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Officials: No need for worry that tech budget is over

July 24, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Karen Veilleux, the technology director for Southington Public schools, appeared before the Board of Education recently to gain approval for a request to the state for $1,531,045 in new technology for each middle school. Including both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools, the technology request that will be sent to the…

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Summer energy assistance available from Operation Fuel

July 22, 2014
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Operation Fuel has begun its summer energy assistance program for households that are struggling to pay their energy bills and are in danger of having their utilities shut off. As a result of trying to keep their homes warm this past winter, many Connecticut families and individuals currently have high balances on their electric and…

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Italian-American Festival is a decade old

July 21, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The annual Southington Italian-American Festival reaches the decade milestone later this month. The tradition continues with authentic Italian food, music and a homemade wine contest at the tenth annual Southington Italian-American Festival, July 25-27 on Center Street. “It is important to bring back the Italian traditions and heritages for the…

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Kennedy announces its fourth quarter honor roll

July 20, 2014
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Kennedy Middle School has released its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Sixth grade, first honors:  Lexi Almeida, Morgan Barnum, Ryan Barretta, Jessica Bartsch, Dion Beerbaum, Nashita Begum, Cameron Beidler, Alexander Belanger, Kayley Benson, Sahiti Bhyravavajhala, Faith Breen, Caleb Brick, Evan Brown, Emma Brush, Christian Cahill, William Carr, Austin Carta, Aaron Case, Ryan Catlin,…

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Recent SHS grad wins Halo Award for school performance

July 19, 2014
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Recent SHS grad wins Halo Award for school performance

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Recent Southington High School graduate Gabrielle Baker won the Halo award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Aida in “Aida.” This was the first year the Southington High School Drama Club competed in the Halo Awards, and six SHS students were nominated.…

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DePaolo announces fourth quarter honor roll

July 19, 2014
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DePaolo Middle School has recently announced it honor roll for the fourth marking period. Grade 6, First Honors: Abigail Abram, Dante Accetura, Betul Agirman, Emma Angelillo, Ryan Asido, Jordan Beaudoin, Patrick Bennett, Kelly Bergland, Emily Biscoglio, Matthew Biscoglio, Jordan Bishman, Samuel Bouchard, Eric Carrier, Emma Castellano, Christopher Chaplinsky, Amy Chudy, Jonathan Cocchiola, Joshua Cofrancesco, Rielley…

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Southington dance studio performs at Disney

July 18, 2014
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Southington dance studio performs at Disney

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The magic of going to Walt Disney World is every child’s dream. For performers, Disney is a stage they only dream of one day gracing as it has given many great artists their start. However, for some of Southington’s youth, performing at Disney recently became a reality. Seventy-seven students from…

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Mandatory concussion education is set

July 18, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer School officials are making concussion education and awareness mandatory for student athletes and parents this fall. Eric Swallow, director of athletics for Southington schools, briefed the school board at a recent Board of Education meeting. The focus on concussions comes from an upcoming state mandate. “The State legislature has mandated…

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SCCA raises enough funds to lease the Gura Building

July 18, 2014
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SCCA raises enough funds to lease the Gura Building

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) reached its fundraising goal and secured a lease for the old Gura Building, which it will renovate and turn into a community arts center. In 18 months, the arts group was able to raise $1,113,000 and will now lease the Gura Building for a…

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Southington High School announces its fourth quarter honor roll

July 17, 2014
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Southington High School has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Grade 9,  First Honors: Madison Aldieri, Abigail Alfieri, Michael Allen, Hallie Altwies, Kelly Angeli, Alissa Anglis, Jake Aparo, Lily Baker, Katerina Belales, Kayla Birmingham, Alyssa Boucher, Sydney Brault, Megan Burke, Laura Calandra, William Carbone, Michaela Carrera, Meghan Cichon, Kristen Craven, Anthony D’Abramo,…

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