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Officials reflect on last fiscal year

August 16, 2013
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer Fiscal year 2013 ended in a surplus for the town’s budget, reported Town Manager Garry Brumback. Brumback said the town had a little more than $600K in expenditures and a similar amount of surplus in revenues. “We budgeted under a certain set of assumptions that the state was not going…

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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

August 16, 2013
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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Senich still remembers the nun’s comments when he delivered his oral report to his sixth grade class. “Someday you’re going to be a radio announcer,” she said, and the velvety-voiced youngster slid back into his seat with a satisfied grin. Some boys practice last second shots in their driveways…

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Lincoln College hires Stokes; Bristol Eastern assistant named as women’s hoops coach

August 13, 2013
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by Michael Letendre Staff Writer Bristol Eastern girls basketball assistant coach Mike Stokes has been a big part of the Lancers’ program since the late 1990s. Stokes have been head coach Tony Floyd’s right hand man for years now but the career assistant was looking for a bigger challenge and a team of his own.…

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Local girls lend over a dozen hands to those in need

August 12, 2013
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Local girls lend over a dozen hands to those in need

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer About 50 families in need walk through the doors of Southington Community Services on a daily basis to receive bags of food and other donations, according to Assistant Mark Fasarrelli. In response to this growing need, The Giving Back Girls, a local community involvement group, decided to lend more than…

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Tailor still sewing strong at the age of 75

August 10, 2013
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Tailor still sewing strong at the age of 75

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Since the age of seven, Southington resident Alessandro Gaudio has always had a needle and thread in his hand. By the age of 14, Alessandro, who goes by the nickname “Alex,” knew how to make pants from scratch. When he turned 18 years old, Alex opened his own tailor shop…

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Volleyball event to help charities

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a hobby for Southington residents Stephanie Johnson, Shane Quadrato, and Dan Carbone turned into an annual event that reaches out to a variety of charities. Shane and Dan were on the boys volleyball team at Southington High School. When they entered college, Shane, Dan, and Stephanie…

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Cleaning Ideal Forging; Environmental cleanup done at site

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The former property of Ideal Forging is one step closer to redevelopment as environmental cleaning took place during the past several weeks at the abandoned property. Meridian Development Partners reported that a variety of manufacturing chemicals and oils were removed along with hundreds of fluorescent light ballasts that were left…

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Schools prepare for full-day kindergarten

August 8, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the new school year just around the corner, all eight elementary schools are ready to welcome new students to the first full-day kindergarten program. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith said all school administrators and staff members are excited for the first year of the program to begin on August 29,…

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Kennedy announces fourth quarter honor roll

August 8, 2013
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Kennedy Middle School recently announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Sixth grade, first honors: David Ackerman, Emma Agli, Ethan Agli, Kristen Angeli, Ashley Anglis, Aparna Athreya, Celia Bajrami, Reilly Baker, Kylin Banks, Abigail Barbour, Connor Baston, Evan Belcourt, Kylie Benton, Domenic Bernard, Mary Bilodeau, Karla Blake, Michaela Blumetti, Seth Bogoslofski, Taylor Borla,…

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Young ladies to paint mural at Southington Library

August 5, 2013
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Young ladies to paint mural at Southington Library

By Ed Harris Editor A small group of young ladies has begun brainstorming a mural that will hang in the Southington Library. The mural is possible thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of New Britain. This is another part of the grant that allowed the library to recently purchase a 3D printer. “We…

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