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Cyber Knights prep for world championships

April 25, 2014
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Cyber Knights prep for world championships

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After finishing in second place overall during the New England Championship, the Southington Cyber Knights are now heading to the World Championship in St. Louis. Competing against 53 teams from throughout the region during the New England Championship in Boston, the Cyber Knights finished qualification rounds as the number one…

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Town looks to save on energy; Council votes to approve project

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council recently voted unanimously to approve an energy savings project that would bring equipment upgrades to both town and school buildings. Council members voted during a recent meeting to approve a performance contract with Noresco to move forward with the $13 million project that would bring a total…

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Kelley creates art for a cause

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From murals to handmade puzzles to holiday greeting banners and cards, students involved with the Kelley Elementary School Art Club have made a variety of projects since 2013, using their creativity for a good cause. Consisting of about 45 students ranging from first to fifth grade, the club, called “Art…

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Photographer Art Rich receives a lifetime achievement award

April 24, 2014
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Photographer Art Rich receives a lifetime achievement award

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Ten years ago, Art Rich founded the Connecticut Professional Photographer’s Association (CTPPA) Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the work of professional photographers statewide. A photographer himself for over 40 years, Rich has served as the chairman of the award’s committee, choosing recipients who not only participate in CTPPA meetings and…

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Coyotes attack dogs near Flanders Road

April 23, 2014
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Two dogs were attacked by coyotes early Tuesday morning, but the owner was able to scare the animals away before any major harm befell the dogs, police said. According to police, a man was walking his three dogs, off leash, along the old Novick Orchards, near Flanders Street, when two coyotes came out of the…

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Shape up! Spanx coming to Westfarms May 1

April 23, 2014
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Spanx, the brand that revolutionized the shapewear industry, is coming to Hartford. Connecticut’s first Spanx retail store will open at Westfarms Mall with a “jiggle-free jubilee” on May 1, 2014. In addition to its most popular shapewear styles, the store will feature something for everyone—including a variety of on-trend apparel, active, swim and a selection…

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Town to sponsor a small business marketing summit

April 23, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From Facebook to YouTube to press releases, local business owners in Southington will learn how to enhance a variety of their marketing tools during a symposium next month. Coordinated by Image Marketing Consultants and presented by the town, the Small Business Marketing Summit will take place May 1, and is…

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Hiker injured in fall at Ragged Mountain

April 22, 2014
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The Southington Fire Department rescued a hiker who fell while hiking along Ragged Mountain last Sunday morning. The hiker, who authorities have yet to name, had fallen about 25-30 feet. Twelve firefighters, entering the area via the Carey Street, came to the hiker’s aid. The hiker was packaged and carried off the mountain to Carey…

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Officials eye possible sewer expansion on Welch Road

April 20, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Town officials are planning for a sanitary and sewer pump station on Welch Road—an expansion project that would enhance the Southington’s economic development if approved by voters during referendum this fall. The goal of the project is to provide sanitary sewer service to the northwest section of town, promoting economic…

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Strong students celebrate Brazilian Day

April 19, 2014
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Strong students celebrate Brazilian Day

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Fourth graders at Strong School shook their hips with excitement while dancing the Samba last week to celebrate Brazilian Day, a presentation that has become an annual event there for the last four years. Fourth grader Jasmine Ozimkoski, who was born and raised in America, led the presentation along with…

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