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
What’s in a name? Plenty if it happens to be Avery Fisher, for example. That’s the name that – for now at least – is seen by visitors to the Lincoln Center hall where the New York Philharmonic plays its home games, in the world of musical spheres. The music… Continue Reading
The poem that accompanies this column was found among the papers of the late Luke A. Kenney of Nutley. I recently wrote about him after his daughter, Pat Rush, donated the former Army sergeant’s World War I uniform to the Nutley Museum. Rush is not certain her father composed… Continue Reading
FOOD FOR THOUGHT To the editor: Children who start their school day without a healthy meal are much less likely to have the nutrition they need to concentrate and learn. With growing poverty in New Jersey, “breakfast after the bell” is one of the most effective ways to… Continue Reading
This past Sunday evening, a global audience tuned in to the Discovery Channel to watch the aerialist Nik Wallenda tackle another death-defying stunt. On this occasion, Wallenda – of the Flying Wallendas circus family – would walk along a tightrope linking two 500-foot-plus high skyscrapers in Chicago – the Windy… Continue Reading
LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS To the editor: In response to Karen Zautyk’s column on Ebola, I think much of the media coverage to date and the statements of some politicians have promoted a climate of confusion and fear. The following points are important: 1. The current strain… Continue Reading
It’s not often that I agree with Chris Christie, but on the issue of mandatory isolation for certain persons returning to the U.S. from Ebola-afflicted countries, he is 1,000% correct. Or maybe I should say, was correct. Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that the White House… Continue Reading
Last week’s opinion column “Gov’t stumbles threat to Republic?” was written by Ron Leir. His name was inadvertently omitted from the print edition of the paper.