Get on the bus   Published Oct 24, 2014
It’s always worth taking a look when the process of government devolves into absurdity, which is what happened the other night in Southington. Parents Jennifer … more ...
No more brazen hussies!   Published Oct 19, 2014
A couple of years ago, on a Saturday around half-past October, I was doing something in the garage when the postal gal came trudging up … more ...
Absence of elective oversight   Published Oct 17, 2014
Elected officials in Meriden were surprised to learn about the battle between Health and Human Services Director Lisa Pippa and Youth Services Manager Denise Keating … more ...
Bridging the gaps   Published Oct 17, 2014
Research shows the widening gap between the wealthiest and everyone else is showing up when it comes to education spending. Data show that since the … more ...
The man who was made to walk the plank   Published Oct 13, 2014
I knew Rob Marone well before he became head football coach at Lyman Hall. He was an assistant coach at LH about a decade ago … more ...
Here’s all you need to know   Published Oct 12, 2014
It’s that silly season again, when goblins come to the door and candidates go on TV and all of them want something from us. The … more ...
Aggressive and opaque   Published Oct 10, 2014
It was surprising to learn that Southington officials had signed a contract with the Sepko family back in July to lock in a price for … more ...
Enough with the potty talk   Published Oct 3, 2014
Once upon a time, years ago, I was in line at the uptown Stop & Shop in Meriden and the guy in front of me … more ...
A race to watch   Published Oct 3, 2014
You hear all the time about the importance of municipal and state elections, about how they’re likely to have more of an impact on your … more ...
Meriden and the Motor City   Published Oct 2, 2014
Republican City Councilor Lenny Rich should explain exactly what he meant when he said in comparing Meriden’s future to present-day Detroit: “Take a look. Read … more ...

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Mr. Foley comes to Meriden   Published Sep 26, 2014
Tom Foley didn’t look like a serious candidate during his Sept. 19 visit to Meriden. If the Republican nominee for governor had been somewhere else … more ...
Different times and worries   Published Sep 21, 2014
From time to time, I like to consult some of the faded files of this newspaper and its antecedents, just to see what local folks … more ...
Everyday objects and the cloud   Published Sep 19, 2014
Earlier this week a young woman by the name of Laurelin Kruse drove a 1968 Cardinal camper to Wallingford and parked it in front of … more ...
Panderer in chief   Published Sep 19, 2014
At this point, Gov. Malloy’s position on education reform can be summed up pretty simply — whatever gets him re-elected. He’s proving it again and … more ...
The New Britain Rock Cats announced Wednesday that they have signed a Player Development Contract with the Colorado Rockies for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. … more ...
Where the New Britain Rock Cats franchise is now compared to when I covered the team (1997-2010) on a daily basis is nothing short of … more ...
Modern cars and TV news   Published Sep 14, 2014
Mr. Smarty-Pants is back to answer your questions, no matter how foolish or ill-considered they may be. Mr. Smarty-Pants welcomes inquiries from all readers, whether … more ...
Bradley Hospital’s sad decline   Published Sep 14, 2014
Hartford HealthCare promises no more drastic changes at the Southington campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut for the “foreseeable future.” But the decision to … more ...
The soft, cool breezes of autumn in New England blow away the last vestiges of summer’s heat and humidity and another year of scholastic sports … more ...
Cross Lake sort of like a resort   Published Sep 9, 2014
It’s wind-down time at Cross Lake. Not a Jimmy Buffet-Alan Jackson “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” time, but close enough. Are the two of them at … more ...
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