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Town benefit set for Sandy Hook

January 12, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Dance City and the Arts is teaming up with Southington’s United Way to hold a fundraising event for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The community has been invited to Derynoski Elementary School on Saturday, January 26 to watch performances by the students of Dance City, the area band J.J.…

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Dive into the Polar Plunge

January 11, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Every year, Mark Pooler is often the last man to leave the frigid waters of Sloper Pond during the YMCA’s annual Polar Plunge. For the past seven years, Pooler has spent approx. 75 seconds in the water, racking up the donations. “We pledge by seconds,” said Pooler, the Outdoor Center director…

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Knights shine in overtime; Girls are one win from clinching postseason

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski
Natalie Wadolowski takes an open jump shot during a 48-41 win over NW Catholic.

By John Goralski Sports Writer With six minutes left in the game, one senior co-captain fouled out. With 1:32 remaining, a second senior fell to the floor clutching her leg. A five point lead shrank to one possession and vanished as time expired in the fourth quarter. On Friday, Jan. 4, the Lady Knights were…

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Wrestling the flu; Blue Knights plug holes and deck Hall

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington wrestlers scrambled for five pins and a pair of forfeits against Hall’s varsity lineup. Two others battled for hard-fought decisions. Three rookies battled off their backs before finally getting pinned. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Southington entered the match with a number of questions, illnesses, and holes in the lineup.…

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SouthingtonSOS cancels videogame return program, states community has begun a dialogue

January 10, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor SouthingtonSOS believes it was successful in encouraging families to discuss the type of videogames played within the households, a dialogue the group hopes continues. Earlier this month the group announced a local violent videogame return initiative that garnered national attention. Yesterday, the group canceled the program, saying that it had already…

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Blue Knights claim five indoor titles at Glastonbury meet

January 10, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom has spent much of her first indoor track season scrambling to meet deadlines and looking for opportunities. Very few meets offer every event, so success hinges upon every little decision. Does she run relays or focus on individual events? Is anyone close to qualifying for the state meet…

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YMCA expansion set; Olney home is the only sticking point

January 10, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The YMCA’s plans for expanding their building and adding new parking lots was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission, although details of how the organization will deal with traffic are still under negotiation. The expansion includes additions on two sides of the YMCA’s main building and an increase of…

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Overheated HVAC unit causes evacuation at DePaolo Middle School

January 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor An overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo Middle School caused a minor evacuation Tuesday, after it started smoking, triggering the school’s fire alarm. Southington Fire Chief Harold “Buddy” Clark said the department was dispatched to the school due to an unknown odor. The students were in the process of evacuating when the…

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Man charged with robbery, holding pocket knife to throat

January 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Police have arrested a Southington man after he allegedly held a pocket knife to the throat of an acquaintance while demanding money. Alexander Derisi, 21,  of 56 Sun Valley Drive, was taken into custody by police at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus. He was charged with first degree robbery,…

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Southington jurist named to high court

January 8, 2013
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By Paul Hughes Special to The Observer HARTFORD – Carmen Espinosa is poised to achieve another first as a Hispanic jurist in Connecticut – appointment to the state Supreme Court. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced that he is nominating the 63-year-old judge from Southington to replace retiring Justice C. Ian McLachlan on the…

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