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Southington plays host to Miss Hometown; wrapping up Class of 2015 for Miss CT

April 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The final piece of the Miss Connecticut class of 2015 puzzle was put into place at Southington’s Derynoski School on Saturday night. Kaitlyn Bogue was crowned Miss Oxford in the Miss Hometown pageant. (In the Miss Hometown pageant, the winning contestant earned a title named after her “home town.” Bogue…

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Local Jewish congregation offers Seder for Passover

March 31, 2015
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to celebrate Passover on the seventh night of the holiday. Although the temple usually hosts a second night community Seder, this year, they will hold the event on the seventh night of the holiday, Thursday, April 9. The congregation’s home is in the First Congregational Church of Southington.…

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Ideal Forging update: Road closure could begin on April 1

March 31, 2015
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Ideal Forging update: Road closure could begin on April 1

Just days after the updated traffic plan, officials at Weston and Sampson have updated the time frame for demolition. Work is proceeding rapidly, so workers anticipate intermittent road closures of Factory Square/High Street on Wednesday or Thursday to allow safe demolition of the face of 66 High Street. The road would not be closed for the…

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DePaolo competes at MATHCOUNTS district event

March 31, 2015
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Schools - DePaolo Mathcounts

Six students represented DePaolo Middle School at a MATHCOUNTS district competition at the University of Hartford on Feb. 7. MATHCOUNTS is a competitive math program for highly motivated students with excellent math skills. The team is coached by Wally Bailey. From left, Brett Hunter, Justin Fontano, Abhiram Bhamidipati, Russell Hotchkiss, Tyler Bade, and Adam Hunter.

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Capital markets expert is a 6th grader at Kennedy

March 30, 2015
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Capital markets expert is a 6th grader at Kennedy

Trevor Francis of Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville won the state title in the The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) InvestWrite essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. InvestWrite challenges students in grades 4-12 to analyze an investment scenario and recommend portfolio allocations targeting short- and long-term financial goals. The competition serves as a…

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Trucking route changes announced for Ideal Forging demolition

March 30, 2015
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Ideal Forging Revised Traffic Flow

When officials met with the community in March, but a few days before demolition began at Ideal Forging, the biggest worry that seemed to echo from visitors was the traffic. Critics questioned the idea of large trucks trying to maneuver the sharp turn from Center Street onto Water Street. Concerned citizens worried about large vehicles…

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Southington Student recognized at 67th annual CT Science Fair

March 30, 2015
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Matthew Maciejewski captured first place at 67th annual Connecticut Science Fair

Kennedy Middle School student, Matthew Maciejewski, was honored as a finalist for his project, “Pore” My Way to Cleaner Water, at the 67th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University in Hamden on Saturday, March 14. eesmarts, an Energize CT program, sponsored the special award categories of alternative/renewable energy for middle and high school students; future…

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Waskowicz advances to the state finals in CT History Day competition

March 30, 2015
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AVON—Talcott Mountain Academy announced that Southington’s Zachary Waskowicz was among a list of several Talcott Mountain Academy students to advance to the state level of the Connecticut History Day Competition. On Saturday, March 7, he competed at the regional level of the competition in Torrington. Waskowicz placed second in the exhibits division. “Each student is…

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Bus-only corridor to open after 18 years of study and debate

March 29, 2015
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state…

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Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

March 29, 2015
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By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by…

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