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SAT is now free and part of the state curriculum

March 2, 2016
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Testing

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On March 2, Southington High School (SHS) juniors completed the first mandatory SAT examination. The SAT has replaced the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) as the annual examination for students across the state. The U.S. Department of Education approved a waiver request in Aug. 2015, allowing the SAT, a common requirement for college…

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Thieves, vandals target local graves

March 2, 2016
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Vandals have stolen three statues from the Giammatteo grave site at St. Thomas Cemetery, above.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Vandals and thieves have been targeting grave sites at St. Thomas Cemetery, with several families reporting that statues have been stolen from their relatives’ gravesites.  A string of burglaries has occurred at the cemetery since the start of the year, with four angels being reported stolen since Jan. 1. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz…

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Town opens property tax relief for elderly and disabled

March 2, 2016
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Tax relief

The town is now accepting applications for property tax reductions for the elderly and disabled. In a statement released on Feb. 24, the Department of Assessments for the Town of Southington announced that eligible applicants may now apply for the reductions. These reductions will be awarded through two programs, the elderly homeowners program and the…

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Getting a taste for world culture

March 2, 2016
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Diversity Night-Curacao-Karen (mom) and Isabelle Hoffman (lived in this country)

Isabelle Hoffman and her mother, Karen, display some of their favorite dishes from their time spent living in Curacao. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Isabelle was just one of dozens of middle school students to offer a taste of the world during the Taste of Culture event at DePaolo Middle School. Events were held last week…

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Calling all ladies: Ladies Night to benefit LISA, Inc.

March 2, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Local ladies will enjoy an evening of shopping, salsa dancing, and beauty demonstrations on Tuesday, March 8 at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ladies Night. The event will feature dozens of local vendors, performances, live auctions, raffles, food, and drinks, for a fun-filled girls night benefit. “We have some sizzling hot activities…

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Family FunFest embraces healthy living

March 2, 2016
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Family Fun-Denisa and Jason Halilaj with Bob the Minon

On Sunday, Feb. 28, hundreds descended on the Aqua Turf for the 7th annual Healthy Family FunFest. The event, sponsored by Hartford HealthCare and the Southington Community YMCA, offered five hours of entertainment and information to promote a healthier lifestyle, including wellness information from medical professionals and health screenings. Denisa and Jason Halilaj, above, visit…

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Floodplains along Pequabuck, Quinnipiac may have shifted in new FEMA maps

March 1, 2016
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is charged with studying flood risks in the United States and creating maps that depict the nature and extent of the risk borne by residential and commercial structures in flood-prone areas. These at-risk areas are generally referred to as “floodplains.” In Plainville, floodplains typically border rivers and streams. Plainville has…

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Save the date: Free Italian ices to welcome spring March 20

March 1, 2016
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Rita’s First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway will be held on Sunday, March 20. For the 24th year, Rita’s Italian Ice is giving away free Italian ice on March 20, including all Rita’s of Hartford stores. Guests are encouraged to snap a photo of their “cool treat” and share it on Instagram and…

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Southington man charged with manslaughter in fatal car crash

February 26, 2016
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Bristol police arrested and charged a Southington man involved in a two-vehicle crash that left two children dead and four adults injured last December. According to a press release from the Bristol Police Department, 26-year-old Michael Luponio was legally intoxicated while driving at an excessive speed in the area of Pinebrook Terrace on Dec. 13.…

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Sampson, Markley help found Liberty Caucus

February 26, 2016
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Republican Liberty Caucus of Connecticut
www.facebook.com/RLCConnecticut

By PAUL HUGHESREPUBLICAN-AMERICAN HARTFORD—A small band of Republicans is hoping to cultivate a grass-roots organization to grow its variety of conservatism in Democrat-leaning Connecticut. Rep. Robert C. Sampson, R-Southington, Wolcott, and Sen. Joseph C. Markley, R-Southington, and like-minded friends created a charitable organization in December to promote their shared vision of personal liberty, economic freedom and…

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