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Saint Dominic School earns a Blue Ribbon School Award

September 21, 2012
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Saint Dominic School earns a Blue Ribbon School Award

By ED HARRIS Editor Saint Dominic School has received a National Blue Ribbon School Award from the United States Department of Education. The Catholic school was recognized for being an “exemplary high performing” school. This performance category recognizes schools that are among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.…

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Turf is ahead of schedule; Officials believe field ready for late October

September 21, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN Staff Writer Construction of the new artificial turf field at Southington High School is moving swiftly, as officials hope to have it done in enough time to accommodate events in late October. Since late August, the construction crew has been clearing away the old field to make room for the new, hoping…

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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

September 14, 2012
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Bill Rodgers returns; Registration is open for Apple Harvest Road Race

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Bill Rodgers won the New York City Marathon four times. He claimed four titles at the Boston Marathon in the late 1970s. He won races in Amsterdam, Japan, and across the United States. Rodgers was the top ranked runner in the world at one time in his career, but he…

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Casarella is parade grand marshal

September 14, 2012
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Casarella is parade grand marshal

By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Apple Harvest Festival organizers have chosen Neil Casarella, who retired from the Southington Fire Department in August after 38 years of service, as this year’s Grand Marshal. “I was really honored and a little surprised,” he said. Casarella has also served as an ex-officio member of the festival’s supervisory committee,…

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Council backs arts building; SCCA has 18 months to raise money

September 14, 2012
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By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) has been given approval by the Town Council to begin the early stages of their plans for an arts center at the Gura Building. After months of deliberation at the Council level that was often heated, a small committee of councilors and SCCA members was…

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Food pantries are running low

September 6, 2012
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by ED HARRIS The two Southington Home Depots recently ran a contest to see which store could collect the most food items for Southington Community Services. The businesses donated over 1,500 items at a time when the town department really needed the help. “We’re doing a lot to reach out to the community,” said Nick…

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Programs offer schools money

September 6, 2012
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 by ROB GLIDDEN A new school year in Southington brings another chance for local schools and their surrounding communities to take advantage of rewards programs at nearby supermarkets. Four major supermarket chains (Stop and Shop, Target, Shop Rite and Price Chopper) all have branches in Southington and all have programs that help residents earn donations…

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Hostesses set for Apple Festival

August 29, 2012
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Hostesses set for Apple Festival

By Rob Glidden With the Apple Harvest only about a month away, eight Southington girls have been keeping themselves busy with numerous appearances as Apple Harvest Hostesses. This year’s hostesses are Katie Klein, Mary Nadeau, Elise Bean, Rachel Proffitt, Alyssa Pappas, Shawna Sycz, Sarah Caisse and Abigail Judd. “We’ve got another great group,” said hostess…

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Murals dot up along Rails to Trails

August 29, 2012
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Murals dot up along Rails to Trails

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Walkers on the Rails to Trails corridor may have noticed a colorful image of a train depot on one of the nearby buildings, the first of three murals planned for the trail and painted by members of Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA). The artists will continue to work on these…

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Negotiations proceed over arts building; Town Council and SCCA to meet over proposal

August 29, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council plans to begin negotiations with Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) about the arts center proposal for the Gura Building, with the intent of finding a compromise amenable to both sides. The most recent proposal from the council’s Republican majority to resolve the issue led to heated arguments…

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