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“Music of the Knight” competition to be held Oct. 24

October 9, 2015
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The annual "Music of the Knight" band competition is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18. Blue Knight band members, above, gather at last year's celebration.

On Saturday, Oct.24, the Southington High School Blue Knights Marching Band will present the 23rd annual “Music of the Knight” marching band competition at Fontana Field at Southington High School. This event is a US Bands sanctioned marching competition. Twenty-two high school bands from across Connecticut and Massachusetts will be competing for the title. The…

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Community Foundation offering nonprofit financial assistance

October 9, 2015
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The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is again making available financial assistance to non-profit groups and organizations planning community events in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington, this time for events taking place between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2016 – but the application deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline to apply for the…

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West Queen Street closure for bridge repair

October 9, 2015
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Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, a portion of West Queen Street will be closed for bridge repair. Vehicular traffic will be detoured around the bridge, and the area will be marked with detour signs. Westbound traffic on West Queen Street will be diverted as follows: Right turn onto Newell Street Left turn onto Redstone Street…

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‘42nd Street’ actress living the musical theater dream

October 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the musical, “42nd Street,” the central character Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from a small town in Pennsylvania. Once in the city, Penny lands a bit part as a chorus girl in a new Broadway musical. When the lead actress breaks her ankle, Peggy gets her big…

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Some ghouls and coffee

October 9, 2015
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The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce is open for its 25th season and is celebrating this momentous year in a fun way by partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Connecticut. Each Friday in October, the ghouls of The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce will surprise guests at a different Dunkin’ Donuts location with Halloween cheer…

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Time to put on the ritz and laugh with ‘Young Frankenstein’

October 9, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Tighten up your neckbolts, grab your top hat and cane, and get ready to put on the ritz… Connecticut Theatre Company is staging “Young Frankenstein” the musical this month. The stage show was created by Mel Brooks and is based on the 1974 movie, which starred Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman,…

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Cork ‘n Cap teams up with local businesses

October 9, 2015
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Southington Cork 'n Cap
685 Queen St, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 426-1788

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A new business owner in town is pairing up with two other businesses this month to offer wine and beer tastings at the Cork n’ Cap, Southington’s newest spirit shop. Douglas Galullo, who opened his Queen Street store just two months ago, will host two events—a tasting with wine label “90+” on…

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Dozens of rescued dogs adopted at Petco 50th anniversary event

October 8, 2015
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A volunteer holds a chihuahua who waits to be adopted during the Petco 50th anniversary adoption event with Companion Pet Rescue, Inc., on Sun. Oct. 4.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER It is always considered a successful week at Companion Pet Rescue, Inc. (CPR) in Southbury when 20 dogs are adoptive within a seven-day span. Last weekend, 24 dogs were adopted on Saturday, alone, when CPR hosted an adoption event at Petco on Queen Street, to celebrate the store’s 50th Anniversary. “We were…

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‘Harvest the Arts’ highlights the arts and crafts weekend

October 8, 2015
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Apple Harvest logo 2014

Harvest the Arts kick off Friday with a behind-the-scenes look inside the Gura Building From a fire show to artists’ demonstrations and the Shoe Parade, the second weekend of the 47th annual Apple Harvest Festival showcases a variety of “artsy” events and activities. Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and Southington Community Cultural Arts…

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Apple Harvest Road Race: Rains hold off for the start of the annual event

October 8, 2015
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Bill Rodgers, center, congratulates the 2015 Dave Gworek Award winners Jim Rosenberger, left, and Tessa Mah, right, for being the top Southington runners in the 5-mile race. Rosenberger finished 3rd overall, and Mah captured the women's title.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After a cold and rainy Saturday at the Apple Harvest Festival, the Sunday morning of Oct. 4 brought plenty of sunshine and a slight autumn chill, which was the ideal weather for the 36th annual Apple Harvest Festival Road Race and identical to last year’s road race. “We woke up today…

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