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On social media: Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

September 26, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring…

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Connecticut charging up battery recycling efforts

September 26, 2014
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Connecticut charging up battery recycling efforts

By PAUL SINGLEY The Republican-American WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut residents have approximately 3.7 million alkaline and rechargeable batteries that have reached the end of their lifespans. An overwhelming majority of those dead batteries won’t get recycled _ they will be tossed in the trash. That could change soon. Connecticut is charging up to become…

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Green community; Town looks at renewable energy

September 26, 2014
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Green community; Town looks at renewable energy

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council heard from representatives from a few energy companies regarding plans to make Southington a greener environment and in the process save a few tax dollars at an energy summit led by Assistant Town Engineer Annette Turnquist Monday night. “We are the first town in the state of…

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Foley calls for cap on Connecticut car taxes

September 25, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says there should be a cap on local taxes paid for vehicles, a component of his proposed urban agenda. Appearing Wednesday in New Britain, the Greenwich businessman said he would push to limit the tax to 30 mills. One mill is equal to $1 for every…

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Dogs help fight cancer with Bark for Life

September 25, 2014
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Dogs help fight cancer with Bark for Life

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Dog owners have the opportunity to include their pets in the fight against cancer through the Southington Bark for Life event, which supports cancer research, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Southington Drive In. Three years ago, the American Cancer Society invited Southington’s Relay for Life group to establish a…

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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

September 25, 2014
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Plantsville’s The Sawtelles perform in benefit Saturday

A Common Ground Community Center For Art and Dance is proud to welcome The Sawtelles, from Plantsville, as the featured performers at its monthly benefit coffeehouse on Saturday, Sept. 27. Husband and wife duo the Sawtelles are a balance of four elements, alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop…

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In the state: 7 hospitals join Conn. alliance to coordinate care

September 25, 2014
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In the state: 7 hospitals join Conn. alliance to coordinate care

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Five health care systems that operate seven hospitals in Connecticut are forming an alliance intended to help coordinate care, improve efficiency and reduce costs. The Value Care Alliance includes Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk hospitals and Griffin Hospital in Derby, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Middlesex Hospital in Middletown…

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US TV reporter quits on air to promote marijuana

September 25, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she…

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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

September 25, 2014
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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brides to be on a budget, who also want to help in the fight against breast cancer, have an opportunity this weekend to fulfill both desires. Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns— with the proceeds directly going towards programs and services…

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Students weigh in on new tech policy

September 25, 2014
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Students weigh in on new tech policy

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School student representatives shared the student body’s satisfaction with the Board of Education regarding the new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. The new technology policy, implemented at the high school this year, allows students to use their own electronic devices in the cafeteria and in the library.…

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