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Queen Ann Nzinga open house rescheduled for this Saturday

January 26, 2016
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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc., which provides arts enrichment activities for children and teens ages 5 to 17, has rescheduled its open house and registration for new participants. The Queen Ann Nzinga Center promotes positive youth development among children of all races and abilities throughout Connecticut, but primarily to children in the greater Plainville,…

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Tunxis holding forum on ‘Hazard Mitigation Plan’ Feb. 9

January 26, 2016
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FARMINGTON—Tunxis Community College will hold a public forum on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in Tunxis Library Room 7-222 to provide a brief overview of aand answer questions.   Students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to learn and comment on the Multi-Campus Hazard Mitigation Plan draft, which will highlight some of…

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Bottle redemption centers seek new handling fees

January 26, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER With the 2016 Legislative Session scheduled to begin on Feb. 3, owners of local independent redemption centers hope to persuade state lawmakers to increase their handling fees for recycled bottles and cans. Currently, the state mandated handling fee, 1.5 cents per bottle or can, has not increased in 35 years.…

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The show will come out tomorrow (actually, on Friday)

January 26, 2016
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Fifth grader Emily Fay belts out a familiar tune during rehearsals for the Kelley Elementary School play. The curtain opens on “Annie Jr.” today with musical performances on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.

By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER This weekend, 30 cast members and crew will take the stage at Kennedy Middle School for a fourth and fifth grade performance performed by Kelley Elementary students, in their production of “Annie Jr.” What makes this is show unique, is that the director and the behind-the-scenes crew of this production will be…

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Energize Connecticut announces statewide student contest

January 26, 2016
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Comm - eesmarts student contest

Eversource and The United Illuminating Company, as partners of the Energize Connecticut initiative, are now accepting entries for the 12th annual eesmarts student contest. The contest encourages students to demonstrate their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability by completing grade-specific assignments. The deadline for entries is April 1, 2016. The eesmarts Student Contest…

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AAUW is accepting scholarship applications

January 26, 2016
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AAUW (American Assoc of Univ Women)

The Greater Meriden Branch of the American Association of University Women announced the offering of several $1,500 scholarships for men and women that will be graduating from high school this year. The scholarship is open to residents of Meriden, Cheshire, Southington, and Wallingford. To qualify, students should rank in the top 20 percent of their…

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DePaolo holds holiday toy drive

January 25, 2016
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Schools - STEPS Toy Drive

DePaolo Middle School’s Asset Building Classroom (ABC) spent the month of December collecting toys during a drive to benefit Toys for Tots and Southington Community Services. Above, ABC students are pictured with Sgt. Magana who runs Toys for Tots of Hartford County. Students collected over 175 toys.

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Steve Palmieri joins Berkshire Hathaway

January 25, 2016
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Steve Palmieri joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England's Southington office.

Steve Palmieri has joined the Southington office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. The announcement was made by Sarah Andrea, Office Leader. In a statement Sarah Andrea said, “I am delighted to announce that Steve Palmieri has joined our team.  He has an extensive background in customer service, sales and management and is a…

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Kennedy Middle School announced the students of the month for December

January 22, 2016
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Kennedy Middle School announced their December Students of the Month. Front, from left, JFK Principal Richard Terino, Adam Kosko, Zachary DelVecchia, Emmett Vitti, Anabel Cannatelli, Samantha Kania, and Grayson Borla. Back, Evan Kwok, Jenna Lucian, Sarah Langdeau, Harshita Rayapureddy, Olivia Lanteri, Jordan Cyr and JFK Assistant Principal Susanne Vitcavage.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its December 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 Grayson Borla, Anabel Cannatteli and Samantha Kania. Grayson is a hardworking and inquisitive…

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Can I quote you on that?: School administrators back students during yearbook controversy

January 21, 2016
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Chronicle Yearbook

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER For decades, high school seniors have been tasked with summarizing their four-year experience in just two short lines, known as the senior quote. When it comes time for the annual submissions, most go the sentimental route, recalling fond memories on the field or on stage, others opt for meaningful song lyrics, and…

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