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Spring Street closed by fire and downed line

February 5, 2016
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A downed power line during today's storm caused a fire that temporarily shut down Spring Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A fire sparked on Spring Street this morning when heavy snowfall brought down a power line. A main line beside The Step Saver building at 213 Spring St., home to The Observer, came down just before 11 a.m. The fire melted a long line of snow alongside the building, and held a…

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Southington receives $500,000 for local roads

February 5, 2016
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More than $500,000 will be put toward repairing Southington roads this year. On Feb. 1, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced the release of $30 million for transportation needs across the state. The funds are the second installment in a $60 million investment toward statewide support of the Town Aid Road program. The $30 million in…

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Healthy Family FunFest teaches families about healthy living

February 4, 2016
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Children play in the ball pit during last year’s Healthy Family Fun Fest. The annual event is designed to teach families about health living.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Hartford HealthCare and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA will be supplying a Sunday afternoon full of healthy activities for the whole family this month. The 7th annual Healthy Family FunFest will be held at The Aqua Turf on Feb. 28, providing five hours of free entertainment and information for all ages. The event…

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Foundation has scholarship applications available

February 4, 2016
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Application deadlines are fast approaching for more than $200,000 in 2016 scholarship dollars available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Scholarships are available to 2016 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships…

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Students encouraged to enter CHET Dream Big! competition

February 4, 2016
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Local elementary and middle school students are encouraged to enter the 2016 CHET Dream Big! Competition, a statewide drawing and essay contest aimed at getting Connecticut students in kindergarten through eighth grade to think about their education and careers. Now in its ninth year, the Dream Big! Competition will award a total of $26,000 in CHET…

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Lions Club announces ‘Everything Goes’ charity auction on March 5

February 4, 2016
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The Southington Lions Club’s 25th annual “Everything Goes” charity auction is just around the corner. This year’s fun-filled evening, on Saturday, March 5, will have something for everyone, from baseball tickets to a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park to YMCA family memberships, and more. The event will take place at Mary Our Queen church…

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Bertucci’s ‘Dining for Dollars’ fundraiser on Feb. 11 for the Southington library

February 4, 2016
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Bertucci's
20 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489
Phone: (860) 621-8626
www.Bertuccis.com

Bertucci’s invites the community to enjoy a great meal and raise money for the Southington Library Expansion Fund. On Feb. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant, at 20 Spring St. in Southington, is hosting a fundraiser for the library fund. Stop in the library to pick up a “Dining for Dollars” flyer.…

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Wheeler Clinic to host info session for foster parents

February 4, 2016
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Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: (888) 793-3500
www.WheelerClinic.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Feb. 13, Wheeler Clinic will host an informational session for anyone interested in the opportunity to foster a child. On a daily basis, Wheeler’s foster care programs service at least 60 local children in need of a foster home. “We desperately need parents,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, Director of Community Based…

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BOE unanimously approves proposal for 2016-17 budget

February 3, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously on Jan. 28 to approve the budget for the 2016-2017 academic-year. The budget proposes a 3.61 percent increase to the previous year’s budget, totaling $92,901,729. Superintendent Timothy Connellan provided the Board with his proposed budget on Dec. 29. The BOE reviewed the budget, created by…

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Showing appreciation for our veterans: Elks Lodge honors military service members

February 3, 2016
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A pair of local veterans, who served the country during World War II and the Korean War, were among those who attended a Military Appreciation dinner hosted at the Elks Club on Jan. 30.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Denise Johnson wanted to find a way to honor local members of the military for their service and sacrifice. Through the Elks Lodge 1669, where she has been a member since 2008, she hosted a Military Appreciation dinner to recognize veterans, active military members, and…

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