Issue 27

Friday, July 04, 2014

Local News

Save the date: Federation to hold Annual Meeting dinner and dessert on Sept. 14

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 14. Broadway and film actress Neva Small will perform. This year, a dinner will be held before the meeting. The dinner will be held at 5 pm, followed by dessert and the Annual Meeting at 6 pm. The cost to attend the dinner, dessert and meeting will be $15; the cost to attend just the dessert and meeting will be $10.

Artist and professor Hall Groat II sells art at benefit

The community has been invited to attend the Midsummer Art Show and Sale on Tuesday, July 15, from 7:30-9:30 pm, at Remlick’s Grille in the Kilmer Building, 31 Lewis St., Binghamton. The event will include live jazz and light refreshments. A cash bar will be available.

Israel News

Police officers demoted for mishandling kidnapped teen’s call

Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

National News

Gender-segregating signs stir controversy in New York’s Kiryas Joel

Signs that appear to call for gender segregation on streets in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel have raised some hackles.

Features

BU professor focuses on family in second novel

Being an outsider can be an important tool for a writer. At least, according to Alexi Zentner, an assistant professor of English at Binghamton University and the author of two novels, “Touch” and the recently released “The Lobster Kings.”

Trying-to-catch-up review – part one

When someone in my family says, “I need the gold watch,” the rest of us know what he means. The idea comes from the novel “The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything” by John D. MacDonald. The main character’s uncle leaves him a gold watch that has the ability to stop time for everyone but the watch’s owner. Since I’ve read the book a long time ago, I don’t know if I would still like it, but the idea of the watch – to gain hours while everyone else is frozen in time – still sounds wonderful, if only because I need more time to read! It’s embarrassing to realize I’m reviewing books that were published in early winter. So, if I don’t want to feel too guilty about asking for review copies of some interesting new books coming out in July, it’s time to play catch up.

Opinion

Operas you won’t be seeing at the Met

Here are three operas that won’t get staged at the famed Metropolitan Opera (Met) in New York City anytime soon:

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