Singer Carrie Johnson returns for church’s annual benefit

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Singer Carrie Johnson has become sort of the de facto artistic advocate for the Philippines Mission Fund at the First Congregational Church in Bristol. For the past few years, the Connecticut singer songwriter has returned again and again to offer her musical talents to benefit the fund. She returns April…

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Landmark anniversary for venerable OM Show

April 8, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The oldest variety show in the country is celebrating a milestone this year. And as it looks forward to its future, it’s looking back at its past. The curtain rises on the annual Bristol Boys and Girls Club Older Members Show on April 15 and 16. And this fund raiser…

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Celebrating 15 years of enriching women, girls

April 8, 2016
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Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Director Dr. Mary Yuskis addresses local child care accreditation at the Main Street Community Foundation’s Wonder of Women event at the Aqua Turf last Thursday.

By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Over the past 15 years, the Main Street Community Foundation has helped women and girls realize their potential and the power they have to build strong communities through the Women & Girls’ Fund. For the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS), the fund has helped five Southington women who own and operate…

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Police solve break-in at Blackstone Irish Pub

April 7, 2016
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Police arrested two suspects from a burglary at Blackstone Irish Pub on Jan. 5, 2016. Patrick Tomkus, 35, of Waterbury, and Brian Chandler, 30, of Naugatuck were arrested, and both were charged with third degree burglary, sixth degree larceny, and first degree criminal mischief. Police investigated the burglary at 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Tpk. that occurred at…

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Arrest made for Target robbery

April 7, 2016
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Joshua Lataif

Joshua Lataif, 28, of Torrington was arrested at the Torrington Police Department on April 16, at approximately 8 p.m., and transported to Southington police. The warrant stemmed from a robbery at the Southington Target store. The warrant alleges that on March 16, 2016, Lataif was being watched by Target’s loss prevention employee at the 600 Executive…

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Man arrested for violating conditions of release

April 7, 2016
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Brian Joyce

Southington police arrested Brian Joyce, 30, of Southington for violating his conditions of release. On April 6, 2016 at approximately 2:40 p.m., Joyce was taken into custody, transported to headquarters, and processed on four separate warrants. The warrants were issued from the Office of the State’s Attorney out of Bristol, stemming from Joyce violating the…

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Obituary: Robert Raymon Urcinas Sr., 75

April 7, 2016
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Robert Raymond Urcinas Sr., 75, of Southington, died on April 4, 2016.

Robert Raymond Urcinas Sr., 75, of Southington, passed away on April 4, 2016 at The Hospital of Central Ct. Bradley Campus. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Guild) Urcinas. Bob was born on March 2, 1941 in Waterbury, and was the son of the late Justin and Grace (Peckionis) Urcinas. He was employed…

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Meet the local Outstanding Teens

April 7, 2016
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There are several young women from the area competiting for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen this week. The Observer asked the contestants some questions about themselves. Miss Connecticuts Outstanding Teen 2016 will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret, Uncasville. The competition is for girls ages 13 to 17. The stage…

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Key Club celebrates 55 years at Southington High

April 7, 2016
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Key Club members leaf through club scrapbooks during a 55th anniversary celebration on March 28.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Key Club at Southington High School (SHS) marked its 55th anniversary earlier this month. With more than 100 students involved in the international organization’s Southington chapter, the student-led group has encouraged community service, character development, and leadership since 1961. Students, staff, and former Key Club members celebrated the milestone on Thursday,…

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