Category Archives: Columns

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Column: Curb the spread of flu in your home

During the cold season, the flu is undesirable. Help curb the spread of sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces.  Door knobs and locks Every time you enter or exit your home or any individual room, chances are that you’re touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that you’re […]

Column: Who controls city speech

Cities can speak with various voices. They can speak formally, through ordinances or resolutions. They can speak through actions, such as choosing to enforce or not enforce rules. They can speak by following one or another policy. Not very often does city speech figure explicitly in judicial decisions. But it happened last month in a […]

Column: Squeaky wheels

The past few months, the City Council heard an increasing number of complaints about rock chipping. The primary source of the complaints was from neighbors of a construction site on Highland Road where rock chipping began more than seven months ago and stopped only days ago. The chipping did not stop because the developer completed […]

Column: Things looking up for the business district

With the new year comes good news for our business district as vacancies are finally dwindling. I am cautiously optimistic that we have turned the corner on the post-recession downturn. During the worst of the “vacancy” period, I was often asked what recourse the village had to provide a disincentive to leave stores empty. The […]

Column: Drowning out the noise

Every sports fan base, like every community, has a certain stereotype attached to it. Conventional wisdom says Raiders fans are rowdy, Mets fans are filled with a certain amount of self-loathing and those who root for the Yankees and Patriots, more often than not, are smug and self-satisfied in their teams’ success on the field. […]

Column: Courts watching cops watching mosques

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit sits in a courthouse in Philadelphia, Penn., where I used to spend time as a young Philadelphia lawyer. The term “Philadelphia lawyer” used to be considered a bit shady. Actually, I believe it started as a compliment, being based on the successful defense of New […]

Column: Library work underway; pantry comes through

Given the dangerous weather condition our region experienced last weekend, I would like to, once again, bring your attention to the “My Community Alert” system. Residents, who signed up for local alerts, were notified on Sunday morning of the black ice and freezing rain. The alert system allows Harrison police officers, and other town officials, […]

Column: Grieving in a new age

    Roger Angell, a writer for the New Yorker magazine is best known for his essays on baseball but wrote a personal piece entitled “This Old Man” last February, describing life in his 10th decade.  I have reread “This Old Man” three times and with each reading, I am renewed with hope and courage. […]