Last Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I am embarrassed to admit that I had not realized that. But then, the local media didn’t exactly highlight the news. They were too busy providing weather reports on the blizzard that wasn’t. In any case, I eventually heard… Continue Reading
After listening to President Obama’s most recent State of the (Dis) Union speech last Tuesday night, I couldn’t help thinking, I’d sure like to be Scott Kelly. Just to remind you (since none of the TV commentators bothered to point this out), Kelly has been picked to become the… Continue Reading
A story in the Jan. 13 issue of The Observer about a fire at Plaque Art Creations in Harrison incorrectly reported what the factory made. It has manufactured plaster moldings.
Ready for another column on the Great War? (I warned you I was fanatical about it.) This won’t deal with battles and strategy, however. It’s about the simple things. Like words. World War I, I have discovered in my research, produced innumerable contributions to our vocabulary: words and phrases still… Continue Reading
In the aftermath of the massacre at the satiric French publication Charlie Hebdo and, subsequently, the attack at a kosher market, journalists from around the globe and Western government leaders have joined to condemn the actions by Islamic extremists. But the ugly events have also sparked a debate about whether… Continue Reading
In its editorial euology last Friday, my alma mater, the N.Y. Daily News, referred to Gov. Mario Cuomo as “the last lion of New York liberalism.” An excellent description. Those of you who know me, or think you do, might wonder then why his death left… Continue Reading
Having been exposed to all the hype over Sony Production Co.’s limited release of “The Interview,” I say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I guess in what passes for mass entertainment today, it makes perfect sense for two TV people to partner with the CIA to blow up the leader… Continue Reading
NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS FROM THE FIRST COUPLE To the editor: On behalf of my wife Cathy and my entire family, I want to wish the residents of North Arlington a very happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to serving as your… Continue Reading
In December 1914, the troops of the Allies and the Central Powers have been in combat for several months and had begun to be bogged down (sometimes literally — living in mud) in the trench warfare that was to characterize World War I’s Western Front. Trench warfare was basically a… Continue Reading
A story published last week in The Observer misstated the school district where former Lyndhurst school administrator Nicholas Coffaro now serves as superintendent. It is North Haledon. The Observer regrets the error.
With the holidays fast approaching, I know I speak for all my colleagues at The Observer when I wish all our faithful readers, subscribers and advertisers the very best of New Year greetings. And, if we can manage to take a breather from frenzied, last-minute holiday shopping expeditions, let’s also… Continue Reading
‘PROMOTE BELLEVILLE KIDS’ Through the years I have always been interested in Belleville’s school children and schools. I am a member of the BUC (Belleville United Coalition) and will continue to be interested. I’m an old timer. I graduated BHS in 1946 and stayed involved and… Continue Reading
Do you know anything about the S.S. Leopoldville? That’s a rhetorical question, because odds are you don’t. As Christmas Eve nears, I wanted to share the story because this Dec. 24th marks the 70th anniversary of a tragedy that cost the lives of 763 American soldiers but was… Continue Reading
Well, another Thanksgiving has passed and another U.S.A.-made myth has been celebrated about how the Pilgrims made nice with the Native Americans, and with their help, learned how to plant corn and other crops and thereby got through the first winter in the New World. I don’t know what the… Continue Reading
In my spam folder, there are currently 15 emails: two ostensibly from EZPass telling me I owe toll money; four alerting me to a FedEx delivery/ shipping notice; one, to a U.S. Postal Service delivery; one, for a UPS delivery; two notices to appear in court, and five messages… Continue Reading