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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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Jaycees launch effort to revive park

November 2, 2012
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Jaycees launch effort to revive park

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Jaycees have launched a strong effort to revive Jaycee Park, a tiny area of green space on Union Street nestled among the small neighborhoods in Plantsville. For years, the group has been using the park as the site of their annual Easter Egg hunt, but they are hoping…

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$121,000 to clean up oil spill; Officials still waiting for cost of remediation

November 2, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The remnants of an oil spill at DePaolo Middle School in 1980 are expected to add approximately $121,000 to the cost of renovating of Southington’s middle schools, but information about the impact of the recently discovered PCBs is not yet available. The estimate was given during the last meeting of…

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Road improvements on the ballot

November 1, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer In the midst of voting for a president, a senator, a congressman and representatives in the state legislature, Southington residents will also decide whether the town spends $11 million on road and bridge improvements. With less available funding from the state and federal government, it has become more difficult for…

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Halloween fun at the Southington Drive-in

October 31, 2012
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The Drive-In Committee held its second attempt at a Halloween-themed double feature, with an added full afternoon of activities before the evening movies last Saturday. A similar screening was planned for last year but, like numerous other local events, it was disrupted by Winter Storm Alfred. The surprise October snowstorm meant the event was canceled…

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