Mandatory concussion education is set

July 18, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer School officials are making concussion education and awareness mandatory for student athletes and parents this fall. Eric Swallow, director of athletics for Southington schools, briefed the school board at a recent Board of Education meeting. The focus on concussions comes from an upcoming state mandate. “The State legislature has mandated…

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SCCA raises enough funds to lease the Gura Building

July 18, 2014
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Southington Community Cultural Arts has raised enough money towards renovating the Gura Building and on Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to lease the building to the group for a $1 a year.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) reached its fundraising goal and secured a lease for the old Gura Building, which it will renovate and turn into a community arts center. In 18 months, the arts group was able to raise $1,113,000 and will now lease the Gura Building for a…

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Southington High School announces its fourth quarter honor roll

July 17, 2014
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Southington High School has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Grade 9,  First Honors: Madison Aldieri, Abigail Alfieri, Michael Allen, Hallie Altwies, Kelly Angeli, Alissa Anglis, Jake Aparo, Lily Baker, Katerina Belales, Kayla Birmingham, Alyssa Boucher, Sydney Brault, Megan Burke, Laura Calandra, William Carbone, Michaela Carrera, Meghan Cichon, Kristen Craven, Anthony D’Abramo,…

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Youths preparing for summer theatre

July 17, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer For the last four weeks, participants of the Southington Parks and Recreation Youth Summer Theater program have been practicing for their performances this month. The Southington Parks and Recreation Youth Summer Theater program provides educational experience in theater to children of in three different age groups, the difficult and length…

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Car ends up in the river following I-84 crash

July 16, 2014
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Southington firefighters, with the help of passing motorists, were able to safely help two occupants of a car that went off the road near Exit 30 on Interstate 84, coming to rest in the nearby river. The call came in to fire dispatch at 6:30 p.m. Firefighters responded to find that the car had careened…

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Gov. issues warning about tonight’s severe weather

July 15, 2014
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy today, in a news release, cautioned residents about possible severe weather through this evening and potential flooding through tomorrow morning.  “We continue to be in a very active, severe weather pattern,” said Malloy in his press release. “I am asking all residents, especially those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas, to stay alert…

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Local residents to take part in bike charity

July 14, 2014
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Jimmy DeFau and his daughter Nicole will take part in the Pan-Mass Challenge next month. The event raises money to support the Jimmy Fund.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Two Southington residents will join 5,8000 cyclists in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 190 mile bike ride that raises money for the Jimmy Fund to support adult and pediatric cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The 35th annual bike-a-thon on August 2 and 3 has a goal…

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Health officials warn about mosquito born diseases

July 13, 2014
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Using a mosquito repellent is a good idea this summer.

By Ed Harris Editor Local health officials are asking residents to remain vigilant about mosquitoes, citing their ability to spread disease. There are over 2,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide, with 49 species calling Connecticut home. Not every species of mosquitoes bite, and when they do, it is only the females. Less than half of the…

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Winning isn’t everything; The 1976 baseball team still ranks as the best that didn’t win

July 12, 2014
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The 1976 Blue Knights went 18-0 but lost to Shelton, 3-2, during a 16-inning contest in the state championship game. Front, from left, Al Fracaso, Mike Boissoneault, Pat DeSorbo, John Falzarano, Jim Koeller, Al Rousseau, Tom Bussett, Gary Burdette, Jim Gugliotti, Dan Hahn, and Joe Lembo. Back, Coach John Fontana, Bob Dudrow, Tom Banner, Ed Murawski, Dan Freer, Russ Barry, Jim Swain, Larry Jardine, Jim reeves, Rich Topshe, Dave McArty, and Mgr. Mark Bourcier. Missing from the photo: Mgr. Mike Grazioso and pitching coach Dallas Shields.

When Joe Fontana addressed his nephew’s team at the postseason banquet, even he was at a loss for words. The former athletic director had been the coach for both of Southington’s previous undefeated baseball teams. If anybody knew what it takes to win a title, it was the former baseball and football legend. So what…

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