Category Archives: Columns

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. […]

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]

The State of the City

By Mayor Joe Sack In one respect, 2015 is beginning just like 2014. For the second year in a row, this traditional State of the City address by the mayor has been upstaged—and rightly so—by the swearing-in of councilmembers Richard Mecca and Richard Slack. But in another way, the start of this year is actually […]

Column: A new age

Now that Generation-Xer’s are approaching middle age, the marketing industry is frantically trying to predict what the Millenials will be attracted to in terms of houses, cars, appliances, and yes, even cabinets and countertops. I asked my 3-G (third generation) Smart Phone who are the Millenials but it just sat there and stared back at […]

Cheers for Verizon

One of the first issues I dealt with, after being elected to my first term, was to revive negotiations with Verizon, regarding their FiOS service. Where and when the service was offered was at the sole discretion of Verizon and, for quite some time, we were informed that Verizon was not expanding its footprint and, […]

Column: This year brings changes to the village

    The year 2015 brings many changes at Village Hall.  Last year’s unprecedented turnover of staff was bittersweet and we did lose decades of municipal government experience. However, with every change there are also positives.  New staffers bring new ideas and energy that benefit the Village. Technology is one such area where our new […]