Art in the Yard show to return this Sunday

June 22, 2013
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By Brian Zahn Correspondent After what she believes was a successful test run in 2012, organizer Brandi Sabato is eagerly anticipating the second annual Art in the Yard art showing and sale. The event, which Sabato has coordinated through her “independent, grassroots organization” Arts Happenings, will take place June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3…

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Locals make some noise at Miss CT

June 22, 2013
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Locals make some noise at Miss CT

The local contestants from Southington, Bristol, and Plainville, made some noise in the second night of preliminary competitions at Miss Connecticut on Friday night in New London. Tonight, the top 10 contestants in the Miss and Teen categories will be announced and those contestants will compete in the finals for the chance to be the…

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Cromwell man arrested on sexual assault charges

June 21, 2013
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The Southington Police Department has arrested a Cromwell man on sexual assault charges. On Thursday, June 20, Benjamin Hughes, 20, of 17 Hicksville Rd., Cromwell, was charged with first degree sexual assault, risk of injury/impairing the morals of a minor and fourth degree sexual assault. He was held on a $250,000 bond with a June…

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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

June 21, 2013
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Great expectations; Legion baseball hopes to build on recent success

by John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Marc Verderame studied his players as they loosened up before a double-header with Torrington on Sunday, June 16. Most American Legion baseball teams already have a week or two of competition under their belts. For Verderame, this seemed more like a tryout than an opening day for the summer…

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Butterflies mark Because of 26 event

June 21, 2013
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Butterflies mark Because of 26 event

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor There were sad memories of a sad day. However, there also were laughs. Plus, there was sun… and, of course, butterflies. On Saturday, the center of Plantsville was packed with families as the hard work of two Southington women, Lisa Wrubleski and Erin Furniss, came to fruition with Because of…

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One down… another tonight… and finals Saturday for Miss CT pageant

June 21, 2013
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One down… another tonight… and finals Saturday for Miss CT pageant

The first night of preliminary competition is history for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageants. Thursday night, the contestants hit the stage of the Garde Arts Center in New London for on-stage interview, talent, evening gown, and health and fitness competitions. None of the locals from Bristol, Southington, and Plainville won…

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Graduates entering military honored

June 21, 2013
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Graduates entering military honored

By Melvin Mason Contributor Austin King’s life after Southington High School will be focused on doing something important for his friends, neighbors and the United States. “I love this country. I love my family and friends and all that,” said King, 17, who will join the Navy after graduating Friday, taking the first steps toward…

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The final exam; Lombardi takes on the heptathlon

June 21, 2013
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The final exam; Lombardi takes on the heptathlon

By John Goralaski Sports Writer Alyssa Lombardi seemed unfazed by the torrential rains that deluged the track at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on Tuesday, June 11. Lightning blazed across the sky. Thunder echoed under the bleachers as athletes huddled with their coaches and parents between waterfalls and puddles. For almost three hours, Lombardi stretched…

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SEF awards more grants; Foundation gives $6,000 to six proposals

June 20, 2013
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by Ed Harris Editor South End Elementary School extended day kindergarten teacher Paula Gorham loves to tell stories, be it to her children or her students. This joy helped her craft the Interactive Storytelling Experience program that was recently awarded a $400 grant from the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). “I love storytelling,” Gorham said. “I…

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