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Bristol Rotary offers scholarships to area students

January 28, 2014
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The Bristol Rotary Scholarship Fund, Inc. has a scholarship program available to seniors residing and attending high school in Burlington, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, and Southington. The scholarship program was funded by the late Karl J. Schwartz, a former Rotarian and Bristol native. This year, the scholarship program will award six scholarships of $5,000 each, renewable…

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Here comes the cold… again

January 27, 2014
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Here comes the cold… again

AccuWeather is saying that the nation may experience even colder weather in the coming week. AccuWeather.com reports a blast of frigid air will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States through Wednesday and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in some communities. The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid…

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Town set to participate in Dial-A-Ride service

January 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously last week to participate in a regional grant that will help evaluate the efficiency of the Dial-A-Ride bus service, which provides transportation at no charge for residents age 55 and over as well as people with disabilities. Although the grant does not have a…

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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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