Tipping for pizza delivery? Noodle slurping?

Pizza delivery tips.

Q.  How much should we tip a pizza delivery person? A.   A customary tip for pizza delivery is $2 to $5, depending on the size of your order. For a single pizza, $2 is standard, unless the delivery is in the middle of a downpour or blizzard, in which case an additional $1 is... Read More

Life Itself: Ebert documentary touches the soul

Like the best movies to which Roger Ebert would give his iconic “thumbs up”, Life Itself — a moving tribute to the film critic’s life and work — touches the soul with its willingness to candidly explore a man who reaches beyond his accomplishments and challenges to savor his moments to live. At ...

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Perfect for a quick summer meal: Grilled swordfish

Swordfish steak makes as great summer meal.

Let’s do fish for dinner?!Whether grilled, broiled, baked, poached or kabobbed, swordfish is scrumptious!  Any way you prepare it is delicious and quick and most fish can be cooked in under 15 minutes. Every time we mention fish to our mom, she always giggles and tells the story about cousin ...

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All Quiet on the Western Front on Friday

All Quiet on the Western Front will be shown this weekend.

There’s a little something for everyone at the movies this week as broadcast and cable stations reach into the Hollywood archives to celebrate the summer of 2014. Take a look. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) The 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I brings to mind how little we ...

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2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL: Lighter and thriftier, no skimping on comfort

2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Admiring the stratospheric fuel-economy numbers attached to our 2014 Nissan Altima test car, we recalled how three automakers that inflated their fuel-economy statistics had to compensate owners. At the time, the industry was engaged in a frantic quest to reach 40 mpg. Anyone who thinks these ...

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Sunshine and strawberries, savoring the season

Strawberries are ripe now!

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” —Izaak Walton One of the most divinely delicious moments in a New England cook’s life, is in June, when farm markets offer fresh strawberries. The intoxicating scent of the heart-shaped, scarlet berries fills the air ...

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Volunteer coach’s and neighbors’ dilemmas

Q.  I volunteer at my child’s school and was roped into the job as coach to one of his teams. The kids are great and their enthusiasm is terrific, but I can’t get the parents to help. About a third of them are great about bringing snacks but the rest “forget” or don’t even respond.... Read More