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Bruce the Blog

July 25, 2017

We’re taught in grade school English about synonyms (words with similar meanings) and antonyms (words with opposite meanings). What I don’t recall is learning about contronyms. That refers to a word that can have two contradictory, if not opposite, meanings. A common contronym in public affairs ...

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Chambers of commerce like those in Yorktown, Somers, Mahopac-Carmel and elsewhere have a vital purpose in supporting and promoting a healthy, growing economy composed of local businesses that are predicated on the profit motive. At the same time, points out Deb Milone, executive director of the ...

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I’ve always loved the sound of the saxophone. No instrument is more sensual. It can wail. It can moan. It can soar. It speaks volumes. It talks to me. When, as a college student at Syracuse University, I reviewed for the campus paper David Bowie’s immortal album, “Ziggy Stardust,” I couldn’t ...

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There’s Hastings-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and that 1984 Robin Williams movie, “Moscow on the Hudson.” Now, there’s Fun-on-the-Hudson, though that’s not the official name for what is sprouting virtually overnight at Charles Point Marina in Peekskill: An elaborate ropes ...

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Ever listen to some of the self-styled savants who populate the phone lines on sports talk radio? Once a professional sports contest is concluded, notably a home team loss, they rush to judgment and second-guess managers and coaches, exercising uncanny foresight into the past. Nobody has broken the ...

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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 the common misperception of what empty storefronts signify. POP CULTURE: Mom, did you see ...

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One of the great controversies in public education is whether our schools should place more emphasis on teaching critical thinking skills, also known as 21st century learning skills. It’s a discussion worth having. Learning by rote is not without its benefits and its ardent advocates. A healthy ...

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I met Ted Sarandos more than two decades ago when I was a journalist covering Hollywood’s home entertainment business and he was a video store executive on the west coast. In that same era, I met Reed Hastings, a former math teacher and Peace Corps volunteer who had what he felt was a bright ...

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It’s not every day you see a bunch of 12-year-old boys squaring off against a bunch of police officers. But that’s exactly what will happen next week in northern Westchester. The good news is that, apart from competing for bragging rights on the baseball diamond, both sides are going to bat for ...

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Memorial Day, some would argue, has become a weekend-long, red-white-and-blue display of our discomfort dealing with the deceased. When I came across the following passage some years back on a now-defunct website, it struck me as a pithy, if slightly sad, summation of how the day has been denatured ...

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When I was publisher of a local weekly newspaper, much like this one, I had a stock response for the occasional reader who would accuse our reporters or our news coverage of bias: “You’re right,” I would say. “There is bias in the media, because every single person brings his or her own bias to ...

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In the gut-busting production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” now doubling over audiences at Hudson Stage in Armonk (through May 13), there are some 20 characters on stage–but only three actors. How does that work? Like clockwork! Well, more like a cuckoo clock with sleight of hands that ...

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Have you noticed, as I have, that some folks lately are protesting protesting? That is to say they are bothered by protesters. That’s cool, I guess, but do you think the same people who protest protesting also would have protested the men who were the mother of all protesters? Our founding ...

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Only half of humanity can give birth—the female half—but both men and women can give life by donating a kidney to someone whose survival rests on receiving a healthy organ.  In America today, there are more than 100,000 people hoping to be on the receiving end of a life-saving kidney. For now, ...

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It’s safe to say that dedicated theater-goers wouldn’t mind seeing more richly themed dramatic offerings like the Schoolhouse Theater’s beguiling production of “The Mask of the Jaguar King.” Described by the producers as “Part battle of angels, part ghost story, part ritual dance, using ...

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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 a new dining spot in town. POP CULTURE: So, Mom, which Happy Hour spot shall we grace ...

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Broadway fans who go to see “Mamma Mia!” at Westchester Broadway Theatre might not believe their eyes at what appears to be “Hamilton” hot shot Lin-Manuel Miranda performing on stage in the Abba musical. It’s not him but the resemblance is uncanny. The Miranda look-alike who portrays dashing Sam ...

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The other day on the Taconic Parkway, I noticed an SUV being pulled over by an unmarked police car with dashboard lights flashing. In my rear-view mirror, I could see a uniformed officer exit his vehicle, also an SUV. Other than thinking it had been a while since I last spotted an unmarked ...

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Glass Ceiling: “A metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to women) from rising beyond a certain level.” In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theater, a one-act festival will celebrate women playwrights. “Glass Ceiling ...

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Spring is in the air, fragrant and glowing with possibilities. For our family, spring invites renewed reflection of a former life that was both full of promise and fraught with formidable challenges. It was the first day of spring 14 years ago—March 20, 2003—that our 15-year-old son, ...

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“People inspire me. They infuriate, puzzle, motivate, sadden, surprise, enlighten, awe and confound me… Witnessing another [person] crawl from the depths and stand on their own two feet is the most inspiring and humbling experience I have ever known.” Those are the sentiments of Eileen ...

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I used to host Oscar parties. No more. I used to fill out Oscar ballots. No more. I used to watch the Oscars with rapt attention. I did not see this year’s Academy Awards, but I’d be surprised if there weren’t obligatory political ad libs from the whiny winners. Is it any surprise there was a ...

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There’s a vintage gag sign that shopkeepers with a sense of humor used to post that read, “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” Not anymore. In my car console, I keep a baggie of quarters to feed parking meters, and a separate baggie of dimes, nickels and pennies that I grab by the handful if ...

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For those who fondly recall the pop hits that defined AM and then FM radio of the ’60s and ’70s, there’s a time machine you can climb into at Westchester Broadway Theatre. That’s where a nifty little musical revue called “The Bikinis” is warming the hearts of audiences through the very last day of ...

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Presidents Day is just around the corner, on Monday, Feb. 20, and what happier way to commemorate our beloved 16th than by participating in a “Drinkin’ with Lincoln Pub Crawl”? Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, that thirst-quenching pastime is tailor-made for very walkable downtown ...

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Righty: Hi, Lefty, how’re you? Lefty: What’s that supposed to mean? Righty: Nothing. Just askin’ how you are. Lefty: Yeah, sure. Mr. Innocent, all of a sudden. Righty: What gives, pal? Lefty: Not you, “pal.” You don’t give. Righty: OK, I give up. Lefty: I am the opposite of ...

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Remember 1980s hit movie “The Karate Kid”? A Rocky for the adolescent set (the same filmmaker directed both movies), it starred Ralph Macchio (and Jaden Smith in the 2010 remake) as a high school senior who, through force of will and discipline, surmounts physical adversity to triumph against the ...

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On any New Year’s Day since 2013, if you happened to be at Riverfront Green in Peekskill, looking toward the Hudson River, you might think you hadn’t fully recovered from the prior evening’s festivities and were hallucinating. But even stone cold sober, your eyes wouldn’t be deceiving you. Yes, ...

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MOTHER: Look at the fresh new snow out back, Evelyn. Why don’t you go out and play with your friends? EVELYN: I prefer not to, Mother. MOTHER: You don’t want to play in the beautiful white snow! Are you feeling OK, my Precious? EVELYN: Yes, Mother. MOTHER: What, then? EVELYN: Well, ...

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Author’s Note: All dialogue here is authentic, as heard by me and typed on my laptop; no video or audio recording devices are permitted in court. I was present at one evening’s traffic court at the invitation of Judge McDermott. If you want to witness a textbook example of parental ...

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