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A walk in the park: 2,000 miles in 4 months

August 21, 2015
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SO 6 Mark Silva on the cliff

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The first thing you see when you enter the home of Steve and Nicole Silva is a floor-to-ceiling map of the Appalachian Trail. Around the corner, a sign hangs on the wall reading “adventure is out there”—an adventure that Steve Silva recently spent four months seeking. Just a few months after the…

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BOE candidates named for November election: Registrar will hold public lottery on Aug. 26 to decide order of names on ballot

August 21, 2015
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Southington Politics

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington Republicans and Democrats have announced their candidates for the Board of Education (BOE) for this November’s election. The BOE will see five Republicans, Brian Goralski, Colleen Clark, Patricia Queen, Terry Lombardi, and Terri Carmody run for re-election, alongside Democrat incumbents Dave J. Derynoski, Patricia P. Johnson and Zaya G. Oshana Jr.…

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Local pageant winner is headed for Hollywood: Kylie Watson will compete at NAM nationals

August 21, 2015
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Kylie Watson, a first grader at Plantsville Elementary School, is heading to Hollywood for the National American Miss pageant.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR A Southington girl is headed to Hollywood, Calif., where she dreams of winning the big crown. Kylie Watson, a first grader at Plantsville Elementary School, was crowned Miss Southern New England Miss Princess Queen at the 2015 National American Miss (NAM) state pageant in Springfield, Mass. from July 25 to 27. Kylie,…

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Enjoying summer on Southington’s rail trail

August 20, 2015
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Rails to Trails- (4)

Photos By TAMMI NAUDUS Summer vacation is winding down, but these local boys are making the most of their final days on Southington’s rails-to-trails path. The local linear park has become a destination that spans generations as locals walk, bike, and skate their way across town.

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Community Cookout to benefit SCS food pantry

August 20, 2015
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Southington Community Services
91 Norton St, Plantsville, CT 06479
(860) 628-3761

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A community cookout will provide an afternoon of healthy grilling, live music, and entertainment for all in support of Southington Community Services. Sponsored by FitLife 24/7, the Aug. 22 fundraiser will bring the community together around a good cause, raising funds for the many services provided by SCS. The event will feature…

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Finance Board announces 2015 budget surplus

August 20, 2015
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Budget

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance met on July 29 to assess the town’s current financial state. Town Manager Garry Brumback applauded the finance department, who he said “managed the budget very, very, well all year long.” Finance Director Emilia Portelinha explained that, according to projections, the town spent less than they planned. The…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Former Queen Alyssa Pappas organizes the hostesses

August 20, 2015
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Former Apple Harvest Queen Alyssa Pappas mentors another crop of hostesses as the Apple Harvest Festival Hostess Chair.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. This year’s festival (Oct. 2 to Oct 4 and Oct. 9 to Oct. 11) will include everything that visitors have come to expect, from a parade and road race on the first weekend to the…

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Judge denies motion to dismiss Hatton Meadows injunction

August 20, 2015
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Solar Panels

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The case set to determine the fate of a solar panel installation on Hatton Meadow will continue. Judge Abrams of the New Britain Superior Court issued a decision on August 11, rejecting a motion to dismiss that was filed by Southington Town Attorney Mark Sciota and Diane Whitney of Pullman and Comley,…

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Parks & Rec announces revised schedule for ‘Music on the Green’

August 20, 2015
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Music on the Green (2015)

The Music on the Green concert series takes place on Wednesdays through Sept. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on the Southington Town Green. Visitors enjoy free live music and weekly car shows. Here is the revised schedule: Aug. 26, “Darik and the Funbags,” sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Southington and Supreme Forest…

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Douglas Mearkle named Senior VP at TD Bank

August 20, 2015
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Plantsville's Douglas Mearkle was named as a Senior Vice President at TD Bank.

TD Bank recently named Douglas G. Mearkle as Senior Vice President (SVP), Head of U.S. Sales in TD Merchant Services. Based in Southington, Mearkle is responsible for the leadership and direction of TD’s U.S. Merchant Services sales organization and for overall sales force management to complement the bank’s small business and commercial suite of products.…

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