The Law Offices of Seymour Wasserstrum - March 2020

The Law Offices of Seymour Wasserstrum

Saying Goodbye to My Best Friend A Trip Down Memory Lane With David 205 West Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360 • 1040 Kings Highway North, Ste. 304, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 March 2020 856-696-8300

I met my best friend, David Moskowitz, at Norma Beach when I was 4 years old. It was the summer of 1953, and against all odds, the two of us — both Jewish, both born in Germany after WWII, both the only sons of survivors of Hitler’s Holocaust — ended up playing in the New Jersey sand at the very same time. If I had the capacity at 4, I might have realized right then that we were destined to be friends. As it was, after spending time together once or twice that summer, we didn’t meet again until the first day of classes at the Jewish Day School. In those days, the school was small, so instead of a bus, a large taxi came to collect us. When it trundled up to my family’s chicken farm, I opened the door to see David sitting in “Not only did his help make my office more efficient, but I also got to work with my best friend every day. Life doesn’t get much better than that.”

the back seat. I remember clearly how I felt my heart lift at that moment — it was my friend from the beach! We were both so happy to see each other, and from that day on, we were constant companions. David had a great personality. He was sociable and outgoing, with a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to put anyone at ease. We stuck by each other all through Jewish Day School and then studied together for our bar mitzvahs when we turned 13. In the Jewish tradition, that’s the moment a boy becomes a man, and he then has a choice: go to New York City to yeshiva and continue Jewish studies or go to public school. David and I both picked public school, and it was the first of many milestones we shared in life. David and I watched the very first Super Bowl together after graduating high school, and although we went to separate colleges, we stayed in constant touch. I was the best man at David’s first wedding, and when he got divorced in the late ‘70s, I was by his side for that, too. Every month, I drove 2 1/2 hours from southern New Jersey to northern New Jersey to visit him. Thanks to one of those visits, I even introduced David to his second wife, a lovely friend of mine, Rose. This was long before the era of cellphones, so when I went up to David’s, I would put a message on my answering machine to let anyone who called know they could reach me at his number. One weekend when I arrived, David said a woman named Rose had called for me. That got me thinking — Rose and David were about the same age, they were both nice people, and they were both single …maybe I could hook them up! When I got back home, I started talking to Rose about David, really

building him up. She was interested, but they lived three hours apart, so we came up with a plan: Rose would call David again and ask for me, even though she knew I wasn’t there! She did, and they ended up talking for hours. They talked almost every night for a full three months before they met in person and were married just a few months after that. David adopted Rose’s two boys, and they had two more children together — it was a beautiful story, and I loved seeing them both so happy. David and I knew each other for 67 years (and even lived together for some of them), but we were never closer than we were this past decade. That’s because after David retired from his job as an accountant, he got tired of being retired and joined me at the office. I taught him the basics of bankruptcy law, and he started coming in every day assisting me with new client intakes. Many of our clients hired David to prepare their tax returns. No matter how nervous someone was, David could put them at ease with a few words and a good laugh. Not only did his help make my office more efficient, but I also got to work with my best friend every day. Life doesn’t get much better than that.


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Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, David died. He’d been having health problems for a while, but his passing was a shock. I was out of town when it happened, and I didn’t get to say goodbye.

Losing your best friend — your brother — is a horrible thing. It makes life feel dark. But when I was getting ready to speak at David’s funeral, I found a spot of light when I realized that over his years of working with me, David met

with as many as 4,000 of my clients and spoke kind words to every one of them. I never had a single complaint about him (which is really saying something), but I surely heard many compliments. He was such a positive influence on so many people, and I just know every one of those interactions had ripple effects, and those ripples are still going. If you met David and he touched your life, then you know just how amazing he was. Please, if he brightened your day, consider helping his family now in this dark time. Just before David died, Rose suffered a stroke, and her life has been a struggle without him. If you’d like to make a contribution to help cover his funeral expenses, you can call 856-696-8300. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. My wife Theresa, my staff, and I believe that God has a special place in heaven for David. Although I greatly miss David, that thought helps lift my heart.

-Seymour Wasserstrum

THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY How a Battle of Boxers Captivated the World

On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as “The Fight of the Century.” It was one of the most anticipated matchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport,

Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.

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One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can.

TURN EACH GAME INTO AN EVENT. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn


each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.

Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish.


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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko

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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

REWARD THE WINNERS WITH PRIZES. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. CREATE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.

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1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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The Law Offices of Seymour Wasserstrum



205 West Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360



Saying Goodbye to My Best Friend


Boxing’s Greatest Battle

Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes March Madness Fun for the Whole Family



New York City’s Chaotic Annual Tradition


Moving is the worst. The costs of hiring a moving company and the sheer amount of time it takes to physically move everything make the whole affair an aggravating mess. And if you thought moving just one house on your street was terrible, imagine the chaos that would ensue if everyone in your whole city moved on the same day. That’s exactly what happened in New York City for nearly two centuries. FromColonial times until the end ofWorldWar II, May 1 was Moving Day in NewYork. On that day, every lease in the city ended, and pandemonium reigned in the streets as everyone scurried to their new homes. Eyewitness accounts of Moving Day describe the tradition as sheer mayhem. An English writer said Moving Day looked like“a population flying from the plague,”

and frontiersman Davy Crockett called it an “awful calamity”when he discovered the event in 1834. Still, some people loved Moving Day. Long Island farmers took their carts into the city on May 1 and charged as much as a week’s wages to move desperate tenants’ belongings to their new homes, which was a tidy sum in those days. Children were also fond of Moving Day because they got the day off school to help their families navigate the tumultuous time. A few prominent theories have emerged about the origins of this tradition. Some posit that May 1 coincided with the English celebration of May Day. Others say it morphed out of an event where servants would look for new employers. The most well-known

explanation, however, is the May 1 move commemorated the day Dutch colonizers “moved” to Manhattan in the first place. The Moving Day tradition began vanishing in the early 20th century because many cartmen and housing builders were drafted during WorldWar I, leaving fewer movers and less available housing. Additionally, the construction of the New York City subway gave other tenants rapid access to more housing options outside Manhattan. Finally, after many cartmen were again drafted in WWII, the tradition officially ended in 1945.

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