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Budget backed at public hearing; Council to vote on the proposal May 12

May 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington residents who spoke at the Town Council’s public hearing Monday night offered their support to the proposed 2014-2015 total municipal budget, which will result in about a 3.3 percent tax increase for residents. The school board’s proposed budget is a total of $87,072,005 for 2014-2015, which reflects an increase…

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New assistant principal at SHS

April 30, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School has welcomed a new assistant principal. The school board voted unanimously in approval to appoint Dianne Holst-Grubbe to the position of Assistant Principal. Holding a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Grubbe has experience working in several different school…

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Hartford Stage costumes to be on display at Carousel Museum

April 29, 2014
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Stagecraft is a traveling exhibit that is currently at the New EnglandCarouselMuseum until May 15, 2014. In a press release, Hartford Stage said, “In celebration of Hartford Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season, the STAGECRAFT exhibit consists of a selection of costumes, props and scenic elements from the company’s extensive collection. A hallmark of the theater’s work…

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Study skills class offered this summer at St. Paul

April 29, 2014
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Back for the second summer, St. PaulCatholicHigh School and Successful Study Skills 4 Students (S4) are proud to announce two summer sessions of S4’s popular study skills workshops: one for middle school students, the other for high school students. The workshops foster academic achievement by teaching students key study strategies that help them learn while…

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Eagle Scout project to honor soldiers

April 27, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A local Boy Scout is honoring wounded military members through his Eagle Scout project along a portion of Rails to Trails. Andrew Krar, senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 45 at St. Paul’s Church in Southington, has prepared to move forward in building a pavilion dedicated to the Wounded…

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Rotary sponsors third annual Earth Day clean-up

April 26, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor The Rotary Club of Southington is once again hosting its annual town wide clean-up for Earth Day. The event, now it its third year, is slated for Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Rotary Club has been the sponsor every year so far,” said Rotarian Michael Przygocki,…

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Fifth graders finish race at Talcott Mountain

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Fifth grader Andrew Perry of Thalberg School helped code and design a robot that could navigate through a maze, find a fire and then extinguish the fire. Andrew was one of over 20 fifth grader students identified as gifted and talented in the Southington school district who had the opportunity…

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Cyber Knights prep for world championships

April 25, 2014
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Cyber Knights prep for world championships

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After finishing in second place overall during the New England Championship, the Southington Cyber Knights are now heading to the World Championship in St. Louis. Competing against 53 teams from throughout the region during the New England Championship in Boston, the Cyber Knights finished qualification rounds as the number one…

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Town looks to save on energy; Council votes to approve project

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council recently voted unanimously to approve an energy savings project that would bring equipment upgrades to both town and school buildings. Council members voted during a recent meeting to approve a performance contract with Noresco to move forward with the $13 million project that would bring a total…

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Kelley creates art for a cause

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From murals to handmade puzzles to holiday greeting banners and cards, students involved with the Kelley Elementary School Art Club have made a variety of projects since 2013, using their creativity for a good cause. Consisting of about 45 students ranging from first to fifth grade, the club, called “Art…

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