The Fake Grass Is Greener

  In general, most people don’t see the draw of artificial grass, other than the obvious appeal of outdoor carpeting. If you’re living somewhere where you can swing a lawn,...

The Way It Is: Somebody Special

  My dad, Willie, was a special man. He was hardworking, kind, and generous. He was both a gentle man and a gentleman. A wonderful husband to my mom, Helen,...

Can We Have a Straw Poll?

  I can’t believe we’re living in a country where everything’s going to be legal soon except straws. I’m referring, of course, to the ongoing Straw Ban, in which the government,...

The Way It Is: Creepy Crawlers

By Hannah Berman This summer has posed an unusual problem for me. On a Sunday in early July, as I sat in my den watching television, I spotted movement on...

Schmutter: Yeshiva Packing List

  So you’re sending your son away to dorm, finally, but it didn’t occur to you that you’re going to have to update your school-supplies list from things like 72...

Berman: It’s The Solstice, Silly

  My beloved mother, of blessed memory, had a calendar concept all her own. The memory of this comes to me every year just before Labor Day. Along with most...

The Way It Is: Thou Shalt Not Hate

    Having been born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, I attended the Providence Hebrew Day School. It was the first and, at the time, only day school in the...

Schmutter: Chain Of Events

Sometimes, as a parent, there comes a time when you have to step up and be the hero, even if you have to make it up as you go...

The Way It Is: Problem With ‘No Worries’

  What happened to the expressions we once used, expressions that made sense? For years, when people wanted to indicate that they were disinterested in something or didn’t care about...

Schmutter: Heads Up!

I write a safety article every year during the Nine Days, and everyone thinks, “OK, so I won’t do anything dangerous.” But things can still happen, chas v’shalom, even...
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Woodmere Fire Department Hosts Fire Prevention Day

  The Woodmere Volunteer Fire Department opened its doors on October 6 to members of the community at its annual Fire Prevention Day. The event...

Millions in Default Judgments Entered Against 5T Firm Cardis

Default judgments for defrauding investors out of at least $30 million have been entered against several Five Towns residents as well as other individuals...

Halachic Musings: 19 Sukkos Rulings of Rav Elyashiv

Sukkos is upon us, and we are bereft of the gedolim of yesteryear. Not to fret, however, because we still have sefarim that tell...

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