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Who Really Killed Eric Garner?*

Last week, Erica Garner died.* She was the daughter of Eric Garner, who died while resisting arrest for selling individual cigarettes, otherwise known as “loosies.”* Most news stories about her death begin this way: “Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, who died from a police choke-hold screaming ‘I can’t breath...’ ”* This event lead Erica to become an ...

The Trump Effect

We’re in 2018 and Trump is still president.

There is still no evidence of Russian collusion. Well, that is not exactly true. There is evidence of Russian collusion regarding the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Trump has not been driven from office because of his past. However, there are congressmen, a senator, a Hollywood producer, a few news anchors, a couple of actors and ...

Breakfast with Rocco

I went into a neighborhood eatery the other day to grab some breakfast with one of my politically aware buddies, Rocco. It was crowded and we happened to sit right next to a couple of young tradesmen—a carpenter and an electrician—who were talking politics and worrying out loud about the new Republican tax bill; was it going to help or hurt them? As we waited for the waitress to take ...

Nothing is Written in Stone Until You’re Dead

I was headed out to JFK a few weeks back to pick up a friend who was flying up from Atlanta. Completely out of character, I left my house early for the 90-minute trip to the airport and, on the way, received a voice alert that his flight was delayed and his landing would be two hours later than expected.  

Breezing over the Whitestone Bridge, I weighed whether to head out to Rockaway ...

Farewell, Sad Old Year… Hello, Happy New Year

I’ve started reading a page-turner of a book. It’s not by J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown or even E. L. James.

The book’s sexy title is “Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments,” by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley (Liveright, 2017). As I thumbed through its pages at the library, I was intrigued by the chapter titles alone, some of which are listed at the end of this ...

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Grudge

Contrary to what I generally tell people, the happiest moment of my life was not the day I got married, nor the final push when I gave birth to either of my two kids. It was the day a driver tailgated me relentlessly for five miles and then sped away… until he got pulled over by a state trooper.

Although I know it is better to forgive and forget, I am just not one of those people who is ...

My 2017 Holiday Newsletter

Dear friends and family,

After receiving so many scintillating holiday newsletters this year, I wanted to chime in with our humble family news!

First of all, our kids are doing great! You know our son has taken up the electric guitar? He got so good after six months that he actually opened for the Rolling Stones when they played the Garden, and from that ONE performance he is being inducted ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, January 27, 9:00 AM

Somers High School, Somers

Health Fair

Health & Wellness

Wed, January 31, 6:00 PM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

Freedom from Smoking

Health & Wellness

Wed, February 7, 6:00 PM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

Freedom from Smoking

Health & Wellness

Reminiscing About the Old Times

January 11, 2018

To the editor,

Regarding the closing of Healy’s Corner Bar, before it was Healy’s, it was Happy Valley. Actually, the whole county was a “Happy Valley” in those times (if maybe a little ingrown, prejudicial enclave, but there was community). I went to a wedding reception there in the Fifties.

The Hide-a-Way, a nice restaurant/bar on Baldwin Place Road, just north of ...