5 Seconds of Summer ready to become household name

September 7, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR 5 Seconds of Summer—the four man band from Australia—is not a household name like Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or even One Direction–you know, artists that even your grandmother knows because they are so “huge” and grace the cover of every celebrity mag. But although the group has yet to…

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First of firsts

September 4, 2015
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Southington Catholic-Margaret Markowski and her  Kindergarten class

Southington Catholic School held its first ever first day of school last Thursday. PHOTOS by TAMMI NAUDUS  

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Apple Harvest coming up quickly

September 4, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER The 47th annual Apple Harvest Festival is just around the corner, and festival committee members have swung into full gear finalizing details, vendors and events. This year’s theme encourages residents to promote “Growing Community Pride” – and of course enjoying all things apple. The two-weekend event will run Oct. 2…

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Surprise! 4 groups receive grants

September 4, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER For 20 days last month, the Main Street Community Foundation, Inc., surprised 20 local nonprofits with $20,000 in grants. Among the 20 chosen were four Southington based organizations – The Arc of Southington, Inc., Bread for Life, Inc., the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, and United Way…

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The turmoil lurks beneath Melanie Martinez’s surface

September 4, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Melanie Martinez’s music is an unexpected mixture of music box melodies, Grade Z movie soundtracks, 1990s alt rock, and jazz chanteuse. The sound on her first full-length album, “Cry Baby” lulls you into moments of contentment,  followed by the chills. Her personal sartorial style underscores a performance artist dipping her…

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Music listings for Sept. 4

September 2, 2015
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 BRISTOL ACOUSTIC FRIDAYS WITH MARTY Q. 6 to 9 p.m. The Oaks Patio at DoubleTree Bristol, 42 Century Dr., Bristol. SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 OTHER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER. Xfinity Theater, Savitt Way, Hartford. SEPT. 5, 6 8TH ANNUAL BLUES VIEWS AND BBQ FEST. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m…

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Performance listings for Sept. 4

September 2, 2015
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SEPT. 11-12 PLAINVILLE ‘NO NO NANETTE.’ Performed by PCS Youth Theater. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Three-act musical comedy about the “Roaring Twenties.” 48 performers from ages 8 to 15 from Bristol, Southington, Plainville, and other central Connecticut communities. Plainville High School auditorium, Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville. $15. Tickets available from cast members or…

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Health listings for Sept. 4

September 2, 2015
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Weston Masthay dances in the middle of the group during the Music Together workshop at Circle of Friends on North Main Street.

SEPT. 8-OCT. 6 BRISTOL ‘THE TODDLER DEVELOPMENT AND DISCIPLINE SERIES.’ Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Communication with Toddlers, Sept. 7; Disciplining Your Toddler, Sept. 15; Potty Training Boot Camp, Sept. 22; Nutrition and Young Children, Sept. 29. Handling Children’s Anger, Oct. 6. Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. $30 for parent. $35 for provider. Individual…

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Dining listings for Sept. 4

September 2, 2015
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 PLAINVILLE PLAINVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PEACH SHORTCAKE FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Redstone Hill, Plainville. (860) 793-9590, (860) 747-2328. THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 BRISTOL BRISTOL ELKS FAMILY NIGHT DINNER. 5 to 6:30 p.m. (second and fourth Thursday of each month.) Chicken parmesan or stuffed fish, choice of…

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