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Secondo’s second look: A look back at the 12-year Chamber leader

July 10, 2015
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Secondo gives a speech during a recent town event. The Chamber president and CEO has been a fixture for the past 12 years, but he’s stepping down at the end of this month.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The “Suddington” sign hangs like a good-natured joke on the conference room wall at the Chamber of Commerce. His love for the town was embraced and ridiculed during a recent chamber Roast of their outgoing president and CEO. For more than a decade, Art Secondo has been the face of Southington’s growing…

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Local reps still split over state budget along party lines

July 9, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s representatives were divided on party lines when voting to approve the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which began July 1. With republicans largely opposing the $40 billion proposal, State Representative Rob Sampson (R- Conn.) and Senator Joe Markley (R-Conn.) voted against Governor Dannel Malloy’s (D-Conn.) budget, citing increased taxes and…

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Southington Care Center celebrates 25 years of service

July 9, 2015
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Long tenured employees of Southington Care Center were honored for a quarter century of service at the facility’s recent 25-year celebration.

Officials representing Southington Care Center (SCC) recently credited its 25 years of success to the overarching guiding principle: to care for residents and patients with respect and dignity within a culture of family. This philosophy was at the crux of the 25th anniversary celebration held June 12 at the community, located at 45 Meriden Ave.…

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Music on the Green is postponed to Thursday

July 8, 2015
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Tonight’s Music on the Green concert, featuring the Diamond Collection and sponsored by Richard Chevrolet, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The Diamond Collection is now scheduled to perform on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

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Early Bird registration for Sept. 25 SEF gala

July 7, 2015
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The Southington Education Foundation’s (SEF) 7th Annual Fan of the Foundation Gala will be held on Friday, Sept. 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. This year the SEF is offering Early Bird Registration for their major fundraiser. Through Tuesday, Sept. 1, ticket prices will be reduced from $75…

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Panke and Jacob earn church scholarship

July 6, 2015
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The 2015 Mary Our Queen Our Lady’s Guild Catholic High School Scholarships were to Swathi Jacob and Charles Panke at the organization’s May meeting held at Mary Our Queen Hall. Swathi will be attending Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and Charles will be attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. From left, Charles Panke,…

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Observations: A life taken raises questions about mental health

July 5, 2015
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by LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER A recent week in June was a mournful one in my hometown of Waterbury, as friends, family, and colleagues said goodbye to acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett. On Thursday, June 10, Corbett took his own life at the age of 40. A veteran of the police department for 18…

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Scholarship established in honor of late Bristol Hospital executive

July 3, 2015
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The Eva Wickwire Volunteer Scholarship Fund has been established. It will award an annual scholarship to a student pursuing a career in the health care field. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or current college students from Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, who have a strong record of volunteer service at a…

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SHS grad mends a girls’ heart in Nashville

July 3, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Mark Stankewicz, M.D., was asked to perform a procedure to repair a whole in the heart of 21-year-old Cesia Toledo from Honduras, he knew it was something he had to do. Stankewicz, a Southington native, is one of few cardiologists in the nation who can perform the procedure that repairs a…

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There’s no place like home: A.T. thru-hiker detours through Southington for a short break

July 3, 2015
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Southington hiker Erica Hayden takes a selfie at the halfway point of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Hayden stopped in town last week during her trek through Connecticut.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Saturday afternoon, Erica Hayden lounged on the floral couch in the living room of her family’s Knollwood Road home, surrounded by her grandparents, her mother, her sisters, and her nephew. For Hayden, 27, the weekend was a welcomed rest and a very different environment than the one she has called home…

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