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Ex-officer charged with drunken driving three times

December 18, 2014
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BRIDGEPORT (AP)— A former Connecticut police officer who appeared in court on a drunken-driving charge was arrested three more times in the next 11 hours. The Connecticut Post reports 39-year-old John Biehn, of Southington, was charged twice Monday with drunken driving and accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart. Police say Biehn, a former Bridgeport officer,…

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Online registration will be available for next year’s kindergarten

December 18, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education has approved the use of an online data management system, which has been implemented by other towns regionally and nationally, starting with kindergarten registration in February. Executive Secretary and District Registrar Michele Passamano said she has spoken to staff from two of the 21 school districts…

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers course to be offered at Chapter 126

December 17, 2014
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Powerful Tools for Caregivers course to be offered at Chapter 126

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Caregivers will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. Classes will be held…

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Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

December 16, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) _ The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed…

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Judge: 2012 killings not allowed in Hernandez case

December 16, 2014
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By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled Friday. Hernandez has pleaded…

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Connecticut takes first steps to reach super-fast Internet

December 16, 2014
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut is taking a slow approach to super-fast Internet. As of last week, 10 Connecticut municipalities were the first to commit to an initiative inviting telecommunications and other businesses for ideas to build and finance Internet service of up to 1,000 megabits _ 1 gigabit _…

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Hang with the ‘Cool Kids’ in Echosmith Friday night

December 12, 2014
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Hang with the ‘Cool Kids’ in Echosmith Friday night

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR By the time, summer washed into fall, “Cool Kids” by Echosmith was everywhere. Whether it was top 40 radio or on VH1, where the Southern California group was tapped as the “You Oughta Know” artist for October, the group had ingrained itself on the listening public with the catchy tune…

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New Britain Ave. bank robbed Thursday night

December 12, 2014
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New Britain Ave. bank robbed Thursday night

The Plainville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Thursday night shortly after 6 p.m. at the American Eagle Federal Credit Union on New Britain Avenue, Plainville. Police said a lone male entered the bank while brandishing a firearm and demanded the the employees hand over money. Police said the male made…

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Kennedy announces November students of the month

December 11, 2014
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Kennedy announces November students of the month

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its November students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Dante D’Amore, Trevor Francis, Maliah Ryan, and Madeleine Silano. Dante, a conscientious student…

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Observations: Always put your best foot forward

December 11, 2014
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Observations: Always put your best foot forward

by LISA CAPOBIANCO Standing by the window in our TV room one Saturday morning over the summer, my father seemed as though he was waiting for something intently while looking at the driveway. After peeping out the window for a minute or two, he turned around with a sigh, mumbling under his breath, “I wonder…

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