Next stop, Miss Connecticut

June 17, 2016
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On Friday and Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret in Uncasville, 17 women will compete for the opportunity to be the next Miss Connecticut. When the winner is selected, she will be following in the footsteps of the reigning Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward. The pageant also is a preliminary event for the Miss America…

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Bees return home tomorrow to start six-game homestan

June 17, 2016
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In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees’ bats struggled once again to cash in with runners in scoring position as the team dropped its third straight to the Long Island Ducks 3-1. The Game Changed When…: …With the game tied at one in the eighth inning, Dan Johnson, who the Ducks acquired from Bridgeport earlier…

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Strong School educator named as 2016 Paraeducator of the Year

June 17, 2016
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Deborah Stevens of Strong Elementary School was named as Southington’s 2016 paraeducator of the year.

Deborah Stevens of William Strong Elementary School (SES) has been announced as Southington’s Paraeducator of the Year. Stevens has been a paraeducator at Strong since 2004, where she works with special education students from multiple grade levels. On April 29, Southington Public Schools announced that Stevens had been chosen as the town’s nominee for the…

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‘Putting’ it all in perspective: Ryan Burrill is the 2016 Observer Male Athlete of the Year

June 16, 2016
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Ryan Burrill, 
2016 Observer Male Athlete of the Year

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knight soccer team got off to a pretty good start during the 2015 fall season in West Hartford where it’s always a tough road game on NW Catholic’s postage stamp field. The Knights already had a target on their back after tying Farmington and beating Simsbury. NWC took an…

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The ‘Angel’ of the Lady Knights: Erin Angelillo is the 2016 Observer Female Athlete of the Year

June 16, 2016
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Erin Angelillo,
2016 Observer Female Athlete of the Year

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Erin Angelillo never flinched when she saw the soccer ball floating toward midfield. Top-ranked Glastonbury sent shivers down most opponents’ backs, but Angelillo isn’t most opponents. She sprinted toward the ball, launched herself in the air, and the echo from the collision reverberated across the field. Angelillo was laying on the…

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Making the call: Selecting the 2016 Observer Athletes of the Year

June 16, 2016
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Athletes of the Year

It was all too familiar. Flashes of last year’s selection process flooded my head as déjà vu set in. The conference table was covered with charts and spreadsheets. Torn pages from a notebook, newspaper clippings, and box scores were scattered across the floor. The arguments grew louder and the gap widened. “That team needed her,”…

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Obituary: Vera (Grimaldi) Zercie, 86

June 16, 2016
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Obit - Vera Zercie

Vera (Grimaldi) Zercie, 86, of Southington, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at HCC at Bradley Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Maritn J. Zercie. She was born in Southington on July 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Alphonse and Elvira (Tito) Grimaldi. Vera retired from the former Citizen’s National…

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House passes legislation to create a retirement savings plan for seniors

June 16, 2016
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House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) joined senior citizens, elected officials, and advocates at the Berlin Senior Center to celebrate the passage of legislation creating a retirement savings program for the estimated 600,000 Connecticut residents who do not have a retirement savings plan available to them through their employer. The legislation creates a program…

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Man arrested for stealing electronics at Target

June 16, 2016
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James Huntley

Police arrested James Huntley, 23, of Burlington, for stealing electronics on Dec. 14, 2015 from the Southington Target store at 600 Executive Blvd. The warrant alleges that Huntley entered the electronics department at approximately 3:13 p.m. and selected three televisions, along with a sound bar, and placed them in a shopping cart. He then walked through…

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