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SCT is set for screwy comedy

April 28, 2013
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By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor Southington Community Theatre director Amanda Savio Guay knew the name but that was about it. Guay said she wanted to direct something for SCT, but unsure what. “Someone suggested this show,” said Guay. “This show” was “You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, which…

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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

April 27, 2013
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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington police recently arrested a student for possession of steroids at Southington High School and, in the age of technology and tweets, it didn’t take long for the news to spread. Almost immediately questions, rumors, and fears began to surface. Are our kids safe? How big is the problem? How…

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Furry co-star commuted for role

April 27, 2013
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Furry co-star commuted for role

A Torrington pooch named Teddy for weeks now has made daily trips to Southington to practice for the play “Annie.” The 3-year-old mini golden doodle, owned by Patricia Zimmerman, took stage at John F. Kennedy Middle School as Sandy, Annie’s dog. Zimmerman said Teddy was trained at Canine Academy in Winsted and at home. “He…

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Putnam celebrates 50 years serving Southington

April 27, 2013
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By Margaret Waage Correspondent Spring is a welcome season for New Englanders, but it’s also a favorite for realtors. Southington’s Putnam Agency Real Estate office, is not only anticipating the spring market, but they are celebrating 50 years of serving the real estate needs of Connecticut. Owner and Broker Sherry Davenport spoke about how the…

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Residents offer opinions on charter changes

April 26, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A public hearing on the current charter revision drew about a dozen speakers, most of them focusing on the proposed changes to the Police and Fire Commissions. The five-member commission was formed last month after a party line vote on the Town Council. Chairman John Dobbins has directed the group…

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Arts kick-off at the Governor’s house

April 26, 2013
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Arts kick-off at the Governor’s house

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) made the case for the planned arts center at the Gura Building at the Governor’s Mansion, during a reception that updated guests about the project and showed off local talent. Mary DeCroce, the chairperson of SCCA, recalled a meeting with Cathy Malloy, head of the…

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Residents want BOE funding restored; Town Council to vote on budget in May

April 25, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer With a few exceptions, the residents who spoke during a Town Council public hearing on this year’s budget passionately urged the officials to restore the school board’s full request. The recommendation from the Board of Finance is an $84.2 million budget for the schools, which is $1.1 million less than…

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Run Like MADD event set for Saturday

April 24, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a Walk Like MADD event originating at the town green this weekend. The walk is a 5K event that raises funds for victim services and awareness of drunk driving. This is the second year the event will take place in town. “Our walk in…

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Guest Reader Day at Derynoski Elementary School

April 21, 2013
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Guest Reader Day at Derynoski Elementary School

Derynoski Elementary School held its annual Guest Reader Day last week. Various town officials, emergency personnel and other notables from around Southington participated. Photos by Tammi Naudus

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Song and dance to stop bullying

April 20, 2013
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Song and dance to stop bullying

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The music club at Derynoski Elementary School tackled the subject of bullying with song and dance, as an ensemble of about 60 kids performed the musical “Bullies Anonymous.” The club has been working on the performance for months and presented two shows last week, one in the afternoon for their…

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