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Dining and entertainment center coming to town

April 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington will soon welcome an upscale dining and entertainment center, bringing more jobs to town. Don Millard, the owner of the building on 240 Spring Street, has planned to turn the 33,000 square foot facility into a combined Bocce court and bowling alley, along with a bistro and bar. The…

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Board of Fiance approves school budget in full

April 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The finance board recently voted 5 to 1 in support of the Board of Education’s proposed budget as presented for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The school board proposed a budget of $87,072,005, which reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget of $84,233,204. “It’s just an incredible moment…

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Early Literacy Institute offered by foundation at CCSU

April 1, 2014
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Parents and caregivers throughout Greater New Britain are being offered a unique opportunity to help their children develop early language and literacy skills at a one-day, free-of-charge “Early Literacy Institute” at CentralConnecticutStateUniversity on Saturday, April 12. The event, made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain as part of its…

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Zoning to revise Plan of Conservation and Development

March 31, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Connecticut requires the Planning and Zoning Commissions of all towns and cities to revise or adopt a plan of conservation and development at least once every ten years. Currently, the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission is in the beginning stages of revising its plan, which will serve as a guide…

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New store keeps history alive through Vintage

March 30, 2014
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New store keeps history alive through Vintage

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Keeping history alive is something Amy Kline has accomplished through her store, Vintage from the Heart, located in downtown Plantsville. Specializing in exquisite vintage jewelry, hand-carved cameos and shells, Vera Bradley retired and vintage handbags, fine collectables and handmade linens, Vintage from the Heart offers a variety of items made…

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Testing new standardized tests

March 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools are preparing for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) “Field Test” scheduled to take place this spring. SBAC measures student progress toward college and career-readiness, working to develop next-generation assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to the…

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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

March 28, 2014
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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Cyber Knights won the New England FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) District event held at the high school this past weekend, for the first time, bringing home a winning banner for the fourth year in a row. After a fierce competition against 32 teams…

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Men’s Club gives donations

March 28, 2014
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Men’s Club gives donations

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Several local organizations and two local Catholic schools received donations from the Men’s Club of the Immaculate Conception Church in recognition of their contributions to the community. The Men’s Club honored the Arc of Southington, Bread for Life, St. Thomas School and St. Dominic School with donations of $250 each.…

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Possible new cell tower; Verizon looks to East Street

March 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday night in approval of a referral to Planning and Zoning for a possible cell tower on East Street. During the council meeting, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said that if the zoning approves, a Verizon cell tower will be located on East Street, which…

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Info session for Junior Miss Southington pageant April 9

March 27, 2014
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The Junior Miss Southington Scholarship Organization will hold its first informational meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Southington Town Hall, Lower Level, Main Street, Southington. The pageant will be held May 18 at the Aqua Turf in Southington. This is an open pageant for ages 5 to 16. For more information,…

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