Vinegar & brown paper?   Published Jul 27, 2014
My all-time favorite crossword puzzle clue appeared in The New York Times quite a few years back: “Refrain from farming,” five letters. The answer, of … more ...
Tales of another world   Published Jul 25, 2014
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on … more ...
The enduring picture that stays with me from the Cheshire-Trumbull American Legion baseball debacle Wednesday is Adam von Fischer sitting alone in the far corner … more ...
  Published Jul 22, 2014
What a terrific headline on the front page of the July 8 Record-Journal — “Remember me?” Was the old diner on Broad Street, hidden all … more ...
Visions, or pipe dreams?   Published Jul 20, 2014
Much of the recent criticism of Mayor Manny Santos cites his alleged lack of a “vision” for downtown Meriden. But wouldn’t it be more accurate … more ...
Scourge of the sport bike   Published Jul 18, 2014
I’m tired of being passed on the highway by so-called “supersport” motorcycles at speeds far beyond what common sense or good judgment would ever recommend. … more ...
WALLINGFORD — The administrators who handle personnel chores for district schools have a monumental task in replacing not one, but both high school athletic directors … more ...
Be more careful, senator   Published Jul 13, 2014
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, in his own inimitable way, is keeping us up to date on developments in the VA scandal, especially as they affect … more ...
Mixed-income housing is key   Published Jul 13, 2014
Mayor Manny Santos debated transit-oriented development plans with city councilors last week saying he objected to the creation of more affordable housing downtown fearing it … more ...
In it for the long haul   Published Jul 11, 2014
Congratulations are in order for Southington High athletic director Eric Swallow. People in his line of work have to wear a lot of hats. The … more ...

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A sport for the planet   Published Jul 11, 2014
I’m beginning to think I was wrong. For a long time, as in pretty much always, I thought soccer didn’t have a chance of ever … more ...
Games of long ago recalled   Published Jul 8, 2014
I sit in an L.L. Bean camp chair, canopy overhead to shield me from the hot south Florida sun, water bottle secure in the pocket … more ...
More from the smart guy   Published Jul 6, 2014
Mr. Smarty-Pants is back to answer your questions, no matter how foolish they may be. Mr. Smarty-Pants welcomes inquiries from all readers, both real and … more ...
Curious contract non-vote   Published Jul 4, 2014
Meriden School Superintendent Mark Benigni received another positive evaluation from the Board of Education last month. Benigni “continues to better himself each year, and continues … more ...
A family in black and white   Published Jul 1, 2014
My cousin Marianne calls our grandfather “Pro.” We cousins crack up when we hear the shortened, hipper version of Prospero, his first name. Marianne has … more ...
Just don’t say ‘Eh, Sonny?’   Published Jun 29, 2014
Mr. Smarty-Pants is back to answer your questions, no matter how foolish, ill-considered or inconsequential they may be. Dear Mr. Smarty-Pants: Why are there 48 … more ...
Strict policy for police   Published Jun 28, 2014
The Meriden Police Department should have created its own anti-nepotism policy by now following the arrest of an officer, the police chief’s son, on brutality … more ...
Gone are the days when the roots that made baseball our national pastime grew deep and strong through competition between towns. The boys from one … more ...
Namesakes that built America   Published Jun 27, 2014
Independence Day, which is next Friday, is one of my favorite holidays. I like the holidays, like Thanksgiving as well, that are American holidays. If … more ...
Council sideshow grows tiring   Published Jun 23, 2014
Exciting things are happening in Meriden. Most notably, the Hub project taking shape right outside the doors of this newspaper has been fascinating to watch. … more ...
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