Rachel Platten proves she has a lot of ‘Fight’ left in her

July 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Fight Song” has grabbed everybody’s aural attention this spring into summer. As of last week, Rachel Platten’s song had reached no. 13 on the Billboard pop charts. It reached no. 5 on the iTunes chart. Rachel had a chance to perform the song on the Radio Disney Music Awards. She…

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One decision made the difference for singer Ken Will Morton

July 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One decision could have made the difference as to whether or not Ken Will Morton’s album, “Alls’ Fair in Love and War” would ever have seen the light of day. But that decision had nothing to do with the actual recording or songwriting. And it was nothing that the former…

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Legion woes continue: Forfeit and extra inning loss plagues locals

July 10, 2015
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Justin Makles gets ahold of a pitch during a 5-4 extra-inning loss in Terryville on Sunday, July 5.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington American Legion baseball team has been improving throughout the summer as they dive into the latter part of the season. Southington went 2-2 this past week, improving their overall regular season record to 4-8. Southington currently sits in Sixth place of the 19U Division, seven and a half games…

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Secondo’s second look: A look back at the 12-year Chamber leader

July 10, 2015
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Secondo gives a speech during a recent town event. The Chamber president and CEO has been a fixture for the past 12 years, but he’s stepping down at the end of this month.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The “Suddington” sign hangs like a good-natured joke on the conference room wall at the Chamber of Commerce. His love for the town was embraced and ridiculed during a recent chamber Roast of their outgoing president and CEO. For more than a decade, Art Secondo has been the face of Southington’s growing…

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Summer art course explores new robotic artists

July 10, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Library will take on a new, futuristic approach to artwork this summer, with their children’s course titled “Art: Human vs. Machine.” Using an annual grant for summer art education from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, the library purchased a water-color robot. The robot is specifically designed to create…

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Hall of Fame: Going the distance and taking the hill, the 1984 cross country team put Southington at the top of the running world

July 9, 2015
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The 1984 cross country team, above, still stands as the only Blue Knight team to capture the Class LL and CT State Open titles. Front, from left, Marty Burns (captain) and Tim Theriault (captain). Second row, Joe Carta, Art Mitchell, Jeff Cavaliere, Rick Black, Jerry Cavaliere, Mike Early, Mike Krar, and Ed Beaupre. Third row, Tom Mullaney, Bill Lesler, Tom Fusciello, Kristen Stanek, Mario Malpica, Bruce Vagts, Bart Lipetz, and Coach Wayne Nakoneczny. Back, Jeff Brunoli and Alex Becking. Missing from the photo: Sean Boyle.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Queen Street drivers must have been skeptical in the fall of 1984 to see the Blue Knights gather at the base of the Loper Street hill for the start of cross country practice. The runners would flock around their coach for final instructions before being ushered into formation. At his signal, they’d take…

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Local reps still split over state budget along party lines

July 9, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s representatives were divided on party lines when voting to approve the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which began July 1. With republicans largely opposing the $40 billion proposal, State Representative Rob Sampson (R- Conn.) and Senator Joe Markley (R-Conn.) voted against Governor Dannel Malloy’s (D-Conn.) budget, citing increased taxes and…

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Blues are the team to beat: Locals take a game and a half lead in the division

July 9, 2015
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Bristol Blues closer Robert Paccione hurls a strike on Sunday, July 5 during a 4-1 win over the Pittsfield Suns at Muzzy Field in Bristol. Paccione leads the bullpen this summer with a 0.54 ERA.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After coming off of their longest winning streak on the season thus far, the Bristol Blues (16-10) kept up their hot play with four more wins and only two losses this past week, remaining in first place of the West Division by going 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Blues’…

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Southington Care Center celebrates 25 years of service

July 9, 2015
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Long tenured employees of Southington Care Center were honored for a quarter century of service at the facility’s recent 25-year celebration.

Officials representing Southington Care Center (SCC) recently credited its 25 years of success to the overarching guiding principle: to care for residents and patients with respect and dignity within a culture of family. This philosophy was at the crux of the 25th anniversary celebration held June 12 at the community, located at 45 Meriden Ave.…

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