| Nov 9, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The first time through middle school was bad for Jeff Kinney. But the second time? Golden.
Kinney is the writer and cartoonist behind the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a series that revels in the thugs and cliques, the clueless parents, the awkward...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:35 AM
PLAINVILLE — For someone who stumbled into the costume shop business, Harvey Ricard sure has a heck of a stock.
From the parking lot, Connecticut Stage Supply looks like a modest house converted into a commercial space, but once inside, you go...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:15 AM
It's probably wrong, way off base, and totally not even fair, to say that — to some people — Plainville hasn't been a destination spot for dining. After all, there's J Timothy's, and right near that intersection at Main Street there's El Paso,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 2:57 PM
The Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway is the most important recreational asset developed in the state in the past two decades. Or so I thought, despite never having been on the trail south of Farmington. Saturday, I got to bike the southern corridor....
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:43 PM
You can buy a T-shirt in London that says "Mind The Gap," the popular message of caution to London Underground riders. In Connecticut we need to produce a T-shirt that says "Close the Gap," a message of hope to Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway bicycle...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 6:54 AM
NEW BRITAIN — A 39-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for her role in the death and dismemberment of her drug dealer, according to court records.
Sherri Clarke and her boyfriend, Michael LaBarge, were convicted in the...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 7:00 AM
NEW BRITAIN — Michael LaBarge was sentenced to 65 years in prison on Wednesday for what was described in court as the callous and heinous slaying of a 34-year-old man three years ago.
New Britain State's Attorney Brian Preleski said the only...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:31 AM
Bartender Buddha was at The Faith Middleton Food and Booze Schmooze Martini Competition last week. The mixology event was held at Farmington Gardens and featured 37 bartenders from area bars and restaurants. Summer cocktails seemed to be on everyone's...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Plainville has apparently been invaded by belligerent turtles. Resident Dan Spisak told the Bristol Press he witnessed two 40-pound snapping turtles chasing ducks at a town park. He says he picked them up by the tails, stashed them in a cooler and...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Besides all the hay-riding, corn-mazing, football-watching and apple-fritter-chomping that goes on during the autumn season, fall signifies a blissful time for craft beer aficionados — Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin ales, chocolate malts, and spicy...
| Jul 31, 2013
Straight up jumping on an ordinary trampoline has the potential to become humdrum fast. But fill 13,000 square feet with more than 50 trampolines, launching decks of varying heights, basketball hoops, foam pits and dodgeball courts, and the jumping...