Commemoration of Armenian genocide planned for April 26 in Hartford

April 8, 2014
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Ruth Thomasian, a photo archivist and historian, will be the keynote speaker at the annual 99th Armenian Genocide Commemoration that will be held in the House Chambers at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. The announcement was made by State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol), chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration event.…

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Southington schools look to participate in energy costs savings proposal

April 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Board of Education voted unanimously to support Southington’s participation in a $13 million energy performance contracting proposal with a company that will guarantee cost-savings and equipment improvements in school and town buildings. Noresco, an energy company owned by United Technologies, was authorized by the Southington Energy Committee to perform…

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Winning at the numbers game; Boys Track has more depth than ever before

April 5, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A large crowd of boys pack into the hallway in the basement of the school, craning their necks to hear Colleen Roarty barking out orders. The first year coach has to yell above the din of clanging metal from another pack of athletes already hard at work in the weight…

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New restaurant in Marion brings more than pizza

April 5, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From pizza and pasta to wings to grinders, wraps and salads, Dina’s Pizza, Grill & Bar offers a variety of different cuisines for customers. Located in the Marion area of Southington, Dina’s Pizza recently opened a few weeks ago. “It’s a family environment,” said Dina Gjizo, a resident of Southington…

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Arc of Southington celebrates 60 years of service

April 5, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Arc of Southington began its journey 60 years ago when a local mother named Irene Desmaris submitted a newspaper article in “The News,” searching for other families with children who also had developmental disabilities like her. After three families with common experiences responded, regular meetings took place at St.…

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Foundation gives grant to New Britain museum toward planned expansion

April 4, 2014
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Foundation gives grant to New Britain museum toward planned expansion

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has approved a major grant of $250,000 to the New Britain Museum of American Art, one of the final pieces of the museum’s ongoing capital campaign for a 17,364-square-foot expansion scheduled to break ground this spring, a press release from the foundation has announced. “The Community Foundation has been…

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Turning the corner; Girls look to build on postseason success

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Annie Groom drew a line in the sand at the start of last spring. Girls track is going to be a legitimate sport, she promised, and she began to deluge the girls with challenging workouts and stretched their expectations at the start of each meet. Personal records began to fall.…

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Finish what they started; New faces, same old championship goals

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos still flinches when he’s asked about Southington’s loss in the state semifinals last spring. They were leading late in the game. They were one point from a championship berth, but somehow managed to fall. It has plagued his every thought for the past 10 months. “If you…

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Here comes the harvest; Blue Knight tennis is ready to break out this spring

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two years ago, Tony Mauro talked about potential when his freshmen phenoms battled to a 7-9 record in the spring. Last spring, the tennis coach talked about turning the corner when the sophomores broke .500 with an 11-8 record. Now comes the harvest. “You never want to count your chickens…

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