News, Well Being / December 11, 2017 New Year: What Am I Making of Myself?

By Eric Faria

At the end of every December, it is common to reassess what the past 12 months have meant. It is also commonplace to set goals for the calendar year about to begin. If you take a moment to evaluate where you were one year ago and where you are now, is the balance positive or...

Culinary // Food, News / December 10, 2017 Boozy Rice Pudding

By Alicia Ghio

I don’t make or even eat rice pudding very often. I am not sure why; it’s certainly easy to make and even easier to eat. There’s something about it that is unpretentious and yet so satisfying. It takes me back to childhood and those simpler times. This holiday season I decided to create a “grown...

Columns, News, What You Should Know / December 10, 2017 Boost Your Spirits But Know Your Limits Alcohol and The Holidays: What You Need to Know

By Terry Budlong

Most people like to celebrate during the holidays by drinking, but we often put ourselves and others at risk because we aren’t aware of how alcohol affects us. Alcohol impairs decision-making ability and our driving skills long before we show physical signs of intoxication. Did you know that one 5-ounce glass of wine can take...

Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer

By StatePoint

Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality — nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill, according to a bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations International. While 83 percent of U.S. consumers…

Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

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Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

By Ana Radelat | ctmirror.org

On December 2, the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the Senate, the bill was approved on a 51-49 largely party…

Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

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Maple Mustard Roast Pork Tenderloin

By Alicia Ghio

We typically do Sunday dinner as a family. Sometimes it’s fancy, and sometimes it simple comfort food. It doesn’t really matter; it’s more important that we get together, share a meal, talk about our week, and connect. It’s a tradition. At this time of year, as the temperatures fall and we all gear up for…

The Importance and Value of Giving Back

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The Importance and Value of Giving Back

By Isabel Almeida, United Way of Western Connecticut

There’s an old Portuguese proverb that has deep relevance to the work of United Way. And, over the last few years, as United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) has focused their work on hard-working, struggling households called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), that proverb has taken on new meaning. “A caridade bem ordenada, por…

Thanksgiving: Being Thankful and Grateful

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Thanksgiving: Being Thankful and Grateful

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When I sit down to script my articles, I often look around my home or my community to see what inspires me. Many times, the topic stems from ideas or questions shared by parents during the prior weeks. My articles are not necessarily thought about for days; rather, something strikes me that I want to…

Winter Is Coming!

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Winter Is Coming!

By Catherine Blinder

It’s taken longer than usual this year– but it’s finally cold outside! And that means families need to start preparing for winter. That means things like locking down home heating fuel contracts, weatherproofing windows and doors, cleaning chimneys, doing last-minute repairs on our homes, and of course, holiday shopping. Make sure to plan ahead, make…

Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

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Tickets to Shows Make Great Holiday Gifts!

By Tribuna Staff

The Ridgefield Playhouse has something for everyone on your list, from stocking stuffers to fun family shows like Masters of Illusion on February 13 or Shanghai Acrobats on March 18 or a night out to a concert or comedy show – like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on February 24 and 25, Lewis Black on February 25, LaKisha Jones “With Love…

State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

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State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

An investigation by a state watchdog agency has found that “high numbers” of children have left public school for medical or mental health reasons – though only two-thirds of the absences had been authorized by the student’s health care provider, as required by state regulations. Calling her team’s findings “troubling,” State Child Advocate Sarah Eagan…

The Backstage of a Dream

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The Backstage of a Dream

By Karla Rensch

There are timeless behaviors unrelated to the current economy, politics, beliefs or education level that are directly connected to one’s life ideals and remain inherent as time passes by. The desire to improve is related to human behavior. The so-desired “American Dream” continues to be the key motivator for immigrants that have traveled the world…

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