William Gralnick

July 31, 2021

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - There’s an old expression: “Car vs. 18-wheeler, car loses every time.” Well, here’s a variation on the theme. Bike vs car: car wins every time. Case and point: a 10-year-old boy on a bike was hit this week by a truck that took off in Coral Springs, police said, and the boy was ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Pardon me people for re-jiggering this famous Al Capp line from Pogo. My reference is the spike in town of Covid-19 infections. You may say that the spikes are occurring elsewhere. I would say that those living in “elsewhere” have no one to blame but themselves. Let’s look a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - A road rage murder in Tamarac with suspect from Coral Springs – it almost makes one do a double-take. I remember when road rage was rolling down the window and giving someone the finger. Now you give them a .38. Aside from dressing in a flak jacket before getting into the ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - This is silly and short, but I hope you both enjoy it and it once again puts this serious problem of refuse and trash in front of your thinking cap. (You’ve heard that Coral Springs is no longer paying for curbside home recycling, right? And it’s because of years of recycling ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Here is a more interesting way to look at our nation's garbage problem. First, an overview. According to the Duke University Sustainability project, Americans toss four pounds of trash a day per person. The math for you then is simple.  Then multiply that number by ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Most of you have been model citizens when it comes to your garbage. You fill one bin with papers and the other with metals and plastics. The mere act of separation gives you the sense that you’ve done something good for all of us. Yet before your eyes is happening a David ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A few weeks ago, I read that a 24-year-old woman died of a drug overdose in Coral Springs. Her mother was devastated. And then I read that the number of overdose deaths was up in Coral Springs and Parkland during the pandemic. That got me wondering.   “Ever been in a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A person, as recently as late May, was killed in Coral Springs. I don’t mean in an accident. I mean gunned down. The question is how do you keep it from being you? Of course, there’s that old expression about when one’s number is up. People have been hit by debris from the ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Opportunity is crime’s friend. Cut down opportunity and one cuts down crime. Upping the security at Coral Springs City Hall does exactly that. After Parkland, January 6th, and multiple public assaults there is no reason to tempt fate. Last week, city commissioners approved ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - “It’s summertime, summertime, summertime…” the opening line of a hit tune from the ‘60’s in the genre of rock n roll called bubble gum music. It was the bouncy announcement to all that it was time to hit the beach or the pool. And so, it’s now, though summer isn’t officially ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The Coral Springs fire and police departments had come up with an idea that is both necessary and sad. It has taught a course on how to staunch blood flow. That’s the good and the sad. Beginning with the sad, can you imagine? We are at a place and time in our history that the ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Let’s not drop the urban design theme just yet. Last week, we discussed the possible coming of fountains coming to downtown Coral Springs. And whether doing urban redesign piecemeal was a good idea (it is not).   Let’s take the fountains for a moment. The fountains (a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - I was listening to a show on NPR the other day. A professional architect was discussing her design to put back together her civil war-ravaged hometown, Homs in Syria. One could look at it two ways. One is that everything has been destroyed. The other is the long, impressive ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Congratulations, Coral Springs and Broward County – close to 50 percent of you have been vaccinated. But it isn’t enough. The numbers aren’t good. First of all, the flip side of your accomplishment is that half of you have not had a shot. Around the country, some states ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Something should be said about the late Alcee Hastings. Actually, a lot has been said about him, but not much here. I knew “Alcee,” which is what he insisted he be called by friends, when he was appointed to the bench in Miami. It was a period of high corruption in the city.

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – This week, President Biden issued some executive orders on gun control. Good for him. In his announcement, he mentioned a few things that took my breath away. One was that the second mass shooting took place before the flags flying at half-staff for last weeks had been raised ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Twenty-seven states have had rising numbers of Covid cases and hospitalizations. Most of them are nowhere near here. However, we in this area have a particular problem. It’s called Spring Break. I would venture to say that most everyone reading this knows someone who was a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The coyote and the wolf. Sounds familiar?  Hopefully, it does. The last time Coral Springs’ hair stood on end at the sighting of a coyote, I wrote at some length about them. The city has put out some tips now that there has been another sighting, not surprising near a dog ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Several decades ago, one could not take Military Trail either from Boca into Deerfield or Deerfield into Boca. There were a lot of complaints from both the citizenry and the business community. “Build a bridge,” they said, “open up the flow, it will be good for everyone.” ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - When my first book was published, the first of a three-part memoir (see below), the plan of attack was to get myself booked to do author dates at bookstores. I did one. Then came Covid. Not only did Covid kill off the in-person audiences, Zoom did not fill the gap. As we are ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - It is amazing that we can land in a canyon on the planet Mars something the size of an automobile with some of the most sensitive equipment and do it perfectly. Yet we can not produce an answering machine that says Pahokee instead of Pa-hoe—k, or can’t manage to finish a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - This weekend you can look for a show. Is it Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum(b). Mutt and Jeff, I don’t know. I do know a line that fits. PT Barnum: “There’s a sucker born every minute and two to take’m in.” Those suckers will be sitting, undoubtedly with no mask, no less two, at the ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As anyone from Brooklyn can tell you, strange things happen there. They always did and probably always will. Remember that saying, “If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn?” Believe it or not there was a con man who actually sold fake deeds to the bridge.

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The very little good news on gun control comes from David Hogg this third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings. I pass the school frequently on the highway. How deceptive things can look from a distance. They can look normal. Nothing at MSD is ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - This will be shorter than usual. I am dealing with a reaction to my second vaccine. A friend sent me one of those “do you remember” emails. It was full of phrases we used in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. One that was missing was “a shot in the arm.” When someone said something stupid ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As the legendary Lone Ranger rode off into the horizon, he was often followed by the town’s folk, mouths agape, some uttering: “Who was that masked man?” It was, though, pretty easy to tell: black outfit, black mask, stunning horse that he urged into a gallop by calling, “Hi O ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - I got an email the other day. I guess you could call it fan mail. It referred to my grumpy assessment of my five plus hours getting my first Covid-19 shot. The writer made a snarky reference to the title of my last book, “The War of the Itchy Balls and Other Tales From ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Ever sat for four hours in a car moving more slowly than a snail? I’m sure many of you have. For New Yorkers, it probably was on the BQE or Long Island Expressway. Chicago? The Dan Ryan during rush hour. Around here because of a crash on I-95 or the Palmetto. But to get a ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - TAPInto Coral Springs recently brought into focus the loss of sports in the lives of Coral Springs children. Bummer. But more important is the impact the loss of sports in having on those who have lost it. Let’s take a dive into that. There is a snowball, or maybe avalanche, ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL - If you are a political history nerd, you probably remember the name Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Part of JFK’s Camelot team, Moynihan was an assistant secretary of labor in both the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and then held several posts in the Nixon White House and ...

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