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A peek into horror’s past in Bristol

October 18, 2013
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A peek into horror’s past in Bristol

by SARAH JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT Drive up toward Chippens Hill around Halloween and it becomes apparent that there’s something special happening on Battle Street. The Witch’s DungeonClassicMovieMuseum, run by Bristol native Cortlandt Hull, has been scaring and delighting people from all over the country since 1966. “People make this a Halloween destination,” Hull said. “I got…

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Harvest the Arts dominates second weekend

October 18, 2013
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Harvest the Arts dominates second weekend

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Harvest the Arts took over the last weekend of the 2013 Apple Harvest Festival, adding new features to the event, along with the traditional attractions. A 3D chalk artist brought his work to life on the grounds of Center Street Saturday, painting a shark that jumped out of the water…

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Feral cats still an issue at Spring Lake

October 18, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For local resident Pat Angle of Spring Lake Village Condominiums, close encounters with feral cats has become a recurring theme where she lives. From the time she moved into her unit in the 1980s, Angle said the felines have roamed around her condo, looking for shelter. “I have been here…

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Looking for a new home; Bread for Life looks to relocate its proposal

October 17, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After accepting an offer from Southington school officials, Bread for Life has asked the Planning and Zoning Commission for a 60-day continuance for its application to build a new facility across from Derynoski Elementary School, according to a press release. Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski announced during last week’s…

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Activate Southington receives continuation grant

October 14, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Activate Southington has received a $10,000 continuation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue to pioneer an active lifestyle in town. “It was pretty competitive,” John Myers, a founder of Activate Southington and the executive director of the Southington YMCA said about the grant process. “It’s a great validation.”…

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Southington police officers honored for their work

October 13, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Police Department celebrated the heroes within its ranks recently, with a special awards ceremony held at the high school. The ceremony recognizes Southin-gton’s police officers and the hard work and dedication to their job and the community. The department originally had such a program-implemented by former Chief Phil D’Agostino…

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LaPorte to step down from parks board

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving on the Board of Park Commissioners for more than 30 years, Joe LaPorte has decided to step down. LaPorte served on the board from 1979 to 1984 before taking a five-year hiatus, and became the chairman from 2000 to 2009. He also served on the Town Council for…

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Mammograms can save lives; October is breast cancer awareness month

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For local resident Jean Rose, September 11, 2001 marked a day of disaster: her nephew worked at the Pentagon, so she felt concerned for his safety. Along with that, Rose discovered a startling revelation: she had breast cancer. “I was shattered,” Rose said. “You feel like your life is over.”…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

October 11, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

By John Goralski Sports Writer Corinne Griffin clenched her son Collin’s hand at the front door of the YMCA and watched a crowd of wet volunteers shuffling through the entrance hall with arm loads of equipment from the Apple Harvest Road Race. Her son had pre-registered for the Little Fritter Fun Runs, but they had…

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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

October 11, 2013
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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town employees and members of the Board of Education, along with UConn Professor Thomas Worthley, put on their boots and hard hats to take part in a timber harvest at Crescent Lake last week. Prof. Worthley from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources cut down at least five ash…

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