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Site to help with multiple sclerosis

January 17, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When Southington native Kevin Salerno became diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2009, he wanted to find a way to help raise money for research, hosting events and getting involved with MS Society by participating in annual walks and the 5K course “MuckFest.” Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, disabling disease…

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Continuing the renaissance; Town to apply for grant to help Plantsville

January 17, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously on Monday to apply for a grant that will help push forward the revitalization of downtown Plantsville. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) grant, worth $2.4 million, will help turn downtown Plantsville into a Renaissance-style area. “We have…

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Cold weather to return, says AccuWeather

January 14, 2014
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Cold weather to return, says AccuWeather

The nation isn’t done with the “Polar Vortex” yet. Although temperatures will not challenge last week’s single digit fare, AccuWeather said the brief respite from sub-freezing temperatures is at an end. AccuWeather.com reports in the wake of the mild air that has been sitting over much of the eastern half of the nation over the…

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Superintendent Presents Proposed Budget for 2014-2015

January 14, 2014
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Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi plans to present his proposed budget before the Board of Education tonight during a workshop meeting. According to the Superintendent’s Operating Budget report, the proposed budget for 2014-2015 is $87,259, 873—an increase of 3.59 percent over this current year adopted budget. The adopted budget for this current year is…

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AccuWeather says storms could cause some trouble

January 13, 2014
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AccuWeather says storms could cause some trouble

Most of the impact seems elsewhere, but AccuWeather says New England should keep an eye out for some storms that may head our way. AccuWeather.com reports a few weak storm systems staggered over several days will prevent a major snowfall from unfolding in the East this week, but wet weather will allow minor travel problems…

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Jennifer Binversie is the new Miss Southington

January 12, 2014
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Jennifer Binversie is the new Miss Southington

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor WATERBURY— A pair of Jennifers will be representing the town of Southington for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant over the next year. Jennifer Binversie, a student at the University of Hartford and Wisconsin native, is the new Miss Southington. Jennifer Bukowski, a high school student from Bristol, is the new…

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Legislators lay out plans prior to session

January 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the General Assembley scheduled to convene on February 5, state officials representing Southington have reflected on their top priorities and goals, which focus on enhancing business climate, increasing job opportunities and assisting senior citizens. The Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA) reported that overall, the state has not scored…

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Cyber Knights begin planning stages for robotics

January 11, 2014
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Cyber Knights begin planning stages for robotics

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington High School Cyber Knights team kicked off its 2014 season Saturday, with an all day kickoff event that included a new rookie partner team from Plainville High School. The Cyber Knights team is now in its seventeenth year and currently consists of 65 students. The team is supported by…

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Mount Southington turns 50

January 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Steve Positano of Bristol, the thought of Ski Mount Southington turning 50 years old this month is unimaginable. Serving full-time as the Snow Sports School director, Positano has worked at Mount Southington for 23 years, and remembers learning the ins and outs of the slopes there as a child.…

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Minimum wage increases; Local businesses may experience setbacks

January 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Minimum wage workers throughout the state will see an increase in their paychecks. As of January 1, the state raised the minimum wage from $8.25 to $8.70, the first of two scheduled increases as a result of a new law Governor Dannel Malloy signed last year. By 2015, the minimum…

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