Fran Ostendorf
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Last week, we finally had a couple of warm days.  On the day this paper comes out, it’s predicted to be near 80 degrees. Today, as I write this, the heat keeps going on in my house. … more
It’s spring! Flowers are popping up. Days are warming up. That can only mean one thing: The Jewish Voice’s annual Patron Campaign is underway. Not what you thought I was going to … more
I’ve learned a number of lessons since my last column. None of them are particularly deep or life changing, but I think each time you learn something, you advance a little. So I thought … more
A reader recently wrote asking why The Voice didn’t report on the five Jewish victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Feb. 14.

He was distressed that the Jews in this tragedy received no special mention in our Rhode Island community newspaper.

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  Were you sorry to see the Olympics go? Or were you ready for it to be over? There seem to be two camps. First, there’s those who obsessively watched the Olympics coverage. Ski … more
I’m not one to worry about falling. I try to walk at a quick pace – hampered only by fairly short legs – eyes ahead, head held high. No shuffling here. So when I found myself … more
If you follow the news like I do, you know it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Just when I didn’t think it could get any more intense, we were hit with more rapid-fire … more
The following column ran Jan. 8, 2016. It’s one of my favorites and is as true today as it was then. We still fill multiple feeders no matter the weather. Our cat, now a gray tiger-stripped … more
I always looked forward to the end-of-the-year wrap-up stories and lists in the newspaper and on television. I relish those looks back on the year that was. They remind me what an event-filled year … more
I’m a lifelong learner. I really hope that this will keep my mind sharp for many years to come. And it doesn’t hurt my ability to do my job as editor, either. I don’t think you can … more
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