Middle Schools celebrate grand openings

September 18, 2015
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Middle School Building Committee Chair Edward Pocock Jr. addresses the crowds at the Kennedy Middle School grand opening on Sept. 13.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Educators, administrators, town leaders, and state legislatures joined together this weekend to celebrate the grand openings of the newly renovated John F. Kennedy and Joseph A. DePaolo middle schools. Members of the community were welcomed to the schools for celebratory speeches and tours of the updated facilities. After years of planning and…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Jim Champagne has been the face of the festival for years

September 18, 2015
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Apple Harvest logo

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Freedom Williams ready to make you sweat

September 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As soon as the sampled guitars crunch, if you lived through the 1990s, the track was instantly recognizable. And the moment, Freedom Williams starts rapping, “Here is the doe, back with the bass/ The jam is live in effect and I don’t waste time,” you just know you’ve dived into…

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Miss America through Miss Connecticut’s eyes

September 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With two nights of preliminary competitions for Miss America under her belt, and one more night looming, Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward looked well-rested and perky. And that was one of the things that surprised the Watertown, Conn. resident, who received the state crown in June. (The…

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Secondo named as Grand Marshal of the Apple Harvest parade

September 17, 2015
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Art Secondo will be the grand marshal for the 2015 Apple Harvest parade.

  By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Apple Harvest Festival Supervisory Committee has announced that former long-time CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Art Secondo will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall for the Apple Harvest Festival parade. Christopher Palmieri, Town Councilor and Co-Chairman of the festival’s Supervisory Committee, said Secondo was selected by a unanimous vote.…

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Plantsville Congregational celebrates 150 years

September 17, 2015
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Betty Bryant, a member of Plantsville Congregational Church for 20 years, reviews some historical artifacts during the 150th anniversary kick-off events on Sunday, Sept. 13.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Last Sunday, the Plantsville Congregational Church kicked off several months of celebrations in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. In this week’s service, pastor Paul Goodman recognized 35 members who have been attending Plantsville Congregational Church for at least 50 years. Some, including Doris Hanser, Richard Smith, and Beverly Wight, have been…

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Board rules a violation of code of ethics with solar project

September 17, 2015
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Southington Democratic Town Committee Chair Edward Rosenblatt cross examines Town Councilor Tom Lombardi during the ethics hearing on Sept. 9.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In a 3-1 decision, the Board of Ethics decided Tuesday that “there was a breach of the Southington Code of Ethics” involving Town Councilor Tom Lombardi (R.) The majority opinion, issued by members of the board Craig Simms (D), Philip Pomposi (D), and James Sinclair (R) concluded that Lombardi presented a conflict…

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Jewish congregations announces Yom Kippur events

September 17, 2015
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation
37 Main Street, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 276-9113

Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to celebrate Yom Kippur with them. All services this year will use new High Holy Day prayer books produced by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Yom Kippur begins with the KolNidre service on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and follows with services on Wednesday, Sept. 23…

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Soccer scores win in the opener

September 17, 2015
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Eric Schneider kicks the ball downfield during a 2-0 win over Windsor in the season opener on Friday, Sept. 11.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Ryan Burrill placed the ball just outside the box as he lined up his shot. The Windsor players stood in front of him like statues, but that didn’t affect him. After taking a few steps back, Burrill charged the ball and booted a screaming shot that curled right over the Windsor…

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