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March for Babies coming up in New Britain; Plymouth couple tapped as 2014 Ambassadors

April 15, 2014
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On Sunday, May 4 at WalnutHillPark in New Britain, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together to March for Babies—the March of Dimes walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs…

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Moose sighted in Southington

April 15, 2014
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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued an alert to motorists about a reported moose sighting in Southington. The moose was spotted on West Street near Interstate 84, and was last seen entering a swamp area that abuts the highway, according to the alert. “Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because…

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Keynote speaker announced for Armenian Genocide Commemoration April 26

April 15, 2014
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Keynote speaker announced for Armenian Genocide Commemoration April 26

Ruth Thomasian, a photograph archivist and historian, will be the keynote speaker at the annual 99th Armenian Genocide Commemoration which will be held in the House Chambers at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m. The announcement was made by State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol), chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration…

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Renaldo’s celebrates 35 years in the pizza business

April 13, 2014
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Renaldo’s celebrates 35 years in the pizza business

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Renaldo’s Apizza & Pasta Restaurant, it has been a long journey of 35 years. Once comprising a small part of the property when it first opened, the Italian restaurant, located at 378 North Main Street, has undergone expansions, as the business grew from take-out only to take-out, sit-down and…

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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

April 12, 2014
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Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger gives a talk at the Summit at Plantsville

By Ed Harris Editor Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger recently spoke to a small crowd at The Summit at Plantsville, talking about underwear, his large family that includes 13 brothers and sisters, trips to church and goofy thoughts. In the end, everything came together and offered tips on succeeding and getting ahead. “Get rid of your goofy…

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10 years of ‘Imagine Nation’ and enhancing creativity

April 11, 2014
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By KAITLYN NAPLES STAFF WRITER Although 10 years ago, there were only a few educational programs available at the Imagine Nation Museum, the programs always have been created with the idea in mind that they would provide a vehicle that would enhance children’s imagination and creativity as they learn at the same time. Now those…

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Zoning approves subdivision on Loper Street

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in approval of an application for a six-lot subdivision on Loper Street, while discussing the possibility of adding sidewalks in the plan. During a public hearing at a recent Planning and Zoning meeting, Stephen Giudice, the owner of Harry E. Cole & Son…

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Southington Genealogical Society celebrates 30 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Carolyn Mansolf’s family has connections to the town of Southington that date back to the 1700s. Growing up in the “city of progress,” Mansolf said she always knew her family had a history with the First Congregational Church, but never knew how or when it started. “My mother always told…

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Brass blast returns; Looking for Guinness World Record

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Last year, the 2nd Annual Southington Brass Blast brought about 300 brass instrument players together, all from different towns and generations for one goal, to support children and music education. “It’s a universal experience for folks,” said Erik Semmel, who organizes the brass festival. “Multi-generations all come together.” Since 2012,…

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Cox retires after 20 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving as the Director of Operations for 20 years in the Southington school district, Fred Cox has decided to retire at the end of the school year. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Southington Supt. of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi announced the retirement of Cox, catching the Director…

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