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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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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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Apple Harvest bed races: The laziest race in the world

October 8, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A break in the weather allowed the team from Southington Fire Department, Co. 5, located on River Street, to slip and slide their way through the downtown course. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Apple Harvest Festival bed races returned after two years of weather cancellations. Click to enlarge

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Apple Harvest Festival survives a rainy first weekend

October 8, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER   Despite the less-than-ideal weather on Friday and Saturday which brought cold wind and rain to the downtown streets, loyal festival goers didn’t break tradition. Friday’s opening ceremonies were postponed until Saturday, but otherwise, the first three days of the two-weekend festival went on as planned. Thousands of Southington residents gathered downtown…

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2015 Apple Harvest Parade: Growing (and harvesting) community pride

October 8, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Members of Southington’s Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm (L.E.A.F.) cheer to the crowd from their float in the Apple Harvest Festival parade. The community-supported farm, formerly the historic Lewis Family Farm, harvests more than 200 varieties of fresh produce each year. What better way to celebrate this year’s theme of “Growing Community Pride”…

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50 years of pancakes…yum

October 7, 2015
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Photo by TAYLOR HARTZ

Volunteers serve hungry locals during the annual pancake breakfast. For 50 years the Southington Lions Club has sponsored the event.

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84 bridge named in honor of former SPD officer

October 7, 2015
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ASAP - NEWS - Bridge named for Shanley

Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington) presents a plaque naming the Westbound Bridge on I-84 over Queen Street in memory of Lieutenant Michael J. Shanley, a former Southington Police Officer, to members of his family at a recently held ceremony at the Southington Falcons Club. From left, Lieutenant Shanley’s sisters, Kathy Shanley and Christine Shanley-Buck, his father,…

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