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Minimum wage increases; Local businesses may experience setbacks

January 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Minimum wage workers throughout the state will see an increase in their paychecks. As of January 1, the state raised the minimum wage from $8.25 to $8.70, the first of two scheduled increases as a result of a new law Governor Dannel Malloy signed last year. By 2015, the minimum…

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Larkin sworn in as town clerk

January 10, 2014
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Larkin sworn in as town clerk

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington recently welcomed its new town clerk, Kathy Larkin, as she was sworn in by former town clerk Leslie Cotton on Monday. With 28 years of experience working in the Southington Town Clerk’s office, Larkin said she has enjoyed working for the town. Right after high school, Larkin had a…

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Erardi could possibly leave to become superintendent in Newtown

January 8, 2014
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Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi is the “candidate of choice” for the superintendent position in Newtown, according to a recent email sent out to school faculty. “There is not another job in the country that I would be interested in other than in Newtown,” said Dr. Erardi in the e-mail, adding that Newtown officials…

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Town prepares for another arctic cold snap

January 6, 2014
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Southington is preparing for another bout of arctic air tonight through tomorrow that will potentially leave temperatures below zero. Temperatures tomorrow are expected to range between zero and -15, factoring in wind chill. According to weather services, the region can expect wind gusts as high as 40 mph. The forecast is expected to ease up…

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YMCA set to dive into the Polar Plunge

January 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington YMCA plans to kick off its ninth annual Polar Plunge on January 18, giving members of the community an opportunity to jump into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond for a good cause. Transforming into one of Southington’s most popular fundraisers, the Polar Plunge event features nine different…

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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

January 5, 2014
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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

By Ed Harris Editor Southington YMCA officials are planning a Storm Sloper Trails Challenge for early next year. The race is billed as being part run, part obstacle course and part scavenger hunt. “It is very much like a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, but at the same time it is its own unique event,”…

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Woman takes on new year with new lifestyle and inspires others

January 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Human Resources Director Sue Tanner of the Southington YMCA, the start of a new year means the continuation of a journey to a healthy lifestyle, which she started two days before Thanksgiving. Battling with her weight since the age of six, Tanner made a promise to lose weight, and…

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Knights shine at New Haven invite; Bennett wins the shot put; Knights qualify for state and conference meets

January 3, 2014
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Knights shine at New Haven invite; Bennett wins the shot put; Knights qualify for state and conference meets

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington qualified for the conference meet in six efforts on opening day. One girl qualified for states in two events. Two boys qualified for states in a single event, and a relay team will join them. On Friday, Dec. 20, the indoor track team opened their season at one of…

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Local roads are passable, but not salted

January 3, 2014
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Southington’s highway crews worked throughout the night and all the roads in town are passable, Town Manager Garry Brumback reported. “They have intentionally not salted to avoid thawing before the subzero temperatures we are expecting tonight,” Brumback said in an update on the storm. “The plan for the roads is to sand the hills and…

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Wrestlers grapple for tournament medals; Murillo claims 2 tournament titles; Southington athletes go 9-0 in the medal rounds

January 3, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The scramble has already begun to overcome a late start, but Southington wrestlers have already shown a hint of what’s in store. The Blue Knights only sent eight wrestlers to the annual Lancer Tournament in Waterford as they continue to play catch-up following football’s run to a Class LL title.…

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