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Foundation announces grants

July 28, 2015
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Viewing a musical or theatrical performance. Shopping at a food pantry. Attending educational or exercise classes. Those are a few ways that the recent grants awarded by Main Street Community Foundation will inspire, affect and touch the residents living and working in towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. A total of 29…

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Chamber appoints new Executive Director

July 28, 2015
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Elizabeth Francis is the new Executive Director for the Southington Chamber of Commerce. She is expected to begin on Monday, Aug. 31.

On Tuesday, July 28, the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Elizabeth Francis as the organization’s new Executive Director. The 47-year-old Southington resident brings a wealth of experience in event planning, media relations, sales, and promotions. “The Chamber Search Committee received over 70 resumes from across the country for the new Executive…

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Aylward graduates from Kingswood Oxford

July 26, 2015
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WEST HARTFORD – Bryant Aylward of Southington was among the 91 members of the Class of 2015 to graduated from Kingswood Oxford on Sunday, May 22 in the school’s first outdoor Commencement since 2011. “The senior class has waited patiently for four years to have its graduation outside on the Senior Green,” said Head of…

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Locals honored at Mooreland Hills

July 25, 2015
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On Tuesday, June 9, Southington students Lydia Gabacini and Sarah Tomasco were both honored for their academic accomplishments during the Mooreland Hill School’s 84th commencement ceremony on in Berlin. Both were graduates at the event. Gambacini earned the school’s highest grade average in Latin, French, and English, and will attend Miss Porter’s School in Farmington…

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Staggered start; Bill Rodgers returns to the 2015 Apple Harvest Road Race

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 36th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival Road Race is set to kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4, but there are some changes to this year’s event. In previous years, the 5-mile road race and the 5K road race started at the same time. This year, however, the races will stagger…

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SEF announces annual gala on Sept. 25

July 24, 2015
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The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) is hosting its 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala this fall. The gala will be held at the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests are encouraged to dress in jerseys and sports gear to show off their favorite team in honor of the…

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YMCA inducts 4 more members into the Camp Sloper Hall of Fame

July 24, 2015
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From left, Mike Miller, Jason Arnauckas, Christine Matteo and Garrett Swiatek were inducted into the YMCA Camp Sloper Hall of Fame by Camp Director Mark Pooler during the Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Picnic held at the camp on July 15.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper inducted its 10th generation of volunteers and staff into their Hall of Fame last week. Started in 2005, the tradition honors “those who have come before us and laid the foundation to what YMCA Camp Sloper is today,” said Camp Director Mark Pooler. This year, the camp honored four…

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Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three artists. Three fabulous performances. That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10. The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten. As…

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Idina Menzel gives her fans a fabulous show

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the fans of Idina Menzel, the Broadway diva could walk out and sing a bunch of sea shanties and they’d be happy that they shared the same air as their heroine. Menzel’s fans are a devoted lot if the Facebook posts I saw the night of, and the morning…

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Westbound bridge on I-84 to be renamed to honor Lt. Shanley

July 23, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A bridge at westbound exit 32 Queen Street on I-84 will be named in honor of Lieutenant Michael J. Shanley, who served the Southington Police Department for 29-years. Legislation for the dedication was introduced by Rep. David Zoni (D-Conn.) in February, and was passed by the General Assembly during special session last…

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