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Dogs support cancer research with Bark for Life

September 30, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The American Cancer Society welcomes all dog lovers and their canine friends to the annual Southington Bark for Life next month. Bark for Life gives dog owners an opportunity to raise money for the fight against cancer since Relay for Life prohibits dogs from participating in the walkathon. The event…

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Preschool children walk to raise funds for MS

September 29, 2013
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By Tammi Naudus
Preschool children and staff members from Giggles and Grin Child Care Center recently held a walkathon to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS).

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Preschool children and staff members of Giggles and Grins Child Care Center held a walkathon last week to support and raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). About 20 children and seven staff members gathered together with their orange shirts, walking a mile around the neighborhood with flags bearing the sign,…

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Paranormal research group to present at library

September 28, 2013
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Nicole and Angel Ortiz, founders of CT Soul Seekers, pictured above with their daughter Angie, will host a presentation at the Southinton Library on Thursday, Oct. 17.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Nicole and Angel Ortiz, conversations about spirits and the afterlife do not just take place on Halloween. They think about the afterlife nearly 24/7 because they are the members and founders of CT Soul Seekers, a paranormal investigation and research group based in Naugatuck. “It is a huge part…

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It’s time to make the apple fritters

September 28, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer If asked what is one highlight of the Apple Harvest Festival that draws thousands of visitors to the event every year, residents and non-residents of Southington will say, “Apple fritters.” The old-fashioned desert, coated with a cinnamon topping, brings a line full of visitors too long to count, and volunteers…

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State trooper honor with highway rest stop sign

September 27, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, with Marjorie Ferry, sister of auxiliary trooper Edward Truelove and three Connecticut State Troopers, unveil the sign that will honor Truelove, who lost his life in the line of duty in November 1992.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The local community gathered with state officials last week to commemorate and honor an auxiliary trooper who sacrificed his life while in the line of duty. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, along with State Representative Al Adinolfi and at least 40 law enforcement officers, unveiled a ceremonial sign in the rest…

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CCRPA receives federal funding

September 26, 2013
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U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT) announced in a press release $44,758 in federal funding for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA). The grant, awarded through the Economic Development Administration, aims to strengthen investment and job creation in Central Connecticut by supporting an update to the CCRPA’s comprehensive economic development strategy, said the news…

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Southington school receives state grant money

September 26, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi is appreciative of a recently announced state grant that will allow for better security at ALTA, but he was hoping to receive enough grant money to increase security measures at all of the schools in the district. He is hoping further funding comes from a…

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Soldier returns home, surprises children

September 26, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Madison Howes, a third grader at Flanders Elementary School, hugs her father Mike Howes, who had surprised her during a reading exercise at the school. Howes was stationed in Africa since last November and just recently returned home. 
Howes also surprised his stepdaughter Jasmyne Engman earlier in the day Monday at Southington High School.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Madison Howes, a third grade student at Flanders Elementary School, took part in a reading celebration with her classmates and teachers on Monday. This was one of many reading celebrations in which students share their favorite books with a reading buddy. When one of the reading teachers chose Madison to…

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Southington’s Miceli appointed to state board

September 25, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Face of Connecticut Steering Committee has appointed a new member familiar to Southington: Town Councilor Dawn Miceli. The Face of Connecticut Steering Committee has 12 members statewide who review and allocate funds to preserve farmland, historic preservation, open space and affordable housing. House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, who represents…

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Y Cup returns to Apple road race

September 24, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival plans to continue one of its new additions to the road race for youngsters: the Y Cup. The Y Cup is a relay for fourth and fifth graders of all eight elementary schools to participate in the 5 K (3.1 miles) race on Sunday,…

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