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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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Southington Student recognized at 67th annual CT Science Fair

March 30, 2015
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Matthew Maciejewski captured first place at 67th annual Connecticut Science Fair

Kennedy Middle School student, Matthew Maciejewski, was honored as a finalist for his project, “Pore” My Way to Cleaner Water, at the 67th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University in Hamden on Saturday, March 14. eesmarts, an Energize CT program, sponsored the special award categories of alternative/renewable energy for middle and high school students; future…

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Waskowicz advances to the state finals in CT History Day competition

March 30, 2015
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AVON—Talcott Mountain Academy announced that Southington’s Zachary Waskowicz was among a list of several Talcott Mountain Academy students to advance to the state level of the Connecticut History Day Competition. On Saturday, March 7, he competed at the regional level of the competition in Torrington. Waskowicz placed second in the exhibits division. “Each student is…

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Bus-only corridor to open after 18 years of study and debate

March 29, 2015
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state…

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Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

March 29, 2015
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By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by…

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State Regents raise tuition, fees at colleges, universities

March 28, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Board of Regents has increased tuition and fees by 4.8 percent at Connecticut’s community colleges and regional state universities. Gregory Gray, president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, said Thursday his staff discussed “40 or 50 scenarios” to grapple with a $48.6 million budget gap next year…

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Parole board changes mind, won’t free cop killer amid outcry

March 28, 2015
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A parole board panel that had earlier approved the release of a convicted cop killer without any input from the officer’s family rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim’s relatives, prosecutors and police officers. The panel voted 3-0 to revoke the parole it…

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State: Frigid, snowy February led to Connecticut job losses

March 28, 2015
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The string of snow storms and bitter cold in February cost Connecticut jobs, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. The state lost 3,700 nonfarm jobs in February, snapping a seven-month streak of rising employment. State labor economists blamed business closings and work interruptions for the jobs downturn. The unemployment rate ticked…

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Jorma Kaukonen’s unintentional thematic unity on ‘Ain’t in No Hurry’

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Ain’t in No Hurry,” the new album by Jorma Kaukonen, seems to have a thematic thread running through it that pulls the tracks together. Whether it’s the Hot Tuna guitarist’s original tracks such as “The Other Side of the Mountain” or his covers of such musical chestnuts “Brother Can You…

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Miscellaneous listings for March 27

March 27, 2015
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SATURDAY, MARCH 28 SOUTHINGTON ANNUAL DINNER DANCE FUND RAISER FOR THE ARC OF SOUTHINGTON. 6 p.m. to midnight. Hors d’oeuvres, sit down dinner, open bar, DJ, dancing, raffles, and silent auction items. Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. $75 per person. (860) 628-9220 ext. 10. 2ND ANNUAL FAMILY/ FRIENDS FUN BOWLING CHAIRTY EVENT. 12 to…

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