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Police department evacuated Sunday due to mortar shell fuse

June 9, 2014
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The Southington Police Department was briefly evacuated Sunday and a portion of Lazy Lane was blocked off after a resident brought a mortar shell fuse to the building. On Sunday, June 8, a Southington resident went to the police department with an M-86 fuse, which was used in World War II era mortar shells. The…

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Education foundation unveils virtual STEM

June 9, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Innovative, creative and experiential are three words described by the Southington Education Foundation (SEF) when reflecting on the lessons that over a dozen teachers in the district created for Virtual STEM University (VSU). Last week, nine teachers unveiled their projects during a launch event held at South End School where…

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Hearing set for sale of Beecher Street

June 8, 2014
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A public hearing has been set for the sale of 49 Beecher Street—the former home of the school system’s administrative offices. During a recent meeting, the Town Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The hearing will take place during the Town Council meeting at the municipal…

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Forum addresses dangers of social media use

June 7, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Correspondent With technology and social media usage at an all-time high among teens the Southington Drug Task Force offered information at the Southington High School on Wednesday night for parents who may have been unaware of all the ways their children are using the Internet. The evening began with some informal information…

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Parents and kids learn internet safety

June 7, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Derynoski Elementary School recently invited members of the Southington Police Department into the school to speak with students and parents about internet safety. Last week, school officials held two presentations, one for the students and another geared specifically for the parents. Officers Tom Gallo and Chad Butler hosted the seminars. “They…

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Mural to ask the question, before I die I…

June 7, 2014
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Mural to ask the question, before I die I…

By Ed Harris Editor A local man is hoping walkers along the linear trail will want to share the things they hope to do before they die. With a little help, Joe Kleszcz is establishing a Before I Die wall along the Southington Rails to Trails. The 48 foot by 8 foot wall will resemble…

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Community plan unveiled for Southington children

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Seeing all Southington children have their early care and education needs met is a result that the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) aims to achieve through its community plan, which the group unveiled last week, for the first time. “I am excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about…

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Council approves horse farm purchase

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a $935,000 bond ordinance for the purchase of Pleasant View Stables. Located at 427 Pleasant Street, on seven acres, the horse farm is adjacent to DePaolo Middle School and across the street from the Calendar House. Both the Planning and Zoning Commission and…

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Council hires energy contractor; Investigating possible sites for solar power

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve an energy company looking to install solar panels on several sites in Southington. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the project would take advantage of some sites currently not being used to generate power with the hopes of saving utility costs. During a recent…

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Zoni looks to retain seat in 81st district;

June 6, 2014
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Zoni looks to retain seat in 81st district;

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A lifelong resident of Southington, State Representative Dave Zoni plans to continue serving the community he spends time in each week. Whether meeting with town officials at a council meeting or speaking with parents and teachers about the importance of early childhood education, Zoni said he has enjoyed representing Southington…

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