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April 6, 2016
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MONDAY, APRIL 11 BRISTOL ‘BREATHE EASIER: TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR ASTHMA.’ 11 a.m. to noon. Learn more about the triggers, symptoms, and treatment of asthma. The Wheeler Health and Wellness Center, 10 North Main St., Bristol. (860) 584-6555. TUESDAY, APRIL 12 OTHER MANAGING YOUR DIABETES. 11 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services.…

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Adinolfi’s Proposal to increase penalties on drunk drivers moves forward

April 6, 2016
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State Rep. Alfred C. Adinolfi (R-Cheshire, Southington)

HARTFORD– State Rep. Al Adinolfi’s (R-103) bill proposal to increase penalties on drunk drivers with children in the car was unanimously voted out of the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “I am proud that we came to a bipartisan agreement on this very important piece of legislation,” Adinolfi said in a press release after Wednesday’s Judiciary…

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Opioid treatement help number is available for Connecticut residents

April 3, 2016
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Opioid abuse and addiction has become a big focus in recent months, and Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington) recently voiced his support for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services statewide 800 number. Zoni said that the service can be called by residents seeking help or information on opioid treatment and services. “I want to…

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Police kick off campaign against distracted driving: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ statewide crackdown

April 1, 2016
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Distracted Driving campaign (police)

The Southington Police Department (SPD) is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who choose to ignore Connecticut’s mobile phone laws. The joint effort—”U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”—will span through the month, from April 4 to April 30. In 2014, an…

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A grant for growing at Plantsville school

March 31, 2016
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Comm - PES veggie garden

Orchard Valley Garden Club recently awarded Plantsville Elementary School a $500 grant for their plans to create Foxy’s Vegetable Garden. The applicants were first grade teacher Regina Albee and parent partner Bonnie Plourde who plan to build three organic raised garden beds and plant vegetables that will be harvested in summer and just in time…

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Tom Chapin performs Alzheimer’s benefit for Southington resident on April 3

March 31, 2016
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Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin will perform a local Alzheimer’s benefit on April 3.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Sunday, April 3, three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin will perform in Southington to honor 61-year-old Mark Corcoran. Corcoran, a resident of Southington for nearly 20-years, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s four years ago. Chapin will perform at the First Congregational Church to honor Corcoran and his family, and to…

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Sister Marie Roccapriore named as Gold Medal winner

March 31, 2016
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Sister Marie Roccapriore from St. Thomas Church is this year’s recipient of the UNICO Gold Medal award.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington UNICO has announced this year’s recipient of their prestigious Gold Medal of Honor. Sister Marie Rose Roccapriore, M.P.F., of St. Thomas Catholic Church, will receive this year’s award. Announcing the award on March 19, Town Councilor and UNICO member Dawn Miceli called Sister Marie “one of Southington’s secret treasures.” For nearly…

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CyberKnights charge into the new season

March 30, 2016
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195 Cyberknights

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Cyber Knights Robotics team picked up right where they left off, starting the new season with a victory. The CyberKnights, (FIRST Team 195) kicked off a series of regional competitions at the New England University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, District Event earlier this month. In order to move to the playoffs…

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Southington Republican Committee elects party leaders

March 30, 2016
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Louis Martocchio was named as Republican vice chair.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Republican Town Committee (SRTC) held elections on March 22, re-electing Brian Callahan to lead the party. Callahan, who has served as Chairman of the committee for four years, said “It feels good to have a vote of confidence” from voters. The biggest change came when committee members elected Attorney Louis…

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Finance board finalizes budget

March 30, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance (BOF) held three workshops this month to determine the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. At a public hearing on March 7, the BOF opened the floor for residents to share their questions and concerns before these workshops. This year’s budget request totaled $143 million, a $4.7 million…

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