Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith is retiring after 29 years of service

March 20, 2015
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Southington’s Jordyn Nappi will try to keep the momentum going this weekend as Eastern Connecticut State University takes on Tufts University in a Sweet 16 battle of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER From tutor to math teacher to principal of two elementary schools before finally landing in the role of assistant superintendent of schools, a 29-year career in Southington education is coming to an end. Assistant Superinten-dent of Schools Karen Smith is retiring, effective on June 30. She said that the highlight of…

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Gymnasts place 5th in New England

March 19, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A fifth-place finish out of 12 schools at the 2015 New England Interscholastic Girl’s Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the Pinkerton Academy Field House in Derry, N.H. brought nothing, but smiles to the faces of the Southington Lady Knights, even when a couple obstacles were thrown their way. The…

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Six students recognized by SHS art department

March 19, 2015
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Skye Farago displays her awards from the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show. She won a silver key for her oil pastel drawing “Blossom Tree” and an honorable mention for her charcoal self-portrait.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education recognized students from the Southington High School (SHS) Art Department for winning awards in the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show held at the University of Hartford. SHS Art teacher Tom Horanzy said described the six students who won as having “shown great skill, great creativity and a…

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Swimmers send 9 to Class LL finals: Knights set best times at qualifier

March 19, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER HAMDEN—The Southington Blue Knights qualified nine swimmers and dropped times across the board to achieve personal best times at the Class LL State Qualifiers on Saturday, Mar. 14 at Hamden High School. The Knights walked into the meet ranked 17th overall (1:50.81) out of 22 schools with a high number of…

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Collaborative newscast is a hit at JFK and DePaolo

March 19, 2015
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Collaborative newscast is a hit at JFK and DePaolo

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Two social studies teachers at each of the local middle schools orchestrated a unique collaborative research project between DePaolo Middle School and John F. Kennedy Middle School. DePaolo Social Studies Teacher Patricia Kenefick, DePaolo Literacy Specialist Jean Graff and John F. Kennedy Middle School social studies teacher Amy Fontaine worked together…

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Board approves the dedication of a walkway to honor Dom D’Angelo

March 19, 2015
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The Board of Education passed the installation and dedication of a walkway at Southington High School to former athletic director Dom D’Angelo. After a two year period of research, the committee proposed to install a walkway in honor of  D’Angelo who served in the military as a veteran and in Southington as an educator, a…

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Thousands expected at Shamrock Run and Walk this weekend

March 19, 2015
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By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Over the past 12 years, the cold temperatures and snow on the ground have not stopped thousands of people from participating in the annual Shamrock Run and Walk. This weekend, a crowd of participants are expected to return again for the event, which has become an annual tradition for local families…

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Lake Compounce announces May 9 opening

March 19, 2015
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Opening day for Lake Compounce is around the corner – May 9. Lake Compounce, which bills itself as the oldest amusement park in the nation is starting its 2015 season off with a bang, reported a news release from the park. New additions to the park include: a new Dinosaur Expedition attraction, new Season Pass…

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Southington is a Farmers market: McDougall Agency is the first carrier in the state

March 19, 2015
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Southington is a Farmers market: McDougall Agency is the first carrier in the state

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR You’ve heard the theme song. “We are Farmers,” they sing. “Bum, badum, bum. Bum. Bum. Bum.” If you’re turned on your television lately, you’ve seen the commercials. A Farmers agent escorts a client into an insurable situation. “You thought you were covered for this…” he says, and the scene morphs into…

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