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The melody of a lifetime   Published Apr 22, 2014
Louie Prima rode the 190 miles home with Marianne. His familiar vocals brought her back as the interstates moved her forward. Marianne drove from Hampton Beach to West Haven to her dying father’s bedside. Some might question, why Prima? His … more ...
Back in the not-so-good old days   Published Apr 20, 2014
Editor’s note: This vintage column first ran on August 17, 2003 Here’s why hindsight always seems 20-20: We look back through the lens of whatever experience (and possibly even wisdom) it’s taken us a whole lifetime to amass and we … more ...
Once it’s gone, it’s gone   Published Apr 20, 2014
The section of trap rock ridge in Meriden known as Chauncey Peak is a magical place. You could easily think you’re in a national park out West the way the cliffs cut a profile against Crescent Lake below. I’ve photographed … more ...
Medical secrets revealed   Published Apr 18, 2014
Well, I’ve reviewed and evaluated the available evidence and I’ve come to the conclusion that medicine is mostly about plumbing. That is, even if your complaint isn’t about your personal plumbing (we won’t go into detail here, except to note … more ...
A show worth seeing   Published Apr 18, 2014
The effort to raise money to restore the Mahan Planetarium and Learning Dome at Wallingford’s Sheehan High School has been going on for a few years now. The Rotary Club recently donated $20,000 to the Wallingford Education Foundation for the … more ...
Watching the future take shape   Published Apr 13, 2014
When they tore down the Horace C. Wilcox building at the corner of Colony and Church streets in Meriden five years ago, it was hard to imagine anything being built in its place, except maybe a parking lot. The commercial … more ...
The first two days on the spring sports beat have hammered home two notions about team sports that may be clichés, but continue to serve as the difference between championship-caliber groups and the rest of the pack. The first concept … more ...

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Sporting events don’t always have to be morality plays, but it’s awfully sweet when they are. Because we here in Connecticut know Kevin Ollie and his UConn men’s basketball team did more than run through the NCAA tournament. We know … more ...
From way back when   Published Apr 6, 2014
Here are a few more blasts from the past that the late Lynne Turdin gleaned from the reels of microfilm and tattered clippings in this newspaper’s dungeons. [Smart-alecky comments added by Yrs. Trly.] APRIL 3, 35 Years Ago: 1979 — … more ...
Video snub an FOI issue   Published Apr 6, 2014
A Wallingford resident asked the local public access television station WPAA last week for permission to borrow a camera to record the mayor’s budget press conference for later broadcast. When the station director called the mayor’s office to ask about … more ...
Time for some pet peeves   Published Mar 30, 2014
Where to begin? Well, here’s one: Why do people start writing about one person, but then that person becomes “they” instead of “he” or “she”? Why, that is, does the singular, for unknown reasons, become plural — even though, as … more ...
Go ahead, bite the big apple   Published Mar 24, 2014
I lived in the Hamptons for seven and a half years. I know a snub when I see one. Scheduling the Class L girls basketball final involving undefeated and No. 1 Capital Prep for 10 a.m. on Saturday morning? That … more ...
‘Like the voice of God’   Published Mar 23, 2014
I have some friends — let’s call them Jane and Dale Kingswood — who are getting on in years. OK, so am I. But Jane is well into her 80s now; Dale is 91 and uses a wheelchair. They recently … more ...
Save the trout from the lake   Published Mar 23, 2014
The plan to stock Hubbard Park’s Mirror Lake with 500 trout at the start of fishing season next month — then with an additional 1,000 trout as the season progresses — might sound like a good idea. Until you actually … more ...
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