Obituary: Stephanie J. Zabohonski, 68

January 14, 2016
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Stephanie J. Zabohonski died on Jan. 12, 2016.

Stephanie J. Zabohonski, “Rusty,” 68, formerly of Southington, passed peacefully surrounded by family on January 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was the loving wife of Louis “Lou” Zabohonski Jr. for 39 years. Stephanie was born on April 21, 1947 in Detroit, MI, one of 6 daughters to Celesta (Listopad) Raczkiewicz…

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Middle schoolers explore STEM at SHS

January 14, 2016
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STEM Department Chair Justin Mirante demonstrates an engineering display during a STEM tour for local middle school students.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), labs at Southington High School (SHS) aren’t your typical “shop” classes. Using 3D printers and CAD computer programs, students learn to design everything from wind turbines, to model homes, to go-karts. More than 25 course options give students the opportunity to learn STEM fundamentals, discover…

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CyberKnights prepare to storm the castle: Team 195 launches the season at a FIRST kick-off event

January 14, 2016
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Members of the CyberKnights react to this year’s game challenge during a worldwide kick-off to the 2016 season. (Photo by John Goralski)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington High School Cyber Knights (Team 195) launched their 2016 season in a worldwide kickoff last weekend. At 10a.m. on Jan. 8, FIRST robotics launched the international robotics season with the announcement of their Stronghold game. The Stronghold game is the annual challenge that each team faces in competition. The game’s…

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Commentary: Life lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom

January 14, 2016
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John Goralski
Southington Observer Editor

When news began to filter in after the boys basketball game on Thursday, I couldn’t believe my ears. I actually had to go into the CIAC website to see if the claims were really true. A 104-30 loss to Windsor might be the most lopsided loss suffered by any Southington High School team in the…

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Knights edge Wethersfield: Williams tips the scale for the Lady Knight gymnasts

January 13, 2016
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Vicky Castillo  leaps across the beam during a meet against Wethersfield on Jan. 9. Castillo led the Knights in the event with a 9.3.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Rachel Williams hopped onto the bars and gracefully swung from the low bar to the high bar. She extended into a handstand position, shifted direction with a pirouette, and switched back to the low bar. On Saturday, Jan. 9, Williams danced around the bars, flipped into a dismount, and landed softly…

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Expect trailside retail and dining along the rail-trail

January 13, 2016
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An architect’s rendering of a proposed retail village to be built alongside Southington’s rail-trail near the Ideal Forging site.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington will have a new downtown destination, with plans moving forward for a new retail and dining center along the rails-to-trails downtown project. Modeled after The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) heard plans last week for the seven-building and 80-parking space destination. Kathy…

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Lady Knights keep on rolling: Girls clinch a postseason berth with 8th win of the season

January 13, 2016
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Janette Wadolowski looks for an open teammate during a  56-39 win over Windsor.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights kept rolling with two double-digit road wins, sandwiching a 17-point victory at home. At 8-1, the Lady Knights clinched a postseason berth. Southington began the week with a road trip across the Connecticut River to Glastonbury (5-2) on Monday, Jan. 4, where they won by 12 points over…

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Knights crown 2 champs: Abacherli, Calo win in Hartford

January 13, 2016
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Austin Abacherli takes down an opponent during the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. Abacherli was one of two division champions for the Knights.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Austin Abacherli grabbed his opponent in a bear hug and slammed him to the mat, locking onto his arms and legs to make sure that he had nowhere to go. The result was another Southington pin. Team co-captain Abacherli and freshman sensation Paul Calo made all the right moves over the…

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Hockey wins fourth in a row

January 13, 2016
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Caelan Booth leads a charge during a recent Warrior-Knight contest. Booth had two assists in a 5-0 win over Trinity Catholic.

Four wins in a row spells a 5-1-0 regular season record for the Hall-Southington ice hockey team. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Warrior-Knights continued their momentum with a 5-0 shut out over Division III Trinity Catholic, 5-0, at Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford. Jarod Florian paced the attack with two goals and two assists.…

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