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Q&A with 80th House district incumbent Rob Sampson

November 1, 2014
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Rob Sampson

Rob Sampson is serving his second term as state Representative for the 80th District, which includes all of Wolcott and part of Southington. Rob serves on the Appropriations and Environment committees and was promoted to Republican Ranking Member of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee for the 2012 session of the General Assembly, the only freshman…

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Local youth has part in Hollywood movie

November 1, 2014
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By Mike Chaiken
Cody Pettola, 9, a student at Thalberg Elementary School, has a part in the film “The Judge.”

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor If you head out to the movie and decide to check out the film “The Judge,” you’ll may notice a familiar face from central Connecticut. Cody Pettola, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Thalberg Elementary School in Southington, is in the movie, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The…

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A record year for the Southington Drive-in

November 1, 2014
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A record year for the Southington Drive-in

by Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The recent season was a record year for the Southington Drive-in. Board of Park Commissioners Chair Michael Fasulo shared a comparison report of the Southington Drive-In’s outcome from the summer of 2013 and the summer of 2014 at a recent Town Council Meeting. According to his report, the drive-in’s total…

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Town to live stream meetings

October 31, 2014
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Town to live stream meetings

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The town is moving a step further into the digital age, as it will now offer live streaming of a few select town meetings that take place at the Municipal Center. The meetings will stream via the town’s website, Southington.org. According to IT Director Jay Baker, from now on, all…

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Sewage discussion continues

October 31, 2014
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Sewage discussion continues

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Some residents expressed concern that issues at the sewer treatment plant may not being handled properly at the Town Council meeting on Monday, despite the recent odor problem being corrected. There was some backlash when Town Council Vice Chairman Cheryl Lounsbury, who is on the Sewer Committee, acknowledged the sewer…

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Miss Southington pageant seeks contestants for Dec. 6 pageant; info meeting Nov. 8

October 30, 2014
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Miss Southington pageant seeks contestants for Dec. 6 pageant;  info meeting Nov. 8

Would you like to earn scholarship money? Do you have a passion to give back to your community and help others? Would you like to improve your self-confidence, public speaking and interview skills? Have you ever wonder what a pageant or being a part of the Miss America local might be like? Do you have…

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Poll: Connecticut governor’s race still deadlocked

October 30, 2014
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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) _ The latest Quinnipiac University (KWIHN’-ih-pee-ak) University poll shows the race for governor in Connecticut remains deadlocked. The poll released Wednesday shows Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley tied with 43 percent each of likely voters surveyed. That’s little changed from a poll released Oct. 22. Conservative petitioning candidate Joe…

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Church to hold blood drive in honor of local youth

October 30, 2014
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Daniella Blood Transfusion

By Ed Harris Editor Grace United Methodist Church is holding a blood drive Saturday in honor of Daniela Ciriello, a little girl who requires blood transfusions every three weeks in order to live. “After becoming acquainted with the family and Daniela, through some of our family, I hoped to find a way to help and…

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Youths enjoy annual Halloween in Plantsville event

October 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey
Crime ran away scared as Ethan and Tyler Owsiany, dressed as Superman and Batman, were on the scene.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The 18th annual Halloween in the Village of Plantsville drew crowds of families for a night of safe trick or treating fun. Popular costumes this year ranged from Elsa, from this year’s hit movie “Frozen,” to the classic superhero costumes like Superman and Batman. Anthony Burek was suited up as…

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Ballot proposal could open door to early voting

October 29, 2014
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Ballot proposal could open door to early voting

By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut residents are being asked to give state officials new authority to make major changes to how, when and where citizens can vote, which could open the door to all voting by mail, online voting, multiple voting days at the polls and expanded use of absentee…

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