Residents gather for ‘Peace Rally’ to protest hate flyers

March 24, 2016
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Local residents, clergy, and town officials, left and above, gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church to protest the recent discovery of racial propaganda  on fliers in Southington.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The chant rang out from a group of more than 50 people gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church. “No place for hate,” they began to chant, and their cries quickly drowned out the hum of nearby traffic. On Saturday, March 19, a small crowd of local residents and clergy huddled…

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Town considers inexpensive repairs for residential roads

March 23, 2016
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Cracks in the pavement are still evident on Meander Lane, above, after the recent chip seal repairs were made to the street. Town Manager Garry Brumback is expected to support a different treatment on Pattonwood Lane when he presents his findings from three test sites at Pattonwood Lane, Meander Lane/Little Fawn Road, and Hilltop Drive.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an attempt to repair cracking roads throughout Southington, the town tried out three types of “chipseal” as part of a pilot project for pavement preservation. Chipseal is a pavement surface treatment that combines asphalt and aggregate to repair roads. After testing three options, Town Manager Gary Brumback said his top choice…

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Swimmers battle into the state open

March 23, 2016
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Austin Bull cuts through the water during the breaststroke competition at the Class LL final meet. Bull was a member of one of the two Southington relays to advance, and he qualified as an alternate for the state open championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two relays and an alternate at the state open championship and a diver that clawed his way to the Class LL finals, the Blue Knight swimming and diving team rallied for one of their best winters under Coach Evan Tuttle. When he took over the the boys swimming and diving…

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Council approves policy for alcohol on town property

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted at their last meeting to approve a new policy for alcohol on municipal property. In an 8-1 vote, with Democrat Chris Palmieri opposing, the council approved the sale and consumption of wine and beer at the library, the Barnes Museum, the Calendar House, Gura Building Arts Complex, and…

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Grand List increased by 1.92 percent

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When totaling up this year’s Grand List, Southington completed a reassessment of the entire town in addition to evaluating new construction. Adding up real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property assessments, the town released a grand net total of $3.9 billion in taxable assets. The Department of Assessments used the Grand List…

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If you like the music, you’ll like ‘Motown;’ if you want more, well…

March 23, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR I’m of two minds when it comes to “Motown the Musical,” which opened Tuesday night at The Bushnell in Hartford. I liked some of it and I had some serious problems with the rest of it. Like most of us of a certain age, I love the classic hits of…

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Obituary: Judy Michaels, 71

March 23, 2016
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Judy Michaels, 71, of Southington, passed away on March 21, 2016 at Hartford Hospital.  She was the wife of Richard Michaels. Judy was born on June 30, 1944 in England and was the daughter of the late Max and Margaret (Fowler) Wilton. She had been employed by Henkel-Loctite Corp. in Rocky Hill.   Judy enjoyed gardening…

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Sports Listings for the March 25 edition

March 23, 2016
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FUNDRAISERS PSYCHIC READINGS FOR RUGBY—Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. registration), at Southington High School. A group reading with medium Karen Kilmartin. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the SHS rugby club. Contact: hdultra73@gmail.com. PAVERS FOR POSTERITY (BLUE KNIGHT BRICKS)—The Turf Committee is offering an opportunity to purchase…

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Hernandez named Coach of the Year: CT Sports Writers Alliance to honor the Lady Knight softball coach

March 23, 2016
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The Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance named Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez as the Doc McInerney Female High School Coach of the Year.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Her close friends and family know her as “Bean” and “DD,” but to most people, she is simply known as a winner. Lady Knight softball coach Davina Hernandez may carry a particular swag when it comes to running her program and she might wear her lucky, red turf shoes to every…

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