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State provides $1 million to expand, renovate library

November 28, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Town councilor and chairman of the state Library Board John Barry announced that the State Library has awarded Southington Public Library with a construction grant for $1 million to expand and renovate the library. “As many of you know, the grant application can be very competitive and challenging,” said Barry,…

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40 years of Barnes to be celebrated at Hospitality Night

November 28, 2014
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40 years of Barnes to be celebrated at Hospitality Night

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Barnes Museum first opened its doors to the public during Hospitality Night in 1974. This year’s Downtown Merchants Association Hospitality Night on Friday, Dec. 5 will mark the 40th anniversary of the old Barnes family home being a museum.…

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Obituaries for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Observer. For more information, to Friday’s print or e-editions. Mary (Knapp) Folcik, 94, of Southington, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center in Bristol. She was widow of the late Edward Folcik.…

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Anthony Jacks hosts Literacy Volunteers fundraiser

November 28, 2014
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Anthony Jacks Wood Fire Grill, 30 Center Street in downtown Southington, is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. A portion of all dinner proceeds will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury (LVGW) in celebration of 40 years of community…

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SHS gearing up to present ‘Father of the Bride,’ starting Dec. 12

November 28, 2014
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This December, the Southington High School Drama Club will present its first-semester production, Caroline Francke’s “Father of the Bride.” Perhaps best known as the inspiration for the 1991 movie starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, a press release from Southington High explained, the play was…

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Observations: Happy Thanksgiving… is it Christmas yet?

November 28, 2014
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Observations: Happy Thanksgiving… is it Christmas yet?

By LISA CAPOBIANCO Heading down the stairs at Westfarms Mall to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks a couple of weeks ago, I got lost in a crowd full teenagers, crying babies coddled by their parents, and children under the age of 10 jumping…

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4 Girls 4: ‘4’ your holiday entertainment

November 28, 2014
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4 Girls 4: ‘4’ your holiday entertainment

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Once upon a time, there was a musical act that made the rounds called 4 Girls 4. The act included four stars at the time— Rosemary Clooney, Rose Marie, Helen O’Connell, and Margaret Whiting. They would take to the stages…

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Senior listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Senior listings for Nov. 28

SATURDAY, NOV. 29 OTHER OPEN HOUSE AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS. 10 a.m .to 2 p.m. Independent and assisted living community. Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H. Stewart Dr., Newington. RSVP. (860) 665-7901. TUESDAY, DEC. 16 PLAINVILLE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.…

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Support listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Support listings for Nov. 28

ONGOING SOUTHINGTON OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be the answer for you. It is not a diet club, but a group of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to…

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