Italian-American Festival attracts a crowd

July 31, 2014
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Italian-American Festival attracts a crowd

By Margaret Waage, Correspondent The tenth annual Italian-American Festival drew crowds last weekend, despite a heavy downpour Sunday afternoon. Luckily the heaviest rain occurred after the traditional procession, which successfully made its way along stretches of Eden Avenue and Liberty Street and winding its way back to the main staging area off Center Street, adjacent…

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Singing competition moves to Lake Compounce

July 30, 2014
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Singing competition moves to Lake Compounce

Singing competition CT Icon, typically held during the Apple Harvest Festival, has found a new home. After numerous successful years at the festival, the competition is moving to Lake Compounce. Normally rounding up at least 100 singers for the auditions, CT Icon is hoping to attract even more people at the theme park. “Lake Compounce…

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Garden club announces fairy house competition

July 27, 2014
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Garden club announces fairy house competition

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer For the third year, the fairy godmothers of the Orchard Valley Garden Club in Southington will host the fairy festival at the Apple Harvest Festival. However, this year, the club is hosting a competition for the public. The public will receive ballets to vote on the best houses and there…

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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

July 26, 2014
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Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up; John Salerno was cut from his SHS team, but that was just the beginning

By John Goralski Sports Writer John Salerno greeted opponents at Mattatuck Community College with a devilish grin and the charm of a back-alley magician. Opponents would swarm into their gym sporting brand new Nike shoes and crisp, colorful uniforms, while Salerno’s squad practiced in the same shoes they wore to class. Teams must have laughed…

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Author shares World War II story in new memoir

July 26, 2014
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Author shares World War II story in new memoir

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Lithuanian native Janina Nawarskas lived a cozy life with her parents and brothers until the 1940s, when her homeland was torn apart. Nawarskas detailed her lifestory in a memoir, “A Child Lost.” She recently held a reading and signing at the Southington Library. The memoir follows Nawarskas’ challenging past, caused…

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Southington’s Italian-American Festival kicks off tonight

July 25, 2014
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The annual Southington Italian-American Festival reaches the decade milestone this evening. The tradition continues with authentic Italian food, music and a homemade wine contest at the tenth annual Southington Italian-American Festival, July 25-27 on Center Street. The festival opens tonight at 5 p.m. It runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:30…

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Man charged with dealing marijuana

July 25, 2014
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A local man was arrested and charged with selling marijuana in town. On Thursday, July 24, the Southington Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Alexander Ricciardelli, 20. After a month long investigation into Ricciardelli selling marijuana in and around town, two arrest warrants were issued for his arrest. On July 24, Ricciardelli was observed in…

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Legion looks to help police K-9s

July 25, 2014
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Legion looks to help police K-9s

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington American Legion is launching fundraising efforts in order to donate training and safety gear to help out a couple special officers at the Southington Police Department, the K-9s. Steve Pintarich, from the American Legion, said that he began the initiative earlier this year and it is finally taking…

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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

July 25, 2014
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Sister-sister; Fitzgerald sisters reach Wayton Open finals; Henne wins 3 titles

By John Goralski Sports Writer Megan Fitzgerald skipped a forehand into the corner and she walked to the net in a muted celebration. Fitzgerald’s final point had clinched the championship at the Wayton Open, but there was no awkward handshake or wild cheering. Fitzgerald just met her opponent at the net and the two melted…

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