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The final exam was a walk in the park

July 6, 2016
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Dog Obedience school-instructor Kevin Medeiros (3)

Dog Obedience school instructor Kevin Medeiros, left, demonstrates how to handle a leashed encounter during a class held at The Summit at Plantsville. Owner confidence and pet patience is clear at Medeiros’ final instalment of the most recent session. A new class will be coming up again soon. For more information, visit www.southington.org/DogObedience. Photos by…

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Dancing the summer away

July 6, 2016
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Felice Danielson and Jen Gilmore teach a free Zingalingz class to more than 100 kids during field day at Plantsville School. The local class is aimed at kids of every fitness and ability level.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you’re looking for a healthy, fun way for your kids to stay active this summer, Southington has a busy schedule of kid-friendly exercise. Felice Danielson, owner and director of Circle of Friends Music Together and Zing Fit Zumba at 447 North Main St., has opened a third business, Zingalingz. With partner…

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Young swimmers at Memorial Park pool

July 6, 2016
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Swimming Lessons-Adam Scarpa, Julian Prohaska, Matthew Collins, and Chelsea Hunt

Former Southington High School standouts Mike Smigelski and Francesca Ciniglio prepare the next generation of Blue Knight stars during swimming lessons at Memorial Park’s pool last week. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Main Street Community Foundation hosts annual scholarship reception

July 4, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Local recipients of scholarships had a chance to meet the people who offer the scholarships at the annual ccholarship reception offered by the Main Street Foundation last Wednesday. Susan Sadecki, CEO and president of the foundation, said 130 individual students received scholarships totaling $171,000 this year through the foundation. They…

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Series win in sight

July 3, 2016
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In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees look for their second straight series win as they wrap up their series with the Blue Crabs! First pitch 1:35PM! Series: The Bees took game three of the four-game set 5-1 over the Blue Crabs last night, going up two games to one in this series. The next…

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Bees return home to face Blue Crabs in doubleheader

July 1, 2016
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SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (24-40) AT NEW BRITAIN BEES (33-33) ========== In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees return home to compete the first half of the season against the Blue Crabs! First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is 6:35PM! Series: The Bees and Blue Crabs start a four-game series with a doubleheader…

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Different worlds learning to love one another

July 1, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Two different worlds come together when two young people fall in love in the stage musical “Once On This Island.” This weekend and next, these two worlds will be brought to life by Connecticut Theatre Company when it performs the musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Press materials from…

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They went from ‘Rags’ to trophies at St. Paul

June 30, 2016
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Dana Wilton, left, and Tessa Coleman, who performed in the St. Paul Catholic High School production of ‘Rags,’ pose with the trophies they received for their performances from the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR One performer is ready to keep on moving up the talent ladder at St. Paul Catholic High School. And another one is excited to be leaving on a high note as she heads out into the wide wide world. Dana Wilton, a senior, and Tessa Coleman, a sophomore, both won awards at…

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Plantsville tour focuses on positive changes, new businesses

June 29, 2016
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Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt leads a group of leaders into a business in downtown Plantsville during the annual walk-thru of the business district.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Prosperity was the focus for town officials and chamber members this week, during the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Plantsville Walk Thru. The walk, on June 22, followed last week’s business tour of downtown Southington . Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt led Town Manager Garry Brumback, Economic Development Coordinator Louis Perillo, State…

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Budget cutbacks to affect Connecticut parks after July 4th

June 29, 2016
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The effects of state budget cuts will soon be felt at Connecticut’s 109 state parks, including cutbacks in lifeguard staffing and park maintenance and the closure of three state campgrounds. The $1.8 million in reductions to park operations will take effect after the July Fourth holiday…

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