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Middle Schools celebrate grand openings

September 18, 2015
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Middle School Building Committee Chair Edward Pocock Jr. addresses the crowds at the Kennedy Middle School grand opening on Sept. 13.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Educators, administrators, town leaders, and state legislatures joined together this weekend to celebrate the grand openings of the newly renovated John F. Kennedy and Joseph A. DePaolo middle schools. Members of the community were welcomed to the schools for celebratory speeches and tours of the updated facilities. After years of planning and…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Jim Champagne has been the face of the festival for years

September 18, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Miss America through Miss Connecticut’s eyes

September 18, 2015
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Author David Pietrusza will join the discussion about his book in April.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With two nights of preliminary competitions for Miss America under her belt, and one more night looming, Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward looked well-rested and perky. And that was one of the things that surprised the Watertown, Conn. resident, who received the state crown in June. (The…

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Secondo named as Grand Marshal of the Apple Harvest parade

September 17, 2015
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Art Secondo will be the grand marshal for the 2015 Apple Harvest parade.

  By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Apple Harvest Festival Supervisory Committee has announced that former long-time CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Art Secondo will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall for the Apple Harvest Festival parade. Christopher Palmieri, Town Councilor and Co-Chairman of the festival’s Supervisory Committee, said Secondo was selected by a unanimous vote.…

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Plantsville Congregational celebrates 150 years

September 17, 2015
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Betty Bryant, a member of Plantsville Congregational Church for 20 years, reviews some historical artifacts during the 150th anniversary kick-off events on Sunday, Sept. 13.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Last Sunday, the Plantsville Congregational Church kicked off several months of celebrations in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. In this week’s service, pastor Paul Goodman recognized 35 members who have been attending Plantsville Congregational Church for at least 50 years. Some, including Doris Hanser, Richard Smith, and Beverly Wight, have been…

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Board rules a violation of code of ethics with solar project

September 17, 2015
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Southington Democratic Town Committee Chair Edward Rosenblatt cross examines Town Councilor Tom Lombardi during the ethics hearing on Sept. 9.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In a 3-1 decision, the Board of Ethics decided Tuesday that “there was a breach of the Southington Code of Ethics” involving Town Councilor Tom Lombardi (R.) The majority opinion, issued by members of the board Craig Simms (D), Philip Pomposi (D), and James Sinclair (R) concluded that Lombardi presented a conflict…

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Hockey edged by Windsor

September 17, 2015
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Kelsey Snodgrass drives the ball past a Windsor defender during a 2-1 loss on opening day.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington (1-0) hung around with Windsor for most of the game on Friday afternoon, September 11, but just came up short in the end, as the Lady Knights lost their season opener at home to Windsor (1-0), 2-1. Although it was a lost, Southington coach Erin Luddy still thought her girls…

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Chamber welcomes new director

September 16, 2015
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On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Southington Chamber of Commerce introduced their new Executive Director Liz Francis at a “meet and greet” breakfast at the Manor Inn in Milldale. “I am beyond excited and truly grateful for this opportunity to work with local businesses, town officials, civic groups, media, and residents to support and promote Southington,”…

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Seminar to address knee, hip pain

September 16, 2015
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Suffer from knee or hip pain? There will be a free educational seminar to learn more about what you can do to find relief from your pain. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Robert Belniak and Dr. Robert Carangelo will present a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford…

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Dining listings for Sept. 18

September 16, 2015
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 SOUTHINGTON PASTA DINNER FUND RAISER IN MEMORY OF OLIVIA FUSCO. Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. DJ Dan, 8 to 11 p.m. 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will be used to establish scholarship award in Olivia Fusco’s name. Also, a memorial bench will be bought on the Southington Rails to Trails. Southington Elks Lodge, Main…

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