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Activate Southington receives continuation grant

October 14, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Activate Southington has received a $10,000 continuation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue to pioneer an active lifestyle in town. “It was pretty competitive,” John Myers, a founder of Activate Southington and the executive director of the Southington YMCA said about the grant process. “It’s a great validation.”…

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Southington police officers honored for their work

October 13, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Police Department celebrated the heroes within its ranks recently, with a special awards ceremony held at the high school. The ceremony recognizes Southin-gton’s police officers and the hard work and dedication to their job and the community. The department originally had such a program-implemented by former Chief Phil D’Agostino…

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LaPorte to step down from parks board

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving on the Board of Park Commissioners for more than 30 years, Joe LaPorte has decided to step down. LaPorte served on the board from 1979 to 1984 before taking a five-year hiatus, and became the chairman from 2000 to 2009. He also served on the Town Council for…

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Mammograms can save lives; October is breast cancer awareness month

October 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For local resident Jean Rose, September 11, 2001 marked a day of disaster: her nephew worked at the Pentagon, so she felt concerned for his safety. Along with that, Rose discovered a startling revelation: she had breast cancer. “I was shattered,” Rose said. “You feel like your life is over.”…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

October 11, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race; Record numbers turn out despite weather conditions

By John Goralski Sports Writer Corinne Griffin clenched her son Collin’s hand at the front door of the YMCA and watched a crowd of wet volunteers shuffling through the entrance hall with arm loads of equipment from the Apple Harvest Road Race. Her son had pre-registered for the Little Fritter Fun Runs, but they had…

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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

October 11, 2013
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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town employees and members of the Board of Education, along with UConn Professor Thomas Worthley, put on their boots and hard hats to take part in a timber harvest at Crescent Lake last week. Prof. Worthley from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources cut down at least five ash…

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Eating contests highlight Apple Harvest Festival

October 11, 2013
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Eating contests highlight Apple Harvest Festival

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Contestants of all ages kept their mouths wide open and their stomachs growling during the apple pie and the apple fritter eating contests at the 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival. On Saturday, registered participants competed on the main stage to claim their title, stuffing their mouths until they could no…

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Town welcomes new zoning officer

October 10, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission recently appointed Matthew Reimondo, a retired police chief of East Hampton, to the position of zoning enforcement officer. Town Manager Garry Brumback and members of the Town Council welcomed Reimondo during a recent council meeting, applauding his long-time experiences in law enforcement. Reimondo served…

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Apple Harvest Road Race results

October 9, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race results

Apple Harvest Road Race Sunday, Oct. 6 5 miles, 359 runners At Southington Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberg, 25:26; 2, Jim Rosenberger, 26:59; 3, Alex Dunn, 27:48. Top Female Finishers—1, Kelly Browning, 35:03; 2, Ashley Bascetta, 35:16; 3, Tori Cronin, 35:25. Dave Gworek Award (top Southington finisher)—Male: Jim Rosenberger, 26:59. Female: Jennifer Manware, 36:50.  …

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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

October 7, 2013
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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation welcomes the public to its fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala on Friday, Oct. 25. With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” the event gives attendees an opportunity to dress in their favorite sports gear and apparel while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees. The…

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