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Petit road race raised more than $115,000

September 16, 2014
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GE’s Industrial Solutions business helped raise more than $115,000 as the title sponsor of a 5K road race in Plainville, Conn., that benefited the Petit Family Foundation. The non-profit foundation was established in 2007 by Dr. William Petit in memory of his wife and two daughters whose lives were ended during a home invasion in…

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Kennedy lockdown lifted after ‘suspicious’ person found to be a student

September 16, 2014
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A lockdown at Kennedy Middle School was lifted once the suspicious person was determined to be a student at the school. At about 11 a.m., a staff member at the school reported a white male, 5’7” tall, wearing a green military jacket in the school’s hallways. The staff member erred on the side of caution…

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Women & Girls Fund seeks grant proposals

September 16, 2014
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Main Street Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the Women & Girls’ Fund. The application, which includes the grantmaking guidelines and criteria, is available on Main Street Community Foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.org. All proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Nonprofit organizations with programs serving women and girls…

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Carousel Museum opens up to fun and talent Sept. 27

September 16, 2014
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On Saturday, Sept. 27, The New England Carousel Museum and Bristol Center for Arts and Culture opens its doors to celebrate Bristol fun and talent on the first Saturday of the Bristol Mum Festival. Several years ago, a press release from the museum explained, the executive director, Louise DeMars and the Board of Directors of…

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Politicians keep tradition alive at Crocodile Club Dinner

September 14, 2014
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Politicians keep tradition alive at Crocodile Club Dinner

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For 133 years now, a multitude of individuals have gathered at Lake Compounce to put aside their political differences over a traditional dinner of lamb and corn with all the trimmings. Last Friday, local and state officials did just that in the amusement park’s ballroom to celebrate the history of…

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Area restaurants help visitors get their food on this Saturday with Fest

September 13, 2014
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Local restaurants in the central Connecticut area are gearing up for Bristol’s first-ever “Flavor’d Food Fest: A Taste of Bristol and Beyond.” In July, Bristol Rising announced the launch of the event, which will focus on food entirely,

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Grant helps St. Thomas get new technology

September 13, 2014
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Grant helps St. Thomas get new technology

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer St. Thomas Catholic School recently used a $25,000 grant from the Hoffman Foundation to purchase a Smart Table to use with pre-k through third grade classes and also installed new Smart Board projectors into the classrooms that did not have the technology. Students and teachers at the school are excited…

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The future of Bradley; Council, Hartford Healthcare release statements

September 12, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Both Hartford HealthCare and the Town Council have recently made public statements regarding the future of Bradley Memorial Hospital. In a Hartford HealthCare press release, the company said that it will continue to work on plans with the Bradley Community Advisory Committee, assembled of leaders from community organizations, local politicians…

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Youth takes center stage at CT Icon

September 12, 2014
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Youth takes center stage at CT Icon

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s CT Icon singing competition was a year of firsts. The contestants took their performances to a new stage, there was a sing-off for first place and a twelve-year-old girl emerged as the youngest to ever win the competition. After making it through the audition process, 12 finalists moved…

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Residents concerned over school access walks

September 12, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council is considering making it the responsibility of home owners and property owners to clear school access walks, sidewalks that were created for children walking to school. The plan is evaluate the condition of the sidewalks, repair them of any current damages and then turn them over to…

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