Dad in the Box

  • Putting the Debate to Bed

    October 5, 2016

    Like 80 million other Americans I watched the presidential debate the other night.  According to the news media, which supposedly fact checks bold assertions like this, the viewership numbers ...

  • Computers: A Love Story

    There can be no better feeling than hurling an uncooperative piece of electronics out a window.  It must satisfy our most basic human desire for revenge.  

     

    Oh yeah?  If ...

  • Going for Brass

    I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem ...

  • Cruise Control

    I just returned from a birthday party over the weekend.  It was totally out of control.

     

    At least according to my dad.  

     

    It was his birthday.  He turned the ...

  • Pokémon Politics Go!

    As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

     

    I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch ...

  • For Your Eyes Only

    Given all the controversy surrounding private email servers circulating the political landscape lately, I have been thinking a lot about email confidentiality.

    I would share my thoughts with you, ...

  • A Bad Hair Day

    I used to think there was nothing more pathetic than a wet cat.

    I was wrong.

    A shaved cat is far more distressing.

    I have seen wet dogs and short-haired dogs and coiffed dogs before.

  • Prelude To A Kiss

    A man kissed me while I was at a bar refilling my wife’s champagne glass.

    It is, after all, wedding season.

    But wait.  Let me back up.  

    Starting with the Trump rally in San ...

  • A Winning Note

    Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything in second place. - William C. Bryant

    At 0:00 seconds, when the whistle finally blew, bedlam on an ordinary school lacrosse field in New Jersey ...

  • Driving Aloud

    My sixteen-year-old twins are worried that I am going to yell at them in the car.

    Given that they are both new drivers with learner's permits, this a probably a reasonable assumption.

    But I ...

  • How Ya Doin?

    On a day-to-day basis it makes me feel very secure to know that my teenage kids are emotionally healthy and coping comfortably well with school and life and social interactions at such an ...

  • Follicle Follies

    I came back from vacation to some life changing news.

    It seems that while I was away dedicated scientists working overtime on a very important genetic study revealed the “root” cause ...

  • Hitting The Sauce

    Let me just start off by saying that I do not like to cook.

    I suppose I could add a snarky rejoinder such as If you could taste my cooking you would understand why.  But the fact is, despite ...

  • Alone Together

    What if they threw a party and no one came?

    Outside of the obvious feeling of isolation, there is something kind of appealing at the thought of being the only one present at what should otherwise ...

  • Easy Come, Easy Go

    It may come as a bit of a shock, but I did not win the Powerball lottery last week.  Nor did anyone in my family. 

    Nor did you. 

    Just like that our dreams vanished and we were ...

  • The Year In Review

    It’s 2016!

    I realize that this is not much of a revelation.  But it seems like only days ago that I woke up with a hangover and it was 2015.

    In truth, it was more like a week ago and ...

  • The True Test of Giving

    Last week my friend Dana gave a kidney to someone in need.

    They actually refer to the selfless act of sacrificing an organ for the sake of others as a donation.  He correctly donated a ...

  • My Little Runaway

    I always enjoyed watching my daughter play youth soccer when she was little.

    Since I knew little about the game, my appreciation for her play was something that was initially hard to define.

  • Nobody On

    I don’t really care for the teams playing in the World Series this year.

    Opening pitch

    It may have something to do with being a Cubs fan.  

    1st Inning

    Whenever I watch ...

  • Breaking Murphy Bad

    Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. —  Murphy’s Law

    I don’t know who Murphy was, but he sure is blamed for a lot of bad stuff.  

    But sometimes Murphy’s ...

  • Trumping The Pope

    What if . . .

    President Trump: Welcome Your . . . say, how should I address you? Honestly, Your Holiness sounds more like Hillary Clinton’s email server. How about Your Popeliness

    Pope ...

  • A Good Summer Read

    What ever happened to trust?

    When I was in high school teachers trusted tthat we all completed our reading assignments over the summer.  The first day of school we were asked if we read ...

  • All The Right Notes

    I hate my kids.

    Oh, I don’t mean that literally.  I mean I hate them in the sense that I am jealous.  Because at some point during my vain attempts to pass on my own limited skill ...

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • Planet Lite

    Honestly, I don’t know why they bother to call Pluto the Dwarf Planet.  Either it is a planet or it isn’t. Calling it a Mini Planet or a Planette or a Junior Birdman Planet is ...

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Nutley High School Closes After Security Threat Friday

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TAPinto Nutley that the bomb disposal unit was parked in front of Nutley High School Friday afternoon.

Members of the Essex County Sheriff's Office are working with the Nutley Police Department as the investigation following the Instagram incident continues. The bomb disposal unit conducted a sweep of the school ...

Game of Thrones: A Definitive Ranking of Seasons 1-7

Groundhog Day. The day a tiny mammal’s shadow tells us when winter will come to an end. Me? I prefer my weather forecast in the form of a white raven (the telltale changing of seasons in Westeros).

For a few days, rumors spread that Game of Thrones will not return for its final season until April 2019, and while it was clarified that the April return date was likely a false rumor, HBO ...

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Brrr, It’s Old! Come Inside the West Essex YMCA to Explore Summer Camp Fun

February 7, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — While the thermometer may not budge above 40 degrees, the summer planning season is here. Families are invited to a summer camp information session at the West Essex YMCA from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Throughout the summer, the West Essex YMCA runs five development-appropriate programs for children ages 3 1/2 to 15, building self-esteem, confidence ...

Paterson Firefighter Opens Up About Struggles, Urges Others not to Suffer in Silence

February 8, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Not a week goes by when a tale of heroism and bravery on the part of firefighters is not told. For them, running into a burning building is as natural as running out of one is for the rest of us.

That became apparent again on Monday when members of the Paterson Fire Department responded to a fire at 268 Main Street, which led to the eventual total collapse of ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

In the Driver's Seat

Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.

 

That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick up a gallon of milk?

 

In what has to be the greatest road trip of all time and space, Elon Musk, the visionary inventor, engineer, and billionaire investor loaded his very own red Tesla ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...