It’s been a busy inaugural year for Southington Patch and we’ve had more stories than even we can count. OK, that’s not exactly true, our article database tells me that we had roughly 2,800 articles that were posted to the site over the course of the last year.
From local elections to championship bids for high school teams, major crimes and crazy storms, it was a jam-packed year for news in Southington. These stories touched everyone’s life in different ways and left impressions that won’t soon be forgotten.
What was the top story of 2011? Well, that’s not really up to us to decide. That’s something I think is best left for our readers. We have chosen 10 stories to get the conversation started.
So without further adieu, here is a look at some of the most read and most talked about stories of 2011. Of course, write-ins are not only welcomed, but highly encouraged.
Erik Kastner was severely burned after rushing back into his home to make sure his family had been rescued; they had escaped to a neighbors house unknown to Kastner. The community stepped up and provided thousands in donations to help the family get back on their feet.
Several departments will move into the North Center School in 2012 after an innovative plan designed to address space and health issues at Southington Town Hall. The plan involved selling the property for $1, however, and drew mixed reactions from the public.
Saudina Mehovic is murdered by her ex-husband Nurija Mehovic on June 11 as the couple’s two teenage sons were left to witness the gruesome murder. Nurija Mehovic then goes to the woods behind Saudina’s West Street home and kills himself. The event left shockwaves throughout the community and led to an outpouring of support for the orphaned boys and discussion regarding domestic abuse laws in the state.
The Blue Knights thought they won the Class LL championship game over Newington in the 8th inning, only to have the victory overturned after a controversial call at home plate on an appeal. Newington went on to win the game 3-2, but pictures leave questions on whether Spruill’s foot actually touched home plate.
Southington made out fairly well, with only 20 percent of CL&P customers being left without power, but fears over the potential damage and high winds left the town on lockdown in late August and further caused extensive damage around the state.
An incident along South End Road that led to the death of Joseph Ozga left people throughout Southington mourning the death of a popular former Southington High School student. Nature threw an unexpected curve at people just before Halloween, leaving the town covered in a blanket of white snow. This wasn’t a pleasant surprise, however, as it caused nearly 70 percent of all residents in the dark with some going without power for 11 days before seeing it restored.
In a landslide victory, the Republican party grabbed every seat possible in the 2011 municipal elections, taking majorities and super majorities on each of the town’s boards.
At a two-to-one vote, the town elected to move forward with plans for a renovate-as-new project that will revamp both the and middle schools, upgrading them for larger class sizes and to prepare for the future.
Just one town over in the small, “safe” community of Cheshire, a nightmare occurred in 2007 after Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes broke into the Petit family home and eventually killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela. Komisarjevsky was the second to be convicted and the second to be put on death row.
Click on the links to see more about each story.