‘Mamma Mia!’ Fans won’t let the songs of ABBA go

October 30, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Even though it has been many years since ABBA has released new music—or even performed together—their infectious hits still perk up ears when they come on the radio. “It’s classic music,” said Andrew Tebo of the songs from…

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Commentary: Board of Ethics chair explains his resignation

October 29, 2015
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Town of Southington

To the editor: “Who is that guy? I never heard of him.” This was the murmur overheard at the Southington Town Council Ethics hearing on Oct. 20 and on social media boards. That’s fine. I prefer to be “that guy.” I believe members of Boards of Ethics should be made of more of “that guy…

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Boy Scout re-dedicates Rochambeau monument

October 29, 2015
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James Brino, center, unveils the renovated Rochambeau monument on Marion Avenue during a re-dedication ceremony on Oct. 25. Brino painstakingly restored the monument for his Eagle project.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It seemed fitting that the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard presented the colors before marching down the newly renovated stairs for a solemn procession down Marion Avenue. For those in attendance, it mirrored a similar scene during the Revolutionary War when the foot guard escorted the Compte de Rochambeau to Hartford for…

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Simms resigns as Ethics Board Chair

October 29, 2015
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Town of Southington

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Craig Simms, former Chairman of the Board of Ethics (BOE), resigned from his position on Wednesday after the Town Council voted to vacate a recent decision made by the board. Simms (R) voted with Democrats Phillip Pomposi and James Sinclair in a majority opinion on Sept. 15 that found Town Councilor Tom…

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Leaf pick-up schedule has changed

October 29, 2015
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The Town of Southington has altered the leaf pick-up schedule due to the later than usual leaf drop this season. Town crews will be spot-picking leaves in heavy sections throughout Town beginning on Monday, Nov. 2. The regular service the following week. Residents in Zone 1 will need to have their leaves curbside no later…

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Hall of Fame: The Bristol Bomber: Russ Laribee battled his way through the minors

October 29, 2015
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Russ Laribee was an outfielder by the time he reached the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) in 1981. Above is Laribee’s picture on his minor league baseball card.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Ted Williams recognized the pitch just before it was released, and he swung around in the Pawtucket dugout to face a wide-eyed Russ Laribee. The legendary hitter began hurling a litany of questions at the Southington star, and Laribee stumbled over himself to try to get out each answer. What do you…

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Halloween party for teens at the Library

October 29, 2015
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  The Southington Public Library is inviting local boys and ghouls to visit the haunted library on Saturday, Oct. 31. From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., the library is holding a party for teens with candy, popcorn, and spooky treats. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Bring your friends and a blanket and/or pillow to sit on to…

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Football overcomes a slow start: Lopsided score only tells part of the story

October 29, 2015
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Alessio Diana strong arms a Conard defender during a 53-29 win.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Jasen Rose took the snap deep in Southington’s zone, turned, and looked for a running back to hand the ball off to. He found himself alone in the backfield. Rose rolled out to the left as the line started to disintegrate. Red jerseys closed in on the Southington quaterback as he…

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The postseason begins: Garrison sets the pace; runners surge into the CCC

October 29, 2015
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Adam Theriault charges up the hill toward the finish line at Wickham Park in Manchester during the CCC Championship boys race.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The herd stampeded through a small opening of a gate into the fields like raging bulls in rush hour traffic, kicking up dust and scattering it throughout the air. A vast sea of spectators leaned over the fences with anticipation to see what color jersey came around the bend first. On…

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