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Tunxis offering courses for ‘intellectual stimulation’

January 24, 2014
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TunxisCommunity College will offer “Bend in the River,” a series of short non-credit courses this spring for those who love to learn and experience new challenges. With no exams or grades to worry about, courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment, and are taught by Tunxis faculty and other experts in their fields. All…

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$87.3 million school board budget proposed

January 24, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi presented his proposed budget before the Board of Education during a recent budget workshop. According to the Superintendent’s Operating Budget report, the proposed budget for 2014-2015 is $87,259, 873—an increase of 3.59 percent over this current year adopted budget. The adopted budget for this…

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Southington celebrates Relay with dinner

January 24, 2014
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Southington celebrates Relay with dinner

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Relay for Life held its annual kick off recently, celebrating the town’s success of benefiting cancer research while getting ready for this year’s event. “It gets them psyched about Relay,” said Event Chair Joyce McAloon, adding that team captains and members of the Relay Committee from last year…

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Veterans honored with Quilts of Valor

January 24, 2014
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Veterans honored with Quilts of Valor

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer “Pride,” “freedom,” and “courage” are just several of over a dozen words inscribed on a quilt that Peter W. Longo of Southington received in honor of serving his country. From 1951 to 1954, Longo served in the 82ndAirborne Division, so his wife, Dolores— along with John DeMello, a family friend…

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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2014
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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the community jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond during Southington YMCA’s ninth annual Polar Plunge—all for a good cause. Transforming into one of Southington’s most popular fundraisers, the Polar Plunge event featured nine different teams made up of local politicians, school staff and officials, YMCA employees,…

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Barnes Trust awards $635,000 for three capital projects

January 24, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust has embarked on a new direction for Southington, as the Main Street Community Foundation announced the awarding of $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…

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State making more money available for school safety

January 23, 2014
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Joined by legislators, agency commissioners and school officials at WilburCrossHigh School in New Haven, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a plan to expand the School Security Grant Program as part of his legislative agenda for 2014, reported a press release from the governor’s office.  “Providing safe learning environments for our students and educators is…

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Monday snow growing more likely, says AccuWeather

January 23, 2014
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Monday snow growing more likely, says AccuWeather

As the weekend approaches, AccuWeather is saying it is more and more likely that the northeast will be hit by snow for the return to work on Monday. AccuWeather.com reports -Astorm that has a chance of bringing accumulating snow to a large part of the Northeast will occur on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The train of…

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Meet princesses at fund raising party this March

January 23, 2014
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The second annual Princess Meet and Greet will be held Sunday, March 23 at the Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Southington. There will be free face painting, balloon sculptures, nail polishing, hair creations, glitter tattoos, DJ, photos with princesses, refreshments, and a raffle. Admission will be $15 per person. For more information, contact JoAnne Salerno at…

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Possibility exists for more snow Monday

January 22, 2014
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Possibility exists for more snow Monday

AccuWeather says brace yourself for more snow next Monday. AccuWeather.com reports the next storm that has a chance of bringing accumulating snow to a large part of the Northeast will arrive on Monday, Jan. 27. The train of Alberta Clipper storms that began a couple of weeks ago will continue into next week. The storms originate…

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