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Ride for Justice is coming through

September 17, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer On the last Sunday of the month, between 900 and 1,200 motorcycles are expected to drive from Bristol, through Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, Plantsville, and Cheshire, for the fourth annual Ride for Justice. This annual ride, which brings out close to 3,000 people every year, benefits the Petit Family Foundation,…

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Sliders takes home trophy at wings festival

September 16, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Sliders Grill & Bar has more than just chicken wings to share with local customers—the restaurant now has a trophy it won from the twelfth Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. Held at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York, the festival invited 32 restaurants nationwide to participate in the event. The…

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Youth’s lemonade stand raises money for hospital

September 15, 2013
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Youth’s lemonade stand raises money for hospital

By Ed Harris Editor A local youth recently raised more than $600, in only two hours, to help out the NICU at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Skylar Prinzhorn, 8, recently held her second annual Skylar’s Stand to raise money for the medical center on behalf of her younger sister Madelyn, 3. Madelyn, born three months…

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Connecticut Icon returns to the stage

September 14, 2013
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Connecticut Icon returns to the stage

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington will soon start the search for its next music star. Auditions for the next Connecticut Icon will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Derynoski Elementary School. All auditions will be in the form of A cappella. Formerly known as Southington Icon, the competition…

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Furniture fundraiser for SCCA, Gura building

September 13, 2013
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Furniture fundraiser for SCCA, Gura building

By Lisa Cappobianco Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) will hold a raffle at Pilgrim Furniture City in an effort to raise money to turn the old Gura Building into an arts center. Mary DeCroce, chairperson of SCCA, said the winners will receive $25,000 worth of furniture. The raffle will begin September 15 and…

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High school senior urges the town to consider fuel cells

September 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Jack McCarthy

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the past three years of Jack McCarthy’s high school career, the senior has passed by polluted brownfield and superfund sites during his bus route. As his eyes viewed the details of the plots of land not used as residential areas, a light bulb flashed: the town can use the…

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Team Lauryn to return to Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

September 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Team Lauryn will return to the Apple Harvest Road Race this year in memory of Lauryn Ossola, a former YMCA Stingray and Lady Knight’s swimmer at Southington High School who died tragically in car accident two years ago. Team Lauryn will participate in the 5K/5 mile Road Race at the…

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AHF officials: Do you have the best granny in town?

September 12, 2013
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Apple Harvest Festival officials want to know: Do you have the best granny in town? The annual Granny Apple contest returns and officials are looking for children’s submissions. In their own words and handwriting, children must describe why their grandmother is so special to them and explain why she should be the Granny Apple of…

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Public against Beecher Street proposal; Council tables decision until next meeting

September 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Local residents voiced their opinions Monday at a public hearing, opposing the potential sale of 49 Beecher Street, the former home of the school system’s administrative offices. Nearly a dozen residents stood up to the podium before the Southington Town Council, rejecting the sale of 49 Beecher Street for $220,000…

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Teens ensure success of churches’ backpack project

September 10, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer Two teenagers took the reins of a project that has been going on for 11 years that helps provide backpacks and school supplies to local students in need. Jack Murray, 15, of Bristol, and Megan Albert, 16 of Southington, raised funds from the parishioners at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in…

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