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New laws spur colleges to step up fight against rape

June 15, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the majority of women, becoming a victim of rape and sexual assault happens even before they hit age 24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 80 percent of female victims were raped before age 25. On college campuses, one in five women has experienced sexual…

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Chamber Women celebrate a decade within Southington chamber

June 14, 2014
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Chamber Women celebrate a decade within Southington chamber

By Ed Harris Editor The Chamber Women’s group, an association within the Southington Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating ten years as a business and social organization and other chambers are looking to the group as role models. “It’s not typical for chambers to necessarily have a women’s group, but we have seen the number increase,”…

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Town to fly flag at half-mast in honor of Joe Angelillo

June 13, 2014
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The town’s flag will fly at half-mast on Tuesday, June 17, to commemorate the life of Joe Angelillo. Angelillo passed away at the age of 91, on Wednesday, June 11. “It is very rare [to fly the flag at half-mast],” said Town Manager Garry Brumback. Brumback said the flag is only flown at half-mast for…

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Kelley School continues Art for a Cause project

June 13, 2014
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Kelley School continues Art for a Cause project

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Murals depicting a tropical landscape, a butterfly and abstract flower remain on display at Southington Public Library as part of the Kelley Elementary School Art Club’s cause to continue its outreach to the community. Throughout the month of June, the library will display five murals in the gallery to benefit…

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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

June 13, 2014
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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 2007, breast cancer survivor Joyce McAloon started volunteering for the Southington Relay for Life. At the time, McAloon began her role as a school liaison, speaking with the members of district-wide PTOs about forming teams to help support Relay for Life. Since then, McAloon has made it her mission…

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Foundation hands out more grants

June 13, 2014
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Foundation hands out more grants

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) celebrated its tenth round of grants last week, during a presentation made by several teachers who received funding for different STEM-related projects. The SEF gave grants to first grade teacher Ellen Bellinger and Food Services Manager Marion Virello of South End School, who created an…

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The plans are set for I-84 bridge closure

June 13, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the I-84 bridge project over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. During a recent public information meeting, officials of ConnDOT and the Southington Police Department provided an overview of the project and how traffic will be handled. The…

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Council addresses graffiti; Issue came up during recent vandalism forum

June 13, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to accept a policy that establishes a partnership between local government and local property owners to eliminate graffiti in Southington. “We’ve been talking about some of the challenges we’ve had getting rid of the graffiti, particularly in the downtown,” said Town Manager Garry Brumback…

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Apple Harvest Festival is looking for hostesses

June 11, 2014
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The Apple Harvest Committee is looking for Hostesses for the upcoming 46th annual Apple Harvest Festival.  The hostess must be a Southington resident and will be a High School Senior for the upcoming ‘14-‘15 year.  A hostess should be able to interact with the community and have the time it takes to dedicate to the…

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Planning and Zoning Commission approves Turning Earth

June 11, 2014
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Planning and Zoning voted recently to approve the special permit application of Turning Earth, an organics recycling company partnering with Covanta Energy to build a new, $20 million state-of-the-art facility in Southington. The facility, which will be located in an industrial zone at 111 Spring Street, will be the first integrated high solids anaerobic digestion…

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