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Apple Harvest Festival will stage a Battle of the Bands on second weekend

April 7, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A new kind of entertainment will enter the Apple Harvest Festival lineup this fall—a Battle of the Bands. Musicians of all genres are welcome to show off their talent on stage, competing for a grand prize of $300. Whether it be metal music, hip-hop, or a cappella, event coordinator Bonnie Sica hopes…

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Southington unveils new plans for local farm land

April 6, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There’s a new committee in town, focused on using farmland that the town has purchased as open space. As part of a broad plan to help maintain farming property in Southington, the newly established Farm Heritage Committee (FHC) is looking for a non-profit organization to farm town-owned land off of Belleview Avenue.…

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BOF unanimously approves budget

April 6, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance (BOF) was in full agreement on March 30, casting four unanimous votes to approve next year’s budget. The board voted on the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 by dividing it into four parts – general government, Board of Education (BOE), animal control, and sewer funding. The unanimous votes…

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Can you use is in a sentence? Cartwright wins town wide spelling bee

April 6, 2016
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Spelling Bee- Winner-Kent Carnright from Hatton 5th grade (4)

Kent Cartright spelled it out carefully, “I-L-L-E-G-I-B-L-E,” and officials countered, “We’ve got a winner.” Cartright, a fifth grader from Hatton School, outlasted a dozen fifth and sixth grade students from across the town, including sixth place runner up Logan Miller from Southington Catholic, during the Southington Town Wide Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 29 in…

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Casale game is still going strong

April 6, 2016
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On Wednesday, March 30, school officials, teachers, administrators, and fans crowded the Derynoski Elementary School gym for the annual Michael Casale Memorial basketball game. Everyone was a winner since all proceeds benefit an annual scholarship fund. Photos by BRIAN JENNINGS Click to enlarge

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Health listings, starting April 8

April 6, 2016
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MONDAY, APRIL 11 BRISTOL ‘BREATHE EASIER: TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR ASTHMA.’ 11 a.m. to noon. Learn more about the triggers, symptoms, and treatment of asthma. The Wheeler Health and Wellness Center, 10 North Main St., Bristol. (860) 584-6555. TUESDAY, APRIL 12 OTHER MANAGING YOUR DIABETES. 11 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services.…

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Adinolfi’s Proposal to increase penalties on drunk drivers moves forward

April 6, 2016
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State Rep. Alfred C. Adinolfi (R-Cheshire, Southington)

HARTFORD– State Rep. Al Adinolfi’s (R-103) bill proposal to increase penalties on drunk drivers with children in the car was unanimously voted out of the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “I am proud that we came to a bipartisan agreement on this very important piece of legislation,” Adinolfi said in a press release after Wednesday’s Judiciary…

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Opioid treatement help number is available for Connecticut residents

April 3, 2016
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Opioid abuse and addiction has become a big focus in recent months, and Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington) recently voiced his support for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services statewide 800 number. Zoni said that the service can be called by residents seeking help or information on opioid treatment and services. “I want to…

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Police kick off campaign against distracted driving: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ statewide crackdown

April 1, 2016
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The Southington Police Department (SPD) is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who choose to ignore Connecticut’s mobile phone laws. The joint effort—”U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”—will span through the month, from April 4 to April 30. In 2014, an…

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A grant for growing at Plantsville school

March 31, 2016
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Orchard Valley Garden Club recently awarded Plantsville Elementary School a $500 grant for their plans to create Foxy’s Vegetable Garden. The applicants were first grade teacher Regina Albee and parent partner Bonnie Plourde who plan to build three organic raised garden beds and plant vegetables that will be harvested in summer and just in time…

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