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Spooky end for drive-in season

November 6, 2013
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Spooky end for drive-in season

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the fall in full-swing, the Southington Drive-in wrapped up its fourth season with its third annual Halloween Festival. Hosted by volunteers of The Southington Town wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) group, the festival featured double showings: Monsters, Inc. and the 1979 version of Amityville Horror. Attendees from Sout-hington…

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Republicans keep control; Only one charter revision question passes

November 5, 2013
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Republicans keep control; Only one charter revision question passes

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Republicans have retained control of the town, keeping majorities on the various town boards, including the Town Council and Board of Education. Though the faces may have changed somewhat, the Republicans kept a supermajority on the Town Council, with all six Republican candidates being elected. The three Democrats running…

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Quite turnout thus far for the municipal election

November 5, 2013
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By Observer staff Voter turnout at the polls has been a bit slow, officials said, but there is hope that the turnout will increase as people get out of work. “It’s kind of slow overall,” said Town Clerk Leslie Cotton. Cotton said she expected things to pick up this evening. She anticipated that about 30…

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Naugatuck teen wins Connecticut Icon competition

November 3, 2013
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Naugatuck teen wins Connecticut Icon competition

By Luke Marshall Special to the Observer NAUGATUCK — This year’s Connecticut Icon hails from Naugatuck. Alexandra Hernandez, 17, won the Connecticut Icon competition during Southington’s annual Apple Harvest Festival. She won the top prize of $1,000 and the ability to record a song at a professional studio. The competition began Sept. 21 when over…

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Tax abatement approved for Lake Compounce

November 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council recently voted to approve a five-year, 50 percent tax abatement for Lake Compounce amusement park, reducing the costs of adding new rides and attractions. During a recent council meeting, members of the Town Council all voted in favor of the tax abatement worth $4.2 million, stating…

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Southington Council chooses to go with CRCOG

November 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the consolidation of regional planning agencies in the state, the Town Council voted Monday night in approval to join Hartford’s Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), as suggested by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which is responsible for all state staff planning. “It was not an easy…

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Councilors say their farewells; Four Republicans not seeking re-election

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With Election Day just around the corner, four town councilors not seeking re-election said goodbye to their colleagues Monday night, thanking them for several years of teamwork and commitment to Southington. Four of the six incumbent Republican councilors, Louis Martocchio, Peter Romano, Dr. Al Natelli and John Dobbins, decided not…

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School board candidates debate budget cuts and student growth

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Democratic and Republican school board candidates tackled key issues on student growth, the new teacher evaluation system and budget cuts at a recent Board of Education debate. The debate was hosted by the Southington Education Association. With the implementation of the new teacher and administration evaluation systems in the state,…

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Residents get spooky for Plantsville Halloween

October 31, 2013
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Residents get spooky for Plantsville Halloween

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Lions, tigers, and other kinds of animals and creatures paraded in downtown Plantsville for its annual Halloween event. Children, teens and even adults showed off their costumes while lining up for candy during the 17th annual Halloween in Plantsville. Co-sponsored by the Village of Plantsville Association and the Southington Parks…

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Four inducted onto Wall of Honor

October 25, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Southington High School inducted four local individuals from different walks of life into its 2013 Wall of Honor Monday night. State Representatives Dave Zoni, Rob Sampson, and Al Adinolfi, presented plaques to honorees Rosemary and Jim Champagne, Karl Pytlik, and Christopher Jones—all graduates of Southington High School. The Wall of…

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