Community ice rink is back for another season

December 20, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor The ice rink is returning for its second year and is set up on the Water Department property on Mill Street, just across from the Rails to Trails. The rink, which is open throughout the winter months, made the move downtown from Memorial Park, where it was set up last year.…

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Southington Gathers Together in Remembrance

December 19, 2012
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Southington Gathers Together in Remembrance

Sunday, December 16th The First Congregational Church, in Southington, held a prayer vigil to morn the losses and pay tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementry School attack.  Parishioners from the town of Southington gathered together to lead the service.  Those in attendance reflected on scripture passages, poetry, moments of silence, and music. …

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7 seconds to score; Blue Knight opener comes down to the final shot

December 19, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Track coaches know that 7.7 seconds is a good time in the 55m dash. Wrestling coaches dread the final 7.7 seconds as a straining grappler tries to hold on to a slim lead. In swimming, it can be the difference between placing first or last in the 100 freestyle, and…

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Taking care of business; Knights hold Plainville scoreless for 11 minutes

December 19, 2012
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Taking care of business; Knights hold Plainville scoreless for 11 minutes

By John Goralski Sports Writer Plainville scored twice to take a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes, and that was enough to kick the Lady Knights into another gear. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the girls shifted into a full court press, and Plainville guards never knew what hit them. “Plainville’s very young, so we wanted…

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Picking up steam; Knights bounce back from slow start

December 19, 2012
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Picking up steam; Knights bounce back from slow start

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Travis Daly was tossing around his opponent like a cat with a ball of string, but that wasn’t enough. The defending state champion had to score a pin late in the meet if his team had a chance to win. Bristol Eastern was consistently out-wrestling the…

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Schools look to improve safety after Newtown

December 19, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Area school districts are working to restore some stability in the classrooms and reassure parents about safety, in the wake of a devastating mass shooting in Newtown. “We spent the weekend preparing for the return of students,” said Plainville Superintendent Jeff Kitching. “The sooner we could get them back to…

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Connecticut Psychiatric Society issues tips in wake of Newtown

December 19, 2012
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The Observer received this email from the Connecticut Psychiatric Society: Connecticut Psychiatric Society Provides Mental Health Resources for Those Impacted by the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School [Bloomfield, CT] – The Connecticut Psychiatric Society (CPS) expresses its deepest sympathies to all those affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut…

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United Way establishes Sandy Hook School Support Fund

December 19, 2012
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Following the tragedy in Newtown, the United Way of Southington is collecting funds to help provide resources to the community throughout the coming weeks and months. The “Sandy Hook School Support fund” will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected. Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy…

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Sikh temple to host candlelight vigil to honor Newtown victims Friday night

December 19, 2012
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Southington’s Sikh temple will host a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Friday night. The vigil will take place at the temple, 1610 West Street, at 7 p.m. Speakers will include state Senator Joe Markley. Candles will be provided. For more information, email Amandeep Samra at…

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