Staggered start; Bill Rodgers returns to the 2015 Apple Harvest Road Race

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The 36th annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival Road Race is set to kick off on Sunday, Oct. 4, but there are some changes to this year’s event. In previous years, the 5-mile road race and the 5K road race started at the same time. This year, however, the races will stagger…

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Southington loss sparks Big League controversy: Locals protest elimination from Little League competition

July 24, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER What started out as a best-of-three series and the chance to go to Dover, Del. to represent Connecticut in the regional tournament ended in controversy. Southington was defeated, 2-1, in the District 5 state championship series by Bristol’s Edgewood team, but more came out of the results of the series than…

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Going out with a laugh: Legion wraps up the season with a good time

July 24, 2015
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Coach Marc Verderame jogs home for Southington score during an off-beat finale against Unionville on July 17.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A couple losses, a couple rainouts, and a couple laughs brought Southington’s (7-15) American Legion season to a close this past week. Post 72 was scheduled to end their season with a doubleheader against Unionville (7-17) on Friday, July 17. However, both teams agreed to do things a little differently, playing…

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SEF announces annual gala on Sept. 25

July 24, 2015
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The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) is hosting its 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala this fall. The gala will be held at the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Guests are encouraged to dress in jerseys and sports gear to show off their favorite team in honor of the…

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YMCA inducts 4 more members into the Camp Sloper Hall of Fame

July 24, 2015
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From left, Mike Miller, Jason Arnauckas, Christine Matteo and Garrett Swiatek were inducted into the YMCA Camp Sloper Hall of Fame by Camp Director Mark Pooler during the Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Picnic held at the camp on July 15.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper inducted its 10th generation of volunteers and staff into their Hall of Fame last week. Started in 2005, the tradition honors “those who have come before us and laid the foundation to what YMCA Camp Sloper is today,” said Camp Director Mark Pooler. This year, the camp honored four…

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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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