Obituary: Larry Bertola, 71

April 21, 2016
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Larry Bertola, 71, of Southington passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the HCC at New Britain General. He was the husband of the late Pamela (Mack) Bertola. Born September 29, 1944 in New Britain he was the son of the late Lorenzo Bertola and Angelina (Vernale) Crane. Larry retired from Local Union 40…

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Girls tennis is on a roll

April 21, 2016
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Natalia Gimenez tracks down a shot during a win over Mercy.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER While the Lady Knights escaped South Windsor (1-1) with a 4-3 victory off of strong doubles play last week, it was the singles players that experienced a much tougher time. The Knights fine-tuned their game, made some adjustments, and got back on track by dropping just one match in two victories…

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Luck runs out in Avon; Long road trip continues

April 21, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (3-1) continued their eight-game road stretch and went 2-1 over the week. Extra inning win The Knights jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead after the third inning, but it took extra innings to put away Conard on April 11. The Chieftains cut the deficit to four runs…

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Girls lose twice on the road

April 21, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER After drawing the curtains to the 2016 season with a reassuring, 10-point home win over Bristol Co-op (0-2), the Lady Knights (1-2) fell twice in two road games. One of those games came down to the final minutes. Edged by Berlin Southington set out for Sage Park in Berlin (2-2) on…

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Southington resident competes in national oratorical contest

April 20, 2016
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Southington’s Jennifer Magnoli, a student at Mercy High School, displays her certificate of distinction for competing at the American Legion National Oratorical Contest.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Jennifer Magnoli has recited the same 1,500 words more times than she can count.  For months, the 15-year-old has been practicing her prepared oration, getting ready for the final speech competition of the season. Given the broad topic of “The Constitution,” Magnoli wrote three pages on what the Constitution means to her…

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Open Space Committee, residents, tour Crescent Lake

April 20, 2016
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UConn educator Thomas Worthley speaks to local residents and members of the Open Space Committee on April 16 to discuss the timber harvest project at Crescent Lake.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Members of the Open Space Committee (OSC) and local residents met at Crescent Lake on Saturday morning to tour an area that is being targeted for timber harvest and forest management. The 200-acre Crescent Lake land parcel, located on Shuttle Meadow Road, was one of the first open space properties purchased by…

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Thousands turn out to support Trump in Hartford

April 20, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Presidential Republican hopeful Donald Trump spoke to his throngs of  local supporters on Friday, filling the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Posters filled the air with the phrase “The Silent Majority Stands with Trump” as the leading Republican candidate took the stage. Trump said his following has turned from a silent majority…

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Figuring things out: Boys lacrosse is not slowed by losses

April 20, 2016
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Nick Zukauskas leads a Southington fast break during a tight, 3-2 loss in Norwalk on Saturday.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (3-2) dropped two home games over the past week, but also turned in a win against a lower-ranked Class M team. Despite the losses, Southington coach Ron Chase said that his tough-nosed group is starting to figure things out and gel. Chase also said that the team is…

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Volleyball stung by Hornets

April 20, 2016
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Devin Prive attacks the net during a loss to East Hartford

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (4-1) were undefeated walking into Friday’s match, set to square off with arguably one of the top teams in the state: East Hartford (5-0). But the mishaps of surrendering a 24-21 lead in the second game pestered Southington throughout the rest of the match. And the high-flying, athletic…

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