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Chris Palmieri to receive Gold Medal award

April 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From serving on the Town Council to directing plays at the middle schools to planning for the annual Apple Harvest Festival, Chris Palmieri plays a number of different roles in the community. In honor of all his contributions to the community, the Southington Chapter of UNICO National will award Palmieri…

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Chamber announces awards

April 4, 2014
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Chamber announces awards

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Chamber of Commerce has named Joe Calvanese the Riccio Brothers Businessperson of the Year. Calvanese is the owner and president of the Aqua Turf, which was founded by his parents Joe and Kay in 1969. Located at 556 Mulberry Street, the Aqua Turf sits atop 35 acres and has…

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Dinner and a movie; Businesses could come to Rave Cinema

April 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer New businesses could be sprouting up near Southington’s Rave Cinema. During a recent Planning and Zoning meeting, Chris Gagnon, a civil engineer of BL Companies in Meriden, proposed a preliminary plan to develop two grassy areas in front of the cinema into businesses.  The proposed subdivision requests for three lots,…

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Spanish-language homebuyer website available from CHFA

April 3, 2014
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The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority announced the availability of a Spanish-language homebuyer website. Consumers can access the new website by visiting www.hogarchfa.org. CHFA launched the website to better serve the Hispanic markets and increase access to home-buying education and support. CHFA’s Spanish-language website demonstrates the housing market’s continued focus on Hispanic markets, among others. “We…

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Local artists invited to submit and show their sense of ‘wonder’

April 3, 2014
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Golden Thread Gallery at the HolyFamilyRetreatCenter, 303 Tunxis Rd., WestHartford is accepting art for its upcoming exhibit, “Wonder.” Art is being accepted through April 22. Pieces, in all mediums, should answer the question, “How do YOU interpret WONDER?” Artists may submit a maximum of three pieces at a $15 submission fee per piece. Members of…

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Middle schools to produce ‘Shrek’

April 3, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Drama Club students at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are gearing up for their production of the Broadway musical “Shrek,” scheduled to take place this weekend. Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, “Shrek the Musical” takes place in a mythical “once upon a time” setting, telling the story…

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Dining and entertainment center coming to town

April 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington will soon welcome an upscale dining and entertainment center, bringing more jobs to town. Don Millard, the owner of the building on 240 Spring Street, has planned to turn the 33,000 square foot facility into a combined Bocce court and bowling alley, along with a bistro and bar. The…

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Board of Fiance approves school budget in full

April 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The finance board recently voted 5 to 1 in support of the Board of Education’s proposed budget as presented for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The school board proposed a budget of $87,072,005, which reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget of $84,233,204. “It’s just an incredible moment…

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Early Literacy Institute offered by foundation at CCSU

April 1, 2014
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Parents and caregivers throughout Greater New Britain are being offered a unique opportunity to help their children develop early language and literacy skills at a one-day, free-of-charge “Early Literacy Institute” at CentralConnecticutStateUniversity on Saturday, April 12. The event, made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain as part of its…

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Zoning to revise Plan of Conservation and Development

March 31, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Connecticut requires the Planning and Zoning Commissions of all towns and cities to revise or adopt a plan of conservation and development at least once every ten years. Currently, the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission is in the beginning stages of revising its plan, which will serve as a guide…

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