Jonathan H. Katz, Esq. | Hill Wallack, LLP

“I know you’ve got a lot of good things happening up ahead The past is gone, it’s all been said So here’s to what the future brings I know tomorrow you'll find better things” -The Kinks, “Better Things”

As we turn the page from 2020 and into 2021, I’ve given a lot of thought to what we were able to accomplish as a chapter since the pandemic began in March and how those long (and sometimes unbearable) quarantine months played out. Between the initial lockdown, the civil unrest, the never-ending election, and the incessant Tik-Tok- ing (at least in my house), 2020 was A LOT. Living through this past nine months or so reminded me of my favorite Philadelphia Phillies / Richie Ashburn story, so if you will indulge me, here it is (with credit to Daven Hiskey):

Foul balls have been hit into the stands since baseball began. However, the strangest incident occurred on August 17th, 1957, during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the (then) New York Giants.

Phillies centerfielder (and future Hall of Famer) Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball down the third base line that struck “Alice Roth squarely

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in the face, breaking her nose.” Roth was the wife of Earl Roth, who was an editor for Philadelphia’s Bulletin newspaper. “The game was then paused as medics came in to tend to Roth. As they were carrying Roth away on a stretcher, play was resumed and Ashburn fouled off the first pitch thrown to him, which subsequently struck Roth as she was being carried off by the medics.” The second foul ball broke a bone in her knee.

The next day Ashburn visited Roth in the hospital, and they became friends. Henceforth, Roth chose to sit in the left field bleachers, well out of harm’s way. Ashburn, by the way, went 2-4 in that game with a double and a single. The Phillies ended up winning it 3-1.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was 2020 in a nutshell. But I digress…

I am extremely proud to have been chosen as the President of the CAI Board of Directors for 2021. For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Jon Katz, and I am a community associations attorney at Hill Wallack LLP. Some of my favorite things are (in no particular order): my family, reading, baseball, sunflower seeds, Mountain Dew, and Pearl Jam. And if I do this right, this will be the last time I talk about myself in this column.

However, as this is my first column, I would be remiss if I did not thank a few people who helped get me to this point along the way. First, all of my colleagues at Hill Wallack, including my boss, Ron Perl, who encouraged me to join the Board way back in 2016, and my colleague, Loren

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