Turf is ahead of schedule; Officials believe field ready for late October

September 21, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN Staff Writer Construction of the new artificial turf field at Southington High School is moving swiftly, as officials hope to have it done in enough time to accommodate events in late October. Since late August, the construction crew has been clearing away the old field to make room for the new, hoping…

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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

September 14, 2012
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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Bill Rodgers won the New York City Marathon four times. He claimed four titles at the Boston Marathon in the late 1970s. He won races in Amsterdam, Japan, and across the United States. Rodgers was the top ranked runner in the world at one time in his career, but he…

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Casarella is parade grand marshal

September 14, 2012
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Casarella is parade grand marshal

By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Apple Harvest Festival organizers have chosen Neil Casarella, who retired from the Southington Fire Department in August after 38 years of service, as this year’s Grand Marshal. “I was really honored and a little surprised,” he said. Casarella has also served as an ex-officio member of the festival’s supervisory committee,…

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Council backs arts building; SCCA has 18 months to raise money

September 14, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) has been given approval by the Town Council to begin the early stages of their plans for an arts center at the Gura Building. After months of deliberation at the Council level that was often heated, a small committee of councilors and SCCA members was…

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Food pantries are running low

September 6, 2012
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by ED HARRIS The two Southington Home Depots recently ran a contest to see which store could collect the most food items for Southington Community Services. The businesses donated over 1,500 items at a time when the town department really needed the help. “We’re doing a lot to reach out to the community,” said Nick…

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Programs offer schools money

September 6, 2012
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 by ROB GLIDDEN A new school year in Southington brings another chance for local schools and their surrounding communities to take advantage of rewards programs at nearby supermarkets. Four major supermarket chains (Stop and Shop, Target, Shop Rite and Price Chopper) all have branches in Southington and all have programs that help residents earn donations…

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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

September 6, 2012
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Living here in ‘Allen’-town

When a coach discovers an athlete with an extraordinary work ethic, it’s like striking gold. Finding an athlete with superior talent can be just as rare. Ask any coach what it’s like to find both in the same player, and he’ll probably shrug his shoulders and sigh. It’s a one-of-a-kind athlete for sure, and that’s…

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Turf project is underway: SHS field is closed to the public

September 6, 2012
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Turf project is underway: SHS field is closed to the public

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, local officials met with construction personnel for the ceremonial ‘first shovel’ to begin construction for the Southington High School artificial turf project. The facility is off limits to the public until the project is finished. From left, Acting Town Engineer Jim Grappone-Acting Town Engineer, Southington Athletic Director Eric Swallow, Town Councilor…

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Representing the town; Andy Meade was a true team player

August 29, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Rifling through an old picture album, Andy Meade brushes past the headlines to point out his teammates in the photos. He brags about them one by one, and the list reads like a Who’s Who of Southington sports. Of course, he fails to point out that it’s his name that’s…

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