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Town will hold a vandalism forum on Tuesday, Feb. 18

February 10, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Town officials are holding a community forum on vandalism later this month. According to officials, Southington has experienced an increase in vandalism and they are looking to residents and youth groups for help. “We want to start the conversation,” said Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, adding that while she does not think…

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Kristen’s Kloset to open soon, donations accepted

February 10, 2014
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Kristen’s Kloset to open soon, donations accepted

By Ed Harris Editor Southington Youth Services is gearing up for another year running the Kristen’s Kloset program. The program is named after 13-year-old Kristen Warner, an honor roll student and gymnast, who died in an automobile accident in 2004. Kristen’s Kloset is a program that provides prom essentials for students with financial or other…

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Southington entrepreneurs help homeowners, give back to community

February 8, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From the time Luke Florian, of Southington, was in middle school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the real estate business. At the age of 18, he purchased his first income property. By age 27, the entrepreneur already co-founded his real estate company, Elite Property, LLC, and…

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Veterans Committee adopts mission statement

February 8, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Board of Education voting unanimously to adopt an official mission statement for the Veterans Committee, the school district has reaffirmed to “never forget” the sacrifices of military service members from the past and present. “I see tonight as the exemplar for this entire country at every local…

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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

February 7, 2014
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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

By Ed Harris Editor A St. Dominic School fourth grader was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 10 pound cabbage as part of a national program. Last year, Vincent Rappoccio’s third grade class participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The school’s entire third grade class participated in the program, which was…

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Ben’s Bells at Hatton; School starts new year with kindness

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students at Hatton Elementary school kicked off their own town meeting with a promise to make the new year all about acts of kindness. Fifth graders serving on the STEPS ABC Committee hosted the event, leading other students and faculty members in the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.…

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Southington Grand List increases by 1.13 percent

February 7, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 2013 Grand List has increased overall by 1.13 percent to $3,773,777,166, according to the town’s Department of Assessors. The Grand List, which comes out every year, measures the net assessment for property in the community in three areas, including real estate, motor vehicle and personal property. In 2012, the…

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Best Buddies receives donation

February 6, 2014
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Best Buddies receives donation

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Best Buddies Club at Southington High School fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities. From bowling and mini golf to holiday parties and dances to athletic events, members of the Best Buddies Club at the high School take part in a variety of different activities with…

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Saturday snow is also a possibility, says AccuWeather

February 5, 2014
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Saturday snow is also a possibility, says AccuWeather

More snow could be a problem on Saturday, but if it does snow it could preclude a bigger storm on Sunday to Monday, says AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports a new player has emerged on the weather maps and has a chance at bringing a period of snow from parts of Virginia to southeastern New England on Saturday. There…

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Gov. to second shift state employees: You should stay home, too

February 5, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has ordered all second-shift state employees who are designated as non-essential to stay home on Wednesday, Feb. 05, in response to winter storm conditions across the state.  State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance. “After consulting with my emergency management team, I’ve decided…

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