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SHS cheerleading team takes third place in CIAC tournament

April 5, 2013
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SHS cheerleading team takes third place in CIAC tournament

By Maargaret Waage Correspondent The Southington High School cheerleading team finished its season on a positive note. On Saturday, March 8, the SHS team competed and placed third overall in the co-ed division during the Connecticut Association of Schools Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) State Cheer tournament held at Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven.…

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BOF proposed budget lowers mill rate

April 4, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Finance has passed a proposed $129.3 million dollar budget that scales back money for the Board of Education and slightly lowers the mill rate. The board unanimously passed a recommendation of $45.1 million on the town side and $84.2 million for the Board of Education. The proposal will…

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Student filmmakers in town

April 4, 2013
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Student filmmakers in town

By Kellie Lambert McGuire Correspondent A pair of New York student filmmakers have chosen Southington as the perfect American town for an upcoming short film. Producer Kendell Haney and writer/director Paul Head, students at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, will be filming scenes from Head’s short film “Clean Sheets” from April…

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‘None better than John Weichsel’; Former Town Manager passes away

April 3, 2013
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‘None better than John Weichsel’; Former Town Manager passes away

By Ed Harris Editor John Weichsel, Southington’s first town manager, passed away on  Friday, March 29. He was 80. Weichsel was first appointed town manager in 1966 and served until early 2011. He was succeeded by current Town Manager Garry Brumback. When the governance system was worked out in 1966, it was decided that the…

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Police seek public’s help in rash of burglaries that include a stolen handgun

April 2, 2013
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Southington Police are investigating a residential burglary on Charles Street that involved the theft of a loaded handgun. At 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1, police were called to a home on Charles Street, where a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun was stolen from a night stand in the master bedroom. A witness observed…

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United Bank closing three branches, including one of the two Southington branches

April 2, 2013
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Marc Silvestrini Special to The Observer West Springfield, Mass.-based United Financial Bancorp Inc., parent of United Bank, plans to close three branches in Connecticut, including an office in the Terryville section of Plymouth and one of its two in Southington. The bank will close its branch at 98 Main St. in Southington and consolidate it…

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CL&P has a planned outage/conversion in town April 3-4;Approx. 160 customers affected

April 1, 2013
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The following is a community notice from Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback and Connecticut Light and Power. Please be advised we have a planned commercial/residential outage/conversion affecting approximately 160 customers in Southington in the Meriden Ave., Scenic Dr. Beechwood Dr, Woodland Dr. Savage St. area for Wednesday April 3rd from 8:30am to 12:30pm. On Thursday…

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Middle schools team up to present ‘Annie’

April 1, 2013
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Kellie Lambert McGuire Correspondent More than 100 students from the town’s two middle schools have teamed up for one of Broadway’s legendary musicals. The John F. Kennedy Middle School Drama Club and the Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School Drama Club will present “Annie” on from April 4 to April 5, as well as April 10…

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Draft report: SFD needs to better utilize its volunteers

March 31, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor A draft report of a review of the town’s fire services found the Southington Fire Department capable, but identified a need for the better use of volunteers in various administrative and operational components and as a way to minimize overtime. The report, undertaken by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), was…

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John Weichsel, Southington’s first town manager, passes away at 80

March 30, 2013
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John Weichsel, Southington’s first town manager, passed away Friday night. He was 80. Weichsel was first appointed town manager in 1966 and served until early 2011. He was succeeded by current Town Manager Garry Brumback. When the system was worked out in 1966, it was decided that the Town Manager would serve at the will…

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