Gymnasts survive the fall; Knights are shaky, but still claim back-to-back titles

March 7, 2014
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Vicky Castillo leaps between the bars at the Class L meet on Saturday, March 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington scored two falls on vault and one on the bars. Lady Knight gymnasts fell twice off the beam and twice on the floor. On Saturday, March 1, Southington athletes stumbled at times in the spotlight of the Class L Championship meet, but they never gave up. It might not…

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Solving math problems to benefit St. Jude

March 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students at Kelley School filled the cafeteria recently as they received their workbooks for the annual Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1991, students in grades one through five have participated in the Math-A-Thon to help children who suffer from diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell…

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Construction project set for I-84 bridge over Marion Avenue

March 7, 2014
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A view of the bridge from the east bound side.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has created a design plan to replace the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue in Southington. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, and the average daily traffic (ADT) was reported to be 81,800 vehicles as of 2012,…

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Southington native serves nation in the Navy

March 7, 2014
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Southington native Courtney Maher, pictured above, far left, with other members of the Navy, says serving his country is in his blood.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington native Courtney Maher, serving the U.S. is in his blood. His great grandfather served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His grandfather served in the Navy for one term during the Korean War. Maher’s brother also served in the Navy during the Operation Desert Storm. A…

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Bennett scores top 20 in NE

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Matt Bennett finished in the top 20 for the shot put at the New England Championships in Boston on March 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer The top ranked athlete in the shot put fell more than three feet in the final rankings, but it was still good enough to win. The 20th ranked thrower bested his personal record by more than four feet. So much can go right or wrong at the New England Championship…

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Looking at the budgets; Few residents attend hearing

March 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the community addressed the proposed 2014-2015 budgets of the Board of Education and the General Government/Town Manager during a public hearing Monday night. The school board’s proposed budget is a total of $87,072,005 for 2014-2015, which reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget. The…

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2 down, 1 to go; Maxwell wins 2nd state open title; Bylykbashi reaches the final round

March 7, 2014
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By John Goralski
Zach Maxwell tangles up his opponent during an early match at the CT State Opens. With his victory in the 195 pound division, Maxwell became Southington’s first two-time winner at the State Open.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Derek Dion didn’t have a lot to smile about during the regular season. A football championship delayed the start to his winter season, and his wrestlers battled through early losses as they scrambled to get into fighting shape. But that has all changed in the postseason. For the second…

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Foundation issues reminder about scholarship application deadlines

March 6, 2014
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Application deadlines are quickly approaching for more than $160,000 in scholarships available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB). Scholarships are available to 2014 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships are…

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Matt Schofield has been living and breathing the blues his whole life

March 6, 2014
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Matt Schofield has been living and breathing the blues his whole life

Guitarist Matt Schofield got an early start on the blues. He discovered the blues before he became of legal age, when his peers probably were focused on top 40 and the latest genre trend of the month. And by age 18, the U.K. born musician had entered the world of the professionals, taking gigs as…

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