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Daniela’s headed to Disney

April 6, 2016
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Daniela Ciriello, center, poses with her parents Dan and Nicole after having her wish granted by the Connecticut Make-a-Wish foundation. On April 12, the Ciriello family, including Daniela’s two older siblings, will travel to Orlando for a six-day vacation at the Disney theme parks, along with trips to Universal Studios and Sea World. Photo by…

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St. Thomas Passion Play is still going strong after 38 years: Curtain opens on March 20 for Holy Week shows

March 17, 2016
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The St. Thomas Church Passion Play is getting ready to open for Holy Week shows. The annual event is entering its 38th year of production.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT It was 38 years ago that a small group of parishioners at St. Thomas Church started the tradition of the St. Thomas Church Passion Play, a prayerful presentation from their Christian community which tells the story of Jesus’ life, specifically in his last days. The cast of Passion Play uses acting and…

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Bench dedication and friendship award honors memory of Kennedy student

January 27, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR John Fusco pulled back the sheet to reveal the bench, and he laid the Olivia Fusco Friendship Award upon it as the bench’s first occupant. On Friday, Jan. 22, dozens gathered near the main entrance of John F. Kennedy Middle School to witness the unveiling of a memorial bench that was donated…

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St. Paul planning open house; placement exam Jan. 16

December 30, 2015
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St. Paul Catholic High School will host an open house next month. The scheduled date is Saturday, Jan. 9 with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. A tour of the Bristol building, meeting the faculty, and visiting the family are all part of St. Paul’s open houses and are open to all prospective students and…

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Kennedy Middle School announced October students of the month

November 9, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School announced their October students of the month. Front, from left, Josh Budnik, Amber Kohl, Matthew Luponio, Ernest Arroyo, Maya Ciaffaglione, and Mackenzie Ligon. Back, Asst. Principal Susanne Vitcavage, Matthew Morgan, Tucker Raymond, Julia Wakefield, David Sullivan, Jacob Vecchio, and Principal Rick Terino.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its October students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Amber Kohl, Mackenzie Ligon, and Matthew Morgan. Amber is an extremely conscientious and…

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Nicole Baker returns from research project in South Africa

February 15, 2015
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WORCESTER, Mass.—Nicole Baker of Southington, a junior majoring in biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in South Africa. The project was titled WaSH-UP Sustainable Livelihoods and Business Operations. At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to…

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Jewish congregation announces Jan. 30 services

January 27, 2015
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Friday night religious services at Southington’s Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation (Reform) are scheduled for Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Chapel of the First Congregational Church, 37 Main Street. Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker will lead the services and will speak on a contemporary issue using the weekly Torah portion, B’shalach (Exodus 13:17 –…

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Comm SVMFL tackles breast cancer

December 14, 2014
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Comm SVMFL tackles breast cancer

The Southington Valley Midget Football League ran a fall campaign to raise money to help fund breast cancer research and raise awareness. As a result, the league donated $294 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of CT

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Are you ready to take the Plunge?

December 12, 2014
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Members of the Board of Education take the plunge at last year's event. Garry Brumback, inset, emerges from the icy water.

There are already several teams returning to take the plunge, but the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA is still looking for volunteers for the 10th annual YMCA Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 17. The event already includes teams from across the community with groups representing the YMCA, the Southington Police Department, the Southington Fire Department, the Southington Board…

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Habek, Holland engagement

December 3, 2014
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Dr. and Mrs. Helmy Habek of Southington are honored to announce the engagement of their daughter Nicole Habek of Southington to Brian Holland of Corning, N.Y., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Holland. Nicole graduated from Southington High School. She also graduated from Northeastern University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and she graduated with…

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