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New sewer rate structure set to begin in July

May 18, 2014
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In order to address a recurring shortfall in revenue and fairly assess annual costs based on actual use, the Southington Town Council has approved a number of changes to its sewer rate structure and billing methods, beginning in July. Currently, the system relies exclusively on water used during winter months to calculate bills that estimate…

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Sisters open upscale consignment boutique

May 17, 2014
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Sisters open upscale consignment boutique

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Looking back on their years growing up together, Traci Selinske and Suzanne Shamleffer have always wanted to open their own business. Having a passion for fashion, these two sisters not only played “dress up” as children, but also played the role of store owners, pretending to “sell” clothes to their…

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DePaolo announces third quarter honor roll

May 17, 2014
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DePaolo Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period. Grade 6, First Honors: Abigail Abram, Emma Angelillo, Ryan Asido, Jordan Beaudoin, Patrick Bennett, Kelly Bergland, Emily Biscoglio, Matthew Biscoglio, Jordan Bishman, Samuel Bouchard, Kallie Candelaria, Trinity Cardillo, Christopher Chaplinsky, Amy Chudy, Jonathan Cocchiola, Rielley Coles, Ashlyn Curtis, Ryan Daddona, Katherine D’Agostino,…

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Turning Earth has submitted plans to come to town

May 16, 2014
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Turning Earth, an organics recycling company headquartered in King of Prussia, Penn., in partnership with Covanta, recently submitted plans to build a new, $20 million state-of the-art organics recycling facility in Southington. The proposed facility would be the first integrated high solids anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility in the Northeast where it will recycle…

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Kids listings for May 16

May 16, 2014
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FRIDAY, MAY 16 OTHER ALADDIN JR. 7:30 p.m. ThomastonCenterSchool Sixth Grade Drama Club. Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. $8 for students and children, $13 for adults. (860) 283-6250.   SATURDAY, MAY 17 BRISTOL BRISTOL YOUTH LACROSSE ‘ANNUAL LAX DAY.’ 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lacrosse games throughout the day, food vendors, entertainment, more.…

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Students recognized as inventors at competition

May 16, 2014
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Students recognized as inventors at competition

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Nine Southington students became “recognized inventors” during the 31st Annual Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC). The fourth and fifth graders who recently competed in the CIC at UConn came home with awards.  A total of 20 students from the Southington school district competed during the CIC, which is an internationally recognized…

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High school students learn the dangers of distracted driving

May 16, 2014
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High school students learn the dangers of distracted driving

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A damaged van parked outside Southington High School last week served as a reminder for students about the consequences of distracted driving. The van, which was actually involved in a texting and driving incident, served as one part of a presentation that has become a tradition at Southington High: the…

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Wheeler Clinic helps to take STEPS against underage drinking

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over the past four years, a group of Southington parents have volunteered their time to help promote a safe and drug-free community for all children and families. Last week, the STEPS coalition celebrated the work of these volunteers, who form The Southington Parents Raising Healthy Teens Committee, also known as…

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Budget passed following debate

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council passed the budget Monday night, after hours of debate on the general government side. The school board budget passed unanimously, as presented. During the meeting, council members voted along party lines, 5 to 3, in favor of accepting the governmental budget as presented, which is a total…

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Board of Finance sets new mill rate

May 15, 2014
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The Board of Finance voted unanimously to set the mill rate for the new fiscal year that will result in a tax increase of 3.3 percent. During a meeting Wednesday night, the finance board approved a mill rate of 28.36 mills, an increase of .9 over the adopted mill rate of 27.46 mills. Last year,…

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