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Covering four decades of sports champions: The Blue Knights have kept us busy

December 31, 2015
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The 1976 Blue Knight baseball team, above, was the first of 80 Southington High School teams that The Observer followed into a championship contest.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Southington already had a long, successful sports legacy when the first Observer rolled off the presses in December of 1975. The town’s history goes back to the fall of 1910 when Lewis High School was one of three new teams to join the 16 established programs in Connecticut. Southington football teams rallied…

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The Urillos: The Observer’s first family

December 31, 2015
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Observer co-founders Anthony L. Urillo and Jennie Urillo review the first edition of the Southington Observer in Dec. 1975.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Sitting around the kitchen table in their childhood home, Susan, Marta, and Robert Urillo browsed through a stack of black and white photos from the early days of The Southington Observer. The community weekly newspaper celebrated its anniversary in December, celebrating 40 years since the first Observer rolled off the Southington presses…

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Celebrating 40 years of Southington news coverage

December 31, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR “Southington will not become a big city, nor to we want to become one,” former town planner Lawrence T. Albert said in the second edition of The Observer. “Through proper planning we can expect to attain an ultimate population of 78,000 by the turn of the century.” Southington was in the midst of…

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Editorial: We’re just getting started

December 4, 2015
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It’s hard to believe but, as this paper was rolling off the presses, our newsroom had a little chance to celebrate a milestone. On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Observer turned 40 years old. In an era that’s peppered with news about press closures and the bleak future of printed news, we feel those four decades…

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Co-founder of The Observer dies at 92

November 18, 2015
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Jennie Urillo, co-founder of the Step Saver and The Observer, died this week at 92.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Jennie (Marciniec) Urillo, a former owner of the Step Saver and Southington Observer newspapers, died on Monday, Nov. 16 at Hartford HealthCare at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington. She was 92. Urillo was a co-founder of the Step Saver, a weekly shopper, in April of 1963, along with her husband Anthony Urillo,…

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John Goralski named as Southington Observer editor

December 2, 2014
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John Goralski has been named as the next editor of the Southington Observer. Goralski, a graduate of Southington High School, has been a sports reporter and photographer for the Southington Observer since 2004. Goralski earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Connecticut and worked for over a decade in the insurance…

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Take the Sloper Plunge!

January 20, 2014
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The annual Polar Plunge took place on Saturday.  Many organizations from around town got together to raise funds for Camp Sloper campers in exchange for an icy dip in the lake.  Photos by:  Tammi Naudus

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That’s Italian!

July 29, 2013
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Southington celebrated it’s annual Italian American Festival this past weekend.  The festival welcomed performers, a wine tasting, vendors, and food celebrating the Italian heritage.  People flocked Center Street to enjoy time with family, friends, and the community.  Photos by: Tammi Naudus    

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Hats off the Southington class of 2013

June 22, 2013
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Southington welcomed in the class of 2013 at the Southington High School graduation on Friday night.  The class filled the football field of the school to celebrate all of their accomplishments.  Stands filled with friends and family cheered on the students  in support.  Photos by:  Tammi Naudus  

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Sikhs Host a Vigil

December 26, 2012
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  The Sikhs temple in Southington held a candlelight vigil on Friday, December 21st in remembrance of  the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.  The group welcomed town officials to speak at the ceremony.  The evening was  followed by a traditional Sikhs banquet and music.  Photos by:  Tammi Naudus        

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