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Local legislators react to the State of the State address

February 10, 2016
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State of Connecticut

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D), delivered his State of the State address to the Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 3, where he revealed his five-principle plan for strengthening the state economy. Malloy outlined a step-by-step process for creating a sustainable and enduring budget in the post-Great Recession economic environment. “We live in…

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Inventive solutions from our Neighborhood kids

February 10, 2016
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Invention Convention-Alex DelVecchia (8th grade)

Eighth grader Alex DelVecchia discusses his fire fighting solution, similar to the snow-throwing equipment at Mount Southington ski area. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, local inventors flocked to Kennedy Middle School for the 2016 Southington Invention Convention. A similar event was held at DePaolo Middle School. Winners will advance to the state fair at UConn. Photos…

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Drivers needed to transport cancer patients

February 9, 2016
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The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is currently looking for volunteer drivers throughout all Connecticut communities to transport cancer patients to and from their lifesaving treatments. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with rides to their treatment appointments, however patients across Connecticut are now at risk of missing appointments due to…

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Kennedy Middle School announced the students of the month for January

February 9, 2016
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Kennedy Middle School announced their January Students of the Month. Front, from left, Margaret Coyle, Jenna Taylor and Megan Crean. Middle, Melody Lacombe, Jack Freyler, Jake Napoli, Rachel Carbone and Meredith Veilleux. Back, Asst. Principal Susanne Vitcavage, Joseph Dorsey, Jeremy Rinaldi, Gavin Malone, Matthew Feeney, and Principal Richard Terino.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its January students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Megan Crean, Matthew Feeney and Jack Freyler. Megan is an excellent student with…

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Spring Street closed by fire and downed line

February 5, 2016
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A downed power line during today's storm caused a fire that temporarily shut down Spring Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A fire sparked on Spring Street this morning when heavy snowfall brought down a power line. A main line beside The Step Saver building at 213 Spring St., home to The Observer, came down just before 11 a.m. The fire melted a long line of snow alongside the building, and held a…

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Southington receives $500,000 for local roads

February 5, 2016
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More than $500,000 will be put toward repairing Southington roads this year. On Feb. 1, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced the release of $30 million for transportation needs across the state. The funds are the second installment in a $60 million investment toward statewide support of the Town Aid Road program. The $30 million in…

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Healthy Family FunFest teaches families about healthy living

February 4, 2016
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Children play in the ball pit during last year’s Healthy Family Fun Fest. The annual event is designed to teach families about health living.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Hartford HealthCare and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA will be supplying a Sunday afternoon full of healthy activities for the whole family this month. The 7th annual Healthy Family FunFest will be held at The Aqua Turf on Feb. 28, providing five hours of free entertainment and information for all ages. The event…

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Foundation has scholarship applications available

February 4, 2016
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Application deadlines are fast approaching for more than $200,000 in 2016 scholarship dollars available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Scholarships are available to 2016 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships…

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Students encouraged to enter CHET Dream Big! competition

February 4, 2016
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Local elementary and middle school students are encouraged to enter the 2016 CHET Dream Big! Competition, a statewide drawing and essay contest aimed at getting Connecticut students in kindergarten through eighth grade to think about their education and careers. Now in its ninth year, the Dream Big! Competition will award a total of $26,000 in CHET…

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Lions Club announces ‘Everything Goes’ charity auction on March 5

February 4, 2016
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The Southington Lions Club’s 25th annual “Everything Goes” charity auction is just around the corner. This year’s fun-filled evening, on Saturday, March 5, will have something for everyone, from baseball tickets to a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park to YMCA family memberships, and more. The event will take place at Mary Our Queen church…

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