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Queen Ann Nzinga Center offers program to area youths

September 2, 2015
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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc., which provides arts enrichment activities for children and teens ages 5 to 17, is accepting new participants. The Queen Ann Nzinga Center promotes positive youth development among children of all races and abilities throughout Connecticut, but primarily to children in the greater Plainville, Bristol, Southington, and New Britain area.…

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Business owners, management, sales forum on Sept. 15

August 29, 2015
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Biz - Cashin Business Forum

Motivational speaker and sales growth strategist Duane Cashin will be holding a free forum on Tuesday Sept. 15. The business forum, which focuses on building a pipeline of sales opportunities, is presented by the Southington Economic Development Department in conjunction with the Southington Chamber of Commerce. The complimentary event will be held at The Ridge…

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Hitting the thrift store when shopping for school

August 28, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to back to school clothes shopping, convention dictates parents and kids head out to seek brand names at the mall, and if the parents prevail, items will be acquired at a sale price. But, ever consider shopping at thrift store, such as Savers Thrift Store at 657…

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Local student speaks at the United Nations

August 28, 2015
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Krystiana Bouchard helped brief the United Nations Security Council about the Iran treaty.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR While most Americans are reading about the recently negotiated treaty with Iran in their local newspapers, 17-year-old Krystiana Bouchard was at the United Nations briefing international officials about the deal. Krystiana’s presence at the UN building in New York was a result of her participation in a summer program at Princeton University.…

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Local student wins teaching scholarship

August 28, 2015
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Southington’s Catherine MacKay, fourth from the left, was one of four students to receive the 2015 Waterbury CT Teacher’s Credit Union grant.  MacKay is seen here with WCTCU officials and the other recipients.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Catherine MacKay, Southington, comes from a long line of educators and plans to follow in their footsteps in just a few days. A 2015 graduate of Southington High School, MacKay will begin her college career at UCONN this month, where she plans to study education. On Thursday, July 23, the Waterbury Connecticut…

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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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