Editorial: Happy holidays


With the arrival of Thanksgiving, the holiday season is officially underway, and we at The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator want to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.

Like you, we will all be sitting down around a table laden with food and marking the occasion with friends and family.

Food is clearly one of the stars of the holiday, but, even more important is the opportunity to spend quality time with those we love. Savor the stuffing, certainly, and take second helpings of pie if you want, but don’t stint on the conversation, and let the memories flow.

That is the true magic of the holiday season, and we want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours an abundance of joy in this season of celebration.


The Home Reporter and The Brooklyn Spectator are delighted to announce that this year we will be holding a toy drive for two tremendously worthy causes, Reaching-Out Community Services and the Secret Sandy Claus Project.

New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls from infant through teen can be dropped off at our office, 9733 Fourth Avenue (corner of Marine Avenue) through December 18 for Reaching-Out and through December 20 for Sandy Claus.

Reaching-Out will use the donations it receives to provide toys to underprivileged children through two events – the annual Operation Christmas Smiles party on Saturday, December 20, which will be attended by 600 area children, and Santa on Wheels, the following day, when volunteers will deliver toys to approximately 200 additional children.

The Secret Sandy Claus Project — which began in 2012 as a way of making the holiday season special for kids whose families were devastated by Superstorm Sandy — is expanding its goals this year, and will deliver toys not only to children affected by Sandy but also to children who are battling cancer, disabled, economically disadvantaged, in a foster home or homeless.

We hope you will join us in helping make these children’s holiday wishes come true.


It’s great news that New York has been named a finalist in the effort to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The city had made its application Brooklyn-centric, proposing that the convention itself be held at Barclays Center.

Should we snag the event, it would provide a tremendous boost to the borough’s economy, reason enough to hope that the Democratic National Committee makes the right choice and picks Brooklyn for 2016.

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