Fran Ostendorf
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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
Remember when this time of year made you all tingly in anticipation? School was ending. Camp was starting. You were another year closer to graduation. A whole summer loomed large … 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
Next year, I may volunteer to be the poster child for the “Get your flu shot” campaign.  This was supposed to be my long-planned spring-break staycation. I was taking a week … more
Connectivity is a fact of modern life. We have our televisions, our computers and, most of all, we have our cellphones. Surely you have noticed as you walk down Hope Street or Elmgrove Avenue … 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
When I took over as editor of The Voice just about three years ago, I found a paper steeped in tradition and well-respected in the community. As I met with people who cared about the … more
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
The last few weeks have featured a number of important commemorations in the Jewish calendar.  Yom ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) was followed by Yom ha-Zikaron (Day of Remembrance for the … more
A couple of years ago, I wrote about spring cleaning at about this time of year. Actually, when I looked back, the column was mostly about postponing spring cleaning, with a little history … more
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