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Two years ago, in these very pages, I shared something deeply personal that before that was only really known by family members and people close to me. I’m in remission from a medical condition known as trigeminal neuralgia. It’s a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that connects the brain with the top, middle and bottom part of our face. more
Electronic cigarette manufacturers have targeted our youth in product development and marketing. This practice has contributed to an epidemic of addiction of minors to products with toxic chemicals. more
Much of my day I spend thinking of my twins. Now that they have started pre-K, learning about their days at school has become an exciting part of the evening routine as they talk about the things they have learned, and their new friends. more
As a society, we spend a lot of our time squabbling about the big picture — abstract, often controversial, ideas that might only impact us once or twice in our lives. Meanwhile, the issues that impact us every day — housing, transportation, education, public health and safety — are frequently pushed aside or only discussed as a societal afterthought. more
Things began to unravel on the day after Christmas 2016. I came home to my native North Carolina for the holiday, to the house my then-husband and I lived in before I got a job in New York. Midday, mom stood to stretch her legs. She fell backward in her chair, gasping for air. more
Each year, charcoaled yellow-tipped cigarette butts commonly found lying on sidewalks and roadways claim about 480,000 American lives. In other words, the equivalent of 10 Riverdale neighborhoods are lost to cigarette smoking annually. more
On Sept. 11, my friend and I were waiting for the northbound BxM2 bus at Madison Avenue and 99th Street. We waited at least 35 minutes before the bus showed up. The bus arrived at 7:30 p.m., and the driver said he was the 7 p.m. bus. more
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, was a piece of human excrement. But he had a keen knowledge of psychology and communication. He knew how to sell a lie by constant repetition. And that brings us to the present. more
On Aug. 1, The Riverdale Press published my Point of View, and I was curious as to what the response would be, and am now ready to reply. more
I have often said that officers should not be the first line of defense in the event of a mental health crisis. That we ask our officers to do too much for every emergency. But what about when that emergency moment is impacting officers themselves? more
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