Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

December 21, 2014
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Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the standing room audience at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville last Friday, the stresses of the holiday melted away. And it was all thanks to Burlesque-A-Pades’ “Christmas Shimmy,” featuring Angie Pontani, Helen Pontani, the Maine Attraction, Albert Cadabra, and special Connecticut guest Dot Mitzvah. I, for one, didn’t stop…

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SVMFL competes for the food pantry

December 21, 2014
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The Buccaneers collected over 200 pounds of food during their game-day food drive.

The Southington Valley Midget Football League’s recent food drive raised hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food for Southington Community Services during a week-long contest on the sidelines of league games. The Redskins won the contest, collecting over 489 pounds of food for the local food bank. The Buccaneers finished second with 207 pounds of food.…

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Expanding the water system in Southington

December 21, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER   The Town Council unanimously approved a bond ordinance for over $5 million, which is going to be a low-interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, for the Water Department to design and construct the Eastside Pressure Zone project. According to Superintendent of the Water Department Fred Rogers,…

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Five-year old starts toy drive for CCMC

December 21, 2014
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER For 5-year-old Amelia Daliga of Bristol, all she wants this holiday season is to make young patients smile at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Late last month, Amelia decided to start her own toy drive after thinking about children who may not be able to come home for the…

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Cops give toys for Southington tots

December 21, 2014
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There are 600 families that will have toys under their tree as a result of the Southington Police Department’s Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive. Southington Community Services said, in a press release, that the event was the most successful toy drive to date. From left, Master Stt. Kahn, Officer Gorr, Ben Gorr, Officer Gallo, and…

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Local Sikh temple supports Bread for Life

December 21, 2014
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Eldon Hafford, executive director of Bread for Life, second from right, welcomes local Sikhs to the food storage site when they delivered several hundred pounds of food in November.

The Connecticut Gurdwara Nanak Darbar temple on West Street continues to play a large role in supporting Southington’s Bread for Life. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the local Sikh temple shopped for and delivered several hundred pounds of nonperishable food to Bread for Life’s storage facility. Along with the food donations, they also…

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2014 Boys Basketball Preview

December 20, 2014
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First-year coach John Cessario has high expectations for his team despite their 1-19 record last winter.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Blue Knight basketball coach John Cessario points to his players as they huddle in a small room off the high school gym. The hum of conversation and laughter fills the area as the boys lounge around before practice, and the first-year coach smiles at a visitor with a sense of satisfaction.…

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2014 Wrestling Preview

December 20, 2014
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By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR When last year’s football championship dragged into mid-December, it put an early strain on the Blue Knight wrestling team. Some decided to skip wrestling altogether. Injuries plagued some others, and Southington’s preseason hopes seemed to dwindle further and further with every passing week. Coaches emptied the benches. Freshmen were thrust into…

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Observations: Why reality television will follow us into the New Year

December 20, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Reality television shows are usually either something you love or you hate. For those of you who hate it, unfortunately the phenomenon isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I predict 2015 will be yet another big year for shows like “The Bachelor”, “Catfish” and “19 Kids and Counting.” I have mixed…

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