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Three-plus decades on, world still has its Goo; Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry come to CT Thursday

June 8, 2014
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Three-plus decades on, world still has its Goo; Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry come to CT Thursday

  by MIKE CHAIKEN Editions editor For more than 30 years, the world has had Goo Goo Dolls’ music to sweeten up their ears. Whether it’s on record, or on the band’s endless tours to support each release, the Buffalo-originated band has been a going concern—even before they hit the general public consciousness with the…

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Local IGAs going strong despite competition from chain stores

May 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Wrtier From retail stores such as Walmart and Target to supermarket chains such as Stop and Shop to local pharmacies such as CVS, consumers can buy their groceries from a variety of places. For local, family-owned grocery stores like Gnazzo’s in Plainville and Tops Market in Southington, they can feel the…

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After personal tragedy, woman fulfills dream of being Pats’ cheerleader

May 25, 2014
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After personal tragedy, woman fulfills dream of being Pats’ cheerleader

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On the sidelines of the New England Patriots’ home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. this coming season, Bristol residents may see a familiar entertain the crowd. And her journey toward this accomplishment is an example of overcoming physical adversity. Karen Link, the former Miss Teen Bristol in 2007…

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

May 15, 2014
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After being released more than 20 years ago in 1991, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has become one of the most classic and iconic movies throughout time, due to its loving, charming, and passionate storyline. “Beauty and the Beast” focuses on the relationship between the Beast, a prince who is magically…

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Local boy has his wish granted

May 9, 2014
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Local boy has his wish granted

Nine-year-old Andrew Hedberg of Southington, walked downstairs with his eyes closed in anticipation of seeing his newly renovated room. With friends and family by his side, Andrew opened his eyes in excitement during the unveiling of a nautical themed room, equipped with a foosball table, a flat screen TV, a popcorn machine and a pool…

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ shown at Plainville library Thursday afternoon

May 7, 2014
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A film nominated for an academy award will be the next movie matinee film at the Plainville Public Library. “Savings Mr. Banks”, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, was widely acclaimed. It brings to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time, “Mary Poppins”.…

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Southington artist to be featured at Bristol gallery

May 7, 2014
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Southington artist to be featured at Bristol gallery

David LaPointe is the next artist to be featured at the ArtistTree TeaHouse & GALLERY156 (Artisan Teas and Gifts) at 156 and 160 School St.Bristol. A reception will be held Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Press materials from ArtistTree said, “David LaPointe is a Connecticut West End Bristol Artist. Born and raised in Southington,…

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Sevendust still has what it takes to win over fans

May 6, 2014
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Sevendust still has what it takes to win over fans

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The news came in last week. Sevendust’s latest album, the acoustic “Time Travelers and Bonfires,” had climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Music Charts. Additionally, the album was No. 2 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, No. 4 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, No.…

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Bristol’s In The Red to bring its sound to Sevendust fans

May 6, 2014
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When hard rockers Sevendust roll into Hartford next Tuesday, Bristol rockers In The Red will be one of the openers on the bill. We caught up with the band’s drummer, Marc Charette, via email to talk about the origins of In The Red and their sound. Observer: First of all,…

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Museum welcomes Hartford Stage creations, and carousel animals

May 1, 2014
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Museum welcomes Hartford Stage creations, and carousel animals

On Thursday night, the New England Carousel Museum hosted a reception for the opening of two new exhibits for the Riverside Avenue institution. “Stagecraft: 50 years of Design at Hartford Stage” featured several costumes from the award-winning regional theater company. The costumes are mounted on mannequins, which are integrated into the exhibits of carousel horses…

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