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Taking a look back at the top stories from 2013

December 30, 2013
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By Combined Staff As we wind down 2013, we think back on some of the top stories from the previous year. An era ended in Southington with the passing of former town manager John Weichsel. The Smoron controversy seems as if it has reached its end. Republicans remained in control of the town following November’s…

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Rotary continues the fight to eradicate polio

December 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 1979, Rotary clubs banded together to help immunize millions of children with polio in the Philippines. By 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector advocacy of a public health initiative, according to the organization’s website. Just three years later, Rotary raised $247 million for…

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Study shows trends in children and families in the immediate area

December 28, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A recent “State of the Community” study shows emerging trends of children and families in Greater New Britain, providing insight for local communities, service providers and grantmakers. The study, funded by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and facilitated by Connecticut Voices for Children, reveals challenges that local communities,…

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You look good for 50; This winter Mt. Southington Ski Area celebrates half a century of local skiing

December 27, 2013
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You look good for 50; This winter Mt. Southington Ski Area  celebrates half a century of local skiing

By John Goralski Sports Writer On the first day of December, Mt. Southington ski area was able to do a soft opening for one day because of a sudden winter chill. As temperatures continued to fall, they were able to start up the lifts the following weekend and snows continue to pile up. With two…

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Police investigating fatal one car accident on Meriden Avenue

December 27, 2013
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The Southington Police Department is investigating a fatal one car accident that occurred on Meriden Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 26. According to police, William A. Mazo, 19, of 61 Maryland Drive, Middlefield, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche on Meriden Avenue, near the intersection of Beechwood Drive. The vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines,…

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Double overtime victory; Lady Knights hoopsters are off to a 3-0 start

December 27, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer These days, Coach Mike Forgione believes in karma. If he didn’t believe before Thursday’s game, he certainly does now. What else could explain it? The head coach is also an assistant coach for the football team, but he had to make a decision between teams when his winter sports contest…

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The sharing of services; School board and town to work together

December 27, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education recently announced plans to partner with the town in the sharing of services, including technology, human resources and finance as well as purchasing. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi said the planning phase about sharing services started in…

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Offensive surge; Ice Hockey opens with a shutout

December 27, 2013
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Offensive surge; Ice Hockey opens with a shutout

By John Goralski Sports Writer The season was barely started, and the Warrior-Knights had already found the net. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Hall-Southington hockey team swarmed the Rocky Hill-RHAM-Middletown (R-M-M) net during their first shift, and it took just 45 seconds to tally their first goal. Coach Brian Cannon didn’t know what to expect…

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Andre Dubus III is the Southington Reads author

December 27, 2013
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Andre Dubus III is the Southington Reads author

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When award-winning writer Andre Dubus III became the 2014 Southington Reads Author for the library, he said that he felt honored. As an author of six books, all published in more than 25 different languages, Dubus never takes pride in rewriting everything he composes, feeling like his work is never…

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Southington Observer

December 24, 2013
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Southington Observer

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