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Past articles by Steve:

Steve Israel: The ties that bind us

Instead of uniting against a common enemy as we did then, after 9/11, we now battle amongst ourselves. → Read More

Kitchen sink: A simple solution to a household problem

Finding joy in a simple solution to a surprisingly complex household problem. → Read More

Steve Israel: Share the power of a smile, keep the Woodstock vibe going

Woodstock mural with comments from people the world over helps brighten the mood. → Read More

Steve Israel: One door opens, one internal debate begins

A moral dilemma triggers the internal debate of what's right and wrong. → Read More

STEVE ISRAEL: Paying more for less in the grocery aisle

Packaging gets small but we pay the old price - it's called "shrinkflation" → Read More

STEVE ISRAEL: You don't always get what you pay for

Prices go up, while product volume goes down. Ripoffs at the grocery story abound. → Read More

55 PLUS: Don’t stop the music

Thurman Barker, who’s played drums with everyone from Bette Midler and Marvin Gaye to Ella Fitzgerald and Cecil Taylor, just celebrated his 72nd birthday.Think the jazz drummer from the western Sullivan village of Jeffersonville is slowing down because of his age?Think again.At an age when millions of Americans are cashing in their 401k’s and breaking out their cruise wear, Barker is forging new… → Read More

Steve Israel: Acts of compassion stand test of time

Last week I wrote about how my grandfather learned the meaning of religion as a little boy more than a century ago in Russia. Who could possibly have imagined that one of you had a Christian grandfather who not only was there, but saved the lives of persecuted Jews like my grandpa?My grandfather’s story begins in the late 1800s, when he went to the synagogue to pray for his father, who was sick.… → Read More

Steve Israel: Passage of time reminds us to savor wonder of life

Ever wonder how you got to be so grown-up?Happened to me the other day when I was in the college town where time seems to stand still – New Paltz, home of shops like Groovy Blueberry and Karma Road. I was browsing in another sort of shop that’s a blast from my past, Rhino Records – one of three record stores in this college town, along with Team Love and Jack’s Rhythms - when I saw a CD I’ve… → Read More

Steve Israel: A wealth of info, observations about retirement

I laughed when I read this in an article about planning for retirement:“Let’s say you are a single 60-year-old earning $140,000 a year. You have $1.5 million in your 401(k) …If my wife and I had $1.5 million in a 401(k), I wouldn’t have gotten knots in my stomach figuring out whether I could retire from the daily workings of this newspaper at age 63, which I did more than two years ago. I… → Read More

Steve Israel: There's a lot to like about retirement

You get all sorts of advice when you’re considering retirement.Social Security?Everybody tells you whether or not to take it when you’re younger than the official full benefits age of 66 (I did, at 63. Why let the government have my money, I figured, and besides, I needed it).How much do you need in savings? (Don’t believe all you read. Talk to a financial adviser).You even hear about stuff… → Read More

Woodstock's legacy of peace lives on through preservation efforts, education

BETHEL - It’s hard to imagine the world without Woodstock.The impact of the 1969 festival has been so far-reaching, it’s become part of our language - as in “foodstock,” “kidstock,” “Popestock” – or any groovy gathering.The three-day bash that attracted some 450,000 to a dairy farm field on Hurd Road in the Sullivan County Town of Bethel (pop. 2,700 in 1969) paved the way for the huge music… → Read More

Steve Israel: Ailing brother-in-law appreciates life anew

When I first met my brother-in-law Jay more than 30 years ago, I had no idea I would marry his little sister — or that I would ever be writing about how he’s facing a deadly disease with so much life.I was a cook at the Broome Street Bar in SoHo trying to be a writer. Jay, the manager, was a cool, creative guy studying film at NYU and headed toward a career in filmmaking and TV.He was a buoyant… → Read More

Sullivan horse can play the piano

NORTH BRANCH - A horse is a horse, of course.Unless, of course, he’s Deva, the piano-playing horse.Deva - an 18-year-old blackish thoroughbred - → Read More

Will President Trump be 'a real leader' or blustering bully?

Which Donald Trump will we see as president?Will President Donald Trump be the blustering bully who came to Sullivan County in 2000 to muscle in on a → Read More

Former homeless vet thankful to give back

PORT JERVIS – The night before last Thanksgiving, the veteran who had served his country for more than half his 67 years was planning to sleep → Read More

Steve Israel: We won’t get anywhere without mutual respect

Family members who would do anything for one another wouldn’t talk to each other about this election. When they tried, their faces reddened, they → Read More

Crystal Run's expanding empire revolutionizing regional health care

TOWN OF WALLKILL - The man who is driven to reign over - and revolutionize - Hudson Valley health care sits between the symbols of his ever-expanding → Read More

Steve Israel: Make time for the natural wonders in the region

A woman from Jersey at a spot not enough of us know about, the Beaverkill Valley Inn in Lew Beach, asks where we’re from.When my wife and I say → Read More

Steve Israel: Fab 4-year-old has seasoned cool of rock star

The fab 4-year-old straps on his orange, plastic bass guitar. The biggest night of his young life is here. Emmett Schwalb is seeing Paul McCartney at the → Read More