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Residents gather for ‘Peace Rally’ to protest hate flyers

March 24, 2016
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Local residents, clergy, and town officials, left and above, gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church to protest the recent discovery of racial propaganda  on fliers in Southington.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The chant rang out from a group of more than 50 people gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church. “No place for hate,” they began to chant, and their cries quickly drowned out the hum of nearby traffic. On Saturday, March 19, a small crowd of local residents and clergy huddled…

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Town considers inexpensive repairs for residential roads

March 23, 2016
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Cracks in the pavement are still evident on Meander Lane, above, after the recent chip seal repairs were made to the street. Town Manager Garry Brumback is expected to support a different treatment on Pattonwood Lane when he presents his findings from three test sites at Pattonwood Lane, Meander Lane/Little Fawn Road, and Hilltop Drive.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an attempt to repair cracking roads throughout Southington, the town tried out three types of “chipseal” as part of a pilot project for pavement preservation. Chipseal is a pavement surface treatment that combines asphalt and aggregate to repair roads. After testing three options, Town Manager Gary Brumback said his top choice…

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Council approves policy for alcohol on town property

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted at their last meeting to approve a new policy for alcohol on municipal property. In an 8-1 vote, with Democrat Chris Palmieri opposing, the council approved the sale and consumption of wine and beer at the library, the Barnes Museum, the Calendar House, Gura Building Arts Complex, and…

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Grand List increased by 1.92 percent

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When totaling up this year’s Grand List, Southington completed a reassessment of the entire town in addition to evaluating new construction. Adding up real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property assessments, the town released a grand net total of $3.9 billion in taxable assets. The Department of Assessments used the Grand List…

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A way to help children and get rid of your old computer

March 22, 2016
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Not sure what to do with that old, outdated or nonworking computer or laptop? Planting Pencils, a Connecticut based education charity, has formed a partnership with ReBoot Computers in Bristol to collect and refurbish old computers for underserved children. The charity has been collecting school supplies such as pencils, pens, notebooks and calculators. However, the…

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Vocal fellowship offered by Bushnell for HS singers

March 22, 2016
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The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for audition for their Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship Program. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship is a full-scholarship vocal program for a select number of very talented and highly motivated high-school-age singers interested in classical and theatrical music. Fellows receive a stipend to cover their professional vocal…

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St. Paul to present musical, ‘Rags;’ ticket sales begin March 29

March 22, 2016
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This year St. Paul Performing Arts presents a chance to see the 1986 Broadway musical, “Rags.” Set in 1910, “Rags” follows the story of Rebecca, a young Russian immigrant mother, arriving in America with her son, David, and forced to work in a sweatshop to survive while she endeavors to find her husband. The joy…

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Tilcon proposal adds open space to Crescent Lake

March 18, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Tilcon Connecticut is seeking approval from state lawmakers to lease city-owned watershed land for gravel mining over 40 years—a proposal that would give additional acres of open space land to Plainville, New Britain, and Southington. In late February, Tilcon presented the details about the proposal during a pair of public forums. Tilcon,…

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St. Thomas Passion Play is still going strong after 38 years: Curtain opens on March 20 for Holy Week shows

March 17, 2016
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The St. Thomas Church Passion Play is getting ready to open for Holy Week shows. The annual event is entering its 38th year of production.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT It was 38 years ago that a small group of parishioners at St. Thomas Church started the tradition of the St. Thomas Church Passion Play, a prayerful presentation from their Christian community which tells the story of Jesus’ life, specifically in his last days. The cast of Passion Play uses acting and…

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Key Club’s Kiddie Carnival

March 17, 2016
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Children compete in a “Hungry Hippos” game at the Kiddie Carnival on Saturday, March 12. The event was sponsored by the Southington High School Key Club and proceeds benefit the SCS food pantry. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Click to Enlarge

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