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HHC nurses receive Nightingale Awards

June 20, 2016
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Hartford Healthcare

Three local nurses were celebrated by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services with the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing, Connecticut’s largest state-wide nursing recognition program. These honorees were presented their awards at a May 5 ceremony in Hartford. Jodi Trottier, LPN, Southington Care Center; Kathy Chiulli, RN, MSN, clinical systems analyst, Hartford HealthCare Senior Services; and…

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Strong School educator named as 2016 Paraeducator of the Year

June 17, 2016
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Deborah Stevens of Strong Elementary School was named as Southington’s 2016 paraeducator of the year.

Deborah Stevens of William Strong Elementary School (SES) has been announced as Southington’s Paraeducator of the Year. Stevens has been a paraeducator at Strong since 2004, where she works with special education students from multiple grade levels. On April 29, Southington Public Schools announced that Stevens had been chosen as the town’s nominee for the…

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House passes legislation to create a retirement savings plan for seniors

June 16, 2016
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Budget 2

House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) joined senior citizens, elected officials, and advocates at the Berlin Senior Center to celebrate the passage of legislation creating a retirement savings program for the estimated 600,000 Connecticut residents who do not have a retirement savings plan available to them through their employer. The legislation creates a program…

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Local student named valedictorian at Taft

June 16, 2016
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Southington’s Brian Tomasco was valedictorian at the Taft School in Watertown.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington student Brian Tomasco has been named senior class valedictorian of The Taft School in Watertown. Tomasco began his education at Thalberg Elementary School, before attending middle school at Mooreland Hill School in Kensington, and graduating from Taft on May 29. He was actively involved in activities both on campus and in…

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223 graduate from Lincoln College of New England

June 16, 2016
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Lincoln College of New England President Denise Lewicki poses with a student during commencement exercises at Wolcott High.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Lincoln College of New England (LCNE) graduated its 50th class this May, with 223 graduates from 24 different degree and certification programs. The college’s commencement ceremony took place at Wolcott High School on May 13, celebrating their milestone anniversary, and the accomplishments of all their graduates. “While so much has changed over…

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Southington senior wins volunteers service award

June 16, 2016
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Recent SHS graduate Samantha Butlier was awarded one of four Wesley A. Kuhry Youth Citizenship Awards by United Technologies. The award is presented for community service. Honorees, above, are presented with their awards. Honores, from left, Kendall Comstock, Vaeyanna Lettman, Stephanie Cota, and Butlier.

Each year, four students are recognized for their dedication to community service at a statewide meeting of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. This year, Southington High School senior Samantha Butlier, was awarded one of four Wesley A. Kuhry Youth Citizenship Awards for Community Service by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the YMCA. The award is…

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Parent volunteers recognized for service to schools

June 16, 2016
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Apple and book

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As the school year came to a close, Southington Public Schools took the time to recognize the many parents who volunteered their time to help out teachers, faculty, and students during this past school year. On June 2, the sixth annual Parent Volunteer Luncheon was held at Hawk’s Landing Country Club, recognizing…

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Derynoski welcomes ‘The Wall that Heals’

June 16, 2016
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SO Wall that Heals

On Wednesday, June 8, students from Derynoski Elementary School lined the street to welcome “The Wall That Heals” as it passed the school. Local veterans supplied American flags for the front lawn. Student musicians played “Taps,” while teachers and students gathers to applaud the procession of trucks, motorcycles, and first responders that escorted the Wall…

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Miss Connecticut, here they come

June 15, 2016
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Two of the local contestants for Miss Connecticut began their final approach to the crown on Wednesday afternoon. Meeting a limousine for the ride down to the Mohegan Sun Cabaret for a few days of rehearsal before Friday night’s semifinals and Saturday’s finals, Miss Forestville Allison Owsianko and Miss Plantsville Alyssa Anderson said their goodbyes…

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Christina McKirryher is Southington’s 2016 Teacher of the Year

June 15, 2016
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Plantsville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christina McKirryher, above, will be recognized by the Southington Board of Education as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year during the staff convocation on Aug. 29.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER First grade students at Plantsville Elementary School (PES) have had the pleasure of being taught by the best teacher in town, Christina McKirryher. Southington Public Schools announced on June 9 that McKirryher, who has been teaching first grade at PES since 2001, is Southington’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  She will be…

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