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Minimum wage goes up Jan. 1

December 30, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a press release, reminded residents that Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase effective Jan. 1, 2015 from the current rate of $8.70 an hour to $9.15 per hour. The increase is the result of a new law Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of modest increases…

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‘Refuse to Be a Victim’ course to be offered Jan. 10

December 30, 2014
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“Refuse to Be a Victim” once again will be presented by Michael Ptaszynski, MD, a certified facilitator, regional training counselor. The program will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Protect yourself and your family from today’s criminal. Refuse To Be A Victim crime prevention and personal safety seminar provides the…

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Interest grows in Connecticut DMV mobile app

December 30, 2014
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says a growing number of people are using the agency’s new mobile app to learn about real-time waits at DMV offices, get information about DMV services and conduct practice tests. First introduced in mid-September, the agency said about 2,165 users downloaded the app in the…

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Refunds available for Connecticut T-Mobile users

December 30, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will discuss how Connecticut customers of T-Mobile can claim refunds from a settlement reached between federal agencies over unauthorized charges. The Democrat is scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with Federal Communication Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the steps consumers can take.…

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The Orchards at Southington earns Green Circle Award

December 28, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Earlier this month, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protect recognized the Orchards at Southington as one of the 16 Connecticut businesses devoted to protecting the environment. The Orchards at Southington, a non-profit independent and assisted living community, was honored with a GreenCircle Award for its participation in a number…

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Man arrested for threats at JFK

December 28, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER David Klash, 49, of 173 Meriden Ave., Southington was arrested on Dec. 15 and charged with breach of peace and second degree threatening after he made some threats against school officials at John F. Kennedy Middle School. According to Southington police, on Dec. 15, the school resource officer at Kennedy…

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Tree harvest at Crescent Lake

December 27, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Thirty five acres of trees in the 200 acre Crescent Lake property in Southington will be harvested as a part of the management plan for the property. The town has hired forester Eric Hansen to oversee the tree harvesting project. Assistant Town Planner David Lavallee said about one-third of the…

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American Immigration Unit at DePaolo

December 27, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Eighth graders at DePaolo Middle School had the opportunity to participate in a week-long immigration unit that was funded by the American Immigration Council’s Community Education Grant. DePaolo Middle School teachers Debra Moreau and Kerri Fenton were awarded the grant and began to design an immigration outreach unit through the…

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Holocaust Torah to be restored by Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation

December 26, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A Torah that survived the Holocaust is being restored for its custodial synagogue in Southington for regular use in services. Candice Hall from Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation said the Torah is at least 200 to 300 years old. “It was recovered during the holocaust when so many were destroyed,” said…

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Committee voices frustration at PZC for urgent care center

December 26, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Members of the community group advocating for Bradley Memorial Hospital voiced their frustrations with the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision to permit application for the building of an Urgent Care facility on Queen Street, which they believe will compete with the Bradley’s Emergency Room. The Community Committee to Save Bradley…

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