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Town prepares for another snowstorm

February 4, 2014
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Town officials are already prepping for tomorrow’s storm. Beginning at midnight, the town will have all of its plow trucks out and ready. Officials will make a final decision on contractors later tonight. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter storm warning is in effect from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.…

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Impending snow could have additional ramifications, says Accuweather

February 4, 2014
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Impending snow could have additional ramifications, says Accuweather

As if the snow wasn’t enough, Accuweather said the precipitation could cause flooding.   AccuWeather.com reports as storms continue to bring heavy snow in a swath from the Midwest to the Northeast, they will also raise the potential for flooding. The immediate concern will be in portions of the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic that have recently…

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Fifth graders take over Talcott Mountain

February 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From weather patterns, to cell mutation to great white sharks, fifth graders identified as gifted and talented in the Southington school district have currently worked on a variety of projects in partnership with Talcott Mountain Science Center. Established toward the end of last year with the help of a $15,000…

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Superintendent search begins, Smith interim

February 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the resignation of Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi, the Board of Education has announced that Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith will serve as “interim superintendent” in April. “We have asked her to consider serving as our Interim Superintendent on April 11,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, adding…

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Jamie Calli Mascia named to ‘40 under 40’

February 1, 2014
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Jamie Calli Mascia named to ‘40 under 40’

By Kaitlyln Naples Staff Writer Connecticut Magazine recently released its “40 Under 40” class of 2014, and a few locals have made the list. The list is comprised of individuals who are under the age of 40 and who are making an impact through their careers and personal initiatives. Many have probably heard of, or…

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Barnes Trust gives out three grants

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust embarking on a new direction for Southington, the Main Street Community Foundation awarded $635,000 in grants to three local non-profits. The change moves the trust away from a focus solely on what was once Southington’s Bradley Memorial Hospital to…

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Councilor looks at ways to combat vandalism

January 31, 2014
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Councilor looks at ways to combat vandalism

By Ed Harris Editor A Southington Town Councilor is looking to create a taskforce that would be charged with brainstorming ideas to deal with vandalism in town, after an ice rink was vandalized for the second time in as many weeks. Councilor Dawn Miceli would like the taskforce to include people from all walks of…

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Ordinance taking STEPS; Youth Council brings proposals to Town Council

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer Matt Garry of DePaolo Middle School was just one of over a dozen students from the  STEPS Youth Council who stepped up to the podium Monday night before the Southington Town Council, proposing an ordinance that would prevent convenience stores from displaying tobacco or nicotine products in areas where underage…

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School board approves $87.1 million budget request

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education voted unanimously in approval of adopting a budget of $87,072,005, an increase of 3.37 percent from the current budget. The adopted budget for this current year is $84,233,204. During a recent Board of Education meeting, board members revisited four items in the proposed budget of…

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Heating bills might get a break, says AccuWeather

January 29, 2014
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Heating bills might get a break, says AccuWeather

Warmth is coming, but at a prices, says AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports there is good news for folks hoping for a little break on heating bills and hoping to clean up the ice and snow that has accumulated in the Midwest, East and South. However, the pattern change may eventually evolve into storms that bring heavy precipitation.…

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