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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 31, 2011 / 25 Adar II, 5771

Crime brings alleged neighbors together

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We had 14 police cars in the neighborhood last week. The last time we had this much excitement was when the city came through and repaired the sidewalks.

Police cars with flashing lights were parked in the street, across the easements and on yards. It was big. Not as big as the Fourth of July parade, but bigger than the spring bedding plant sale and possibly on a par with the annual garage sale.

An officer said three teens considered violent and suspected in home burglaries east of here, had been stopped at a park for questioning. They sped off leading officers on a wild chase that ended in our neighborhood. Allegedly.

It's all alleged these days. We don't suspect anybody of anything until we hear their alibis, how they weren't really where a dozen witnesses say they were and have had time to talk with their attorneys. Nonetheless, these alleged teens had wrapped an alleged stolen car around an alleged tree and one of them now had an alleged broken arm.

A neighbor who has worked at a news station was feeding details from the officers to the growing crowd of neighbors. It's nice to have connections.

One of the more interesting news bit -- but this one didn't come from the police -- a neighbor to the north was retiring, listing his house and moving with his wife to a small college town. Who knew. We just don't chat like we used to.

A young kid in the crowd claimed he had heard gunshots right after the car crashed, but that was just embellishment -- the sort of hype that comes with any breaking news story. Maybe the kid will have a career in broadcast one day.

Mrs. B, who is now in her late 80s, was circulating and looking well. She had been to the grocery and left Mr. B home alone. She was pretty shaken to see the flashing lights near her house as she drove up thinking something awful had happened to Mr. B. She'd parked her car, hurried home and found Mr. B was fine. Actually Mr. B had the best view on the block from inside their living room.

The police had to knock on the door of the house where the calamity happened and alert the homeowner, who hadn't heard a thing and was a bit surprised to see the alleged third burglar, a female, handcuffed and standing against a police car, also in his front yard.

The crowd began to swell, introductions were made, old friends caught up on home improvement projects, who was now in middle school, and who was away at college.

From time to time, the group paused to monitor the crime scene and calculated the what ifs: what if one of us had been driving down the street when the police chase was coming up the street, what if the neighborhood association hadn't installed speed bumps and what if the house with the getaway car wrapped around the tree in the front yard hadn't had a tree in the front yard?

The alleged burglar with an alleged broken arm was taken away on a stretcher. Maybe it's because police were also unloading loot from the car, but there didn't seem to be much sympathy, alleged or otherwise.

It's always good to get out and catch up with the neighbors.


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