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Effects of Connecticut’s worsening budget woes taking shape

March 6, 2016
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Real fallout from Connecticut’s worsening budget deficit problem has begun to materialize, with negotiated pay raises for certain state workers and planned payments to hospitals put on hold this week. House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Friday he was notified by the union representing nearly 1,900 non-teachers…

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Key Club to hold kiddie carnival on March 12

March 5, 2016
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Carnival

The Southington High School Key Club is sponsoring their annual Kiddie Carnival on March 12. The event is a fundraiser for Southington Community Services. The event will be held at the high school cafeteria, from 9 a.m. to noon (snow date is March 19). Games include bowling, egg races, donut eating contests, musical chairs, snacks,…

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Burlesque finds the spotlight at SWAN Day

March 5, 2016
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Music on The Green (20)

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the chief features of the annual SWAN Day event in Connecticut is the festival’s showcase of the art of burlesque. SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now) is an all female festival of arts and music. This year’s event will be held on Saturday at Trinity-On-Main in New Britain.…

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Zoni calls for restoration of hospital funding

March 4, 2016
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State Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington)

State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) voiced his opposition today to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s suspending of an estimated $140 million in payments to Connecticut’s hospitals. Zoni called for a bipartisan legislative effort to persuade the administration to keep a commitment the legislature voted on last year. “As someone who voted to restore funding to our…

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Eversource begins service work in Southington

March 4, 2016
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Eversource will begin efforts in Southington to support a reliability project that will begin in March and continue through the summer months. The project requires Eversource to relocate its poles, beginning on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike from South End Road to Meriden Avenue. The project will include all side streets. The work will also be taking place on Meriden-Waterbury…

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Carousel in Hartford to close for week starting March 27

March 3, 2016
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The carousel at Bushnell Park will be closed for maintenance for one week, starting on Sunday, March 27. The carousel, which is managed by the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, will resume operations on Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m., and will be open for normal business hours throughout the year. Hours of operation…

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SHS students ‘Train for Tomorrow’ with local health care professionals

March 3, 2016
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Jasdeep Khalsa, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, addresses a group of SHS students at a chamber event.

By TAYLOR HARTZ and TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF WRITER More than 100 Southington High School students took the opportunity to learn more about careers in medicine last week, through the Chamber of Commerce’s Training for Tomorrow program. The program, which has partnered with SHS for years to help secure local internships for students, took a different approach this…

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SAT is now free and part of the state curriculum

March 2, 2016
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Testing

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On March 2, Southington High School (SHS) juniors completed the first mandatory SAT examination. The SAT has replaced the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) as the annual examination for students across the state. The U.S. Department of Education approved a waiver request in Aug. 2015, allowing the SAT, a common requirement for college…

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Thieves, vandals target local graves

March 2, 2016
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Vandals have stolen three statues from the Giammatteo grave site at St. Thomas Cemetery, above.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Vandals and thieves have been targeting grave sites at St. Thomas Cemetery, with several families reporting that statues have been stolen from their relatives’ gravesites.  A string of burglaries has occurred at the cemetery since the start of the year, with four angels being reported stolen since Jan. 1. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz…

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Town opens property tax relief for elderly and disabled

March 2, 2016
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Tax relief

The town is now accepting applications for property tax reductions for the elderly and disabled. In a statement released on Feb. 24, the Department of Assessments for the Town of Southington announced that eligible applicants may now apply for the reductions. These reductions will be awarded through two programs, the elderly homeowners program and the…

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