New York Film Festival showcases remarkable surprises

Actor JK Simmons is one of the treats of the New York Film Festival, in Whiplash.

Of the movie moments at this year’s New York Film Festival, a few marvelous surprises jump off the screen. While too many films today rely on the familiar, this festival consistently showcases surprises in story, approach and, particularly this year, performance. Here’s a look at some ...

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Using first names — times change

Thanks!

Q.  I received an invitation to a luncheon addressed to Mrs. Mary Smith. I thought you only used the title Mrs. with the husband’s first name, otherwise you used Ms. What is correct? A. For decades, the rule was as you stated it, but times have recently changed and it is now not incorrect to... ...

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Brighton Beach at Seven Angels Theatre

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre.

It didn’t take long for the Seven Angels’ opening night audience to rightfully stand in ovation for the theater’s current production of Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Waterbury venue. With this first autobiographical play in Neil Simon’s trilogy, it is impossible not to be moved by the story of ...

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What to watch: tales of courage

Richard Dreyfuss in American Graffiti.

Ready to watch a movie? Choosing what to watch is like choosing what to eat: we can choose junk food or we can find a nutritious movie that will inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. Thanks to broadcast and cable television, you can put together your own movie menu. Here’s what’s on this ...

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Tipping at hotels

Tipping at hotels.

Q.  Is it still expected that you leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at a motel or hotel? A.  It still is expected that you do leave a tip. It would be wonderful if hotels and motels paid their housekeeping staffs a reasonable salary, but until that time, tips provide a lot of help... Read More

A sweet treat for fall: our favorite banana cake!

Banana Coffee Cake with rum-soaked raisins and a vanilla rum gloss.

OK everyone, the countdown has begun! The kids are back in school and the summer is just about over.  BUT….there is still one weekend left we consider summer and then, “BOOM!” we are thinking fall! Thank you again for all of your requests for our summer recipes. We wrote about perfectly ...

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CT DEEP begins fall trout stocking

A Seeforellen strain brown trout.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that its 2014 autumn trout stockings have begun. From now through mid October, DEEP is releasing 30,000 trophy and adult sized trout into selected waters throughout the state. Among the areas scheduled to ...

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