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Tom Chapin performs Alzheimer’s benefit for Southington resident on April 3

March 31, 2016
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Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin will perform a local Alzheimer’s benefit on April 3.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Sunday, April 3, three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin will perform in Southington to honor 61-year-old Mark Corcoran. Corcoran, a resident of Southington for nearly 20-years, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s four years ago. Chapin will perform at the First Congregational Church to honor Corcoran and his family, and to…

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Sister Marie Roccapriore named as Gold Medal winner

March 31, 2016
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Sister Marie Roccapriore from St. Thomas Church is this year’s recipient of the UNICO Gold Medal award.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington UNICO has announced this year’s recipient of their prestigious Gold Medal of Honor. Sister Marie Rose Roccapriore, M.P.F., of St. Thomas Catholic Church, will receive this year’s award. Announcing the award on March 19, Town Councilor and UNICO member Dawn Miceli called Sister Marie “one of Southington’s secret treasures.” For nearly…

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CyberKnights charge into the new season

March 30, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Cyber Knights Robotics team picked up right where they left off, starting the new season with a victory. The CyberKnights, (FIRST Team 195) kicked off a series of regional competitions at the New England University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, District Event earlier this month. In order to move to the playoffs…

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Southington Republican Committee elects party leaders

March 30, 2016
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Louis Martocchio was named as Republican vice chair.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Republican Town Committee (SRTC) held elections on March 22, re-electing Brian Callahan to lead the party. Callahan, who has served as Chairman of the committee for four years, said “It feels good to have a vote of confidence” from voters. The biggest change came when committee members elected Attorney Louis…

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Finance board finalizes budget

March 30, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance (BOF) held three workshops this month to determine the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. At a public hearing on March 7, the BOF opened the floor for residents to share their questions and concerns before these workshops. This year’s budget request totaled $143 million, a $4.7 million…

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Coffee and conversation with Democratic state reps

March 30, 2016
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House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D – Berlin/Southington) and State Rep. Dave Zoni (D – Southington) are inviting the public to join them for coffee at the Carousel Coffee Shop, 190 Main St. in Southington to answer questions and chat about any ideas people may have about moving our community and all of Connecticut forward. They will…

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Eversource helicopters to be surveying over Bristol, Southington

March 30, 2016
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Look up in the skies, it’s a bird, it’s Eversource. As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the power grid and increase reliability, Eversource announced in a press release it will be surveying vegetation growing near its high voltage transmission lines. The work involves using two helicopters to cover more than 800 miles of…

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Music listings, starting April 1

March 30, 2016
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FRIDAY, APRIL 1 OTHER THE MACHINE. 8 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. $45. (203) 438-5795, RidgefieldPlayhouse.org TONY BENNETT. 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $59, $39. MoheganSun.com, 1-800-745-3000. SATURDAY, APRIL 2 BRISTOL HOLDEN IT TOGETHER. A fund raiser for the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance. 6 to 10 p.m. Featuring Cajun Ray and the…

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Performance listings, starting April 1

March 30, 2016
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FRIDAY, APRIL 1 OTHER ‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.’ 8 p.m. Musical about famed recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. $38 and up. GardeArts.org, (860) 444-7373. ‘APRIL FOOLS: STORIES ABOUT GETTING DUPED.’ Part of The MOuTH at The Mark Twain House and…

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Dining listings, starting April 1

March 30, 2016
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SATURDAY, APRIL 2 BRISTOL PASTA DINNER FUND RAISER. 5 to 7 p.m. Benefit for “Charity: Water” Hosted by Team Clean Water. Raise money to construct drilled wells, spring protections, and Bio Sand filters to provide clean water to communities around the world. Pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, and coffee. Special appearance by Christine Ieronimo, author of…

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