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

Films for the 4th of July

James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Celebrate the 4th of July with gems from the Hollywood archives that bring our nation’s history to life. Here’s what you can find this weekend on broadcast and cable channels. 1776 (1972) The birth of the United States is a fascinating tale of bravery, persistence and downright stubbornness. ...

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Eli Wallach, the ultimate supporting actor

The late Eli Wallach in The Magnificent Seven.

He smoldered on screen with an intensity that reached through the camera. No matter the size of the roles he played, even when the parts offered just a few lines of dialogue, he invested the characterization with a seriousness of the acting “method” that he studied as a founding member of the ...

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Town Players make ‘Hating Hamlet’ fun

Jordan Rose Lee and Stephen Saxton in a scene from the comedy ‘I Hate Hamlet,’ which opened last weekend at the Town Players of Newtown Little Theatre. —Michael Stanley

It’s easy to be drawn to Paul Rudnick’s comedy “I Hate Hamlet” even before the play begins at the Little Theatre, Newtown. Just knowing a little about some of the fascinating background to this play immediately intrigues readers. Rudnick actually lived in actor John Barrymore’s New York ...

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Season of celebrations and gifts

Q.  We have been invited to both college and high school graduation parties and have no idea whether we need to take a gift, and if so, what it should be. A.  Yes, a gift is in order when you are invited to a graduation party. For high school grads, traditional gifts include a check... Read More