With The Devil Wears Prada’s latest fans will be sent soaring into ‘Space’

July 18, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Star Trek” may have espoused that space is the final frontier. But “Space” is also the latest release from Ohio’s The Devil Wears Prada, which has set its launch pad up on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. The tour stops into Hartford on…

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Commentary: Know the nearest exit; it could save your life

July 18, 2015
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Glenn Dube, Southington fire fighter

It’s been 71 years. 7 decades since thousands of men, women, and children converged on Barbour Street in Hartford to enjoy the circus on July 6, 1944. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was America’s largest, one of many that crisscrossed the nation and entertained hundreds of thousands in an era before television,…

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Letter: Reader applauds the Southington Library staff

July 18, 2015
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To the editor: My family and I have lived in Southington going-on 50 years. We’ve seen many good things get better. One of the outstanding low-profile gems is our town library. Hats off to the staff that provides consistently excellent caring and professional service. Sue Smayda, has done—and does do—a super job. So, if anyone…

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Samples flow for Calvanese charities

July 17, 2015
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Joe Antosca serves a sample of red wine during the annual Beer and Wine Tasting Festival sponsored by the Calvanese Foundation at the Aqua Turf on July 9.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Calvanese Foundation hosted their annual beer and wine tasting festival on July 9, where volunteers filled the Aqua Turf, serving hundreds of samples of beer, wine, and cider. Musical entertainment by The Happening drew crowds to the dance floor between trips to the vendors to fill their sample cups, while vendors…

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Flanders wins contest for $40,000 playground

July 17, 2015
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A scale model on the TerraCycle website shows what the new Flanders playscape will look like. Construction begins this fall.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Students at Flanders Elementary School will be welcomed back to school with a brand new playground, as the winners of a contest sponsored by Colgate and Shoprite. Due to their participation in the TerraCycle Recycling program, Flanders was eligible to compete for the $40,000 playground, and came out on top with more…

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Hall of Fame: It takes a village to raise a banner, the 2002 Lady Knight soccer team rallied around a common goal

July 16, 2015
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The 2002 Lady Knight soccer team is the only Southington soccer team to capture a state championship. Front, from left, Kelly Walsh, Meredith Wholley, Lauren Lattanzio (captain), Lauren Forgione (captain), Lauren Dziedzic (captain), Kaitlin Quinn, Shannon McKernan. Middle, Shivan Wheeler, Corina Adaskaveg, Brandi Groglio, Kristina DiGirolamo, Meghan Butler, Megan Fuller, Erica Waltz. Back, Assistant Coach Steve Risser, Kamila Zysk, Sam Morrissey, Lorraine Mobarak, Stephanie Kowalec, Jill Cocco, Beth Meccariello, Brianna Ondriezek, and Coach Sal Penta. Missing from the photo is Assistant Coach Joe Blaszczyk.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Sal Penta can still remember stopping at midfield during his first preseason soccer practice in 2002 and watching the scene unfold in front of him like a choreographed dance. Players, drenched in sweat, were shuffling through drills. An assistant coach pointed to a group of defenders sprinting toward loose balls. Another one turned…

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Controversy continues around Hatton Meadow project

July 16, 2015
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Members of the Community Coalition to Save Hatton discuss plans for solar panels on Hatton Meadow during a press conference on Berlin Drive on July 9.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Members of the community neighboring Hatton Meadow, the approved location for a new solar panel installation, have not given up their fight to preserve the land. Residents brought their concerns of recreation, wildlife, and property value to the town council on June 22, urging councilors to reconsider their approval of the location.…

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Wayton Open is off to a promising start

July 16, 2015
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Wayton Open [2015]

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The eighth annual Wayton Open tennis tournament kicked off at local courts on Friday, July 10, and it continues to get bigger every year. The tournament started out as a one-day competition when former Southington High School standout Matt Wayton rolled out the charity event in 2007, but it has expanded…

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Blues keep pace in the West

July 16, 2015
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Robert Schryver digs in at the plate during a recent Bristol Blues home game. The Blues sit atop the Western Division of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Davis Strong hit one, deep to right field. Racing back, Willie Allen couldn’t get it. It bounced to the wall. One run in. Two runs in. Strong, on the second pitch, added to the Blues lead making it 6-0 in the top of the seventh. The Bristol Blues (21-12) picked up…

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