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Survey results update BYOD program at high school

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer More than 60 percent of teachers at Southington High School who responded in a survey about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program reported that they used their own technology at least six times last year, according to the results. “That was a very encouraging sign right away,” said social…

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Cyber Knights unveil latest robot

February 28, 2014
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Cyber Knights unveil latest robot

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington High School Cyber Knights recently unveiled this year’s robot—an innovation they created within a six-week time frame. The Cyber Knights named the 120-pound robot “F-195 Knighthawk” in honor of the F-17 Nighthawk, a stealth ground attack aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, which decided to be…

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School board presents budget to finance board

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education recently presented its proposed budget before the Board of Finance, requesting a total of $87,072,005 for the coming fiscal year. This reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget of $84,233,204. The budget comes with a reduction of $187,868 from the original…

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Sewer rate increase; Residents likely to see bills go up

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Town Council voting 6 to 3 in approval of new sewer rates, local residents may see an increase in their bills. During Monday’s council meeting, Republicans voted in favor of the new sewer rates, while Democrats voted against it. The new billing system will be based on…

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Another blast of winter, snow coming toward Northeast, says AccuWeather

February 27, 2014
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Another blast of winter, snow coming toward Northeast, says AccuWeather

The beginning of March looks less than auspicious with a snow storm that will stretch 1,500 miles across the United States, according to AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports March may not come in like a lion everywhere across the nation, but winter will roar during the first several days of the month and impact more than 100 million…

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Brumback seeks 4.85 percent increase in his budget proposal

February 27, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town Manager Garry Brumback has submitted a budget proposal of $51,536,722 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015.The proposal is a 4.85 percent increase over the current budget of $45,081,001. “We believe this budget strikes at our need to maintain our infrastructure and establish programs to make sure we stay current with…

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Snow headed this direction Monday

February 26, 2014
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Snow headed this direction Monday

A lingering snow storm appears to be on the way to the east as February shifts to March, according to AccuWeatherAccuWeather.com reports March may not come in like a lion everywhere across the nation, but winter will roar during the first several days of the month and impact more than 100 million people. Early indications are…

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Lincoln College looks to give kids a smile

February 26, 2014
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Lincoln College of New England is looking to give kids a smile. On Saturday, March 1, the school’s dental clinic is offering free dental service to children ages 3 to 17. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 2279 Mount Vernon Rd, Southington. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. First come,…

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*Update Kennedy Middle School evacuated due to gas odor

February 26, 2014
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*Updated Students have returned to the school after it was deemed that the odor was not emanating from the school. According to officials, the gas leak was found to originate on Werking Street. Original Story Kennedy Middle School is currently being evacuated due to a gas order. The students are being placed on busses to…

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Southington receives road salt

February 26, 2014
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Southington has received several tons of road salt and will be able to properly maintain the roads, Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said Monday. “We received two loads (approx. 18 tons each) from International through ConnDOT and two loads from Cargill through CRCOG,” Brumback said via email. “Our current balance on hand is 275 tons…

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