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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Michelle White is the woman behind the volunteers

August 27, 2015
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Michelle White will be helping this year’s volunteers as the Apple Harvest Festival Volunteer Chair.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race…

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Getting ready for the first day of school…

August 26, 2015
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Teachers-Hatton school-5th grade teacher Gina Dinello and Sherri LaRose (Para educator) (1)

Photos By TAMMI NAUDUS Summer’s over. Students are back in school. This week, teachers scrambled to get ready for the 2015-2016 school year in the days leading up to the first day of school. Above, Hatton Elementary School teacher Gina DiNello, left, and paraprofessional Sherri LaRose organize books for a new class of fifth graders.  

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Students, family can get financial help with state’s CHET

August 25, 2015
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Students, family can get financial help with state’s CHET

A year ago, 100 high school juniors were celebrating the news that they would receive $2,500 CHET Advance Scholarships to help pay for college. Today, as summer winds to a close, they are preparing to start college with checks in hand from CHET. They are realizing their educational dream at schools from Massachusetts to Florida,…

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Suspect sought in Plainville bank robbery

August 25, 2015
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The Plainville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the bank robbery suspect. Police said that at 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, the Farmington Bank located at 117 East St. was robbed by a male suspect that showed the bank teller a note demanding money. No gun and/or weapon was displayed,…

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Jamie Garcia joins People’s United Bank

August 25, 2015
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Jamie Garcia is a new commercial relations manager at People's United Bank.

People’s United Bank recently announced that Jamie Garcia has joined the bank as a senior commercial relationship managers and senior vice president. Garcia brings over 25 years of experience in commercial banking relationship management to People’s United Bank and previously managed a portfolio of middle market clients at Citizen’s Bank. She earned both a bachelor’s…

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Donald McPartland to be recognized by the Waterbury Chamber on Oct. 7

August 25, 2015
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Southington’s Donald McPartland will be recognized by the Waterbury Regional chamber at their annual banquet at the Aqua Turf on Oct. 7. McPartland will receive the 2015 Leadership Award.

The Waterbury Regional Chamber announced that Donald C. McPartland, Esq. of Southington, a partner with Secor, Cassidy & McPartland law firm in Waterbury, is the recipient of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s 2015 Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the 21st Annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 p.m.…

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Enterprise Holdings donates to The Arc

August 25, 2015
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Comm - Enterprise Donation

Account Manager from Enterprise Fleet Management Kristine Kelly, center, presents a check for $1,500 from Enterprise Holdings to The Arc of Southington CEO Sandy Amato, left, The Arc of Southington Business Manager Ron Pape, right, on July 22.

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BJ’s donates to Southington Bread for Life

August 24, 2015
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BJ’s wholesale club representatives present a ceremonial check on July 14 to Southington Bread for Life. From left are, Bread for Life treasurer David Donnelly, BJ’s employee Eric Gagner, BJ’s supervisor Shari Stary, Bread for Life Executive Director Eldon Hafford, BJ’s Operations Manager Bill Kearns.

Representatives of the local BJ’s wholesale club recently presented a ceremonial check and gift cards totaling $1,700 to Southington Bread for Life. Shari Stary, damaged defective returns supervisor, said in a press release from Bread for Life that BJ’s holds a commitment to supporting local organizations and services that help the underserved population. Employees play…

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Durocher receives leadership award from Kappa Delta

August 24, 2015
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Emily Durocher received the Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award from the Delta Kappa sorority.

Southington resident Emily Durocher was recently awarded Kappa Delta’s “Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award.” The award is presented annually to the top echelon of Kappa Delta student leaders. It is based upon high academic performance, exemplary leadership within the chapter, on campus, and in the community. The distinction of being named a “Corre Girl,”…

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Ford receives Thomson scholarship

August 23, 2015
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Comm - Jacqueline Ford wins the Thomson Continuing Education  Memorial Scholarship

Jacqueline Ford, center, accepts a check for $3,500 from the Rotary Club of Southington as the 2015 Thomson Continuing Education Memorial Scholarship Award winner.

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