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Controversial Gura plan; Democrats, SCCA upset with Republican proposal

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council once again tabled their decision on the proposal by the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) group to turn the Gura Building into an arts center, after a plan presented by the Republicans led to a heated argument. For several months, the SCCA has been seeking approval from…

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If he builds it, they will come; Joe LaPorte has spent 4 decades building youth sports

August 8, 2012
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One question can change your life. Just ask Joe LaPorte. In the late 1960s, he was standing in the shadows at Memorial Park, minding his own business while his son Dan raced around the bases during a Little League tryout. The coach sidled up to LaPorte with a devilish grin. “Can you help out?” he…

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Candlelight vigil held for Aurora victims

August 8, 2012
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Candlelight vigil held for Aurora victims

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A large crowd of residents gathered for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting on the steps of the First Congregational Church. Twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured in Aurora after James Holmes opened fire on a crowded theater during a midnight screening…

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Rex Forge oil spill was contained

August 8, 2012
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Rex Forge oil spill was contained

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The devastating fire at Rex Forge and the subsequent oil spill into the nearby Quinnipiac River was contained by state and local officials by the next day. The July 31 fire started shortly before 8 a.m. T he first fire units arrived to find a heavy fire engulfing a portion…

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Questioning the Gura building

August 8, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Members of the Southington Community Cultural Arts group plan to respond in detail to questions raised by officials about their plans for the Gura Building at Monday’s Town Council meeting. A two-page analysis of the SCCA’s preliminary construction budget written by Town Council Vice-Chairman Peter Romano was unexpectedly made public…

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Town departments make the move to North Center

August 3, 2012
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Town departments make the move to North Center

Rob Glidden Staff Writer The construction work at the new North Center municipal building is still in full swing, but several town departments have completed the move into the new facility with others planning to join them within the next month. After a series of delays, the Engineering, Planning, Building and Economic Development departments became…

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Blitzing Bobby; Rob Thomson was hard to stop in high school, college, and coaching

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe, but the Blue Knights had gone almost a full decade without back-to-back winning seasons when coaches welcomed the sophomore class in 1983. That didn’t escape the notice of coaches as they surveyed  prospects during a preseason drill. Suddenly, a deafening crash echoed across the field, and…

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Legion wins the zone; Post 72 captures first title in 20 years

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A small parade of vehicles floated down the mountain road from Wolcott’s soggy field to the one at Recreation Park. First, a small band of volunteers began to ready the field. Next came the procession of players. Referees wandered onto the field like grand marshals at 9:30, and the fanfare…

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Gridiron greatness; The 1954 football team was the best of the best

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tom Kirkland centered himself over the football in 1954 like a con artist with a handful of gullible tourists. Now you see it. Now you don’t. Kirkland’s snap would disappear into a swirl of Southington players. The offensive line charged forward. The quarterback swept out to the flanks behind an…

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Open season; Bill Lee was the first to capture the state crown

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A video camera captured Bill Lee in a close-up as he walked off the championship mat at the 1999 state open, and its grainy image captured the key to the Southington grappler’s success. Lee had just dismantled his opponent in the final bout to capture his second consecutive division title.…

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