Late summer harvest

Ah, late summer. Forgive my rambling now, but isn’t it a beautiful time of the year? Spring bursts with new life and new beginnings, and bright June and July are times for celebration, but August—August is the start of the harvest season. Andrew Marvell, the British poet wrote about this time of year: “What wondrous […]...

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Pillars of the community

I wonder who started the tradition of festivals running from Thursday onward. In my view, that person needs a stern talking-to; I can never quite get anywhere on Thursdays. That said, this weekend (Thursday through Sunday) is Orange’s Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival, and that’s worth the Thursday time-crunch especially if you’ve got kids. There’s fair food, […]...

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(Savin) Rock of Ages

The 36th annual Savin Rock Festival kicked off Thursday, and it seems like all of West Haven is abuzz with it. With good reason: Aside from the Independence Day fireworks display, the festival is West Haven’s biggest event of the year. It’ll last all weekend, so even if you missed the first day you have […]...

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Art, light, color

You know one of my favorite things about living in the New Haven area? There’s always something to broaden the mind—even in a heat wave. With more than a dozen museums, there’s always something stimulating going on in an air-conditioned environment. And well, that last part is as important as the first sometimes, especially if […]...

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Fire Safety

It’s fire season again, it appears. Now, most people seem to think that it’s just a problem for California, or at least the west coast, and the west coast is indeed going up in flames. But in Connecticut itself, we’ve seen a number of very intense fires in recent weeks, including Wallingford,  Bethel, West Haven, […]...

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Dog days

My daughter just told me that she wants a puppy. It’s definitely a step up from a pony, and miles preferable to the tarantula she wanted for a full six months a few years back, but it seems outside of our current capacity. Not that I’d be opposed to the company of man’s best friend—just […]...

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Independence Day

This week is the Fourth of July, the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is a day to reflect on our country’s origins and the its philosophical underpinnings: liberty, equality, the American dream. It is a holiday that unites us a country: no matter who we are or where we come […]...

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Arts of the world

As you may have guessed, I spent most of last weekend on the beach. Hey—Father’s Day means I get my choice of activities, right? I’m a man of simple tastes. And besides, I’ve been getting plenty of culture lately: this month New Haven has been host to the annual Arts and Ideas festival. That means […]...

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Beach days

Now that it’s summer, it’s time to hit the beach. From where I’m sitting, West Haven has the best beaches of them all—sand and shore and boardwalk. Maybe it’s because I have so many good memories of that particular shoreline. It’s little things, really—ice cream and sandcastles, cold beer and campfires, starlit nights and hot […]...

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Automation and technology

The state of Connecticut recently passed legislation to do with autonomous cars. Now we’ve joined a list of states who are officially regulating and testing driverless cars. And that’s not the only way in which technology is taking over our lives—our homes are smart and interconnected, we can buy anything we want and have it […]...

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