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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Miss M., principal teacher   Published Sep 7, 2014
Because it was torn down recently, I’ve been thinking about the Kensington Grammar School, which was an undistinguished two-story structure, brick on one side and … more ...
A cautionary tale   Published Sep 7, 2014
Hartford Healthcare says it wants to work with the town of Southington to determine the future of Bradley Memorial Hospital. But its appeal to the … more ...
Studying the studies   Published Sep 5, 2014
The Woody Allen film “Sleeper” is a science-fiction comedy about the owner of a health food store who is cryogenically frozen and revived 200 years … more ...
Tangled up in red tape   Published Aug 31, 2014
This is about how, when you retire — or are about to retire, or have recently retired, or semi-retired — you suddenly find yourself inundated … more ...
Protect the public interest   Published Aug 30, 2014
The watered-down version of a proposed anti-nepotism policy before the Meriden City Council would not have prevented the very situation that highlighted the need for … more ...
Learning about the influence of sleep   Published Aug 29, 2014
An expert on sleep disorders once asked me what my ideal sleep schedule was, as in, if I had my druthers, what hours would I … more ...
One way of getting to the nitty-gritty core of an area’s sports soul is to visit the local slo-pitch softball diamond, particularly when three town … more ...
In sinc with the Wrangler   Published Aug 26, 2014
Something is the matter with our Jeep Wrangler. Her “check engine” light has been going on a lot since our children and grandchildren left camp. … more ...
Sorry you asked?   Published Aug 24, 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, both … more ...
Some Strauss & Geography 101, please   Published Aug 19, 2014
The coming of the football season has always been a treasured segment of the sports calendar to me. The humidity of summer departs and the … more ...
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