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SHS atrium to get new roof

December 3, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Town Council unanimously approved a bond ordinance of $407,000 for the replacement of the roof at the atrium of Southington High School. There was a public hearing for the ordinance held at the beginning of the meeting, however, the public remained mum. Director of Operations for the Southington Public…

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Book clubs take over the high school

December 3, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Last year, Southington High School started with one book club. Today, SHS Literacy Specialist and Teacher of the Year Jennifer Paul is leading 11 book clubs for students at the school and says the clubs just keep growing. “This year, it’s crazy. I can’t keep up,” said Paul. “There are…

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State regulators challenge CL&P’s proposed rate increase

December 2, 2014
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HARTFORD—State regulators have announced cutbacks to a proposed rate increase from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). The proposed rate increases have been reduced from $221.1 Million to $130.2 Million. “I’m pleased the state regulators sought to keep the rate increase low,” State Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) said in a press release. “This is a step…

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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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