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Holding a benefit dinner for a friend

November 26, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington native Brian McKernan had just started training for a new season of races this past September. One day he was running outside near his home in Lynbrook, Long Island when suddenly a car struck him. McKernan has suffered near-fatal injuries, including a blood clot in the brain, which has…

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The Best Wings in Town

November 25, 2013
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The Best Wings in Town

      The Groggy Frog takes first place for best overall and hottest wings  in this year’s annual Southington Wing Fest, hosted my the Chamber of Commerce.  Area restaurants gathered at the Cadillac Ranch to serve up their best wing recipes.  Catagories included, most original, hottest, and best overall.  Photos by:  Tammi Naudus      

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Former Southington resident wins Miss Connecticut Teen USA crown

November 17, 2013
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Former Southington resident wins Miss Connecticut Teen USA crown

Sydney West, a former Southington resident, now Vernon resident, won the Miss Connecticut Teen USA crown on Sunday afternoon in Stamford. The pageant, which is part of the Donald Trump brand of pageants that includes Miss USA and Miss Universe, was whittled down to the top 10 on Sunday after a day of preliminary competition…

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Mother and daughter take bike trip across country

November 16, 2013
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Mother and daughter take bike trip across country

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When Southington resident Liz Dietz wanted to pursue a bike trip across the nation last summer, she knew it would become the adventure of a lifetime, seeing popular landmarks and meeting new faces in unfamiliar places. But she struggled to find a biking partner. After consulting multiple friends, no one…

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Spikers advance to 2nd round; Lady Knight loss to No. 4 Darien ends autumn campaign

November 15, 2013
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Spikers advance to 2nd round; Lady Knight loss to No. 4 Darien ends autumn campaign

y John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Rich Heitz entered this season with more questions than answers. The Lady Knight volleyball graduated all but three varsity players. To lead the rebuilding process, Heitz had only one senior. How would they come together? How would they perform? Could they reach the postseason? Could they win? Sure, Heitz…

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Town thanks its local veterans

November 14, 2013
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Town thanks its local veterans

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For veteran Edison Occhi, the Korean War continues to serve as a vivid memory full of heartache and pain. He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enlisted at the age of 17-and-half after attending trade school. From September 1950 to January 1952, he fought during the Korean…

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The SEF tailgates at a fundraiser

November 10, 2013
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The SEF tailgates at a fundraiser

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town residents sported their favorite athletic gear at the Southington Education Foundation’s fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala last month. With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” attendees wore their favorite sports jerseys and t-shirts while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees at the Aquaturf. The gala will also…

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Knight charge continues; Southington football storms past Newington

November 7, 2013
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Knight charge continues; Southington football storms past Newington

By John Goralski Sports Writer For much of the first quarter, it looked like a shootout. The Blue Knight football team took less than two minutes to scramble 63 yards for their first score. Newington countered with a 75-yard drive that took just seven plays. Three plays later, the Knights were scoring again. On Friday,…

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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

November 2, 2013
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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kindergarten teacher Franca Imme of Plantsville Elementary School recently counted down from ten as her students lined up one by one to make their way to the all-purpose room where they participated in Apple Day, an event full of fun and educational activities. All 15 students gathered their backpacks together…

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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

November 1, 2013
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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

By John Goralski Sports Writer Officials signaled the end of the contest, and the Southington girls soccer team scrambled onto the field in celebration. Sal Penta let out a sigh of relief, shook his head, and smiled. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t his team’s best game of the season, but the 3-0 win over New…

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