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    Easter Parade 2009 Photos!

    Mon Apr 13

    [node:] I may be Jewish, and yet every year, my daughter and I hit the Easter Parade (really more of a promenade) on Fifth Avenue. (Hey, there's no Passover Parade!) Although she's not yet four, this was her fourth edition, so I can honestly say she's grown up with this tradition--and she's only been to the Mermaid Parade twice. We took a bunch of photos (yes, Marlena has her own camera, and frankly she seemed more interested in taking pics than in posing for them). See below. If you've never been, put it on your to-do list for next year. It's like the fun of Halloween without the stress.

    Method Man offers free haircuts for kids

    Fri Apr 10

    Does your kid need to get his shaggy mane cut before trekking to church on Easter morning? Does he harbor an unabashed affection for former Yo! MTV Raps stars? You're in luck, then! Tomorrow from 10am--6pm, Method Man (a Wu-Tang Clan founding member, if we remember correctly) and Redman are offering to style your kiddie's coif at no charge at Staten Island barbershop Against Da' Grain. The shop's resident barbers—not the rappers, who are slated to stop by—will be doing the trimming, though we'd totally trust MM and RM with a pair of scissors, even if their albums are titled Blackout and How High. Totally! Against Da Grain , 821 Castleton Ave at Regan Ave, Staten Island ( 718-981-3597 , agdsinyc.com). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S46 bus to Davis St.

    Park Slope parents are taking a beating---again

    Thu Apr 9

    Is it just us, or are Park Slope parents really taking a beating these days? Hating on the Slope is nothing new. We ran an article about it in June of 2007, which the author then parlayed into a New York Times piece the following year. But for a while there the bashing seemed to subside. The blogosphere had bigger parental targets, like Octomom and Angelina Jolie...and then the 'hood's signature famly site, ParkSlopeParents.com, announced that it would be instituting an annual $25 membership fee beginning May 1st to cover its costs. Now residents are super ticked off and the blogs are picking up--and goofing--on their ire. Gothamist sums it up nicely (as opposed to Gawker, which snarks it up meanly): "Paying money for a service that you value and use on a daily basis? Absurd!" Certainly makes them look like a bunch of winey toddlers. Meanwhile on Broadway, the despicable characters at the heart of Yasmina Reza's new hit comedy God of Carnage--about two ostensibly civilized couples who...

    Dad pawns daughter off for meat and beer

    Wed Apr 8

    I like meat. I like beer. That said, I wouldn't sell my kid for them. But apparently a father in Salinas, California would. The man reportedly sold his 16-year-old daughter into marriage for $16,000 and a hefty load of beer and meat. Can I get a Parent of the Year award over here, please? According to the Associated Press, Marcelino de Jesus Martinez "pleaded not guilty in February to procuring a child for lewd acts, aiding and abetting statutory rape and child endangerment." If convicted, he could face 10 years behind bars. In the meantime, he will be accepting bids for his adolescent son in the form of vodka handles and tender venison. Inquire within.

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