2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD: No surprises with Toyota quality

2014 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Crisp handling, a firm ride, an efficient yet responsive engine, and up-to-date styling inside and out, assure Toyota loyalists the 2014 RAV4 won’t be another one of those bland, boring compact crossover SUVs. We’ve driven quite a few over the years that fall into that category, but most ...

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A perfect pear offers many possibilities

Fall is the season for pears!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” —Lauren DeStefano Fall is such a vibrant and exciting time in the kitchen. The lighter flavors of summer give way to spicier ...

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New York Film Festival showcases remarkable surprises

Actor JK Simmons is one of the treats of the New York Film Festival, in Whiplash.

Of the movie moments at this year’s New York Film Festival, a few marvelous surprises jump off the screen. While too many films today rely on the familiar, this festival consistently showcases surprises in story, approach and, particularly this year, performance. Here’s a look at some ...

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Using first names — times change


Q.  I received an invitation to a luncheon addressed to Mrs. Mary Smith. I thought you only used the title Mrs. with the husband’s first name, otherwise you used Ms. What is correct? A. For decades, the rule was as you stated it, but times have recently changed and it is now not incorrect to... ...

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Brighton Beach at Seven Angels Theatre

The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre.

It didn’t take long for the Seven Angels’ opening night audience to rightfully stand in ovation for the theater’s current production of Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Waterbury venue. With this first autobiographical play in Neil Simon’s trilogy, it is impossible not to be moved by the story of ...

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What to watch: tales of courage

Richard Dreyfuss in American Graffiti.

Ready to watch a movie? Choosing what to watch is like choosing what to eat: we can choose junk food or we can find a nutritious movie that will inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. Thanks to broadcast and cable television, you can put together your own movie menu. Here’s what’s on this ...

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Tipping at hotels

Tipping at hotels.

Q.  Is it still expected that you leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at a motel or hotel? A.  It still is expected that you do leave a tip. It would be wonderful if hotels and motels paid their housekeeping staffs a reasonable salary, but until that time, tips provide a lot of help... Read More