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“I am Usnavi and you prob’ly never heard my name,” declares bodega owner Usnavi at the start of “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s contagiously joyous ode to his beloved Washington Heights neighborhood. “Reports of my fame are greatly exaggerated.”

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We have passed the one-year mark for the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and in conjunction with safe practices and vaccines, we are now moving out of the darkness and back in to the sunlight. Sadly, the same cannot be said to scams and con artists who thrive on COVID-19. New scams have e…

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As I go about my daily life, I find now that when repairing mechanical devices, most of which made abroad, I am forced to use metric wrenches. I usually have to make many trips back and forth to the toolbox as I try to guess the correct size of the anticipated wrench or socket needed. I try …

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NEW YORK — Roberto Novo has styled the hair of a constellation of stars, from singer Britney Spears to supermodel Naomi Campbell. But during the pandemic, he’s turned his talents to the heads of lesser known, older New Yorkers — and he’s done it for free.

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OK, all you parents and grandparents, it’s time to garden with your beloved little ones. That’s right, start them young, make it fun, and they will garden forever. The key part is fun. Never make a child pull weeds. Digging in the dirt is fun. Playing with a hose or a watering can is fun. Pi…

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John Krasinski catches you off guard in the first moment of “ A Quiet Place Part II,” inviting you into his film with the most terrifying thing of all in this universe: Noise. It’s a testament to the effectiveness of “A Quiet Place” that any sound is guaranteed to make you immediately uneasy…

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When the first male hummingbird came back some three weeks ago, I was far from ready for him. The little fella may have been an original or an offspring from the year before so knew where to come or he was attracted to the flowering plant on the sill of the window where I usually hang the hu…

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In “Going up the Country,” Vermont author and journalist Yvonne Daley chronicles how the 1960s counterculture — popularly known as “the hippie invasion” — changed Vermont, and how Vermont changed those who came here to build a new “clean” life. Playwright Eric Peterson and composer John Fole…

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It’s been 12 years since Karen McFeeters’ last released an album of her songs. We’ve missed the honey voiced, no nonsense singing from this talented part time performer. With her fourth album “Bonfire” we are brought back into the welcoming production values that McFeeters and her producer/m…

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