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Hermitage Club puts you in center of private ski resort

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a premiere destination for any New England visitor or local. Southern Vermont is easily accessible, just two hours from Boston and four hours from New York City, and puts you right in the center of the East Coast's only private ski resort. Members enjoy year-round entertainment surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains.

Family

Game review: ‘Apex Legends,’ fantastic free-to-play battle royale shooter is already a blockbuster

Parents need to know that "Apex Legends" is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Teams of up to three compete in matches with up to sixty players to be the last team standing. Gameplay's easy to pick up for first-person shooter fans and has a heavy focus on teamwork and communication. Violence is persistent with some blood shown onscreen, but it isn't overly graphic and there's no onscreen gore. While there's no profanity in the game's dialogue, online play could still open players up to offensive language in party chat. And while the game is free-to-play, there are microtransactions available which allow players to unlock cosmetic items and characters immediately with real-world money, as opposed to over time through gameplay. This game is also part of the "Titanfall" universe, which is a popular shooter franchise.

Family

App review: Who Was? Adventure, fun quiz game teaches kids about presidents and other historical figures

Parents need to know that Who Was? Adventure is a quiz game based on the popular biographical "Who Was" book series and TV show for kids. New people are introduced with a historical timeline as the game progresses, but kids may find questions about people they aren't familiar with. While they may be able to make educated guesses as to the right answer, some kids might find this frustrating. The portraits of the characters are more like caricatures than real photos; this may make it difficult for kids to identify the right answers. There's room for multiple profiles, so several family members can enjoy their own game progress. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

Family

This passionate Minnesotan is on the frontlines to keep kids out of court

With little fanfare at the end of 2018, Congress reauthorized a major juvenile justice bill for the first time since 2002. You can bet Sarah Davis didn't miss the moment. As associate director for Minneapolis' Legal Rights Center (LRC), Davis says the worst place for at-risk youth is in our court system. Instead, she champions a focus on brain science, collaborations between families and schools, and allowing youth to take ownership of their actions through restorative practices that also keep our communities safer. Passionate and determined to effect change since she served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Davis attended law school in Boston, then worked as a public defender before joining LRC in 2012.

Family

Tinder and 7 other dating apps teens are using

When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens. And though most opt for Snapchat or Instagram to widen their social circles, some are curious enough to try one of the many messaging apps that promise to help them "make new friends." While these apps are designed more for casual communication than are the mainstream fee-based dating services such as Match and OkCupid, they make it super easy to text, video-chat, and share pics with strangers.

Living

New York’s Finger Lakes region has it all: history, adventure, outdoors

New York's Finger Lakes region is a beautiful destination filled with history, adventure and the great outdoors. Hikers, historians, artists and literary buffs alike can find numerous attractions to draw them to the area. From Mark Twain's time spent writing in Elmira, to the Corning Museum of Glass, and the natural splendor of forests and lakes, this is a truly inspirational trip.

Family

7 family-friendly totally Oscar-worthy Latino films

As awards season leads up to this year's Oscars celebration – the 91st Academy Awards – we can't help but reflect on the list of family-friendly Latino films, characters, and actors that have been recognized by the Academy. Sadly, the list is not too long. While it is encouraging to see high acclaim for the work of the three Mexican filmmakers Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, the hope is that the visibility will trickle to more on-screen faces – actors and characters – that can serve as quality role models for the Latinx movie audience.

Home & Garden

Top smart home trends for 2019

Still haven't installed your first smart home product? You could soon be the last home on the block. Nearly 30 million smart home products will be sold in 2019, according to the Consumer Technology Association. That's a 23 percent increase from last year, signaling a real tipping point for the industry.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Kitchen faucet spray choices

Q: Dear Ed: I'm a regular reader of your column and enjoy the topic of new plumbing technology. I'll be shopping for a new kitchen faucet soon and want a pullout spray type. Since I want cool features, what new spray head options are available?

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Isn’t It Romantic,’ lots of laughs and positive messages in charming rom-com satire

Parents need to know that "Isn't It Romantic" satirizes romantic comedies, following a woman named Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who gets trapped in a rom-com world after suffering a head injury. The content is largely appropriate for teens. Violence is confined to cartoonish interludes in which Nat is struck by a car and hit in the head, both of which played for laughs. Though Nat is interested in sex and talks about it, all she can do with her suitors is kiss – after which the camera cuts repeatedly to a morning-after scene with her love interest (Liam Hemsworth) shirtless in a towel. Nat estimates a man's penis size as "pepper grinder" (the kind the waiter has to bring out to you). Characters drink in bars; Nat downs two shots of liquor to get courage to sing karaoke. Characters say "s--t" and "bitch," but all except one instance of "f--k" are drowned out by noise, ironically. Stereotyped characters (competitive women, shallow men, a flamboyant gay man) are used to make points about cliched characterizations in other movies. Mocking the rom-com genre's conventions will make viewers consider what such movies tend to say about women and romance and may spark conversations about the way women are depicted. Themes of courage and self-control are also clear.

Is orange the new green? Alligators are showing up in unusual colors

If the sight of an alligator isn't scary enough, they're showing up in shades of orange all over South Carolina. What makes these reptiles change color?