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Veterans honored with Quilts of Valor

January 24, 2014
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Veterans honored with Quilts of Valor

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer “Pride,” “freedom,” and “courage” are just several of over a dozen words inscribed on a quilt that Peter W. Longo of Southington received in honor of serving his country. From 1951 to 1954, Longo served in the 82ndAirborne Division, so his wife, Dolores— along with John DeMello, a family friend…

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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2014
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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the community jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond during Southington YMCA’s ninth annual Polar Plunge—all for a good cause. Transforming into one of Southington’s most popular fundraisers, the Polar Plunge event featured nine different teams made up of local politicians, school staff and officials, YMCA employees,…

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Barnes Trust awards $635,000 for three capital projects

January 24, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust has embarked on a new direction for Southington, as the Main Street Community Foundation announced the awarding of $635,000 in grants to three local non-profits. The change moves the trust away from a focus solely on what was once Southington’s…

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State making more money available for school safety

January 23, 2014
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Joined by legislators, agency commissioners and school officials at WilburCrossHigh School in New Haven, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a plan to expand the School Security Grant Program as part of his legislative agenda for 2014, reported a press release from the governor’s office.  “Providing safe learning environments for our students and educators is…

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Monday snow growing more likely, says AccuWeather

January 23, 2014
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Monday snow growing more likely, says AccuWeather

As the weekend approaches, AccuWeather is saying it is more and more likely that the northeast will be hit by snow for the return to work on Monday. AccuWeather.com reports -Astorm that has a chance of bringing accumulating snow to a large part of the Northeast will occur on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The train of…

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Meet princesses at fund raising party this March

January 23, 2014
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The second annual Princess Meet and Greet will be held Sunday, March 23 at the Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Southington. There will be free face painting, balloon sculptures, nail polishing, hair creations, glitter tattoos, DJ, photos with princesses, refreshments, and a raffle. Admission will be $15 per person. For more information, contact JoAnne Salerno at…

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Possibility exists for more snow Monday

January 22, 2014
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Possibility exists for more snow Monday

AccuWeather says brace yourself for more snow next Monday. AccuWeather.com reports the next storm that has a chance of bringing accumulating snow to a large part of the Northeast will arrive on Monday, Jan. 27. The train of Alberta Clipper storms that began a couple of weeks ago will continue into next week. The storms originate…

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New Britain foundation makes its largest community investment ever in 2013

January 22, 2014
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For more than 70 years, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has played an integral role in shaping the communities of Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington, sustaining critical programming, inspiring new community-based initiatives and investing in the future. And in 2013, press materials from the foundation explained, it made the largest community investment…

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Annual youth dodgeball tournament returns to YMCA

January 22, 2014
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Annual youth dodgeball tournament returns to YMCA

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw this weekend. The tournament, now in its fourth year, is broken up into two divisions, sixth and seventh grade and eighth and ninth grade. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “We had it fill every year” said…

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Lean Manufacturing course to be offered by Tunxis

January 21, 2014
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TunxisCommunity College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division will offer a Lean Manufacturing Principles and Tools Certification course starting in February. The introductory program is designed to instill Lean thinking for improved business performance through continuous improvement training. Participants will learn about the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) model, and other topics to help prepare for…

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