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Kennedy Middle School announced May students of the month

June 7, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School announced May students of the month. Front, from left, Michael Gurzenda, Dylan Sandow, Evelyn Micacci, and Victoria Sousa. Middle, Michaela Blumetti, Kayley Benson, Nicole Hatheway, and Ricky McBride. Back, Assistant Principal Susanne Vitcavage, James Olender, Elijah Rodriguez, Kiley Cristman, Jianella Zegarra, and Principal Steven Madancy.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its May students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Kiley Cristman, Ricky McBride, and Dylan Sandow. An excellent student, Kiley has an…

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St. Paul senior appointed to Air Force Academy

June 6, 2015
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Southington's Jose Silva Jr. has been accepted into the US Air Force Academy.

Recent St. Paul Catholic High School graduate Jose Silva Jr. has been accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Carolyn A.M. Benyshek, the Air Force director of admissions, announced his appointment, effective June 25. Silva, a Southington resident, was a three-sport athlete at St. Paul, contributing to the football, wrestling, and…

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Volpe earns white coat at Yale School of Medicine

June 6, 2015
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Brittany Volpe, a 2009 Graduate of Southington High School and a magna cum laude graduate from Union College in 2013 with a bachelor’s in neuroscience, attended her white coat ceremony on March 27 at the Class of 2016 Yale School of Medicine in New Haven.

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Salon owner, author, and advocate for abuse victims

June 5, 2015
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Casey Morley of Casey’s Image Consultants, has become a strong voice about domestic abuse.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As Casey Morley looked into a mirror in her cozy, purple painted salon on North Main St., she recalled how standing behind the salon chair and looking into the mirror as she spoke with clients helped her find the voice that she had lost in a lifetime of abuse. Her new-found voice…

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Bristol Blues video stream for last night’s season opener

June 5, 2015
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Miss last night’s Bristol Blues game. No need to worry. Here is a rebroadcast of last night’s action. Bristol Blues vs. Brockton, Mass. June 4

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These rockers prove age ain’t nothing but a number

June 5, 2015
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  By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters told the Irish Times back in November, “Rock and roll is a young man’s game.” He said it as more of an apology since, obviously, he’s still performing rock music into his 40s. But in its earlier days, truthfully, rock and roll was…

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Relay for Life raises over $100,000 for cancer research

June 4, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s 18th annual Relay for Life was held last weekend, raising a total of $108,963 for cancer research and awareness. The 24-hour event consisted of 54 teams fundraising before and during the event, coming together for the common cause of helping communities fight cancer. The top three teams raised nearly 30 percent…

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Southington schools welcome three new principals

June 4, 2015
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Brian Stranieri, principal of Southington High School.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Board of Education appointed three new principals last week, welcoming the new administrators to Southington High School and Strong and Hatton elementary schools. During a special meeting on May 21, the board recognized Brian Stranieri as the new principal of Southington High School. Stranieri has been serving as interim principal…

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SHS students win 3 Halos from Seven Angels Theater

June 4, 2015
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Members of the Southington High School drama department (from left) Marissa Mayo, Emily Sargent, Rachel Mouris, Jessica Dos Santos and Madison Yurgatis received awards at the 12th annual Halo Awards, hosted by the Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury. After receiving ten nominations, the SHS department won Halos in three categories - Best Choreographer, Best Performance by an Actress in a Comic Role in a Play and Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER “It felt like the Oscars for high school,” said Southington High School senior Marissa Mayo of last Tuesday evening, when the Southington High School theater department was honored at the 12th annual Halo Awards. The awards, presented by Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, invited Southington to attend what was described as a…

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Sampson opposes House budget

June 4, 2015
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HARTFORD – State Representative Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott) cast his vote against a state budget, citing increases to state spending, unfair and unnecessarily raises taxes on the middle class. Debate on the budget, which was the result of negotiations between Governor Dannel P. Malloy and majority Democrats, began around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The House Republicans…

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