Hall of Fame: Hand it to Hondo: On the gridiron, hardcourt, or diamond Dave Walstrom was the one to beat

August 7, 2015
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Senior co-captain Dave “Hondo” Walstrom breaks into the backfield during a Southington High School football game in 1967.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR A hush descended upon the crowd as a young Bobby Valentine leaned off first base in the opening round of the 1968 postseason. The Rippowan High School coach didn’t need to signal a steal. Everybody knew it was coming. After all, Valentine had out-run every young gun in the state, and he…

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Luponio goes for the gold

August 7, 2015
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Southington’s Matthew Luponio scored the gold medal in the 12-and-under division at the Nutmeg Games boys golf tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Matthew Luponio walked onto the ninth green and saw that his ball was the furthest away from the hole. So that made him the first to putt. Like a surgeon under pressure, he went to work. He observed the putt and looked over it a few times, studying the breaks on…

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Shock and awe: Southington Shock win the title

August 6, 2015
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With Matt Dinello’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Southington Shock celebrated the program’s fifth title in seven years.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Matt DiNello stepped up to the plate and Southington Shock teammate Joe Daigle inched his lead off of second base. The score was knotted, 1-1. Shadows were crawling across the field because of a power failure with the stadium lights, and…

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Gov. Malloy grants $400K for housing rehab efforts

August 6, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington will receive $400 thousand for housing improvements, as part of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG,) announced by Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner Evonne M. Klein on July 30. The grants are awarded to municipalities who seek to enhance their communities and further economic development. The governor and commissioner said the…

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We’re in love with ‘All Shook Up’

August 6, 2015
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Eddie Vitcavage, center, and Laura Calandra, right, rock out to the songs of Elvis Presley.

Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS The Southington Youth Summer Theater Spotlights program presented the grade 9-12 production, “All Shook Up,” last week at the Southington High School auditorium. The production is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up” tells the story of a small town girl with big…

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Race 4 Chase triathlon honors victim of Sandy Hook

August 6, 2015
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Family members celebrate with a triathlete after his finish. More than 250 athletes, ages 6-12, competed at the Race4Chase triathlon at YMCA Camp Sloper on Aug. 1.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 200 children biked, swam, and ran their way across YMCA Camp Sloper this Saturday, in honor of Chase Kowalski, a 6-year-old victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings. The statewide Race4Chase triathlon, sponsored by the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski (CMAK) Foundation, began in 2013 as a way “to turn…

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Disney cartoons to be screened outdoors in downtown Bristol

August 6, 2015
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Disney is coming to downtown Bristol next week. Two animated children’s classics, “Peter Pan” and “Dumbo” will be screened outdoors on The Patch at Depot Square, North Main Street and Riverside Avenue. The screenings are free. The classic “Peter Pan” will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and “Dumbo” will be shown on Thursday, Aug.…

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Students hold vigil in memory of victims of the I-84 accident

August 6, 2015
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Students joined together at a vigil on Wednesday to honor the lives of AnnMarie Olender and Olivia Fusco, victims of a fatal crash on I-84 on Tuesday, July 28.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Hundreds of students, teachers, coaches, and school administrators gathered on the Southington High School softball field on Wednesday evening to honor the lives of AnnMarie “Annie” Olender and Olivia Fusco. Photos of the young girls lined poster boards along the field’s fence, where candles were lit and balloons flew, reading “Rest In…

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Bids are being accepted for Memorial pool renovations

August 6, 2015
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Keith Hayden, Director of Public Works for the Town of Southington, has announced an invitation for sealed bids for the additions and renovations to Memorial Park’s poolhouse and splashpad. Bids will be received at the Southington Town Hall, Office of the Town Manager, 75 Main Street, until Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 am, after which…

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