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SHS will induct 3 onto the Wall of Honor on Dec. 7

November 25, 2015
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Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT 06489

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Three honorees will be added to Southington High School’s Wall of Honor in a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 7. This year, the school will recognize SHS graduates Mike Graziano, Dale Zarrella, and Sgt. Mjr. Phillip Albert. Board of Education member Bob Brown, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said he began the Wall…

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Southington midshipman promotes Naval Academy

November 25, 2015
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Midshipman Andrew Sikora helps a group of Southington High School students through the application process for the United States Naval Academy.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Midshipman Andrew Sikora is spending his Thanksgiving break visiting his hometown and encouraging high school students across the state to consider the United States Naval Academy. A life-long Southington resident, Sikora is in his third-class year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he describes himself as a full-time student, an…

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Local girl holds toy driver for CCMC on Nov. 28

November 24, 2015
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CT Childrens Medical Center

A Southington High School ninth-grader will dedicate another holiday season to helping those in need. Reilley Walden, 13, will be hosting her sixth annual toy drive for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Walden began the tradition at age 7, after being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Idiopathic Arthritis. For six-years she has been fulfilling her goal…

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YMCA raises over $70K at ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ fundraiser

November 24, 2015
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Visitors to the annual “Forever in Blue Jeans” fundraiser peruse the hundreds of auction items scattered around the room at the Aqua Turf.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 600 pairs of blue jeans filled the Aqua Turf on Friday evening, as guests gathered for the 13th Annual Forever in Blue Jeans charity event. Hosted by the Southington Community YMCA, the event raised more than $70,000. All funds will be donated back to the community through the YMCA Annual…

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Votes are in: The Groggy Frogg serves the best wings in town

November 24, 2015
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Employees and volunteers from The Groggy Frogg dole out helpings of their award-winning chicken wings on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the 10th annual Wing Fest at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The Groggy Frogg, winners from 2010 to 2013, regained its crown in 2015 with the title of Best Overall Wings. The restaurant also claimed Hottest Wings at the annual contest. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Groggy Frogg can now proudly display their hard-earned “Best Wings” banner. After sampling a variety of new flavors created especially for the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Wing Fest, the Center Street restaurant took home the titles of “Best Overall” and “Hottest.” The charity contest, held on Tuesday, Nov.…

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UConn to offer scholarships to community college transfers

November 24, 2015
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ The University of Connecticut plans to offer scholarships to help community college students who transfer to the flagship university complete their bachelor’s degree. UConn announced Monday that it will begin awarding qualified community college transfers $8,000 over two years beginning next fall. The President to President Scholarship Program will be open…

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Connecticut governor wants guns denied to terror watch list

November 24, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has called on top congressional leaders to pass legislation that would prohibit the sale of firearms and explosives to anyone suspected by the federal government of being a terrorist. In a letter dated Sunday, the Democrat urged Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority…

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Southington Catholic announces first quarter honor roll

November 24, 2015
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Southington Catholic School
133 Bristol St, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 628-2485

Southington Catholic School announced the honor roll for the first quarter. The following students earned high honors: Lauren Bush, Connor Keegan, Valerie Sprague, Haley Weiner, Kira Hanner, David Jerman, Adriana Shea, Andrew Cawley, Justin Hassler, and Emma Kief. To qualify for high honors, students must have earned an “A” in every subject. The following students…

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Half century later, Hot Tuna’s Casady still hot for his vocation

November 22, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fifty years for one career is a long time for any vocation. And to keep plugging along in that career into your seventh decade of life is also an incredible feat. But Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have been cooking along as musicians since the 1950s when they started off…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for November

November 21, 2015
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DePaolo Middle School announced their students of the month for November. Front, from left, Sophie Wojcicki, Glen Somers, Daniel Semmel, Giovanni Donato, Abby Darling, Ami Kaur, and Kaitlin Siedel. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Rachel Martins, Adam Goralski, Jacob Gius, Natalie Millerick, Chase Swain, and Principal Frank Pepe.

Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School recently announced the names of its November students of the month. In sixth grade Daniel Semmel, Kaitlin Siedel, and Abby Darling were selected by their teams. Daniel is the son of Martin and Jennifer Semmel and received an arts and music award in elementary school. He is part of the…

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