Summer
We’re in the heat of summer, don’t get your car stuck in it

We’re in the heat of summer, don’t get your car stuck in it

Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on automobiles. While cars and trucks are designed to be reliable under various conditions, sometimes the weather can get the best of even the most reliable vehicle. Many people associate car troubles with cold weather. However, cars are susceptible to breakdowns when it is hot outside. Extreme heat...
AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

Archie Bunker wouldn’t be happy with this travel news: more than 36% of traveling Americans say they plan to take a multi-generational vacation in the next 12 months. [wide] [/wide] Who are they going with? According to a National AAA Travel survey, more than 25% say, in addition to themselves, they’ll travel with children and/or...

Camels will be at Beardsley Zoo this summer

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes three camels again for the summer. These animals will call Connecticut home through Labor Day. Joining Toby and Goliath, who were at the zoo last summer, is Noah. All three will be available for rides from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Visitors are welcome to take photos...
Drinking while boating this weekend? You may get busted for BUI

Drinking while boating this weekend? You may get busted for BUI

The state’s Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police will step up enforcement activities this weekend for boating under the influence (BUI) as part of Operation Dry Water. The EnCon officers  — part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection — will be joined by members of the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police, and local police from...
On the hunt: Outdoor fun with an adventurous twist

On the hunt: Outdoor fun with an adventurous twist

Woodsy places that make for a great nature walk or hike are seemingly around every corner throughout our state. But adventure-loving residents looking for a bit more mix in that trail can find it on a treasure or scavenger hunt. Ranging from low-tech and casual to high-tech and precise, these hunts can also be found...
Performing Arts Center ready for summer

Performing Arts Center ready for summer

The Performing Arts Center of Connecticut in Trumbull is showing off its 13,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility this summer. It includes five dance studios, five voice/acting/music instrumentation studios, a kitchen, café, two lobbies, black box theater, and professional costume shop. Stepping outside the box of performance art into that of fine arts, Sue Hansen, M.F.A.,...
What will I do  this summer? Field guide to plugged-in parenting

What will I do this summer? Field guide to plugged-in parenting

Flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping. Bare legs are blinding us with their unearthly glow. This can only mean one thing: summer has begun. Remember when thoughts of summer were filled with ice cream and lazy afternoons? Not anymore. Now it’s: “Mother of Pearl, what am I going to do with my kids?” That...
‘Start the Summer’ for history buffs

‘Start the Summer’ for history buffs

The Bridgeport Community Historical Society will have its “Start the Summer” meeting on Monday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Captain’s Cove, 1 Bostwick Avenue. Bruce Williams will talk about the history of Black Rock Harbor. Paid members will receive a $3 voucher toward a food purchase; for more information, call 203-371-6397.
Travel by the book: Books to help get you from here ... to there

Travel by the book: Books to help get you from here … to there

Recently, I have been planning a family trip for my husband and two teenage sons, the oldest of whom will be heading off to his first year of college in the fall … Sob. The trip will entail a visit to two West Coast cities with a fair amount of driving in between. I am...
Grill safety: Summertime, and the grilling is easy

Grill safety: Summertime, and the grilling is easy

Now is the time for the greatest of summertime traditions — grilling! (or, if you are like me, it never stops). To insure everyone can enjoy their back yard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, here is a list of steps you can take to avoid being “well done:” • Make sure that your grill is serviced...
Area mini-golf locales worth a visit this summer

Area mini-golf locales worth a visit this summer

It’s been around in the U.S. since 1916, in the Northeast since 1926 (when the first rooftop was used, in New York City), and a big part of Connecticut summer fun for generations. Myrtle Beach, S.C., may be considered the mini golf capital of the world, but our state has plenty of courses worthy of...
Residents take to the water this summer in state parks

Residents take to the water this summer in state parks

  Boating, picnicking, sports, fishing, swimming and hiking are all activities residents can take part in at Indian Well State Park.   Indian Well was so named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the park’s scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Local Native Americans never...