| Aug 31, 2014
| 4:43 AM
A decade ago, David and Betsy Sams built a retaining wall to stop erosion they feared was threatening the backyard and patio of their lovely and very expensive Old Saybrook summer home overlooking the Connecticut River. They assumed they were simply...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 6:41 PM
My feet crunched through the marsh grass as I approached the banks of Spencer Creek. In the mud below, hundreds of fiddler crabs scrambled sideways in different directions looking to hide in their holes. Nearby, a great blue heron flew off, startled by my...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 6:59 AM
Prime has two meanings at Washington Prime: location, which is the corner of Washington and Water streets in SoNo's new commercial-residential Ironworks building; and steak, USDA Prime from Creekstone Farms in Kansas.
The new bar and restaurant is...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 2:58 PM
MANCHESTER — A public warning issued last month about the potential for a big stink in town was premature.
The contractor that was to begin pumping waste from two, 500,000-gallon tanks at the sewage treatment plant in mid-July is not expected to...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Ray Smith spent years as a hit man, a violent tax protester and a white supremacist. He pretended to be all of those things while working as an undercover deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Ready to talk on any topic, the former volunteer...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 9:29 PM
Connecticut law allows anyone from age 12 to operate any size boat unsupervised after they complete an eight-hour boating safety course and pass a multiple-choice exam. No test of piloting a boat in water is required.
That surprised and concerned some...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 7:05 AM
Some restaurants boast beautiful views of Long Island Sound. Other dining rooms overlook well-manicured gardens or bustling downtown centers.
The Essex Clipper Dinner Train offers a unique view of an ever-changing landscape as the train winds through...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If you've decided to take a car trip outside the Allentown area, you're in good company. Over the Independence Day weekend, AAA estimates almost 35 million Americans hit the road, the most since 2007.
So if you've packed the car, filled the tank and...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:47 AM
My license plate says “Save The Sound.” My wife and I are regulars at Hammonasset Beach State Park. I caught my first flounder not far away. Do I love Long Island Sound? In a word, yes. Am I concerned about it warming? In a word, no. It has...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 4:01 PM
For the second time in as many years, federal lawmakers from Connecticut and New York are petitioning Congress to repeal a 2008 mandate to sell Plum Island in Long Island Sound, a unique habitat that should be preserved and turned into a wildlife...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Long Island Sound has been Connecticut's connection to the world for centuries, a source of sustenance and solace that has helped define who we are as a state.
This natural paradise also has become a sewer for our industrialized and urbanized society, a...