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Area establishments back Small Business Saturday

November 23, 2012
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer Area businesses are hoping that Small Business Saturday, a concept designed as a counterweight to the more famous Black Friday, will continue to catch on and bring in customers during Thanksgiving weekend. The idea was devised by American Express in 2010 and the company has gone to great lengths to…

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Officials look at all-day kindergarten; Parents, school board weigh in on topic

November 23, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer School administrators have made a detailed proposal for all-day kindergarten in Southington, and now the Board of Education will ponder the issue in the months leading up to its budget season. Before the board’s meeting, parents were invited to another forum to hear a summary of the proposal. The district…

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ESPN helps with Thanksgiving event

November 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Volunteers from ESPN returned to Camp Sloper to assist with the Community Services Department’s Thanksgiving event, a collaboration which is an annual tradition. Under the pavilion at Sloper, the workers spent Monday morning sorting out the truckloads of food donated by numerous Southington businesses and civic groups. Later in the…

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Groggy Frogg takes home title of best wings at fest

November 21, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor Groggy Frogg won the title of best wings for the second straight year during the annual Southington Chamber of Commerce Wingfest last week. Hawk’s Landing and Wicked Stick Tavern took second and third place respectively. The annual Wing Fest competition was held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Cadillac Ranch. The…

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New slate of queens crowned for Southington

November 16, 2012
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There are five new members of the Southington royal family. On Sunday at Derynoski Elementary School, the Miss Southington Scholarship Pageant crowned two new representatives to compete in Miss Connecticut this coming June. The pageant also crowned three Outstanding Teens who will vie for Miss Connectiut’s Outstanding Teen next summer.…

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YMCA honors locals for contributions; Denorfia, Mendelsohn, Mill Foundation recognized

November 16, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington YMCA selected local developer and volunteer Tony Denorfia as Person of the Year, during a press conference that also recognized The Mill Foundation For Kids and volunteer Linda Mendelsohn. Denorfia has been a successful developer and attorney in Southington, but YMCA Executive Director John Myers emphasized his community…

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Wall of Heroes is unveiled at school

November 15, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer During its annual Veterans Day celebration, Derynoski Elementary School unveiled a new tile mural in the building’s lobby which pays tribute to the armed forces. Named “The Wall of Heroes,” the mosaic honors each branch of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Marines – and…

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Chamber Wing Fest Nov. 14

November 12, 2012
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The annual Wing Fest competition sponsored by the Southington Chamber of Commerce will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Cadillace Ranch on Jude Lane from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event features ten local restaurants serving their best chicken wings to patrons who are being asked to donate unwrapped toys to benefit local…

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School board returns Beecher Street building to town

November 11, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education formally returned their former headquarters at 49 Beecher Street to the town after a unanimous vote during its last meeting. The century-old building has been home base for school administrators for many years, but is now vacant as the district’s management has moved into the new…

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Fill That Military Truck for soldiers

November 10, 2012
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by Ed Harris Editor The Giving Back Girls is working with the Connecticut Army National Guard and the state American Legion Auxiliary to hose Help a Soldier and Fill That Military Truck later this month. The Giving Back Girls was formed in October 2010 by Erin Gibney. The group currently has 14 members. The group…

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