The 'Chat Line' is open
Speak up. Mouth off. Be heard.
We want your thoughts on timely topics and other issues for a new "Chat Line" feature.
Just e-mail your response to the question with your name and a phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them our Web site.
We'll also pick a few responses to feature on a future 18 & Under page, and we'll contact those folks to come in for a photo. Look for those faces in the future on this page.
The question: What do you think about the city's curfew for teens?
Get set to decorate the dorm room of your dreams
It'll be your first home away from home, so make the most of it.
Dorm room decor poses a challenge and an opportunity for incoming college freshmen. They and other college students can take advantage of the "Decorate the dorm of your dreams" contest.
The winner will receive a dorm-room makeover, which will include a shopping spree and consultation from a design specialist. Other prizes will also be awarded.
To enter, college-bound high school seniors and college students must submit a photo of their dorm room or bedroom, and attach a 3-inch by 5-inch index card with their contact information by Aug. 15.
Entries can be submitted at www.thefledgling.com or by mail: Decorate The Dorm of Your Dreams, The CollegeBound Network, 2071 Clove Road, Suite 206, Staten Island, N.Y. 10304.
Have some fun in the sun
It's countdown time. Children are counting how many weeks of fun they can have before school starts again in the fall, and parents are counting how many weeks they have to keep their children occupied.
Family Fun magazine's June/July issue offers some summer fun ideas:
Start a kids' business that will help the kids get some extra "cents." Chores like weeding, recycling and baking fit the bill.
Keep your cool with a balloon blast, which involves keeping a balloon suspended in air by squirting it with water, and a hydro high jump, challenging the kids to jump over a garden-hose sprinkler without getting wet.
Savor the season. Compile a list of classic "summer sights," like watermelons, fishing poles and garter snakes, and seek them out.
Take a road trip that can be documented in a child's very own photo album.