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Crocodile Club fosters bipartisanship between Southington and Bristol

August 27, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.,) greets Carolyn Norton at the 134th annual Crocodile Club dinner at Lake Compounce on August 21, 2015.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Political rivalries weren’t lost on the Crocodile Club dinner this year, when City of Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne joked that the sun would be shining if the luncheon were held on the Bristol side of Lake Compounce. In its 134th year, the Crocodile Club brought politicians from across party lines together last…

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Superintendent says Southington schools are in good shape

August 27, 2015
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Southington Supt Timothy Connellan (2014)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington Public Schools opened their doors this week, welcoming students back on Thursday and holding two professional development days for faculty and staff earlier in the week. Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan said Tuesday that the school system is “in great shape and ready to receive students.” Over the summer, Connellan and…

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Sampson speaks out against Supreme Court death penalty decision

August 27, 2015
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Rep. Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an Aug. 13 ruling, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared capital punishment unconstitutional, claiming that the punishment no longer fits ethical standards in the state. The 4-3 decision in the case of State of Connecticut v. Eduardo Santiago ruled that the 11 men currently serving on death row in the state will…

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Sen. Murphy to ride bus with Bristol commuters

August 27, 2015
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U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy will ride the Route 502 bus from Bristol City Hall for his “Congress on Your Bus” listening session with local commuters on Friday at 4:15 p.m. Murphy will talk with Bristol residents about their views on a variety of topics and will take their feedback back to Washington.  The Route 502 bus…

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Summer hours bring Hatton flowers

August 27, 2015
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Comm - ASAP - Hatton School Gardeners

Students returning to Hatton Elementary School for the first day of school were treated to a beautiful burst of colors as a result of the Hatton School Summer Enrichment program. Carolyn Serafino, a fourth grade teacher at the school, taught a course called “Scientific Wonders” where children learn about the impacts of natural disasters and…

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The Giving Back-Pack Girls

August 27, 2015
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Comm - Giving Back Girls

Community members filled an entire bus with school supplies during a fundraising campaign organized by the Giving Back Girls in late July. Proceeds from the event will fill over 400 backpacks for Southington school children in need.

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Michelle White is the woman behind the volunteers

August 27, 2015
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Michelle White will be helping this year’s volunteers as the Apple Harvest Festival Volunteer Chair.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race…

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Getting ready for the first day of school…

August 26, 2015
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Teachers-Hatton school-5th grade teacher Gina Dinello and Sherri LaRose (Para educator) (1)

Photos By TAMMI NAUDUS Summer’s over. Students are back in school. This week, teachers scrambled to get ready for the 2015-2016 school year in the days leading up to the first day of school. Above, Hatton Elementary School teacher Gina DiNello, left, and paraprofessional Sherri LaRose organize books for a new class of fifth graders.  

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Students, family can get financial help with state’s CHET

August 25, 2015
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Students, family can get financial help with state’s CHET

A year ago, 100 high school juniors were celebrating the news that they would receive $2,500 CHET Advance Scholarships to help pay for college. Today, as summer winds to a close, they are preparing to start college with checks in hand from CHET. They are realizing their educational dream at schools from Massachusetts to Florida,…

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Suspect sought in Plainville bank robbery

August 25, 2015
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The Plainville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the bank robbery suspect. Police said that at 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, the Farmington Bank located at 117 East St. was robbed by a male suspect that showed the bank teller a note demanding money. No gun and/or weapon was displayed,…

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