First Tour-de-Southington bike race set for Saturday

July 17, 2013
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By Alexa Gorman Correspondent The Southington Lions Club is sponsoring its first-annual “Tour-de-Southington” bicycle race this Saturday, July 20. Proceeds will be donated to the local food pantries and the Bread for Life program, which serves lunch daily. The races will start and end at YMCA’s Camp Sloper, on East Street. Riders can compete in…

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Plainville man to head new Planning and Community Development position

July 17, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer After five-and-a-half years as Plainville’s Director of Planning and Economic Development, Mark DeVoe is headed to Southington to take the lead as director of Planning and Community Development. “The position is basically responsible for taking development from the cradle to the grave,” Southington Town Manager Gary Brumback said, adding that…

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The fans asked, ‘Real Housewife’ Caroline Manzo answered

July 12, 2013
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Caroline Manzo of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” said she always gets questions from her fans. Certain questions would arise over and over again. And those questions… and the resulting answers from the reality TV personality… have been pulled together for a book, “Let Me Tell You Something.” Manzo…

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Festival planning is year round effort

July 8, 2013
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By Vannessa Stevens Contributor Planning is underway for Southington’s 45th Apple Harvest Festival. The annual event will take place Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13. The downtown Southington festival attracts anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 people every year. It offers food, fun, and live entertainment. It also provides a showcase for local…

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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

July 6, 2013
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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino shadowed the two front cars over the last three laps looking for any sliver of light to make his move. Ahead of him, the two leaders raced shoulder-to-shoulder as if they were trying to work together to keep the Southington driver out of the winner’s circle. On Friday,…

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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

July 6, 2013
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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

By Ed Harris Editor Downtown Plantsville business owners appear to be in favor of eliminating on the street parking in the area, a major proposal of the planned Plantsville Renaissance. The on-street parking on the already narrow streets in the area has been a consistent safety concern, and many officials and merchants have expressed a…

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Compounce hosts fireworks tonight

July 5, 2013
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Looking for fireworks for the post-Independence celebrations. Lake Compounce Amusement Park on the Southington/ Bristol town line, presents its annual display tonight, July 5. They are scheduled to launch at 10 p.m.

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Washed up; Legion battles rainouts, forfeits, and double headers

July 5, 2013
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Washed up; Legion battles rainouts,   forfeits, and double headers

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Tuesday, the locals had runners on first and third when the skies opened up in Terryville midway through the top of the first inning. The following day’s baseball game was scratched since Winsted’s American Legion team withdrew from the season. On Thursday, the Southington squad was halfway to Torrington…

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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

July 5, 2013
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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

By Ed Harris Editor There was just one question on the minds of a group of Southington High School seniors as they opened a time capsule held in storage at South End Elementary School since 2006: Do you think the Twinkies are still edible? It is a South End School tradition to “bury” a time…

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