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Open hearing continues for Loper Street plans

March 24, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Residents lined up to speak at a March 15 public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The topic of conversation was a 72-lot subdivision planned for Loper Street. Residents were asked to voice their opinions about the two types of subdivisions being considered for the area—a conventional subdivision, with homes…

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United Way celebrates Hometown heroes

March 24, 2016
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At their annual meeting at the Aqua Turf on March 17, the United Way of Southington honored three local residents as Hometown Heroes. From left, Kate Sirignano, Dave Salvatore, and Melissa Sheffy.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Some people were still milling around the auction tables at the back of the Aqua Turf and others were finishing their meals when United Way President Jack Eisenmann stepped to the stage to quiet the room. On Thursday, March 17, most of the world was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in various ways, but…

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Residents gather for ‘Peace Rally’ to protest hate flyers

March 24, 2016
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Local residents, clergy, and town officials, left and above, gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church to protest the recent discovery of racial propaganda  on fliers in Southington.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The chant rang out from a group of more than 50 people gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church. “No place for hate,” they began to chant, and their cries quickly drowned out the hum of nearby traffic. On Saturday, March 19, a small crowd of local residents and clergy huddled…

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Town considers inexpensive repairs for residential roads

March 23, 2016
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Cracks in the pavement are still evident on Meander Lane, above, after the recent chip seal repairs were made to the street. Town Manager Garry Brumback is expected to support a different treatment on Pattonwood Lane when he presents his findings from three test sites at Pattonwood Lane, Meander Lane/Little Fawn Road, and Hilltop Drive.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an attempt to repair cracking roads throughout Southington, the town tried out three types of “chipseal” as part of a pilot project for pavement preservation. Chipseal is a pavement surface treatment that combines asphalt and aggregate to repair roads. After testing three options, Town Manager Gary Brumback said his top choice…

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Council approves policy for alcohol on town property

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted at their last meeting to approve a new policy for alcohol on municipal property. In an 8-1 vote, with Democrat Chris Palmieri opposing, the council approved the sale and consumption of wine and beer at the library, the Barnes Museum, the Calendar House, Gura Building Arts Complex, and…

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Grand List increased by 1.92 percent

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When totaling up this year’s Grand List, Southington completed a reassessment of the entire town in addition to evaluating new construction. Adding up real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property assessments, the town released a grand net total of $3.9 billion in taxable assets. The Department of Assessments used the Grand List…

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A way to help children and get rid of your old computer

March 22, 2016
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Not sure what to do with that old, outdated or nonworking computer or laptop? Planting Pencils, a Connecticut based education charity, has formed a partnership with ReBoot Computers in Bristol to collect and refurbish old computers for underserved children. The charity has been collecting school supplies such as pencils, pens, notebooks and calculators. However, the…

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Vocal fellowship offered by Bushnell for HS singers

March 22, 2016
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DePaolo Middle School’s students of the month for May. Front, from left, Emma Panarella, Madison Chapman, Jordyn Rogala, Brycen Kennedy, Lauren Scarpa, Jada Vercosa, and Maya Wroblewski. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Luke Meade, Rachel Possidento, Abigail Abram, Megan Mikosz, Jolene Lacasse, and Principal Frank Pepe.

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is now accepting applications for audition for their Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship Program. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship is a full-scholarship vocal program for a select number of very talented and highly motivated high-school-age singers interested in classical and theatrical music. Fellows receive a stipend to cover their professional vocal…

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St. Paul to present musical, ‘Rags;’ ticket sales begin March 29

March 22, 2016
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This year St. Paul Performing Arts presents a chance to see the 1986 Broadway musical, “Rags.” Set in 1910, “Rags” follows the story of Rebecca, a young Russian immigrant mother, arriving in America with her son, David, and forced to work in a sweatshop to survive while she endeavors to find her husband. The joy…

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Tilcon proposal adds open space to Crescent Lake

March 18, 2016
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By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Tilcon Connecticut is seeking approval from state lawmakers to lease city-owned watershed land for gravel mining over 40 years—a proposal that would give additional acres of open space land to Plainville, New Britain, and Southington. In late February, Tilcon presented the details about the proposal during a pair of public forums. Tilcon,…

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