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The Tenors takes Bushnell crowd on a journey

November 20, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When Victor Micallef of The Tenors spoke to The Observer to promote the group’s upcoming Connecticut show, he explained the four man ensemble tries to take its audience on a musical journey via their performances. The purpose of the journey is to ease the stress of our every day lives.…

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Town seeks ‘Official Switch Flipper’ for holiday lights

November 19, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s Town Green will light up for the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 4, and one lucky child from Southington will flip the switch for this year’s holiday light display. The Southington Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its third annual “Official Switch Flipper” contest to select a local child to…

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Homewood Suites reads to Kelley kindergarteners

November 19, 2015
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Amanda Roberts, the director of sales for Homewood Suites, reads to a group of Kelley Elementary School kindergarteners.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Three representatives from Homewood Suites, located on West Street, spent an afternoon with Kelley Elementary School kindergarteners last week. Amanda Roberts, Lily Lacknicki, and Jessica Sample read to two kindergarten classes, taught by Rosemary Risser and Amy Lasbury, sharing the story of “Lewis the Duck.” Lewis is the mascot of Homewood Suites…

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Hatton salutes our veterans

November 19, 2015
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Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS On Wednesday, Nov. 11, students at Hatton Elementary School took time from their studies to celebrate Veteran’s Day with some hands-on history. CLICK TO ENLARGE

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‘Ye Olde Country Fair’ in Plantsville

November 19, 2015
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Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Visitors enjoy the gingerbread village at “Ye Olde Country Fair” at Plantsville Congregational Church. The 25th annual event kicks off the holiday season in town with a variety of crafts made by church members, gift baskets, a cookie walk, homemade canned and baked goods, gingerbread houses, Christmas decorations, and a silent auction.…

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Council holds first meeting since election

November 18, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The newly elected Town Council held its first meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, during which they discussed their upcoming agenda and took action on items discussed by the previous council. A public hearing was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23 regarding a change to the sewer rate. Town Manager Garry Brumback said that…

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Council re-elects Town Attorney and party leaders

November 18, 2015
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Michael A. Riccio (R) retained his seat as majority leader on the Town Council.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council was sworn in on Nov. 9 by Town Clerk Kathy Larkin, prior to holding their first meeting since the election. Before beginning the regular meeting, the council voted to elect their Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, to appoint the Town Attorney, and to designate the Minority Party Leader. In four…

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Co-founder of The Observer dies at 92

November 18, 2015
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Jennie Urillo, co-founder of the Step Saver and The Observer, died this week at 92.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Jennie (Marciniec) Urillo, a former owner of the Step Saver and Southington Observer newspapers, died on Monday, Nov. 16 at Hartford HealthCare at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington. She was 92. Urillo was a co-founder of the Step Saver, a weekly shopper, in April of 1963, along with her husband Anthony Urillo,…

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Time is running out to buy raffle ticket for Harley

November 17, 2015
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It is time for the Harley Davidson Street Glide raffle drawing at the New England Carousel Museum with one week left to purchase tickets. Stop in at The New England Carousel Museum, a nonprofit organization, and buy a ticket for the drawing to be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The public is…

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SHS marching band scores 4th place at national championship

November 17, 2015
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On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Southington High School marching band capped another championship season with a fourth place finish at the USBands National Championship. The Blue Knights competed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in a division of 14 championship bands, and Southington rallied to its best finish at the championship event. Southington earned their…

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