Depressed river herring population continues

Top, an alewife; below, a blueback herring; both are also known as river herring because they live in salt water and spawn in fresh water.

Top, an alewife; below, a blueback herring; both are also known as river herring because they live in salt water and spawn in fresh water.Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced April 5 that the prohibition on the taking of alewives and blueback herring from ...

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Warming comfort food: A special pasta dish

Leeks and cream with pasta — what's not to like?

Leeks and cream with pasta — what’s not to like?With snow flurries still swirling around us and temperatures still in the 30’s, all we feel like doing is eating. Getting together with the family on Sundays helps to pass the time, but that means more eating and feeding everyone again. We ...

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‘The Immigrant’ arrives at Seven Angels

The cast of The Immigrant at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

The cast of The Immigrant at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.Move over Teyva. Haskell Harelik  has arrived in America and he likes it very much. Yes, he too is pushing a cart at the beginning of the show, but it’s a cart full of bananas and he isn’t pushing that cart at the end of... Read More

A Royal Affair: Costume drama with depth

As we look ahead to the spring movie season — when new, big films begin to appear — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of some smaller films that are coming out on DVD. This week’s pick is A Royal Affair, a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A young lady says goodbye... Read More

Giamatti’s comic touches heighten Hamlet’s tragedy

Paul Giamatti in a scene from Hamlet, now at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven. —Joan Marcus

Paul Giamatti in a scene from Hamlet, now at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven. —Joan MarcusIt is every actor’s dream to play William Shakespeare’s most tragic figure – Hamlet. With all the complexities, subtleties, flexibility, comedy and tragedy that the role offers, it is not surprising ...

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Add brightness to spring with mangos; try a lassi!

Mangos are a spring-brightening food.

Mangos are a spring-brightening food.The mercurial days of spring are here — one moment beaming rays of sunshine are melting snow banks and starting a slow, sweet, thawing of the soil, while the very next day the wind howls and errant snowflakes flutter in the sturdy breeze.  How grateful I am ...

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Admission: Mild visit to a college campus

As we look ahead to the spring movie season — when new, big films begin to appear — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of one of the new season’s first comedies, Admission.  Any student or parent who has survived the college application process — or anticipates starting the ...

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