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You Can Still See Kevin Bacon In 'Rear Window' -- If You Buy A Season Subscription

If you want to see Kevin Bacon in "Rear Window" at Hartford Stage, you better act fast.

Single tickets for the play are completely sold out and as of late Friday afternoon, there were just 90 six-play subscriptions, which include "Rear Window,"  still available.

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Labor Day Sales Starting Early

Summer's last long holiday weekend is just a week away and stores will be slashing prices on seasonal stock. Look for Labor Day sales to start as soon as Monday, Aug. 31, at major chains and smaller shops — and be sure to check store websites and the Sunday circulars for additional discount coupons.

>>Chester merchants hold their sidewalk sales on Saturday, Aug. 29, starting at 9 a.m.

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Olive Garden BOGO To Go

Olive Garden has a “Buy One, Take One” promotion. Eat in at an Olive Garden restaurant and choose one of seven entrees served with unlimited salad and breadsticks, starting at $12.99, and you'll get a second entrée, packaged to go, at no additional charge.

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Beat The Big Crowds: Lakes, Ponds and Parks Perfect For End Of Summer

As far as I'm concerned, a true Labor Day experience demands a sandy beach, a picnic — eaten at an old-fashioned picnic table — and a stop for ice cream cones on the way home. (Last week's Shopping Around column offered suggestions for some of the state's best ice cream emporiums.)

But summer's last long holiday weekend means hoards of sunbathers at the state's Long Island Sound beaches.

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Ways To Save On Big-E Tickets

The Big E, with its entertainment, midway rides and wild foods, is a hot ticket. It can also be an expensive one.

Sample some deep-fried-treats-on-a-stick or buy a few souvenirs and, suddenly, your budget is melting away faster than a Big E Cake Ball (ice cream rolled in cake crumbs).

But there are ways to save.

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Christmas In August? Walmart Launches Holiday Layaway Early

Forget about summer vacation. Want to know the hottest toys for this year's holiday season?

No, me neither.

But for those who do like to start thinking about Christmas before Labor Day, there's good news.

Walmart is kicking off "Toy Week" on Friday, Aug. 28, with a sneak peek at some of the top toys and other holiday trends.

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