April 2018

Features

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Connecticut Metro-North Railroad riders have long voiced the same complaints — slow trains, late trains and too-expensive trains. Well, the state Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with the Hartford legislature, may soon offer a new one to chew on.

Remember Jimmy “Quiet Storm” Williams, who graced our November cover? The West Haven boxer and truancy officer in West Haven schools was the subject of a large profile in our November issue, and is now poised to make a major leap in his career with his first fight in Las Vegas on April 20. T…

The area along Huyshope Avenue near the Colt Building on the south side of Hartford’s downtown has gone through a lot of change in the past decade. Where, 20 years ago, one might have encountered a streetscape of abandoned buildings and neglected housing developments, today there are offices…

This Month

When filmmaker Richard Lanni was researching World War I for a family-friendly documentary he planned on making, he came across a reference to a famous Connecticut stray dog named Stubby. In 1917, this dog had wandered onto New Haven fields near Yale Bowl where the 102nd Infantry of the U.S.…

Columns

The Connecticut Table

The term German beer hall conjures up, for me at least, images of lederhosen-clad waitstaff, accordion waltzes and cartoonishly big beer steins all coming together in a fun and playful atmosphere.

The secret to a good sandwich is the bread, Kathie Dolan says. That’s why the bread at the Panini Cafe, which Dolan owns with her longtime romantic and business partner James Fox, is purchased fresh daily from top bakeries across the state line in New York. These carefully selected breads cr…

New London has always punched well above its weight in terms of nightlife for a city its size. Any mid-size city trying to attract visitors and young people to live in their urban cores should take a walk down Bank Street to see what a dense concentration of bars, restaurants and — crucially…

Finding a good doctor is only part of achieving good health. You also need to be vigilant about what you eat, focusing on foods and drinks that fuel a healthy lifestyle, not inhibit it. But, let’s be honest, so-called “health food” doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to taste. You…

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