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Demolition to begin at Ideal Forging

July 4, 2014
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Demolition to begin at Ideal Forging

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Demolition of the buildings of the abandoned Ideal Forging factory will begin soon and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The Meridian Development Partners’ plan to build 263 condominiums as well as some retail stores is known as the Greenway Commons project. “It’s going to…

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Peter Romano named new director of operations

July 3, 2014
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Peter Romano named new director of operations

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Board of Education has officially appointed Peter Romano as the new director of operations for the Southington school system. Out of a pool of 50 applicants, school officials were most impressed with Romano and felt he was the best fit for the job. The rigorous hiring process included screenings…

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Temporary parking ban this evening, due to Hubbard Park fireworks

July 2, 2014
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There is a temporary parking ban in effect along the Southington and Meriden town line this evening, due to the fireworks display at Hubbard Park. The roads affected are Meriden Waterbury Road, (route 322) from I-691 to the Meriden town line, both Sides of Craig Avenue, the west side of Gwen Road and the west…

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Farmers Market open for season; closed, however, for July 4

July 1, 2014
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The Farmers Market at Plainville High School opened on June 27. On Friday, July 4, the market will be closed due to the beginning of the holiday weekend. On July 11, the market will feature the Jay Johnson Trio band that plays contemporary jazz. Confetti’s Red Truck will be on site making honey fritters and…

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Local contestants get close to pageant crowns but don’t win

June 29, 2014
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          PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN by MIKE CHAIKEN The local representatives for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant got a glimpse of the crown. But in the end, at Saturday’s finals at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Acacia Courtney was crowned Miss Connecticut and Cynthia…

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Town offers residents a free prescription drug discount card

June 29, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Partnering with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and ProAct, Inc., the town is offering a prescription discount card to residents. The free cards are automatically being sent out to residents. The cards are not insurance related and may be used with your existing insurance. Savings are only available at participating…

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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

June 28, 2014
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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

    Central Connecticut contestants continued their run of success in the second evening of preliminary competition for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen crowns. Although the Bristol, Southington, and Plainville specific competitors did not win any preliminary competitions, contestants with ties to the towns and located in surrounding towns did well, with…

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Beecher Street property sold ; Former home of Board of Education offices

June 28, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council approved the sale of 49 Beecher Street, the former home of the Board of Education’s administrative offices, Monday night. A public hearing on the proposed sale was held shortly before the council meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission also recently approved the sale of the two-acre property.…

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Elementary guidance grant helps parents, students and teachers

June 27, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Managing anger, learning to listen, being assertive and showing compassion are just four of many guidance lessons the Southington school district has been able to implement with the help of a federal grant. During the beginning of the school year, Southington received an Elementary Guidance Grant from the U.S. Department…

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I-84 Closure schedule at a glance

June 27, 2014
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Interstate 84, at exit 30, will be closed this weekend. Here are the details. Friday, June 27 *9 a.m: Southington Rest Area, I-84 East closed *5 p.m. to 9 p.m: I-84 Exit 30 off and on ramps closed; Marion Avenue closed at ramps *6 p.m: One lane taken on I-84 East at Exit 27 (I-691)…

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