Reloading for another run: Swim team returns a strong core of veterans

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Sixth year coach Evan Tuttle stood behind the blocks with his hands on his hips, surveying each lane like a hawk as his young swimmers glided by one another in perfect synchronization. After finishing a set of laps, swimmers grabbed kickboards that were left outside of the pool at the blocks.…

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Gymnasts ready for another title defense

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER One can argue that Southington saw its best gymnastics team yet when they won their first four Class L state titles consecutively from 2005 to 2008. One might also argue that Southington may have seen their first state open title during that time too, if high school gymnastics started competing at…

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Obituaries for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Southington Observer. For more information, look to Friday’s print or e-editions: Ryan W. Carlson, 24, of Southington, died on Saturday, Dec. 19. He was the son of William and Kathleen (Maguire) Carlson. Barbara Ann (Faryniarz) Dupuis, 62, of Southington died on Monday, Dec. 21, surrounded by…

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Fire Report for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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Southington Fire Department Headquarters
310 North Main Street, P.O. Box 289, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 621-3202

The Southington Fire Department announced the following 27 incidents between Monday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 27: Monday, Dec. 21 6:46:46 a.m., 181 Queen St., Medical assist, assist EMS 9:07:09 a.m., 6 Carter Lane, No Incident found on arrival Tuesday, Dec. 22 2:41:21 p.m., I-84 Westbound, Smoke scare, odor of smoke 2:54:56 p.m., I-84 Eastbound,…

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Police Blotter for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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The Southington Police Department
69 Lazy Ln, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 378-1600

The Southington Police Department announced the following arrests from Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Tuesday, Dec. 22: Donald Paul Bisson, 56, of 1367 Diamond Hill Rd, Cheshire, was arrested on Dec. 11 for possession of narcotics. In a second incident, he was arrested for reckless driving and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Armando…

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The Urillos: The Observer’s first family

December 31, 2015
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Observer co-founders Anthony L. Urillo and Jennie Urillo review the first edition of the Southington Observer in Dec. 1975.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Sitting around the kitchen table in their childhood home, Susan, Marta, and Robert Urillo browsed through a stack of black and white photos from the early days of The Southington Observer. The community weekly newspaper celebrated its anniversary in December, celebrating 40 years since the first Observer rolled off the Southington presses…

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Celebrating 40 years of Southington news coverage

December 31, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR “Southington will not become a big city, nor to we want to become one,” former town planner Lawrence T. Albert said in the second edition of The Observer. “Through proper planning we can expect to attain an ultimate population of 78,000 by the turn of the century.” Southington was in the midst of…

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Silver bells? How about a whole orchestra?

December 31, 2015
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Depaolo 6th grade music students-6th grade stringed orchestra

On Monday, Dec. 21,  DePaolo Middle School students rang in the holiday break with a festive musical concert. DePaolo’s sixth grade stringed orchestra, above, regales the crowd with holiday favorites. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS CLICK TO ENLARGE

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St. Paul planning open house; placement exam Jan. 16

December 30, 2015
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St. Paul Catholic High School will host an open house next month. The scheduled date is Saturday, Jan. 9 with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. A tour of the Bristol building, meeting the faculty, and visiting the family are all part of St. Paul’s open houses and are open to all prospective students and…

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