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A local veteran is living out his culinary dream

March 1, 2014
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A local veteran is living out his culinary dream

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Nickolas Holiday’s passion for cooking started at birth, as the executive chef and owner of Connecticut’s Take Home Chef grew up in the kitchen. Born in Texas, Holiday became inspired by his grandmother, who owned different restaurants and catering businesses in the south. From rolling dumplings at four years old…

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Officials brainstorm ways to fight vandalism

March 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington officials joined forces with members of the STEPS Youth Council last week to brainstorm ideas on how to combat vandalism and theft after various incidents occurred in town. During an open community forum, Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, Town Manager Garry Brumback and Police Chief John Daly, along with YMCA…

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Latest info on next week’s storm from AccuWeather; up to a foot of snow expected

February 28, 2014
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Latest info on next week’s storm from AccuWeather; up to a foot of snow expected

AccuWeather.com reports on the latest update of the snow that may hit Connecticut on Monday.    March may not come in like a lion everywhere across the nation, but winter will roar during the first several days of the month and impact more than 100 million people. Snow will expand from the northern Rockies and…

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Survey results update BYOD program at high school

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer More than 60 percent of teachers at Southington High School who responded in a survey about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program reported that they used their own technology at least six times last year, according to the results. “That was a very encouraging sign right away,” said social…

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Cyber Knights unveil latest robot

February 28, 2014
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Cyber Knights unveil latest robot

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington High School Cyber Knights recently unveiled this year’s robot—an innovation they created within a six-week time frame. The Cyber Knights named the 120-pound robot “F-195 Knighthawk” in honor of the F-17 Nighthawk, a stealth ground attack aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, which decided to be…

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School board presents budget to finance board

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education recently presented its proposed budget before the Board of Finance, requesting a total of $87,072,005 for the coming fiscal year. This reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget of $84,233,204. The budget comes with a reduction of $187,868 from the original…

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Sewer rate increase; Residents likely to see bills go up

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Town Council voting 6 to 3 in approval of new sewer rates, local residents may see an increase in their bills. During Monday’s council meeting, Republicans voted in favor of the new sewer rates, while Democrats voted against it. The new billing system will be based on…

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Another blast of winter, snow coming toward Northeast, says AccuWeather

February 27, 2014
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Another blast of winter, snow coming toward Northeast, says AccuWeather

The beginning of March looks less than auspicious with a snow storm that will stretch 1,500 miles across the United States, according to AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports March may not come in like a lion everywhere across the nation, but winter will roar during the first several days of the month and impact more than 100 million…

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Brumback seeks 4.85 percent increase in his budget proposal

February 27, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town Manager Garry Brumback has submitted a budget proposal of $51,536,722 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015.The proposal is a 4.85 percent increase over the current budget of $45,081,001. “We believe this budget strikes at our need to maintain our infrastructure and establish programs to make sure we stay current with…

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Snow headed this direction Monday

February 26, 2014
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Snow headed this direction Monday

A lingering snow storm appears to be on the way to the east as February shifts to March, according to AccuWeatherAccuWeather.com reports March may not come in like a lion everywhere across the nation, but winter will roar during the first several days of the month and impact more than 100 million people. Early indications are…

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