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Why This L.A. Chef Wants to Open 7 Restaurants in 7 Months

It's a little after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Los Angeles chef Phillip Frankland Lee is at Woodley Proper, the Encino cocktail lounge and restaurant he's planning to open in a week.There are chef coats draped on a chair. Bottles are all over the place. A table is covered with wine glasses. Employees are marching through Woodley Proper, and suddenly there's a woman navigating a stroller through the space. In short, nothing is where it's supposed to be and in just a few days, Lee will...

Yard Sale 2017 or How I Cleaned Out the Closets…Again!

You’ve probably heard the old law that your possessions will increase to fill the space available for their storage. Even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably experienced it in your own home. I currently live here in central NJ with my wife in a condo: 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen. It’s about 1,200 square feet in total.  It’s very nice, just too small for all our stuff. Or more correctly, our stuff is too big for our home.  Here’s a solution…a...

Letter: Having Topsfield Town Hall buyer's remorse

My friend Barney is an insomniac. While the rest of us are asleep, Barney is up watching the T.V. shopping channels for great deals!Last week, I ran into Barney at the coffee shop. He was sporting new blue block sunglasses that he bought at 3:30 in the morning on television for $289.99. He went on at great length to extoll their virtues;  how everybody really needed them and what a great buy they were.I mentioned to Barney that I had just bought a similar pair of sunglasses (at 1:00 in the...