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Connecticut ex-governor convicted of new crimes

September 21, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment for work on two congressional campaigns. Rowland, once a rising star for the Republican Party, served 10 months in…

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Community involvement; Apple Harvest Road Race attracts all ages & abilities

September 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer John Myers has already heard the rumors trickling down through running circles, and the talk never fails to bring a smile to his face. Plainville Elementary School is gearing up for their second title defense in the annual Y-Cup competition at the Apple Harvest Road Race, but other schools are…

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Local leaders to take part in Banned Book Week event

September 21, 2014
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Local leaders to take part in Banned Book Week event

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Library is once again hosting a slate of local leaders to celebrate Banned Book Week. Banned Book Week runs from Sunday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 27. The event will showcase local leaders reading from and sharing anecdotes about their favorite banned books. Those reading include Town Manager Garry…

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Resident led group meets to save Bradley

September 20, 2014
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Resident led group meets to save Bradley

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Community Committee to Save Bradley (CCSB) held its first meeting, where leaders Rosemary Champagne and Bonnie Sica presented their plans for the committee to a room filled with residents. The CCSB will be made up of five sub committees: attendance, publicity, awareness, petition and legal facts. The attendance subcommittee…

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Art League holding juried show

September 19, 2014
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Art League holding juried show

The Art League of New Britain (ALNB) at 30 Cedar Street New Britain, Ct. will be holding its 24th Annual Members Carriage House Exhibition from Oct. 3 to 26, 2014. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. This is juried for prizes exhibition, open to ALNB members…

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State: Conn. employers shed 3,600 jobs in August

September 19, 2014
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Employers in Connecticut cut 3,600 jobs in August, with schools taking a hit due to a quirk in statistical sampling, state labor officials said Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate of 6.6 percent was unchanged from July and is the lowest since December 2008 when the rate was 6.7 percent. Employment decreased…

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STEPS annual tree planting set for Thursday, Sept. 25

September 19, 2014
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STEPS annual tree planting set for Thursday, Sept. 25

The STEPS Youth Committee invites the general public to attend the dedication of its third annual tree planting on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm in front of the Southington Police Station at 69 Lazy Lane. The tree is a Cleveland Select Pear donated by Winterberry Gardens of Southington. At the dedication, a prayerful…

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Gov. Malloy speaks at chamber’s Celebrity Breakfast

September 19, 2014
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Gov. Malloy speaks at chamber’s Celebrity Breakfast

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke about current issues in the state and addressed what his administration is doing to solve them at a recent Southington Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Breakfast at the Manor Inn Restaurant. The governor also took questions from business and community leaders. State Rep. Dave Zoni gave the…

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Learn more about Girl Scouts

September 18, 2014
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Join the Girl Scouts at The Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 West Main St. (park and enter in back) on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to create your own Butterfly Ring and learn more about Girl Scouts. For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, call 1-800-922-2770 or visit the website at…

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Malloy rebuffs Foley’s criticism of UConn report

September 18, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is rebuffing Republican Tom Foley’s criticism of a new report that highlights UConn’s economic impact, calling his gubernatorial opponent “a cheap-shot specialist.” The Democratic governor joined UConn President Susan Herbst on Wednesday to unveil an economic analysis, conducted by an outside firm,…

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