Yale prof and Merrill biographer to speak at La Grua Center

It’s sort of surprising there have been no biographies of James Merrill, the world-renowned poet who lived in and was inspired by Stonington Borough. Until now, anyway. It’s excellent and appropriate that “James Merrill: Life and Art,” just out from the...




Arooga’s a grand slam success in Sports Bar Land

It’s seems to me that “sports bars,” originally, were nothing more than neighborhood joints where foam-mouthed fans of one squadron or another would gather because the team’s games were religiously shown on one or two...

When the city becomes a buffet: New London’s Spring Food Stroll

Chew on this: New London’s Spring Food Stroll brings out food and fun on Wednesday at venues all around downtown. By now, you know how this works, right? You buy a food-stroll button (preferably in advance, since these events usually...


Messenger to Mercury

By the time this column runs, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft should have run out of fuel and slammed into the planet Mercury’s surface at around 9,000 miles per hour.

Night flights bring in spring’s first songbirds

For us who have known the frigid mornings, the deep February snow and the short dark days in long shadows, the melody of the first songbird of spring is a joyful moment not soon forgotten.


Melodramatic serial should be canceled, not renewed

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of 10 years, “Scott,” and I separated last year. I was pregnant and hormonal at the time, and told him we would never get back together.

Parents with strong beliefs won’t visit cohabitating couple

DEAR ABBY: Our amazing daughters are in their late 20s. Both of them are independent, intelligent and loving. The four of us have a special bond.

Boss’s unwelcome advances make first job uncomfortable

DEAR ABBY: I’m 16 and just got my first job working in food services. I have been working here for about two months, and have grown close with my co-worker “Samantha” and my boss

Woman’s prince charming has abandoned the magic words

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I both have professional careers and are independent. We have been in a committed relationship for eight years now.

Speedy diagnosis is essential for treatment of Lyme Disease

DEAR ABBY: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. I’m a longtime Canadian reader who has suffered from it for many years.

Life of contentment doesn’t seem normal by comparison

DEAR ABBY: I’m 45, employed and earning plenty of money. I’m in a great relationship, my kids and grandkids are healthy and happy, and my parents are alive and well.

Mom with secret addiction is playing dangerous game

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 17-year-old girl and I caught my mom sniffing nail polish remover. She obviously doesn’t want me to know because she tries to hide it.


Your stars - May 6

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take pride in the way you handle money and emotional matters.