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Thousands turn out to support Trump in Hartford

April 20, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Presidential Republican hopeful Donald Trump spoke to his throngs of  local supporters on Friday, filling the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Posters filled the air with the phrase “The Silent Majority Stands with Trump” as the leading Republican candidate took the stage. Trump said his following has turned from a silent majority…

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St. Paul hopes to add sparkle to ‘Rags’

April 20, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As the story goes, when the musical “Rags” opened in 1986 on Broadway, its arrival and departure was swift. The show lasted all of four performances after a dozen and half  previews in this incarnation. The show, with compositions by Charles Strouse (“Annie”), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”), and book…

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Zoni in the House

April 20, 2016
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Connecticut State Rep. David Zoni of Southington discusses legislation with a colleague, Rep. Christine Randall of Danielson, during Tuesday’s session in the House. Lawmakers are heading into the final weeks of the 2016 General Assembly session which is scheduled to adjourn May 4.

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Art league seeking submissions for spring show

April 19, 2016
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The Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar St., New Britain wants artists to submit work for the 12th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition. Jurors are Rachel Carlson and Claudia Van Nes of Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, Conn. First prize is $300 plus a one person exhibit at a mutually agreed upon date. Second…

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Time to face those ‘Phobias’

April 19, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER Think of your deepest, darkest fear – Is it spiders? Sharks? The dark? Maybe it’s a twisting, turning, looping, roller coaster. Lake Compounce is hoping to expose you to whatever that fear might be this season, with their newest coaster, Phobia. Guests are invited to share what scares them in…

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Forget the nostalgia, Duran Duran still a vital musical entity

April 14, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When I headed to the Duran Duran concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena on April 7, I thought about how the last time I saw Simon LeBon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Nick Rhodes was in 1984—30 plus years ago. They were on their “Seven and the Ragged Tour” and…

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New pageant winner has ties to Bristol

April 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The daughter of the owners of a Bristol business is now Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. Samantha Anderson, competing as Miss Constitution’s Outstanding Teen, won the title at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday afternoon. She was one of 16 girls vying for the opportunity to represent the state at the…

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Judge launches ‘Talking Probate’ program

April 12, 2016
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Probate Judge Matt Jalowiec announced the expansion of a new program called “Talking Probate.”  Beginning on April 29, he will meet residents at the library on the last Friday of the month to discuss probate questions.

Probate Judge Matt Jalowiec announced the expansion of a new program called “Talking Probate” in Southington starting this month. Beginning in April, the judge will visit the library on the last Friday of each month to answer questions regarding the law and to discuss relevant legal topics. These sessions are aimed at residents who might…

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From elbow grease to sparkle

April 12, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s a lot of elbow grease involved if you want things to sparkle and shine. And the Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant is no different.   Before the doors opened to a full house at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday, the hair was in transition from drab to…

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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March

April 11, 2016
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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March. Front, from left, Maliah Ryan, Reilly Jarvis, Gianna Wadowski, Evelyn Micacci, and Trevor Kushman. Back, Asst. Principal Susanne Vitcavage, Karter Henriksen, Samantha Sullivan, Taylor Sullivan, Skylar Longley, Evan Watson, Vincent Spizzoucco, Margaret Ritchie, Caroline Wallberg, and Principal Richard Terino.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville announced the names of its March students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Karter Henriksen, Reilly Jarvis, Samantha Sullivan, Taylor Sullivan and Caroline Wallberg. Karter, who always does his…

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