Kristen’s Kloset to open soon, donations accepted

February 10, 2014
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Kristen’s Kloset to open soon, donations accepted

By Ed Harris Editor Southington Youth Services is gearing up for another year running the Kristen’s Kloset program. The program is named after 13-year-old Kristen Warner, an honor roll student and gymnast, who died in an automobile accident in 2004. Kristen’s Kloset is a program that provides prom essentials for students with financial or other…

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He’s movin’ on up; Membrino prepares to make the jump to SK Modifieds at Stafford

February 8, 2014
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He’s movin’ on up; Membrino prepares to make the jump to SK Modifieds at Stafford

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino Jr. lovingly strokes the bare chassis of his SK Modified racecar as it sits in a Bristol garage. The engine hasn’t been mounted. Hoses an array of hoses wind their way like snakes through a red skeleton frame. It looks more like a go-cart than a racecar, but…

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Southington entrepreneurs help homeowners, give back to community

February 8, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From the time Luke Florian, of Southington, was in middle school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the real estate business. At the age of 18, he purchased his first income property. By age 27, the entrepreneur already co-founded his real estate company, Elite Property, LLC, and…

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Veterans Committee adopts mission statement

February 8, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Board of Education voting unanimously to adopt an official mission statement for the Veterans Committee, the school district has reaffirmed to “never forget” the sacrifices of military service members from the past and present. “I see tonight as the exemplar for this entire country at every local…

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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

February 7, 2014
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Gymnasts continue to roll; Lady Knights improve to 7-0 with win over Farmington

By John Goralski Sports Writer It wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t their highest score of the season, but on Saturday, Feb. 1, the Knights did what they had to do to win. Nagging injuries continued to plague the Lady Knight gymnasts. Many were tired after a night of club gymnastics just a few hours earlier, but…

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Hoops professor; The Blue Knights mourn the loss of their former basketball coach

February 7, 2014
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Hoops professor; The Blue Knights mourn the loss of their former basketball coach

By John Goralski Sports Writer If you wanted to showcase your shooting skills, Coach John Salerno was rarely impressed. The former Blue Knight basketball coach seemed to be more concerned with the little things in the games that usually go unnoticed. Salerno approached the game of basketball like a master at a chess board. So…

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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

February 7, 2014
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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

By Ed Harris Editor A St. Dominic School fourth grader was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 10 pound cabbage as part of a national program. Last year, Vincent Rappoccio’s third grade class participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The school’s entire third grade class participated in the program, which was…

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Ben’s Bells at Hatton; School starts new year with kindness

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students at Hatton Elementary school kicked off their own town meeting with a promise to make the new year all about acts of kindness. Fifth graders serving on the STEPS ABC Committee hosted the event, leading other students and faculty members in the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.…

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Southington Grand List increases by 1.13 percent

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 2013 Grand List has increased overall by 1.13 percent to $3,773,777,166, according to the town’s Department of Assessors. The Grand List, which comes out every year, measures the net assessment for property in the community in three areas, including real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. In 2012, the…

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