CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS

FOOD

Gather at the Public House for a foodie feast

Editor's note: This version adds the reviewer's byline. One might not expect to find a good French 75 cocktail at your basic public house, but Old Lyme’s latest addition to the local tavern universe is anything but...

COLUMNS

Enthralled by the wood thrush

There is a place where cool streams flow and the sweet scent of ferns is strong. It is in precisely such tranquil places that the unobtrusive wood thrush retreats from human commotion.

‘It looks suspicious’: Breast cancer at 31

My breast cancer story began like that of so many other women — I noticed a lump.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

DEAR ABBY

Girlfriend expects fireworks when her parents meet his

DEAR ABBY: I have been with “Tom” for two years, and I suspect that he will be proposing soon. He is 27 and I’m 24. Here’s the problem: He wants our parents to meet before he asks.

Readers defend parents who disapprove of cohabitation

DEAR READERS: On May 5, I printed a letter from a parent, “Against the tide in New Jersey.” He said his “independent, intelligent, loving” daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and...

Your stars - July 2

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t feel like you have to make a snap decision.

Boyfriend’s teen escapade should be regarded as past

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He recently mentioned that when he was younger (19), he had a threesome (two guys, one girl).

Woman’s belief of parentage needs facts to back her claim

DEAR ABBY: I recently received a Facebook message from a 47-year-old mother of four who believes she is my daughter.

Greet fussy daughter-in-law with open arms and minds

DEAR ABBY: My son is being deployed for 10 months. His wife and baby are coming to live with me, and I am thrilled.

Oldest daughter wants to avoid celebrating dad’s newest child

DEAR ABBY: My father is expecting his seventh child with his current “fiancee.” I am the oldest of six girls; this child is expected to be a son. His fiancee is 11 years my junior — 33 years younger than my father.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - July 3

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Look at every detail, but let your intuition determine what and how you move forward.