8th annual GE 5K draws crowd in support of Petit family

July 24, 2015
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Dr. William Petit high-fives a runner during the 8th annual GE 5K Road Race, held in honor of the Petit Family Foundation in Plainville on July 19.

By TAYLOR HARTZ STAFF WRITER More than 1,000 runners lined Woodford Avenue in Plainville early Sunday morning, for the eighth annual GE 5K Road Race, benefiting the Petit Family Foundation. The annual race honors the memories of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit, whose lives were lost in a Cheshire home invasion in 2007. The foundation has…

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Girls Night Out offers up 3 fantastic performances

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three artists. Three fabulous performances. That’s the best way to sum up the opening night of the Girls Night Out Boys Can Come Too Tour at the nearly full Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10. The package features headliners Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, and chart newcomer Rachel Platten. As…

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Idina Menzel gives her fans a fabulous show

July 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the fans of Idina Menzel, the Broadway diva could walk out and sing a bunch of sea shanties and they’d be happy that they shared the same air as their heroine. Menzel’s fans are a devoted lot if the Facebook posts I saw the night of, and the morning…

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Westbound bridge on I-84 to be renamed to honor Lt. Shanley

July 23, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A bridge at westbound exit 32 Queen Street on I-84 will be named in honor of Lieutenant Michael J. Shanley, who served the Southington Police Department for 29-years. Legislation for the dedication was introduced by Rep. David Zoni (D-Conn.) in February, and was passed by the General Assembly during special session last…

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Blues still clinging to top spot: Locals struggle for 2 wins last week

July 23, 2015
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Ryan Rinsky beats the play at second base during a Bristol Blues game at Muzzy Field last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With a count of 0-1 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Bravehearts’ pitcher threw the second pitch, and Austin Chauvin moved off the plate to avoid getting hit by the ball. The catcher couldn’t put his glove on it. The ball rolled…

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Hall of Fame: Uncharted Water: Matt Crispino is still making waves in his sport

July 23, 2015
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Matt Crispino explodes out of the gate during a varsity race in his senior season.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Matt Crispino slipped into the pool like a Navy Seal and clawed his way toward the frontrunners at the 1999 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference meet. All around him, scholarship swimmers were straining to find an edge in the water, but Crispino—a freshman—was matching them stroke-for-stroke. He shot into the turn as…

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2014 SHS grad publishes her first book

July 23, 2015
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Samantha D’Angelo, a Class of 2014 SHS graduate, has published her first book as a freshman at Fordham.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Samantha D’Angelo was a student at Strong Elementary School, her third-grade teacher, Ms. Sesek, noticed her talent for writing and encouraged her to pursue it. In her three years as a John F. Kennedy Middle School student, the young writer completed three books for the Young Authors Competition, winning the contest…

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Wayton Open crowns champions: Weather helps as local tournament welcomes biggest field ever

July 23, 2015
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Luke Pfanzelt returns a volley in the Men’s B Singles final at the 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 2015 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament is in the books and creator/director of the tournament Matt Wayton said the eighth year holding the tournament was by far the most successful. “This is great,” said Wayton. “Everything was on schedule this year. It only rained once during the week, so we frontloaded…

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No warning, and a happily ever after delayed

July 23, 2015
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No warning, and a happily ever after delayed

BY LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Becky Houle Apuzzo is described by those who know her as an energetic and healthy individual. Not only does she work out regularly and eat well, but she also does not smoke or drink. But since early June 2015, Becky has been hospitalized for something she did not expect to…

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