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October 20, 2021

No doubt by now you’ve heard of the neighborhood virtual village green called Next Boor (I may have gotten a letter or so wrong there, but you get the drift). It’s where folks with a lot of free time on their hands go to find out all kinds of neat stuff, some of which they could more reliably ...

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One of the primary challenges for a dramatist is to create for the audience a palpable sense of time and place. Another is to draw characters that are at once believable yet larger than life, to captivate an audience and hold it in thrall until the curtain falls. In Hudson Stage’s production of ...

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One of my go-to radio stations is WFUV (90.7 FM), operated by Fordham University. I like its fresh, eclectic menu of music. Maybe I also like to keep close to the generation whose age I once was (if memory serves, which it always doesn’t well enough to deserve a tip). If my alma mater, Syracuse ...

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What are your plans for Halloween 2021? Will you temporarily trade in your Covid mask for a ceremonial mask, perhaps portraying a famous personage instead of your anonymous self? Or will you stay true to your vow of personal freedom and refuse to wear a Halloween mask, because nobody’s going ...

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Along with 16,000 other U.S. high school students, Erik A. Brodsky of Cortlandt Manor has been named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. That commonality aside, there’s something very noticeable that sets Erik apart from almost all the other Merit-orious names on the ...

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I know what you’re thinking. Not another one. Give us a break. We’re not yet clear of the 18-month long pathogen. If you haven’t yet heard about the dreaded Cerumen Pandemic, it’s understandable. It means you have an excessive buildup of hearing blockage caused by Cerumen’s more familiar ...

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Picture, if you will, two Baby Boomer males at a September 2021 wedding in New Hampshire. They don’t know each other. Local citizen Fred wears a boxy sport coat with tie. New Yorker Darren wears a dark suit with black crew-neck shirt (a la Simon Cowell). FRED: Are you with the clergy or ...

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Everybody just needs to chill. I mean, folks, what does it say about the devolving state of humankind that we’re down to scorched-earth diatribes over what we call friggin’ bridges. Cry me a river. What does it profit a person to make mountains out of molehills? You know, like those endlessly ...

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Remember the sad, old days when we were young and foolish and thought it prim and proper to ask for things by affecting a certain decorum that was part and parcel of polite society? I haven’t checked lately if the dated word polite still is loitering in the dictionary, but if so, it obviously ...

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After being served my vessel of Irish breakfast tea at the hip suburban cafe in the next town over, I stuck around a moment to sweeten it with a nice, big, slow drip of honey, when the pleasant person on the business side of the counter helpfully wondered aloud, “Do you need anything?” “No,” ...

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Yankee Stadium. Citi Field. Barclays Center. UBS Arena. MetLife Stadium. Madison Square Garden. Notice a pattern there? Of the six venues that are home to metro New York’s major pro sports teams, a scant two (the first and last listed above) proudly hold fast to their native origins, while the ...

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How many of you reading this have used one of those take-out delivery apps, which felt more like a necessity than a convenience during the cloistered months of the pandemic? According to research service Sense360, that portion is 25 percent, meaning one in four of you has ordered meals through ...

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Fellow students, and all the others I’m expected to acknowledge before I start the actual speech …  I know. You’re wondering, “Why him?” Well, I’ll tell you why you ain’t never seen a student commencement speaker quite like me. If you think about it, commencement speeches are a high honor ...

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When he told us that “all the world’s a stage,” what William Shakespeare had in mind was metaphorically richer than simply saying that theater can be performed in all manner of places, with or without a stage. Still, maybe his timeless imagery was inspired by the fact that, in the Bard’s day, it ...

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It’s a natural thing for parents to worry about their high school and college kids finding gainful employment for the summer, scrambling to network and connect with employers who are in the market for cheap, hard-working, seasonal staff. Well, save your handwringing, Mom and Dad, because things ...

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When we saw those cool hoverboards floating a few inches above the earth in 1985 time-travel movie, “Back to the Future,” who among us believed we’d see those blue-sky fantasies scooting around town in our lifetime? And yet … say hello to EVTOL vehicles (electric vertical take-off and ...

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What would happen if a lonely woman out for a solitary stroll on the beach happened upon a kindred spirit... who happened to have a whale of a tail? What would happen if a woman walked into the wrong post-funeral reception and happened upon a man who crashes strangers’ funerals for the free ...

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We have been presenting an academic award at graduation time to a Yorktown High School senior for the past 18 years. It is named the Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation Scholarship in memory of our son. Part of the application process for candidates is to write an essay on a topic that we ...

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DOOR KNOCKER (DK): Hi, would you sign my petitions? HOME OWNER (HO): What are you rebelling against? DK: Whadda ya got? HO: Isn’t that from a movie? DK: No, ma’am. I just made it up. HO: Quite a coincidence. I recall it was in a Brando movie. DK: I’m a book person. No time for ...

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Every so often, I get stuck on what to write about in this space that the good folk at Halston Media so generously allot me on a weekly basis. It’s not too serious a mental block, though. It only recurs about once every seven days. Then some charitable soul comes along to save me from the depths ...

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Technology is supposed to be our friend, and to help us stay in touch with friends in our personal lives, to be more efficient in our work lives, and to generally help us live more productive lives. That’s the ideal. The reality is a bit more complicated. We’re supposed to harness technology to ...

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malapropism n. the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in “Jesus healing those leopards” (instead of lepers) or baseball immortal Yogi Berra declaring that “Texas has a lot of electrical votes.” Remember Archie Bunker? The head ...

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What would the hit TV series “The Office” look like if it was premiering today? (Odds are there will be a series, whether a revival of that series or a copycat, capturing the new zeitgeist of the post-pandemic workplace.) COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on all facets of our lives that is ...

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One of the touchstones of the science fiction canon is the 1982 Ridley Scott movie, “Blade Runner.” It’s understandable that Hollywood deemed it impractical, for marketing purposes, to title it after its source material, the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” A ...

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Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about that new fast-food joint proposed for their humble hamlet. MOM CULTURE: Pop, I think you ...

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As grim as the number is, it also shouldn’t come as a shock that it’s reported 2020 saw about 100,000 small businesses shut down—for good, which obviously is very bad. A survey by WalletHub of the states whose small businesses have the best prospects for recovery does not bring especially ...

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I went to a baseball game this past weekend. It was Opening Day. Not at a Major League stadium. It was at a town ballfield, which in this case happens to be named for our son (Harrison Apar Field of Dreams in Yorktown), but a similar scene was playing out at many other recreational parks. It was ...

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What better way to pay homage to April Fools’ Day than sing about it—or listen to people who know how to sing sing about it (if you ask me how a local prison stole its way into that sentence, I’ll plead the Fifth). April Fools’ Day has inspired some great popular music. The headline up there is ...

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Any guy who tells you Adam’s descendants are inherently superior to Eve’s is one of two things: drunk or delusional. Or both. C’mon, man. How much more proof do we need that it just ain’t the case. Brawn never has impressed me nearly as much as brains. Speaking of which, did you know 70 percent ...

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In our family, this week brings with it not only the promise of spring, but the moist remembrance of 18 springs ago that is cause for pause, reflection, pride, gratitude, and eternal love. When Elyse’s and my son and Elissa’s brother Harrison needed his third open-heart surgery in 2003, the ...

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