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New pageant winner has ties to Bristol

April 13, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The daughter of the owners of a Bristol business is now Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. Samantha Anderson, competing as Miss Constitution’s Outstanding Teen, won the title at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday afternoon. She was one of 16 girls vying for the opportunity to represent the state at the…

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Judge launches ‘Talking Probate’ program

April 12, 2016
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Probate Judge Matt Jalowiec announced the expansion of a new program called “Talking Probate.”  Beginning on April 29, he will meet residents at the library on the last Friday of the month to discuss probate questions.

Probate Judge Matt Jalowiec announced the expansion of a new program called “Talking Probate” in Southington starting this month. Beginning in April, the judge will visit the library on the last Friday of each month to answer questions regarding the law and to discuss relevant legal topics. These sessions are aimed at residents who might…

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From elbow grease to sparkle

April 12, 2016
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There’s a lot of elbow grease involved if you want things to sparkle and shine. And the Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant is no different.   Before the doors opened to a full house at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Sunday, the hair was in transition from drab to…

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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March

April 11, 2016
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Kennedy Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March. Front, from left, Maliah Ryan, Reilly Jarvis, Gianna Wadowski, Evelyn Micacci, and Trevor Kushman. Back, Asst. Principal Susanne Vitcavage, Karter Henriksen, Samantha Sullivan, Taylor Sullivan, Skylar Longley, Evan Watson, Vincent Spizzoucco, Margaret Ritchie, Caroline Wallberg, and Principal Richard Terino.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville announced the names of its March students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Karter Henriksen, Reilly Jarvis, Samantha Sullivan, Taylor Sullivan and Caroline Wallberg. Karter, who always does his…

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DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March

April 11, 2016
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DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March. Front, from left, Alana Wherry, Shane Sullivan, Stephanie Wills, Dhespina Hilaj, Landon Colby, Kelsie Downey, and Ashna Mehta. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Jake Neuman, Natalie Pare, Veronika Gorski, Alex Partyka, Anjali Thakkar, and Principal Frank Pepe.

Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the Month for March. In sixth grade Landon Colby, Ashna Menta, and Shane Sullivan were selected by their teams. Landon is the son of Douglas and Krista Colby and received the Presidential Award last year at Kelley Elementary School. He is part of STEPS and volunteers…

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SHS seeks 2016 Wall of Honor nominations

April 11, 2016
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Last year's Wall of Honor honorees, above, with family, friends, and school officials. Nominations are being accepted for this year's class.

Nominations are underway for “A-list” alumni eligible for the Southington High School (SHS) Wall of Honor. Qualified nominees are SHS graduates that have enjoyed outstanding careers or business success, or have been honored with awards for exceptional achievement, humanitarian work, or community service. Forms are available on the Wall of Honor SHS page on Facebook,…

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CyberKnights win district event

April 9, 2016
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195 Cyberknights

Team 195, the Southington CyberKnights, again took home the winning banner at their second and final district event in early April. The Hartford District Event welcomed 40 teams from across Connecticut and Massachusetts and included many of the top New England teams. The CyberKnights finished strong after the qualification rounds. Southington earned the first place…

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Celebrating 15 years of enriching women, girls

April 8, 2016
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Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Director Dr. Mary Yuskis addresses local child care accreditation at the Main Street Community Foundation’s Wonder of Women event at the Aqua Turf last Thursday.

By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Over the past 15 years, the Main Street Community Foundation has helped women and girls realize their potential and the power they have to build strong communities through the Women & Girls’ Fund. For the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS), the fund has helped five Southington women who own and operate…

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Meet the local Outstanding Teens

April 7, 2016
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There are several young women from the area competiting for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen this week. The Observer asked the contestants some questions about themselves. Miss Connecticuts Outstanding Teen 2016 will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret, Uncasville. The competition is for girls ages 13 to 17. The stage…

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Key Club celebrates 55 years at Southington High

April 7, 2016
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Key Club members leaf through club scrapbooks during a 55th anniversary celebration on March 28.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Key Club at Southington High School (SHS) marked its 55th anniversary earlier this month. With more than 100 students involved in the international organization’s Southington chapter, the student-led group has encouraged community service, character development, and leadership since 1961. Students, staff, and former Key Club members celebrated the milestone on Thursday,…

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