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St. Paul to present musical, ‘Rags;’ ticket sales begin March 29

March 22, 2016
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This year St. Paul Performing Arts presents a chance to see the 1986 Broadway musical, “Rags.” Set in 1910, “Rags” follows the story of Rebecca, a young Russian immigrant mother, arriving in America with her son, David, and forced to work in a sweatshop to survive while she endeavors to find her husband. The joy…

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Tilcon proposal adds open space to Crescent Lake

March 18, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Tilcon Connecticut is seeking approval from state lawmakers to lease city-owned watershed land for gravel mining over 40 years—a proposal that would give additional acres of open space land to Plainville, New Britain, and Southington. In late February, Tilcon presented the details about the proposal during a pair of public forums. Tilcon,…

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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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Key Club’s Kiddie Carnival

March 17, 2016
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Children compete in a “Hungry Hippos” game at the Kiddie Carnival on Saturday, March 12. The event was sponsored by the Southington High School Key Club and proceeds benefit the SCS food pantry. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Ladies Night Out

March 17, 2016
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Cheryl Falco and Shannon Dubey shop for purses at The Posh Pear.

Scores of Southington women showed up at the Aqua Turf for the annual Ladies Night event on March 8. The event featured a salsa dancing performance by Platinum Salsa and an auction for everything from personal training sessions and golf lessons to make-overs, and landscaping services. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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It’s the house that social media built

March 17, 2016
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Mike Riccio wanted fresh ideas when he bought this fixer-upper, so he turned to social media. (Photo by Dawn Miceli)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you have ever found yourself shouting suggestions to homeowners while watching HGTV, wishing you could give your opinion on their home repair decisions, The House That Social Media Built is the project for you. Last month, Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio launched the project, an interactive social media account that gives…

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SHS students recognized at state DECA conference

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington High School students swept the board at this year’s state DECA conference, held at the Aqua Turf on March 1. Over 1,000 student leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Southington to compete in categories ranging from finance and hospitality to marketing and management. The DECA program, said SHS co-advisor Teresa Brooks, teaches…

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DEEP accepts permit for waste facility at the former landfill

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) gave notice on Tuesday that a tentative determination has been reached for the permit to construct and operate the waste facility at 49 DePaolo Dr., at the site of the former Southington landfill, for the purpose of composting and energy conversion. The facility will…

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Town officials rally for a bill to save AHF, Italian Fest, and Music on the Green

March 16, 2016
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  By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR It’s been a few months since worried whispers began to infiltrate local discussions. Could our downtown festivals be in trouble? The current state building code prohibits temporary structures being placed within 15 feet of any overhead wiring, and that could threaten three downtown activities from Music on the Green to the Apple…

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Music listings, starting March 18

March 15, 2016
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FRIDAY, MARCH 18 BRISTOL SPIRIT SHAKER. Bleachers, 300 Middle St., Bristol. SATURDAY, MARCH 19 BRISTOL THE CHAPARRALS. 7 to 11 p.m. A blend of country and country rock from the 1950s and 1960s. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Snacks and setups available for sale. $12 per person. (860) 585-5411. info@thecarouselmuseum.org. Reservations suggested.…

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