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From the Health District: Drinking and Driving: A Public Health Concern

May 20, 2015
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Tis the season to celebrate. It is time for outside fun and festivities, such as proms, graduations, and barbecues. The Plainville Southington Health District  stresses the importance of being responsible while celebrating, especially when behind the wheel. Alcohol impairs your ability to drive. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, an average…

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State to make it ‘cheaper’ to use electric vehicles, governor announces

May 20, 2015
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday announced in a press release Connecticut is making it “cheaper” to purchase or lease an electric vehicle as a result of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program. The announcement was made at Crowley Ford on New Britain Avenue in  Plainville. Under this new initiative, the governor’s press…

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Legislator encourages seniors, veterans with disabilities to take free passes to state parks

May 19, 2015
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State Representative Betty Boukus (D-Plainville, New Britain) is encouraging seniors and veterans with disabilities to take advantage of free passes to Connecticut state parks. “This is a terrific opportunity for seniors and veterans to visit our beautiful state parks – free of charge,” said Boukus in a press release. Passes providing lifetime free admission to…

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Southington Liberty Bank honored for 2014 sales

May 18, 2015
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Liberty Bank’s Southington office celebrates its sales win. The local branch was honored for outstanding performance in 2014 after exceeding its small business lending goal by 461 percent. From left, Southington branch manager Robert Flood, Liberty Bank President and CEO Chandler J. Howard, Southington branch staff Patty Gugliotti and Sarah Russo, Liberty Banke Executive Vice…

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Voice of Democracy winner

May 17, 2015
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House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D – Southington/Berlin) and Representative David Zoni (D – Southington) hosted Jenny Magnoli, a student from Southington High School, at the State Capitol in Hartford. Magnoli was presented with a citation for winning the 2015 Connecticut VFW “Voice of Democracy” essay contest. Each year, nearly 38,000 high school students from…

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Southington representatives hurry to meet deadline

May 16, 2015
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State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) and Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz (D-Southington/Berlin) discuss the legislative agenda recently in the state House of Representatives. Lawmakers have been debating and acting on a number bills before the constitutional adjournment date of June 3rd. According to a press release from the state democrats, legislative leaders and the Governor are negotiating…

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Health listings for May 15

May 15, 2015
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MONDAY, MAY 18 PLAINVILLE AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. YMCA Plainville, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS. TUESDAY, MAY 19 BRISTOL AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE. 1 to 6 p.m. Elks Lodge, 126 South St., Bristol. RedCrossBlood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS. NUTRITION AND YOUR SCHOOL-AGE CHILD. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Held…

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Music listings for May 15

May 15, 2015
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FRIDAY, MAY 15 BRISTOL SPIRIT SHAKER. Legends, 192 Pine St., Bristol SATURDAY, MAY 16 OTHER KINGS OF CHAOS. 8 p.m. Features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Billy Gibbons, Glenn Hughes, Steve Stevens. $60, $85. Grand Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. Foxwoods.com OH WHAT A NIGHT OF DOO-WOP AND ROCK AND ROLL. 8 p.m. The Duprees, Jimmy…

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Dean’s Stove and Spa named Retailer of the Year

May 15, 2015
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Dean's Stove and Spa in Plantsville, owned by Dean Michanczyk, has been named Retailer of the Year in Hearth and Home magazine's 2015 Vesta Awards.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER It took the staff at Dean’s Stove and Spa nearly 20 minutes to convince owner Dean Michanczyk to leave the showroom floor for a short interview. First, Michanczyk needed to make sure that his fireplace customer, a Southington resident, understood all the details of her home heating options. This hands-on style of…

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PN Auto Body named ‘Best in Town’

May 15, 2015
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PN Auto Body and Repair on Queen St. has been honored as the Best of Southington 2015 in the Auto Body Shop category.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When the owners of PN Auto Body and Repair decided to relocate their business after ten years in Cheshire, there was no question of where to go. “We love every single thing about Southington,” said Kasia Kruszewski, who co-owns the shop with her husband Zybbi, “we love the location, the people, everything.”…

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