Are artificial sweeteners bad for the brain?

By: Dr. Robert H. Shmerling,

Sometimes it seems like people trying to choose a healthy diet and watch their weight can’t catch a break.Past studies have linked the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks with cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and obesity. So it’s easy to understand the appeal of diet soft drinks and other artificially sweetened beverages.If you drink two cans of Coke per day,... READ MORE

How to leave your digital assets to heirs

By: Ken Moraif

My mom, who passed away a few years ago, was a very careful and meticulous person who kept a notebook with all of her online account passwords. Mom was also a Morse code operator in the Royal Air Force during WWII, so all of her passwords were in code.I was lucky: She told me about the book and her codes. If she hadn’t, finding and deciphering her notes would have taken a very long... READ MORE

How not to get ripped off for car repairs

By: Tom Krisher

It’s the moment every car owner dreads. The mechanic comes out of the garage to say your ride needs repairs costing hundreds of dollars.Then two big questions pop into your brain: Are the fixes really needed? Am I being overcharged?There might not be a way around getting the car fixed, but there are ways to stay in control of the situation. But it takes some work and planning both... READ MORE

Dreamgirls sparkles and shines at Toby’s

By: Robert Friedman

Dreamgirls, the musical melodrama, is glittering again at Toby’s Dinner Theater in a production that is scintillating, exhilarating and, finally, exhausting — though not in a bad way.This is Toby’s third production of the multiple Tony Award-winning play. And the cast, both newly minted and repeat performers, puts heart, soul, guts and more soul into the almost-always... READ MORE

Where and how to enjoy fall foliage’s peak

By: Ed Perkins

It’s time to plan and reserve fall foliage trip accommodations and tours. And not just to New England — you can find good fall foliage viewing throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. Peak viewing dates move gradually from North to South between mid-September and mid-November. And you can view foliage displays in your car, on a bus tour, or on a train.Where to go. Start by... READ MORE

Don’t fall victim to fraud after hurricanes

By: Justin Lavelle

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, two things are certain: 1) Texans and Floridians will rebuild and repair, and 2) scammers will be lurking — ready to take advantage of victims, their circumstances and the people lending a hand to help. Preventing natural disaster relief scams is impossible. But informed citizens doing their research can avoid falling... READ MORE