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Local gives back during alternative spring break

May 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington resident Al Vojtila, spring break meant giving back to residents of New Orleans still affected by Hurricane Katrina. Currently a freshman at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., Vojtila participated in the Alternative Spring Break in March, volunteering with eight other students with the Gulf coast Volunteers for the…

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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

May 3, 2014
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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

By Ed Harris Editor The American Legion Auxiliary is back in the book business. Up until a few months ago, the auxiliary had utilized two Got Books bins to help fund literacy programs in the local school system. However, the company went out of business, putting a stop to the practice. Now a new company,…

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Record heat in midwest heading east, reports AccuWeather

May 2, 2014
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Record heat in midwest heading east, reports AccuWeather

Spring barely has made a whisper this year. Now, AccuWeather says record heat may be on its way from the Midwest.   Near-Record Heat to Build Over Plains, Then Eye East     AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 2 May 2014 — AccuWeather reports summerlike heat is in store for the southern Plains this weekend.…

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Six grade students enriched in college classes

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Katherine Drechsler and Morgan Duling of DePaolo Middle School recently made a public service announcement (PSA) video called, “Be a Buddy…Not a Bully.” Besides displaying recent facts about bullying nationwide, the video also featured school administrators, faculty and other students holding up signs to share the PSA’s message of anti-bullying…

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A journey of ‘Ten Million Steps’

May 2, 2014
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A journey of ‘Ten Million Steps’

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When people ask Joe Hurley what he needed the most to walk 3,600 miles on Route 6, he replies, “luck.” Ten years ago, Hurley, a retired newspaper reporter who worked at the News-Times in Danbury, walked 3,600 miles (ten million steps) on Route 6, the longest highway in the U.S,…

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Southington students delve into the world of robotics with LEGOs

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global robotics program that gives children ages 9 to 14 the opportunity to explore science and technology while tapping into their creativity through hands-on activities. For ten students at Thalberg Elementary School, this opportunity serves as a first-time learning experience, which just began in…

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Budget backed at public hearing; Council to vote on the proposal May 12

May 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington residents who spoke at the Town Council’s public hearing Monday night offered their support to the proposed 2014-2015 total municipal budget, which will result in about a 3.3 percent tax increase for residents. The school board’s proposed budget is a total of $87,072,005 for 2014-2015, which reflects an increase…

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New assistant principal at SHS

April 30, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School has welcomed a new assistant principal. The school board voted unanimously in approval to appoint Dianne Holst-Grubbe to the position of Assistant Principal. Holding a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Grubbe has experience working in several different school…

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Hartford Stage costumes to be on display at Carousel Museum

April 29, 2014
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Stagecraft is a traveling exhibit that is currently at the New EnglandCarouselMuseum until May 15, 2014. In a press release, Hartford Stage said, “In celebration of Hartford Stage’s 50th Anniversary Season, the STAGECRAFT exhibit consists of a selection of costumes, props and scenic elements from the company’s extensive collection. A hallmark of the theater’s work…

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Study skills class offered this summer at St. Paul

April 29, 2014
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Back for the second summer, St. PaulCatholicHigh School and Successful Study Skills 4 Students (S4) are proud to announce two summer sessions of S4’s popular study skills workshops: one for middle school students, the other for high school students. The workshops foster academic achievement by teaching students key study strategies that help them learn while…

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