Big Leagues come up big time

July 27, 2016
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Southington’s Big League baseball team represented Connecticut at the regional tournament in Dover, Del.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER For the second year in a row, Big League baseball manager Andy Levin was in a bind as he walked around town with one of his assistant coaches, going from business to business desperately seeking donations. “We really had to give them the whole we-don’t-know-yet explanation,” said Levin. “A lot of…

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Now, that’s amore

July 27, 2016
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Italian Sunday School-students talk some Italian for the audience

        On Monday, July 25, visitors to the Southington Drive-In pavilion were treated to a taste of Italy. Students from the Italian Sunday School performed a variety show, which included Italian skits, songs, dances, and music performed by students.   For the past five years, Tina Riccio has been leading the weekly Italian…

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Southington woman to vie for national crown

July 27, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR Southington’s Kimberly Beaudoin is vying for a chance to see if will be crowned queen of the nation. Beaudoin, who is the current Mrs. Connecticut USA Universal, is in Reno, Nev. competing in the Mrs. USA Universal pageant. She spent most of last week preparing for her journey. Results were not available…

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Spotlights perform ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 27, 2016
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Beauty and the Beast-Jack Storm (Beast) and Maggie Carroll (Belle) (4)

Southington Summer Theater came to a close last weekend with the Spotlight program’s redition of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Southington High School auditorium. The play, based on the Disney film, featured Maggie Carroll, above, as “Beauty,” and Jack Storm as “The Beast.” The play was performed by Southington actors in grades 9 to…

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Conservation commission approves bridge plan

July 27, 2016
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Bridge construction

After a special on-site meeting on Thursday, July 21, members of Southington’s Conservation Commission Inland Wetland and Watercourses Agency (CCIWWA) voted unanimously to approve an application to rehabilitate a bridge which spans the Eight Mile River on West Center Street. Southington’s director of public works Keith Hayden, along with Joseph Scalise, bresented an overview of…

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Students get an education at Democratic convention

July 27, 2016
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By JACQUELINE STOUGHTONREPUBLICAN-AMERICAN Connecticut college students are getting a behind-the-scenes look, as they experience the Democratic National Convention you won’t see on television. Four students and one professor from Quinnipiac University have already been in Philadelphia in the week leading up to the convention as a part of a two-week, six-credit program that consists of…

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Neighboring communities discussing Tilcon plan

July 27, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In February, Tilcon Connecticut proposed a project that would require them to lease watershed land owned by the City of New Britain. Over 40-years, the crushed stone, concrete and hot asphalt mix company would use 130-acres south of their gravel mine for additional mining. In exchange, the communities of Southington, Plainville, and…

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Blues get back on track for tourney

July 27, 2016
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Frankie Gregoire makes a sliding catch during the Blues’ loss to the North Shore Navigators on Sunday, July 24.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Bristol Blues rebounded from the franchise’s worst week of the year to go 4-2 last week. After defeating the Pittsfield Suns twice and splitting games with the Seacoast Mavericks, the Blues finished the week with a total of 72 hits in six games. “We’ve been swinging the bat really well…

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Obituary: Donald B. Fries, 94

July 27, 2016
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Donald B. Fries, 94, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 21, 2016 at HOCC of New Britain. He had been the loving husband of Lorraine (Harriott) Fries for 60 years. Born on January 30, 1922 in Middlefield to the late Frederick and Anne (Meek) Fries, he had been a longtime Southington resident. Donald…

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