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‘‘At least the table looks good.”It did – everything was shiny and perfect. The other preparations were coming along, too, though there was much still to do. With luck, they would have it all ready in time. And then: “Grrrrrr -GRRRRR!,” loud and louder! What on earth was upsetting the dog? “Here’s a biscuit ... What’s the matter? You don’t want it?” T…

‘‘At least the table looks good.”It did – everything was shiny and perfect. The other preparations were coming along, too, though there was much still to do. With luck, they would have it all ready in time. And then: “Grrrrrr ... GRRRRR!” loud and louder!What on earth was upsetting the dog? “Here’s a biscuit ... What’s the matter? You don’t want it?” …

This Christmas season, as I was doing my part to contribute to the overall growth of the economy, I saw a teenage boy ringing a bell at the grocery store. I put something in every kettle I see, but it struck me that this young person was doing this on a Saturday afternoon, so I had to ask him why. “I could be home playing Xbox,” he said, “but my mom told me this was …

Q: I have been seeing a woman for three years. We get along great, but we have had some bad times. During her 16-year marriage, she had a “sex buddy” for 10 of the 16 years, she had an affair with a neighbor and she had an affair with me. She has called me other men’s names during sex, and she used to flirt with other men in front of me but has stopped that. She told…

For 5-year-old Jana Said, the living room is the place to be at the Ronald McDonald House. She likes to watch volunteers cooking meals in the kitchen, families coming and going through the front door, and house manager Lynn Hughes bustling about, keeping things running smoothly.“She likes to see people. When she is not feeling good, it distracts her,” said Rima Tana, J…

Lucy Ethiopian was the first Ethiopian place in town, all the way back in March.There’s three now, but I figured I should start at the beginning. Abba Biya and his wife, Naima Tesfu, opened a small 20-seat place in a converted bodega at the corner of Amherst and Grant streets. It’s homey, with padded window seats, music pumping out of a laptop, and posters of Ethiopian…

The Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest are two of my favorite groups of all time. The problem is not too many people know about either one of them unless they are really into hip-hop, so let’s fix that.The Wu-Tang Clan came on the scene in 1993 with the debut CD “Enter the Wu-Tang.” The group is comprised of several rappers from Staten Island who have a deep love …

It’s that time of year again. Sleigh bells are ringing and the sound of carols are drifting through the air. Although Christmas has a habit of getting lost in all the ribbons, bows and pretty paper, there are still quite a few teens that look past the price tags and commercial value of the holiday.There are countless reasons to love Christmas, especially in Western New Y…

A bevy of angels makes a fun holiday centerpiece – and when it’s time to clear the table, you can eat them. Even if you never have made meringue before, pastry chef Josh Short’s directions will make it easy. Just one word of caution: If you don’t achieve a firm mixture, it’s better to start over than to try adding extra lemon juice or sugar.The bodies of the ange…

Kevin G. is a man of few words. In an email headed simply “Stews,” he wrote me the following: “Who serves the best in town? Beef, lamb, etc.” That was the message in its entirety. Over and out.But wait a minute – although it’s a brief query, it’s also a difficult one.The reason is this: In the culinary world – or in my culinary world, anyway – there’s a…

A few months ago, pediatric dentist Dr. Paul Weiss sent a letter to his patients announcing an addition to his staff. The letter included a photo of the friendly face they might see during visits and a paw print acting as a signature from Weiss’ golden retriever, Brooke, a certified therapy dog.Brooke, now 4, started off spending one morning a week at the dental office i…

At this time of year, it’s easy to mistake Bob Zeagler for a walking, talking Christmas tree.From the tips of his shiny boots – one bright green, the other crimson – to the top of his towering, ornamented hat, Zeagler, wearing an old-fashioned Santa suit decked with bells, balls, bows, garland and stuffed animals that move and sing, is a shiny, sparkling, jingling, m…

They were his mother's guns – bought by her and registered in her name.That fact has been “out there” since late Friday. And yet in the knee-jerk coverage of the horrors at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead, it barely figured in initial coverage.Which was, at first, riddled with error, including the name of suspect Adam Lanza …

Gasoline prices are still uncomfortably high for the holidays. Assuming you’re not taking a sleigh over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s, you’ll want to save as much as you can on fuel.There are two ways you can cut your gas tab, at least a little: Use less of it, and pay less for what you use.• Leave behind what you don’t need. An extra 100 pounds re…

’Tis the season … to buy gift cards. But make sure you weigh the pros and cons before going for the plastic.As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing, many consumers are scratching their heads over what to get one of their friends, co-workers or even family members.Maybe it’s someone you don’t know that well. Maybe it’s a loved one who’s hard to shop …