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Generators and courtyard upgrades added to MS project

February 26, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Middle School Building Committee and construction companies working on the middle school renovation projects are seeking to add generators and courtyard upgrades to the existing projects. The Board of Education has approved the preliminary drawings and specifics for the middle school renovation projects. Now, the  BOE has recommended sending representatives…

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SHS principal leaving the district to become Plymouth superintendent

February 26, 2015
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SHS Principal Martin Semmel has been named as the new Plymouth superintendent.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Back-to-back state football championships, a state marching band championship, a nationally-recognized robotics team, and an increase in students taking AP classes are just a few of the accomplishments Southington High School (SHS) principal Martin Semmel is proud to have been a part of. Semmel reflected on the success Southington High School…

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2014 Apple Harvest Festival generated $5,000 for SCS

February 25, 2015
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News - Apple Harvest

After another successful Apple Harvest Festival, members of the Festival Supervisory Committee voted unanimously to donate $5,000 to Southington Community Services. Front, from left, Melissa Ericksen, Victoria Triano, and Denise Lewicki. Back, Dave Lapreay, Tom Lombardi, SCS Director Janet Mellon, Chris Palmieri, Mark Sciota, Judy Miceli.

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Surround Sound 7 tickets are on sale now

February 24, 2015
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The Southington High School music department will present “Surround Sound 7” on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. with a third performance on Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Southington High School auditorium. Surround Sound is a unique musical theater production of choreographed percussion, brass, colorguard, movement and marching…

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Flanders School wins the SOUPER Bowl

February 23, 2015
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Comm - Flanders Soup Drive for SCS

Students at Flanders Elementary had their annual SOUPER Bowl Competition in late January. Volunteers collected over 400 cans of soup for Southington Community Services food pantry. From left, Flanders Principal Patricia Mazzarella, Emily Taylor, Ryan Whitehead, and third grade teacher Kimberly Padroff.

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Viron Rondo Osteria Restaurant joins Southington Chamber

February 23, 2015
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BIZ - CHAMBER - Viron Grand Opening

Viron Rondo Osteria restaurant celebrated its grand opening. Above, Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce officials cut the ceremonial ribbon with Viron staff members during a recent Chamber welcoming celebration. The owner offered samples from his menu and spoke briefly about the importance of chamber membership. The restaurant is located at 1721 Highland Ave, in Cheshire…

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SHS drama club will present ‘Urinetown’ as annual musical

February 21, 2015
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The Southington High School Drama Club has selected the three-time Tony Award winning play “Urinetown” for their annual musical. “Urinetown” is a satirical look at government, freedom, and the conventions of musical theater with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The play takes place in a desolate future…

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New full service HOCC cancer center slated for May opening

February 20, 2015
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Finishing touches are being made to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institue at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, above. The facility, located on the border of Plainville and New Britain is expected to open in May.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut will be a full outpatient service center for a wide range of cancer patients on the Plainville-New Britain town line. The cancer institute, which will have its grand opening in May, will offer treatment for the four most common…

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STEPS launches a commercial campaign that informs about youth drinking

February 20, 2015
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STEPS has partnered with CoxMedia to to design a commmercial campaign aimed at informing parents about youth drinking prevention.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) Coalition has recently launched a new public service announcement (PSA) revealing a statistic about how children who drink are getting their alcohol. A survey of Southington students in grades 7, 9, and 11 is conducted every two years and the most recent survey…

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Aresimowicz receives legislative award from AARP

February 20, 2015
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Laura Schiavone, left, and Janet Ferracci-Carter, right, advocacy specialists for the AARP Southington Branch, presented Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz with the 2014 AARP Legislative Achievement Award at the Capitol in Hartford.

BERLIN—On Friday, Feb. 20, State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/ Southington) has been awarded the 2014 AARP Legislative Achievement Award in recognition of his efforts to provide a more secure financial future for Connecticut residents. “I’m very honored to receive this award from AARP,” Aresimowicz said in his office release. “There are as many as 740,000…

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