St. Thomas Passion Play is still going strong after 38 years: Curtain opens on March 20 for Holy Week shows

March 17, 2016
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The St. Thomas Church Passion Play is getting ready to open for Holy Week shows. The annual event is entering its 38th year of production.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT It was 38 years ago that a small group of parishioners at St. Thomas Church started the tradition of the St. Thomas Church Passion Play, a prayerful presentation from their Christian community which tells the story of Jesus’ life, specifically in his last days. The cast of Passion Play uses acting and…

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Obituary: Wayne John Simmers, 73

March 17, 2016
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Wayne John Simmers, 73, of Southington passed away on March 15, 2016

Wayne John Simmers, 73, of Southington passed away on March 15, 2016, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. He was the loving husband of Marie “Billye” (Ferney) Simmers. Born September 26, 1942, in Natrona Heights, PA, and a graduate of Har-Brack High School.  He was the son of the late Richard…

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Key Club’s Kiddie Carnival

March 17, 2016
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Kiddie Carnival- hungry, hungry, hippos

Children compete in a “Hungry Hippos” game at the Kiddie Carnival on Saturday, March 12. The event was sponsored by the Southington High School Key Club and proceeds benefit the SCS food pantry. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Ladies Night Out

March 17, 2016
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Cheryl Falco and Shannon Dubey shop for purses at The Posh Pear.

Scores of Southington women showed up at the Aqua Turf for the annual Ladies Night event on March 8. The event featured a salsa dancing performance by Platinum Salsa and an auction for everything from personal training sessions and golf lessons to make-overs, and landscaping services. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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Uncharted waters: Freshman phenom raises the bar for diving

March 17, 2016
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Chase Galayda steadies himself for a dive at the Class LL diving championships in Hamden last week. The freshman phenom finished in the top 20 during his rookie season and already holds the program record.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Chase Galayda said that he felt butterflies when he walked to the diving board at the Class LL diving trials, but he didn’t show it by his gait. The Southington freshman backed his way to the edge of the board, paused for a moment, and stretched his arms wide. With a…

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It’s the house that social media built

March 17, 2016
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Mike Riccio wanted fresh ideas when he bought this fixer-upper, so he turned to social media. (Photo by Dawn Miceli)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you have ever found yourself shouting suggestions to homeowners while watching HGTV, wishing you could give your opinion on their home repair decisions, The House That Social Media Built is the project for you. Last month, Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio launched the project, an interactive social media account that gives…

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SHS students recognized at state DECA conference

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington High School students swept the board at this year’s state DECA conference, held at the Aqua Turf on March 1. Over 1,000 student leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Southington to compete in categories ranging from finance and hospitality to marketing and management. The DECA program, said SHS co-advisor Teresa Brooks, teaches…

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Skaters surge into the quarterfinals

March 16, 2016
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Jarod Florian leads a fast break during a first round victory over Joel Barlow on Monday, March 7.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After getting shutout in the first round of last year’s Division III state tournament as a 14-seed, the Warrior-Knights (13-8) made more out of their trip to the tournament this time around. Hall-Southington outlasted Joel Barlow in the first round but fell to Westhill-Stamford in the quarterfinals. Warrior-Knights fly past Falcons…

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Swimmers trim times at Class LL qualifying meet

March 16, 2016
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Ben Wakefield sets the pace for his 500 freestyle heat at the Class LL Trials in Hamden. Wakefield shed almost 15 seconds from his previous best time.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights competed for qualifying marks and better seeded times at the Class LL swimming preliminaries at Hamden High School on Saturday, March 12. Southington entered 11 swimmers into the trials, with three swimming just in relays. Seven of the eight swimmers competing in the individual events earned best times…

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