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Town applies for grants to fix bridges

June 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve grant applications for the deck replacements of both the West Center Street and the Spring Street bridges. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) inspects town bridges over 20-feet in length every two years. ConnDOT recently conducted inspections of…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

May 31, 2014
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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

By Ed Harris Editor Kayla Sica, a Senior Girl Scout, is working to earn her Gold Award by undertaking a project called Success at the Dog Pound. As part of the project, Kayla is looking to bring awareness to the Southington Dog Pound, its adoptions and creating a permanent donation program that will help collect…

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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

May 30, 2014
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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

Nicole Jacques Correspondent Dozens turned out at the Aqua Turf on May 21 to celebrate the achievements of a particular member of the Southington community who has been described as someone who always puts the interests of his middle school students first. Christopher Palmieri, assistant principal of DePaolo Middle School, was honored with the 69th…

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Farm offers C.S.A. program to area

May 30, 2014
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Farm offers C.S.A. program to area

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Rays of sun beamed on tomato plants all aligned in rows at Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm (L.E.A.F.) as workers prepped for the new growing season. This year marks the second year in which L.E.A.F. has provided the C.S.A (Community Supported Agriculture) program to local consumers, allowing them to buy a…

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Zoning tables application for Turning Earth facility on Spring Street

May 30, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Turning Earth is an organics recycling company partnering with Covanta Energy to build a new, $20 million state-of-the-art facility in Southington. If approved, the proposed facility on Spring Street would be the first integrated high solids anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility in the Northeast where it will recycle municipal…

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New principal at Plantsville School

May 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A crowd of educators and other members of the Southington community stood up and cheered during a recent school board meeting as Stephen Bergin received a framed professional photograph displaying the hands of a first grade class at Plantsville Elementary School. The photograph, presented by a group of teachers, marks…

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DEEP issues water quality report about state parks

May 29, 2014
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Listed below are the state park beaches where water quality is tested by DEP to ensure that it is safe for swimming. Samples are collected by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection staff and are analyzed at the Department of Public Health Lab. Local health departments are responsible for sampling municipal swimming areas.  For information…

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Meet the artist at Arc of Southington

May 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Meet Melissa Botsacos, a local resident who has created a variety of paintings to share with the community during in art show this week. From paintings of animals and nature to the UConn Husky logo to cartoon characters, a number of Botsacos’s paintings will be up for sale during her…

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Organizations are set to honor Relay for Life’s Jean Rose

May 29, 2014
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A joint committee of the Southington Knights of Columbus, Isabella Council 15 and the Elks Club Lodge 1669,  are sponsoring a dinner dance honoring Jean Rose for her more than a decade of dedicated work in behalf of Relay for Life in Southington. The event takes place at the Elks Club at 114 Main St…

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