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Disturbance at Double Tree leads to Southington man’s arrest

October 14, 2014
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Disturbance at Double Tree leads to Southington man’s arrest

A disturbance at the Double Tree Hotel on Century Drive resulted in a Southington man being arrested on breach of peace charges. The suspect made things worse for himself when he verbally attacked officers, police said. John Thornton,30, of 2118 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike in Southington was arrested and charged with breach of peace in the…

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Officials look to bridge the local gap on area bike trail

October 14, 2014
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Officials look to bridge the local gap on area bike trail

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Farmington Valley Trails Council publicly announced their commitment to fill the gap in Plainville and Southington on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, which spans from New Haven to North Hampton, MA. The FVTC recently sponsored a bike ride on the trail in order to highlight the gaps in the…

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Political celebs roll in for Conn. governor’s race

October 14, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Some political heavy-hitters are coming to Connecticut to help out in the state’s close race for governor. President Barack Obama is scheduled Wednesday to appear in Bridgeport at a rally for Gov. Dannel Malloy. The Democrat is being challenged by Republican businessman Tom Foley. A new Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-ih-pee-ak) University Poll shows…

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Oil, natural gas prices confound New England

October 14, 2014
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By STEPHEN SINGER AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events _ higher prices for…

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Comments sought on public retirement plan

October 14, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials are seeking public comment on a proposed state-run retirement savings plan for private sector workers in Connecticut. Created earlier this year by the General Assembly, the new Connecticut Retirement Security Board is required to conduct a market feasibility study for the new retirement plan. The group must report its…

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Rosemary Champagne hits half century mark in hair care

October 12, 2014
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Rosemary Champagne hits half century mark in hair care

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington hairdresser Rosemary Champagne celebrated 50 years in her profession with family, close friends and clients at her salon, Hair Expo, on Friday, Sept. 26. “It feels wonderful,” said Champagne. The salon was crowded with guests in almost every chair eating and sharing stories of their local hairdresser. Collages of…

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Spooky Kingdom teams up with drive-in for Halloween event

October 12, 2014
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Spooky Kingdom teams up with drive-in for Halloween event

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Drive-in’s Halloween extravaganza will get a little spookier this year, thanks to the addition of Spooky Kingdom. “I am so excited to be partnering with them,” said Dawn Miceli, a town councilor and member of the Drive-in Committee. Howard and Bonnie Burke began running Spooky Kingdom at their Lovely…

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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

October 11, 2014
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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer In 1955, the Mother’s Club of Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ saw a need for a nursery school and successfully opened it during a time when most mothers stayed home with their children. Now, Plantsville Community Nursery School is going on 60 years of teaching three and four year…

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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

October 10, 2014
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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

The Pelletier Family of Bristol has had its fair share of scares, namely those related to their youngest son, Andre’, being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 11. Crohn’s disease, along with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating, chronic digestive diseases impacting over 1.4 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000…

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Miscellaneous listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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Miscellaneous listings for Oct. 10

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 BRISTOL AN EVENING OF FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY. 6 p.m. Held by the Salvation Army. Bristol Fire Department, Fire truck demonstration and exploration, free activity bags. The Salvation Army, 19 Stearns St., Bristol. (860) 583-4651. OTHER ‘DIAMOND RUFF.’ 7 p.m. Film by local artist Joe Young. Q&A follows. The Wadsworth Atheneum, 600…

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