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Rick's List -- Summer Doldrums in New London edition

Let's get to it. 1. The 4th of July was on a Wednesday, so the fun kicked off the previous Saturday. Heat and humidity were horrible — I blame New London — and visitors were headed to the shore like...

Chaos or serenity on the water: It’s all good

Sailboats, powerboats, Jet Skis and various other vessels zig-zagged in every direction, throwing up a Maytag of wakes.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

Ozuna — Sept. 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $69-$159

Chicago — Sept. 20 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $36-$125

Raffi — Nov. 3 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $36.50-$82.50

Social Distortion — Oct. 4 at Lupo's, Providence; tickets on sale now; $35-$45

Franz Ferdinand — Aug. 8 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $28-$32

DEAR ABBY

Love is the best present to give grandson with Down syndrome

DEAR ABBY: We have three grandchildren and are due to make our annual visit. Two of the children are easy to plan for, and we have good relationships with them. The third is a 12-year-old boy with Down syndrome, and we struggle...

Hard-working college student strives to be more organized

DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old college student. After attending a local community college for two years, I will be starting classes at a four-year school. I make excellent grades, but I struggle with organization. My mother has...

Crush on married boss causes heartache every day for worker

DEAR ABBY: I'm 20 years old and have a job in retail. I have been working here for a few years and am in a higher position than most associates. I'm in a relationship with my high school sweetheart, whom I truly love, but I...

Talk of remarriage triggers questions about burial plots

DEAR ABBY: My brother-in-law "Charles" has earned the privilege of being buried in a military cemetery. He lost his wife, "Claire," to cancer 10 years ago; she is buried in their plot in the military cemetery with a headstone.

Wife of perfect husband cheats without remorse

DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful husband of 11 years and three children. "Carl" is attentive, caring and always puts the needs of our family first. You could say he is everyone's dream husband. Long story short, I cheated on...

Old friend is slow to follow up on attempt to reconnect

DEAR ABBY: I recently reconnected with my best friend from high school. I moved out of state at the age of 30, and we lost touch. Turns out she lives about 70 miles from me. Neither of us married or had children. Someone...

Mom wants to ban alcoholic daughter from son's reception

DEAR ABBY: Our son and his fiancee are having a destination wedding. My husband and I are hosting a local reception here where we live because we would like our close family and friends to be able to celebrate their...

HOROSCOPES

Your stars July 15

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You'll have to gauge what others are thinking before you respond. Taking the slow route may not be...