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Teachers open new year with convocation

August 28, 2014
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Teachers open new year with convocation

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Fifty-three new staff members, including new Supt. of Schools Tim Connellan, were recognized at a convocation ceremony Monday morning that kicked off school for educators. The opening of school staff meeting in the auditorium of Southington High School included impassioned speeches, music, videos and awards to rev up teachers and…

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Community Services is seeking food donations

August 25, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer September is Hunger Action Month and Southington Community Services is seeking donations. “You know, everyone’s giving in December and that’s wonderful, but we need the whole year round because the summer’s the toughest time,” said Dave Harrington from Southington Community Services. Mark Fazzolari, who also works for the Southington Community…

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Festival hostesses inspired by the past

August 24, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s collection of Apple Harvest Festival hostesses said they always looked up to the former hostesses when they were young and hoped to one day represent Southington themselves. “You always see them in the parades and when you’re little you see them as princesses,” said Marissa Sisco. “And then…

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Southington High vo-ag student helps in Belize

August 24, 2014
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By Margaret Waage Correspondent Something new is needed sometimes to appreciate the familiar things in life. Such is the case for Southington High School Vo-Ag student Sariah Dutkiewicz. Volunteerism proved to be the vehicle that motivated Dutkiewicz, a Bristol resident, to choose to spend a big part of her summer vacation travelling to Belize to…

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Teachers prepare rooms for new school year

August 23, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer As children are picking out their new backpacks and gathering school supplies for back to school, the teachers are already back preparing for the first day. Curriculum and lesson plans aside, many of the teachers are trying to find ways to make sure their classroom are a comfortable learning environment…

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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

August 22, 2014
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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Library was recently granted permission by the Town Council to apply for a grant that could help fund an expansion project at the library. Though the expansion is not set to begin until 2017, Library Director Susan Smayda described moving the grant application forward as an important first…

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New superintendent adjusts to position

August 22, 2014
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New superintendent adjusts to position

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer New Superintendent of Schools is transitioning to Southington with a busy first week on the job. “It’s a much larger school district,” said Connellan, who was the former superintendent for Oxford Public Schools. “There are lots of things to do every single day, that’s probably the biggest difference.” Assistant Superintendent…

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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

August 22, 2014
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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hartford Healthcare officials held a “Community Conversation” at Derynoski Elementary School Monday night to hear the concerns of Southington residents about the changes at Bradley Memorial Hospital. Hartford Healthcare was represented by Tricia Walden, Lucille Janatka, president of the central region of Hartford Healthcare and Jim Blazar, senior vice president…

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Plantsville resident named to 40 under Forty list

August 17, 2014
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Plantsville resident named to 40 under Forty list

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Plantsville resident Jennifer Young was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as part of the 18 annual 40 Under Forty Young Business Leaders award. At just 26, Young is an experienced physician assistant and is the co-owner of Pure Skin Medical spa. Young said she met her business partner, Jenna…

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Singers come out for first round of CT Icon

August 17, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer CT Icon, a competition for singers ages 9 and up, held its first round of auditions on August 3 and over 30 people participated. “We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout for the second audition,” said Icon spokesman Melissa Ericksen-Salmon. “Some people have already preregistered for the 23. There’s a…

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