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The Insiders: It’s almost time to celebrate America’s independence so rest up

Friday, July 3, 2015

We hope that most of you are rereading this in your swim suit and arm floaties as you ramp up to celebrate America’s independence. It’s never too early to get ready, especially when arm floaties are involved. And since the holiday will likely be filled with lots of backyard activities, a significant amount of food and maybe a trip to …

PHOTOS: American flag flies for the Fourth

Thursday, July 2, 2015

An American flag is suspended between two cranes over the Route 3A bridge replacement construction site at Exit 12 of Interstate 93 in Concord on Thursday. …

Book suggestions to keep you reading all summer long

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suggestions from Katharine Nevins of MainStreet BookEnds in Warner will keep you reading great books all summer long. The Truth According to Us By Annie Barrows – $28 From the co-author of the perfect book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We have waited a long time to read something more …

The Insiders: Go to Gibson’s tonight for this novel discussion and maybe find a quote from us on a book jacket

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You know you’ve officially arrived when you’re a person quoted on a book jacket. It’s an even bigger representation of said arrival when the quote is actually printed on the book jacket and not just scribbled there with …

Will the Deerfield Fair be short-circuited?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Deerfield Fair, which began taking shape in the 19th century and has been a New England staple since 1924, has problems. That was made clear in a video posted on the town’s website, which showed the June 22 meeting between the board of selectmen and the fair’s …

How much ‘Terminator’ does the world really need?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The future, as the Terminator movies keep telling us, is not yet written. But the screenplay of the seventh installment in the sci-fi franchise apparently is. Wait a minute, you say. Aren’t we only up to five? Technically, yes. Terminator Genisys, which officially opened Wednesday – in the …

The Insiders: It’s the first day of July and St. Paul’s is hosting a blood drive

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In case it slipped your mind, let us be the first to officially welcome you to July. We’re expecting it to be quite a month ’cause things can really get crazy as the summer fun sets in. But …

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday – the first African-American ballerina to …

Chris Squire, bassist of progressive rock band Yes, dies

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement …

Fireworks displays for the Fourth of July

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If you’re not up for setting off your own Fourth of July fireworks, here’s a list of some area towns that will put on a display for you: July 3 Ashland: Fireworks at dusk at L.W. Packard Ball Field. Rain Date: July 5. Weirs Beach: Fireworks at midnight …

Former Durst prosecutor writing about book about murder case

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The former district attorney from New York who tried to convict millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is writing a book. Jeanine Pirro’s He Killed Them All will be published Nov. 3, Gallery Books announced Tuesday. According to Gallery, a Simon & Schuster imprint, the former Westchester County D.A. …

Don Winslow returns to drug wars in thriller ‘The Cartel’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Don Winslow is obsessed, and he knows it. “People refer to this as the ‘Mexican drug problem’ and it’s not the Mexican drug problem. It’s the American drug problem. It’s the European drug problem,” the crime novelist said …

In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If summer is a time when we allow ourselves to simply enjoy our entertainments, there’s no timely cocktail I’d rather recommend than China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel to Kevin Kwan’s lively Crazy Rich Asians. The story of Rachel …