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Another title holder from area crowned

November 23, 2013
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Another title holder from area crowned

By Mike Chaiekn Editions Editor STAMFORD– High school senior Sydney West may be living in Vernon now, but the now-Miss Connecticut Teen USA had lived in Southington until earlier this year. Sydney, who was crowned on Sunday in Stamford and now attends Rockville High School, had been a student at Hartford Academy of Math and…

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Electric vehicle charging stations receive state grants

November 23, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Governor Dannel Malloy has announced the awarding of grants for 56 publicly-available electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations statewide, a major step forward in ending “range anxiety” for EV drivers, according to a press release. Funding for the grants total $135,946, which comes after a prior announcement of an agreement among…

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Schools receive security grant funding

November 22, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington has received more grant money from the state to better safeguard the schools. Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced that an additional 75 school districts, covering 435 schools, will receive funds as part of the School Security Grant Program, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act. An…

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Southington’s report card; Rallying behind early childhood education

November 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington parent Prajakta Dravid, preparing her four-year-old child for kindergarten is on her top priority list. She sends Atharva to preschool five days a week, receiving daily assessments of his language skills among other skills he must start developing before kindergarten. Although early childhood educators play a role in…

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Riccio to chair Town Council

November 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington Town Council were sworn in last Tuesday, appointing Republican Michael Riccio as the new chairman, and appointing Cheryl Lounsbury as Vice Chairperson. Riccio, who previously served on the Council in 2007, said he looks forward to serving as chairman. “I really look forward to two strong…

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Survey questions concern parents

November 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington parents expressed their concern to the Board of Education last week about a survey administered by the Southington Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) to middle school and high school students. Three parents confronted the board about the content of the survey, disappointed that they did not have the…

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Town reaches out to victims in Philippines

November 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Southington community has banded together to help out the hundreds of thousands of victims affected by the devastation. SouthingtonSOS, an ad hoc humanitarian service committee of leaders of charity organizations, churches, temples, and community-minded volunteers representing all sectors of town,…

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Attempted car break-in leads to two arrests

November 19, 2013
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Attempted car break-in leads to two arrests

Two local men were arrested by police after one of the men allegedly tried to break into an occupied car. According to police, an investigation shows that Alexander Arroyo, 22, was in the area of Eden Avenue when he attempted to pick the lock of a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. At the…

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Man arrested for sexual assault on a pregnant woman

November 19, 2013
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Man arrested for sexual assault on a pregnant woman

A local man surrendered to police after learning of an arrest warrant that included sexual assault charges on a pregnant woman. James Monahan, 29, of 50 Berlin Ave., was charged on Nov. 18 with first degree sexual assault, third degree assault, third degree assault on a pregnant person, first degree reckless endangerment and first degree…

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Chamber Wing Fest set for November 20

November 18, 2013
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Chamber Wing Fest set for November 20

The Southington Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Wing Fest competition on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Cadillac Ranch to benefit its holiday adopt-a-family project. The event features a host of area restaurants serving several wings to each patron who will later select the best wings in three categories. A panel of independent…

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