The Urillos: The Observer’s first family

December 31, 2015
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Observer co-founders Anthony L. Urillo and Jennie Urillo review the first edition of the Southington Observer in Dec. 1975.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Sitting around the kitchen table in their childhood home, Susan, Marta, and Robert Urillo browsed through a stack of black and white photos from the early days of The Southington Observer. The community weekly newspaper celebrated its anniversary in December, celebrating 40 years since the first Observer rolled off the Southington presses…

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Celebrating 40 years of Southington news coverage

December 31, 2015
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Southington Observer

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR “Southington will not become a big city, nor to we want to become one,” former town planner Lawrence T. Albert said in the second edition of The Observer. “Through proper planning we can expect to attain an ultimate population of 78,000 by the turn of the century.” Southington was in the midst of…

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Silver bells? How about a whole orchestra?

December 31, 2015
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Depaolo 6th grade music students-6th grade stringed orchestra

On Monday, Dec. 21,  DePaolo Middle School students rang in the holiday break with a festive musical concert. DePaolo’s sixth grade stringed orchestra, above, regales the crowd with holiday favorites. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS CLICK TO ENLARGE

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St. Paul planning open house; placement exam Jan. 16

December 30, 2015
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St. Paul Catholic High School will host an open house next month. The scheduled date is Saturday, Jan. 9 with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. A tour of the Bristol building, meeting the faculty, and visiting the family are all part of St. Paul’s open houses and are open to all prospective students and…

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AARP Tax Aide appointments available

December 30, 2015
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Appointment sign-up for 2016 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is underway. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide appointments are available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Appointments are held in the Computer Lab at Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol starting Feb. 9. Tax Aide appointmentsare available Tuesdays, 8:30…

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Music listings for Jan. 1

December 30, 2015
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SUNDAY, JAN. 3 OTHER CORNFED DOGS. 5 to 8 p.m. The Half Door, 270 Sisson Ave., Hartford. (860) 232-7827. TheHalfdoorHFD.com FRIDAY, JAN. 8 OTHER ENFORCER, WARBRINGER. With Cauldron and Exmortus. Webster Theater, Hartford. WebsterTheater.com

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Miscellaneous listings for Jan. 1

December 30, 2015
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JAN. 1-31 SOUTHINGTON DIANE BARILE ART EXHIBIT. Acrylics. The Orchards, community room, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656, SouthingtonArtsandCrafts.com, SouthingtonOrchards.org SATURDAY, JAN. 2 OTHER SINGLES MOVIE EVENING. Sponsored by Social Connections. 630 p.m. Meet in lobby, everyone decides what movie to see. After go nearby for refreshments. Starplex Cinemas, 19 Frontage Rd., Berlin. (860) 582-8229.…

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Health listings for Jan. 1

December 30, 2015
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TUESDAY, JAN. 5 SOUTHINGTON FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Held by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Southington YMCA, 29 High St., Southington. THURSDAY, JAN. 7 SOUTHINGTON FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS. 11 a.m. Held by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. BRISTOL ‘EAT WELL, BE WELL.’ Presented by Wheeler Health…

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Performance listings for Jan. 9

December 30, 2015
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SATURDAY, JAN. 9 OTHER ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE!’ 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $45.Ticketmasters.com, 1-800-745-3000.

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