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School psychologist Patricia Urgo talks with Andrew Smith-Hinson, 18, who suffers from explosive anger disorder, in the sensory room at the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, N.J. The room, which utilizes soft furniture, special lights, optics and other features, is designed to help disabled children calm down. (Chris Pedota/The Record/TNS)

Rooms for Altering Moods

Monday, November 24, 2014

In the dimly lit room, Tiara Santos lounged on the beanbag chair, stared at the bubble tubes and played with glow-in-the-dark toys, and then slowly, …

New Hampshire Leads Nation In Average Student Debt Load

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — It may house some of the most esteemed colleges in the country, but if you want to graduate without backbreaking debt, steer clear …

Taking Up Pen and Paper to Say Thanks in a Season of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Art Notes: A Niche in Lyme: Long River Studios Expands Gallery’s Offerings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

D a vid Celone, the owner of Long River Studios in Lyme, looks around the two rooms that make up the gallery space. “So much wonderful art, so little wall space,” he said. It’s true: the interior of …

Entertainment Highlights: Peter Rowan Stops at the Freight House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One of these days, Peter Rowan will hunker down in his cabin on a bay north of San Francisco full time, the better to finish a memoir about his half-century in Americana music, to paint more pictures, and …

Concerto Commissioned for Claremont’s 250th Debuts Friday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Claremont — Far from his native Syria and New York City home — both geographically and culturally — composer Kinan Azmeh nonetheless feels a close connection to the rural landscape of Northern New England. It was in New …

Has ‘The Daily Show’ Surpassed ‘SNL’ as Hollywood’s Farm Team?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As Foxcatcher hits theaters Friday, everyone is buzzing about Steve Carell’s big dramatic debut, not to mention his prosthetic nose (which is how you know this role has Oscar potential). He plays the real-life character of John du Pont, a homicidal multimillionaire, who became obsessed with two wrestler …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Stephen Colbert Will Host Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Stephen Colbert has been named host of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, a gala celebration Dec. 7 that will spotlight singers Al Green and Sting, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and comedian Lily Tomlin, the arts center announced Wednesday. Best known as the host …

Fallout Continues for Cosby as Number of Accusations Grows

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the …

Working on the Railroad

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont Railway employees Gene Lamoureaux, left, and Ed Sheehy work on railroad tracks in White River Junction on Wednesday. Workers were replacing rails and cross ties along the track for routine maintenance. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Grandma’s Turkey: Injected Tequila Provides a Key Ingredient

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If the recipe for her turkey is any indication, chef Patricia Quintana’s grandmother was probably a lot of fun. There’s a fair amount of booze that goes i nto the recipe, and every time I prepare it — …

Challenge of Thanksgiving: Which Wines?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, 2013, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, 2013, $14.99 Finding the right wine for a Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit tricky. If you’re just trying to pair a wine with turkey and mashed potatoes, that’s pretty simple — Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir …