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Connecticut State Police release New Year’s enforcement data

January 5, 2016
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Connecticut State Police release New Year’s enforcement data

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State Police responded to more accidents and issued more tickets for distracted driving and speeding over this year’s New Year’s holiday than during the same period in 2015. Increased enforcement began Thursday on the state’s roadways and ended at midnight on Sunday. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, state police say…

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Hot off the press: The Observer boasts 1 of 5 presses left in the state

December 31, 2015
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Production Manager of The Observer's press room Kevin Smalley inspects a machine while printing copies of a local publication.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Back in 1975, The Southington Observer became a source for local news in Southington, and it has enjoyed its distinction as the only local paper published and printed in town with Southington employees. For 40 years, the Observer has been rolling off the presses on Spring Street. Today, as one of the…

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Still focused on the community

December 31, 2015
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Southington Observer

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER For 40-years, The Observer has provided its readers with news of local sports, politics, education, and day-to-day life in the town of Southington. While other news sources have come and gone, The Observer has survived for four decades as a valued source of information and an important part of the community. Begun…

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The Urillos: The Observer’s first family

December 31, 2015
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Observer co-founders Anthony L. Urillo and Jennie Urillo review the first edition of the Southington Observer in Dec. 1975.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Sitting around the kitchen table in their childhood home, Susan, Marta, and Robert Urillo browsed through a stack of black and white photos from the early days of The Southington Observer. The community weekly newspaper celebrated its anniversary in December, celebrating 40 years since the first Observer rolled off the Southington presses…

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Celebrating 40 years of Southington news coverage

December 31, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR “Southington will not become a big city, nor to we want to become one,” former town planner Lawrence T. Albert said in the second edition of The Observer. “Through proper planning we can expect to attain an ultimate population of 78,000 by the turn of the century.” Southington was in the midst of…

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Silver bells? How about a whole orchestra?

December 31, 2015
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Depaolo 6th grade music students-6th grade stringed orchestra

On Monday, Dec. 21,  DePaolo Middle School students rang in the holiday break with a festive musical concert. DePaolo’s sixth grade stringed orchestra, above, regales the crowd with holiday favorites. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS CLICK TO ENLARGE

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St. Paul planning open house; placement exam Jan. 16

December 30, 2015
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St. Paul Catholic High School will host an open house next month. The scheduled date is Saturday, Jan. 9 with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. A tour of the Bristol building, meeting the faculty, and visiting the family are all part of St. Paul’s open houses and are open to all prospective students and…

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Music listings for Jan. 1

December 30, 2015
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SUNDAY, JAN. 3 OTHER CORNFED DOGS. 5 to 8 p.m. The Half Door, 270 Sisson Ave., Hartford. (860) 232-7827. TheHalfdoorHFD.com FRIDAY, JAN. 8 OTHER ENFORCER, WARBRINGER. With Cauldron and Exmortus. Webster Theater, Hartford. WebsterTheater.com

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Minimum wage going up Jan. 1

December 28, 2015
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a press release this week announced that as the result of a new law he signed last year, Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from the current rate of $9.15 an hour to $9.60 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. The change is the second in a series of…

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Children welcomed to ‘Winter Wonderland’

December 26, 2015
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Comicon-Riley McNamara plays Wii Super Smash Bros with Captain Marvel

By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From animation drawings to carousel design art to cartoon film showings, the Winter Wonderland Children’s Adventure event at the Bristol Historical Society will feature something for all children. The free event will take place on Monday, Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a variety of…

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