Category Archives: Columns

Football playoffs expand, season extends

The path to Connecticut high school football playoffs—the most exclusive postseason in the state—will get a little wider next fall. The CIAC has unveiled a new playoff format and divisional…

The best TV shows this decade had to offer

5. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 2005 – present) When I first saw some of this show’s pre-launch advertisements, it seemed like nothing more than a “Daily Show” spin-off. I…

The top video games of 2000-2009

As the end of the first decade of the new millenium draws to a close, I am more and more asking myself, “What the hell happened to the past ten…

Decade’s top five albums you might’ve missed

Well, it’s here, folks: The end of the decade.  Some say 2012 will be the year our species is annhilated, whether we’re decimated by a hostile alien race, killed off…

CLISE: Linda’s Beautiful Mind

She calls almost every day, my “old friend from Oak Terrace.” I can tell by the tenor of her voice, as soon as she greets me, what kind of day she’s having: Sometimes it’s a joyful chirp, quoting scripture and gushing about choir rehearsal; others it’s a smoker’s croak, bitter and depressed and “just about ready to give up.”

My friend’s name is Linda Jean Cray. She’s 45, heavyset—though she’s lost a considerable amount of weight recently—with stew-brown hair that flows just over her shoulders. Her smile reveals badly-worn, discolored teeth. A single, front tooth, apparently the survivor of the bunch, remains intact, recalling some cartoonish caricature of a baby.

CLISE: Time for an athletic intervention

I’ve got it: A way to block the verbal haymakers being launched back and forth between Town Hall and Tuttle House. Maybe even a way to help fund the Board…

Volleyball alums still got game, humor

BEACON FALLS — It’s “the legacy that keeps on returning,” as Woodland volleyball coach Jim Amato says—the seemingly-instinctual migration of the Hawks’ volleyball alumnae to compete in an annual tournament…

CLISE: Conversation on loop

“Are you married? How many children do you have? Where do you live?” “Are you married? How many children do you have? Where do you live?” “Are you married? How…

Brennan plays a little Duck Hunt

I really like this gig I have here with Citizen’s News. I get to scrape up some jack by going to my old stomping grounds at Woodland and watching some…

CLISE: Bond debt a complexity

Democratic mayoral challenger Charles Mallon says Prospect’s bond debt exceeds $25 million. Republican incumbent Mayor Bob Chatfield claims the figure is more like $3 million. People are used to politicians…