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Southington schools announce last day of school is June 18

April 2, 2015
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The Southington Board of Education held a special board meeting on Thursday, April 2 to approve the final day of school for Southington schools. In a short press release, the Board announced that the last day of school and the date for Southington High School graduation will be Thursday, June 18.

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Chamber names community awards recipients for April 25 dinner

April 2, 2015
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Southington Chamber (web)

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its community awards to be presented at the organization’s 77th annual dinner/meeting on Saturday, April 25 at the Aqua Turf. Ron Serafino, Dan Prus, Mary DeCroce, Mike Drury, and Karen Bobik will be honored, along with chamber awards for corporate…

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Hospitals ask Connecticut lawmakers to replenish budget cuts

April 2, 2015
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Leaders of state hospitals urged state lawmakers Tuesday to replenish the cuts in Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget, predicting the suggested changes could lead to deep reductions in medical services and staff. They said Malloy’s suggested budget plan is especially worrisome considering recent cuts…

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Police seek help in finding missing 19-year-old

April 1, 2015
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The Plainville Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a missing 19-year-old named Leoule “Leo” Kassahun. Kassahun suffers from mild autism and police officials say there are concerns for his safety. He was last seen at his residence the morning of March 26, 2015 and is believed to have left on foot. No…

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Southington plays host to Miss Hometown; wrapping up Class of 2015 for Miss CT

April 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The final piece of the Miss Connecticut class of 2015 puzzle was put into place at Southington’s Derynoski School on Saturday night. Kaitlyn Bogue was crowned Miss Oxford in the Miss Hometown pageant. (In the Miss Hometown pageant, the winning contestant earned a title named after her “home town.” Bogue…

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Local Jewish congregation offers Seder for Passover

March 31, 2015
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to celebrate Passover on the seventh night of the holiday. Although the temple usually hosts a second night community Seder, this year, they will hold the event on the seventh night of the holiday, Thursday, April 9. The congregation’s home is in the First Congregational Church of Southington.…

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Ideal Forging update: Road closure could begin on April 1

March 31, 2015
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Ideal Forging update: Road closure could begin on April 1

Just days after the updated traffic plan, officials at Weston and Sampson have updated the time frame for demolition. Work is proceeding rapidly, so workers anticipate intermittent road closures of Factory Square/High Street on Wednesday or Thursday to allow safe demolition of the face of 66 High Street. The road would not be closed for the…

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DePaolo competes at MATHCOUNTS district event

March 31, 2015
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Schools - DePaolo Mathcounts

Six students represented DePaolo Middle School at a MATHCOUNTS district competition at the University of Hartford on Feb. 7. MATHCOUNTS is a competitive math program for highly motivated students with excellent math skills. The team is coached by Wally Bailey. From left, Brett Hunter, Justin Fontano, Abhiram Bhamidipati, Russell Hotchkiss, Tyler Bade, and Adam Hunter.

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Capital markets expert is a 6th grader at Kennedy

March 30, 2015
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Capital markets expert is a 6th grader at Kennedy

Trevor Francis of Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville won the state title in the The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) InvestWrite essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. InvestWrite challenges students in grades 4-12 to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations targeting short- and long-term financial goals. The competition serves as a…

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Trucking route changes announced for Ideal Forging demolition

March 30, 2015
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Ideal Forging Revised Traffic Flow

When officials met with the community in March, but a few days before demolition began at Ideal Forging, the biggest worry that seemed to echo from visitors was the traffic. Critics questioned the idea of large trucks trying to maneuver the sharp turn from Center Street onto Water Street. Concerned citizens worried about large vehicles…

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