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Area establishments back Small Business Saturday

November 23, 2012
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer Area businesses are hoping that Small Business Saturday, a concept designed as a counterweight to the more famous Black Friday, will continue to catch on and bring in customers during Thanksgiving weekend. The idea was devised by American Express in 2010 and the company has gone to great lengths to…

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Library to a host special event for Banned Book week

September 28, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southing Library will celebrate Banned Book Week with a public reading of passages from several books that have been banned or challenged during a special program next week. “We’re bringing attention to the fact that everyone’s favorite book has likely been banned somewhere,” said Library Director Sue Smayda. Every year…

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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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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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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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Southington Sikh temple holds vigil

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s Sikh temple, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, hosted a candlelight vigil in the wake of a violent shooting at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The tight-knit Sikh community in Connecticut, along with others across the nation, has been deeply disturbed and shaken by the incident on Sunday, August 5,…

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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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