Coronavirus Family

Karl Anthony-Townes mom dies from COVID-19

I saw an interview with NBA star Karl Anthony-Townes a couple weeks ago on Newsy talking about his mom in the hospital in a coma suffering from COVID-19. It was heartbreaking.

She died.

His father is recovering from COVID-19.

Thousands have died from COVID-19 and it really hits home when it’s someone you know. I don’t know Karl but he’s one of my favorite young players to watch. A North Jersey kid who many of us watched come up through the ranks.

I just pause to say how sad I am for him.

Coronavirus Family Government Opinion

Who should be able to get an abortion during the coronavirus?

I’m almost 60-years-old and other than war, the only political fight I can recall has continued since as early as I can remember is the right to have an abortion. It’s one of those issues that never goes away and never any closer to resolving.

Now, in these coronavirus days, abortion is a big issue again because some state lawmakers are taking a hard line at stopping all abortions to save surgical masks and gloves for COVID-19 care. As if dealing with coronavirus isn’t enough for governments and their citizens, people are out here protecting a women’s right to an abortion in these scary times fighting lawmakers out here trying to save every mask and rubber glove they can.

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Chester Water Authority is turning on water to delinquent customers during the coronavirus

How are you going to wash your hands if you have no water? Chester Water Authority recognizes the situation some customers are in and are showing compassion in their humanitarian gesture of getting water to every customer in their system.

Chester Water Authority suspended turn-offs as of March 13, 2020.  Since then they have contacted all the customers that they had listed in our system as turned-off.  All of those customers who responded had their water service restored.

CWA is still fully operational.  They continue to respond to request for new services, with same day service.  They also continue to respond to issues of leaks that are outside of the property, with same day service.  And of course any needed emergency repairs to their system are being handled promptly.
Customers should know that for any water emergencies please call 1-800-793-2323 #9.  For billing questions or any other non-emergency customer service inquiry please visit and click on “Contact Us” at the top of the web page.

Coronavirus Family Opinion

You’re not getting a coronavirus check if you’re late on child support

I haven’t read the coronavirus relief bill, but I hope NBC News did when they reported…

Under a 1996 law, the Treasury Department operates a program that allows it to collect overdue child support by cutting or withholding federal payments as an offset.

I don’t think that’s cool, but I get it. What makes it less cool is they have similar ‘offsets’ against folks who have past tax debts, or are behind on other payments to federal or state governments like student loan payments, but everything has been forgiven besides those parents late with their child support.

Coronavirus Family Health & Fitness Opinion

How to ration food with hungry kids?

I’m absolutely not providing advice on this one. I’m counting on those of you who are stuck at home with several mouths to feed to help one another learn how to stretch the food you have on hand.
One thing I know for sure, I want to eat a whole lot more when I’m home all day than when I’m running these streets. During these time when I definitely have a lot more food in the house than normal, it’s taking some deliberate self-discipline to not stuff my face all day long. Thankfully, the one thing I gave up for Lent is pastry. Otherwise, I’d be scarfing down a daily Phatso’s doughnut in the morning, sliding a tasty dessert along with lunch, and justifying a cookie or two for a night time snack.
Kids know nothing about self-discipline. All they know is there’s food in the house and they should be eating it. Now that they’re home all day, unless you put a lock on the cabinet and refrigerator, you could find a week’s worth of groceries annihilated in days.
And then there’s those of us who aren’t stocked up with food. We may have lost our only source of income in the past week or so and have no money coming in to replenish. I believe Washington, D.C. have heard from a lot of you and that’s why they’re pushing to get money in the mail as fast as possible. Without it, anarchy can set in quickly.
Schools tend to believe they’re only going to be out for another week, but please be prepared for a much longer hiatus. Those free lunches everyone has been providing may dry up soon. Some reports show that in the first few days, not much of the free food was given to the people they thought would come for it. Why? Because they probably had a little food at home to get by.
Our biggest food insecurity issue will occur starting next week and get progressively worse the longer this state of emergency goes on. If you have food you are looking to give away, hold on to it for a little while. It won’t be long before many of the other ‘flash-in-the-pan’ food give aways will be done and you’ll be there to fill the gaps.
I’m reminded of a lady who had a newborn child who said it’s so nice when people give you all those newborn diapers. But, where are they when the baby is nine months old and is still in need of diapers long after the tiny ones run out?
I can’t imagine what some households are going through now for food, and we’re less than a week into the shutdown. Stores are starting to restock from the initial surge and the lines are gone around here. I can’t imagine everyone is stocked up to the gills. I can imagine that despite there being food back on the shelves in the stores, food is running out on the shelves at home along with the money to continue to feed your family in the manner they’re use to.
What can we do to help our neighbors, family members, and friends? Will the government check get to everyone on time with enough money to make a difference? How many people will be giving away free food in two weeks?
These are difficult times that may get a lot more difficult sooner than we anticipate.
What’s your suggestions?

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Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the Covid-19 Pandemic



Comply with all CDC and local and state guidelines and model good behavior for your children with intensive hand washing, wiping down surfaces and other objects that are frequently touched, and maintaining social distancing. This also means BE INFORMED. Stay in touch with the most reliable media sources and avoid the rumor mill on social media.


Be honest about the seriousness of the pandemic but maintain a calm attitude and convey to your children your belief that everything will return to normal in time. Avoid making careless comments in front of the children and exposing them to endless media coverage intended for adults. Don’t leave the news on 24/7, for instance. But, at the same time, encourage your children to ask questions and express their concerns and answer them truthfully at a level that is age-appropriate.

  1. BE COMPLIANTwith court orders and custody agreements.

As much as possible, try to avoid reinventing the wheel despite the unusual circumstances. The custody agreement or court order exists to prevent endless haggling over the details of timesharing. In some jurisdictions, there are even standing orders mandating that, if schools are closed, custody agreements should remain in force as though school were still in session.


At the same time, it would be foolish to expect that nothing will change when people are being advised not to fly and vacation attractions such as amusement parks, museums, and entertainment venues are closing all over the US and the world. In addition, some parents will have to work extra hours to help deal with the crisis and other parents may be out of work or working reduced hours for a time. Plans will inevitably have to change. Encourage closeness with the parent who is not going to see the child through shared books, movies, games and FaceTime or Skype.


Provide honest information to your co-parent about any suspected or confirmed exposure to the virus, and try to agree on what steps each of you will take to protect the child from exposure. Certainly, both parents should be informed at once if the child is exhibiting any possible symptoms of the virus.


Try to provide makeup time to the parent who missed out, if at all possible. Family law judges expect reasonable accommodations when they can be made and will take seriously concerns raised in later filings about parents who are inflexible in highly unusual circumstances.


There is no doubt that the pandemic will pose an economic hardship and lead to lost earnings for many, many parents, both those who are paying child support and those who are receiving child support. The parent who is paying should try to provide something, even if it can’t be the full amount. The parent who is receiving payments should try to be accommodating under these challenging and temporary circumstances.
Adversity can become an opportunity for parents to come together and focus on what is best for the child. For many children, the strange days of the pandemic will leave vivid memories. It’s important for every child to know and remember that both parents did everything they could to explain what was happening and to keep their child safe.
From the leaders of groups that deal with families in crisis:
Susan Myres, President of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
Dr. Matt Sullivan, President of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Annette Burns, AAML and Former President of AFCC
Yasmine Mehmet, AAML
Kim Bonuomo, AAML
Nancy Kellman, AAML
Dr. Leslie Drozd, AFCC
Dr. Robin Deutsch, AFCC
Jill Peña, Executive Director of AAML
Peter Salem, Executive Director of AFCC
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP |

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What type of person buys groceries online?

As a child in the 60s, I recall spending many days in that big house at 1215 W. 3rd street with my aunt and uncle and their many foster children I still call my cousins. Neither of them drove and we ate three home cooked meals every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Needless to say, we consumed a lot of food.

I also recall the Ford Country Squire station wagon with the fake woodgrain on the sides that delivered the groceries every week mainly because all of us kids were tasked with bringing the multiple brown paper bags in the house, emptying the bags, folding the bags, and putting them neatly away.