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Joe Markley likely running unopposed in the 16th Senate District

June 27, 2014
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Joe Markley likely running unopposed in the 16th Senate District

By Luke Marshall Special to The Observer The race for the state Senate 16th District is shaping up to be a one-man show. Joseph Markley, the Republican incumbent from Southington, has been endorsed for a fourth term in office. The 16th District covers portions of Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Wolcott and Waterbury. “To say I have…

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Class of 2014 graduates from Southington High

June 27, 2014
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Class of 2014 graduates from Southington High

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Over five hundred students graduated as the Class of 2014 from Southington High School, with many sharing their appreciation for their close knit community and their excitement for the future. Family, friends, administrators and town officials all gathered on the field to celebrate with the Class of 2014. Many of…

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Downtown needs cosmetic work

June 27, 2014
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Downtown needs cosmetic work

By Ed Harris Editor A recent downtown Southington walkthrough, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce’s Central Business Alliance (CBA), highlighted some of the cosmetic work that is needed in the area. “There’s some minor issues, but it’s aesthetics,” said Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo. Some of the work cited included the repainting and other…

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Southington Library starts its adult summer reading series

June 26, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer With people barbecuing on the grill and experimenting with their gardens this summer, the Southington Library has made the theme of their Adult Summer Reading programs food. The first two events to kickoff the “Tasteful Reads” programs will fuse culinary talent and literary knowledge. On Thursday June 26 at 6:30…

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Moose sighting in Southington

June 25, 2014
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Moose sighting in Southington

By Ed Harris Editor A moose was spotted wandering around by the high school last Thursday, a few hours prior to graduation. Residents called police, reporting sightings on Loper and Flanders Streets during the early afternoon hours. The moose was sighted trying to cross Queen Street by Flanders later in the evening. The animal was…

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Plainville man charged with selling heroin

June 25, 2014
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Southington Police have arrested a Plainville man on charges that he was selling heroin in and around town. On Thursday, June 19, police arrested Fernando Vasquez, 22, of Plainville, following an investigation that spanned several months. He was charged with three counts of the sale of narcotics. He was held on a $300,000 bond with…

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Miss CT, here they come

June 24, 2014
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They’re on their way. This afternoon, local contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen competitions gathered on Memorial Boulevard before heading down to New London. Thursday through Saturday, at the Garde Arts Center, the young will compete to see who will be Miss Connecticut or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. Before they left…

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Teenager charged in connection with Sunday’s fatal fire on Darling Street

June 24, 2014
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Teenager charged in connection with Sunday’s fatal fire on Darling Street

A Southington teenager was arrested earlier this evening in connection with Sunday’s fatal fire on Darling Street. Southington police arrested , 18, of 244 Westwood Rd., at 5 p.m. this evening. He was charged with first degree manslaughter and three counts of first degree reckless endangerment. Morelli was released after posting a $150,000 bond. He…

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Three generations of dancers to take part in dance festival

June 24, 2014
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Three generations of Connecticut dancers, some 300 enthusiasts in all, fly to Florida later this month to take part in Dance the World, one of the nation’s largest dance festivals, held every year at Disney World. Ranging in age from toddlers to teens, 77 current students from the Academy of Music and Dance, with studios…

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Death in apartment fire ruled a homicide

June 23, 2014
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Death in apartment fire ruled a homicide

The death of a 19-year-old woman in an apartment fire in Southington has been ruled a homicide, the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday. The agency determined that Kristen Milano died of smoke inhalation in Sunday’s blaze at the Summer Brook Apartments. Authorities, however, would not say why they thought Milano’s death was a…

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