Styx’s bassist Ricky Phillips in midst of labor of love for late Ronnie Montrose

July 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bassist Ricky Phillips returns with his fellow rockers in Styx this weekend. But in addition to preparing to perform classic rock tracks such as “Renegade” or “Too Much Time on My Hands” with the band from Chicago, Ricky has had his ears tuned onto another rocker. Ronnie Montrose. Although Ricky…

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Something new is on the horizon for Def Leppard

July 3, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Fans of Def Leppard can rejoice. New music is on the way from the band that gave the world such faves as “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Love Bites,” according to the band’s guitarist Phil Collen. Collen and the rest of Def Leppard (singer Joe Elliott, bassist Rick Savage,…

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Scholarship established in honor of late Bristol Hospital executive

July 3, 2015
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The Eva Wickwire Volunteer Scholarship Fund has been established. It will award an annual scholarship to a student pursuing a career in the health care field. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or current college students from Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, who have a strong record of volunteer service at a…

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These ‘Kinky’ boots are made for loving

July 3, 2015
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By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT I never thought that a pair of boots would get the biggest entrance applause in a show. Well, that’s exactly what happened at the performance of “Kinky Boots” at the Bushnell in the Hartford. I had the pleasure of seeing this amazing musical Tuesday night. Based on the 2005 film “Kinky…

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SHS grad mends a girls’ heart in Nashville

July 3, 2015
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Mark Stankewicz, M.D.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Mark Stankewicz, M.D., was asked to perform a procedure to repair a whole in the heart of 21-year-old Cesia Toledo from Honduras, he knew it was something he had to do. Stankewicz, a Southington native, is one of few cardiologists in the nation who can perform the procedure that repairs a…

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A simple pastime became an obsession: Sue Graziano has a passion for golf, 2 holes in one, and a lifetime of memorabilia

July 3, 2015
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Sue Graziano displays her collection of golf memorabilia from pictures to golf balls she collected, mainly from the Traveler’s championship at TPC Highlands in Cromwell where she has been volunteering for over a decade.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER It started as a phone call about a hole-in-one and then led to something more. The TV is on in the living room and it’s Sunday, but it’s not just any old Sunday. It’s Masters Sunday. She sat at the table in one of her many red, Traveler’s collared shirts drinking…

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There’s no place like home: A.T. thru-hiker detours through Southington for a short break

July 3, 2015
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Southington hiker Erica Hayden takes a selfie at the halfway point of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Hayden stopped in town last week during her trek through Connecticut.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Saturday afternoon, Erica Hayden lounged on the floral couch in the living room of her family’s Knollwood Road home, surrounded by her grandparents, her mother, her sisters, and her nephew. For Hayden, 27, the weekend was a welcomed rest and a very different environment than the one she has called home…

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New Miss CT, Miss CT Outstanding Teen crowned; locals place high in finals

July 3, 2015
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By MOLLY WESTFALL CORRESPONDENT On Saturday, the new Miss Connecticut 2015 was crowned at the Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun. Twenty-two year-old Colleen Ward, a native of Wolcott, took home the crown, representing the Miss Windham County local title. Jjust moments after her crowning, she stated “I am so excited…and super tired. It was…

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Bradley saved: HHC unveils $15 million development plan

July 2, 2015
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An artist’s rendering of Hartford Health Care’s plans for the Bradley Memorial Hospital campus in Southington.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After nearly a year of adjusting ideas for the future of Bradley Memorial Hospital, Hartford HealthCare (HHC) has developed a plan that will improve health care efficiency in Southington and satisfy community concerns with a new universal care unit on the Bradley campus, and a new family health care center on Queen…

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