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Governor Malloy offers relief package to municipalities hit by salt shortages

February 14, 2014
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*UPDATED   Southington is taking advantage of a relief package prepared by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to deal with road salt shortages. Governor Dannel Malloy announced the relief package earlier today, a day after he declared a State of Emergency on the matter. “We currently have over 1,800 tons on back order with both…

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More snow expected to hammer eastern New England, says AccuWeather

February 14, 2014
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More snow expected to hammer eastern New England, says AccuWeather

Just in case you haven’t had enough snow since yesterday, AccuWeather says more is on the way. But there is also good news… AccuWeather.com report into the first part of the weekend, light to moderate snow will push from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states, but a blizzard may develop in eastern New England. The…

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State launches new tobacco training program

February 14, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 2012, the rate at which retailers sold tobacco to youth under age 18 was 12.1 percent, according to the CT Annual Synar Report (2014). By 2013, the report stated that this rate increased to 14.8 percent. “I think we just hit a plateau,” said Carol Meredith, the Director of…

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Changes to sewer billing system; Public hearing set for new rates

February 14, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted 5 to 3, along party lines, Monday to change the structure of the current sewer billing system, which will make the process more automotive, but increase sewer rates in order to make up for lost revenue over the years. “We have found that our billing…

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Barnes Museum displays Valentines

February 14, 2014
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Barnes Museum displays Valentines

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From red heart cutouts and cupids to hand-written poems to images of red roses, the Barnes Museum has displayed a variety of different Valentine’s cards throughout the month of February, featuring many of the original embossed stamped and postmarked envelopes that date back to as early as 1855. These Victorian…

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Gov. declares State of Emergency, orders state workers to stagger arrival times Friday

February 13, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today declared a State of Emergency in an attempt for the state to pursue a request to the federal government to help some municipalities in Connecticut that are experiencing road salt shortages for the remainder of this winter season, according to a press release from his office.  Today’s winter weather event…

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AccuWeather shares timeline on impact of storm

February 13, 2014
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AccuWeather shares timeline on impact of storm

The snowstorm currently underway in Connecticut has been causing trouble across the states, according to AccuWeather.   AccuWeather.com report a snowstorm is spreading in the Northeast, creating travel nightmares and widespread power outages. “An area from northwest of Washington, D.C., to east-central Pennsylvania, up to near New York City and Boston will have heavy snow, accumulating…

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Snow day for 1st, 2nd shift state workers today

February 13, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced in a press release he has ordered all first and second shift, non-essential state employees to not report to work on Thursday, Feb. 13, in response to winter storm conditions across the state.  State employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors for further guidance. “As conditions are predicted to intensify…

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Schools closed ahead of storm; parking ban to begin at midnight

February 12, 2014
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The coming snow storm has already caused some cancellations and a parking ban in town. Southington schools are closed Thursday, and town offices are closed for the day. An emergency parking ban will begin tonight at midnight and last until further notice.

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Former proposed Bread for Life site set for different use

February 12, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a site application for a retail and/or office space next to Derynoski School—the same location that Bread for Life initially proposed for its new facility last fall. AA Denorfia Building & Development LLC purchased the property on 296 Main Street next to…

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