate last summer, his job was what you’d expect: visit with sick and injured people, ask about their experiences and witness the hustle and bustle of a hospital from behind the scenes.

The 16-year-old will report Monday for another summer’s duty, one of 4,500 teens in Baltimore’s YouthWorks program. But this year, he and the other young people will navigate the unpredictable terrain of work life in the coronavirus era.

Kalen, a rising junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, said he does not know what to expect when he boots up his computer for his first remote shift at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus.

“It has been a little complicated. But it is still a great opportunity I can take to prepare myself for the future,” said Kalen, who is thinking about a career as a surgeon.

While many cities, including

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