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Turf is ahead of schedule; Officials believe field ready for late October

September 21, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN Staff Writer Construction of the new artificial turf field at Southington High School is moving swiftly, as officials hope to have it done in enough time to accommodate events in late October. Since late August, the construction crew has been clearing away the old field to make room for the new, hoping…

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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

September 14, 2012
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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Bill Rodgers won the New York City Marathon four times. He claimed four titles at the Boston Marathon in the late 1970s. He won races in Amsterdam, Japan, and across the United States. Rodgers was the top ranked runner in the world at one time in his career, but he…

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Casarella is parade grand marshal

September 14, 2012
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Casarella is parade grand marshal

By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Apple Harvest Festival organizers have chosen Neil Casarella, who retired from the Southington Fire Department in August after 38 years of service, as this year’s Grand Marshal. “I was really honored and a little surprised,” he said. Casarella has also served as an ex-officio member of the festival’s supervisory committee,…

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Council backs arts building; SCCA has 18 months to raise money

September 14, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) has been given approval by the Town Council to begin the early stages of their plans for an arts center at the Gura Building. After months of deliberation at the Council level that was often heated, a small committee of councilors and SCCA members was…

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Representing the town; Andy Meade was a true team player

August 29, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Rifling through an old picture album, Andy Meade brushes past the headlines to point out his teammates in the photos. He brags about them one by one, and the list reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. Of course, he fails to point out that it’s his name that’s…

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Hostesses set for Apple Festival

August 29, 2012
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Hostesses set for Apple Festival

By Rob Glidden With the Apple Harvest only about a month away, eight Southington girls have been keeping themselves busy with numerous appearances as Apple Harvest Hostesses. This year’s hostesses are Katie Klein, Mary Nadeau, Elise Bean, Rachel Proffitt, Alyssa Pappas, Shawna Sycz, Sarah Caisse and Abigail Judd. “We’ve got another great group,” said hostess…

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Murals dot up along Rails to Trails

August 29, 2012
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Murals dot up along Rails to Trails

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Walkers on the Rails to Trails corridor may have noticed a colorful image of a train depot on one of the nearby buildings, the first of three murals planned for the trail and painted by members of Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA). The artists will continue to work on these…

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Negotiations proceed over arts building; Town Council and SCCA to meet over proposal

August 29, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council plans to begin negotiations with Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) about the arts center proposal for the Gura Building, with the intent of finding a compromise amenable to both sides. The most recent proposal from the council’s Republican majority to resolve the issue led to heated arguments…

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Perfection; Tracy Ciosek-Beloin never lost as a Lady Knight ace

August 22, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tracy Beloin—or Tracy Ciosek as she’s remembered by Lady Knight fans—almost missed the 1986 championship basketball game because of a severe back problem that had plagued her all season, so nobody expected her to carry the team on her shoulders in the final minutes of the game. Rockville’s game plan…

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Teachers prepare for new school year

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The summer between the last school year and the new school year about to begin has been one with many transitions, but Southington’s teachers and administrators are planning to greet students with the same enthusiasm they have made a priority in the past. Thalberg Elementary School Principal Megan Bennett, who…

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