Obituaries for Nov. 7

November 5, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Observer. For further details look to our print or e-edition on Friday. Nicholas J. DeLuco, 82, of Southington, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, surrounded by his family at home. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Gionfriddo) DeLuco. Gabrielle “Gaby” Marie (Prefontaine) Deshaies, 87, of…

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Cyber Knights win post-season competition

November 4, 2014
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Cyber Knights win post-season competition

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington High School Robotics Team, Team 195, or more commonly known as the Cyber Knights, recently competed in and won at the 16th annual Bash at the Beach post-season competition in Old Lyme. The Cyber Knights competed for one last time with the F-195 Knighthawk, which was named in…

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Q&A with state senate district 16 incumbent Joe Markley

November 3, 2014
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Q&A with state senate district 16 incumbent Joe Markley

Joe Markley was educated in local schools and graduated from Southington High School in 1974. He earned a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Amherst College, and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Joe was elected to the State Senate in 1984. As a freshman, he chaired the Human Services committee, crafting and sponsoring the…

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Navy jazz band set to perform at SHS

November 3, 2014
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Navy jazz band set to perform at SHS

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The United States Navy Band’s jazz ensemble, the “Commodores,” is making a stop in Southington for a performance on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., as a part of their 2014 National Tour. The Commodores are a group of 19 jazz and big band musicians, and is just…

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Q&A with House District 81 incumbent Dave Zoni

November 2, 2014
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Q&A with House District 81 incumbent Dave Zoni

David Zoni is a small business owner and the incumbent state representative. Dave is a life-long resident and local businessman. In the General Assembly he serves as a member of the Public Health, Aging and Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committees. Serving two terms on the Southington Town Council, Dave created Southington’s first Fiscal Policy and…

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Q&A with House District 81 challenger Al Natelli

November 2, 2014
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Q&A with House District 81 challenger Al Natelli

Dr. Al Natelli, a dentist here in Southington, lives in Southington and is married to Carm. They have four amazing children, Jeff, Casey, Matt and Callie. Currently he is a board Member of the United Way of Southington as well as the Co-Chairman of the Leadership Development Qualifications Committee of the Connecticut State Dental Association.…

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Q&A with 80th House district challenger John ‘Corky’ Mazurek

November 1, 2014
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Q&A with 80th House district challenger John ‘Corky’ Mazurek

John “Corky” Mazurek was born and raised in the east end of Waterbury, where he lived for 24 years. He has been a Wolcott resident for 37 years, where he lives with his wife Cindy and two children, Kara and Paul. Mazurek formerly represented Southington in the 80th district from 2003-2010. He has been employed…

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Q&A with 80th House district incumbent Rob Sampson

November 1, 2014
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Q&A with 80th House district incumbent Rob Sampson

Rob Sampson is serving his second term as state Representative for the 80th District, which includes all of Wolcott and part of Southington. Rob serves on the Appropriations and Environment committees and was promoted to Republican Ranking Member of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee for the 2012 session of the General Assembly, the only freshman…

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Local youth has part in Hollywood movie

November 1, 2014
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Local youth has part in Hollywood movie

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor If you head out to the movie and decide to check out the film “The Judge,” you’ll may notice a familiar face from central Connecticut. Cody Pettola, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Thalberg Elementary School in Southington, is in the movie, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The…

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