I-84 bridge project moved to June 27

June 4, 2014
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Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the replacement of the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, carrying an average of 81,800 vehicles daily as of 2012, according to ConnDOT. The bridge superstructures…

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Winterberry promotes sustainability through garden practices

June 2, 2014
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Winterberry promotes sustainability through garden practices

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When head grower Sebby Milano began working at Winterberry Gardens in 2003, he remembers how the garden center began with one greenhouse. Eleven years later, Winterberry has “grown” into a total of three state-of-the-art greenhouses, all equipped with annuals, perennials, and a variety of fresh produce. “Our plants are very…

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Town applies for grants to fix bridges

June 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve grant applications for the deck replacements of both the West Center Street and the Spring Street bridges. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) inspects town bridges over 20-feet in length every two years. ConnDOT recently conducted inspections of…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

May 31, 2014
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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

By Ed Harris Editor Kayla Sica, a Senior Girl Scout, is working to earn her Gold Award by undertaking a project called Success at the Dog Pound. As part of the project, Kayla is looking to bring awareness to the Southington Dog Pound, its adoptions and creating a permanent donation program that will help collect…

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The measuring stick; Boys Lacrosse almost topples the Tomahawks

May 30, 2014
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The measuring stick; Boys Lacrosse almost topples the Tomahawks

By John Goralski Sports Writer It took the Glastonbury defenseman a herculean effort to free himself in the waning minutes of the first half, but he looked upfield to see a streaking attackman sprint across the 50-yard line. The pass was perfect. The timing was well-rehearsed, but a Southington player seemed to materialize out of…

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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

May 30, 2014
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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began. Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior,…

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Tennis continues to shine

May 30, 2014
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Tennis continues to shine

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Mauro had already circled the last week on his schedule, but the  Blue Knight tennis coach is starting to learn that regular season measuring sticks are becoming harder and harder to find. One-sided losses against teams like Hall have become closer deficits. Former contested rivalries have melted into lopsided…

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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

May 30, 2014
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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington has just two losses in the regular season. Only one team in the conference can boast a better record—the team that accounted for both Blue Knight losses. The Blue Knight volleyball team has secured home field advantage in the upcoming Class L tournament with wins over Hand and Bulkeley,…

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