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Social order

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When The New York Times wanted to explore the upper class’ lack of class here in what was once known as Cheever Country (and is, The Times observed, beginning to feel more like Kennedy Country), the newspaper turned to a man who had grown up at the center of it all – writer Benjamin H. Cheever, one of John Cheever’s three children. It’s hard to think of a more fitting observer. Both father and son have explored the disparity between class (as in socioeconomic) and class (as in character with style) in such works as John Cheever’s stories “The Swimmer” and “O Youth and Beauty” and Ben’s novel “The Good Nanny.”

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The music man

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Most serious musicians concentrate on one or two instruments or disciplines within the musical realm. Not Ted Sperling. The Tony Award winner – perhaps best known for his work on the revelatory Broadway revival of “South Pacific” and “The Light in the Piazza” – has won acclaim as a conductor, music director, arranger, singer, pianist and violinist.

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The meat of the matter

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Ryan Fibiger bills his Westport shop, Saugatuck Craft Butchery, as an “old fashioned butcher shop with modern day ideals.” A visit confirms just that, as we observe Fibiger and staffers combine a small-town, friendly approach with a “nose-to-tail” philosophy.

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Building a business

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Jeff deJong came to America 23 years ago from the Netherlands. At first he worked in his brothers’ bakery in Mount Kisco. But he decided to pursue his true love, custom carpentry, and today heads up Angle & Square. The firm, based in Brookfield, is noted for its artistry and attention to detail.

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