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Nicole White is named queen of the gala

October 3, 2014
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Nicole White is named queen of the gala

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hostess Nicole White was crowned queen at the Apple Harvest Festival’s annual gala, which is the unofficial kick-off to the festival. Being named queen helped fulfill a goal for White, who has looked up to the position since she was a little girl. “When I was younger and saw the…

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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

October 2, 2014
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UConn’s Calhoun joins ESPN roster of analysts

BRISTOL– Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, who led the University of Connecticut to three NCAA National Championships (1999, 2004, 2011), has joined ESPN as a men’s college basketball analyst. Calhoun will provide expert insight and analysis across ESPN, including studio programming, joining select game telecasts and conducting sit-down interviews with top figures…

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Gov. briefed on Ebola situation in U.S.

October 2, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been briefed on the Ebola situation by the state Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen, according to a press release from the governor. The governor said in the press release that although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, state health officials have been working…

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State police to adopt program to keep victims of domestic violence safe

October 2, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wednesday announced the Connecticut State Police will be adopting a lethality assessment program to keep victims of domestic violence safe by encouraging more victims to use shelters, counseling and advocacy and support services. “The lethality assessment is an easy and effective method that identifies victims of domestic violence who are at…

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Disabled veterans to receive property tax exemption

October 2, 2014
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Disabled veterans to receive property tax exemption

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council recently voted unanimously for a property tax exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans. Town Manager Garry Brumback suggested that fully disabled veterans be exempt from property taxes during his report and the council shared his support. Brumback said that the tax exemption would not cause a significant…

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Malloy, Foley spar over jobs, agree on casinos

October 2, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley may disagree about the direction of Connecticut’s economy, but they showed some signs of similarity Tuesday, agreeing the state does not need more casinos, legalized marijuana or higher taxes. Each also agreed the state likely…

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Updating the town plan; Residents contribute to the POCD

October 2, 2014
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Updating the town plan; Residents contribute to the POCD

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Planning and Zoning Commission recently sought out the input of the public to develop a new Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) for the town. Glen Chalder, president of Planimetrics LLC, facilitated the meeting, as he will assist the town in coming up with the plan. “Our job is…

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Town looks to add sports complex

October 1, 2014
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Town looks to add sports complex

By Ed Harris Editor The town is taking the lead on building a sports complex on West Queen Street, across from the Southington Water Dept. In a bit of a unique process, town officials will work with the property owner and town agencies, including the Planning and Zoning Commission, to garner conceptual approval. The town…

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A poll: Merry Christmas… in October?

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

September 30, 2014
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Governor commemorates law to reduce concussions in youth sports

WESTPORT– Joined by students, lawmakers and advocates, Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday visited Staples High School where he commemorated the enactment of legislation that requires the State Board of Education to develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of concussions and addressing the proper procedures following concussions experienced by students during school athletics. As…

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