Fran Ostendorf
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In every community, you’d expect people to jump in to help friends and neighbors in need, but what if they need more help? Luckily, we live in a caring community, with impressive … more
One of the things that makes this job different from most newspaper jobs is the presence of children. Because of the location of our offices at the Dwares Jewish Community Center, we see children of … more
As a news junkie, I’ve been watching a lot of coverage about this year’s elections, particularly the presidential race. I read and watch news from a variety of sources in an effort to … more
There aren’t many issues in the political realm that I feel strongly enough to write about and advocate for, but voting is one of them. A little more than two years ago, I wrote … more
The holidays often start with food. It brings us together to share bread and conversation and memories. My inbox has as many emails concerning seasonal food as it does those explaining customs, … more
I love this time of year. The holidays signal the change of seasons, as do warm days and cool nights. A certain rhythm returns to daily life after a summer filled with long days, vacations and all … more
This is the season of new beginnings. Before you know it, the year will change and it will be 5777. The days leading up to that change are a time to do a little reflecting on life. I recently … more
Are you weary of the political campaign? Many people are. But just as many seem to relish the national debate, as down and dirty as it may get. It feels as if the country has been embroiled … more
Those lazy days of summer really are hazy this year.  Seems like we’ve been suffering with the infamous Triple H – hazy, hot and humid – for days now. And while I’m not … more
I am often asked by readers about my summer plans. After all, The Voice takes a publishing break during July. Usually, I avoid the question. The paper may be “on vacation,” … more
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