SHS students ‘Train for Tomorrow’ with local health care professionals

March 3, 2016
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Jasdeep Khalsa, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, addresses a group of SHS students at a chamber event.

By TAYLOR HARTZ and TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF WRITER More than 100 Southington High School students took the opportunity to learn more about careers in medicine last week, through the Chamber of Commerce’s Training for Tomorrow program. The program, which has partnered with SHS for years to help secure local internships for students, took a different approach this…

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Obituary: Newton J. Stevens, 84

March 3, 2016
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Newton J. Stevens, 84, died on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

Newton J. Stevens, 84, of Southington passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016 at HOCC at New Britain General.  He was the husband of Mary Stevens for 57 years. He was born on July 4, 1931 in Richford, VT, the son of the late John Stevens and Hazel Stevens Lumbra. He was a US Army…

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Gymnasts fall short of 4th straight title

March 2, 2016
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Taryn Meenan finishes with a flourish at the Class L Championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights’ (134.45) three year state title streak came to an end when they finished as runner-ups to Greenwich (140.425) at the Class L state meet at Pomperaug High School on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Knights, ranked fourth in the state with a 135.85 scoring average, came into the state…

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SAT is now free and part of the state curriculum

March 2, 2016
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Testing

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On March 2, Southington High School (SHS) juniors completed the first mandatory SAT examination. The SAT has replaced the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) as the annual examination for students across the state. The U.S. Department of Education approved a waiver request in Aug. 2015, allowing the SAT, a common requirement for college…

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Knights wrestle into top 20 at state open

March 2, 2016
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Paul Calo, above at the 126-pound Class LL finals, capped his stellar freshman season with a medal at the state open.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Six Blue Knight wrestlers carried their momentum into the second round of the postseason. After placing fifth at the Class LL state tournament at Trumbull High School last weekend, Southington scrambled into the top 20 at the state open. With just one week of training and preparation for the state’s best…

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Thieves, vandals target local graves

March 2, 2016
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Vandals have stolen three statues from the Giammatteo grave site at St. Thomas Cemetery, above.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Vandals and thieves have been targeting grave sites at St. Thomas Cemetery, with several families reporting that statues have been stolen from their relatives’ gravesites.  A string of burglaries has occurred at the cemetery since the start of the year, with four angels being reported stolen since Jan. 1. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz…

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Town opens property tax relief for elderly and disabled

March 2, 2016
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Tax relief

The town is now accepting applications for property tax reductions for the elderly and disabled. In a statement released on Feb. 24, the Department of Assessments for the Town of Southington announced that eligible applicants may now apply for the reductions. These reductions will be awarded through two programs, the elderly homeowners program and the…

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Lady Knights save their best for last: 4x800m relay team shatters their own record at the NE championship

March 2, 2016
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SP track - 4x800m - Erin Angelillo, Taylor Hubert, Kate Kemnitz & Gabi Napoli 030416

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Southington history was made once again on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the 29th annual New England Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the historic Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility in Roxbury Crossing, Mass. Not only was the girls 4x800m relay team the first relay team to represent Southington at…

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Getting a taste for world culture

March 2, 2016
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Diversity Night-Curacao-Karen (mom) and Isabelle Hoffman (lived in this country)

Isabelle Hoffman and her mother, Karen, display some of their favorite dishes from their time spent living in Curacao. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Isabelle was just one of dozens of middle school students to offer a taste of the world during the Taste of Culture event at DePaolo Middle School. Events were held last week…

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