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Office and retail approved on West Street

February 23, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Planning and Zoning Commission recently voted unanimously in approval of a plan for an office and retail center on the West Street business zone. Lovley Development, Inc., in Plantsville, proposed for a mixed use development of multiple buildings at 1095 West Street next to the UConn Medical Center and…

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Planting the way for the return of the monarch

February 22, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Eric Stegmaier’s love for flying creatures and aviation inspired him to start a butterfly garden last year in his new Southington home. As a local artist, looking at nature’s beauty served as a creative source for Stegmaier, who paints in his free time when not working as a senior conservation…

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After Jitters, local businesswoman looks to keep the community in ‘The Loop’

February 22, 2014
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer After about a year-and-a-half since Jitters Café burned down, Shirley Bloethe, the owner, has a new venture that echoes what she did at Jitters, and then some. As of a few weeks ago, Bloethe took over the former RockWell’s Dance Hall and turned it into “The Loop.” She isn’t changing…

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Students to compete in the Science Bowl

February 21, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kennedy Middle School in Southington is one of over a dozen other schools in the state facing off in the National Science Bowl regional this weekend. A team of four students from Kennedy will compete on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, answering a variety of…

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Soldier surprises son with his return

February 21, 2014
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Soldier surprises son with his return

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Five-year-old Jackson Musshorn thought he was just playing an improvised game with his peers one day in the gymnasium of the Southington YMCA until an unexpected visit showed up. While standing in the middle of a circle with a blindfold on, Jackson, who was participating in the YMCA’s Amazing Kids…

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Raw government data to be released via executive order of governor

February 20, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced in a press release he has signed an executive order that will result in widespread amounts of raw government data to be collected, placed on the internet, and shared with the public in a major effort to increase transparency and provide a useful database that can be utilized by…

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Mount Southington’s Winter Carnival is Saturday

February 19, 2014
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Mount Southington is hosting its Winter Carnival Saturday, Feb. 22.  Enjoy the atmosphere with food on our outdoor deck and great music by DJ-Butch Gray. The highlight of the day is the Cardboard Box Race.  Guests can line up at 3 p.m. at the base of the Thunderbolt Trail to have their vehicles judged by…

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Southington is running low on road salt

February 19, 2014
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Southington was not among the municipalities that were able to secure road salt from the state, thanks to a relief package proposed by Governor Dannel Malloy. Though the town was able to acquire some road salt from a backup contractor, there could be issues if the town does not receive more. “We are expecting more…

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Gov. Malloy speaks to the Rotary

February 19, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Gov. Dannel Malloy was a special guest speaker at a gathering of the Southington Rotary Club last week.

By Ed Harris Editor Education, jobs and taxes were the main topics of a speech Gov. Dannel Malloy gave to the Southington Rotary Club last week. Many of the ideas Malloy talked about are included in his proposed budget for the state. One of the Rotarians had connections with Gov. Malloy’s office and was able…

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First the snow, then the aftermath

February 18, 2014
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First the snow, then the aftermath

As if the snow wasn’t enough to worry about, wait for its follow-up, reports AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com report in addition to the warmup bringing a break from winter this week, rain and rising temperatures will also bring the potential for flooding and roof collapses. Temperatures will climb into the 40s over much of the Upper Midwest, New…

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