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Fashion, fitness combine to help the kids

August 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fashion was the draw. But helping kids was the inspiration. Local fitness icon, Lori-Ann Marchese of Body Construct LLC in New Britain, was tapped as a brand ambassador for Athleta—the fitness wear retailer. And Marchese said Athleta wanted to throw a celebration party for her at its store in the…

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Bergland, Chapman awarded SEF STEM scholarships

August 1, 2015
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Erik Bergland, left, and Madison Chapman were presented with the first SEF STEM scholarships.

Erik Bergland and Madison Chapman have been named recipients of the Southington Education Foundation’s inaugural scholarships, providing $1,000 to each awardee. Bergland was awarded the SEF STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Scholarship. He plans on studying applied mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. In an essay, he relates that his greatest wish is…

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Solar panel construction delayed by the court

July 31, 2015
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Solar panel construction delayed by the court

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER An injunction was issued on Friday, July 24 to prevent Greenskies, LLC, of Middletown, from beginning work on a 2.1-acre solar panel installation on Hatton Meadow. Last month, members of the community surrounding Hatton Meadow formed the Save Hatton Meadow Coalition (SHMC) in an attempt to halt the installation until the town…

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Three days of Italian entertainment on Center Street: Italian Fest celebrates food, music, and culture

July 30, 2015
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The 11th annual Italian-American Festival featured a procession of the Madonna Della Strada statue through downtown streets on Sunday July 26. The statue was carried by members of the festival committee following an outdoor Italian mass.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The 11th annual Italian-American Festival brought three days of Italian cuisine, culture, and tradition to downtown Southington last weekend. More than 30 vendors lined Center Street, Friday through Sunday, filling the festival with the scents of eggplant parmesan, paninis, and meatball sliders. A consistent supply of sausage grinders flowed from the UNICO…

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In the director’s chair: Former Avon AD takes the helm for the Knights

July 30, 2015
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Greg Ferry, the former Athletic Director in Avon and a long time counselor at Cheshire High School, has been named as Southington’s new athletic director.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Greg Ferry paced back and forth in front of the phone, waiting for the call, and thinking about the interview and the possibilities that lay before him. “I think I wore out a good, 30-foot path in my house,” he said with a chuckle. “I was trying not to think about…

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Race4Chase event at Sloper: Youth triathlon honors Sandy Hook victim

July 30, 2015
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Southington triathletes, above, have been training all summer for the Race 4 Chase triathlon this Saturday at YMCA Camp Sloper. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper will host a youth triathlon this Saturday, sponsored by the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation and the Race4Chase Kids’ Triathlon Program. Open to children ages 6 to 12 years old, the Race4Chase program began in memory of Chase Kowalski, who was a victim the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting…

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Officials discuss plans for Plantsville Renaissance

July 30, 2015
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Town Attorney and Deputy Town Manager Mark Sciota discusses the downtown renaissance during the annual Plantsville walk-through.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Gathered in the gazebo at Clocktower Square on Thursday morning, town officials, chamber members, and business owners met to join Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo on the sixth annual Plantsville Walk Thru. “We do this to continue our initiative with Plantsville like we did with Southington,” said Secondo, who hosted Southington’s…

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Local organizations receive surprise grants

July 30, 2015
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Four Southington organizations received surprise grants by the Main Street Community Foundation on behalf of the Bristol Savings Bank Fund. From left, representatives from the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center, Bread for Life, United Way of Southington, and the Arc of Southington accepted the $1,000 grants at Southington Town Hall earlier today.

What would you do if you were surprised with a $1,000 grant? How would you impact your community and change the lives of your neighbors? The Arc of Southington, Bread for Life, the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, and the United Way of Southington now have to answer that question. Earlier today,…

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Lincoln College of NE announces Dental Hygiene program

July 30, 2015
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Lincoln College of New England

Lincoln College of New England, formerly Briarwood College, is now accepting students for the fall semester in their brand new bachelor of science program for dental hygiene. Registration is underway at the admissions office at 2279 Mount Vernon Rd. in Southington. For more information, contact the director of admissions, Tim D’Aquila, at (860) 628-4751, ext.…

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Wheeler launches program to address eating disorders, addictions

July 29, 2015
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Wheeler Clinic has launched a new program to provide in-home and outpatient behavioral health therapy for Anthem-enrolled children, adolescents, and young adults at risk of or diagnosed with eating disorders or addictions. Wheeler’s In-Home Behavioral Health Services – Eating Disorder Program provides a local, in-home alternative to residential eating disorder treatment centers. The program centers…

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