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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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Foreign language approved at South End

June 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The first World Language Pilot Program will begin this fall at South End School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the curriculum. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our kids to be enriched,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, during a recent meeting. “That’s an opportunity that didn’t exist…

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I-84 bridge project moved to June 27

June 4, 2014
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Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the replacement of the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, carrying an average of 81,800 vehicles daily as of 2012, according to ConnDOT. The bridge superstructures…

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Winterberry promotes sustainability through garden practices

June 2, 2014
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Winterberry promotes sustainability through garden practices

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When head grower Sebby Milano began working at Winterberry Gardens in 2003, he remembers how the garden center began with one greenhouse. Eleven years later, Winterberry has “grown” into a total of three state-of-the-art greenhouses, all equipped with annuals, perennials, and a variety of fresh produce. “Our plants are very…

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Town applies for grants to fix bridges

June 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve grant applications for the deck replacements of both the West Center Street and the Spring Street bridges. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) inspects town bridges over 20-feet in length every two years. ConnDOT recently conducted inspections of…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

May 31, 2014
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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

By Ed Harris Editor Kayla Sica, a Senior Girl Scout, is working to earn her Gold Award by undertaking a project called Success at the Dog Pound. As part of the project, Kayla is looking to bring awareness to the Southington Dog Pound, its adoptions and creating a permanent donation program that will help collect…

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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

May 30, 2014
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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

Nicole Jacques Correspondent Dozens turned out at the Aqua Turf on May 21 to celebrate the achievements of a particular member of the Southington community who has been described as someone who always puts the interests of his middle school students first. Christopher Palmieri, assistant principal of DePaolo Middle School, was honored with the 69th…

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Farm offers C.S.A. program to area

May 30, 2014
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Farm offers C.S.A. program to area

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Rays of sun beamed on tomato plants all aligned in rows at Lewis Educational Agriculture Farm (L.E.A.F.) as workers prepped for the new growing season. This year marks the second year in which L.E.A.F. has provided the C.S.A (Community Supported Agriculture) program to local consumers, allowing them to buy a…

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Zoning tables application for Turning Earth facility on Spring Street

May 30, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Turning Earth is an organics recycling company partnering with Covanta Energy to build a new, $20 million state-of-the-art facility in Southington. If approved, the proposed facility on Spring Street would be the first integrated high solids anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility in the Northeast where it will recycle municipal…

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