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Middle schoolers win big in STEM contest

May 5, 2016
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DePaolo 
seventh graders placed first in the state STEM contest with their app, left, called “Southington Says No!”
The app  is designed 
to give 
information for those 
battling addiction.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Three teams of Southington students took their ideas online last month, competing in the eCYBERMISSION—a web based science fair sponsored by the U.S. Army. This year, students from Kennedy and DePaolo middle schools took home three top awards at the state level, for tackling issues of pollution, road safety, and substance abuse.…

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SHS musicians perform at All-State Festival

May 4, 2016
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Music 2

Seven student musicians represented Southington High School (SHS) at Connecticut’s All-State Musical Festival last weekend. The students—three sophomores, a junior, and three seniors—practiced and performed in the all-state band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and chorus, with music students from across the state. Sara Ossias, Director of Bands at SHS, said the three-day festival is “a great…

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Town finalizes 2 open space purchases; $1 million left

May 4, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After residents voted to approve $2 million in spending for open space land in the November 2015 election, the town finalized two purchases last month. At a meeting of the Town Council on April 11, Town Attorney Mark Sciota announced the purchase of 17 acres of open space land on East Street…

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Walking in the rain to stop hunger

May 4, 2016
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SO Walk Against Hunger- (8)

Poor weather couldn’t put a damper on the event, as residents braved the rains on Sunday to participate in the annual “Walk Against Hunger.” Bread for Life hosts the event as a fundraiser for the organization that helps to feed Southington’s less fortunate residents. The event featured activities for kids, Valentine the Clown, a DJ,…

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Chamber honors locals at annual dinner

May 4, 2016
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The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce hosted their 78th annual dinner at The Aqua Turf on April 30. Executive Director Liz Hyatt awards the Chamber's "Beautification Award."

The Aqua Turf transformed into a Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday night as the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 78th annual dinner. The highlight of the evening of dancing, auctions, and awards was the presentation of a number of community awards. The chamber honored Rob Flood of Liberty Bank as the Business Person…

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Southington voters support Sanders and Trump

May 4, 2016
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Mary Cassidy checks in with James Quinn and Jessica Aszklar at DePaolo during Tuesday’s primary.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Just over one-half of eligible voters in Southington took part in the presidential primary elections on April 26. A total of 50.5 percent of voters in town made their way to the polls last Tuesday, ultimately favoring U.S. Senator for Vermont Bernie Sanders (D) as the Democratic candidate, and Donald Trump as…

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New principal picked for Southington Catholic School

May 3, 2016
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Southington Catholic School co-pastors, Father Ronald May and Father Nicholas Melo, announce the appointment of Eileen Sampiere as the new school principal, effective July 1. Sampiere is currently the principal of Corpus Christi School in Wethersfield. During her 24 year tenure at Corpus Christi, she is credited with implementing major renovations and additions to the…

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Animal Control uses social media

May 1, 2016
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Police - Animal Control uses social media

In mid-April, Southington Animal Control launched a Facebook page to help local residents find information at the local, state, and federal level. The page includes information about local ordinances, lost or found pets, and important local information. The page will also be used for presenting dogs that are available for adoption. It will contain pictures…

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Lake Compounce seeks summer workers

April 30, 2016
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Lake Compounce logo (2015)

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is seeking approximately 500 additional individuals to join their team for this summer season. Positions that are available include food and beverage, games, rides, retail, admissions, maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, as well as at Bear Creek Campground. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and be available to work…

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The show will go on: Downtown festivals get waiver from state

April 29, 2016
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Downtown festivals

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR It’s been almost two months since Town Councilors Tom Lombardi (R) and Victoria Triano joined State Representatives David Zoni and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz in front of the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford to speak in favor of a House Bill, sponsored by Zoni, that would give towns a waiver against…

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