2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring: Rugged and ready for rough roads

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring

Subaru’s Lafayette, Ind., assembly plant is a model of environmental sensitivity, but the Japan-based automaker was slow to join the gasoline-electric hybrid movement. It’s in, but not exactly all in, with the 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid, based on the compact Impreza but designed for off-road ...

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Saluting the classy guy, James Garner

James Garner.

He was always one classy guy, a bit of a cynic at times, an eternal optimist at others, frequently flashing a winning smile and speaking with that distinctive voice. For more than 55 years, James Garner — who died last week at age 86 — graced movie and television screens with his patented calm ...

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Some classics from more than 50 years ago

Magnificent Obsession with Jane Wyman.

Checking out the movies on broadcast and cable stations this weekend offers a journey through the history of Hollywood. Take a look at what’s available. Magnificent Obsession (1954) In the 1950s, director Douglas Sirk created a unique visual identify with his stylized approach to stories about ...

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Grilled Peach Caprese — perfect summer treat

Grilled Peach Caprese.

It was a perfect summer day for a trip to some of our favorite family farms, a warm summer morning, hazy, hot and very humid. We headed up to South Glastonbury and found five family farms, all different but all very beautiful. Judy and I decided to stroll into the orchards and fields to seek... ...

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Bergman’s ‘Nora’ at Westport Country Playhouse is not Ibsen’s

Liv Rooth and Lucas Hall in “Nora,” Ingmar Bergman’s adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” directed by David Kennedy, at Westport Country Playhouse, playing through Aug. 2. —Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Westport Country Playhouse production of Nora is an interesting “spin” on Ibsen’s A Doll House (oops — I mean adaptation) by Ingmar Bergman. Nora deserves its new title. It’s a different play with a lot of references to Ibsen’s masterpiece. Since Bergman cut one third of Ibsen’s work and ...

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From a creek to a peak in the Catskills wilderness

The Catskill Mountains from Panther Mountain.

Even on the map, the trail from Fox Hollow to Panther Mountain looks like a marginal place. It doesn’t intersect with other trails, or run over a string of big-name peaks. Nor does it have a poetic title like the Devil’s Path across the valley. And New York’s “Long Path” from Fort Lee to ...

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Office kitchens — who cleans up? Sticky situations require tact


Q. We have a small kitchenette at my office that usually is disgusting because no one takes care of it. Fortunately, we have a one-cup-at-a-time coffee maker so there isn’t a problem with who makes coffee or who cleans up, but the rest of it is awful. The sign somebody posted, “Your mother ...

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