September 2014 – Ensuring Your Children’s Safety

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Summer is over and now that the school year is here, parents aren’t able to have an eye on children at every moment. Even when kids are out by themselves, every parent wants to ensure their safety. What can you do to keep your children safe? When traveling to school make sure your children:

  • Walk on the sidewalk. When no sidewalk is available, children should walk facing traffic
  • Look both ways before crossing the street
  • Refrain from darting in front of parked cars
  • Cross at crosswalks if they are available
  • Stand 6 feet from the curb when waiting for the bus
  • Cross the street only when you or your child are 10 feet ahead of the bus
  • Wear helmets when riding a bicycle to school (helmets should fit securely)
  • Ride bikes in a single file line, on the right side of the road, in the direction of traffic
  • Practice your child’s walking/biking route

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Getting to school isn’t the only occasion parents should be wary of their children’s safety. Many school and recreational activities require children to use the internet. These tips can help keep your child safe when they are online:

  • Put computers in a common room of the house to monitor your child’s web browsing activities
  • Surf the web with your child and find out what sites he likes to visit
  • Advise children to NEVER give out personal information (real name, passwords, address, school, email, etc.)
  • Limit the sites that your child have access to
  • Have children use kid-friendly search engines when doing homework
  • Have your child tell you about any unwanted, threatening, or sexual communication

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September is “Fruits and Veggies: More Matters” Month

September is “Fruits and Veggies: More Matters” Month. While most of us try to include a vegetable as a side at dinner, or occasionally choose a salad over a burger, many of us fall short of getting the daily recommended amount of both.

The following recipes will help give a twist to your normal fruit and vegetable intake:

Tropical Kiwi Ice Pops
Description: Tropical Kiwi Ice Pops Recipe Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 banana, chopped
1 cup chopped kiwi fruit


  1. Stir coconut milk and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Pour coconut milk mixture into a blender. Add pineapple and banana; blend until smooth.
  3. Pour blended mixture into ice pop molds. Press kiwi into the coconut mixture; freeze until solid, 8 hours to overnight.
Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
Description: Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Recipe Ingredients

Original recipe makes 4 servings
3 zucchini
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Cut the zucchini in half crosswise. Then, slice each half into 3 slices lengthwise, making 6 slices per zucchini.
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley in a bowl, and spread the mixture on both sides of each zucchini slice. Sprinkle one side of each slice with Parmesan cheese, and place the slices, cheese sides up, crosswise on the preheated grill to keep them from falling through.
  4. Grill the zucchini until the cheese has melted and the slices are cooked through and show grill marks, about 8 minutes.
In The Community

Description: Middletown Olt Type Peach Festival - Aug 16, 2014
Middletown Old Tyme Peach Festival
August 16, 2014

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Peach Festival Volunteers, Stephanie Lord (3rd right),
Nick Ryan, Dr. Lord Ryan (green), Kendall Daniels

Description: Photo of Middletown Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc & Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc at Blood Drive & Health Fair
Middletown Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc &
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc Blood Drive & Health Fair