Fran Ostendorf
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What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, we were planning an issue filled with news from Israel: Operation Protective Edge was underway. Despite the international nature of the story, our coverage was personal and local. There was … more
Just like many of us, The Voice takes a bit of a summer vacation. We’ve been following this – or a similar – schedule for a couple of years. It makes some sense. People go away. Advertising is more difficult to sell in the summer. And there … more
I have witnessed a number of  “rites of passage” in the last few weeks. Late spring is the season for such things. First, my nephew walked down the hill, and then up the hill as he graduated from Brown, a graduation process steeped in … more
If you have more nights than usual scheduled with meetings that you absolutely have to attend this month, then you know it’s annual meeting season. Geraldine Foster wrote about the history of these annual meetings in our last edition. More … more
Finally we are seeing prolonged signs of spring … consistently warm temperatures, flowering trees everywhere, longer days. People are out in their yards cleaning up and planting. Community gardens are coming to life. I love being able to … more
We are part of a small network of “niche” newspapers in the United States. You might even call us exclusive. We are a Jewish newspaper. It’s in our mission statement, and it’s proudly part of our name. There’s no mistaking the readership … more
The Passover story that we read year after year is an inspirational tale. I was reminded last week that it’s one we should really listen to and not just repeat as if by rote, trying to stay awake until the fish is served. That started me thinking … more
Somehow, throughout the years, our house has become the gathering place for my extended family. Nobody else actually lives in this area. But they all end up at my door. We started out small … My siblings for the High Holy Days when they … more
Like it or not, we are a people of the world. World events affect us. Sure, we live in a state with its share of newsmaking events.  But this week I’m looking to national and international events that are – and should be – the subject of … more
Several of my recent columns have involved the weather. It’s been a tough winter. And the relentless snow and cold and its accompanying ice aren’t letting up yet, so bear with me. The flower show last weekend was a little breath of … more
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