Styx offers full-bodied experience

September 23, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Styx had already released “Styx: Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas” as a CD. But earlier this month, the classic rockers offered the visual component of that performance with a new DVD. The decision to release the DVD is a reflection of the view that “Styx is a full…

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Peppa Pig makes a splash on the Palace stage

September 23, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR You’ve seen her on TV. And now you can see her on the Connecticut stage. Peppa Pig stars in “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash,” which comes to The Palace Theater in Waterbury Friday night. Lib Campbell plays Peppa Pig in this musical production. “I love her after working with her nearly…

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The Rise of the Machine: SHS Marching band unveils this year’s production

September 22, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER It was hard to tell which was bigger—the  Southington High School (SHS) marching band or the fans crowded into the bleachers for their first look at this year’s competitive show. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Blue Knights band performed to an open house on the artificial turf as the 140…

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Obituary: Richard E. Marietta, 73

September 22, 2016
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Richard E. Marietta, 73 of Southington passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the HOCC New Britain Campus after losing his brave battle with kidney disease and lung cancer. Richard was born September 24, 1942 in New Britain and was the son of the late Frank and Marie (Bonola) Marietta. He was the loving…

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Obituary: Dr. Leszek Motowidlo, 65

September 22, 2016
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Dr. Leszek Motowidlo, 65, of Southington ended his incredible battle with cancer on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Masonicare in Wallingford. He was the husband of Diane (Dorsey) Motowidlo. Born on February 5, 1951 in Chambon-Feugerolles, France, he was the son of Gracjan and Jeanine (Knapik) Motowidlo of New Britain. He and his family immigrated…

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Hall of Fame: Chapter One-The 1986 softball team sparked a 52-game winning streak

September 22, 2016
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The 1986 Lady Knights rallied to a perfect 24-0 record to capture a conference and state title. Front, from left, Melinda Silva, Doreen Lumbra, and Jill Pelrin. Middle, Chris Zimmer, Gina Lepito, Coleen Steinnagel, Jennifer Early, Chantelle Charamut, Cheryl Danko, Cheryl Bradley, and Pam Tycz. Back, manager Loryn Lindquist, Melodie Johnson, Tracy Ciosek, Kris Mach, Debbie Dunbar, Robbie Lipetz, Kris Wilcox, and Anne Bouchard.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Lady Knights were defending a state title at the start of the 1986 spring season, but it seemed there were more questions than answers when tryouts began. Gone was the championship pitcher and a couple of key players, but even the returning players were out of the lineup in the…

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Obituaries; David A. Benoit Sr.

September 22, 2016
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Obituaries; David A. Benoit Sr.

David A. Benoit Sr., of Southington, passed September 16, 2016 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut after battling cancer for 16 months.   The son of the late Kenneth and Ann (Menard) Benoit Sr. of Wolcott, Dave was born October 16, 1941 and worked in graphic arts as a journeyman binder.   Dave enjoyed outdoor…

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YMCA duo step into service roles in Southington

September 22, 2016
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Donna Ayer, left, has been named as the executive director for Bread for Life, while Christina Simms, right, was selected as director of Southington Youth Services. The two are cousins and have been working together for years at the local YMCA.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER New executive directors have been established for Bread For Life (BFL) and Southington Youth Services (SYS), but they are no strangers to leadership positions…or each other. Donna Ayer and Christina Simms, coincidentally cousins, are former directors at the Southington YMCA. Both women have ample experience working with the community, giving…

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Knights keep fighting

September 22, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Southington Blue Knight soccer team earned its first win of the season after splitting this past week with a win and a loss. Following a hard-fought season opener against Conard that ended in a 1-1 draw, the Knights suffered an overtime loss on the road, but displayed resiliency when…

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