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Las Vegas Review-Journal owner: Paper sold for $140 million to owner of Bristol Press

December 15, 2015
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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says it sold Nevada’s largest newspaper for $140 million and will continue managing it. New Media Investment Group paid $102.5 million earlier this year for the newspaper and several Stephens Media publications in other states. Its sale to News + Media Capital Group LLC…

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Kennedy Middle School announced November students of the month

December 14, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School announced their November students of the month. Front, from left, Jake DellaVecchia, Tyler Smith, Madelyn Lukanik, and Nadilie Germain. Back, Principal Richard Terino, Christopher Taylor, Vincent Fioriello, Griffin Campbell, Natalie Foligno, Chloe Stanish, Leah Hinckley, Lilliana Perron, Michael Maino, and Assistant Principal Susanne Vitcavage.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville announced the names of its November students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Vincent Fioriello, Madelyn Lukanik, Lilliana Perron, and Tyler Smith. Vinny is a hardworking student…

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Zoni speaks out about proposed tuition hike

December 11, 2015
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State Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington)

State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) says he has serious reservations about the proposed tuition hikes announced recently by the University of Connecticut (UConn), which would increase in-state tuition by 31 percent over the next four years for Connecticut students. “I consider myself to be a strong supporter of UConn,” Zoni said in a press release…

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Local gardeners reap the awards

December 11, 2015
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The Orchard Valley Garden Club received two awards at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut October meeting. From left, OVGC president Marge Muzyczka and Irene Langlais, chair of the garden club at Thalberg Elementary School.

The Orchard Valley Garden Club (OVGC) of Southington were honored with two awards at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut meeting in October. The local garden club received the Luckner Youth Award and the Pamela C. Hebert Garden of Youth Award, which is a New England regional award. The awards were a result of OVGC…

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Grads celebrated on Wall of Honor

December 11, 2015
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Honorees, family, and friends gather after the ceremony. Front, from left, Melanie Zissopoulos, Joan Vallee, Judy Lebel, Ricky Albert, Nancy Rama, Phillip Sirois, and Michael Graziano. Back, Bob Brown, Timmy Vallee, and Paul Sirois.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR On Monday, Dec. 7, honorees, family, and friends crowded into the entrance to the Southington High School auditorium to celebrate this year’s inductees onto the Southington High School Wall of Honor. The ninth induction class featured an artist, a Broadway producer, and a soldier that gave his life in Afghanistan. Wall of Honor…

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Students recognized for service as Everyday Angels

December 11, 2015
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Ally G's Everyday Angels

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Allyson Genovese, founder of Southington non-profit “Ally G’s Everyday Angels,” recognized several students last week for their dedication to volunteer work and giving back to their community. After a banquet for the students and their families at Zingarella’s on Dec. 2, Genovese and the non-profit’s board of directors presented seven students from…

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Sloper receives ACA accreditation: YMCA camp honored for 9th consecutive year

December 10, 2015
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YMCA Campers paddle on the waters of Camp Sloper. The local summer camp has been accredited by the ACA for the 9th straight year.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER YMCA Camp Sloper has once again received accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA.) For the ninth straight year, the camp passed evaluations of more than 300 camp standards to receive accreditation from the ACA, the nation’s only independent accrediting organization for camp operations. Staff, volunteers, and facilities at Sloper were evaluated…

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Gov. to deny firearm permits to those on gov’t watchlists

December 10, 2015
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Gov. to deny firearm permits to those on gov’t watchlists

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced his intention to sign a first-in-the-nation executive order that will allow firearm permits to be denied to those on the government watchlists. The Connecticut State Police already performs background checks on those seeking permits to purchase guns in Connecticut, based on Governor Malloy’s 2013 gun violence prevention legislation, one…

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Newbies and veterans crowned at Miss Southington

December 10, 2015
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Alyssa Anderson is crowned Miss Plantsville by Miss Connecticut Colleen Ward at Saturday’s Miss Southington Scholarship Pageant.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR There are two new faces in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship pageant system and a veteran Miss Southington to boot. Jennifer Binversie, who was Miss Southington two years ago, was awarded the title again on Saturday at Derynoski School at the Miss Southington Scholarship pageant. Another veteran of the Miss Connecticut system, Alyssa…

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Meet the Asst. Town Attorney: Jeremy Taylor talks about his experience and his new role

December 10, 2015
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Assistant Town Attorney Jeremy Taylor

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted to approve Jeremy Taylor as the Assistant Town Attorney on Nov. 23. We asked him about his experience as an attorney and what he is looking forward to the most in his new role. Q: How long have you been practicing law? A: I have been an attorney…

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