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Medicine drop box at police HQ

October 19, 2012
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By Rob Glidden The Southington Police Department is now the location of a permanent medication drop box, a longtime goal of town officials and several community organizations. The box allows residents to safely dispose of expired or unneeded medication anonymously and at no cost. “This is a one-way mailbox,” said Town Council Chairman John Dobbins.…

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Additional air tests at schools; Officials seek to give peace of mind

October 19, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer In the wake of the discovery of PCBs during the process of planning the middle school renovations, the Board of Education intends to conduct air sample tests at three other schools to address safety concerns from the community. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are common in older buildings constructed before their toxic…

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Southington Library to host food drive

October 15, 2012
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In celebration of National Food Day on October 24, 2012 the Southington Library has joined others in the community in helping those less fortunate. Southington’s Community Services is in need of non-perishable, not expired foods for a family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  Community Services last year filled over 150 Thanksgiving baskets with food donations.  This year the…

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Red Ribbon drug rally Monday afternoon

October 12, 2012
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Red Ribbon drug rally Monday afternoon

Students and community members will gather on the town green to show their solidarity against drug abuse during the Red Ribbon Rally on Oct. 15, a Southington tradition that goes back two decades. The annual event, put on by the Southington Drug Task Force, is typically upbeat and full of cheers and laughter, but the…

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Festival highlights the arts; Apple Harvest wraps up its final weekend

October 12, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Artists and performers were in the spotlight during the second weekend of this year’s Apple Harvest Festival, which continues to emphasize the artistic side of Southington. “It brings a great added piece to the festival, which keeps getting bigger and better,” said Town Councilor Chris Palmieri, who chairs the event’s…

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Apple Harvest Festival bed races cancelled

October 5, 2012
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Apple Harvest Festival bed races cancelled

After being postponed for a week, in hopes of encouraging more entries, the Apple Harvest Festival bed races have been canceled.

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Photos from the first week of the Apple Harvest Festival

October 5, 2012
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Festival rebounds from a rainy start

October 5, 2012
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Festival rebounds from a rainy start

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Despite losing a day to rainy weather, the Apple Harvest Festival returned to Southington and was able to offer the popular food and beloved traditions that have been a part of the community for the last 44 years. After hours of pouring rain on Friday afternoon, festival organizers decided to…

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A haunting good time for charity

October 5, 2012
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A haunting good time for charity

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Burke family is bringing back its “Spooky Kingdom” Halloween attraction and hoping that Mother Nature will not be as brutal this year. For eight years, the family has invited the public to their home at Lovley Drive in Plantsville to enjoy a home-made Halloween adventure. They have also encouraged…

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Oil and PCB contamination; Renovations at middle schools hit snags

October 5, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The process of preparing for the renovations at Kennedy and DePaolo Middle Schools has become more complicated with the discovery of various environmental concerns. Representatives of Hygenix, Inc are conducting over 200 tests in both schools to learn more details about the extent of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) present in building…

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