More on the question of tips

Q.  You wrote that a gas station attendant “is doing his professional job [pumping gas] and you don’t tip him.” I agree. That’s precisely why I find the ubiquitous, intimidating tip jar on counter tops to be offensive and annoying. Does a person deserve to be tipped simply for handing you a ...

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Friends at work, young friends, and a friend’s delicate question

Q.  I am starting a new job and my colleagues at my former company jointly gave me a farewell gift. Do I have to write a separate thank-you note to each of them?   A.  You can, especially if you have a personal message for each person that mentions how nice it has been to... Read More

Tribeca Film Festival celebrates independent film

James Franco, whose new film is Palo Alto; it's showing at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Every year the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan showcases how marvelous movies can be when moviemakers creatively explore issues, develop characters and tell stories. This year’s festival — through April 27 — offers a range of intriguing films. Here are some to look for.   Third Person ...

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Priscilla Squiers brings home a memorable ‘Souvenir’

Greg Chrzczon and Priscilla Squiers in in a scene from ‘Souvenir’ at the Westport Community Theatre.

People who have a love of music often break out in song when they hear a musical number they are especially fond of. While most of these music lovers can carry a tune, some are tone deaf, and cannot hear themselves when they are singing off key.  Florence Foster Jenkins, 1868-1944, was one of ...

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2012 Ford Fiesta SEL: Revisiting the Fiesta

Ford Fiesta 2012

By happy coincidence, the rental-car company at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport presented us with a high-mileage 2012 copy of a factory-fresh 2011 Ford Fiesta we test-drove a few years ago. This gave us an opportunity to evaluate the Fiesta for durability, something we seldom get to do when ...

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Another Easter tradition: Apizza gaina

An Easter specialty from the Twice Baked Twins: Apizza Gaina.

As the Easter holiday approaches, holy week is very busy in our kitchens. Traditional Easter cookies such as Nana’s anginettes, are being prepared, baked and frosted. Easter egg breads with their brightly colored hard boiled eggs are started and the sweet hot cross buns are on the rise (ha ha, ...

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2014 BMW 428i M Sport Coupe: A pleasing luxury coupe

The BMW 428i M Sport

Take your pick of personal luxury cars from the early 1970s – the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Thunderbird or Chrysler Cordoba. Endow it with world-class handling, exceptional fuel economy and meticulous quality control. Affix a BMW badge to the hood and a new-for-2014 label on the rear deck, ...

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