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Students encouraged to enter CHET Dream Big! competition

February 4, 2016
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Local elementary and middle school students are encouraged to enter the 2016 CHET Dream Big! Competition, a statewide drawing and essay contest aimed at getting Connecticut students in kindergarten through eighth grade to think about their education and careers. Now in its ninth year, the Dream Big! Competition will award a total of $26,000 in CHET…

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Lions Club announces ‘Everything Goes’ charity auction on March 5

February 4, 2016
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Lions Club logo

The Southington Lions Club’s 25th annual “Everything Goes” charity auction is just around the corner. This year’s fun-filled evening, on Saturday, March 5, will have something for everyone, from baseball tickets to a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park to YMCA family memberships, and more. The event will take place at Mary Our Queen church…

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Bertucci’s ‘Dining for Dollars’ fundraiser on Feb. 11 for the Southington library

February 4, 2016
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Bertucci's
20 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489
Phone: (860) 621-8626
www.Bertuccis.com

Bertucci’s invites the community to enjoy a great meal and raise money for the Southington Library Expansion Fund. On Feb. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the restaurant, at 20 Spring St. in Southington, is hosting a fundraiser for the library fund. Stop in the library to pick up a “Dining for Dollars” flyer.…

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Wheeler Clinic to host info session for foster parents

February 4, 2016
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Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: (888) 793-3500
www.WheelerClinic.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Feb. 13, Wheeler Clinic will host an informational session for anyone interested in the opportunity to foster a child. On a daily basis, Wheeler’s foster care programs service at least 60 local children in need of a foster home. “We desperately need parents,” said Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, Director of Community Based…

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BOE unanimously approves proposal for 2016-17 budget

February 3, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously on Jan. 28 to approve the budget for the 2016-2017 academic-year. The budget proposes a 3.61 percent increase to the previous year’s budget, totaling $92,901,729. Superintendent Timothy Connellan provided the Board with his proposed budget on Dec. 29. The BOE reviewed the budget, created by…

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Showing appreciation for our veterans: Elks Lodge honors military service members

February 3, 2016
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A pair of local veterans, who served the country during World War II and the Korean War, were among those who attended a Military Appreciation dinner hosted at the Elks Club on Jan. 30.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Denise Johnson wanted to find a way to honor local members of the military for their service and sacrifice. Through the Elks Lodge 1669, where she has been a member since 2008, she hosted a Military Appreciation dinner to recognize veterans, active military members, and…

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Adinolfi announces he will not seek re-election 

February 3, 2016
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State Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-Cheshire, Southington)

After 14 years of service to the residents of the 103rd General Assembly District, State Representative Al Adinolfi (R) has announced that he will not be seeking re-election this year, and will retire from the legislature. “After serious consideration and talking it over with my wonderful family I have decided it’s time to retire from the General Assembly,”…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for January

February 1, 2016
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DePaolo Middle School announced their January Students of the Month. Front, from left, Alina Rivera, Alex Maindon, Adrianna Patton, Gillian Smith, Owen Folcik, Kayla Pelletier, and Alyssa Cleland. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Audrey Cantillon, Cassie Dubitsky, Anh Tran, Era Pasha, David Laszewski, and Prinicipal Franke Pepe.

DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for January. In sixth grade Alexander Maindon, Gillian Smith, and David Laszewski were selected by their teams. Alexander is the son of Richard and Lisa Maindon and received the Presidential Award last year at Flander’s Elementary School. He has volunteered at a food bank at his…

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The show will come out tomorrow (and today)

January 29, 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…

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Local teen launches non-profit to promote education

January 28, 2016
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More information about Planting Pencils can be found at www.plantingpencils.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Ishaan Patel is an eighth-grade student at Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, where lessons are taught on smart boards and assignments are completed on laptops. When Patel thought of school, he thought of an education modeled around technology—typing essays, researching online, and using computer software to complete his projects. That was until…

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