Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer Mercy batters were desperate to erase Southington’s one-run lead in the Class LL championship game, and Coach John Bores trudged to the mound when a two-out double put the tying run in scoring position. Jordyn Moquin never blinked. The senior pitcher listened, nodded her head, and ended the threat. Over…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Teacher nurtures students, garden

June 28, 2013
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Teacher nurtures students, garden

By Vannessa Stevens Contributor When Thalberg Elementary school teacher Linda Bass-Reilly was presented with Southington’s Teacher of the Year award she was all at once humbled, honored and a little overwhelmed. “I was shaking and everything went in slow motion for a moment,” she said. A teacher for 30 years, Linda Bass-Reilly knows deep down…

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Plainville firefighter arrested on larceny charges

June 27, 2013
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A Plainville volunteer firefighter was arrested by the Southington Police Department on larceny charges. On Monday, June 24, an arrest warrant was issued for Stephen Chapman, of 45 Park St. in Plainville. Chapman, a Southington Police Department emergency dispatcher, turned himself in on Thursday, June 27. Chapman was charged with four counts of second degree…

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Revisions up for a vote; Public to weigh in on potential changes

June 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The voters will have the final say on the proposed charter revisions, as the Town Council voted Monday night to place them on the November ballot. “There are people on both sides that are passionate,” said Town Council Vice Chairman Peter Romano. “Leave it to the people to decide.” Under the…

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Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

June 26, 2013
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Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

By Ed Harris Editor A former Derynoski Elementary School student has worked her way up through the ranks to become the new assistant principal at the school. was selected as the new assistant principal at Derynoski at the recent Board of Education meeting. Nichols will begin her new position on July 1. “I’ve come full…

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Southington High School Class of 2013 graduates

June 23, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington High School graduates reflected on the past and looked forward to the future at their recent graduation ceremony. Quoting several Dr. Seuss books, essayist Molly Anne Potter urged her classmates to continue to try new things, stay creative and take pride in who they are. “So, as we prepare to…

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Central Connecticut excels at Miss CT

June 23, 2013
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Central Connecticut excels at Miss CT

You can say central Connecticut’s towns of Southington, Bristol, and Plainville did well at the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant Saturday. Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is the 2013 Miss Connecticut. And Krystiana Bouchard of Southington, competing as Miss West Hartford’s Outstanding Teen, is the new Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. In addition, Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen Madison…

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Youth creates new Derynoski dragon mascot

June 23, 2013
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Youth creates new Derynoski dragon mascot

By Ed Harris Editor Derynoski Elementary School has a new dragon mascot that will appear on all apparel and communications from the school. Eight-year-old Ma-ckenzie Monahan desi-gned the new dragon, which she named Spotty. Mackenzie’s dragon competed against 45 other submissions in the Design a Dragon contest. “We didn’t have a consistent dragon,” said front…

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