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By ZEKE MILLER, The Hartford Courant | July 31, 2009
SONIC Drive-In, the fast-food franchise known for its frozen drinks and old-style ordering from parked cars, is coming to Connecticut. According to a posting on, the company is seeking managers to operate a new location in Wallingford, its first in the state. Known for its unusual service — customers order from their parked cars by intercom — as much as its food, SONIC, founded in 1953, has 3,500 locations. The closest is in Kingston, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley.
By MARA LEE | May 17, 2010
Usually it's chain-restaurant-deprived folks who start a Facebook page begging for a company to open a location locally. But Robert Mesite, who grew up working in his father's Villa Capri restaurant in Wallingford, turned that notion on its head when he asked Facebook users in November where they'd like to see a Sonic restaurant. Mesite, who breaks ground on the state's first Sonic location in Wallingford today, has plans for several more Sonic outlets in Connecticut. He didn't take the Facebook users' advice — the No. 1 choice was the Berlin Turnpike, which has a moratorium on drive-throughs — but it's all part of the buzz as a fast-food chain expands into the state.
April 1, 2010
Being dropped from a major record label is enough to derail the careers of many young artists. For British singer-songwriter David Gray, it was a sign of better things to come. Shortly after parting ways with EMI, Gray broke through in 1999 with "White Ladder." The folk-pop singer has quietly sold more than 12 million albums during his 15-year career. Last year, Gray returned from a three-year break to release his seventh studio album, the self-produced "Draw the Line." He plays the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road in Wallingford, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $55. Information: www.livenation.
By DONNA LARCEN | March 15, 2001
"Ragtime" the play, based on E.L. Doctorow's sweeping novel of historical fiction combining real and fictitious characters at the turn of the last century, opens Tuesday and runs through March 25 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. The show covers the interaction of three families: one affluent Protestant, one socialist immigrant Jewish and one Harlem black. The play's book is by Terrence McNally. The score is by Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music). Tickets are $21.50 to $68.50.
By -- NOAH KORES | November 11, 2004
`The Wiggles" perform at the Wallingford's Oakdale Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.. Last year, the Australian entertainers performed to more than 1 million fans in the United States and Australia, and they have sold 15 million videos and audio tapes in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The four members of the troupe are Greg Page, Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Jeff Fatt. Also joining them on stage are Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword.
June 4, 1997
Elizabeth M. Hajnal Dobrindt of Washington Street, Wallingford, died Monday at Veterans Memorial Medical Center. She was 87. She was born in Wallingford and was employed at Wallace Silversmiths for many years. She and her late husband, John, were the founders of Classic Automotive and Marine Interiors, a family-run business for many years in Wallingford. She was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church. She is survived by her son, David H. Dobrindt of Wallingford; a brother, Stephen M. Hajnal of Wallingford; and several nieces and nephews.
May 19, 1999
Anne M. Washkevich Reynolds of Colonial Lane, Wallingford, died Monday at MidState Medical Center in Meriden. She was 77. She was born in Putney, Vt., and was a Wallingford resident for more than 70 years. She is survived by her husband, Edward C. Reynolds Sr.; four sons, Edward C. Reynolds Jr. of Wallingford, Robert Reynolds of Falls Church, Va., Thomas Reynolds of Wallingford and James Reynolds of East Hampton; a sister, Helen Wanat of Wallingford; a brother, Peter Washkevich of Orange, Texas; two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
January 22, 1997
Angeline Del Santo of Woodhouse Avenue, Wallingford, died Sunday in the Regency House of Wallingford. She was 93. Miss Del Santo was a lifelong Wallingford resident and a parishioner of the Church of the Resurrection. She had been employed by the M. Backes and Sons Co., formerly of Wallingford, until her retirement several years ago. She is survived by her sister, Mary Del Santo of Wallingford; a nephew and niece, John A. and Rebecca A. Placa of Wallingford; and grandnieces Tammy L. Crane and Theresa A. Placa of Wallingford.
January 29, 1998
Dolores Ruiz of South Orchard Sreet, Wallingford, died Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Meriden. She was 84. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and was a Wallingford resident for 15 years. She was a parishioner of Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford. She is survived by two sons, Edwardo Sardinas of Wallingford and Raymond L. Sardinas of South Meriden, five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lydia Ruiz and Mirta Sperry, both of Wallingford; a brother, Luis Ruiz of Miami; and several nieces and nephews.
By SHAWN COURCHESNE, | June 1, 2010
Keith Rocco was well past the celebrating phase of his third victory of the season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway when he started to have real concerns that maybe his win was going to be taken away. Rocco, of Wallingford, said inspectors at the track gave him a big scare about the legality of his motor when he went through post-race tech inspection after his win Friday at Stafford. According to Rocco, inspectors at the track took issue with offset dowel pins in the motors of the top-three finishers in the SK Modified division Friday.
May 31, 2010
Boys Lacrosse NCCC Championship: Granby at Suffield, 7 p.m. Boys Golf CCC North: East Hartford at South Windsor, 3 p.m.; East Catholic at Manchester, 3 p.m.; Wethersfield at Glastonbury, 3 p.m. CCC South: Bristol Central at Bristol Eastern, 3 p.m.; Plainville at Bulkeley, 3 p.m. CCC East: E.O. Smith, RHAM at Rocky Hill, 3 p.m.; Bloomfield at Windsor, 3 p.m.; Fermi at Rockville, 3 p.m. CCC West: Hall at Conard, 3...
Education Wallingford CT2375375 WALLINGFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS • ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS (Middle & High School Levels) Start Date: July 1, 2010. Intermediate administrator's certification and experience as a teacher and/or administrator at the appropriate school level required. Regionally competitive salary and benefits package. For application packet, please contact: Jan Guarino-Rhone, Director of Human Resources (203)
By SHAWN COURCHESNE, | May 28, 2010
The numbers just get more staggering with each passing week. Just about two months into the 2010 racing season, Keith Rocco already has nine victories overall between Thompson, Stafford Motor Speedway and the Waterford Speedbow. Rocco, from Wallingford, held off Rowan Pennink to win the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Thursday night at Thompson International Speedway. It was the second victory in four events at Thompson this year. Asked about what the numbers mean so far, Rocco was succinct.
May 28, 2010
Organic Seedlings Urban Oaks' organic seedling sale continues today from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through June 12, at 225 Oak St., New Britain. Seedlings ready for transplant include 87 varieties of tomatoes, more than 40 varieties of peppers, along with eggplants, herbs, salad greens, kale and more. Go to or call 860-223-6200. 'Rooms To Inspire' Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter will discuss their new book, "Rooms to Inspire in the City, Stylish Interiors for Urban Living," followed by a book signing Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot.
May 27, 2010
Concert Calendar This week's concerts are listed on Page 6. Below are some upcoming concerts for which tickets are on sale. Not all shows are listed. Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Daniel Street, Milford, 203-877-4446 — Thursday, June 3 Kristin Hersh — Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, 413-586-8686 — Thursday, June 3 Drake, Ludacris, Lloyd Banks — XL Center, Hartford, 860-727-8010 — Friday, June 4 Jeff Beck — MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, 800-200-2882 — Friday, June 4 Fates Warning — Webster Theatre, Hartford, 860-525-5553 — Friday, June 4 Lucy Kaplansky — Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, 860-510-0473 — Friday, June 4 Mindy Smith — Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, 860-510-0473 — Saturday, June 5 Fear Factory — Webster Underground, Hartford, 860-525-5553 — Saturday, June 5 Conan O'Brien — Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, 860-862-7163 — Sunday, June 6 The Original Wailers — Toad's Place, New Haven, 203-562-5589 — Sunday, June 6 Matt Pond PA — Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, 413-586-8686 — Sunday, June 6 Robyn Hitchcock, Jennifer O'Connor — Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, 413-586-8686 — Wednesday, June 9 Kid Gorgeous, Systems and Skylines — Webster Underground, Hartford, 860-525-5553 —...
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