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Congressman Larson introduces new Social Security bill

August 30, 2014
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Congressman Larson introduces new Social Security bill

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Congressman John Larson recently introduced his new proposal to expand the benefits of Social Securityat the Calendar House in Southington on the 79th anniversary of the legislation. Larson expressed his frustration with the perspective that views Social Security as an entitlement. The congressman instead referred to Social Security as insurance…

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Southington police to take part in anti-texting program

August 29, 2014
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The Southington Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, has announced the kick-off of an Anti-Texting Enforcement Project, as part of the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign. This effort by state and local police will enforce Connecticut’s tough law that prohibits motorists from texting and/or using hand-held cell…

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peterdominic to host fundraiser for Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute

August 29, 2014
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peterdominic to host fundraiser for Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute

Two years ago, Peter Gulli had to say goodbye to his best friend, business partner, and the man he looked up to more than any other. That man was his father, Dominic, who passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer in 2011. “He was my best friend. I was at his ankles since…

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School officials looking at options for Strong School bee issue

August 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer A concerned parent recently addressed the Board of Education bringing a bee infestation in the field of Strong School to their attention and seeking some action to remedy the problem. Ulla Plourde, a parent of a Strong School student, questioned why the board had not taken any action to eliminate…

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Sizing up the issues; Zoni, Natelli talk about their campaigns

August 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer With fall just around the corner Democratic state Rep. Dave Zoni and Republican candidate Albert Natelli are looking for ways to reach voters before November’s election Both candidates for the state House of Representatives seat in the 81st District have been present and spoken publically at meetings spawned by citizens…

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Buckley remembered with mural, bench

August 29, 2014
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Buckley remembered with mural, bench

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington community has recently stepped up to memorialize Ben Buckley, a seven-year-old boy who passed away in January from a severe asthma attack. Ben was a second grader at Thalberg Elementary School. During the spring, there was a family fun fitness day at Crossfit Factory Square called “Buckley Strong.”…

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Teachers open new year with convocation

August 28, 2014
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Teachers open new year with convocation

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Fifty-three new staff members, including new Supt. of Schools Tim Connellan, were recognized at a convocation ceremony Monday morning that kicked off school for educators. The opening of school staff meeting in the auditorium of Southington High School included impassioned speeches, music, videos and awards to rev up teachers and…

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Community Services is seeking food donations

August 25, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer September is Hunger Action Month and Southington Community Services is seeking donations. “You know, everyone’s giving in December and that’s wonderful, but we need the whole year round because the summer’s the toughest time,” said Dave Harrington from Southington Community Services. Mark Fazzolari, who also works for the Southington Community…

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Festival hostesses inspired by the past

August 24, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s collection of Apple Harvest Festival hostesses said they always looked up to the former hostesses when they were young and hoped to one day represent Southington themselves. “You always see them in the parades and when you’re little you see them as princesses,” said Marissa Sisco. “And then…

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Southington High vo-ag student helps in Belize

August 24, 2014
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By Margaret Waage Correspondent Something new is needed sometimes to appreciate the familiar things in life. Such is the case for Southington High School Vo-Ag student Sariah Dutkiewicz. Volunteerism proved to be the vehicle that motivated Dutkiewicz, a Bristol resident, to choose to spend a big part of her summer vacation travelling to Belize to…

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