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Ladies Night Out

March 17, 2016
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Cheryl Falco and Shannon Dubey shop for purses at The Posh Pear.

Scores of Southington women showed up at the Aqua Turf for the annual Ladies Night event on March 8. The event featured a salsa dancing performance by Platinum Salsa and an auction for everything from personal training sessions and golf lessons to make-overs, and landscaping services. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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It’s the house that social media built

March 17, 2016
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Mike Riccio wanted fresh ideas when he bought this fixer-upper, so he turned to social media. (Photo by Dawn Miceli)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you have ever found yourself shouting suggestions to homeowners while watching HGTV, wishing you could give your opinion on their home repair decisions, The House That Social Media Built is the project for you. Last month, Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio launched the project, an interactive social media account that gives…

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SHS students recognized at state DECA conference

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington High School students swept the board at this year’s state DECA conference, held at the Aqua Turf on March 1. Over 1,000 student leaders and entrepreneurs gathered in Southington to compete in categories ranging from finance and hospitality to marketing and management. The DECA program, said SHS co-advisor Teresa Brooks, teaches…

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DEEP accepts permit for waste facility at the former landfill

March 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) gave notice on Tuesday that a tentative determination has been reached for the permit to construct and operate the waste facility at 49 DePaolo Dr., at the site of the former Southington landfill, for the purpose of composting and energy conversion. The facility will…

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Town officials rally for a bill to save AHF, Italian Fest, and Music on the Green

March 16, 2016
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Downtown Festivals

  By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR It’s been a few months since worried whispers began to infiltrate local discussions. Could our downtown festivals be in trouble? The current state building code prohibits temporary structures being placed within 15 feet of any overhead wiring, and that could threaten three downtown activities from Music on the Green to the Apple…

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Music listings, starting March 18

March 15, 2016
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FRIDAY, MARCH 18 BRISTOL SPIRIT SHAKER. Bleachers, 300 Middle St., Bristol. SATURDAY, MARCH 19 BRISTOL THE CHAPARRALS. 7 to 11 p.m. A blend of country and country rock from the 1950s and 1960s. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Snacks and setups available for sale. $12 per person. (860) 585-5411. info@thecarouselmuseum.org. Reservations suggested.…

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Center for Healthy Aging specialists earn national certification

March 14, 2016
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Patricia B. O’Brian, CDP, and Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, were recently certified as Certified Dementia Practitioners by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Two dementia care specialists with the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) were recently certified as Certified Dementia Practitioners by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Patricia B. O’Brian, CDP, patient and family engagement coordinator, and Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, life enrichment coach, joined the CCHA in 2015 and are based in Southington. The…

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Locals places 6th at Northeast Science Bowl

March 14, 2016
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The SHS Science Bowl team rallied to a sixth place finish at the regional championship in Storrs. From left, Niels Peschel, Joe Zavorskas, Kristen Mathew, Amisha Paul and Kate O'Reilly.

On Saturday, March 6, the Southington High School Science Bowl team placed sixth out of 41 schools at the Northeast Regional of the National Science Bowl competition at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs. Southington, a second year team, improved on its 14th place finish last year. Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl…

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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for February

March 14, 2016
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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for February. Front, from left, Sahiti Bhyravavajhala and Olivia Benson. Middle, Samantha Peluso, Caprina Pugliese, Jared Rivera, Mickey Gurzenda, and Zachary Foti. Back, Principal Richard Terino, Olivia Roberts, Sara Roccapriore, Alexandra Barner, Kiralyn Wadman, Ryan Shurkus, and Asst. Principal Susanne Vitcavage.

Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for February. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Alexandra Barner, Olivia Benson and Zachary Foti. An ideal student, Alexandra is always prepared for class, tests and quizzes. A…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for February

March 14, 2016
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DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for February. Front, from left, Sami Millerick, Julia Korp, Kallie Candelaria, Allie Baldwin, Payton Turnquist, James Frechette, and Keira Dubitsky. Back, Assistant Principal Chris Palmieri, Rich DelVecchia, Garrett Brown, Jonathan Cocchiola, Sadie Garfinkel, Jaden Vuong, and Principal Frank Pepe.

DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for February. In sixth grade Keira Dubitsky, Sami Millerick, and Julia Korp were selected by their teams. Keira is the daughter of Richard Dubitsky and Jillian Connelly and received the Presidential Award in fifth grade. She volunteered at Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Apple Harvest Festival…

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