Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fireworks on the North & South Forks of Long Island

Macy's 4th of July fireworksFireworks season is one of the many perks of summer on the East End is that it doesn’t have to be the Fourth of July in order to catch a display of pyrotechnics exploding in the sky. All summer long, here’s where you’ll find fireworks from Westhampton to Montauk, Riverhead to Greenport.

Saturday, June 30

Sag Harbor Village: The Sag Harbor Yacht Club will sponsor fireworks that can be seen from Havens BeachMarine ParkLong Wharf or anywhere in the harbor. The show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

North Sea: A fireworks display will be set off during the 67th annual North Sea Fire Department’s Carnival at the Fireman’s Memorial Field at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3

North Sea: In case you missed the show on June 30, or simply can’t get enough (and who can?), this fireworks display at the 67th annual North Sea Fire Department’s Carnival at the Fireman’s Memorial Field starts at 10 p.m.

Riverhead: Come down to the beautiful Peconic Riverfront to celebrate Independence Day with a great family concert. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. with Who Are Those Guys, followed by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, and then the rock and roll superstars tribute band, Rock & Roll Review. The salute to American Independence ends with a spectacular fireworks show!

Wednesday, July 4

Montauk: Sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, this annual event starts at 9 p.m. The fireworks are set off from Umbrella Beach, but the show can be viewed from any of the ocean beaches. Donations are being accepted at the chamber office. Rain date: July 5

Westhampton: Look up around 9 p.m. and you can enjoy the fireworks display put on by The Westhampton Country Club. The show can be seen from various locations throughout the village.

Greenport: Fireworks will be part of the carnival in Greenport from July 3 through 7. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m.

Friday, July 6

Southampton: Fireworks by Grucci will be a beautiful and patriotic ending to The Fresh Air Fund’s 25th annual American Picnic at 1030 Meadow Lane. The picnic will begin at 7 p.m. The show is orchestrated to patriotic tunes and is viewable over the Shinnecock Bay. Rain date: July 8.

Saturday, July 7

Amagansett: The Devon Yacht Club show, starting at 9:15 p.m., can be seen from Fresh Pond Beach.

Riverhead: The Riverhead Raceway will have a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Rain date: July 14

Greenport: A fireworks show is the perfect way to end the carnival’s run in Greenport, starting at 10 p.m., at the Greenport School.

Saturday, July 14

Shelter Island: The show begins after dark at Crescent Beach. Rain date: July 15

Jamesport: A fireworks show will close out the festivities of the Jamesport Fireman’s Carnival, which will be held at the George Young Community Center.

Saturday, July 21

East Hampton: The Clamshell Foundation’s annual fireworks show over Gardiner’s Bay will also benefit Max for a Cure Foundation to fight pediatric cancer. WCBS News anchor Chris Wragge is the evening’s honorary co-chair, along with Rose and John Franco. The shown can be seen from around the bay.

Saturday, August 25

Riverhead: Before the summer ends, Riverhead Raceway will be having another fireworks show! Show starts at 9 p.m. Rain date: Sept. 1

Saturday, September 1

East Hampton: The East Hampton Fire Department will be putting on a display at Main Beach to close out the summer. Rain date: Sept. 2

Camp Dinosaur – At Home Camp by Au Pair in America

dinosaurEvery kid loves dinosaurs, so Week #3 of Camp Au Pair in America is all about dinosaurs!  Have some fun with your host kids learning about dinosaurs with crafts, snacks and more.  Go to the library and check out some dinosaur books and videos.  “Land Before Time” series of movies is so much fun for kids and the characters are all dinosaurs! 

Click on link below for all the Camp Dinosaur Fun!

First Steps to Becoming a Host Family

New to Au Pair in America?

Applying is fast and easy with Au Pair in America! First, create a free account at  This will give you risk-free access search our pool of au pairs available now and start your application online. The first phase of the online application will only take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can return at any time by logging into your personal account.

Already have an Au Pair in America account?

If you are currently hosting with Au Pair in America, or have hosted in the past, and wish to reapply, please login to your account at

Choosing your au pair

Once your have registered, you will be matched with a personal Placement Coordinator who will help you select the best au pair for your family. You will also be able to browse au pair applications online!

Interview in your home with your Community Counselor

Once your have registered   Your Community Counselor will contact you to schedule an interview in your home.  The Counselor will ask and answer questions, discuss the program and how APIA can help you with your childcare needs, meet everyone in your immediate family, and see the room intended for the au pair.  It is the beginning of an important relationship that will continue throughout your time with APIA.

Summer is starting with a Heat Wave – Safety Tips

Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

  • heat wave Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.
  •  Pay attention to your hydration status and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
  •  Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are air conditioned.
  • Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a car!
  •  Use a fan, if available.
  •  Stay on the lowest floor of your building.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.
  • Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

Signs of Heat Overexposure

  • Heavy sweating — though if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating.boy drinking water
  • Pale skin.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Feeling tired and weak.
  • Altered mental status (confusion or disorientation).
  • Headache.
  • Becoming semi-conscious or passing out.
  • Nausea or vomiting.

Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness

  • Call 911.
  • Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area. An air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help.
  • Apply water to help the person cool off.
  •  Apply ice to the neck or armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface.
  • Remove any heavy clothing.
  • Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub.

cool offDon’t forget the pets, keep them cool and hydrated too!

Camp Au Pair – Kids Cooking

Week 2 of Camp Au Pair – Kids Cooking (Fun Camp at Home with Kids)

healthy snack

Even if you are not on Pinterest, you can visit the site and get great ideas for creating a fun at home camp with your Host Kids!

Today, June 14th is Flag Day

Today, June 14 is Flag Day, a day Americans honor their flag and celebrate their patriotism.  285647_10150941448802071_824707070_9869774_994026417_n

The picture was taken by Kate Stroemel, au pair from Germany, at the June Summer & Water Safety Meeting held at the summer home of  Cindy Garruba, Suffolk County Senior Community Counselor for Au Pair in America.

In honor of Flag Day, Global Awareness sponsored a Flag Day Contest in which au pairs were asked to submit their creative interpretations of their flags.  The photos and descriptions are posted on the GA website  Please take a peek-you’ll see cultural exchange in action.

To find out more about the history of Flag Day and what it means go to

Camp Au Pair in America – Where kids play and learn in their own backyard, all summer long.

Au Pair in America will be featuring a regular page called Camp Au Pair in America.   The first posting is Camp Au Pair – Outer Space.  It features a collection of outer space themed activities to keep the kids engaged for a week of fun.

Space Camp

Summer & Water Safety for Au Pairs

June Cluster Meeting 2012 018 webOn Sunday, June 3rd the Suffolk APIA Au Pairs gathered at their Community Counselor’s beach house to learn about Summer & Water Safety.  


Water Safety was the most important topic of discussion since almost every au pair will be caring for children with a pool in the back yard or going to the beach with the kids this summer! Also covered was sunscreen and sunburns, poison ivy, and ticks.  The au pairs learned how to identify, prevent and treat poison ivy.  Every yard in Suffolk County has a little poison ivy.  We are all concerned with Lyme disease, so the discussion covered identifying the types of ticks that carry the disease, the bull’s eye rash and the flu like symptoms that result from Lyme disease. 


June Cluster Meeting 2012 016Everyone also had a chance to enjoy the beautiful Long Island Sound beach and spend time with each other.  New friends arriving, old friends nearing their time to return home to their countries!June Cluster Meeting 2012 013 web





Cindy served strawberry shortcake after the lesson was over.  It is strawberry season here on Long Island and everyone enjoyed the dessert!June Cluster Meeting 2012 008 webJune Cluster Meeting 2012 010 web

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