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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

February 7, 2014
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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

By Ed Harris Editor A St. Dominic School fourth grader was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 10 pound cabbage as part of a national program. Last year, Vincent Rappoccio’s third grade class participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The school’s entire third grade class participated in the program, which was…

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Ben’s Bells at Hatton; School starts new year with kindness

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students at Hatton Elementary school kicked off their own town meeting with a promise to make the new year all about acts of kindness. Fifth graders serving on the STEPS ABC Committee hosted the event, leading other students and faculty members in the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.…

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Southington Grand List increases by 1.13 percent

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 2013 Grand List has increased overall by 1.13 percent to $3,773,777,166, according to the town’s Department of Assessors. The Grand List, which comes out every year, measures the net assessment for property in the community in three areas, including real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. In 2012, the…

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Best Buddies receives donation

February 6, 2014
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Best Buddies receives donation

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Best Buddies Club at Southington High School fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities. From bowling and mini golf to holiday parties and dances to athletic events, members of the Best Buddies Club at the high School take part in a variety of different activities with…

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Saturday snow is also a possibility, says AccuWeather

February 5, 2014
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Saturday snow is also a possibility, says AccuWeather

More snow could be a problem on Saturday, but if it does snow it could preclude a bigger storm on Sunday to Monday, says AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports a new player has emerged on the weather maps and has a chance at bringing a period of snow from parts of Virginia to southeastern New England on Saturday. There…

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Gov. to second shift state employees: You should stay home, too

February 5, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has ordered all second-shift state employees who are designated as non-essential to stay home on Wednesday, Feb. 05, in response to winter storm conditions across the state.  State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance. “After consulting with my emergency management team, I’ve decided…

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Miss Connecticut asks residents to give blood in Feb.

February 5, 2014
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American Red Cross is partnering with the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation and Miss Connecticut 2013 Kaitlyn Tarpey, the former Miss Southington, to sponsor a Blood Donation Challenge during the month of February to help raise awareness about the need for blood during this critical time of year. Since the beginning of January, a press release…

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It’s a ‘mess,’ says AccuWeather

February 5, 2014
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It’s a ‘mess,’ says AccuWeather

AccuWeather boils down the weather situation pretty succinctly, it’s a mess all over. AccuWeather.com reports another winter storm is blasting through the Midwest and Northeast, following quickly on the heels of Monday’s weather mess. Roads are a mess and travel is difficult at best from Chicago to as far eastward as Boston. More than 6 inches…

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Governor: ‘Stay home’

February 5, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has ordered all first-shift non-essential state employees to stay home on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in response to winter storm conditions across the state, according to a press release from his office. The impact on second-shift employees will be evaluated later in the day. State employees are encouraged…

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Town offices closed due to storm

February 5, 2014
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Town offices are closed today, due to the storm. There was discussion of opening late, but ultimately officials decided to close all town offices for the day. All Southington schools are also closed for the day. Town offices are expected to open for normal business hours tomorrow. There is also an emergency parking ban, effective…

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