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Scouts receive message from space

April 18, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter All it took was one click on Twitter for Boy Scout Troop 45 of St. Paul’s Church in Southington to ultimately communicate with NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio. The Scouts were viewing Mastracchio’s Twitter account one day when they stumbled upon a picture he posted during his six-month assignment on the…

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Local students are inventive

April 18, 2014
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Local students are inventive

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Fourth grader Joey Mazzarella of Thalberg School always knew it was difficult for students to carry their lunches every day while walking the hallways with their backpacks in tow. In order to make lunch time less stressful, he created “Lunch on a roll,” using a variety of materials such as…

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Bradley to close inpatient unit; Emergency room to remain open

April 18, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Representatives from Bradley Memorial Hospital have reassured town officials that the hospital will remain in use, despite the recent announcement of the desire to close the inpatient unit. In a memo sent to all employees of the hospital last week, Hartford Healthcare Senior Vice President Lucille Janatka said the Hospital…

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Nancy Nurtures donates 1,000 pounds of food to Community Services

April 17, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Local community group Nancy Nurtures recently donated 1,000 pounds of food to the Southington Community Services food pantry. “This is the second year that Nancy Nurtures had a food drive for the Southington Community Services food pantry,” said Mark Fazzolari, assistant director for Community Services. “Nancy Nurtures and Tops have been…

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Council approves cell tower proposal

April 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a Verizon cell tower on East Street. During the meeting, council members voted 6 to 0 in approval of the location of the cell tower, which will be located on the northeast section of the leaf site on East Street, reported…

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Southington says goodbye to Dr. Erardi

April 16, 2014
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Southington says goodbye to Dr. Erardi

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter School and town officials expressed their gratitude for the work of Dr. Joseph Erardi last week during a Board of Education meeting on April 11, saying farewell to the Southington Supt. of Schools who has accepted the new role of Newtown Superintendent. Southington High School teacher Bob Brown, who presented…

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March for Babies coming up in New Britain; Plymouth couple tapped as 2014 Ambassadors

April 15, 2014
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On Sunday, May 4 at WalnutHillPark in New Britain, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together to March for Babies—the March of Dimes walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs…

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Moose sighted in Southington

April 15, 2014
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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an alert to motorists about a reported moose sighting in Southington. The moose was spotted on West Street near Interstate 84, and was last seen entering a swamp area that abuts the highway, according to the alert. “Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because…

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Keynote speaker announced for Armenian Genocide Commemoration April 26

April 15, 2014
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Keynote speaker announced for Armenian Genocide Commemoration April 26

Ruth Thomasian, a photograph archivist and historian, will be the keynote speaker at the annual 99th Armenian Genocide Commemoration which will be held in the House Chambers at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m. The announcement was made by State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol), chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration…

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Renaldo’s celebrates 35 years in the pizza business

April 13, 2014
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Renaldo’s celebrates 35 years in the pizza business

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Renaldo’s Apizza & Pasta Restaurant, it has been a long journey of 35 years. Once comprising a small part of the property when it first opened, the Italian restaurant, located at 378 North Main Street, has undergone expansions, as the business grew from take-out only to take-out, sit-down and…

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