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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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SHS Jazz Ensemble hits the right notes

March 30, 2013
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SHS Jazz Ensemble hits the right notes

By Kellie Lambert McGuire Correspondent A group of Southington High School musicians recently landed on the winner’s podium at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston, Mass. The Southington High Jazz Ensemble placed third in the large ensemble category for the second year in a row at the competition earlier this month. “We’ve been…

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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

March 29, 2013
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‘Cool Cat’ Conti; Local pool hall owner and former world champ inducted into the NE Pool & Billiard Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Sal Conti stood up to address the crowd that was packed into the pool hall annex in Providence, RI, as he stared across the room at a framed photo of him and his father. A handful of others had already spoken about their long careers in pool halls and competition,…

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Southington woman sews Wonder Woman capes

March 29, 2013
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Southington woman sews Wonder Woman capes

By Vanessa Stevens Southington resident Gerry Terninko has been working hard the last two months sewing capes for Team Wonder Women, a running team formed  in honor of Rachel Marie D’Avino, who was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy last December. The capes were first used this Saturday during the…

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Read author speaks to residents

March 29, 2013
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Read author speaks to residents

by Kellie Lambert McGuire Correspondent Charlotte Rogan may have late blooming success for a writer, but her popularity was worth the wait. More than 350 people came out March 20 to hear the writer talk about her debut novel, “The Lifeboat,” during the 2013 Southington Reads event at The Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Rogan said…

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Charitable pop-up store gets its own ‘Prom Extravaganza’

March 28, 2013
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By Mike Chaiken Edition’s Editor Bristol’s Alyscia Talbot is a convert to the joys of Kristen’s Kloset. And on March 30, with the help of the Wolcott Grange, the Bristol Central High School junior will be giving Kristen’s Kloset a financial boost with a fund raising “Prom Extravaganza.” Kristen’s Kloset is a pop-up store organized…

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Walk showcases downtown issues

March 28, 2013
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Walk showcases downtown issues

By Ed Harris Editor A recent downtown Southington walkthrough, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce’s Central Business Alliance (CBA), highlighted some of the cosmetic work that is needed in the area. “There’s a lot more problems than you realize,” said Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo. Some of the work cited included the repainting and…

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Judge rules in favor of Manzo in Smoron issue

March 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor A Hartford Superior Court Judge has ruled that longtime caretaker Samuel Manzo is the rightful heir to the Smoron estate. Valley Spring Farm was owned by the Smoron family for decades and ownership has been in dispute since the death of Josephine Smoron in 2009. In the 1990s, Josephine Smoron had…

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Opening the charter; Commission formed by party vote

March 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Town Council has decided to open the charter, establishing a new Charter Revision Commission, following a strict party line vote Monday night. All six Republicans voted in favor of the commission, while the Council’s three Democrats voted against it. Five people were named to the commission, three Republicans and two…

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