Council hires energy contractor; Investigating possible sites for solar power

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve an energy company looking to install solar panels on several sites in Southington. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the project would take advantage of some sites currently not being used to generate power with the hopes of saving utility costs. During a recent…

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Zoni looks to retain seat in 81st district;

June 6, 2014
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Dave Zoni

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A lifelong resident of Southington, State Representative Dave Zoni plans to continue serving the community he spends time in each week. Whether meeting with town officials at a council meeting or speaking with parents and teachers about the importance of early childhood education, Zoni said he has enjoyed representing Southington…

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Peaking for postseason;

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kyle Cole throws a strike during a 13-1 win over New Britain during the first game of a double header to end the regular season.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Zac Susi fouled off four pitching before driving the next one into the gap between the shortstop and third baseman. Josh Makles came around to score. Pinch runner Mike Taylor scored from second base, and the Knights exploded from the dugout to celebrate the win. Southington rallied back from an…

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Southington relay celebrates heroes

June 6, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Those involved with Southington’s Relay for Life kept on the track all night long.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Jean Rose, being a hero means helping other people. A breast cancer survivor of 12 years, Rose found strength from the friends and family who supported her during her diagnosis. “Anybody that helps anyone else is a hero,” said Rose. “Helping others is what it’s all about.” During the…

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Almost perfect; Knights overcome lapses, advance

June 6, 2014
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By John Goralski
Jared DeFeo makes a move past two Conard defenders in the opening round of the Class L championships on Sunday, June 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Three different players combined for four goals in the first quarter. Four players had contributed to the scoreboard by the time that Southington rallied to a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. On Sunday, June 1, the Blue Knight lacrosse team exploded into the Class L tournament with a 9-4…

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Undefeated regular season; Softball celebrates 20-0 season with Lupus fundraiser

June 5, 2014
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By John Goralski
Kendra Friedt holds the single season strikeout record for the Knights (212).

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington was leading 6-0 in the first game of the double header finale when Coach Davina Hernandez flashed the bunt sign to Sydney Ferrante. Why do you force one of the best power hitters in the state to hold off? Hernandez thought a bunt was a better decision. “She hits…

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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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From left, Tony Palmieri, Director of Operations, Southington YMCA,  Dave Donnelly, Board Member, Bread for Life, Southington State Repre-sentative David Zoni, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, John Myers, executive director, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs, Melissa Sheffy, president, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs’ Board of Directors, and Donna Ayer, director of Community Development, Southington YMCA, receive a $900,000 grant-in-aid to the town of Southington to finance renovations and improvements to the Southington YMCA.

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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Foreign language approved at South End

June 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The first World Language Pilot Program will begin this fall at South End School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the curriculum. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our kids to be enriched,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, during a recent meeting. “That’s an opportunity that didn’t exist…

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I-84 bridge project moved to June 27

June 4, 2014
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Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the replacement of the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, carrying an average of 81,800 vehicles daily as of 2012, according to ConnDOT. The bridge superstructures…

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