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Staying close, remotely: Big Brothers/Big Sisters finding ways to mentor kids from afar

Big Sister Sondra Lintlemann-Dellaripa and her Little Sister Liora Doyle (Courtesy Sondra Lintlemann-Dellaripa)

Sondra Lintleman-Dellaripa found the perfect match when the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program paired her a year ago with Liora,now an 11-year-old East Lyme Middle School student. They regularly hung out together. Then the pandemic hit, and everything changed.

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Fogbound in Fishers Island Sound

The rippling waters of Fishers Island’s Hay Harbor sparkled in late-afternoon sunlight the other day as a fresh breeze kicked up from the southeast, gently rocking our kayaks.

Marching into history

The piece lamented how rapidly local Civil War veterans were dying, and it listed the deceased — hundreds of them — by town and place of burial.

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Sorrow consumes couple's lives after son's suicide

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I lost our son to suicide a few years ago. We have never gotten over it. I have recovered somewhat and would like to resume having intimate relations, but she's not that far along. I no longer feel...

Woman runs low on patience for friend's drama-filled life

DEAR ABBY: My friend "Kate" has had a lot of trauma in her life, and she feels things very deeply. She has experienced assault, the suicide of a close friend, the death of several family members, discovered she can't have...

Changing identities bring up questions of proper etiquette

DEAR ABBY: My 13-year-old son and I recently had a discussion that maybe you can help clarify. We are seeing more about trans people these days, and I'm not sure how to address them. I don't want to offend anyone, but when...

Sister fears for young niece being raised in toxic home

DEAR ABBY: After many years, my sister and I finally have a decent relationship. I feel I can tell her about almost anything. My brother-in-law, "Aaron," is an alcoholic, and my sister enables him. When he drinks, his...

Pregnant bride-to-be faces choice between brothers

DEAR ABBY: When I was younger, I was engaged to a man I'll call "Jake." I was deeply in love with him, only to have my heart broken when he cheated on me, so I broke it off. A short time later, I developed feelings for his...

Newlywed is questioned about keeping her name

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my mid-30s and have just been married for the first time. I chose not to take my husband's last name for several reasons. I have a child from a previous relationship who shares my name; I have a unique name that...

Stepmom goes a step too far claiming children as her own

DEAR ABBY: My former husband had an affair years ago, and when our divorce was final, he married the woman he was involved with. I'll call her "Libby." Although I have moved on, it bothers me when she refers to my children...

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