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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. “Bradley knew what he had acquired was a vast amount…

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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 actually inspired by the 1948 novel by Edward Streeter and…

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Donations sought for The Summit’s annual holiday shop

November 26, 2014
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The Summit at Plantsville, Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, managed by Athena Health Care Systems, will be holding its annual holiday shop for residents. Every resident at The Summit at Plantsville is given the opportunity to shop of holiday gifts for their loved ones. There is no charge and gift wrapping is included. The main…

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Library to celebrate the arts, reception next

November 26, 2014
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Library to celebrate the arts, reception next

  Southington Library celebrates the arts for 2014. There will be an opening reception 5:30 to 7 p.m. the Café Gallery at the Southington Library on Thursday, Dec. 4. There will be artists, photographers, and writers as well as live music and refreshments. Local artists acknowledge The Gallery at the Southington Library as a popular…

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Thalberg robotics team ready to rumble this weekend

November 21, 2014
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Thalberg robotics team ready to rumble this weekend

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER LEGOs are more than just blocks these days. For children growing up today, LEGOs offer a whole new educational experience unlike the way they were used among previous generations. The opportunity to participate in this new educational activity has risen for 10 fifth graders at Thalberg Elementary School. The Red…

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Donor knows value of YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program

November 21, 2014
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Donor knows value of YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program

Ask Mike Pelletier and wife Sharon why they have donated to the LIVESTRONG Program at the YMCA, and the long-time Southington residents answer is short and sweet. “It was the best way we knew how to say thanks,” Pelletier said, according to a YMCA press release. Mike retired in 2012, after 30 years of service…

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New Bristol Boys and Girls Club holding open house Nov. 28

November 19, 2014
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The new Don Tinty Bristol Boys & Girls Club Family Center will open its doors to the public this Friday, Nov. 28 during an open house. The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new center located on West Street. The event features a number of local sponsors, including…

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Middle schools being recruited for model UN

November 19, 2014
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Capitalizing on middle schoolers’ increasing interest in world affairs, Kingswood Oxford is hosting its third annual Model UN for Middle Schools on Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to-4:30 p.m. All middle schools throughout the state are encouraged to register for the conference, which will introduce students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to global…

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Sen. Markley honored by emergency physicians

November 19, 2014
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Sen. Markley honored by emergency physicians

State Senator Joe Markley recently received The Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians legislator of the year award. Sen. Markley worked to pass a bill allowing Medicaid reimbursement for emergency departments across the state. The bill was passed with bipartisan support. The AAC Medicaid Reimbursement for Emergency Department bill allows emergency department physicians to be reimbursed…

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