Obituary: Thea Ricci, 64

January 28, 2016
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Thea (Foley) Ricci died on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Thea (Foley) Ricci, 64, of Southington, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. She had been the loving wife of Roderick Ricci for 29 years and the proud mother of Taryn Ricci. Born March 19, 1951 in Waterbury to Elsie (Beck) Foley and the late James Foley, she had been a…

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Obituary: Viola D. Fiondella, 91

January 28, 2016
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Viola D. (LaRosa) Fiondella of Southington died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Viola D. (LaRosa) Fiondella, 91, of Southington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 25, 2016.  She was the wife of the late Angelo Fiondella who she was married to happily for 58 years. She was born in Meriden the daughter of the late Rafaelle and Immaculate (Mule) LaRosa. Prior to…

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Local teen launches non-profit to promote education

January 28, 2016
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More information about Planting Pencils can be found at www.plantingpencils.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Ishaan Patel is an eighth-grade student at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where lessons are taught on smart boards and assignments are completed on laptops. When Patel thought of school, he thought of an education modeled around technology—typing essays, researching online, and using computer software to complete his projects. That was until…

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Anthony Jacks holds fundraiser for injured cook

January 28, 2016
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Hector Delgado, chef at Anthony Jack's, hosted a fundraiser on Jan. 19 to benefit assistant cook Miguel Jimenez, who was badly burned in a home cooking accident.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Miguel Jimenez, an assistant cook at Anthony Jacks Wood Fired Grill, was injured in a home cooking accident, the restaurant opened its doors to help him get back on his feet. On New Year’s Day, the 22-year-old cook was preparing lunch in his home when an oil-based fire broke out in…

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Knight swimmers break 2-game skid

January 27, 2016
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Anthony Sagnella crashes through the water during the 100 butterfly during a 90-61 win over East Catholic that snapped a two-game losing streak.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Friday, Jan. 22, Southington (3-2) bounced back from two straight defeats with a 90-61 win over East Catholic at the Southington YMCA. Blue Knight swimmers posted 20 best times for the second meet in a row during the victory. “They were a competitive team, despite being small,” said Southington coach…

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Lombardi reimbursed for $25K legal fees

January 27, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted along party lines on Jan. 25 to reimburse Councilor Tom Lombardi (R), for legal fees associated with allegations of Lombardi’s violation of the town’s code of ethics. In a motion brought forward by Councilor Ed Pocock (R), Republicans Pocock, Lounsbury, Triano, Champagne, and Riccio voted in favor of…

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Knights finish 4th at Timberlane

January 27, 2016
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Logan LaRosa wrestles his opponent to the mat during a win at Hall High School. LaRosa went on to become one of six Southington wrestlers to medal at the Timberlane Invitational.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (8-1) spent some time away from home, but still managed to find success while out in the road, finishing in the top five at the Timberlane Invitational over the weekend, as well as cruising to a comfortable win over a divisional opponent during the week. Southington scored 121…

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Gymnasts close in on 140

January 27, 2016
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Rachel Williams leaps across the beam during a victory over RHAM on Friday, Jan. 22.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The weekend snowstorm may have pushed the weekend gymnastics meet to Friday, Jan. 22, but having one less day to practice did not impose any adverse effects on the Lady Knights (5-0). If anything, it made them stronger. The Knights reached their highest mark of the season in a 137.8-130.4 win…

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Local organizations benefit from Women and Girls’ Fund

January 27, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Women and girls in Southington and several surrounding communities will benefit from more than $35,000 in grants awarded by the Main Street Community Foundation earlier this month. The foundation’s Women and Girls’ Fund chose 11 regional organizations, campuses, and programs to invest in this year, including several local groups. Each of the…

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