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Staggered start; Bill Rodgers returns to the 2015 Apple Harvest Road Race

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 36th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival Road Race is set to kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4, but there are some changes to this year’s event. In previous years, the 5-mile road race and the 5K road race started at the same time. This year, however, the races will stagger…

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SEF announces annual gala on Sept. 25

July 24, 2015
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The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) is hosting its 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala this fall. The gala will be held at the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests are encouraged to dress in jerseys and sports gear to show off their favorite team in honor of the…

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YMCA inducts 4 more members into the Camp Sloper Hall of Fame

July 24, 2015
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From left, Mike Miller, Jason Arnauckas, Christine Matteo and Garrett Swiatek were inducted into the YMCA Camp Sloper Hall of Fame by Camp Director Mark Pooler during the Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Picnic held at the camp on July 15.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper inducted its 10th generation of volunteers and staff into their Hall of Fame last week. Started in 2005, the tradition honors “those who have come before us and laid the foundation to what YMCA Camp Sloper is today,” said Camp Director Mark Pooler. This year, the camp honored four…

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Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three artists. Three fabulous performances. That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10. The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten. As…

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Idina Menzel gives her fans a fabulous show

July 24, 2015
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Caelan Booth leads a charge during a recent Warrior-Knight contest. Booth had two assists in a 5-0 win over Trinity Catholic.

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the fans of Idina Menzel, the Broadway diva could walk out and sing a bunch of sea shanties and they’d be happy that they shared the same air as their heroine. Menzel’s fans are a devoted lot if the Facebook posts I saw the night of, and the morning…

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Westbound bridge on I-84 to be renamed to honor Lt. Shanley

July 23, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A bridge at westbound exit 32 Queen Street on I-84 will be named in honor of Lieutenant Michael J. Shanley, who served the Southington Police Department for 29-years. Legislation for the dedication was introduced by Rep. David Zoni (D-Conn.) in February, and was passed by the General Assembly during special session last…

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2014 SHS grad publishes her first book

July 23, 2015
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Samantha D’Angelo, a Class of 2014 SHS graduate, has published her first book as a freshman at Fordham.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Samantha D’Angelo was a student at Strong Elementary School, her third-grade teacher, Ms. Sesek, noticed her talent for writing and encouraged her to pursue it. In her three years as a John F. Kennedy Middle School student, the young writer completed three books for the Young Authors Competition, winning the contest…

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No warning, and a happily ever after delayed

July 23, 2015
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BY LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Becky Houle Apuzzo is described by those who know her as an energetic and healthy individual. Not only does she work out regularly and eat well, but she also does not smoke or drink. But since early June 2015, Becky has been hospitalized for something she did not expect to…

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Italian-American Festival starts this Friday on Center St.

July 23, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The aroma of Italian food will fill Center St. this weekend, as the 11th annual Italian-American festival returns to downtown. Sponsored by the Southington chapter of UNICO and the Sons of Italy, the event aims to promote Italian heritage in town, with a full schedule of live entertainment and a variety of…

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St. Paul Catholic HS announces open house and placement exams

July 22, 2015
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St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol will host three open house dates this fall: Saturday, Sept 19 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The open house will include tours of the building and a chance to meet the faculty.…

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