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Medical waste bin collects over 200 pounds of debris

December 8, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor The medication drop box at the Southington Police Department is exceeding the expectations of organizers. Since Oct. 11, the Southington Police has been the home to the permanent medication drop box. Since the box opened, officials have collected approximately 200 pounds of medication related items. “It’s better than we thought it’d…

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Civil rights activist speaks at SHS

December 7, 2012
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Civil rights activist speaks at SHS

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Author and civil rights activist Arthur Miller spoke about bullying and taking responsibility to Southington High School students. After a few years of visiting regularly, he has become a familiar face to the school community. “I try to talk about the greater good,” he said. “If you tell stories, you…

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Barnes Museum lights up for the holidays

December 7, 2012
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Barnes Museum lights up for the holidays

By Ed Harris Editor Visitors to the Barnes Museum can take a walk through yesteryear, thanks to the thousands of photographs that decorate the 14 Christmas trees situated throughout the home. The Barnes’ annual holiday display is open to the public beginning with Hospitality Night festivities this evening. Barnes Curator Marie Secondo said the museum’s…

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Lincoln College collecting food donations

December 6, 2012
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Lincoln College of New England is partnering with area community groups, students and local residents to “jam a Van” with food to help those who might otherwise go hungry over the upcoming 2012 holiday season. In conjunction with Terryville High School, the Plymouth Community Feed Project and “Kids Against Hunger,” the college is inviting local…

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Synthetic marijuana targeted; New ‘objectionable materials’ ordinance proposed

December 6, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A new “objectionable materials” ordinance will give the Southington police more tools to deal with dangerous objects in town, including the growing problem of “synthetic marijuana.” “It’s usually an herb sprayed with a chemical designed to give it the same effect as marijuana,” said Sergeant Jeff Dobratz, spokesman for the…

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Zoning meeting on YMCA expansion draws numerous residents concerned about the Olney House

December 5, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A Planning & Zoning Commission public hearing about the YMCA’s proposed expansion drew numerous residents concerned about the fate of a nearby historic house. The expansion includes additions on two sides of the YMCA’s main building and an increase of about 30 parking spaces. While preparing for the project, the…

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Author chronicles Southington during the war years

December 1, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor Local author and historian Liz Kopec has chronicled Southington during the war years in her new book for Arcadia Publishing. “Southington, “The War Years,” available Dec. 3. This is Kopec’s second book for the “Images of America” series. Several years ago she compiled hundreds of old photos, with historical captions, depicting…

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Blue jeans and a Compass Award

December 1, 2012
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The Southington Community YMCA has honoredDolores and Joe LaPorte at its annual Forever in Blue Jeans gala on Friday Nov. 16, at the Aqua Turf. The Laportes are the Y’s 2012 Compass Award winners for their work in staying true to the YMCA focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The LaPortes are…

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Theater production to help fund a new boiler

November 30, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington Community Theater is presenting “Score” this Saturday evening, a variety show meant to entertain guests and raise money to help the group. The community theater group is run entirely by volunteers and has been active in Southington for decades. Their rehearsals are in the Marion firehouse, an antique building…

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Festival nets over $12,000; Volunteers credited with Apple Harvest success

November 30, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s Apple Harvest Festival made a profit of over $12,000, according to preliminary financial reports presented to the Town Council Monday night. The detailed breakdown was presented by Councilor Chris Palmieri, who is also the head of the festival’s supervisory committee. He stressed that there was still some updated…

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