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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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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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West crowned Miss Teen USA

August 3, 2012
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West crowned Miss Teen USA

Connecticut, and Southington in particular, can now lay claim to another national celebrity. On Saturday night, at a competition held in the Bahamas, Logan West of Southington was crowned the 2012 Miss Teen USA. The national pageant is described in press materials as “a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, (which) is a…

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Where the ebony, ivory, oils, and canvas meet

January 3, 2012
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s the art of music. And there’s the artistry of painting. Typically, if the two meet, it’s a case of inspiration. For example, a piece of art may inspire a piece of music. Think Mussorgsky’s classical composition, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” which was inspired by the work of the 19th…

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