Southington churches schedule services for Easter, Holy Week

March 18, 2016
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The 38th Annual St. Thomas Parish Passion Play will be performed at Southington Catholic School auditorium located at 99 Bristol Street in Southington, on March 19, 23, 25 at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are free and are available while they last. For more information visit: www.st-thomasplay.org.

The following Southington Churches have announced their special service times for Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday (March 20), Maundy Thursday (March 24), Good Friday (March 25), Holy Saturday (March 26), and Easter (March 27): Baptist First Baptist Church, 581 Meriden Ave, Southington. March 20: 10 a.m. Service including the distribution of palms. March 24:…

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Tilcon proposal adds open space to Crescent Lake

March 18, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Tilcon Connecticut is seeking approval from state lawmakers to lease city-owned watershed land for gravel mining over 40 years—a proposal that would give additional acres of open space land to Plainville, New Britain, and Southington. In late February, Tilcon presented the details about the proposal during a pair of public forums. Tilcon,…

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St. Thomas Passion Play is still going strong after 38 years: Curtain opens on March 20 for Holy Week shows

March 17, 2016
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The St. Thomas Church Passion Play is getting ready to open for Holy Week shows. The annual event is entering its 38th year of production.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT It was 38 years ago that a small group of parishioners at St. Thomas Church started the tradition of the St. Thomas Church Passion Play, a prayerful presentation from their Christian community which tells the story of Jesus’ life, specifically in his last days. The cast of Passion Play uses acting and…

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Obituary: Wayne John Simmers, 73

March 17, 2016
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Wayne John Simmers, 73, of Southington passed away on March 15, 2016

Wayne John Simmers, 73, of Southington passed away on March 15, 2016, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. He was the loving husband of Marie “Billye” (Ferney) Simmers. Born September 26, 1942, in Natrona Heights, PA, and a graduate of Har-Brack High School.  He was the son of the late Richard…

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Key Club’s Kiddie Carnival

March 17, 2016
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Kiddie Carnival- hungry, hungry, hippos

Children compete in a “Hungry Hippos” game at the Kiddie Carnival on Saturday, March 12. The event was sponsored by the Southington High School Key Club and proceeds benefit the SCS food pantry. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Ladies Night Out

March 17, 2016
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Cheryl Falco and Shannon Dubey shop for purses at The Posh Pear.

Scores of Southington women showed up at the Aqua Turf for the annual Ladies Night event on March 8. The event featured a salsa dancing performance by Platinum Salsa and an auction for everything from personal training sessions and golf lessons to make-overs, and landscaping services. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Uncharted waters: Freshman phenom raises the bar for diving

March 17, 2016
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Chase Galayda steadies himself for a dive at the Class LL diving championships in Hamden last week. The freshman phenom finished in the top 20 during his rookie season and already holds the program record.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Chase Galayda said that he felt butterflies when he walked to the diving board at the Class LL diving trials, but he didn’t show it by his gait. The Southington freshman backed his way to the edge of the board, paused for a moment, and stretched his arms wide. With a…

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It’s the house that social media built

March 17, 2016
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Mike Riccio wanted fresh ideas when he bought this fixer-upper, so he turned to social media. (Photo by Dawn Miceli)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you have ever found yourself shouting suggestions to homeowners while watching HGTV, wishing you could give your opinion on their home repair decisions, The House That Social Media Built is the project for you. Last month, Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio launched the project, an interactive social media account that gives…

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SHS students recognized at state DECA conference

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington High School students swept the board at this year’s state DECA conference, held at the Aqua Turf on March 1. Over 1,000 student leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Southington to compete in categories ranging from finance and hospitality to marketing and management. The DECA program, said SHS co-advisor Teresa Brooks, teaches…

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