God Bless America – Yonkers Occasions


By Eric Schoen

There was no inaugural parade where the newly-inducted President of the United States stepped out of his vehicle and walked the streets of Washington, DC with family members. No opening balls where people and companies paid thousands of dollars to get a glimpse of the city President and his wife are dancing in one of the grand ballrooms of our nation's Capitol.

I've tried several times over the years to get a ticket to one of the balls. I wasn't expecting more than a bar and maybe a piece of cold, rubbery chicken on a plate with a few veggies, potatoes, and stale rolls. Never been lucky. Because of COVID-19, I knew it hadn't happened this year.

No crowd visits for the occasion at the Washington Monument, Lincoln, or Jefferson Memorials to honor presidents of the past. Definitely don't stop by to greet the newly sworn House or Senate members who represent you. Add security to the myriad of problems these disruptions cause this year.

On Wednesday, Joseph Robinette Biden was sworn in as President of this great United States and Kamala Harris as its Vice President. Both put their hands on the Bible, which was sworn in by the judges of the United States Supreme Court. The ritual we go through every four years has continued, and despite impeachment attempts and so many other issues, the great tradition lives on.

Nothing, nothing will ever stop this great opportunity from moving on. We are grateful for that. Our government continues without missing a beat, as it has for so many years. We are represented by two United States senators

11 and a congressman. Jamaal Bowman has replaced Eliot Engel as Congressman for many of us. Mondaire Jones has replaced Nita Lowey, who has decided to retire this year. We wish all the best to Jamaal and Mondaire as they continue to allow We, The People to be represented in government chambers.

What more can I say than, “God bless America, my home, sweet home. God bless America, my home, sweet home! "

The Journal News. Your local newspaper?

When mom was on the Journal News, the local newspaper was second only to the Bible. Actually, it was her Bible when it came to getting local news. The newsboy or paper girl delivered it late in the day after school and he / she was paid once a week, usually on a Friday, for services rendered.

Mom and Dad and my sister and I read Journal News, formerly the Herald Statesman, to read on local news. The moment Mother opened the paper, she turned to the obituary page to find out who had died. My sister asked my mother with me: "Who died?"

The newspaper was filled with all the local news, from what was going on in the schools and in the city to local perspectives on national and world events. Mom turned to the sports department not to find out the results of the Mets, Yankees, Jets, or Giants games the previous nights, but to find out the results of the bowling league as she had some friends who played bowling and she was very proud to publish her achievements on our refrigerator,

Great columnists, Eileen Campion, Jennie Tritten, and Gwen Hall, to name a few. Dave Hartley, a "Yonkers boy," was the editor of the paper for so many years. He knew the story of Yonkers. If the editorial on the editorial page had a Yonkers shoot or information about historical Yonkers in it, you knew Dave Hartley wrote it from the members of the editorial board.

Will David, the crime reporter, kept you updated on all criminal matters in Yonkers. He produced numerous stories each day about everything from business and home break-ins to people who were arrested on site the day before. He was the kind of reporter that editors loved. Always walking through the Yonkers courtrooms, collecting local police reports, and being full of police contacts who would give him criminal news both on and on the file. He would have four, five, maybe even more stories in the paper every day.

I understand times have to change. The Herald Statesman, which was itself the combination of the two Yonkers newspapers The Herald and The Statesman, became the Journal News, which gave the newspaper a regional flair. Many people stopped reading the paper because they read the Herald Statesman for Yonkers News and complained that the newly branded newspaper contained few Yonkers stories.

What brings us to this day. A few weeks ago I asked the current editor of Journal News, Mary Dolan, why there was no coverage in the print edition, which was still being sold to newsstands and delivered from a fire in an apartment building across the street from growing up. One person died. I provided her with a list of media outlets that had reported on it. I got this list by simply using google to see if there were stories on fire.

Your answer: “Thanks for reading. Covered on Lohud with history, photos, gallery. Print editions are required for the holiday deadlines. Lohud is our platform for the latest news. "

I wrote back to Ms. Dolan, "Should I get the impression that people like my sister who don't go online should cancel their print subscriptions if they want the latest news." Or do you want to know what happened in town yesterday?

Four alarm fires in Yonkers last week. The building housed a supermarket, dry cleaning and laundry facilities. Buildings in ruins, currently being carted away. A story that affects many lives, from people in the neighborhood who have relied on the stores, to the young couple with a newborn baby who owned the dry cleaner they bought a few years ago. Not even a picture in the printing paper.

A four-alarm fire is a big deal. It happened before an increasingly earlier deadline for the Journal News. I am still shocked that it was not mentioned in the print news for the next few days. And the words in Ms. Dolan's email, "Vacation periods required preprinted issues". What does that mean? The local newspaper won't have local news when it goes on vacation?

Sad. Tell you the sad state of the daily newspapers in 2021. Ask what the purpose of purchasing a printed copy of Journal News is. The paper costs less than 25 cents either. Perhaps the answer is to stop selling print copies of local newspapers. What purpose are they serving with so many online resources?

One only hopes that after the pandemic ends, the god of prayer and local events begin, the weekend section of the Journal News will list local events in the city. Not that it did such a good job before the pandemic.

Fortunately, you have read this great paper. Local news you need to know. I am happy to be part of it.

Contact Eric Schoen at thistooisyonkers@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter @ericyonkers. Listen to Eric Schoen and Dan Murphy on the Westchester Rising Radio Show Thursday 10-11am. On WVOX 1460 AM, go to WVOX.com and click the arrow to listen to the live stream, or download the WVOX app for free from the App Store.


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