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Synthetic pot leads to spike in hospitalizations across US

May 10, 2015
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) _ A huge spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called “synthetic marijuana” illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation. Poison control centers around the…

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Malloy wants lawmakers to pass transportation lockbox bill

May 10, 2015
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging state lawmakers in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session to pass his version of a bill that would ensure transportation revenues are spent only on transportation projects. The Democratic governor said creating a so-called lockbox for transportation revenues…

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Hummer owned by Aaron Hernandez found for sale at car lot

May 10, 2015
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WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A Hummer owned by former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has been found for sale at a used car lot. Hernandez was convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s mother is suing him, and her lawyers have been trying to find Hernandez’s assets.…

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Southington High School releases third quarter honor roll

May 10, 2015
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Southington High School has announced their honor roll for the third quarter. Grade 9 The following students earned first honors: Nandani Mohit Adhyapak, Rosanna Teresa Airo, Jacob Phillip Albert, Victoria Elizabeth Aldieri, Nolyn Allen, Cora Elizabeth Altomari, Jacob Oscar Anderson, Katarina Marie Aulbach, Cicily Alexis Balachandar, Madison Marie Beaudoin, Emma Marie Becotte, Chloe Dianna Becquey,…

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Cyber Knights compete at World Championship

May 8, 2015
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The Southington High School’s Cyber Knights were honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award at the World Championship in St. Louis, Mo.

The Southington High School Cyber Knights have just wrapped up their six-week long competition season with the World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. The team, who recently competed in the Tech Valley Regional competition, the Hartford District event and the New England District Championship, had not left a single competition empty-handed this year. The World…

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Dining listings for May 8

May 8, 2015
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SUNDAY, MAY 10 SOUTHINGTON MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST. 9 a.m. to noon. Mothers served complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. Pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, tea. Southington Elks Club, 114 Main St., Southington. THURSDAY, MAY 14 OTHER FREE WORKSHOP: GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA MAKING. 1 p.m. With author and gluten-free lifestyle…

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Kids listings for May 8

May 8, 2015
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SATURDAY, MAY 9 SOUTHINGTON ‘TOUCH A TRUCK.’ Held by American Legion Auxiliary, Kiltonic Unit 72 and Southington Parks and Recreation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Southington Drive-In, 935 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville. $3 for children, $1 for adults. BRISTOL PINE LAKE’S 2ND ANNUAL KIDS FISHING DERBY. 7 a.m. to noon. Age groups, 5 to 8,…

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Civics class sees government in action at council meeting

May 8, 2015
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Southington High School teacher Candace Patten (right) with her ninth grade honors civics class at the Southington Town Council meeting on April 27.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington High School ninth-graders enrolled in the honors level civics course got a taste of town politics last week when teacher Candace Patten took her students to the town council meeting. Patten said that the purpose of the trip was to teach students how decisions are made in town, and why it…

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Southington Receives HEART Safe Community Designation

May 7, 2015
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On April 13, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and the American Heart Association has designated the Town of Southington as a HEART Safe Community.  This three-year designation recognizes the town’s commitment to provide improved cardiac response and care to the residents. “The Town of Southington is committed to providing quality heart safe…

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High School students help kick off drama club at Kelley School

May 7, 2015
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The cast of “Once on this Island, Jr.” pose on stage with their student directors, Michael Ricciardone, far left, and Emily Pestillo, far right.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Fourth and fifth grade students at Kelley Elementary School will now have their chance to step into the spotlight with the school’s newly established drama club. The club, founded by Southington High School students Emily Pestillo and Michael Ricciardone performed their first play, Once On This Island Jr., at Kennedy Middle School…

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