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Congressman Larson introduces new Social Security bill

August 30, 2014
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Congressman Larson introduces new Social Security bill

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Congressman John Larson recently introduced his new proposal to expand the benefits of Social Securityat the Calendar House in Southington on the 79th anniversary of the legislation. Larson expressed his frustration with the perspective that views Social Security as an entitlement. The congressman instead referred to Social Security as insurance…

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peterdominic to host fundraiser for Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute

August 29, 2014
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peterdominic to host fundraiser for Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute

Two years ago, Peter Gulli had to say goodbye to his best friend, business partner, and the man he looked up to more than any other. That man was his father, Dominic, who passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer in 2011. “He was my best friend. I was at his ankles since…

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Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

August 29, 2014
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Kataria Classic; Blue Knight captain organizes a local charity tournament

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kunal Kataria listened to his classmates talking in excited bursts at a teammate’s graduation party last spring. The high school season had just wrapped up a few days earlier. Still smarting from their losses, the underclassmen were already looking ahead to next year’s campaign. The debate grew heated. Will this…

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Sizing up the issues; Zoni, Natelli talk about their campaigns

August 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer With fall just around the corner Democratic state Rep. Dave Zoni and Republican candidate Albert Natelli are looking for ways to reach voters before November’s election Both candidates for the state House of Representatives seat in the 81st District have been present and spoken publically at meetings spawned by citizens…

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Buckley remembered with mural, bench

August 29, 2014
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Buckley remembered with mural, bench

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington community has recently stepped up to memorialize Ben Buckley, a seven-year-old boy who passed away in January from a severe asthma attack. Ben was a second grader at Thalberg Elementary School. During the spring, there was a family fun fitness day at Crossfit Factory Square called “Buckley Strong.”…

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Community Services is seeking food donations

August 25, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer September is Hunger Action Month and Southington Community Services is seeking donations. “You know, everyone’s giving in December and that’s wonderful, but we need the whole year round because the summer’s the toughest time,” said Dave Harrington from Southington Community Services. Mark Fazzolari, who also works for the Southington Community…

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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

August 22, 2014
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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Library was recently granted permission by the Town Council to apply for a grant that could help fund an expansion project at the library. Though the expansion is not set to begin until 2017, Library Director Susan Smayda described moving the grant application forward as an important first…

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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

August 22, 2014
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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hartford Healthcare officials held a “Community Conversation” at Derynoski Elementary School Monday night to hear the concerns of Southington residents about the changes at Bradley Memorial Hospital. Hartford Healthcare was represented by Tricia Walden, Lucille Janatka, president of the central region of Hartford Healthcare and Jim Blazar, senior vice president…

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Plantsville resident named to 40 under Forty list

August 17, 2014
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Plantsville resident named to 40 under Forty list

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Plantsville resident Jennifer Young was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as part of the 18 annual 40 Under Forty Young Business Leaders award. At just 26, Young is an experienced physician assistant and is the co-owner of Pure Skin Medical spa. Young said she met her business partner, Jenna…

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Restaurants vie to have the best pizza in town at chamber event

August 16, 2014
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Restaurants vie to have the best pizza in town at chamber event

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Pizza enthusiasts everywhere, mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 26. The Southington Chamber of Commerce Women is holding its fifth annual Pizza Fest at Northridge Golf Course, formerly Pine Valley, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It’s an event for those who consider themselves a pizza connoisseur or those looking for…

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