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Chamber hosts Town Council candidate debate

October 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Republicans and Democrats running for Town Council came face-to-face last week during the first Q&A session, hosted by the Southington Chamber of Commerce. Both parties addressed key issues of the town, including property taxes, open space and the environmental cleanup of superfund sites. However, Republican and Democratic candidates shared opposing…

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Dogs support cancer research with Bark for Life

September 30, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The American Cancer Society welcomes all dog lovers and their canine friends to the annual Southington Bark for Life next month. Bark for Life gives dog owners an opportunity to raise money for the fight against cancer since Relay for Life prohibits dogs from participating in the walkathon. The event…

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Preschool children walk to raise funds for MS

September 29, 2013
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Preschool children walk to raise funds for MS

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Preschool children and staff members of Giggles and Grins Child Care Center held a walkathon last week to support and raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). About 20 children and seven staff members gathered together with their orange shirts, walking a mile around the neighborhood with flags bearing the sign,…

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Paranormal research group to present at library

September 28, 2013
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Paranormal research group to present at library

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Nicole and Angel Ortiz, conversations about spirits and the afterlife do not just take place on Halloween. They think about the afterlife nearly 24/7 because they are the members and founders of CT Soul Seekers, a paranormal investigation and research group based in Naugatuck. “It is a huge part…

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It’s time to make the apple fritters

September 28, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer If asked what is one highlight of the Apple Harvest Festival that draws thousands of visitors to the event every year, residents and non-residents of Southington will say, “Apple fritters.” The old-fashioned desert, coated with a cinnamon topping, brings a line full of visitors too long to count, and volunteers…

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State trooper honor with highway rest stop sign

September 27, 2013
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State trooper honor with highway rest stop sign

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The local community gathered with state officials last week to commemorate and honor an auxiliary trooper who sacrificed his life while in the line of duty. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, along with State Representative Al Adinolfi and at least 40 law enforcement officers, unveiled a ceremonial sign in the rest…

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CCRPA receives federal funding

September 26, 2013
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U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT) announced in a press release $44,758 in federal funding for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA). The grant, awarded through the Economic Development Administration, aims to strengthen investment and job creation in Central Connecticut by supporting an update to the CCRPA’s comprehensive economic development strategy, said the news…

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Southington school receives state grant money

September 26, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi is appreciative of a recently announced state grant that will allow for better security at ALTA, but he was hoping to receive enough grant money to increase security measures at all of the schools in the district. He is hoping further funding comes from a…

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Soldier returns home, surprises children

September 26, 2013
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Soldier returns home, surprises children

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Madison Howes, a third grade student at Flanders Elementary School, took part in a reading celebration with her classmates and teachers on Monday. This was one of many reading celebrations in which students share their favorite books with a reading buddy. When one of the reading teachers chose Madison to…

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Southington’s Miceli appointed to state board

September 25, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Face of Connecticut Steering Committee has appointed a new member familiar to Southington: Town Councilor Dawn Miceli. The Face of Connecticut Steering Committee has 12 members statewide who review and allocate funds to preserve farmland, historic preservation, open space and affordable housing. House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, who represents…

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