Italian Festival 2 weeks away

July 14, 2016
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Italian Festival (2016)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Among the traditional favorite festivities at Southington’s Italian-American Festival, two new special events have been added to this year’s line-up. The 12th annual cultural festival will take place on July 29, 30, and 31 on the lower portion of Center Street. The festival will be open from 5p.m. to 11p.m. on Friday,…

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Farmers market offers Friday harvests

July 14, 2016
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Farmers Market-Alex (granddaughter) and Diana Ciaffaglione

Friday’s farmers market is underway at the town green. Visitors last week, above, pick through the a wide array of choices for regionally grown produce and plants. The weekly harvest is presented every Friday throughout the summer, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Early Childhood Collaborative names new director

July 14, 2016
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ECCS has named Joanne Kelleher as its new director.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On July 1, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) welcomed its new director, Joanne Kelleher. A long time Southington resident, Kelleher takes the place of two-year director Mary Yuskis, who resigned from her position to move to Florida with her family. The ECCS is made up of a group of parents,…

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Scoreboard for the June 15 edition

July 14, 2016
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Scoreboard - SHS

These are the scores for games played between July 4 and July 10. For more in depth coverage, read us in print or on-line. 2016 Wayton Open Tennis Tournament July 8-July 10 At Southington High School, Memorial Park, Panthorn Park, and Recreation Park tennis courts Men’s Singles (A) Division First Round—Grant Ogrin def. Christian Perez,…

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‘Mulan Jr.’ opens on Friday

July 13, 2016
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Grace Michaud takes on the title role in "Mulan Jr."

The Southington Youth Summer Theater program opens its Disney-themed production calendar today, when curtains open for “Mulan, Jr.” The summer program features youth from grades 6 to 12, and it’s focused on helping young thespians hone their craft through local productions. All shows will be held at the Southington High School auditorium, and tickets for…

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Southington legion team is ready for the final week

July 13, 2016
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American Legion Kiltonic Post 72
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Things are turning around for the Southington American Legion baseball team after they went 3-1 this past week, moving into the final week of the regular season to gear up for the playoffs. “We’ve come together as a team well,” said Southington manager Marc Verderame. “We’ve talked about it all year.…

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Municipal Center to be named for John Weichsel

July 13, 2016
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John Weichsel

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Municipal Center will soon bear the name of former Town Manager John Weichsel, who served Southington from 1966 to 2011. After voting 7-2 to waive the process for naming a town building as outlined in the Town Charter, the Town Council voted unanimously to name the building after the former town…

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Officials outline sewer updates for fall referendum

July 13, 2016
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Water Pollution Control facility superintendent Mike Finoia gestures toward some older pipes that need to be upgraded.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER This November, it will be up to Southington residents to decide whether or not the town should spend $57 million on improvements to the Southington Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). If residents vote “yes,” the facility will receive a new phosphorus treatment facility, along with plant and infrastructure updates. In addition, covers…

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Blues battle to .500 at the all-star break

July 13, 2016
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Izzy Fuentes bears down on a batter during an 8-inning, 10 strikeout performance on July 9. Fuentes is one of five Blues to earn a spot on the all-star roster.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After dropping five of their last six games through the holiday weekend, including a doubleheader loss to the Worcester Bravehearts at home on the Fourth of July, the Bristol Blues baseball team has since bounced back to reach a.500 overall record and momentum heading into the all-star break. “These guys are…

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