Walsh’s Wonderings — Movies and the meaning of Christmas

There are so many things working against us during the holidays. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and the list of gifts we need to buy can seem endless. Santa’s impossible standard of delivering gifts to every person on the planet in one night is a perfection prescription for inadequacy. From as early as I can remember, I turned … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Christmas tchotchkes

My wife is a fan of tchotchkes, those decorative trinkets that have no intrinsic function other to annoy innocent husbands everywhere. Tiny figurines and pithy sayings painted on signs soil our shelves like weeds on a manicured lawn. Our window ledges and bookshelves creak under the weight of energy crystals, decorative vases and tiny potted cacti. Holidays, therefore, become opportunities … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that provides instructions for its celebration right in the name. While it has morphed into one of football’s High Holy Days, it remains one of America’s best occasions for a true family meal. The level of gratitude for that meal varies by family and the amount of political banter your mom allows at the table. … read more

Benefits of Girl Scouting

To the Editor: Today, we acknowledge International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012, the world has celebrated this day to highlight global progress in female achievement and raise up issues regarding the unique needs of girls and special challenges they face in our complex world today. While we celebrate many advances girls and women have made in society, our … read more

Tiny Miracles Foundation hosts gala to help premature babies

The Tiny Miracles Foundation (TTMF) will hold their 13th annual gala, Journey Through a Miracle on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Country Club of Darien. This year’s dinner event, which is co-chaired by Ashley Dineen of Darien and PJ Marcella of New Canaan will feature entertainment by Billy Joel band member/Recording Artist Mike DelGuidice. The event raises … read more

Flags to be half-staff for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 7, in recognition of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day, an annual observance honoring the sacrifices of fallen firefighters throughout the country. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, … read more

DMV expands license and ID services in Fairfield, New Haven counties

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced today the expansion of its DMV Express license and ID card renewal program focused on bringing convenience to residents seeking these services. The agency and its partners plan to soon open new locations in Southington and North Haven as well as expand service times in Stamford. This follows the start earlier this year of … read more

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