Wheeler Clinic to host info session for foster parents

February 4, 2016
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Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: (888) 793-3500
www.WheelerClinic.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Feb. 13, Wheeler Clinic will host an informational session for anyone interested in the opportunity to foster a child. On a daily basis, Wheeler’s foster care programs service at least 60 local children in need of a foster home. “We desperately need parents,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, Director of Community Based…

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Knights battle at CT Challenge

February 4, 2016
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Richard Rivera tries to take down his opponent during the 220 pound championship bout of the CT Challenge tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (8-2) welcomed some of the best talent in the state to the Walt Lozoski Gymnasium when they hosted the seventh annual Connecticut Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 30. Trumbull captured the CT Challenge title for the first time with six finalists and three individual champions. Cumberland (R.I.) finished 18…

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Foundation accepting grant, scholarship applications

February 3, 2016
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Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and applications are available on the foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.org. Nonprofit organizations serving Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and/or…

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BOE unanimously approves proposal for 2016-17 budget

February 3, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously on Jan. 28 to approve the budget for the 2016-2017 academic-year. The budget proposes a 3.61 percent increase to the previous year’s budget, totaling $92,901,729. Superintendent Timothy Connellan provided the Board with his proposed budget on Dec. 29. The BOE reviewed the budget, created by…

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Gymnasts are flirting with 140

February 3, 2016
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Megan Walsh springs off the mat during her floor routine. Southington beat Farmington by more than 25 points.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (6-0) emulated a repeat performance of last week’s meet by just missing their highest team score of the regular season by less than a point in a home win, over Farmington on Saturday, Jan. 30., 137.05-111.1. The Knights scored a season high of 137.8 in a home win…

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Let the postseason begin: Indoor track sets a school record at CCC championship

February 3, 2016
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Isabella Scalise circles the track during the 3200m event at the CCC Championships. Scalise was one of three Lady Knights to finish in the top 20 of the distance race.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington’s indoor track and field team kicked off the winter postseason in style at the CCC Championships on Saturday, Jan. 30 at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. The Knights broke a school records while qualifying a few more athletes for the upcoming Class LL state meet. The girls team placed…

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Showing appreciation for our veterans: Elks Lodge honors military service members

February 3, 2016
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A pair of local veterans, who served the country during World War II and the Korean War, were among those who attended a Military Appreciation dinner hosted at the Elks Club on Jan. 30.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Denise Johnson wanted to find a way to honor local members of the military for their service and sacrifice. Through the Elks Lodge 1669, where she has been a member since 2008, she hosted a Military Appreciation dinner to recognize veterans, active military members, and…

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Swimmers surge past Conard on the road

February 3, 2016
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Austin Bull swims a freestyle race at a recent Blue Knight swim meet. Southington took to the road last week but came away with a rare win in West Hartford.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (5-2) defeated Conard for the first time in 12 years with a 97-86 conference triumph over Conard at the Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Southington wasted no time and jumped out in front of the Chieftains, 12-2, with first and second place finishes…

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Strikers win the President’s Cup

February 3, 2016
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The Southington Strikers 12-U girls soccer team was honored during the Jan. 25 Town Council meeting. The Southington Soccer Club team went undefeated during the fall to earn their second consecutive division championship before claiming the state title to earn the club’s first visit to the US Youth Soccer Regional President’s Cup. The team scored five wins over two days, culminating in a 3-0 win over Virginia to win the President’s Cup. The team received proclamations from the town and the state for going 56-10 over the past two years. (Photo by BRIAN JENNINGS)