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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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4 Girls 4: ‘4’ your holiday entertainment

November 28, 2014
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4 Girls 4: ‘4’ your holiday entertainment

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Once upon a time, there was a musical act that made the rounds called 4 Girls 4. The act included four stars at the time— Rosemary Clooney, Rose Marie, Helen O’Connell, and Margaret Whiting. They would take to the stages of America, sing and tell stories. In time, 4 Girls…

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Senior listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Senior listings for Nov. 28

SATURDAY, NOV. 29 OTHER OPEN HOUSE AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS. 10 a.m .to 2 p.m. Independent and assisted living community. Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H. Stewart Dr., Newington. RSVP. (860) 665-7901. TUESDAY, DEC. 16 PLAINVILLE AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Course covers the effects of aging and medication on driving,…

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Support listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Support listings for Nov. 28

ONGOING SOUTHINGTON OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be the answer for you. It is not a diet club, but a group of people recovering from compulsive overeating. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no fees or weigh-ins. No…

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Meetings listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Meetings listings for Nov. 28

DEC. 1, 15 OTHER QUILTS THAT CARE. 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. QuiltsThatCare.org, (860) 945-0184, QuiltsThatCare.Deb@gmail.com TUESDAY, DEC. 2 BRISTOL QUILTS THAT CARE. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. QuiltsThatCare.org, (860) 945-0184, QuiltsThatCare.Deb@gmail.com WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3 PLAINVILLE PLAINVILLE HIGH SCHOOL/ YMCA…

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Kids listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Kids listings for Nov. 28

DEC. 1-FEB. 14 BRISTOL WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CLINIC. Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m or Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Any child 8 to 18 years old are welcome to participate regardless of ability or experience. Child does not have to have a disability to participate. Ten weeks. Chapter 126, 47 Upson St., Bristol. (860) 769-7049. DEC.…

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Dining listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Dining listings for Nov. 28

SATURDAY, NOV. 29 BRISTOL HOMECOMING HOPFEST. 1 to 4 p.m. Benefit for Bristol Community Organization Inc.’s energy assistance program. Food and beer tastings from 22 breweries. Scheduled: Back East, Berkshire Brewing, Black Hog, Blue Point, City Steam, Firefly Hollow, Goose Island, Half Full, Long Train, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Olde Burnside, Overshores, Ommegang, Otter Creek, Pioneer,…

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Miscellaneous listings for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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Miscellaneous listings for Nov. 28

NOV. 28-30, DEC. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 BRISTOL/ SOUTHINGTON LAKE COMPOUNCE HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5 p.m., Fridays. 4 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Fun for all ages. Light show every half hour at the main gate. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides will be in operation. Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway with uniformed train…

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