Letter: Band backer president asks for community support

May 28, 2016
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To the editor: As president of the Southington Band Backers I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Southington community for its support of the Southington Marching Band and music education across the town. In 2015, the Marching Band earned a second straight US Bands state championship for Southington. The students began working on…

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Letter: Reader doesn’t like West Street mixed use plan

May 28, 2016
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To the editor: About five weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editor about West Street and how a lot of residents are against more building and traffic. We tell the town officials how we feel, and we get the same old answer. “We will look into it, and thanks for your concerns.” Here’s…

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Commentary: Rogers throws his hat into the ring

May 28, 2016
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Ryan Roger (D)

My name is Ryan Rogers, and I am running for State Senate. I grew up in Southington, as my mother’s family did before me. I attended Southington public schools, and have always believed in the importance of public service. For years now, I have observed the tenure of Sen. Joe Markley hoping for him to…

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A phone call changed Bea Miller’s summer plans

May 27, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bea Miller was just going about her business, prepping a new album for her fans, when the call came. Selena Gomez wanted her to open her tour, which makes its way to Connecticut on May 29. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Bea in a phone interview when asked what her…

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Knights claim CCC berth

May 27, 2016
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Matt Gundersen avoids a defender during a game against Avon last week.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights lacrosse team completed their regular season with two wins to push themselves into the top four in their conference and earn a spot in the CCC tournament. As the Knights prepare for the postseason, Southington coach Ron Chase said that a lot of his younger guys have been…

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Photographer to showcase his live concert images

May 27, 2016
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Southington based photographer John Atashian will be displaying a selection of his live concert photographs at the Plainville Public Library on Wednesday, June 1 and continuing through Thursday, June 30. The photo display will include large photographic canvas wrap prints of The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Led Zeppelin, Dolly…

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Relay for Life is just around the corner

May 27, 2016
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Walkers at last year’s event, above, carry street signs to honor their loved ones. This year’s event begins on Friday, June 4 at 4 p.m.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 700 Southington residents have signed up to participate in this year’s Relay for Life to help fundraise for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will take place from June 3 to June 4 on the Southington High School athletic field. Walkers will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, and…

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Girls rugby trio signs National Letters of Intent

May 27, 2016
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Three Southington rugby players committed to playing at the NCAA division one level next year. From left, Allie Rinaldi (Sacred Heart University), Daria Gagnon (American International College), Kasey Newman (Sacred Heart University).

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Three student athletes from Southington’s girls rugby club inked their names on National Letters of Intent in the high school’s library on Thursday, May 19 to continue their athletic careers at Division I colleges next fall. Allie Rinaldi started playing rugby her sophomore year and was named team captain as a…

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Cyndi Lauper, Boy George successfully woo Mohegan crowd

May 27, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the stage left corner at the Mohegan Sun Arena, there was a prop pay telephone. And when Cyndi Lauper sang the country/ R&B classic “Misty Blue” (from her new album, “Detour”), the performer used the handpiece of the phone as her microphone. It was an apt metaphor in reverse…

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