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July 9, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
There are many more important things in the world to worry about than the availability of paper napkins at fast-food restaurants.
And take this as fair warning: Now is a good time to move on to all those other important things, which you...
July 4, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
I have had a few friendly disagreements with Hillary Clinton supporters since The Washington Post broke the news this week that she was paid $251,000 for an April appearance at the University of Connecticut.
I was chastised by these Clinton...
July 2, 2014; Updated: 2:00 am
You have to wonder when the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy will finally do something to save the Amistad, which has come to be a symbol of the dysfunction of Connecticut government.
June 29, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm
It is beginning to look like mutual fund mogul Charles Royce, whose $140 million Ocean House in Watch Hill is Westerly's largest taxpayer, may be riding in to save Seaside in Waterford.
A suggestion that Royce may be involved in developing...
June 25, 2014; Updated: 1:24 am
Some people from Mystic Seaport planning the homecoming visit of the Charles W. Morgan to its longtime homeport of New Bedford have joked about the notion that the city might close the gates to a huge hurricane barrier that can seal off...
June 25, 2014; Updated: 7:08 pm
There were a lot of superlatives to consider in the historic homecoming to New Bedford Wednesday of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.
June 22, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm
I floated, back in September 2013, an idea for reopening New London's Lighthouse Inn that at the time probably seemed a little far-fetched.
The idea came from members of the New London Lodge of Elks, who suggested they might be willing to...
June 20, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
It's been a while since New London Mayor Daryl Finizio appeared in public wearing his knitted Everlast hat, to hide what he said then was a boxing bruise. But, based on some things he's been saying lately, I wonder if there could have been a new...
June 18, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
It seems like we have seen a lot of Gov. Dannel Malloy here in eastern Connecticut lately.
I had chalked this up to election-year politics that generally make candidates touch the geographic bases around a big state like...
May 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
I am sure I am not alone in savoring the pleasure of having a genuine whaling ship tied up on New London's waterfront again.
Charles W. Morgan looks, if I could imagine a ship to have feelings, happy, too, tucked in at City Pier, in...
May 28, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
In a state that strikes me these days as poorly managed, no longer the reliable old Connecticut of steady habits and solid government, the case of the abandoned Seaside buildings in Waterford strikes me as a good example of how badly things have...
May 25, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
A Hispanic Baptist church in New London may be one of the few winners to have come out of the destruction of Fort Trumbull by eminent domain.
And, curiously, the church's success in the wake of the taking and demolition of its Fort Trumbull...
May 21, 2014; Updated: 12:43 am
May 18, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
I am sure many of Andrea Stillman's constituents will miss her steady presence in the state Senate seat for the 20th District, a big swath of eastern Connecticut west of the Thames River.
One bright consequence of her decision to step down...
May 16, 2014; Updated: 12:43 am
On a tour this week of the rambling holdings of the Garde Arts Center, a full block, Executive Director Steve Sigel noted that plans for the New London Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts will help cement the notion of the...
May 11, 2014; Updated: 9:36 am
In the broad brush of New London history, 1959 might seem like just yesterday. That was when the Jibboom Club, a fraternity of men from New London County who made a living from the sea, finally disbanded.
Many had once served on whaling...
May 9, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
Certainly there are stocks you could have bought when President Obama moved into the White House that would have made you more money than General Dynamics.
But there are also many more that would not have done as well.
May 7, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
I know some people are still skeptical about the location of the National Coast Guard Museum, in part because of worries about the permits required to build something so big on such a small lot, so close to the water.
Maybe that's why Adm.
May 4, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
The good news is that Amistad, the schooner built in Mystic, largely with millions of state of Connecticut money, looks good.
May 2, 2014; Updated: 12:50 am
In a lobby space of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, under two enormous whale skeletons that dominate the big space, is an electronic countdown board for the visit this summer by Mystic Seaport’s whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.
April 30, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
Maybe Lawrence + Memorial President Bruce D. Cummings has a good idea in inviting some friends in for private chats to talk about what the hospital's been up to lately.
It's not that hospital executives don't appreciate all the news...
April 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm
I will admit to being a bit of a romantic when it comes to old buildings.
And of course we all know romanticism can quickly overwhelm common sense when it comes to a lot of things, especially a daunting task of historic renovation.
April 25, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
When I first spoke to William Henderson, president of Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America, to talk about AT&T's emptied buildings in downtown New London, he was especially critical of the Texas-based phone...
April 23, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am
Three of seven New London city councilors this week flatly rejected Mayor Daryl Finizio's alarmist plea to borrow another million dollars, on top of the $4.4 million the council agreed to borrow earlier this month, to stabilize city...
April 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm
There are vast records in the archives at Mystic Seaport about the Charles W. Morgan, careful record keeping from a ship that sailed the world hunting whales.
Most of the records, though, were about the business of the ship, keeping track...