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With bikes, bikinis, event helps veterans

August 8, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Helping veterans is an important cause for Jennifer Sequenzia of All American Productions. “They should be (important) for everyone,” said Sequenzia, who organized Bike Night to Benefit Veterans at the Cadillac Ranch on Jude Lane in Southington last Wednesday. The event welcomed a slew of bikes and offered up a…

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Quirky musical, ‘Urinetown,’ gets the GetUp Stage Co. treatment

August 8, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Take a step away from the typical and move over to the idiosyncratic starting Aug. 13. That’s when the GetUp Stage Co. production of “Urinetown” (say, “You’re in Town”) opens at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain. GUSCO is a stage company of teens from a variety of towns across the state…

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Getting the Led (Zeppelin) out with tomorrow’s ‘classical’ sounds

August 7, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Roll over, Beethoven… Led Zeppelin is taking over. Led Zeppelin’s last studio album, “In Through the Out Door” came out nearly 35 years ago. Its seminal album, “4,” with the song “Stairway to Heaven” came out 44 years ago. However, even with the passing decades, Led Zeppelin’s music is still…

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Archbishop Blair to officiate Southington Catholic ribbon cutting on Aug. 23

August 7, 2015
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After many months of planning, organizing, preparing and furnishing the facility and hiring of teachers and staff, Southington Catholic School expects to open its doors for the first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 27. The school is designed for children in pre-K through eighth grade. Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will…

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Town, Greenskies file a motion to dismiss Hatton Meadow injunction

August 7, 2015
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Richard Panek, left, and members of the Save Hatton Meadow Coalition listen to Attorney David Rosenberg explain the court procedings in a library meeting room at the New Britain Superior Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 3.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Members of the Save Hatton Meadow Coalition crowded into a New Britain Superior Court room on Monday afternoon, where attorney David Rosenberg planned to request an extension for the injunction that prevents Greenskies, LLC, of Middletown from beginning construction of a solar panel array at Hatton Meadow. Instead, they will have to…

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Gov. Malloy grants $400K for housing rehab efforts

August 6, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington will receive $400 thousand for housing improvements, as part of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG,) announced by Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner Evonne M. Klein on July 30. The grants are awarded to municipalities who seek to enhance their communities and further economic development. The governor and commissioner said the…

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We’re in love with ‘All Shook Up’

August 6, 2015
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Eddie Vitcavage, center, and Laura Calandra, right, rock out to the songs of Elvis Presley.

Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS The Southington Youth Summer Theater Spotlights program presented the grade 9-12 production, “All Shook Up,” last week at the Southington High School auditorium. The production is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up” tells the story of a small town girl with big…

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Race 4 Chase triathlon honors victim of Sandy Hook

August 6, 2015
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Family members celebrate with a triathlete after his finish. More than 250 athletes, ages 6-12, competed at the Race4Chase triathlon at YMCA Camp Sloper on Aug. 1.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 200 children biked, swam, and ran their way across YMCA Camp Sloper this Saturday, in honor of Chase Kowalski, a 6-year-old victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings. The statewide Race4Chase triathlon, sponsored by the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski (CMAK) Foundation, began in 2013 as a way “to turn…

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Disney cartoons to be screened outdoors in downtown Bristol

August 6, 2015
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Tagan Welch looks for points during a bout against Platt on Jan. 13.

Disney is coming to downtown Bristol next week. Two animated children’s classics, “Peter Pan” and “Dumbo” will be screened outdoors on The Patch at Depot Square, North Main Street and Riverside Avenue. The screenings are free. The classic “Peter Pan” will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and “Dumbo” will be shown on Thursday, Aug.…

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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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