10 years of ‘Imagine Nation’ and enhancing creativity

April 11, 2014
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By KAITLYN NAPLES STAFF WRITER Although 10 years ago, there were only a few educational programs available at the Imagine Nation Museum, the programs always have been created with the idea in mind that they would provide a vehicle that would enhance children’s imagination and creativity as they learn at the same time. Now those…

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The first lady of softball; Hernandez becomes the 3rd coach in the program

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It’s hard to believe that Davina Hernandez is just the third person to grab the reigns of Southington’s softball program, but the first-year coach has already settled nicely into her new position. At a preseason practice, she drives a ball deep into right field and stops the drill to give…

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Zoning approves subdivision on Loper Street

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in approval of an application for a six-lot subdivision on Loper Street, while discussing the possibility of adding sidewalks in the plan. During a public hearing at a recent Planning and Zoning meeting, Stephen Giudice, the owner of Harry E. Cole & Son…

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Knights reload for a title run; Baseball sports new faces; same high expectations

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington graduated almost enough baseball players to field a pair of varsity teams. The Blue Knights return only two players with double-digit at bats from last year’s Class LL runner up squad. Last year’s infield is already making plays at a handful of college programs. Why then is Coach Charlie…

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Southington Genealogical Society celebrates 30 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Carolyn Mansolf’s family has connections to the town of Southington that date back to the 1700s. Growing up in the “city of progress,” Mansolf said she always knew her family had a history with the First Congregational Church, but never knew how or when it started. “My mother always told…

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Brass blast returns; Looking for Guinness World Record

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Last year, the 2nd Annual Southington Brass Blast brought about 300 brass instrument players together, all from different towns and generations for one goal, to support children and music education. “It’s a universal experience for folks,” said Erik Semmel, who organizes the brass festival. “Multi-generations all come together.” Since 2012,…

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Last leg of the journey; Golf’s looking to finish what they started in 2013

April 11, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer There were no heartfelt goodbyes when Coach Jim DiNello faced his golfers for the last time in 2013. There was only a shared disappointment about their postseason finish, and a shared resolve about finishing the job. For the Southington golfers, the nine month break was more like a halftime than…

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Cox retires after 20 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving as the Director of Operations for 20 years in the Southington school district, Fred Cox has decided to retire at the end of the school year. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Southington Supt. of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi announced the retirement of Cox, catching the Director…

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Compounce opens for season May 10; New attractions offered

April 10, 2014
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Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 10, as LakeCompounce hosts its grand opening day for the 2014 season. A press from the oldest amusement park in the country said the park has “tripled the fun” this season with new additions such as, the first Pink’s Hollywood Hot Dogs on the East Coast, Bear Creek Campground…

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