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Melissa Ericksen-Salmon is the new Chamber of Commerce chair

July 5, 2014
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Melissa Ericksen-Salmon is the new Chamber of Commerce chair

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the past 21 years, Melissa Ericksen-Salmon has contributed to the town of Southington through a variety of volunteer projects. From volunteering on multiple committees at Flanders School, DePaolo Middle School and Southington High School while her children were students to becoming one of the first members of the Southington…

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Southington residents in Service

July 4, 2014
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Southington residents in Service

The following Southington residents are currently serving in the United States military. To have your loved one added to the list, please contact Leonard Marcheselle at the Southington Elks.   Name: Nicholas J. Augelli Rank: S/SGT Branch: ANG Duty Station: Afghanistan   Name: Aden Baume Rank: Capt Branch: ANG Duty Station: Camp Niantic   Name:…

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Lake Compounce opens Bear Creek Campgrounds

July 4, 2014
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Lake Compounce opens Bear Creek Campgrounds

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Lake Compounce may be “New England’s Family Theme and Water Park,” but now a new attraction adds to the meaning of its slogan: Bear Creek Campground. After months of planning, Lake Compounce just opened Bear Creek, a 15-acre campground that features 20 furnished cabins that hold up to 10 people…

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Demolition to begin at Ideal Forging

July 4, 2014
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Demolition to begin at Ideal Forging

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Demolition of the buildings of the abandoned Ideal Forging factory will begin soon and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The Meridian Development Partners’ plan to build 263 condominiums as well as some retail stores is known as the Greenway Commons project. “It’s going to…

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Peter Romano named new director of operations

July 3, 2014
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Peter Romano named new director of operations

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Board of Education has officially appointed Peter Romano as the new director of operations for the Southington school system. Out of a pool of 50 applicants, school officials were most impressed with Romano and felt he was the best fit for the job. The rigorous hiring process included screenings…

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Temporary parking ban this evening, due to Hubbard Park fireworks

July 2, 2014
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There is a temporary parking ban in effect along the Southington and Meriden town line this evening, due to the fireworks display at Hubbard Park. The roads affected are Meriden Waterbury Road, (route 322) from I-691 to the Meriden town line, both Sides of Craig Avenue, the west side of Gwen Road and the west…

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Farmers Market open for season; closed, however, for July 4

July 1, 2014
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The Farmers Market at Plainville High School opened on June 27. On Friday, July 4, the market will be closed due to the beginning of the holiday weekend. On July 11, the market will feature the Jay Johnson Trio band that plays contemporary jazz. Confetti’s Red Truck will be on site making honey fritters and…

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Local contestants get close to pageant crowns but don’t win

June 29, 2014
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          PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN by MIKE CHAIKEN The local representatives for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant got a glimpse of the crown. But in the end, at Saturday’s finals at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Acacia Courtney was crowned Miss Connecticut and Cynthia…

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Town offers residents a free prescription drug discount card

June 29, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Partnering with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and ProAct, Inc., the town is offering a prescription discount card to residents. The free cards are automatically being sent out to residents. The cards are not insurance related and may be used with your existing insurance. Savings are only available at participating…

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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

June 28, 2014
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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

    Central Connecticut contestants continued their run of success in the second evening of preliminary competition for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen crowns. Although the Bristol, Southington, and Plainville specific competitors did not win any preliminary competitions, contestants with ties to the towns and located in surrounding towns did well, with…

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