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They went from ‘Rags’ to trophies at St. Paul

June 30, 2016
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Dana Wilton, left, and Tessa Coleman, who performed in the St. Paul Catholic High School production of ‘Rags,’ pose with the trophies they received for their performances from the Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR One performer is ready to keep on moving up the talent ladder at St. Paul Catholic High School. And another one is excited to be leaving on a high note as she heads out into the wide wide world. Dana Wilton, a senior, and Tessa Coleman, a sophomore, both won awards at…

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Plantsville tour focuses on positive changes, new businesses

June 29, 2016
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Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt leads a group of leaders into a business in downtown Plantsville during the annual walk-thru of the business district.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Prosperity was the focus for town officials and chamber members this week, during the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Plantsville Walk Thru. The walk, on June 22, followed last week’s business tour of downtown Southington . Chamber Executive Director Liz Hyatt led Town Manager Garry Brumback, Economic Development Coordinator Louis Perillo, State…

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Budget cutbacks to affect Connecticut parks after July 4th

June 29, 2016
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The effects of state budget cuts will soon be felt at Connecticut’s 109 state parks, including cutbacks in lifeguard staffing and park maintenance and the closure of three state campgrounds. The $1.8 million in reductions to park operations will take effect after the July Fourth holiday…

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Southington D’Angelo restaurant kicks off campaign to benefit the Jimmy Fund

June 29, 2016
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From July 1 through Aug. 7, customers at D’Angelo restaurant, located at 641 Queen St. in Southington, will be invited to make a contribution of $1 or more at the register to the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As a thank you, customers will receive…

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Smashburger opening is a smashing success

June 29, 2016
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Smashburger manager Chavis Bell, right, serves samples at the grand opening on Queen Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A crowd of nearly 50 gathered outside the town’s newest eatery, Smashburger, for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, as a line of early customers wrapped around the side. After all, the first 50 burger lovers to be through the doors during the June 22 opening day festivities earned free milkshakes for the…

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Lake Compounce’s fireworks display this Saturday

June 29, 2016
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On Saturday, July 2, Lake Compounce will host its annual fireworks display over the lake in celebration of Independence Day. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the show, beginning with the laser show, starts at 9 p.m., and fireworks will be launched from the far side of the lake as well as from barges floating in the water.…

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Online business courses offered by Tunxis

June 28, 2016
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Tunxis Community College’s Business Administration program will offer seven-week online courses starting in August as part of its offerings for those students who want the added flexibility of taking courses off-campus in a quicker time frame. “Principles of Managerial Accounting” and “Principles of Management,” which start Aug. 29 and Oct. 24 respectively, are taught by…

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Water department requests mandatory water restrictions

June 28, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Southington Water Department (SWD) is still avoiding words such as “water shortage” or “drought,” but that hasn’t kept them from taking action. With no forecast for significant rain in the near future, officials are taking proactive steps to avoid problems during the summer months. The Quinnipiac River still hasn’t dropped to its…

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Bees look to even series against Patriots

June 28, 2016
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NEW BRITAIN BEES (30-33) AT SOMERSET PATRIOTS (36-28) ========== In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees try to tie the series in the second game of four tonight vs. the Somerset Patriots! First pitch 7:05PM! Series: Somerset took the opener of the four game series last night behind a four-run second inning, beating New Britain…

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70-year-old pianist wants to perform in 70 CT towns… for free

June 27, 2016
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Connecticut-based pianist, composer, and educator Rex Cadwallader is celebrating his 70th birthday by offering to play seventy concerts in Connecticut for free. Cadwallader, who has lived and performed in Connecticut for the past twenty-two years, says he is “anxious to give back to the individuals, organizations and communities that have been so supportive” of his…

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