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Students hold vigil in memory of victims of the I-84 accident

August 6, 2015
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Students joined together at a vigil on Wednesday to honor the lives of AnnMarie Olender and Olivia Fusco, victims of a fatal crash on I-84 on Tuesday, July 28.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Hundreds of students, teachers, coaches, and school administrators gathered on the Southington High School softball field on Wednesday evening to honor the lives of AnnMarie “Annie” Olender and Olivia Fusco. Photos of the young girls lined poster boards along the field’s fence, where candles were lit and balloons flew, reading “Rest In…

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Bids are being accepted for Memorial pool renovations

August 6, 2015
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Keith Hayden, Director of Public Works for the Town of Southington, has announced an invitation for sealed bids for the additions and renovations to Memorial Park’s poolhouse and splashpad. Bids will be received at the Southington Town Hall, Office of the Town Manager, 75 Main Street, until Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 am, after which…

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Crocodile Club sits down Aug. 21 at Lake Compounce

August 5, 2015
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The Crocodile Club is back again. The New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit treasure in the Connecticut community, is once again bringing back the annual dinner meeting at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, on Friday, Aug. 21. The Crocodile Club will celebrate its 134th reunion dinner with its gathering…

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Dance City & the Arts has new ownership; open house on Aug. 10

August 5, 2015
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Julie Rizzo is the new owner of Dance City & the Arts in Factory Square, Southington. The studio will be holding an open house on Aug. 10.

Dance City & The Arts, located in Factory Square, 37 West Center St., Suite 202, in Southington, has announced that Julie Rizzo is the new owner and director at the local dance studio. The studio will hold an open house on Monday, Aug. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rizzo, born and raised in…

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Fashion, fitness combine to help the kids

August 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fashion was the draw. But helping kids was the inspiration. Local fitness icon, Lori-Ann Marchese of Body Construct LLC in New Britain, was tapped as a brand ambassador for Athleta—the fitness wear retailer. And Marchese said Athleta wanted to throw a celebration party for her at its store in the…

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Bergland, Chapman awarded SEF STEM scholarships

August 1, 2015
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Erik Bergland, left, and Madison Chapman were presented with the first SEF STEM scholarships.

Erik Bergland and Madison Chapman have been named recipients of the Southington Education Foundation’s inaugural scholarships, providing $1,000 to each awardee. Bergland was awarded the SEF STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Scholarship. He plans on studying applied mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. In an essay, he relates that his greatest wish is…

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Solar panel construction delayed by the court

July 31, 2015
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Solar panel construction delayed by the court

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER An injunction was issued on Friday, July 24 to prevent Greenskies, LLC, of Middletown, from beginning work on a 2.1-acre solar panel installation on Hatton Meadow. Last month, members of the community surrounding Hatton Meadow formed the Save Hatton Meadow Coalition (SHMC) in an attempt to halt the installation until the town…

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Three days of Italian entertainment on Center Street: Italian Fest celebrates food, music, and culture

July 30, 2015
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The 11th annual Italian-American Festival featured a procession of the Madonna Della Strada statue through downtown streets on Sunday July 26. The statue was carried by members of the festival committee following an outdoor Italian mass.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The 11th annual Italian-American Festival brought three days of Italian cuisine, culture, and tradition to downtown Southington last weekend. More than 30 vendors lined Center Street, Friday through Sunday, filling the festival with the scents of eggplant parmesan, paninis, and meatball sliders. A consistent supply of sausage grinders flowed from the UNICO…

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In the director’s chair: Former Avon AD takes the helm for the Knights

July 30, 2015
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Greg Ferry, the former Athletic Director in Avon and a long time counselor at Cheshire High School, has been named as Southington’s new athletic director.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Greg Ferry paced back and forth in front of the phone, waiting for the call, and thinking about the interview and the possibilities that lay before him. “I think I wore out a good, 30-foot path in my house,” he said with a chuckle. “I was trying not to think about…

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Race4Chase event at Sloper: Youth triathlon honors Sandy Hook victim

July 30, 2015
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Southington triathletes, above, have been training all summer for the Race 4 Chase triathlon this Saturday at YMCA Camp Sloper. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper will host a youth triathlon this Saturday, sponsored by the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation and the Race4Chase Kids’ Triathlon Program. Open to children ages 6 to 12 years old, the Race4Chase program began in memory of Chase Kowalski, who was a victim the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting…

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