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Ready for the Unified season

February 17, 2016
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Andrew Gallagher passes the ball during a White Team possession during the Blue Knight Unified Sports annual scrimmage during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game on Feb. 9. The Southington High School co-ed team is ready to start their winter season, and fans were treated to an early look. Photos by BRIAN JENNINGS Click…

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Lombardi volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

February 17, 2016
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Tom Lombardi celebrates the completion of a house during his last trip to Nicaragua with the home’s future owner, Douglas.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Next month, Town Councilor Tom Lombardi will board a plane bound for Nicaragua. Working with a team from Habitat for Humanity, Lombardi and two other 2004 graduates of Southington High School, Matt Lopes and Bill Ryan, will be traveling to the town of Masachapa. When they arrive, they will spend seven days…

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Local ballerinas are poised to take dance exam in NYC

February 17, 2016
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Dancers at Dance Incorporated practice for their upcoming exam in New York City.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER At Dance Incorporated in Plainville, 13 young ballerinas stand at the barre pointing their toes in perfect unison. They introduce themselves with a graceful curtsey, confidently answer questions on ballet theory, and stand impressively straight as instructor Dorothy Zerio adjusts their posture and positions. On Feb. 15, the eight dancers from Southington,…

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United Way seeks Southington Heroes

February 17, 2016
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United Way (Web)

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The United Way of Southington is looking for local heroes to honor during their annual meeting. When the group meets at the Aqua Turf on Thursday, March 17, three “Southington Heroes” will be honored for their dedicated volunteering. The organization is still seeking nominations for local residents that fulfill the group’s motto: “Southington…

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SHS students honored at CT Scholastics Art Awards

February 15, 2016
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CT Scholastic Art Awards

Students from the Southington High School art program captured a pair of honorable mentions awards during the recent Connecticut Scholastics Art Awards program. Giavonna Paulus earned honorable mention for her mixed media entry, “Gouache Bat.” Allie Rinaldi earned honorable mention for her drawing and illustration entry, “Self Portrait.” The pair were awarded their certificates at a…

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Making music together at Circle of Friends

February 11, 2016
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Weston Masthay dances in the middle of the group during the Music Together workshop at Circle of Friends on North Main Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Early on a Tuesday morning, more than a dozen little ones sat in a circle as show tunes blared from a stereo. For the next 45-minutes, Felice Danielson, joined by nine mothers, one father, and two grandmothers, led the children in a Music Together workshop. At Circle of Friends on North Main…

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Mmm…Chocolate: Legion Auxiliary celebrates 13 years of Valentine’s Day treats for the troops

February 11, 2016
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The American Legion hosted its 13th annual Valentine's Day Chocolate Festival, an all volunteer based bake sale to support the troops.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The American Legion was filled with pink and red décor this Saturday afternoon, and a whole lot of chocolate. The American Legion Auxiliary hosted its 13th annual Chocolate Fest just in time for Valentine’s Day, offering candy, baked goods, and dozens of gift baskets. Four tables were filled with red velvet cheesecakes,…

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Local legislators react to the State of the State address

February 10, 2016
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State of Connecticut

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D), delivered his State of the State address to the Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 3, where he revealed his five-principle plan for strengthening the state economy. Malloy outlined a step-by-step process for creating a sustainable and enduring budget in the post-Great Recession economic environment. “We live in…

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Inventive solutions from our Neighborhood kids

February 10, 2016
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Invention Convention-Alex DelVecchia (8th grade)

Eighth grader Alex DelVecchia discusses his fire fighting solution, similar to the snow-throwing equipment at Mount Southington ski area. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, local inventors flocked to Kennedy Middle School for the 2016 Southington Invention Convention. A similar event was held at DePaolo Middle School. Winners will advance to the state fair at UConn. Photos…

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Drivers needed to transport cancer patients

February 9, 2016
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The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is currently looking for volunteer drivers throughout all Connecticut communities to transport cancer patients to and from their lifesaving treatments. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with rides to their treatment appointments, however patients across Connecticut are now at risk of missing appointments due to…

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