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Self-advocacy group to perform a variety show

February 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From dancers to joke tellers to singers to skits, A New Way Self-Advocacy Group will light up the stage with humor, passion and hard work during its first fundraiser called “Music of the Night”—a variety show. A New Way is a chapter of People First CT that helps individuals with…

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Town Council approves proposed STEPS ordinances

February 15, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday for two proposed ordinances on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products—one ordinance will prevent convenience stores from displaying tobacco or nicotine products in areas where underage customers can view them. The other ordinance calls for tighter restrictions on signs that advertise alcohol specials. Over…

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Zone change approved for Wonx Spring road

February 15, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5 to 2 in approval of a proposal to change the industrial zone area of Wonx Spring Road to a residential zone. After a public hearing during a recent Planning and Zoning meeting, the Commission approved the new plan of the 33-acre property,…

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Governor Malloy offers relief package to municipalities hit by salt shortages

February 14, 2014
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*UPDATED   Southington is taking advantage of a relief package prepared by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to deal with road salt shortages. Governor Dannel Malloy announced the relief package earlier today, a day after he declared a State of Emergency on the matter. “We currently have over 1,800 tons on back order with both…

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More snow expected to hammer eastern New England, says AccuWeather

February 14, 2014
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More snow expected to hammer eastern New England, says AccuWeather

Just in case you haven’t had enough snow since yesterday, AccuWeather says more is on the way. But there is also good news… AccuWeather.com report into the first part of the weekend, light to moderate snow will push from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states, but a blizzard may develop in eastern New England. The…

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State launches new tobacco training program

February 14, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 2012, the rate at which retailers sold tobacco to youth under age 18 was 12.1 percent, according to the CT Annual Synar Report (2014). By 2013, the report stated that this rate increased to 14.8 percent. “I think we just hit a plateau,” said Carol Meredith, the Director of…

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Changes to sewer billing system; Public hearing set for new rates

February 14, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted 5 to 3, along party lines, Monday to change the structure of the current sewer billing system, which will make the process more automotive, but increase sewer rates in order to make up for lost revenue over the years. “We have found that our billing…

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Barnes Museum displays Valentines

February 14, 2014
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Barnes Museum displays Valentines

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From red heart cutouts and cupids to hand-written poems to images of red roses, the Barnes Museum has displayed a variety of different Valentine’s cards throughout the month of February, featuring many of the original embossed stamped and postmarked envelopes that date back to as early as 1855. These Victorian…

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Gov. declares State of Emergency, orders state workers to stagger arrival times Friday

February 13, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today declared a State of Emergency in an attempt for the state to pursue a request to the federal government to help some municipalities in Connecticut that are experiencing road salt shortages for the remainder of this winter season, according to a press release from his office.  Today’s winter weather event…

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AccuWeather shares timeline on impact of storm

February 13, 2014
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AccuWeather shares timeline on impact of storm

The snowstorm currently underway in Connecticut has been causing trouble across the states, according to AccuWeather.   AccuWeather.com report a snowstorm is spreading in the Northeast, creating travel nightmares and widespread power outages. “An area from northwest of Washington, D.C., to east-central Pennsylvania, up to near New York City and Boston will have heavy snow, accumulating…

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