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Hispanic Heritage Celebration held Saturday by Queen Ann Nzinga Center

October 6, 2015
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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will present a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. with free food, dancing, live music, storytelling, games, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways. Beginning at 1 p.m., visitors to the Stockman Gallery at Trinity-on-Main, 19 Chestnut St., New Britain, may visit a variety of booths…

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Eversource issues scam alert

October 6, 2015
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For popular eateries, like the Popover Bakery and Café in Simsbury, weekend business is their “bread and butter.” So when one of the owners at Popover recently got a phone call from someone claiming to be from Eversource, threatening to shut off their power in two hours unless they made an immediate payment, she panicked.…

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Imagine Nation brings all kinds of family fun to the farm

October 3, 2015
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and a scarecrow shindig are just a few of many fun activities to be featured during Family Farms Day next month. Hosted by Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, Family Farms Day will take place at Roberts Orchard this Saturday (Oct. 3) from 11 a.m. to…

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Boissonneault to be honored at Leading Ladies luncheon

October 2, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Leading Ladies organization will host their annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 16, bringing local women together for an afternoon of recognition and encouragement. Now in its 15th year, the luncheon began as a way to empower women who are active in the Southington community. Each year, the group sets aside an…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Joanne Salerno just loves the Apple Harvest parade

October 2, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Judge reaches a decision on phase 1 of Hatton court case

October 1, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Earlier this week, Judge James Abrams of the New Britain Superior Court ruled that the Town of Southington violated their own zoning regulations by not applying for a special permit before approving the solar-panel project for Hatton Meadow. The decision came in reaction to the town’s Power Purchase Agreement with Greenskies LLC…

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Gov issues warning about hurricane; offers tips on preparedness

October 1, 2015
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Gov issues warning about hurricane; offers tips on preparedness

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today said that with Hurricane Joaquin currently forecast to impact the east coast over the next several days, he is asking Connecticut residents to closely monitor the storm’s path and be prepared for severe weather conditions.  The Governor continues to work with state emergency management officials to monitor the storm and…

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When you Make-A-Wish upon a star

October 1, 2015
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Daniela Ciriello is all dressed up and ready to go on a Disney Cruise. The Southington princess was presented a family trip by Make-A-Wish.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When it came time to interview 3-year-old Daniela Ciriello, she pulled up a chair and said “Now, let me tell you all about Mickey Mouse.” Dressed in a floor length Little Mermaid gown and a three-tiered tiara, the wide-eyed brunette danced with excitement around the room as her parents answered questions for…

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SEF Gala at the Turf

October 1, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Locals packed into the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25 for the 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala. The event featured a live auction and a silent auction to raise funds for the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). All proceeds raised from the event will be used to support SEF’s commitment to…

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Apple Harvest Gala marks the start of the festival season

October 1, 2015
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Apple Harvest Festival Coordinator Jim Champagne and Apple Harvest Hostess Chair Alyssa Anne Pappas, left, shower the 2015 Apple Harvest Festival Queen Rebecca Caisse, center, with her crown, flowers, and sash during the annual Apple Harvest Gala on Thursday, Sept. 24. The annual gala kicks off the local festival.

By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The changes of the fall season are upon us, but one thing remains constant in the town of Southington. The tradition of the Apple Harvest Festival will be in full swing beginning this weekend. The unofficial start came on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the annual Apple Harvest Gala at the Aqua Turf.…

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