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Relay leaders look back at last year, plan for future

February 1, 2013
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Relay leaders look back at last year, plan for future

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The volunteers who make up Southington’s annual Relay for Life looked back on the event’s successes as the kickoff for the 2013 Relay began at Hawk’s Landing. Last year’s fundraiser took in $178,000. After the Relay’s expenses were taken care of, $164,000 was given to the American Cancer Society. This…

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Author speaks on her book and Southington’s Big Read

February 1, 2013
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Author speaks on her book and Southington’s Big Read

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer New York Times bestselling author Charlotte Rogan, whose novel “The Lifeboat” is featured in the Southington Library’s 2013 Big Read, discussed her book and the publishing industry in a recent interview with The Observer. The novel chronicles the sinking of a fictional ocean liner and the aftermath when survivors crowd…

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Five teenagers arrested following investigation into stolen handguns

January 31, 2013
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Five teenagers are under arrest for their alleged roles in the theft of firearms from a Southington home. Over the course of the last few days, police arrested three 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds following an investigation that started when one of the arrestee’s relatives found a handgun under a bed and notified police. According to…

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Referendum set for March 19

January 31, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The fate of the updated middle school renovations projects rests in the hands of Southington’s voters, now that the Town Council has officially scheduled a town referendum for Tuesday, March 19. The electorate has already expressed approval of the proposal to renovate Kennedy and DePaolo Middle Schools – in 2011,…

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Accuweather predicts six more weeks of winter in Northeast

January 30, 2013
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Accuweather predicts six more weeks of winter in Northeast

Accuweather is saying winter is not done here in New England. 2013 Spring Forecast: Six More Weeks of Winter for Northeast State College, Pa. — 30 January 2013 — AccuWeather issues a spring outlook for the U.S. every year, focusing on the major highlights of the season. AccuWeather’s Long-Range Forecasting Team is predicting that winter…

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School board asks for $85.3 million; Funds include full-day kindergarten proposal

January 30, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education approved a school budget of $85.3 million for the next fiscal year that includes the funds necessary to launch a full-day kindergarten program. The recommended budget represents a 3.51 percent increase over the previous year. This is a reduction of about $900,000 from the proposal presented…

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Sloper registration set to begin

January 28, 2013
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Registration for YMCA Camp Sloper’s 64th year of day camp will open on February 2nd with Online Early Bird Registration. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, priority registration for 2012 campers and full members of the Southington and Cheshire Community YMCAs will be accessible through the online registration page by linking from www.ymcacampsloper.org. …

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Miss Teen USA gives lessons to stop bullies

January 27, 2013
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Logan West knows what it’s like to be bullied. When the current Miss Teen USA was younger, she found herself a target of a bully. But the Southington resident survived the experience. To ensure other children don’t have to go through what she went through, she created a program, “Bully…

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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

January 25, 2013
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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

BY Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation handed out another round of grants last week, with over $12,000 in funding meant to make six unique teaching ideas possible. The teachers behind the chosen proposals gathered at Derynoski Elementary School to accept their grants and publicly summarize their ideas. “Choosing these was a difficult…

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Southington’s Big Read; Novelist Charlotte Rogan selected

January 25, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Library has chosen “The Lifeboat” as the focus of the 2013 Big Read event, a novel by Connecticut novelist Charlotte Rogan that has enjoyed huge acclaim and success since its release last year. Rogan’s debut novel was released in April of last year and climbed to the New…

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