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Local Panera employees recognized with quarterly awards

June 29, 2015
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Biz - Panera Leadership Awards

Jafar Tamizkar, above, was recently named as “Manager of the Quarter” by Howley Bread Group, LTD. Tamizkar, the manager of the Southington Panera Bread franchise, was recognized for the professionalism and enthusiasm he provides while assisting in the management of the Southington bakery-cafe. The Howley Bread Group owns and operates 28 Panera Bread franchises in…

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Southington Care hires Urillo as director of transitions

June 29, 2015
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Susan Urillo was hired as the director of transitions at the Southington Care Center.

Southington Care Center Executive Director William Kowalewski recently announced the hiring of Susan Urillo, RN, BSN, as the first director of transitions at the 130-bed skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation community located at 45 Meriden Ave. Urillo coordinates discharge services and resources essential to the seamless transition of short-term rehab patients to home or other…

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Meet the new Miss Connecticut

June 28, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A Wolcott woman will be spending the next year as Miss Connecticut. Colleen Ward of Wolcott, competing as Miss Windham County, was crowned as the new Miss Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre on Saturday night. The other top five contestants were: first runner-up Jonet Nichelle; second runner-up Miss…

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Newest Outstanding Teen selected

June 28, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Sapna Raghavan made history on Saturday as she became the first ever Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen of Indian descent. The Ellington resident competing as Miss Greater Rockville’s Outstanding Teen won the statewide competition at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater on Saturday. She won after competing in private interview, onstage interview,…

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Fashions: The Miss Connecticut contestants show their elegance in evening gown

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The evening gowns chosen by the contestants for Miss Connecticut is often a closely guarded secret until the night of preliminaries. So the preliminary event is the first chance anyone outside of the contestants closest confidantes have seen the gowns. The preliminary competition was held Friday night at the Mohegan…

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And they’re off…

June 23, 2015
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Thursday night begins competition for this year’s Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. The event will be held at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater in Uncasville. Finals for the teens will be held Saturday afternoon and the Misses Saturday night. On Tuesday afternoon, the Bristol and Southington local representatives gathered at Memorial…

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CHESLA student loan rates drop

June 20, 2015
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Student Loans

State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) is welcoming the recent announcement by the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) that it will offer a fixed interest rate of 4.95 percent for new student loans, down from its current rate of 6.75 percent. “This new rate announced by CHESLA is certainly great news for students and their parents,”…

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Help End Hunger Walk

June 19, 2015
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Help End Hunger- Chef Dan Carano of LEAF and Cheryl Trovato

Photos by Tammi Naudus Local residents swarmed to the Southington rail-trail to take part in the Help End Hunger Walk on Saturday, June 13. This event is a collaborative effort between Bread for Life, Southington Community YMCA, LEAF CT, Activate Southington and Bobby Sprocket bike shop.  

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Plantsville displays its talent

June 19, 2015
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Plantsville School Talent Show-Griffin O'Neill karate

  Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS On Thursday, June 11, the audience at Plantsville Elementary School was treated to an amazing display of music, singing, hoola hooping, marshal arts, and dancing during the school’s annual talent show.

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Kennedy Middle School celebrates 50 years of education

June 19, 2015
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John F. Kennedy Middle School staff member and alumna Emily Dickson and her children, Spencer Dickson, 7, and Molly Dickson, 4, hand out "Happy Birthday" party hats during the JFK birthday party on June 11, celebrating the school's 50th anniversary.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There is no better way to celebrate turning 50 than with a birthday party—even for a building. John F. Kennedy Middle School reached its half-century mark on June 11, a milestone that assistant principal Susanne Vitcavage knew had to be celebrated. “We wanted to celebrate 50 years of excellence in education,” said…

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