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Eating contests highlight Apple Harvest Festival

October 11, 2013
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Eating contests highlight Apple Harvest Festival

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Contestants of all ages kept their mouths wide open and their stomachs growling during the apple pie and the apple fritter eating contests at the 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival. On Saturday, registered participants competed on the main stage to claim their title, stuffing their mouths until they could no…

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Town welcomes new zoning officer

October 10, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission recently appointed Matthew Reimondo, a retired police chief of East Hampton, to the position of zoning enforcement officer. Town Manager Garry Brumback and members of the Town Council welcomed Reimondo during a recent council meeting, applauding his long-time experiences in law enforcement. Reimondo served…

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Apple Harvest Road Race results

October 9, 2013
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Apple Harvest Road Race results

Apple Harvest Road Race Sunday, Oct. 6 5 miles, 359 runners At Southington Top Male Finishers—1, Chris Rosenberg, 25:26; 2, Jim Rosenberger, 26:59; 3, Alex Dunn, 27:48. Top Female Finishers—1, Kelly Browning, 35:03; 2, Ashley Bascetta, 35:16; 3, Tori Cronin, 35:25. Dave Gworek Award (top Southington finisher)—Male: Jim Rosenberger, 26:59. Female: Jennifer Manware, 36:50.  …

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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

October 7, 2013
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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation welcomes the public to its fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala on Friday, Oct. 25. With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” the event gives attendees an opportunity to dress in their favorite sports gear and apparel while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees. The…

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New names set for Wall of Honor

October 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School will soon induct four local individuals from different walks of life into its Wall of Honor. Two of the honorees are Rosemary and James Champagne, who remain active in local community service projects including Relay for Life. When the Champagnes found out that the Wall of Honor…

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School board against BFL proposal

October 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Citing safety concerns, the Board of Education has gone on record against the Bread for Life proposal to establish a new home next to Derynoski Elementary School. “We do not support the proposal,” Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said at last week’s school board meeting. “Our priority will always be…

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Apple Valley AARP named 2013 Chapter of the Year

October 4, 2013
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Apple Valley AARP named 2013 Chapter of the Year

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From collecting donations for the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and troops overseas to donating used books to the American Legion Auxiliary to funding two annual $500 scholarships for local graduating seniors, the Apple Valley Southington Chapter of AARP Connecticut has served all members of the community, young and old. The…

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Bobcats sighted around Southington

October 4, 2013
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Bobcats sighted around Southington

By Ed Harris Editor Several residents have reported seeing a bobcat prowling around town the last few weeks. Michelle Allaire was on the phone with her sister when she noticed the animal sitting in the garden at her Lazy Lane home. “The bobcat was just sitting there, blending right in as if it belonged there,”…

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Working on the phosphorus issue; Brumback chairs coordinating committee

October 4, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) met with Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback and other municipal water pollution control authorities of surrounding communities on Monday to take the next step in reducing phosphorus levels of non-tidal surface waters from municipal wastewater treatment plant discharges. This collaborative approach stems…

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Council creates Beecher Street subcommittee

October 3, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In response to the public outcries against the proposed selling of the Beecher Street property during a public hearing last month, the Southington Town Council created a bi-partisan “ad hoc” subcommittee to obtain additional information before making a final decision on the former home of the school system’s administrative offices.…

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