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Judge comes to a final decision in the Hatton Meadow case

January 20, 2016
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Solar Panels

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After nearly 8 months, a final decision has been made to allow the installation of a solar panel array on the meadow neighboring Hatton Elementary School. On Jan. 13, Judge Robert E. Young of the New Britain Judicial Court brought an end to the lengthy battle between the Town of Southington, Greenskies,…

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Hawks Landing development rights purchased as open space

January 20, 2016
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Hawks Landing CC

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Last November, Southington residents showed their support for $2 million in spending for open space property and development in Southington. A majority of residents voted “yes” on a referendum item that appropriated the funding for costs related to the acquisition of open space in the last election—including the costs of easements, interests,…

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ASPCA issues winter weather reminders for pets

January 20, 2016
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With a major winter storm threatening much of the East Coast, the ASPCA is reminding pet owners that cold weather conditions can be particularly dangerous for pets. Below are safety tips pet owners should keep in mind as the temperature drops and the snow piles up: Never let your dog off the leash on snow or…

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‘King Kong’ will wait a weekend due to impending snow

January 20, 2016
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The screening of ‘King Kong’ this weekend, which is part of the Hollywood at the Bijou movie series presented by The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, has been postponed to next weekend due to the impending snow storm. The movie will be shown next weekend, Jan. 29 and 30, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and…

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Council makes 4 appointments to boards and commissions

January 20, 2016
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Town of Southington

The Town Council made four appointments to town boards and commissions during their Jan. 11 meeting. Connie Proll was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Senior Citizens Commission until March 2018. Chris Shanley-Buck will serve a three-year term as a Board of Ethics alternate. Joe LaPorte will join the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)…

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Students perform at Hatton

January 20, 2016
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students perform at Hatton Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  The school’s orchestra showcased their talents throughout the day, with a daytime concert for students, above, and evening concerts for parents, families, and friends by the school’s orchestra and band.

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Go jump in a lake: The 2016 Polar Plunge sets records

January 20, 2016
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Members of the ‘Leaping Ladies’ survive the chilly waters at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16 during the annual Polar Plunge. Scores of brave locals leapt into the lake during the event that raises money for camp scholarships. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As five women in pink shirts and brightly colored tutus stood shivering on a dock at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16, YMCA Executive Director John Meyers shouted the encouraging words, “Remember, it’s all for the kids.” Hundreds of brave volunteers participated in the 11th annual Polar Plunge last weekend, fundraising…

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Animal Abuse – Advocates backing animal abuse registry in Connecticut

January 20, 2016
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Advocates for domestic violence victims and those supporting animal rights are teaming up to support the latest proposal for a public registry in Connecticut that would identify people who abuse animals. The two groups contend those who abuse animals should be singled out because they’re more…

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Winners crowned for fire prevention poster contest

January 19, 2016
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Fire - SFD Poster Contest

The Southington Fire Department announced the local winners of the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Ava Agan and Joscelyn Spinelli were Southington’s 2015 winners. Spinelli’s poster was chosen as a Hartford County winner. The annual contest is for open to students across the state in grades 4 and 5. Contestants are challenged to create a…

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Petits offer grant for STEM study

January 18, 2016
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The Petit Foundation awarded a grant to the Southington Public Schools on behalf of Kennedy Middle School teacher Nancy Wasserman, paraprofessional Spencer Richards, and district science coordinator John Duffy. The grant will be used to support the “Engineering Our Circulatory System” unit of study for all seventh grade students. Students will create 3D working models…

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